Need to relax?
From soaking in the hot pools of Hanmer Springs to watching Kaikoura's resident whales float by, you Can Do Relaxation in Canterbury!
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You Can Do Relaxation in Canterbury

So you need some time out from the hustle, bustle and everyday chores of life? Well we Can Do Relaxation in Canterbury.

Day 1: Arrive in Christchurch

Day 2: Christchurch to Hanmer Springs

  • Take an early morning trip to Sumner, the beachside suburb, for breakfast at one of the local Cafes – what better way to start the day than with an ocean view?
  • Hop in the car and journey inland to the rejuvenating alpine town of Hanmer Springs, just a 90 minute drive away.
  • Set your own pace for the afternoon and hire a bike to explore the epic mountain biking tracks or wander through the stunning Hanmer Forest. For something a little more relaxing, make your way to the Thermal Pools and Spa where you can indulge in one of their specialised treatments before blissing out in the pools.
  • Keep it low-key tonight and visit a local pub for some good grub and local banter.

Day 3: Hanmer Springs to Kaikoura

  • Set of early and drive to Kaikoura (90 minutes from Hanmer Springs)
  • Kaikoura is best known for its wildlife and delicious seafood, so head up in the sky or out onto the water to get up-close to the resident sperm whales – you'll be sure to have a whale of a time.
  • Take some time in the afternoon to walk around the peninsula, where multiple seal sightings are pretty much guaranteed!
  • Wrap up the day with some beach fresh crayfish served with garlic butter at Seafood BBQ or Nin's Bin.

Day 4: Kaikoura to Christchurch

Drive 2.5 hours from Kaikoura down to Christchurch but be sure to leave plenty of time to make a pit stop at the Waipara Valley wineries. Waipara Valley is famous for it's Pinot Noir and Riesling but other varieties to note include Pinot Gris, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. Pegasus BayBlack Estate and Waipara Hills all have cellar doors and delicious restaurants waiting to refuel you on your journey.