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This 1,220km figure of eight loop based out of Christchurch is a bit of a serious road trip, but then it takes in some serious sights.

Vast expanses of inland water await at Wanaka, Tekapo and Mount Cook, with the latter particularly being a fantastic site for walks, (mini) glacier gazing and star gazing too. You could go onto Queenstown but our route heads east across rolling hills, particularly lovely in Autumn, and on to historical Dunedin, to indulge in some wildlife, history, train rides and cafe culture.

The route back to Christchurch takes in the Moeraki boulders, coastal roads and inland scenic routes.

Christchurch, Wanaka, Dunedin & Southern East Coast 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….)

Church of Good Shepherd Tekapo

Mount Cook Stargazing

That Lake Wanaka Tree...

Dunedin Railway Station

Idyllic punting at Christchurch

Visit or stay in the fine Lanarch Castle near Dunedin

Summit of the Lindis Pass

Canterbury Plains

Wonderful Lake Tekapo

Residents of Geraldine

Omarama Hot Tubs

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The sophisticated BMW 6 Series convertible is just ripe for these roads. It’s extremely comfortable and capable for the longer distances, with the willing, lightweight and highly refined 3.0 litre engine beckoning you on through the sweeping curves and scenery. Plus it looks pretty darn dramatically cool parked up outside the trendy boutiques and cafes of Dunedin and Christchurch, with room in the boot to take home an odd purchase or two!

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