Ep10: Exploring Canterbury and the West Coast

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  • 24 December, 2020
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On this edition of Kiwi Tripsters, we explore summer in Christchurch, its food, its culture and scenic adventures. And why you should make Christchurch your base camp for exploring the wider region, across Canterbury and the West Coast.

Christchurch New Zealand
Christchurch, New Zealand. Photo: ChristchurchNZ

We celebrate summer in Christchurch and the extraordinary array of day trip and side trip possibilities across Canterbury and the West Coast that make Christchurch such a fantastic base camp for wider exploration. Beyond the city, we head north to check out some fabulous wineries in Waipara and farm-stay glamping in Hurunui.

Waipara vineyard in canterbury, New Zealand.
Waipara vineyard trail, Canterbury. Photo: Mike Yardley

Banks Peninsula beckons as a banger of a day-trip from Christchurch (or longer stay), with alluring enticements in Little River before you reach the seductive French-infused waterfront village of Akaroa. We highly recommend a vist to The Giant’s House and Black Cat Nature Cruise on Akaroa Harbour.

Black Cat nature cruise, Akaroa.
Black Cat Nature Cruise, Akaroa. Photo: Black Cat Cruises

The brilliance of Buller. Heading west from Christchurch? Scoot through Lewis Pass to celebrate Reefton’s 150th anniversary this summer, raise your glass of Little Biddy Gin at the Reefton Distillery, head further west to Cape Foulwind and north to the sub-tropical wonderland of Karamea, the Heaphy Track and the Oparara Arch.

Broadway shops, Reefton
Broadway shops, Reefton. Photo: Mike Yardley

Fancy a mighty self-drive of the West Coast? Head right down to South Westland, to the blockbuster gems at Whataroa and Okarito. You’re in twitching heaven, as it’s the home base for the kotuku, the white heron. These birds are utterly engrossing, particularly at the nesting sanctuary, where they preen each other like ballerinas in full performance mode. www.christchurchnz.com

White Herons in Okarito lagoon, west coast, new zealand
White Herons at Okarito lagoon. Photo: Mike Yardley
  • 00:45 Day tripping around Christchurch
  • 17:25 150 years of Reefton
  • 08:39 The wondrous Banks Peninsula
  • 25:50 Adventures around south westland

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