Campervan from Christchurch to See the South IslandChristchurch is a great central departure point for sight-seeing around New Zealand's South Island.
Heading south, you can take in the cities of Timaru and Oamaru or head to ski fields at Mt Hutt near Methven. The Methven pubs -- known as the Brown Pub and the Blue Pub -- are a great stop-off.
If you fancy travelling further, head through central Otago (wine country!) to Queenstown or the main centre of Dunedin -- in fact you can get pretty much anywhere in the South Island with less than a day's travelling from Christchurch (you might have to get up pretty early to get to Bluff, south of Invercargill, though).
It's also easy to get to the wild and woolly West Coast of the South Island or travel north to Nelson and Marlborough (more wine country!).
Check the weather conditions if you're heading through any of the Southern Alps passes - Lindis Pass, Lewis Pass, Arthur's Pass, Haast Pass -- some of these roads can be quite snowbound in the colder months.
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Video: Photos taken while driving by campervan looping the South Island. Starting from Christchurch, over Lewis Pass to Westport, south via Hokitika, Haast-Pass to Wanaka, Queenstown, back up North via Mount Cook to Akaroa Peninsula, on to Blenheim, Nelson, and back to Christchurch
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