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Place to stay heading out of Christchurch

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Place to stay heading out of Christchurch

Hi, We are heading to NZ on 3rd September for 14 days. We fly into Christchurch at 2.00pm from Perth WA and pick up a car at the airport.......ready to head down to Lake Tekapo the following day......will be tired, do not want to travel too far, can anyone please advise a good place to stay on the first night some where along the route.

Also......we are heading from Mt Cook down to Queenstown and will be staying there for three nights and using as a base and will be missing the Dunedin area. Will we be missing anything that should make us re-assess our itinerary. So much to see....so little time!!

Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

Lucy

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1. Re: Place to stay heading out of Christchurch

Geraldine is a lovely little village with some reasonable choices. It would be under 2 hours drive on an excellent road.

If you have limited time I would miss the Dunedin area. The road from dunedin to Christchurch is probably the most boring road in the SI. Stick with your plan.

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2. Re: Place to stay heading out of Christchurch

Hi temalee1 -

We very recently did the same thing - arrived in CHC after an overnight flight from Perth via Auckland. We try to limit our arrival day driving to about 2.5 hours. Geraldine fit the bill nicely, although we took our time getting there as we drove via 72, 73 and 77 (much more scenic than the east coast) and made quite a few stops along the way. We stayed at Victoria Villa B&B, I've posted a review here on TA.

Plenty to do in/around Geraldine if you have time/energy...the Peel Forest is relatively close, and there's good food shopping in Geraldine at Barker's (chutneys, sauces, jams,etc) and Talbot's Forest Cheese. There's also a farm shop, but we ran out of time.

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3. Re: Place to stay heading out of Christchurch

Grateful thanks for your reply's...very helpful. Looks like Geraldine it will be.

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4. Re: Place to stay heading out of Christchurch

Think about Akaroa as well. Lovely place to spend a day with the dolphins. Boat trips not to be missed. Only about 2 hours from Christchurch from memory but well worth the detour.

Relaxing beautiful spot. I would love to spend a week there.

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