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Christchurch & Canterbury

Christchurch is New Zealand's second largest city and only a 3 1/2 hours drive from Hokitika. It has recently gone through a major redevelopment, making it a very vibrant city with some exciting new developments going on. The Garden City of New Zealand is well worth a visit.

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image of people punting on the Avon River in Christchurch with autumn leaves in the background

Punting on the Avon River in Christchurch

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Christchurch - regeneration

Christchurch has been forced to rebuild after an earthquake in 2011 caused widespread damage. Now it is a vibrant, energetic city where urban regeneration and creativity thrive. There is amazing street art, innovative projects, a busy hospitality scene and state-of-the-art architecture combined with Christchurch's traditional English feel.

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Driving from Christchurch to Hokitika via Arthur's Pass - 3.5 hours

Travelling from Christchurch to Hokitika via Highway 73 runs through Arthur's Pass National Park. It is incredibly scenic and only takes 3 1/2 hours.

  • Stop at the many lakes along the way for great views and a stretch
  • Visit the otherworldy rock formations at Castle Hill
  • Stop for refreshment in Arthur's Pass Village or the unique Otira Hotel - the village has basic services including gas, food, lodging and essential items. The Otira Hotel offers accommodation and food.

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Flying to Hokitika with Air New Zealand

There are daily flights from Christchurch to Hokitika with Air New Zealand. The view from the plane over the Southern Alps can be magnificent!

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The Tranz Alpine Rail Journey

This Great Journey of New Zealand starts in Christchurch has been rated one of the top 10 train journeys in the world. The trip finishes in Greymouth where you can continue to Hokitika via public transport or rental car.

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More information on Christchurch

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