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.
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Begin this journey with a short drive from Christchurch to Oxford that takes you through the heartland of Canterbury's farming industry.
Around the country town of Oxford, there are farm stays and horse riding opportunities. Staying on a farm is the ultimate way to appreciate country life - you can help out with daily tasks and enjoy the generous, farmhouse-kitchen hospitality of a local family. Oxford Forest is a popular spot for walks and picnics and the Ryde Falls Walk is an easy excursion.
Start in Christchurch
Christchurch is one of the world’s most unique destinations, combining urban regeneration and innovation with heritage, culture and exhilarating activity.
End in Oxford
Oxford is a charming farming town located at the inland edge of the Canterbury Plains.
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