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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What Do You Want To Do?
Mobile-friendly - Welcome to Absolutely Fabulous Southern Lakes Tours! Ideal for couples or family groups of all ages. Very family friendly with no age restrictions. Four-day Lord of the Rings tours. Christchurch to Queenstown, Milford Sound and beyond plus four-day Southern Lakes Sightseeing Tours. Option to fly out of Queenstown or return to Christchurch. Tour vehicle is exclusively reserved for you.
Mobile-friendly - Comfortable four-star Qualmark-rated accommodation furnished with tasteful decor. Studio and family units all with queen-size beds, Sky TV and BBQ area. Accessible accommodation. Offering an ideal balance between convenience and tranquility. Kaikoura is a magical destination located between Christchurch and Blenheim. Experience the rugged coastal alpine scenery, whale watching, dolphin swimming, diving and an abundance of eco-tourism related activities.
Mobile-friendly - Enjoy the thrills of offroad motorcycle and quadbike fun, riding the best high country trails in New Zealand. Trails suitable for novice to experienced riders. Coaching can be arranged for beginners. Includes transport from Christchurch, all riding gear, experienced guide, snacks, drink, latest model trail and quad bikes from 100cc to 450cc. Half-day/day tours departing daily all year.
Mobile-friendly - Adventure Trailrides New Zealand offer corporate tours allowing us to put your team through their paces on an enduro motorcycle or atv quad bike in Christchurch. Our tours are suitable for beginners with coaching available and we can cater for up to 16 people. Single or multi-day options are available as well as lunch or corporate meals.
The Aigantighe Art Museum (pronounced 'egg and tie') in Timaru, New Zealand is renowned internationally for its collection and innovative exhibition and education programmes. Aigantighe holds New Zealand, Pacific, Asian and European art works from the sixteenth century to the present day. Its British Victorian painting collection is of great significance.
Air Kaikoura was the first to offer Whale Watching flights and for the last 25 years has been providing amazing whale experiences, scenic flights, pilot-a-plane trips and pilot training. Experience the stunning beauty of a place where mountains meet the sea, and marine life abounds. Let Air Kaikoura show you that there's… “More to a whale than just the tail.”
Mobile-friendly - Air Milford proudly operates the only brand new Cessna Caravan aircraft. This aircraft offers leather seating, quiet air conditioned comfort and great viewing for all passengers. It is one of the safest aircraft flying today. Eco-tours, aircraft charters, fishing, hunting and personalised tours. Flights to Milford Sound, Doubtful Sound, the Southern Alps and Glaciers.
Airpark Canterbury is a privately owned-and-operated 24-hour / 7-day Christchurch Airport car parking facility offering the most cost-effective parking in the area. Just 4 minutes drive from the airport, there is short and long term options with 620 well marked car-parks, including dedicated mobility parking and floodlighting. Free airport drop-off and pickup via our Mercedes courtesy vehicle.
Scenic flights over the South Island’s spectacular Southern Alps. Our high wing Cessna seats five and provides fantastic viewing and photo opportunities. Enjoy unimpeded views as you fly through a landscape of unbelievable grandeur and beauty. Scenic routes include Mt Cook & West Coast Glaciers and the Rangitata Headwaters. Airport transfers from Christchurch to Queenstown or anywhere in between.
Mobile-friendly - Spectacular and unforgettable Grand Traverse scenic flights of the Mount Cook and Westland World Heritage Parks. Explore the alpine wonderland of New Zealand's highest mountains and largest glaciers on this incredible flightseeing experience. Depart hourly from Lake Tekapo, Glentanner Park and Franz Josef on modern, well equipped aircraft. All window seats.
Sail with dolphins on New Zealand's oldest ketch—Fox II. See penguins, seals, albatross, and other sea birds. A real sailing experience; as crew, or just relax. Quiet, eco-friendly green boat, two masts, six red sails. Food, refreshments, complimentary coffee/tea. 2.5 hour cruise, departing 10:30am and 1:15pm from Dalys Wharf, Akaroa late Dec-May. Satisfaction guaranteed! Private charters. Company functions. Weddings.
Mobile-friendly - Akaroa French Connection Services connect with harbour cruises, dolphin swimming, sea-kayaking, horse-treks and local tours. Your journey includes comfortable coach transport, free pick-up from inner-city accommodation, refreshment and photo stops en-route, informative driver commentary and a 'drive through introduction' of the charming Akaroa Village. Come and experience Akaroa and enjoy a spectacular scenic drive across picturesque Banks Peninsula with us!
