Alpine Pacific Triangle
The Alpine Pacific Triangle combines some of New Zealand’s premier tourist attractions, all within 2 hours drive of each other. Beginning in the Waipara Wine Region, the Alpine Pacific Triangle heads along the coast to the eco-tourism destination of Kaikoura, or inland to New Zealand’s leading thermal resort – Hanmer Springs.
The start of the Alpine Pacific Triangle is represented by the Waipara Valley, a wine region of considerable acclaim. Take some time out on a wine tasting tour and visit the many fine vineyards contributing to New Zealand’s growing wine reputation.
Heading inland you will encounter a number of fascinating rural towns, as well as the lovely Weka Pass – home of ancient Maori rock paintings. Localities such as Waikari, Hurunui and Culverden offer some interesting historic features as well as lovely scenic stopping points en route.
Further inland lies the alpine resort of Hanmer Springs. A long time popular tourist destination, the healing properties of the town's natural springs are well-known. Set aside a good while to relax in the naturally heated pools. Hanmer is also full of adventure activities from forest walks, skiing & jet boating to bungy jumping.
On the coastal side of the triangle you'll find eco-tourism hot-spot Kaikoura. Thousands visit this beautiful seaside town every year to experience whale watching, dolphin swimming, seal swimming, bird watching, Maori culture tours, hunting and hiking. Don't leave town without tasting a local crayfish!
The North Canterbury coastal road, between Waipara & Kaikoura, includes some of the region's best-kept holiday secrets. Coastal havens Gore Bay & Motunau offer swimming, surfing & boating prospects & are in hot demand during summer. Visit Cheviot for camping supplies or a lovely meal before going to the beach.
- Approx 370km long
- Circular route
- Minimum duration: 2 days
- Start: Amberley or Kaikoura
- End: Kaikoura or Amberley
- Wine & food, scenery, coastal, wildlife, adventure, luxury