South Island trips

Ski Canterbury and Mount Cook Mackenzie

7 Days
554km
345mi

Route

Christchurch to Christchurch

Highlights

  • Ski Mt Hutt
  • +3 Boutique Ski Fields
  • Hot pools & Stargazing

Best time of year

June - August

Canterbury, the region that surrounds Christchurch and encapsulates the gorgeous Mackenzie Basin, is a region that is best explored by car.

Grab your rental car at Christchurch airport and head south to take in leading ski areas, hot springs, and scenic wonders, both on land and in the sky. 

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See Christchurch's amazing transitional Cardboard Cathedral

Photo by Christchurch & Canterbury Tourism

Day 1

Arrive in Christchurch

Christchurch - Canterbury

You'll fly over the Southern Alps and descend into Christchurch. Look out the window and you may even see skiers on the slopes at Mt Hutt!

Arrive at Christchurch International Airport and grab your rental car which will give you flexibility as you travel around Canterbury.

Spend the rest of the day in Christchurch. Check out the new Cardboard Cathedral, the Pop-up Mall, gently glide down the Avon on a punt, or ride the tram. This evening enjoy some of the quirky dining establishments in suburbs such as Addington, Sydenham and Merivale.

Explore the surrounds of Christchurch, Canterbury.

Christchurch

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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