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Christchurch, Kaikoura and Lake Tekapo

The eclectic city of Christchurch and the vast Canterbury region are packed full of plenty of activities and attractions to keep you busy on your next New Zealand road trip – no matter what kind of traveller you are.

Not only is Canterbury rich in beauty, but it also offers a wealth of unparalleled experiences. Get close to the whales in Kaikoura, swim with the world's rarest dolphins near the charming settlement of Akaroa, soak in a thermal hot pool in the alpine village of Hanmer Springs, tour New Zealand’s hottest wine region – Waipara, hoke through spectacular scenery near Arthur's pass, or make a pilgrimage to the highest peak in Australasia – Aoraki/Mount Cook.

Visitors and residents alike enjoy the unique playground of Canterbury, which stretches from the Southern Alps to the Pacific Ocean. No matter your age or your budget, there is something for every kind of traveller in the Canterbury region and we think the best way to see and do more is in a Britz campervan.

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Christchurch & Canterbury Travel Tips & Inspiration

Britz Campervan Branches

Christchurch

If you’re looking for the perfect starting point to explore the Canterbury and Kaikoura regions, picking up your camper from the Britz Christchurch branch is just the ticket. Head north to Kaikoura to encounter local wildlife or south towards Queenstown for an action-packed adventure.

Queenstown

The Britz Queenstown branch lies at the bottom half of the South Island and is a great one way hire option. Choose between travelling inland past Lake Tekapo, or along the east coast through Timaru and Oamaru and drop off your camper in Christchurch.

Auckland

The road trip from Britz Auckland to Christchurch takes around 16 hours and includes a ferry trip across the Cook Strait. This is a big drive but is the perfect option if you’re after a long holiday and want to tick off as many sights of New Zealand in one trip. Make plenty of stops along the way and enjoy the everchanging scenery as you head from the North Island to the stunning South.

Helpful Tips For Visiting Canterbury, Kaikoura & Lake Tekapo

Climate and Seasons in Canterbury

The Canterbury region enjoys warm summers, and cooler winters. Maximum temperatures in summer are typically in the 27–33-degree range. Winter temperatures usually fall somewhere between 2 – and 12 degrees.

Nearby Attractions and Day Trips

The Hurunui District

A 90-minute drive north of Christchurch will take you through the beautiful scenery of the Waipara Valley. With stunning landscapes and incredible food and wine, this escape makes for the perfect day trip. Stop in at Fossil Point for some morning sustenance before exploring the Cathedral Cliffs on your way to Gore Bay. Spend your afternoon watching the surfers at Gore Bay, having a swim, or discovering the round rocks under the cliffs.

Arthur’s Pass National Park

2 hours west of Christchurch, you will find Arthur’s Pass National Park. Home to incredible nature and scenery, spend a day here exploring all that this epic spot has to offer. With plenty of walks in the area, as well as an abundance of local wildlife – if you’re looking to spend some time embracing the great outdoors, this is the perfect day trip for you.

Waimakariri

Pack your fridge full of picnic food and head off to discover the Waimakariri District. Packed with beauty, slower-paced country towns, and beach settlements there is plenty of exploring to be done here. Visit Kaiapoi, 20 minutes out of Christchurch, and enjoy a local brew as you look over the river. Looking for a spot for shopping? Escape the hustle of malls and embrace fresh air as you explore the boutiques of the Waimakariri urban center. End your day by visiting Waikuku Beach, packed with fun for the whole family.

What to pack

  • Be sure to pack multiple thin layers, rather than one heavy jacket, so you can be comfortable no matter what the weather brings. Fabrics such as merino wool are good as well. If you are exploring the outdoors, make sure to bring wet weather gear as well as some comfortable walking shoes.
  • Campervan add-ons. If you are bringing a bike, all three Britz branches offer bike rack hire which you can add to your campervan hire.
  • Sun protection. Be sure to pack a bottle of sunscreen, a hat, and sunglasses – especially if you are visiting in summer and planning to make the most of the region's epic outdoors.

Where to stay in Christchurch

Where to stay in Kaikoura

Where to stay in Lake Tekapo