4 Days

Puntos destacados

  • Penguins
  • Moeraki Boulders
  • Historic architecture


  • By car: Start your journey in Christchurch.
  • By : Total trip distance: 362km

Be inspired by dramatic coastal views, rare birdlife and surprising pockets of art, architecture and heritage on this classic South Island itinerary.

Discover dramatic coastal views, rare birdlife and surprising pockets of art, architecture and heritage on this classic 4-day itinerary from Christchurch to Dunedin.

Day 1, Christchurch

Christchurch - Canterbury
Lyttleton, Christchurch, Christchurch - Canterbury

By Julian Apse

Christchurch - Canterbury

Christchurch - Canterbury

Christchurch accommodation

Puntos destacados

  • Punting on the Avon
  • Markets and shopping precincts
  • Akaroa on Bank Peninsula


  • By car: 25mins from Christchurch Airport

Your journey begins in the South Island's largest city, Christchurch, a place brimming with innovation and creativity.  Visit the stunning botanic gardens, punt down the Avon River or ride the historic tram to the city's various shopping and eating precincts.

Travel beyond the main centre with a cross-country bike ride into the Port Hills or a day trip to the French colonial settlement of Akaroa, on the stunning Banks Peninsula.

Day 2, Christchurch - Oamaru

Pingüino de ojos amarillos, Dunedin

By Penguin Place

Puntos destacados

  • Penguin colony
  • Oamaru Public Gardens
  • Oamaru Victorian Precinct


As you travel south take time to explore the region's many charming rural towns. Visit local museums in Ashburton, shop for arts and crafts in Geraldine and discover maori rock art in Timaru

Spend the afternoon wandering the streets of Oamaru where you will find New Zealand's best 19th century architecture. Don't forget to check out the harbour and the Oamaru Blue Penguin Colony – a must see attraction. 

Day 3, Oamaru - Dunedin

Moeraki Boulders , Waitaki

By Miles Holden

Puntos destacados

  • Moeraki Boulders
  • Stunning coastline
  • Orokonui Eco-Sanctuary


  • By car: 1hr 30mins from Oamaru.

The road to Dunedin is lined with breathtaking beaches and fascinating geology.

Visit Moeraki where giant perfectly rounded boulders lie strewn across the beach. At Katiki Point, see fur seals and yellow-eyed penguin resting alongside the Moeraki Lighthouse. Stroll down the stunning white sand beaches of Kakanui, Waikouati and Karitane. 

Orokonui Eco-Sanctuary - a 300 hectare, wildlife sanctuary and home to many of New Zealand's native birds and reptiles, is a must-see.

Day 4, Dunedin

City Centre, Dunedin

By Derek Morrison

Puntos destacados

  • Museums and heritage
  • Otago Peninsula wildlife
  • Surfing, mountain biking


Dunedin is a vibrant mix of heritage, wildlife and colourful nightlife. Explore the historic homestead of Olveston, wander through the magnificent Larnach Castle or visit one of the city's popular museums. 

Beyond the city, Otago Peninsula boasts an array of native wildlife; penguins, albatross, seals and sea lions. Outdoor activities such as hiking, mountain biking and surfing are also popular.

Spend the evening checking out the city's many restaurants and bars.

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