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Inland Scenic Route 72

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The Journey

Drive along the dotted line where the Canterbury Plains meet the Southern Alps and find a rare kind of heaven.

On one side, serene pastures and fields; on the other side, the rock solid beauty of New Zealand's longest, highest mountain range. Opportunities for outdoor fun can be found at every turn - bring your fly rod, hiking boots and sense of adventure.

Inland Scenic Route 72 journeys from Rangiora, north of Christchurch, to the farming centre of Oxford. The route continues along the foot of the alps to Mount Hutt, Canterbury's premier ski field. Mount Somers is next, for a hike in the mountains. Then it's over the Rangitata River to Geraldine, where you can link to State Highway 1 or head inland to Mount Cook.

We recommended picking up and dropping off your motorhome at our Christchurch branch.

Travel

3 DAYS


Route

Rangiora to Geraldine

183km


Best Time of the Year

Any time of the year

Highlights

  • Rangitata River
  • Aoraki (Mt Cook)
  • Mt Hutt, Canterbury
  • Snow-capped Southern Alps

The Journey

Days

1 2 3

Day 1
Rangiora to Oxford

Distance 33km - Driving Time 30 mins

Day 2
Oxford to Mount Hutt

Distance 70km - Driving Time 30 mins

Day 3
Mount Hutt to Geraldine

Distance 80km - Driving Time 1 hour

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