As the central point of the South Island and the second largest city in New Zealand, Christchurch offers a lot to any Kiwi travelling south or tourist visiting the country. Not only is the city filled with restaurants, bars, nightlife and day activities like bowling, movies, art galleries, shopping and landmarks like the Botanical Gardens; Christchurch serves as a home base for tourists who want to explore while still benefitting from all the comforts that the city offers.

To the north, Hanmer Springs is one of the most popular destinations for local and international visitors alike. The hot springs are the highlight of the small town; the spas and accommodation that are built around the thermal pools entice patrons to spend days longer than they planned. Hanmer is perfect for a relaxing getaway with a spouse, surrounded by nature in luxurious accommodation. It’s also an easy drive with your car hire.

Further south, Queenstown definitely warrants a weekend away to experience the excitement of the world’s “Adventure Capital”. Bungee jumping, jet boating and sky diving are all on the cards and the town’s restaurants and cafes are the perfect place to bring your heart rate back down in between. If you have the time, make sure you take a drive in your car hire to visit Queenstown for some of the most unique experiences in the country.

In the winter, New Zealand becomes a haven for skiers and snowboarders. The South Island boasts some of the best mountains in the country, and if you visit during the snow season you don’t want to miss out. Mt Hutt and Porter Heights are both a short drive from the Garden City and excellent ski-fields for every skill level. Keep an eye on the snow reports and enjoy the best part of the New Zealand winter.

The little French settlement of Akaroa on Banks Peninsula is steeped in history with art galleries and cafes all on a beautiful sheltered harbour. Dolphin watching is a major draw for the town too; boats take visitors on tours almost daily to see and swim with Hector’s Dolphins that inhabit the Akaroa harbour. Its popularity sees its resorts fill up during the summer so it’s a good idea to book early.

Set yourself up in Christchurch for the best way to experience everything the South Island has on offer with all the amenities you need, restaurants, bars and accommodation options for all budgets. Make your travelling easier, more comfortable and at your own leisure by booking a car hire at Christchurch airport.