Gore Bay - North Canterbury  Gemma Dixon

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.

Inland North Canterbury

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.

Hanmer Springs

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!

Coastal North Canterbury

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.


The loud slurping noise doesn't fit the situation Daniel Schuster Winery


 Lessons learnt from a day in the country


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 Dolphin under water, Kaikoura  © Kaikoura Information & Tourism



 Surfers at Gore Bay, North Canterbury, New Zealand.  Amelia Norman

Route Map

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Route Facts

  • Approx 370km long
  • Circular route
  • Minimum duration: 2 days
  • Start: Amberley or Kaikoura
  • End: Kaikoura or Amberley
  • Wine & food, scenery, coastal, wildlife, adventure, luxury

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