Christchurch to Kaikoura

Kaikoura Travel Blog

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The drive to Kaikoura is a pleasant 2.5 hour drive across the Canterbury plains crossing agricultural land and crossing several of New Zealand's famed braided rivers. The scenery then changes as you enter the Waipara Valley wine growing regions. The final section of the drive is through some windy hill country before reaching the coast 18 km from Kaikoura. The road then hugs the coast offering several great spots for seal viewing as they sun themselves on the rocks.

The drive affords two good locations for a break.
The first is at the Pukeko Junction Cafe, about 45 minutes after leaving Christchurch. It has a good cafe serving great coffee and a wide variety of savoury and sweet items for a lunch brunch, morning tea, or a full lunch. It has disabled toilet facilities as well as disabled parking and entry to the building from the northern side. Tables are available both inside and outside.

The second break stop is about another half hour further up the road at Cheviot. Cheviot is an agricultural town but has a variety of food and drink outlets and an accessible toilet facility midway through the town.

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