Excited to plan your campervan trip in New Zealand from Christchurch to Dunedin? A campervan hire is perfect for a great adventure. You can travel from Christchurch to Dunedin in as little as five days or extend it over a few weeks. There are several different routes to take, and we are sharing three fun-filled itineraries to consider.

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500km trip distance

7 day roadtrip

Kuga Campervan recommended

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Lake Tekapo Focus

Christchurch to Dunedin Itinerary 1

Once you pick up your campervan of choice from Christchurch, head southwest through the Canterbury plains – known for its patchwork quilt greens. Be sure to take State Highway 72 – the Inland Scenic Route – to find plenty of hidden treasures along the way, including Pleasant Point Railway or The Cuddy, a thatched house on the Waimate Walkway.

Then you will cross the Rakaia River, one of New Zealand’s braided rivers, which is an iconic salmon fishing destination. You should also stop at Methven, a ski town. Park your campervan for a bit and enjoy a bike ride or a hike.

Then, on to Lake Tekapo. The lake has a turquoise, milky colour from the fine rock-flour suspended in the water. And while the lake is stunning during the day, at night it becomes one of the best places for stargazing. There are several campervan parks for you to choose from, including ones on the harbour and beaches. Don’t miss taking a dip in the Tekapo Springs.

Timaru and Oamaru

Christchurch to Dunedin Itinerary 2

Stay close to the coast with this route, staying longer in Timaru, which is located in the Canterbury region. While there, you must make time for Caroline Bay for a swim or a stroll through the botanic gardens. If you are a history buff, check out the museums, which hold Maori and Polynesian artifacts.

Next up, you’ll head toward Oamaru on your campervan hire, however, we recommend a quick stop by Aoraki Mount Cook, New Zealand’s highest peak. Take the time for a long hike here to take in the best of nature. In Oamaru, you will find some furry friends, with the stunning arrival of blue and yellow-eyed penguins at night. In addition to the natural beauty of Oamaru, the city is home to some of the best preserved buildings in the country, which are made from local limestone.

Middlemarch and Dunedin

Christchurch to Dunedin Itinerary 3