6 days in Kaikoura, Hanmer Springs & Christchurch Itinerary

6 days in Kaikoura, Hanmer Springs & Christchurch Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Canterbury Region route planner

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Kaikoura
— 2 nights
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Hanmer Springs
— 2 nights
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Christchurch
— 1 night

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Kaikoura

— 2 nights
Head to the small town of Kaikoura, a humble setting from which to witness some of nature's grandest designs.
Kaikoura is known for wildlife, trails, and adventure. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, hike along Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway, stop by Southern Paua Shop & Factory, and sample some tasty brews at Beer School.

To see maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Kaikoura trip planning site.

Blenheim to Kaikoura is an approximately 2-hour car ride. You can also take a bus; or take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can go by car to Hanmer Springs.

Things to do in Kaikoura

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Wildlife
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Hanmer Springs

— 2 nights

Springs

Action and relaxation are the reasons that most people head to Hanmer Springs, where natural thermal pools bubble among dramatic alpine surroundings.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Thu): take a peaceful walk through Hanmer Forest, relax in the rural setting at Wai ariki Farm Park, Cafe & Gallery, and then stroll through Hanmer Springs Animal Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: witness a stunning natural landmark at Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools & Spa, then cruise along Rainbow Road, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Conical Hill.

Find out how to plan Hanmer Springs trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

Traveling by car from Kaikoura to Hanmer Springs takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle; or do a combination of train and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can go by car to Christchurch.

Things to do in Hanmer Springs

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Spas
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Christchurch

— 1 night

Garden City

Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): take in nature's colorful creations at Christchurch Botanic Gardens.

For more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Christchurch trip planner.

Drive from Hanmer Springs to Christchurch in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Christchurch are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 6°C. On the 23rd (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Christchurch

Parks
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