Christchurch is a city for those in the know. Yes it’s a wonderful launchpad to the South Island; but it is also one of the world’s coolest cities in its own right. Here are some of our suggestions:

Banks Peninsula

The Banks Peninsula (Akaroa & the Bays) are a great getaway to enjoy nature, spectacular views and energising walks. The steep volcanic landscape offers a vast array of activities based at sea, on the flat or up in the mountains. One of them is the scenic town of Akaroa where you can enjoy a walk along the cute harbour, sip a coffee sea-side, or get up close with the rare Hector dolphins, found only in New Zealand.