Arrivals & Departures Roadtrip: From mountain high to coast in New Zealand's south

Photo of Angie Tomlinson

If you’re heading to Christchurch, spread your wings with the new Alpine Pacific touring route taking in food and wine, alpine and coastal landscapes, marine wildlife encounters, year-round outdoor adventures and an alpine spa.

Tourists wanting to explore New Zealand’s northern Canterbury region can now follow a new touring route.

Designed to reinvigorate the region affected by the Kaikoura earthquake, the 450km Alpine Pacific Touring Route is a longer version of what was once known as the Alpine Pacific Triangle route. 

The route starts at Christchurch International Airport, travelling to Kaikoura and Hanmer Springs, and passing through the the Waipara Valley wine region. 

It includes some of the country’s most popular attractions, including the alpine spa village of Hanmer Springs and Kaikoura, with its whale watching and eco-tourism experiences.

The three-to-four-day journey also takes in New Zealand's newest and relatively undiscovered wine region Waipara, along with the rural town of Cheviot, Mt Lyford, inland scenery and coastal driving.

Top image: Family-run winery Black Estate, 90 minutes’ drive north of Christchurch. Photo by Stephen Goodenough.

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