Ever thought about where you should go in the south Island? Well here is an idea for you – how about a road trip to Dunedin! Dunedin has been known as a university town for many years but there is another side to it that people seem to miss. We recommend flying into Christchurch and picking up a car rental to make your way towards Dunedin as there is lots to see on the way.
Once you leave Christchurch head 60kms down the coast for Rakaia. This tiny rural town has a stop for you; Salmon World has been designed to appeal to all ages and has been modelled on the Rakaia River which is considered as the best salmon fishing river in New Zealand. It has huge salmon tanks and aquariums to help you understand the life-cycle of salmon; they even have a 4D movie ride.
Keep heading another 20 minutes along State Highway 1 and you will pass through Ashburton next. This farmer’s town has local specialties that will please your bellies, perfect for a lunch-time driving break during your South Island adventure. From free-range turkey, handmade chocolates, honey, berries and sausage rolls there is something for us all!
Geraldine may not be a well-known town, but it is where you can experience the newest must-do adventure activity – Canyoning! Approximately 40 minutes from Ashburton, this new craze is action pack with jumps, slides, abseils, rappels and zips plus flips. This is the place where you get to enjoy nature’s water park. We highly recommend Big Rock Canyons they have tours for all levels.
Our next stop on this journey before we get to Dunedin would have to be the Moeraki Boulders – they are a crazy sight. Just an hour’s drive north of Dunedin, these huge boulders sit on Koekohe beach near Moeraki. Formed from sediment around 60 million years ago, the boulders are perfectly round and make for an amazing photo opportunity when the tide is right.
On part two of our road trip we will dive into what is great to see around Dunedin and what wildlife you can see there.