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Located on the edge of the Canterbury Plains and is surrounded by hills and the Pacific Ocean, Christchurch prove that even small towns can offer a full package from extreme recreation, natural wonders and a full bag of adventure. Just 20 minutes from the centre of Christchurch city you will reach at a historic port town called Lyttelton. Lyttelton is a colorful town with bohemian vibe and great cafes and restaurants.
There are several surrounding towns that you can reach by driving from Christchurch, the first place is Akaroa known as the most French town in New Zealand. Some of the best attractions in Akaroa involves wildlife including the rare Hector’s dolphins, penguins and native fur animals like alpacas. Other interesting attractions includes the iconic landmark Akaroa Lighthouse, the Giant’s House features a B&B, café, and contemporary art gallery.
Another 90 minutes drives destination from Christchurch is Hurunui the year-round popular district in north Canterbury where you can enjoy some relaxing time at the Hurunui alpine spa village and try the geothermal hot pools and luxury spa treatments. Explore the oldest vineyards and wineries along with restaurants, cafes, markets and accommodation.
Geraldine a prosperous farming area, a haven for artisan producers and award-winning cheese and gin. Geraldine, Timaru district is 2 hours from Christchurch, offers both energetic and leisurely activities. Te Ana Maori Rock Art Centre where you can experience Maori rock art, Caroline Bay is one of New Zealand’s most popular beaches that features safe swimming, children’s playground, skate park and many more is a great place to spend your family time.
Kaikoura, a small coastal town makes a great day trip with a spectacular environment and wildlife experience and it’s also a great place to eat crayfish with an easy 2 hours drives from Christchurch. If you are a nature lover, then this city is for you. There are a range of experiences to enjoy Kaikoura, from scenic flight, snow capped mountain, whale watching, swim with the Dusky dolphin or go for a sunset kayaking tour. If you like hiking, you can experience an awesome yet challenging hiking at Mount Fyffe.