Drive along this stunning route, where the Canterbury Plains meet the Southern Alps and find a rare kind of heaven.
On one side, serene pastures and fields; on the other side, the rock solid beauty of New Zealand's longest, highest mountain range.
Opportunities for outdoor fun can be found at every turn - bring your fishing rod, hiking boots, bike and sense of adventure.
Inland Scenic Route 72 journeys from Amberley, north of Christchurch, to the rural town of Winchester in the South.
The route follows the foothills of the alps through Oxford, Darfield, Coalgate then on to the Majestic Rakaia Gorge. Stop for a Jetboat ride before mountain biking or Skiing in the winter on Mt Hutt, New Zealand’s No#1 premier ski field.
Mount Somers is next, for a stroll in the mountains or a visit to Mt Sunday, the location of ‘Edoras’ in the Lord of the Rings trilogy.
Then it's over the Rangitata River to beautiful Geraldine, where you can link to State Highway 1 at Winchester or head inland though Fairlie to Lake Tekapo, Mount Cook and beyond.