Christchurch Campervan Rental
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Reasons Why Christchurch Makes a Fantastic Destination on a Campervan JourneyChristchurch is the South Island's largest and most internationally visited city. Originally established by English settlers in the eighteen hundreds, visitors can still see the architecture that dots the area. Christchurch is referred to as the garden city as it is filled with towering trees and lush foliage that weave throughout the neighborhoods. Suffering from a major earthquake in 2011, the town is slowly but surely rebuilding itself to be better than ever. This stunning city is considered to be a gateway to the south as it is a base for many quaint towns and natural scenery.
There is Loads to doVisitors to Christchurch will find no shortage of things to keep them busy. Both inside the city and its surrounding areas are filled with interestingplaces to see and fun activities to get involved in.
- Christchurch Cathedral: Visit this church for the beautiful stained glass windows and an antiquated organ.
- Art Gallery: With over 5000 items and rotating exhibits, this is the largest gallery on the South Island.
- Botanical Gardens: Filled with indigenous plants and trees with a stunning river backdrop, the gardens connect with Hagley Park making it the second largest city park in the world.
- Earthquake Tourism: Take a guided tour of some of the places that the tremendous earthquake most affected.
- The Events: The city hosts a whole assortment of events every year. It is a top spot for famous music artists to put on live shows and festivals and is home to a thriving art scene featuring rotating exhibits and theatrical performances. Sporting events are also popular and Christchurch holds a yearly marathon, cricket and motorsport events.
Adventures Outside of ChristchurchHere is where the importance of the campervan comes into play. There are so many fantastic places to visit outside of the main city. With a campervan rental you can use Christchurch as a base to visit them all.
- Akaroa: Take a drive with stunning hilly views to this quaint town on the Banks Peninsula. Besides the spectacular scenery, you can visit the marine reserve and also swim with dolphins.
- Arthur's Pass National Park: Take the Alpine Highway and make your way to this major national park on the south island. Surrounded by lush forests, towering mountains and crystal clear rivers, you can take hikes around the mountains or just enjoy the scenery from your campervan window.
- The Banks Peninsula: Visit the edge of the city for peace, quiet and mountain scenery. The beaches here are lovely as well.
- Hanmer Springs: People come to this tiny town for the hot springs. The town itself is small and walk-able and is mainly used as a base for a relaxing day in the warm pools. The town is surrounded by activities for tourists such as walking trails within the woods, options for bicycling and quad riding and plenty of winter sports.
- Kaikoura: This small coastal town is about half-way between Christchurch and Blenheim. This is one of the best places in the South Island for whale watching. Visitors can spot Pilot, Humpback, Blue and Southern Right whales. The wildlife doesn't stop with whales. Dolphins, fur seals and albatross can all be spotted here as well. Check out the life under the sea by joining in on one of the diving tours or visit the safari or wilderness parks to see even more of the wildlife. Those looking for adventure have the options to take surfing lessons, swim with the sea life, go fishing or rent sea kayaks.
- Golfing: If you like to golf, consider checking out the courses in the Canterbury area. There are over 40 of them to choose from!
- Winter Sports: Close to Christchurch is the Mt. Hutt Ski Area located on the Big Mountain. Throw your skis or your snowboard into the campervan and head to this family friendly mountain. Once there, you can receive beginners courses before setting out on the varied terrain and intense slopes.
To Taste The Fantastic FoodWith all of the activities keeping you busy, eventually you are going to work up an appetite. Christchurch is a fantastic place to stifle your hunger as its food and wine culture is abundant. Foodies will love what they find both in Christchurch and the surrounding areas.
- Lyttelton Farmers Market: This is where it all starts. Fresh, organic and homemade treats to bring back with you into the campervan kitchen. Stock up on road trip snacks at this bustling market open every Saturday morning. Here you can find produce, coffee, bread, baked goods, local honey, handmade cheeses and free range eggs. Visitors can also make their way to the Christchurch Farmers Market on Sunday mornings and the Christchurch Artisan Market for ready to eat food.
- The Restaurants: Guests to Christchurch can find any type of cuisine that they crave. Try Strawberry Fare for their modern twist on traditional New Zealand dishes or Under The Red Verandah for gluten-free options and fair trade foods.
- The Specialty Areas: Visit Invercargill to taste the bluff oysters or Kaikoura for the crayfish. The towns of Nelson and Blenheim are known for their wineries as well as Waipara which is home to some of the best wines in the entire country.
To Experience The Great OutdoorsBetween national parks, coastal views and lovely landscaping, a campervan journey through Christchurch will have you feeling connected to the great outdoors.
- Hagley Park: Connected to the botanical gardens and framed by the Avon River, this park is one of the biggest city parks in the world.
- Orana Wildlife Park: Home to endangered species that minimizes the use of cages and fences to better simulate a natural habitat.
- Riccarton Bush: Located close to the city, guests can visit some of the last remaining forests in the Canterbury plains.