From the Ocean to the Sea.
Day 8 Today you leave the coast and drive back to Christchurch along the Trans Alpine route over Arthur's Pass. The landscape changes dramatically along this route from dense forests on the western side to the high alpine terrain and beech forest round Arthur's Pass National Park before dropping down to the Canterbury Plains. Your Ocean to Sea journey returns you back to Christchurch Airport where you will return your vehicle prior to checking in for your flight home. If you prefer a more leisurely departure we would recomend you stay one more night in Christchurch before returning the car in the morning and choosing a morning departure home.