On this classic 4-day tour from Christchurch to Dunedin, see stunning coastal views, unique birds, and unexpected pockets of art, architecture, and heritage.
Day 1: Spend the day in Christchurch
Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand
Your adventure begins in Christchurch, the largest city on the South Island and a hotbed of innovation and creativity. Visit the beautiful botanic gardens, take a punt along the Avon River, or take a ride on the historic tram to the city's many shopping and dining districts. A cross-country bike ride into the Port Hills or a day trip to the French colonial village of Akaroa on the picturesque Banks Peninsula are both great ways to get out of the city.
Day 2: Christchurch - Oamaru
Take time to see the region's many attractive rural communities as you journey south. Visit Ashburton's local museums, Geraldine's arts and crafts shops, and Timaru's maori rock art. Spend the afternoon strolling through Oamaru's streets, where you'll find some of New Zealand's best 19th-century architecture. Remember to see the Oamaru Blue Penguin Colony,ope which is a must-see attraction.
Larnach Castle Camp Road, Larnachs Castle, Du...
Day 3: Oamaru - Dunedin
The route to Dunedin is surrounded by beautiful beaches and fascinating geology. Visit Moeraki, where the shore is littered with perfectly spherical boulders. Fur seals and yellow-eyed penguins rest by the Moeraki Lighthouse at Katiki Point. Take a stroll around Kakanui, Waikouati, and Karitane's beautiful white sand beaches. A must-see is the Orokonui Eco-Sanctuary, a 300-hectare wildlife sanctuary that is home to many of New Zealand's native birds and reptiles.
Moeraki Boulders Moeraki Boulders Road, Hampd...
Day 4: Spend the day in Dunedin
Dunedin is a dynamic city with a rich history, diverse animals, and a vibrant nightlife. Explore Olveston's old farmstead, take a tour of Larnach Castle, or pay a visit to one of the city's prominent museums. Outside of the city, the Otago Peninsula is home to a diverse range of native species, including penguins, albatross, seals, and sea lions. Hiking, mountain biking, and surfing are all popular outdoor activities.