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Canterbury

Welcome to Canterbury! A place where coastal and mountain experiences combine to make a place where there's something hair-raisingly thrilling, day-dreamingly relaxing and breath-takingly beautiful for every traveller. In Canterbury you'll find many worlds within one region. Popular tourism destinations in Canterbury include Christchurch City, Hanmer Springs, Timaru, Lake Tekapo and Mt Hutt. more

Canterbury is the South Island’s largest region, it is the region of stark contrasts. The region is home to both New Zealand’s largest plains – the Canterbury plains with intensive pastoral farming and New Zealand’s highest mountains – Mount Cook. It is home to the South Island’s largest city of Christchurch and some of the country’s most remote wildernesses. It is a land of dramatic mountain ranges, cascading rivers, unbelievably glacial-flour-coloured lakes, rolling hills, flat plains, dramatic coastlines, glaciers, wineries and much more.

Enlarge your itinerary with Canterbury’s huge range of activities including numerous ski resorts, skydiving, bungy jumping, hot air ballooning, trout and salmon fish, chartered sea fishing, whale, dolphin and seal watching, hot-water springs, hiking, Lord of the Rings tours, farm tours, jetboating, wine tasting, glacier climbing, mountaineering, mountain biking to name only a few activities. Canterbury has a selection of activities for everyone including thrill-seekers, families, backpackers, honeymoon makers, groups and elderly.

The mid coastal region of Canterbury is dominated by the large pastoral Canterbury plains, Christchurch and numerous towns. The Canterbury plains are intensively farmed with dairy, sheep, beef and deer faming and is the economic and population centre of the South Island. The town Methven (located on the Canterbury plains at the foot of the towering mountains as they ascend dramatically out of the plain) is the gateway for the popular Mt Hutt ski resort – a thirty minute drive away.

The north is mountainous and dry, boasting most of the region’s wineries – especially in the Waipara region. Secluded in its own valley is the South Island’s most popular hot-springs resort as well as popular ski resort – Hanmer Springs. And to the far north is the popular coastal town of Kiakoura – a prime base for a host of wildlife encounters and famous for its whales, fur seals and dolphins who live permanently on this coast. Kiakoura is scenic mountainous region with a dramatic coastline showcasing many mountains descending down into the sea. Take a drive long the Kiakoura coastal highway you are sure to see many fur seals resting on the rocks.

The western inland regions (also known as “McKenzie Country”) are dry and mountainous. This region includes many of New Zealand’s alpine lakes including famous lakes of Tekapo and Pukaki – these lakes are unique in New Zealand for their distinctive glacial hue. This region is dominated by towering snow-capped mountain ranges, deep glacier cut valleys, tussock grasslands and wild gushing rivers. Mount Cook, New Zealand’s tallest mountain, is found here and from it tumbles New Zealand’s longest glacier – the Tasman Glacier – measuring 27 kilometres long. Mt. Hutt is a popular ski resort found close to the Canterbury plains region. Two of the three mountain passes crossing east-west across the Southern Alps are found here namely, Arthurs Pass and Lewis Pass – these are two of the most spectacular alpine drives in the country.

Canterbury’s south is dominated by scenic rolling hills and pastoral farming. The largest town is Timaru.

Canterbury has a massive range of accommodation options encompassing five-star accommodation, budget motor lodges and motels, luxury alpine lodges and retreats, cheap backpacker accommodation, camping grounds, self-catering apartments, villas, among other options. Regardless of your needs – be it conferencing or assessable accommodation – Canterbury has the right accommodation options for you.

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The East Pointers (CAN) & Mel Parsons

Fri 19th Jan 2018

After bringing down the house at WOMAD 2017, JUNO-Award winning Canadian trio The East Pointers announce their return to New Zealand in January 2018 for a run of dates with NZ luminary, Mel Parsons. Dazzling ...

