Planning your next weekend getaway to enjoy some family time, do some fun activities or have a romantic break? The Alpine Pacific Touring Route offers some fantastic things to see and do – and is only a short drive from Christchurch!
Waipara – a must-do stop for wine and foodies, there are some awesome wineries (some with restaurants) in the Waipara area. Check out Black Estate, Pegasus Bay and Waipara Hills for top wines and fancy eats, and pop in to Greystone, Torlesse and Waipara Springs for some great wine tastings.
Kaikoura – after being affected by an earthquake in 2016 Kaikoura is well and truly back in business. It’s definitely worth a drive to see the changed landscape, and with lots of wildlife to see it’s a fun spot for the kids. Go whale watching or see the seals, dolphins and more with various wildlife tours available.
Hanmer Springs – a cute alpine village with plenty to do! Visiting the Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools is a must – kids will love the water slides and couples can relax (upgrade to a private pool or book a massage at The Spa for more relaxation). There are walking and biking tracks galore, and Hanmer Springs Attractions has plenty of family-friendly adventure activities like jet boating, quad biking, rafting and canoeing (as well as bungy jumping and clay target shooting for thrillseeking adults)
Christchurch – Punting on the Avon or dinner on the Tramway Restaurant are perfect ways to start or end a romantic weekend away. Kids will enjoy a fun-filled visit to the Gondola or Margaret Mahy Playground, and adventure seekers will have a great time at Adrenalin Forest.
With lots to see and do the spots along Alpine Pacific Touring Route are a great option for your next short break away!
Whale fluke photo credit – ChristchurchNZ