This classic itinerary will inspire you with dramatic coastal views, rare birdlife and surprising pockets of art, architecture and gourmet cuisine.
Your journey begins in the South Island's largest city, Christchurch, which is brimming with innovation and creativity as it rebuilds after the earthquakes of 2011. Visit pop-up bars and cafes, container-based shopping malls and the transitional cathedral made of cardboard.
Iconic Christchurch activities, like visiting the stunning botanic gardens, punting down the Avon River and riding the historic tram are still a favourite. Other popular passtimes include exploring the Antarctic Centre, biking in the Port Hills, relaxing at Sumner Beach, or taking a day trip out to the French colonial settlement of Akaroa.
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.