The Great Alpine Highway in New Zealand

Travel & LeisureOutdoors

  • Author Luis Domenech
  • Published June 7, 2024
  • Word count 525

Travelling in New Zealand with a car or a campervan is a great idea. With a car or a campervan, you can easily explore areas that are usually difficult to reach with local transportation facilities. Many backpackers, tourists, and travelers prefer traveling this way because they can meet and interact with or travel with the locals. If you're in a car, you must drive along New Zealand's Great Alpine Highway. The highway has some amazing, spectacular views and an adventurous ride. It is situated in the Canterbury region. Surrounded by a great mountainous view and a beautiful road, you will have a magnificent driving experience.


Christchurch is located on the east coast of the South Islands. It is the largest city in the South Islands. It is renowned for its English heritage. It is near to the Avon River. On the banks of the Avon River, there are cycle paths. You can enjoy cycling on these tracks while seeing the magnificent mountains and crystal-clear river views. You can also visit Port Hills for an exciting bike ride or the old English-inspired gardens and bars. To make your journey memorable, you can head to the summer beach. Along the way, you will also come across the Sheffield Pie Shop. Sheffield Pie Shop is known for having the best pies in the country. They have a wide variety of pies, from meat to sweet pies. If you're traveling through Route 73, it is recommended that you visit here to experience the different varieties of pies offered here.

Christchurch to Arthur's Pass

On the way to Arthur's Pass, you will first reach the Canterbury Plains. Equipped with clear, cold rivers, blowing cold air, epic mountainous views, etc., you'll inevitably fall in love with this place. Canterbury Plains stretches from North to the South. After the Canterbury Plains, you'll be reaching the Arthur's Pass. Arthur's Pass is the highest and the most major peak in the Southern Alps. Around Arthur's Pass, you will experience the most beautiful natural sceneries, including lakes, rivers, mountains, and more.

Castle Hill is a walk away from Arthur's Pass road. In Castle Hill, you can see the beautiful limestone caves and rocks. You can easily reach the top of these giant limestone boulders and experience a 360-degree view of the whole place. This place is very famous among photographers and rock climbers. The limestone caves have some stunning and eye-catching limestone structures inside.

Arthur's Pass to Greymouth

When traveling down the coast, you will reach the West Coast. On your arrival to the West Coast, greenery rain forests will be waiting to welcome you. On your journey from Arthur's Pass to the West Coast, you will also see the Otira River. This area is enriched with magnificent wildlife and plant life. The weather is windy with a cold wind blowing in the place. Greymouth is the largest town on the West Coast. Many adventurous activities, including sea kayaking, white-water rafting, and more, are the main highlights of Greymouth. It is a famous tourist destination among adventure lovers, and a considerable number of people from around the world visit to enjoy the activities offered here.

Source: Kiwilanders New Zealand

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