Once you’ve explored Christchurch and decided to hit the road, the big question is where to head first. With lakes, national parks, mountains, forests, glaciers, and bays around just about every corner, there’s plenty to choose from. Here are just a few of the most popular places to head to in your Christchurch campervan hire to factor into your plans.
Conveniently located just a short drive away from Christchurch, Akaroa is an ideal place to kick-start your NZ travels. The harbourside town is a picture-perfect spot to explore, with activities both within the town and out in the nearby countryside. Akaroa can also offer you close access to some incredible wildlife, including alpacas, dolphins, and even penguins!
Don’t pass up on the chance to witness New Zealand’s Southern Alps and glaciers
Another of the numerous charms of campervan hire in New Zealand from Christchurch is the chance to visit some of the country’s monstrous glaciers. The Tasman Glacier is New Zealand’s largest covering 100sqkm, 600m thick and runs for 24km from the Southern Alps to the Mackenzie Basin. Exploring this and other by foot, by air, or just simply gazing at them from your campervan is a fantastic experience, and one that most visitors will want to fit into their trip at some stage. Heading from Christchurch, one of the most popular glaciers to visit is Mount Cook, located in the Mount Cook National Park.
The Southern Alps
As one of the most visited places in New Zealand, (and, indeed the world) the Southern Alps of the South Island have a huge reputation to live up to. The moment you arrive, you’ll most likely see what all the fuss is about. This part of the country is home to some truly breath-taking scenery, with towering mountain ranges, sparkling blue lakes, and luxurious wine country. What makes this different from the rest of NZ, though, is the booming tourism industry in the area, which has made it possible for you to take part in pretty much any activity you can think of. Jump out of a plane, go white water rafting, horse riding, skiing, you name it; you can find it in this part of the world.