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Driving Route : Christchurch – Akaroa – Christchurch
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Day 3: Christchurch to Arthurs Pass
Travel time is approximate only, based on an average driving speed under normal road conditions.
Christchurch – Arthurs Pass
170 km (106 miles)
Approximately 2 hours
Road Conditions: State Highway
The South Island’s largest city, Christchurch is an entertaining mixture of refined lifestyle and cultural excitement. The tranquil Avon River meanders through the city, historic buildings house a lively arts community and restored trams make it easy to get around. Visit heritage sites, museums and art galleries, and enjoy the highly developed restaurant scene.
Rural serenity and friendly towns lead you across the Canterbury Plains. You’ll pass Kirwee, Darfield, Sheffield and Springfield. The road then winds up into the skiing areas of Porter Heights and Craigieburn before following the Waimakariri and Bealey Rivers to Arthur’s Pass. Lakes Pearson and Grasmere are photo opportunities along the way.
The route known as Arthur’s Pass was first used by Maori tribes crossing to the west coast to find pounamu (jade). Today it’s a sophisticated mountain pass, memorable for its scenery as well as its breathtaking civil engineering.
The settlement of Arthur’s Pass is a base for climbing, hiking, hunting and skiing adventures in the adjacent national park. There’s a good choice of short walks.