We provide the only environmentally sustainable and exciting harbour cruise around Akaroa Harbour. Enjoy an encounter with wildlife, on their terms, without disrupting their environment. Our 47-foot classic ocean sailing yacht, Manutara, is one of the last A-Class keelers built. Enjoy a 2.5-hour sail experience cruise around Akaroa Harbour, with basic, personal sail training included.
Mobile-friendly - Stunning views across the majestic Akaroa harbour, and only a 300-metre walk to the main street—the ideal getaway from busy city life. Only an 85 kilometre drive from Christchurch. A full range of campsite facilities including a swimming pool, BBQ area and TV Lounge. Accommodation catering to all needs, from self contained units to budget cabins to spacious camp sites.
Mobile-friendly - Kaikoura has the greatest number of different seabirds in a small area. View these birds in their natural environment. Birds include albatross, petrels, shearwaters, terns, shags and gulls. Experience the sensation of getting close to the mighty albatross, one of the world's largest flight birds.
Mobile-friendly - Walk the Waihi River, South Canterbury, leading your alpaca. Interact with these beautiful animals, get up close and take some photos! Cuddle our pet lamb, rabbits and guinea pigs too. Relax and take in the beauty of the Four Peaks range and Mt Peel. Suitable for all ages, free entry for children under 5. Open 7 days a week.
Mobile-friendly - Alpine Adventure Holiday Park is situated 2.5km outside town in a quiet, bush-clad valley at the foot of Jack's Pass, the park is set on the site of an historic staging post. Offering a large range of accommodation to suit all tastes and budgets, the park boasts the best facilities around including a pool, games room, adventure playground, and more.
Mobile-friendly - Hanmer Springs' central mini golf course is located just past the Heritage Hotel and this course has been recently rebuilt with lots of new and exciting holes! This is also your starting point for the Village Cruisers. Families have been enjoying our bikes for 17 years! A fun form of transport to get around Hanmer Springs designed for 4-6 people!
Imagine spending your holiday on one of our exhilarating trail rides in the high country of New Zealand's South Island. Guided horse riding pack trips from two hours to twelve days though the North Canterbury high country. View spectacular scenery: snow-capped mountains, vast river flats, crystal clear lakes and rivers.
Mobile-friendly - Alpine Jet will take you deep into the foothills of the Southern Alps through the breathtaking Waimakariri River canyon. We are situated only 50 minutes from Christchurch Airport. Breathtaking views, excellent mixture of scenery and excitement, our safari tour option doubles as an eco-experience with magnificent scenery, native bush and wildlife.
Range of warm, affordable accommodation in Canterbury's alpine thermal wonderland. Excellent facilities and close to the village amenities. Alpine Lodge Motel in Hanmer Springs is close to ski fields and a challenging golf course. Breakfasts available. Popular recreational activities available and we are happy to assist. A great area to relax and unwind.
Mobile-friendly - Accommodation set in picturesque, quiet, rural setting with stunning mountain views, but still only 400 metres from town. Excellent selection of accommodation, cabins, en-suites and motels, with park facilities for powered campervan or tent sites. Facilities include heated pool and spas, wireless Internet and high pressure showers. Qualmark 4.5 star rating for holiday park and Qualmark 4 stars for Motels.
Mobile-friendly - The Southern Alp foothills undergo magical transformation in winter. A covering of snow creates an extensive playground for trampers on snowshoes. Hike 3 hours to our cosy mountain-hut at the snowline(1280m). From here we explore a winter wonderland of ice-covered streams, curving ridges, snowy valleys, returning each night to relax by the warmth of a pot-belly stove.
Mobile-friendly - You'll be inspired by the magic light of the Mackenzie Country across golden tussock, snow-capped peaks and turquoise of Lake Tekapo, when you trek with the team at Alpine Recreation. Hike above the foothills of the Southern Alps and climb a 2070m peak, returning to a cosy mountain hut. Enjoy a star-studded evening sky on this ideal introduction to hiking.
Featuring the world famous TranzAlpine train journey this spectacular day tour also includes Jet Boat and a Four Wheel Drive "Unimog" high country safari. Suitable for people of all ages. Departs from Christchurch, across the Canterbury Plains, journey through Arthurs Pass and right into the heart of the National Park. Delicious luncheon supplied.
