If you only have a day left in your vacation in Christchurch, how about spending it on a fun day trip? Christchurch offers several places to explore even just for a day. Here are some of them:
Kaikoura. Located on State Highway 1 to the north of Christchurch, Kaikoura is the perfect place to go especially among nature lovers. It is famous for its wildlife and marine animals.
You can go there by road or train – but I recommend the former because it is through this slower travelling speed in which you get to witness the spectacular sights along the way – and experience the rural pastoral scenes as you move along and witness how the rugged Seaward Kaikoura Range meets the Pacific Ocean.
Kaikoura is the best whale watching place in the world, where you can admire Giant Sperm Whales up close all year round. On other seasons, too, you’ll get to see Dusky Dolphins, the endangered Hectors Dolphins, New Zealand Fur Seals, and a wide variety of birds.
Hanmer Springs. This small town in the Canterbury region 65 kilometres southwest of Kaikoura is famous for its natural hot pools and awesome landscapes. It takes only a 90-minute drive from Christchurch. There, you can immerse into the mineral-filled pools, or indulge in some other adventure activities like jet boating, mountain biking, forest hiking, horse trekking, or bungy jumping, to name a few.
Arthur’s Pass. Formerly known as Camping Flat, and then Bealey Flats, this township is the best place for nature and adventure lovers. A day tour to Arthur’s Pass is a scenic rail journey along the Tranz Alpine train.
The train gradually takes you up through breath-taking gorges and river valleys of the Waimakariri River to the Southern Alps and into the alpine village of Arthur’s Pass.
Edoras. If you were mesmerized with the scenes in the Lord of the Rings trilogy and wished you were there, well, you can actually get there!
Take a 9-hour adventure from Christchurch to Edoras or Mount Sunday – yes, that’s the name of the place – and engage in the magical world you saw in the movies. You can even have your pictures taken against the background of Aragon’s sword, Gimli’s axe, or the Rohan flag.