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.
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.
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(opens in new window) – a must see attraction.
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(opens in new window) - a 300 hectare, wildlife sanctuary and home to many of New Zealand's native birds and reptiles, is a must-see.
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.
Spend the evening checking out the city's many restaurants and bars.
Getting around New Zealand is easy with a great range of transport options available.
There are plenty of accommodation options for every budget and travel style.
No matter the season, the majority of our main attractions are open year-round.
More information on basic costs for accommodation, travel and food.