After landing into Auckland, you will take a flight from the capital to Christchurch. This is a short hour and a half flight and can be booked for as little as $60 USD round trip through Jetstar, the intercontinental budget airline.
Once you land in Christchurch, you can rent a car from one of the companies that are in airport, though we suggest you use Snapcar rentals (see below "Rent a Car") or if you decide to wait until the next day to pick one up, you can take the purple bus from outside the airport (Bus 29) and it will take you directly into the heart of Christchurch with the drop off at the city bus station.
We would recommend only staying one night in Christchurch; with a timeline of two weeks you'll want to make the most of your trip and there's a lot more to see on the South Island!
Cathedral Square: Located in the center of town (and currently under construction repair as of September 2018, this mid 1900’s cathedral is the focal point of the damage the earthquake in 2011, as well as after shocks, did to the city. Take in the scene, as this is also what you will expect to see here. During the year, many festivals and markets can be found around the Cathedral as well.
Re:StartMall: As any main city would have, the Re:StartMall is a good place to walk around and stack up on supplies for the journey ahead. As you walk through the squares, you'll find everything from small side street vendors to high-end boutiques. There are plenty of restaurants/pubs to stop and grab a bite to eat. There is a grocery store located near the bus station if you plan on doing cooking at the hostels.
Since you will only be spending a night in Christchurch, there are plenty of accommodation options you can choose from that wont break the bank. Some hostels that we recommend are Around the World Backpackers and Urbanz Hostels because they are close to the city center. For more accommodation options available in Christchurch, look at the map below. To find prices and availability, use Booking.com!