Plan Your Trip

Selwyn has plenty of nearby activities and locations to visit. Whether you're looking to head out for just one day or two or even three, check out some of our top recommended itineraries. 

1 Day in Selwyn

Christchurch | Washpen Falls | Terrace Downs | Christchurch

  • City to West Melton – 30 minutes
  • Airport to West Melton – 20 minutes
  • Trip allowance: approximately 9 hours

Take a short drive from Christchurch airport to the township of West Melton and have a tasty breakfast at Two Fat Possums.

Continue your journey through beautiful country views to find the hidden gem that is Washpen Falls. Complete the amazing two hour walk through ‘a pocket of paradise where moa once roamed.’

Enjoy high tea at Terrace Downs followed by a relaxing spa treatment at the Terrace Downs High Country Spa.

Travel back to Christchurch after a delicious dinner at the boutique winery of Melton Estate.

3 Days in Selwyn

Darfield | Wilderness Lodge | Gunyah Country Estate | Christchurch

Day One – Darfield to Wilderness Lodge

  • Time allowance: approximately 8.5 hours from Christchurch
  • City to Darfield: 45 minutes
  • Airport to Darfield: 30 minutes

Travel to Darfield village and enjoy breakfast at The Fat Beagle. Continue on your journey along the Inland Scenic Route to Springfield and take a photo at the Springfield Donut.

Enjoy driving through the beautiful high country for a unique, tailored horse trek with Rubicon Valley Horse Treks. Lunch is provided and upon your return, experience the thrill of a jet boat ride with Alpine Jet Thrills.

Stop at Castle Hill for a self-guided walk through the limestone rock formations before making your way to Wilderness Lodge for dinner and accommodation for the night.

Day Two – Wilderness Lodge to Gunyah Country Estate

  • Time allowance: 6–8 hours

After a leisurely breakfast at Wilderness Lodge, travel along the inland scenic route to Arthurs Pass and explore this small alpine village. Take a short walk up to the stunning waterfall on Devils Punchbowl Walking Track and finish with a coffee at the Wobbly Kea.

Continue on your drive to Middle Rock Farm and experience first-hand, life on a high country sheep station with a farm tour, lunch is included. Finish your day with dinner and accommodation at Gunyah Country Estate

Day Three – Gunyah Country Estate to Christchurch

  • Time allowance: approximately 7.5 hours

Wake up in the stunning Gunyah Country Estate at dawn and take a short twenty minute drive to experience hot air ballooning with Ballooning Canterbury. Take part in a magical flight offering panoramic views across Canterbury and upon landing, a glass of champagne and refreshments.

Drive to the boutique winery Melton Estate for a fabulous wine tasting and delicious lunch.

Complete your trip into Christchurch city or head to the airport.