Inland Scenic Route 72 showcases some of the best of what Canterbury has to offer.
This itinerary journeys from Christchurch, north to Amberly then to the farming centre of Oxford. The route continues along the foot of the alps to Mount Hutt, Canterbury''s premier ski field. Mount Somers is next, for a hike in the mountains. Then it's over the Rangitata River to Geraldine, where you can link to State Highway 1 and head north to Ashburton and the French-inspired town of Akaroa.
Get familar with driving in New Zealand and set out on this spectacular journey through New Zealand's heartland. Our tips for driving in winter will be useful if you are planning to drive between June and September.
A short drive from Methven is the charming town of Geraldine.
Geraldine offers clear mountain views, beautiful walks, a vibrant boutique shopping village and, if you're here in winter, it's conveniently located within two hours' drive of eight ski fields.
Start in Methven
In winter, Methven is a snow sport town. In every other season, it’s a place to launch yourself into all kinds of outdoor adventure activities.
End in Geraldine
Geraldine is a pretty country town with an artistic streak. Shop for arts and crafts, refresh at a friendly café and take a stroll around the historic trail.
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