Spend some time exploring vibrant Christchurch before you head across the Southern Alps to the untamed West Coast. Discover a region where temperate rainforest meets glaciers and dramatic coastlines before heading to the lakeside resort town of Wanaka, home to the Mt Aspiring National Park and then on to discover the energy of Queenstown.
Fast-changing and funky, Christchurch is the South Island's largest city. Old English gardens contrast with pop-up bars and container-based shopping malls in this enduring centre, which is rebuilding itself after a damaging earthquake in February 2011. Favourite activities include punting down the Avon River, biking in the Port Hills, visiting Sumner Beach, or taking a day trip out to the French colonial settlement of Akaroa.
Catch the world famous TranzAlpine scenic train from Christchurch to Greymouth and be there in a little over 4 hours, or drive across the stunning Southern Alps to discover the untouched beauty of the West Coast.
Be welcomed by locals and discover an untamed wilderness
The alpine resort of Queenstown is exciting and fantastically attractive. It’s the place to source almost any kind of adventure, including 4WD adventures, bungy, jet boating, horse trekking, rafting and river surfing. It’s also a destination for luxury experiences – gourmet food and wine, spa treatments and leisurely games of golf.
The alpine resort of Queenstown is exciting, sophisticated and fantastically scenic. It’s the place to source almost any kind of adventure, including bungy, jet boating, horse trekking, rafting and river surfing. It’s also a destination for luxury experiences – gourmet food and wine, spa treatments and leisurely games of golf.
Test your driving skills in New Zealand
Put yourself in the driver’s seat using the AA’s new Visiting Drivers Training Programme and experience what it is like to drive on New Zealand roads. Complete a series of driving tasks and test yourself on New Zealand’s road rules. If you pass the tests, get a certificate to prove your skill.