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If you prefer gentle meandering rather than big road trips, these two one day excursions can be combined into a manageable 475km multi-day outing, all within easy reach of Christchurch.

The French infused town of Akaroa is reached via a lovely up hill and down dale route through the Banks Peninsula, where you can enjoy cafes, walks and dolphin encounters.

Next day head out south west to the charming small town of Geraldine and then take Scenic Highway 72 back where the Canterbury Plains run alongside the Southern Alps. There’s the magnificent Rakaia Gorge and Mount Sunday, the location of ‘Edoras’ in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, plus jet boating and hot air ballooning opportunities

Combine these with all the activities, dining and culture available in Christchurch itself and one of our sports cars, and you have all the ingredients for some classic days out.

Akaroa and the Inland Scenic Route 72

Delights that await you...

Click through the gallery below to see just some of the delights that await you en route, many of which were taken on my own adventures, (you can probably spot those ones….)

Meander round a golf course in Christchurch

Take in the views at Akaroa

Geraldine Alpine Views

Hot Air ballooning Canterbury Plains

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Saab open by Rabbit Island beach sign

The Saab 9-3 Convertible is excellent for meandering. Leather seats with superb heating built for Swedish winters means you enjoy comfort and luxury whatever the time of year, and the convertible allows you to take in the Alpine and sea views in a panorama no other rental cars can offer….except some of our other RentAClassic convertibles of course!

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