Punakaiki is a small relaxed town on the west coasts of South Island. Best known for its Pancake rocks, limestone rocks of flat surface and vertical blowholes from where the sea bursts up during high tides, creating a stunning view. Lined with affordable hotels and delightful restaurants this is a great stop on your way.
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185 Kms from Punakaiki
Head To The Franz Josef Glacier For Two DaysWith its dynamic and thoroughly intriguing glacial environment, the Franz Josef Glacier is the ultimate natural experience. Legend has it that the tears of a certain 'Avalanche Girl' froze to form this giant of a glacier. Its hot pools, helicopter rides, hiking and climbing opportunities, have been delighting travellers since what seems like forever. Once here, you will feel like a character from Disney's 'Frozen'. Really.
190 Kms from Punakaiki
Hop On To Two Fantastic Days In ChristchurchChristchurch is an artistic delight and a paradise for those who love green spaces. Although it is still working on convalescing from a natural disaster, it is still vibrant and pretty in its own ways. The traffic can sometimes drive you nuts but the locals are warm and cheerful and the many parks and galleries are always welcoming. The Garden City of the South Island is quite a glorious place to be in.
222 Kms from Punakaiki
Today take the drive to what can only be described as a spectacular look-out point. At 1000m above sea level one really does have a feeling of being at the top of the world here. Also en route will be a stop at the historic Church of the Good Shepherd, featured on all New Zealand postcards. You will arrive in Christchurch sometime in the late afternoon where you can take a city tour. Spots that will be marked on your map include: Christchurch Botanic Gardens, Port Hills, Christchurch Gondola, Re-Start Mall and New Regent Street. We will also recommend some great dining in the central city. Overnight Christchurch.