As the largest city in the South Island, Christchurch is a popular gateway to majestic alpine scenery, outdoor and adventure activities galore and a burgeoning wine region, yet this multidimensional city is definitely worth exploring in its own right.
Park up the camper and enjoy the pedestrian-friendly streets, bustling foodie scene, the biggest playground in the Southern Hemisphere and multiple green parks and riverside tracks perfect for stretching the legs. If you have bikes strapped to the back of the camper, Christchurch and its surrounding foothills hold myriad pedal powered adventures.
Take a moment to reflect on the impact the 2010 and 2011 earthquakes had on the city by visiting the memorials, or admiring the air of creative innovation and regeneration as evidenced by attractions such as the Cardboard Cathedral.
It’s super easy to get started on your great southern road trip as our South Island RV Supercentre is conveniently located right near Christchurch International Airport, or you can pick up your motorhome from a local owner in the area.
It’s your self-drive holiday, so where next is up to you: a quick day trip to Akaroa to a picturesque former French colony, or Hanmer Springs to soak in some thermal relaxation, or head inland for alpine adventure and scenic highlights such as Arthur’s Pass, Aoraki/Mt Cook and Lake Pukaki. If you’re new to the camper life, the straight roads leading west across the Canterbury Plains are a nice, easy way to get used to how the vehicle handles. Take your time and enjoy some southern hospitality and the ever-changing landscape.
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Christchurch Top 10 Holiday Park
The Christchurch Top 10 Holiday Park is family-owned, meaning you'll receive a warm welcome on arrival.
Located just 15 minutes from the Christchurch CBD and airport, the holiday park has a great variety of non-powered and powered sites on offer.
Budget-friendly, there is a variety of great facilities available, including Snookball, a heated pool and slide, playground and a safe area for the kids to play.
Riverlands Holiday Park
Canterbury, New Zealand
Located just 15 minutes from Christchurch, Riverlands Holiday Park is the perfect spot for the entire family.
There are beautiful gardens, amenities, powered and non-powered sites, as well as a ten acre pitch and putt golf course. It is also close to some great walking tracks, as well as fishing, cycling and boating.
Visit the botanic gardens in Christchurch
The Christchurch Botanic Gardens opened in 1863 in celebration of the marriage between Prince Albert and Princess Alexandra. The incredible grounds span 21 hectares and showcase a variety of exotic and native plants. Hire a campervan and visit the beautiful gardens.
NZ's best ice cream shops
Road trips mean pit stops along the way. So, we have picked out our favourite ice cream shops throughout the country, and Christchurch is home to one of the best. Indulge at 'The Berry Shop and Cafe', which is famous for their use of berries from the surrounding countryside.
Arthur's Pass and the great Alpine Highway
Arthur’s Pass is a key link between east and west, but it is also known for its immense natural beauty. The Park provides both a sanctuary for plant and birdlife and a place for both mental and physical recreation. Since becoming a National Park in 1929, Arthur’s Pass has gained a worldwide reputation for alpine recreation, as well as for its stunning natural history.