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Where to stay South of Christchurch?

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We are heading over to NZ this June, and flying in to Christchurch about 1:30pm. We are staying at Wanaka the next night, but were just wondering if there was anywhere nice about an hour or so South of the city so that it isn't such a long drive the next day.

 

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Check out Akaroa, it's a French settlement about 1hr drive from CCH.

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Check out Akaroa, it's a French settlement about 1hr drive from CCH.

 

Lovely place. Went there last time we were in NZ, but that'll actually make the drive longer the next day.

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If you are keen to drive a bit you could head west via Arthur's Pass and stop at one of the Glaciers (can't remember the names). From there it's not a long drive to Wanaka.

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Doing the west coast on the way back after Wanaka & Queenstown. I've been told those 2 days are the only 5hr+ days in the cars, so was hoping to shorten the day to Wanaka, and have done Christchurch a few times, so no interest in staying there that first night.

 

Maybe Lake Take A Poo might be a good spot for the first night, but can't really remember what it's like.

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Just over 2 hours to Timaru.

Big country town on the coast, plenty of motel beds.

Some good coffee shops/restaurants/Speights Ale House.

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When we did the trip from ChCh to Qtown we broke the drive by staying at Lake Tekapo - a little motel with lake views down a laneway between the shops (Lake Tekapo Village Motel). It was pretty good, only issue was finding a feed after about 8pm, but the pub a few doors down was still open for meals.

 

There are a few other motels there too, including a larger one on the opposite side of the road to the shops at the Southern end of town which looks pretty nice.

 

Also stayed in Twizel on our first trip there, and that was nice too.

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Totally support the Akaroa idea and just advised a work colleague traveling from London to do the same thing.

 

Arthur's Pass is a fair drive and there isn't really much to do there. Fox and Franz Joseph Glaciers are lovely, but also a decent day of driving from Christchurch.

 

Enjoy the land of the long white cloud!

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currently planning family trip...

 

at this stage...

 

arrive Queenstown 22nd September...

Te Anau - 1 day

Queenstown for few days

Wanaka - 1 day

Lake Tekapo - 1 day

Christchurch for few days

Motueka for few days

Punakiaki - 1 day

Christchuch - 1 day

Fly out 9th October..

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currently planning family trip...

 

at this stage...

 

arrive Queenstown 22nd September...

Te Anau - 1 day

Queenstown for few days

Wanaka - 1 day

Lake Tekapo - 1 day

Christchurch for few days

Motueka for few days

Punakiaki - 1 day

Christchuch - 1 day

Fly out 9th October..

 

 

2 days in Te Anau so you can drive down to Milford Sound

 

Also missing in your itinerary is all of the West Coast which is much nicer than East Coast IMO, plus Mt Cook Village is worth the trip.

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sorry just realised Punakiaki is up North West.

 

I haven't gone up that way so can't really comment.

 

We went from CCH via Arthur's Pass to the west coast and then headed south to the Glaciers, then Wanaka, Queenstown, Te Anau and back up via Mt Cook Village.

 

AMAZING island, make sure you take your bike and some warm clothes!!

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No bike this time. Purely sight seeing.

 

First time I went over was with 2 mates to do the NZ DB Series in about '88. We spent a couple of weeks on the Sth Island, training, sight-seeing & generally running amok. Had a ball, riding as far as we could up dirt roads to get to the snow, running sections of the Milford Track, getting caught in a blizzard running up Ben Lomond, and getting frostbite swimming in totally deserted beach breaks. It was those type of things that anchored Triathlon into my DNA so I can't don't want to get it out.

 

I've been back a couple of times since, but not this route.

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I've been back a couple of times since, but not this route.

 

Won't Mrs Ex be unhappy with you taking a new route? :D

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I stayed in Tekapo in Jan to break up the trip Queenstown Christchurch.

Stayed at "the Chatet" which was right by the church and dog, great views up the lake

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