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Christchurch Driving Routes, Self-Drive Tour

Start your New Zealand holiday in Christchurch and take a self-drive tour of New Zealand. From Christchurch, you could drive to many key areas like Hanmer Springs, Akaroa, Blenheim, Fox Glacier, Queenstown, Fiordland and Milford Sound.

View the recommended routes listed below. Click on the routes to read a summary.

Each route is made up of several days. You can read a detailed description of each day, along with links to availaible options, like accommodation, attractions and activities, tours, transport and visitor information.

NOTE: Due to damage to the road between Kaikoura and Blenheim, this road is currently closed. The main route now between these townships is to take the Lewis Pass through Springs Junction. This will take approximately 6 hours. Check out driving distances by using the driving distance calculator.

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Return Trip From Christchurch - Driving Routes

Christchurch - Hanmer Springs - Christchurch

Christchurch - Hanmer Springs - Christchurch (3 Days)
Start Christchurch / Finish Christchurch
Hanmer Springs and Kaikoura are within easy reach of Christchurch - discover a delightful balance of eco-adventure and indulgence.
Includes: Christchurch, Kaikoura and Hanmer Springs.

Christchurch - Akaroa - Christchurch

Christchurch - Akaroa - Christchurch (4 Days)
Start Christchurch / Finish Christchurch
With this Christchurch-based itinerary, you'll discover the French settlement of Akaroa and the mountain village of Arthur's Pass.
Includes: Christchurch, Akaroa and Arthurs Pass.

Christchurch - Blenheim - Christchurch

Christchurch - Blenheim - Christchurch (5 Days)
Start Christchurch / Finish Christchurch
This upper South Island itinerary gives you hot springs, outdoor adventures and vineyards - a mix of indulgence and challenge.
Includes: Christchurch, Hanmer Springs, Murchison, Blenheim and Kaikoura.

Christchurch - Fox Glacier - Christchurch

Christchurch - Fox Glacier - Christchurch (5 Days)
Start Christchurch / Finish Christchurch
This five day itinerary takes you from coast to coast and back again - you'll see many of the South Island's major attractions.
Includes: Christchurch, Arthurs Pass, Greymouth, Hokitika, Franz Josef, Fox Glacier, Haast, Wanaka, Omarama, Twizel, Mt Cook Village and Lake Tekapo.

Christchurch - Queenstown - Christchurch

Christchurch - Queenstown - Christchurch (5 Days)
Start Christchurch / Finish Christchurch
Drive from sea level to the highest point of New Zealand on this five day South Island road adventure.
Includes: Christchurch, Lake Tekapo, Mt Cook Village, Twizel, Omarama, Queenstown, Alexandra, Dunedin, Oamaru, Timaru and Ashburton.

Christchurch - Fiordland - Christchurch

Christchurch - Fiordland - Christchurch (9 Days)
Start Christchurch / Finish Christchurch
Embark on a nine day journey that will fill your memory with mountain scenery and unusual eco experiences.
Includes: Christchurch, Kaikoura and Hanmer Springs.

Christchurch - Milford Sound - Christchurch

Christchurch - Milford Sound - Christchurch (12 Days)
Start Christchurch / Finish Christchurch
Circle the South Island, beginning and ending in Christchurch. In twelve days you'll gain a lifetime of amazing memories.
Includes: Queenstown, Arrowtown, Omarama, Twizel, Mt Cook Village, Lake Tekapo and Christchurch.


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