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Exploring the Northern Regions of the South Island Tour (Part II)

Estimated Travel Period: 8 Days, about 14 hours
Estimated Travel Distance: 1,009 kms

Best Time To Travel

Summer (December to February) is a popular time to travel, although Spring (March to May) and Autumn (September to November) also have great camping weather. The mountains can get very chilly during Winter (June to August) so if you have to go during this season, pack warm clothing and a winter jacket. Get tips on what to pack with ourNZ Camping Checklist.

Journey around the top half of the South Island and discover its breathtaking natural wonders before coming back to Christchurch.

The listed holiday parks allow campervans of all sizes, and the tour makes use of sealed roads. We have the best Motorhomes For Hire from top Christchurch brands.

Day 5 Punakaiki to Arthur's Pass

Estimated Travel Period: about 1 hour 55 mins
Estimated Travel Distance:148 kms

Continue to follow Highway 6 past Greymouth towards Kumara Junction and turn east on Highway 73 to Arthur's Pass Township. There are many walking tracks in Arthur's Pass National Park, from a quick 10 minute trek up to Avalanche Creek Waterfall to a more challenging tramping routes up to Mt. Bealey. Another popular track in Arthur's Pass is the Devil's Punchbowl Waterfall. Make sure to drop by or contact Visitor Centre in advance to check for local and weather advisories in the area.

Travel Tip

Arthur's Pass Village has a very limited facilities for campervans & motorhomes, so make sure to book in advance if you're planning to stay for a night or more.

Day 6 Arthur's Pass

Estimated Travel Period: 8 minutes
Estimated Travel Distance:550 m

Explore Arthur’s Pass National Park. Recommended activities for families includes the Arthur's Pass Village Historic Walk and the Millennium Walk that will take you over to a bridge where you can see the iconic Avalanche Creek Waterfalls. Those traveling with their mates may include biking and and hunting as part of their itinerary.

Day 7 Arthur's Pass to Oxford

Estimated Travel Period: about 1 hour 25 mins
Estimated Travel Distance:111 kms

Stop by at Oxford before heading to Christchurch. Go kayaking in Ashley River or jet boating on the Waimakariri Gorge. Looking for a laid-back activity? Visit the Ribblesdale Gardens located at the corner of Oxford and Barracks Road or sample local produce at Oxford Farmers Market.

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Day 8 Oxford to Christchurch

Estimated Travel Period: about 55 mins
Estimated Travel Distance:55 kms

Christchurch is the second largest city in New Zealand and one of the top tourist's destination in South Island. Start your day with Punting on the Avon River, a popular activity in Christchurch that you don't want to missed. Enjoy a serene boat ride through the Avon River gently guided by an Edwardian punter. Then head over to Heathcote Valley and take the Christchurch Gondola for a 360 degree view of the city and the whole peninsula. Head back to downtown Christchurch and explore the Cathedral Square, then end your day with a good meal at one of the local restaurants in SoMo (South of Moorhouse Avenue).

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