On this edition of Kiwi Tripsters, Spring Fever in Canterbury. We set the scene on the best botanical displays in the Garden City and the best seasonal eats. We look ahead to the headline festivities studding the calendar in Bloom and take some great spring day-trips across the Canterbury hinterland.

Cherry blossoms in Christchurch, New Zealand
Cherry blossoms in Christchurch. Photo: ChristchurchNZ

Spring into Christchurch. The daffodils are blooming and the blossoms are blazing across Christchurch. It’s such an uplifting time to visit the Garden City. We showcase the season’s greatest botanical attraction and some winning spots for spring drinks and dining.

Riverside market, Christchurch – Photo: ChristchurchNZ

Party time is blooming in Christchurch. From headline festivals to horse racing and fashion shows, if it’s happening in spring, it’s BLOOM. We set the scene on the festive frills studding the spring calendar in Christchurch.

Riccarton fashion in the fields
Riccarton fashion in the fields. Photo: Riccarton racing club

Road-tripping the Great Alpine Highway, State Highway 73. It’s the prime route connecting Christchurch to the West Coast, but the journey itself is loaded with roadside attractions. Take your time to explore Castle Hill, Bealey, Arthur’s Pass and Otira.

Otira viaduct
Otira viaduct. Photo: Tourism NZ

If you’re planning a spring romp with Canterbury, there’s a wealth of day-trip jaunts that you can easily slot into your holiday plans. Suggestions? Pleasant Point, Geraldine, Washpen Falls and the upcoming Hurunui Garden Festival.

Washpen falls walk. Photo: ChristchurchNZ

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