South Island trips

Christchurch to Queenstown via West Coast

5 Days


Christchurch to Central Queenstown


  • Hanmer Springs
  • Icy Glaciers
  • Lake Wanaka

Best time of year

All year

Drive your way through vast patchwork plains to the historic alpine town of Hanmer Springs before experiencing the wild West Coast. Marvel at the jaw-dropping beauty of the Fox and Franz Josef Glaciers before getting your adrenaline pumping in Queenstown.


Enjoy the naturally heated waters at Hanmer Springs

Photo by Christchurch & Canterbury Tourism

Day 1

Christchurch - Hanmer Springs

1 hr

43 mins

135 km

84 mi

Christchurch - Canterbury

Leave New Zealand's 'Garden City' and head north to the boutique spa town of Hanmer Springs. Set amongst the foothills of the Southern Alps, this town is home to a number of exciting outdoor activities as well as the natural spa pools it is known for. Go forest hiking, mountain biking or bungy jumping before enjoying a delicious dinner and a soak in the hot pools. 

Cashel Mall Re:Start Project, Christchurch

Start in 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.

Spend some time relaxing in the award-winning natural hot pools of Hamner Springs Thermal Pools and

End in Hanmer Springs

Best known for its natural hot pools and stunning landscapes, Hanmer Springs, a picturesque alpine village, is the perfect spot to unwind on your journey back to Christchurch.

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