Christchurch is surrounded by an abundance of national parks, so make the most of your campervan rental and explore as many as you can!
Ashley Rakahuri Regional Park
The Ashley River and the berm region between the Okuku River and the Ashley Estuary are part of the Ashley Rakahuri Regional Park. Extremely dedicated mountain bikers flock to the park because of the many tracks available for riders of varying skill levels. Walk, picnic, swim, or ride around the park all day. Although camping here for the night is strictly forbidden, it makes for a fantastic day trip and should definitely be on your list.
Northern Pegasus Bay
Located north of the Waimakariri River, Northern Pegasus Bay is home to the beachside neighbourhoods of The Pines Beach, Kairaki, Leithfield, Woodend, Amberley, and Waikuku. The bay’s beaches, both pebbly and sandy, are stunning and make for a wonderful vacation spot. Fishing, bird viewing, camping, swimming, and horseback riding are just some of the popular pastimes enjoyed by locals and tourists alike.
Lake Tekapo Regional Park
The eastern beaches of Lake Tekapo are home to Lake Tekapo Regional Park. The popular cycling, walking, and running paths in this park are surrounded by stunning coniferous trees. Enjoy a variety of fun activities, from mountain biking and boating to swimming and hours of kid-friendly enjoyment at the bike park.