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Top Day Trips From Christchurch

From unique marine life, rugged coastlines and mountain vistas to thermal pools and the clearest starry skies, you'll find many of nature's playgrounds sit on Christchurch's doorstep. Here are our top picks for days trips whilst staying at Distinction Christchurch Hotel...

Kaikoura

Just 2.5 hours drive from Christchurch, where mountains meet the sea, this is the whale watching centre of NZ. The waters off the Kaikoura Coast provide a unique habitat for sea-life. Take an informative guided tour to view whales, dolphins, seals and albatrosses. Full day tours available from Distinction Christchurch Hotel.

Hanmer Springs

90 minutes drive from Christchurch, the alpine spa village of Hanmer Springs is a haven for both relaxation and adventure. After bungy jumping, white water rafting, jet boating, hiking or mountain biking enjoy a soak in the therapeutic sulphur and thermal hot pools or a relaxing massage.

Arthurs Pass

Nature lovers, hikers and mountain climbers flock to Arthur’s Pass National Park to discover the magnificent flora, fauna and vistas of the Southern
Alps. New Zealand’s finest inland rail journey, the TranzAlpine stops here, en-route daily between Christchurch and Greymouth.

Akaroa & Banks Peninsula
Enjoy picturesque vistas as you journey around Banks Peninsula before immersing yourself in the French character of Akaroa – a seaside retreat 90
mins from Christchurch. A trip by boat or sea kayak on the harbour will give you the opportunity to view the world’s smallest and rarest dolphin Hector’s dolphin, NZ fur seals, penguins & birdlife.

Aoraki/Mt Cook & Tekapo
At the foot of NZ’s highest mountain lies Mt Cook Village, launching pad for a plethora of outdoor adventures. The Aoraki Mackenzie night sky is
recognised as the world’s largest, gold status International Dark Sky Reserve providing the most advanced astro-tourism offering in NZ. For picture- postcard views over Lake Tekapo to the mountains visit the iconic Church of the Good Shepherd.

For more information contact our friendly Distinction Christchurch Hotel team who can provide assistance with information and bookings.
From unique marine life, rugged coastlines to mountain vistas to thermal pools and the clearest starry skies, you'll find many of nature's playgrounds sit on Christchurch's doorstep. Here are our top picks for days trips when staying at Distinction Christchurch Hotel.
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