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- Amberley and Leithfield
- Arthurs Pass
- Broken River
- Hanmer Springs
- Lake Coleridge
- Lake Tekapo
- Mt Cook
- Mt Hutt
- Mt Lyford
- Mt Somers
- Peel Forest
- Porters Ski Area
- Rakaia Gorge
- Springfield and Great Alpine Highway
- Waipara Valley
Where: Burwood Scout Hall, Christchurch
Address: 16 Travis Rd, Burwood, Christchurch
From: 8:00pm on Sunday 4th December 2016
To: 1:00am on Monday 5th December 2016
Kaikoura Benefit Concert
Christchurch's finest Session Band, DJ, Music and Poetry talent & Dim 7th come together to raise funds for Kaikoura. Pre-concert silent auction, all proceeds are donated. No bookings or RSVP, just come down with ...
Where: Dim 7th Jazz and Whisky Bar, Christchurch
Address: 363 Lincoln Road, Christchurch
From: 6:30pm on Sunday 4th December 2016
To: 8:30pm on Sunday 4th December 2016
Filming Aliens, Drugs and Music With John Kempt
Due South Films in association with Phantom Billstickers and The Bone Line is proud to bring ex-pat Kiwi musician John Kempt to Lyttelton for the first time. This event will be filmed as part of our Aliens Drugs and ...
Where: Wunderbar, Lyttelton, Christchurch District
Address: 19 London St, Lyttelton, Christchurch District
From: 7:00pm on Sunday 4th December 2016
To: 8:30pm on Sunday 4th December 2016
The Troggs: CANCELLED
Sixties Giants the Troggs to Tour NZ In November / December On the 50th anniversary of Wild Thing All their Greatest Hits Live in Concert including Wild Thing, With A Girl Like You, I Can't Control Myself, Love Is all ...
Where: Churchills Live , Christchurch
Address: Cnr Battersea St & Colombo St, Christchurch
From: 7:00pm on Sunday 4th December 2016
To: 11:59pm on Sunday 4th December 2016
Christmas At the Haunted House
It is Yuletide and Riccarton House Ghost Tours are ready to receive visitors! The iconic heritage venue opens its doors to all lovers of Victorian gothic on Sunday 4th and 11th December at 8:30pm. Sinister shadows, ...
Where: Riccarton House & Bush, Christchurch
Address: 16 Kahu Rd, Riccarton, Christchurch
From: 8:30pm on Sunday 4th December 2016
To: 9:30pm on Sunday 11th December 2016
Locked In Christchurch - Room Escape Adventure Game
Locked in Christchurch is the newest and greatest Escape Room Adventure game to come to Christchurch. It’s good fun for a group of friends or as a team bonding activity! Its room themes are based on true stories from ...
Where: Locked In Christchurch, Christchurch
Address: 53 Tanner St, Christchurch
From: 12:00am on Wednesday 12th October 2016
To: 10:00pm on Friday 23rd December 2016
Crate Escape - Live Escape Room Challenge
Extended hours for summer! We are now open midweek with extended hours for the summer - book now for you Christmas function! Recently featured on the Paul Henry Show, Stuff.co.nz and NewsHub - Crate Escape is a new ...
Where: Crate Escape, Christchurch
Address: 196 Armagh Street, Christchurch
From: 2:30pm on Friday 25th November 2016
To: 9:30pm on Saturday 24th December 2016
Christchurch Christmas Lightshow
A Christmas Lightshow like no other. We have used over 500,000 lights and created a lightshow that is synchronized to popular rock and classical music. There are also great christmas displays, a number of trains running ...
Where: Shands Road, Christchurch
Address: 650 Shands Road, Christchurch
From: 8:30pm on Friday 2nd December 2016
To: 12:00am on Saturday 31st December 2016
Paint 'n' Sip - Social Painting
Paint 'n' Sip Studio is a night out like no other! What's not to love about wine and art? They go so well together! Start with a blank canvas and sip your way to a one of a kind masterpiece! Our artist guides you step ...
Where: Paint 'n' Sip Studio, Christchurch, Christchurch
Address: 136 Ilam Road, Christchurch
From: 7:00pm on Wednesday 17th August 2016
To: 9:00pm on Friday 23rd December 2016
Workshop - Integrating Mindfulness: Peace in a Frantic World
Peace in a frantic world :) Integrating Mindfulness into our daily lives for health and wellness - Four weeks Monday workshop. 2-hours each week. The last course for 2016, so don't wait! Begins 14th November. ...
Where: The Source of Benefit and Happiness Centre, Christchurch
Address: 34 Dudley Street, Richmond, Christchurch
From: 6:45pm on Monday 14th November 2016
To: 8:45pm on Monday 5th December 2016