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Jul 12th, 2016, 05:53 PM
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New Zealand Christchurch area 3 days

Hello, we are flying into Chrisrtchurch from Melbourne in October first week. Please help for 3 1/2 days itinerary. I don't know where to start. We are not into skiing, biking, diving or snorkeling. Thank you.
We can drive around the area and want to pack as much as can be done.
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Jul 12th, 2016, 11:12 PM
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Start with the FAQs here, a good guide book & the Christchurch website.

When you have some idea of what's available that suits your interests & budget, do a rough Itinerary & we will help you refine it.

It may also help you to have a look at some of the excellent Trip Reports written by other fellow travellers to NZ & more particularly to Christchurch.
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Jul 13th, 2016, 03:07 PM
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What Bokhara says.

With 3.5 days, you're best to just stick with Christchurch and environs - with a day trip to Akaroa perhaps. Or if you'd rather hit the road, you might drive to Arthur's Pass and back on day - fabulous views and hiking opportunities. You could take the TranzAlpine there and back, but frankly, the views are prettier from the road as the train spends most of its time in tunnels. Be sure to watch for Keas, NZ's alpine parrot.

It's also quite possible to drive to Kaikoura for a taste of NZ's rough coastline and if so inclined take a whale watching tour (seas tend to be very rough, and you probably need a night in Kaikoura if you take a whale watching trip as it's a 2.5 hour drive each way from Christchurch). You could also just explore the Kaikoura area on your own - visit the seal colony and Ohau Falls for possible baby seal sightings. Lots of seals and some excellent walks on the peninsula.

If you don't want to drive that far, you can also access the coast from several stops between Christchurch and Kaikoura, such as Amberley, etc.


As for Christchurch itself - it is still recovering from the earthquakes, but IMO, much more interesting post-earthquake than pre-earthquake. A good way to see the city in a short period of time is to take a Segway tour. The Botanic gardens and Quake City are also well worth visits as is the Cardboard Cathedral. There are also some wineries around Christchurch and plenty of scenery to take in without having to go very far.

Does any of that appeal?
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Jul 13th, 2016, 04:21 PM
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Perhaps the Alpine Pacific Triangle route would appeal? http://www.newzealand.com/int/trips-...-christchurch/
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