Unlock the gems of North Canterbury on a 3-day itinerary or savour the magic over 5 days.
The Alpine Pacific Touring Route highlights 450 km of spectacular coastal and alpine townships and unique environments.
Christchurch - Cheviot 150 kms
Begin in Christchurch, where urban regeneration, creativity and innovation thrive.
- Downhill mountain biking, zip lining or take-in city wide views from the Christchurch Adventure Park
- Discover all there is to know about Antarctica at the International Antarctic Centre
- Get up close and personal to Lions or hand feed giraffes at Orana Park.
- There really is so much to see and do in Christchurch.
Depart north from Christchurch through the wine region of Waipara, known for spicy Pinot Noirs and Rieslings.
Enjoy the cellar doors on offer or indulge in a leisurely lunch.
Continue to Cheviot, rich in history and a great place to stretch the legs. Wander or bike through the Cheviot Domain.
Looking to stay near Cheviot? Gore Bay is the perfect spot for beach combing, exploring rock pools and great swells for keen surfers.
Hot tip - A must see in the area are the limestone formations of 'The Cathedrals' - have your camera at the ready!
Cheviot - Kaikoura 68 kms
Cheviot to Kaikoura is arguably one of the most picturesque drives in the country.
After the Hundalee Hills the drive is spectacular with the road hugging the shores of the Pacific Ocean. A family game of 'spot the fur seals sunbathing' is a must!
Arrive into Kaikoura, be amazed at how the mountains really do meet the sea.
- Whale Watch observe sperm, blue and humpback whales in their natural habitat
- Swim with dolphins and explore albatross colonies with Encounter Kaikoura.
Don't leave Kaikoura without tasting the local delicacy, crayfish. Nin's Bin serves fresh crayfish from a caravan 20 minutes north of Kaikoura. Or try the Seafood BBQ with treats off the grill including paua, scallops, whitebait and more.
Kaikoura - Hanmer Springs 130 kms
Depart Kaikoura on the Inland Road travelling past the entrance to Mt Lyford Ski Area. Or take the Leader Road capturing both farming and coastal scenery on the way to the township of Waiau. Follow the Waiau River before reaching the Hanmer Springs turnoff.
Into adventure? Hanmer Springs Attractions situated on the road into Hanmer Springs will have you covered.
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