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Top five weekend getaway spots

Matt Smith
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Sounds Retreat  luxuaryadventures.co.nz

Nothing's wrong treating yourself to a wee holiday. While you're visiting our favourite spots why not support local businesses too!

Number 5: Gore Bay 


This destination isn't well known but for those who like camping outdoors, Gore Bay offers a unique experience. Nestled on a narrow corridor between the sea and sharp limestone cliffs, is a small settlement and camp facilities. Perfect for the surfer in you or those who like to watch the waves crash onto the shore. The sound of the water lapping echos around the cliffs which tower over the southern end of the settlement. You can also bring your racket and have a hit of tennis at the local tennis court. Do bring your own food as there are no shops around but barbecues at the beach are afterall what camping's all about. This is a place to simply relax being just under two hours north east of Christchurch. So go on, grab your tent and go.

Number 4: Tekapo


Although Tekapo is a three hours drive south from Christchurch, there is much to see along the way and the lake opens up to you just after Burkes Pass. On your way through stop and enjoy a pie at the award winning Fairlie Bakery. In Tekapo, you can be as relaxed or adventurous as you wish. The hot pools provide some welcome warmth after a day skiing at one of the nearby fields or after a hike up to the top of Mt John. There you can enjoy the observatory, star gazing at night. Mt Cook is also accessible from here by car and you could spend some time exploring the Tasman Glacier lake with icebergs randomly broken off from the Tasman Glacier. Lake Tekapo is crisp and cool and good for water sports such as boating and kayaking. Do watch the weather as it can turn bad extremely quickly.

Number 3: Kaikoura


Kaikoura welcomes you with beautiful scenic ranges overlooking the spectacular coastline. This seafood loving town has more to offer than you think such as whale watching by sea or air, seals in their natural environment scattered along the coast and a breathtaking drive with views of the rugged shore and deep Pacific Ocean.  With plenty of accommodation and just a two and a half hour drive from Christchurch, Kaikoura offers you plenty of time to enjoy the scenery and hospitality of this town. Crayfish are in abundance and are a popular favourite both locals and visitors. 

Number 2: Akaroa

Bonjour and welcome to Akaroa, a scenic French village based in the beautiful extinct volcano of Banks Peninsula. Enjoy the unique french atmosphere, water front and dolphin sightseeing out on the harbour. Akaroa has a number of eateries to enjoy including the famous Akaroa Fish and Chip shop on the waterfront where you can enjoy catch of the day which could include local fresh Blue Cod. There are also a number of walking tracks in the area which cater for easy and harder hikes.  Just a ninety minute drive south east of Christchurch with a stunning view from the hilltop before you descend into Akaroa Harbour.   

Number 1: Hanmer Springs 


This little Alpine Village is the number one weekend getaway spot in Canterbury. Hanmer Springs has a large range of activities from the world famous hot pools and spas for those who want to relax. On the other hand adventure await those who enjoy skiing, mountain bike riding and jet boating. There is a huge selection of accommodation for you to choose from. But the best thing about Hanmer Springs is that all that it has to offer is just an 80 minute car ride north of Christchurch.

So this weekend treat yourself to one of these five locations and enjoy what our home backyard endures!!!