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 Canterbury region.

International Antarctic Centre Christchurch
International Antarctica Centre. Photo: Christchurch NZ

Mike and Chris celebrate summer in the Garden City and roll out the seasonal city experiences that you should top your check-list. Plus we highlight a great selection of dining and drinking destinations, from roof-top bars to the hottest haunts for live music and entertainment.

The Terrace Christchurch
The Terrace. Photo: Christchurch NZ

Live it up in Lyttelton. The port town’s raffish, historic charm is still there in spades, but it’s been overlaid with an effortlessly cool ethos. It’s that grungy boho villagey spirit that’s gone ahead in leaps and bounds, post-quake. We highlight the best stops for retail therapy, the stars of the culinary scene and some island jaunts.

Botanic pub in The Terrace Christchurch
Botanic. Photo Mike Yardley

Kiwi Tripsters highlights summer day-tripping in Banks Peninsula. We highlight the delights of Little River and the Barry’s Bay Cheese Factory, before hitting the quaint, French-infused streets of Akaroa. We spotlight taking a tour with Black Cat Cruises on Akaroa Harbour and why the Giant’s House is such a perennial family-hit.

Lyttelton harbour in Christchurch
Lyttelton Harbour. Photo: Christchurch NZ

Celebrate summer across Canterbury. Mike and Chris highlight some regional day-trips beginning with the brand-new starring attraction in Methven. The Ōpuke Thermal Pools & Spa sources its water from the Rangitata River, fed by the glacial melt from the Southern Alps and the pools are sustainably heated by solar thermal collectors. Check out the poolside canape and drinks service! Another summer must, wine country in North Canterbury. We spotlight some great stops for swirling and sipping.

Quail Island Christchurch
Quail Island. Photo: Christchurch NZ

Enjoy a splash of summer in Christchurch, your purpose-built base camp for regional exploration. Across Christchurch and Canterbury, we’ll put the adventure into your Kiwi holiday. From urban food safaris, knock-out street art to heart-stealing towns, thermal pools and wine adventures. When was the last time you really explored Christchurch? For more inspiration,  www.christchurchnz.com

Waipara Vineyard Christchurch
Waipara Vineyard trail. Photo: Christchurch NZ
  • 00:52 Summer essentials in Christchurch
  • 10:00 Off to Lyttelton
  • 18:10 Banks Peninsula
  • 24:40 Wines of North Canterbury and the hot pools

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