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This 450km loop based encompasses some great treats for all the senses, all within easy reach of Christchurch.

Relax in the Hot Springs of Hanmer with spas and massages, activities and retail therapy too. Then drive cross country to whale watching at Kaikoura, tracking alongside some stunning coastal vistas, combined with all the activities, dining and culture available in Christchurch itself and you have a superb drive.

The Alpine Pacific Triangle - Christchurch, Hanmer Springs and Kaikoura

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….)

The intriguing and glorious cardboard Cathedral in Christchurch

Soak away the day at Hanmer Springs

Happy Saab Road Tripper at Kaikoura

View the mountains from a unique angle kayaking at Kaikoura.

Shoppers delight with hop on, hop off trams in Christchurch City Centre

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Which car to take...?

The Saab 9-3 Convertible has done many memorable trips on this route. Leather seats, luxury and room for four means you can pack in plenty of friends or luggage, and travel in fine style. The smooth ride and manual gearbox gives great driving involvement and the heated seats mean you can drive top down well into the evening, to catch that amazing varied scenery.

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