Christchurch Campervan Hire
The Canterbury region includes a large central portion of the east coast of the South Island, centred around the city of Christchurch. Christchurch, New Zealand’s oldest city, is a centre of art, culture and beautiful gardens. Christchurch is a popular pick up point for rental campervans, with all major New Zealand campervan hire companies having depots there.
Ashburton a medium-sized township servicing farms on the surrounding plains. It was here, back in the 1850s, that the local and widely braided Ashburton River proved a major obstacle. River crossings were difficult and caused numerous drownings on this, and many of the other Canterbury rivers you have crossed...
A Christchurch Campervan Rental roadtrip offers all kinds of options. Many roads lead from Christchurch and other easy day trips include visiting the vineyards of Waipara where pinot noir, riesling, chardonnay and sauvignon blanc grapes thrive in a warm microclimate just out of reach of the brisk easterly winds that swirl through the foothills...
Delicacies abound in Christchurch, surrounded as it is by market gardens and vineyards which flourish on its endless, flat and fertile plains. Christchurch’s inner-city lanes are jam-packed with bars, restaurants, and eateries, whose chefs are spoiled for choice, taking their pick from freshest locally-grown fruit and vegetables, succulent locally raised spring lamb, Canterbury salmon and venison, and a range of bounty from the sea.
Whether you’re wandering through the Botanic Gardens amongst bees and butterflies, or spotting dolphins and seals from the walkway at Godley Head, the wonder of nature in Christchurch is never far away.
When the new settlers arrived they were greeted by a landscape of fertile plains, flanked and sheltered to the west by the jagged mountain ranges of the Southern Alps and to the south by the Port Hills and ridges of Banks Peninsula, formed by large-scale eruptions of volcanoes some 11 to 5.8 million years ago.
Culturally, water has long been essential to the Ngai Tahu way of life. Settlements were often located close to waterways, providing a source of food and a means of transport, and springs were highly prized for their spiritual significance and were used for sacred and ceremonial purposes.
Christchurch airport is the major gateway for international tourists. As such Christchurch is a popular pick up point for rental campervans, with all major New Zealand campervan hire companies having depots there.
As well as strolling through at least one park or garden, other ‘must do’ attractions include exploring the city’s lanes in a vintage tram, gliding along in an Edwardian punt on the Avon River, riding a gondola into the Port Hills for outstanding city views, or hovering above the plains surrounding the city in a hot air balloon.
This part of the great motorhome rental or campervan hire adventure starts in the city of Christchurch and travels south through rugged terrain, mountains and forests, 627 Km to Queenstown.
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This roundtrip route, which begins and ends in Christchurch (one of Flight Centre's Top 10 Destinations for 2011), is the perfect way to begin an exploration of the gorgeous natural beauty that is New Zealand's South Island. Along the way you'll get a chance to stop in Lake Tekapo, Queenstown, Haast and Greymouth. The activities you can choose to participate are really endless from great dining and wine tours to extreme sports, wildlife watching, skiing, hiking and golf.
Oxford is a small country town named after the Bishop of Oxford, and filled with boutique stores, cafes and country-style accommodation including several good B and B’s. An English country village type atmosphere permeates this town which offers numerous short walks ranging from 20 minutes to two hours.
In Rakaia, gorges and landmark bridges span this world-famous salmon-fishing river. Experienced guides are available for back-country fishing excursions, or you can take a ride aboard the Rakaia Gorge Alpine Jet and enjoy thrilling speeds across shallow shingle and spectacular 360-degree spins.
Temuka is a small township first settled in 1853, by William Hornbrook who settled on a sheep run which he called Arowhenua after a nearby forest. Temuka was first known as Wallingford, but changed its name in 1866. Temuka’s early European settlers planted an extensive collection of trees in the town’s domain, and its local rivers are well stocked with trout, and whitebait run, in season.