9 days in Christchurch & Greymouth Itinerary

9 days in Christchurch & Greymouth Itinerary

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9 days in Christchurch & Greymouth Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  6​h 15​min
1
Christchurch
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Greymouth
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  10​h
End: Sydney

5
nights
Christchurch

Christchurch ©
Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb.
Venture out of the city with trips to Little River Gallery (in Little River) and Akaroa (Swim with Dolphins, The Giants House, & more). The adventure continues: take a memorable ride with TranzAlpine Train, examine the collection at International Antarctic Centre, make a trip to Cardboard Cathedral, and walk around Hagley Park.

To see ratings, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Christchurch trip planner.

Sydney, Australia to Christchurch is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) to New Zealand Standard Time is 2 hours. Traveling from Sydney in December, things will get little chillier in Christchurch: highs are around 24°C and lows about 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can travel to Greymouth.

Things to do in Christchurch

Tours Parks Transportation

Side Trips

Akaroa, Little River Gallery
Find places to stay Dec 9 — 14:
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TranzAlpine Train ©
TranzAlpine Train
Christchurch Botanic Gardens ©
Christchurch Botanic Gardens
Canterbury Museum ©
Canterbury Museum

3
nights
Greymouth

Greymouth ©
Greymouth is the largest town in the West Coast region in the South Island of New Zealand, and the seat of the Grey District Council. Get out of town with these interesting Greymouth side-trips: Hokitika (Wilderness Gallery, Hokitika Gorge Walk, & more) and Punakaiki (Pancake Rocks and Blowholes Walk & Truman Track). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Shantytown Heritage Park, don't miss a visit to Brunner Mine Site Walk, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Patrick's Parish, and take an in-depth tour of History House Museum.

To see reviews, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our Greymouth day trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Christchurch to Greymouth takes 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Greymouth

Parks Shopping Museums

Side Trips

Hokitika, Punakaiki, Coal Creek Track
Find places to stay Dec 14 — 17:
Highlights from your plan
Wilderness Gallery ©
Wilderness Gallery
Pancake Rocks and Blowholes Walk ©
Pancake Rocks and Blowholes Walk
Hokitika Gorge Walk ©
Hokitika Gorge Walk

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