I'll be traveling with 4 other adults at the end of October. We'll be driving into CHC from ZQN and have 3 days after that just for the general CHC area. We are budget travelers and not looking to drive more than a couple hours for day trips during that time. It seems to me that if we stay in the Riccarton area, we can perhaps avoid a car rental for at least one day. Does that sound accurate?
Also, is 3 days too much time for just CHC? Are there areas nearby we should explore in the Canterbury Region or elsewhere? I've seen the comments about Akaroa so that seems like an option. Any other tips? We aren't big adventure seekers but like stepping outside of the general tourist areas.
Any advice is greatly appreciated! Thank you!