Probably the best way to arrive at a castle in style! Highly recommend for a memorable weekend break.
This 770km loop based out of Christchurch encompasses a wide variety of interests and sights, and travels through not just one but two mountain passes, (not at all intimidating ones though).
Arthurs Pass joining the two coasts is a fantastic experience, winding it’s way through some impressive mountainous landscapes. Once over the on West Coast you have dramatic seascapes, plus the historical interests of places like Reefton.
Trekking back through the central Lewis Pass you have the choice of not one but yes you guessed it, two Hot Springs at either Maruia (smaller, more basic but better views), or Hanmer (larger, more theme park and sanitised). Add to that whale watching at Kaikoura, and all the activities, dining and shopping available in Christchurch itself and you have a superb drive.
Christchurch West Coast to East Coast Central Loop
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….)
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What a fantastic little car. I’m a mechanic by trade, and couldn’t fault this car.
Excellent service, very personal and accommodating, we will be back. The vehicle was presented in pristine condition given the kilometers and age, and we even enjoyed giving it a groom. Performance and drive was top notch too.
It is the only German car I have driven that had a definite positive personality.
Girls roadie to Brunner. Fabulous weather, fab cars, hood down both ways, fur coats perfect! Loved it!
I secretly hired a Merc convertible as a surprise for my husband’s 60th birthday and what a success it was. We did a day trip in this cute red Merc and reluctantly returned the car at the end of a great day. The upshot is that we now have one of our own in the garage as my husband was besotted! A great surprise which could not have turned out better.
This little car made our week! Touring wine country with the top down and just eating up the mountain roads – excellent fun! Thanks Stephen for your help.
What a fantastic car for our South Island Road Trip! It has made the long drives more fun and being able to drive some of the coastal roads with the top down will be an unforgettable experience.