Where: Blue Smoke, Christchurch
Address: 3 Garlands Road, Woolston, Christchurch

From: 8:30pm on Friday 19th January 2018
To: 11:59pm on Friday 19th January 2018

Friday Night Frights

From: Fri 5th Jan 2018

Friday Night Frights is NZ's newest scare event put together by some of the most experienced and professional scarers and FX artists in the country. Friday Night Frights is NZ's only fully hosted walk through and ride ...

Where: Ferrymead Heritage Park, Christchurch
Address: 50 Ferrymead Park Drive, Ferrymead, Christchurch

From: 9:30pm on Friday 5th January 2018
To: 12:30am on Saturday 10th March 2018

Corona Sunsets Presents L.A.B. w/ Jake Barton

Fri 19th Jan 2018

Christchurch get ready! This summer, Corona Sunsets is stoked to bring you soul/rock/funk outfit L.A.B. live and free at the Winnie Bagoes on January 19 – supported by Jake Barton from Summer Thieves. Just when you ...

Where: Winnie Bagoes City, Christchurch
Address: Corner Madras & Allen Streets, Christchurch, Christchurch

From: 8:00pm on Friday 19th January 2018
To: 11:00pm on Friday 19th January 2018

MisFitz

Fri 19th Jan 2018

Playing all your favorite pub classic covers, Misfitz promise a night of great songs, entertainment to get you up dancing.

Where: Sandridge Hotel, Christchurch
Address: 30 Huxley St, Sydenham, Christchurch

From: 8:00pm on Friday 19th January 2018
To: 11:45pm on Friday 19th January 2018

Funhouse Friday Open Mic

Fri 19th Jan 2018

Welcome to Fun-House Comedy Open Mic. Show starts at 9pm Friday night and features up and coming local stand-up talent. Get in early for a good seat at this cool new venue. A venue that has been built for the direct ...

Where: Kensington Fun House, Christchurch
Address: 185 Manchester St, Christchurch

From: 9:00pm on Friday 19th January 2018
To: 11:45pm on Friday 19th January 2018

Blackie

Fri 19th Jan 2018

Enjoy a boogie on a Friday night at Protocol with Blackie.

Where: Protocol, Christchurch
Address: 2 Colombo Street, Christchurch

From: 8:30pm on Friday 19th January 2018
To: 11:30pm on Friday 19th January 2018

The D'Sendantz

From: Fri 19th Jan 2018

Kick off the weekend with the funky vibe of the D'Sendantz at Fox Palms.

Where: Fox & Ferret - The Palms, Christchurch
Address: The Palms, Cnr Marshland and New Brighton Rds, Christchurch

From: 9:00pm on Friday 19th January 2018
To: 12:00am on Saturday 20th January 2018

David Correos Attempts All the Comedy

From: Thu 11th Jan 2018

David Correos. A proper weapon of comedy delivers the preview of his next Correos spectacular! If comedy is a business, then Correos is the loose cannon that shows up in casual attire every day of the week and lets ...

Where: darkroom, Christchurch
Address: 336 St Asaph Street, Christchurch

From: 7:30pm on Thursday 11th January 2018
To: 8:45pm on Saturday 20th January 2018

Strangers

From: Fri 19th Jan 2018

Strangers explore the moment when two people meet, and how their relationship develops or disintegrates. Watch as our actors create beautiful moments of humour, heartbreak, and humanity in an unscripted exploration of ...

Where: Orange Studios, Christchurch
Address: 3/1063 Ferry Rd, Woolston, Christchurch

From: 7:30pm on Friday 19th January 2018
To: 9:00pm on Friday 2nd February 2018

The Topp Twins

From: Thu 18th Jan 2018

The Topp Twins re-invent themselves on stage, changing character, musical style and gender with ease. Armed with guitar, mouth-harp and spoons they delivery original songs, audience participation, comedy and ...

Where: Christ's College, Christchurch
Address: Rolleston Ave, Christchurch

From: 6:00pm on Thursday 18th January 2018
To: 7:15pm on Sunday 21st January 2018

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