Touring Routes

Travelling to Mid Canterbury has never been easier
Sheep Road block

There are many touring routes around the South Island. The Inland Scenic Route 72 and the Canterbury Pacific Highway are two routes that will take you directly to Mid Canterbury

INLAND SCENIC ROUTE 72 - Amberley to Winchester following the foothills of the majestic Southern Alps

You will travel though: Rangiora, Oxford, Rakaia Gorge, Staveley , Mount Somers, Mayfield, Geraldine.

Take a relaxing journey through the heartland of New Zealand. Visiting thriving country towns, see historic buildings, country museums. In addition to traditional farming, the area produces cheeses, truffles, saffron, olives and mead. You'll discover delightful picnic and camping places across the route. No matter where you are on the Inland Scenic Route 72 you'll have plenty of accommodation options from bed & breakfast, farm stays to luxury lodgings. Fish for trout and salmon in the Rakaia River or the high country lakes. Tee off at some of Canterbury's finest country golf courses, lift off on a hot air balloon ride or take to the slopes at Mt Hutt or Raft white- water on the Rangitata. Explore historic sheep runs, like Erewhon Station and at Geraldine wonder the beautiful woodlands and gardens and savour locally produced food and beverages.

CANTERBURY PACIFIC HIGHWAY - State Highway One from Kaikoura to Timaru

You will travel though: Cheviot, Amberley, Christchurch, Rolleston, Dunsandel, Rakaia, Ashburton, Hinds, Temuka

It's an ever-changing landscape along the Canterbury Pacific Highway. Try Whale Watching in Kaikoura or swim with the dolphins, walk the mountains and coastal trails. In the Waipara valley get yourself lost in award winning wineries. Experience all that Christchurch has to offer, after travelling South through Rolleston, Dunsandel,  you will arrive in the most stunning part of the Canterbury region - Mid Canterbury. Rakaia, Ashburton, Methven, Mt Somers are the perfect places to stop, stay and play. After 2 or 3 nights stay in Mid Canterbury head South to Temuka, renowned for for it's pottery and ceramics and the nearby site of Richard Pearse's famous first powered flight. Discover Pleasant Point transport museum and Model T Railcar and the outstanding examples of Maori rock art. The heritage buildings of Timaru are complemented by it's rose gardens, art galleries and contemporary piazza with stunning views over Caroline Bay. 

Travelling by motorhome? visit our page on Motorhome Friendly towns.

Driving in New Zealand can be very different to driving at home.

We drive on the left-hand side here, some of our roads are narrow, windy and have loose gravel and it's not unusual to see sheep or cattle on roads in the rural areas. You need to give yourself plenty of time to reach your destination and to understand New Zealand road rules and signs. For More information please visit Drivesafe