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Christchurch & Canterbury

Christchurch is New Zealand's second largest city and has gone through a major redevelopment due to a couple very large earthquakes in recent years. While that means there are some places still dealing with recovery, it also means its a vibrant city with some exciting new developments going on! And luckily it is still open for business. The Garden City of New Zealand is well worth a visit.

Getting Between Hokitika & Christchurch

There are many ways to get between Hokitika. It is only 3 1/2 hours drive from Hoktiika. That means it's an easy day drive from the "big smoke" to the vastly different landscape of the West Coast. And along the way, you can enjoy one of the most scenic drives in New Zealand via Arthur's Pass and the impressive Otira Gorge.

If you don't fancy driving, you can always take the Tranz Alpine Rail Journey, voted one of the world's top 10 scenic train rides. Yup, scenic is the key word! 

There are also direct flights between Christchurch and Hokitika daily on AirNZ. See our Air NZ fare finder on the homepage for flight information. 

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