Inland scenic route 72
The Inland Scenic Route 72 exhibits some of Canterbury's top attractions. This 6-day itinerary, which includes the South Island's major city, Christchurch, as well as several of Canterbury's most charming towns, is an excellent way to get to know the Canterbury region.
Day 1: Christchurch to Oxford
Begin your tour with a short drive from Christchurch to Oxford, which will take you through Canterbury's farming heartland. Farmstays and horseback riding are available in and around the small town of Oxford. Staying on a farm is the best way to get a taste of country life: you may assist with everyday tasks and experience a local family's generous farmhouse-kitchen hospitality. The Ryde Falls Trek is a short walk in Oxford Forest, which is popular for walks and picnics.
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Day 2: Oxford to Methven
Depending on the time of year you visit, your trek into the Southern Alps will be different. Mount Hutt ski area boasts some of the most consistent snow conditions in New Zealand in the winter and spring, and the surrounding town of Methven buzzes with après ski activities. Hiking begins as the snow melts. Make it your goal to finish the Mount Somers Walkway, a ten-hour round trek that takes you through historic coal mines, spectacular volcanic structures, and a deep river canyon. Climb to the peak for a breathtaking view. With waterfalls, hair-raising rapids, and breathtaking alpine scenery, Rakaia Gorge is a popular jet boating destination. Alternatively, whitewater rafting on the Rangitata River is an option.
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Day 3: Methven to Geraldine
Geraldine, a delightful town near Methven with clear mountain vistas, beautiful walks, and a thriving boutique-shopping village, is only a short drive away. Geraldine is a wonderful location for exploring the region's ski fields in the winter, with eight within two hours' driving. The Geraldine Historical Society Museum and the highly respected vintage automobile and machinery museum are two of the town's attractions. Geraldine also serves as the beginning of the Starlight Highway, which leads to Lake Tekapo and the International Dark Sky Reserve. Geraldine is home to one of the best privately run observatories in New Zealand.
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Day 4: Geraldine to Ashburton
Today you'll travel to Ashburton, a sizable town that services the farming areas in the area. Because Ashburton is situated between two major rivers, fly-fishing is a popular pastime in the area. Salmon and sea-run trout can be found in both of the nearby rivers. The usual salmon catch is between 6 and 8 kilograms, but 15 kilograms is not unheard of. Ashburton has six museums, including a historic railway museum, an aviation museum, and a vehicle museum, so if you enjoy museums, you'll have plenty to do here. There are also other art and craft galleries in the area to visit.
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Day 5: Ashburton to Akaroa
From Ashburton, head north to Akaroa, a lovely seaside village. Akaroa, New Zealand's most French town, will enchant you with its historic buildings, stunning waterfront, and enthusiasm for good cuisine. Take a self-guided stroll to explore historic cottages and eat at local eateries that specialize in French cuisine. Visit the museum, which features displays and an audio-visual presentation that explains the narrative of Akaroa. Take a harbour boat if you have time to see dolphins, rare penguins, and fur seals.
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Day 6: Akaroa to Christchurch
When you return to Christchurch, spend some time learning about what makes this ever-changing city so special. Christchurch is bursting at the seams with ingenuity and inventiveness. The city has a large range of restaurants, cafes, pubs, and nightclubs to choose from. Of course, Christchurch's signature pastimes remain popular, demonstrating the city's old-English charm. Visit the beautiful botanic gardens, take a leisurely punt on the Avon River, and take a ride on the vintage tram.