Winter can be cold and miserable, but how you spend your days doesn’t have to be! If you’re in Christchurch and have a few days to spare, here’s a couple of fun day trips you can embark on. From hot springs in Hanmer to the lakebeds of Tekapo, you can see it all in just a few hours – just hire a car and off you go! Book your stay with us at

1. Hanmer Springs

Escape the confines of the city and drive a few hours north to Hanmer Springs, home to warm and welcoming waters of natural hot pools. Relax, rejuvenate and recharge in the soothing springs while looking out at the breathtaking scenery surrounding you. From lush forests to towering mountains, Hanmer Springs is something out of a postcard. Why not try out a few of the skiing and snowboarding trails!

For those that are thinking of a solo short break, check out this guide to the benefits of travelling alone.

2. Rangiora

After a place filled with delicious food options?

Head on up to the ravishing town of Rangiora. The Organic Food House serves up the freshest grub and is also a great pit stop to get your hands on their organic produce, skincare range, and even pet food. While you’re in town, make sure you stop by the Artisan by Rangiora Bakery – a café that serves delectable hand-made pastries and the finest coffee in the area – the perfect thing to warm you up during the chilly afternoons.

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3. Lake Tekapo

One of the most naturally beautiful locations in New Zealand’s long list of naturally beautiful locations, Lake Tekapo is even more stunning in winter.

Lake Tekapo fun facts
Early morning sun falls on the lupins near the Church of the Good Shepherd near Lake Tekapo, on New Zealand’s South Island.

As the snow lightly descends, the entire area appears as if it’s been draped in a sheet of ice that leaves it glowing. The quiet, undisturbed lake brings on a sense of tranquillity, which allows you to appreciate the magnificence of nature. Photos never do this place justice, you just need to drive down and see the radiance for yourself! It’s less than a three hour drive from Christchurch, which gives you ample time to go through one of our awesome road trip playlists!

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