The city of Christchurch is an artistic, eclectic place with a small-town vibe and numerous options for dining, playing and sightseeing. Hire a campervan or RV from a local owner and immerse yourself in the laid-back local vibe while your cruise the city and its surrounds.
You can lose hours wandering around Christchurch and discovering all the hidden artworks and establishments it has to offer. The street art is colourful, the shopping fun and reasonably priced, and the locals have an endearing and resilient spirit. Camping is available just outside the city, so day trips to the CBD are hassle-free and quick, leaving you with more time exploring the city’s riverbank and cycle paths, the numerous chapels and churches, and the trendy hipster bars and cafes.
The rolling hills and crystal blue water surrounding Christchurch’s outskirts have to be seen to be believed. Driving anywhere in the area is half the fun of your trip, with winding roads that open up onto majestic views and quirky small towns, cafes and tourist establishments to stop at along the way.
Christchurch also gives you easy access to some of New Zealand’s most beautiful natural phenomena. Whale watching cruises and seal tours are available, as well as penguin sighting tours and some of the best stargazing in the Southern Hemisphere. Camping around Christchurch is abundant, easy to access and almost always in a gorgeous location. With so many nooks and crannies to the landscape, there is always somewhere new to explore, and you never quite know what will be around the next corner.
Renting a campervan in Christchurch also gives you access to one of New Zealand’s best ski resorts. Mt Hutt is just a 90-minute drive from the city centre and accommodates skiers of all ages and abilities. A self-contained campervan is a perfect way to enjoy the South Island’s natural places without the discomfort of sleeping in the cold, and gives you the freedom to explore Christchurch and its surrounds at your own pace. Get lost, and find yourself, with a driving holiday around Christchurch.