New Zealand trips

Christchurch - Queenstown, no driving required

9 Days


Christchurch to Central Queenstown


  • Car-free travel
  • Kaikoura marine life
  • Beautiful Queenstown

Best time of year

All year

This nine-day,car-free itinerary combines the grandeur of alpine Queenstown with the marine life mecca of Kaikoura and the funky city of Christchurch.

Highlights include whale and dolphin encounters in Kaikoura, action-packed Queenstown and a day trip to Milford Sound.

Plenty of options for activities means that you can pick and choose the experiences that suit you. Because this itinerary is car-free, transport options include domestic flights, coach, private transfer, public transport and taxis.


Punting on the River Avon is an iconic activity in Christchurch

Photo by Christchurch & Canterbury Tourism

Day 1

Arrive in Christchurch

Christchurch - Canterbury

Arrive in Christchurch, the South Island’s largest city. Home to a compelling mix of elegant historical buildings, contemporary culture and award-winning gardens, Christchurch is the gateway to the South Island and is a fun and vibrant city to explore. Depending on what time you arrive, take a relaxing stroll through the Botanic gardens, enjoy a boat ride on the Avon River or simply savour the city’s many pop-up bars and restaurants. Great public transport and plenty of taxis make this destination easy to get around car-free.

Explore the surrounds of Christchurch, Canterbury.


Christchurch city promises an eclectic mix of historic elegance and contemporary culture. As the gateway to the South Island, it's a must on any itinerary.

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