5 days in Akaroa & Christchurch Itinerary

5 days in Akaroa & Christchurch Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Canterbury Region holiday planner

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Akaroa
— 2 nights
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Christchurch
— 2 nights

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Akaroa

— 2 nights

Long Harbour

The French heritage and colonial architecture of Akaroa has broad appeal to anthropologists, historians, architects--and just about anyone with an eye for beautiful, historical buildings and a palate for fine dining.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Sat): admire the natural beauty at The Garden at French Farm, admire the natural beauty at Garden of Tane, stop by Fire & Ice - Gemstone Jewellery Specialists, then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and finally enjoy the sea views from Akaroa Lighthouse. Keep things going the next day: appreciate the history behind Banks Peninsula War Memorial and Grounds, then get engrossed in the history at Akaroa Museum, then admire the natural beauty at The Giants House, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Catholic St. Patrick's Akaroa.

To see traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Akaroa online route planner.

The Route module shows you all the different ways you can get to Akaroa. October in Akaroa sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 6°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to go by car to Christchurch.

Things to do in Akaroa

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors
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Christchurch

— 2 nights

Garden City

Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
Your day by day itinerary now includes International Antarctic Centre, Willowbank Wildlife Reserve and Orana Wildlife Park. Attractions like Christchurch Botanic Gardens and Margaret Mahy Family Playground make great kid-friendly stops. On the 3rd (Tue), spend the day riding on TranzAlpine Train. There's much more to do: take an in-depth tour of Canterbury Museum, examine the collection at Quake City, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cardboard Cathedral, and take in panoramic vistas at Christchurch Gondola.

To see ratings, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Christchurch trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Akaroa to Christchurch takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In November, daytime highs in Christchurch are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C.

Things to do in Christchurch

Transportation · Tours · Parks · Museums
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