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Dunedin to Kaikoura via Christchurch

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 Moeraki Boulders
driving   /   2 days


Dunedin to Kaikoura road trip planner

Here's a sample itinerary for a drive from Dunedin to Kaikoura. If you're planning a road trip to Kaikoura, you can research locations to stop along the way. Find the best hotels, restaurants, and attractions based on the most talked about places recommended by Trippy members.

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 Day 1

11:00 am  start in Dunedin
drive for about 54 minutes

11:54 am  Moeraki Boulders
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 12:54 pm
drive for about 1.5 hours

2:25 pm  Timaru
stay overnight and leave the next day around 10:00 am

day 1 driving ≈ 2.5 hours
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 Day 2

10:00 am  leave from Timaru
drive for about 54 minutes

10:54 am  Ashburton
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 11:54 am
drive for about 1 hour

1:06 pm  Christchurch
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 2:06 pm
drive for about 2.5 hours

4:37 pm  arrive in Kaikoura

day 2 driving ≈ 4.5 hours
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Moeraki Boulders



Christchurch  (42 answers)
    questions about Christchurch:
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        What are the best things to do in Christchurch, New Zealand?

What are some things to do in Kaikoura?

This section could be endless, so rather than trying to suggest every local activity or attraction, we'll leave it open-ended.

Of course, Trippy is the perfect place to ask questions because there's an entire community of travelers talking to each other and sharing tips and advice. Trippy is where you can get answers personalized for your tastes, budgets, trip dates & more!

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Do I really have to go back home?

Yes, even this step is optional, because if you're on vacation who wants the trip to end? It's okay, you can start planning your next trip!

Want to plan the trip back? Get the reverse directions for a Kaikoura to Dunedin drive, or go to the main page to plan a new road trip.

You can also compare the travel time if you're flying or driving by calculating the distance from Dunedin to Kaikoura. Or get a full Dunedin to Kaikoura flight plan.

Don't forget about exploring your own hometown with a staycation. You can also find some cool day trips or get away for a weekend.

And if you know Dunedin well, please help your fellow travelers and answer their questions about Dunedin!

At a Glance
without making any stops
total driving distance is 337 miles
driving time of 7 hours, 13 minutes
10 Dunedin travel answers
42 Christchurch travel answers
18 Kaikoura travel answers


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