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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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A Christmas to Remember 2017

Tue 12th Dec 2017

Christmas can mean family and friends and anticipation for the years ahead. When there has been a bereavement, Christmas can be a difficult time and somehow, no matter how hard we try, the lights just do not sparkle as ...

Where: Westpark Chapel, Christchurch
Address: 467 Wairakei Rd, Christchurch

From: 7:00pm on Tuesday 12th December 2017
To: 9:00pm on Tuesday 12th December 2017

Off the Wall - Quiz With a Twist

From: Tue 6th Jun 2017

Off the Wall, quizzes are an exciting new take on your standard pub quiz, with a strong focus on not taking itself too seriously and a tongue kept firmly in cheek. As well as traditional quiz questions, Off the Wall also ...

Where: Strange & Co, Christchurch
Address: 89 Lichfield St, Christchurch

From: 7:30pm on Tuesday 6th June 2017
To: 10:00pm on Tuesday 19th December 2017

A Laugh With Carlton

From: Tue 28th Nov 2017

A Laugh with Carlton is a celebration of Christchurch's rapidly growing comedy scene. Always hosted by one of the pros, we then stack the line up with comics across a range of experience, and close off each half with ...

Where: Carlton Bar & Eatery, Christchurch
Address: 1 Papanui Rd, Christchurch

From: 7:00pm on Tuesday 28th November 2017
To: 9:30pm on Tuesday 19th December 2017

Trivia Tuesdays

From: Tue 12th Dec 2017

We're getting trivial, Strange & Co style. That means funny questions, funnier answers and plenty of refreshments. Find some mates who think they've got wits, replace them with better mates with more wits and come on ...

Where: Strange & Co, Christchurch
Address: 89 Lichfield St, Christchurch

From: 7:00pm on Tuesday 12th December 2017
To: 10:00pm on Tuesday 13th March 2018

Craic Sessions

From: Tue 11th Jul 2017

Join us every Monday for Craic Sessions. Irish Music that transports you to Ireland at the very sound. Instruments range from a Flute to a Harp and each week brings something unique and amazing. Stay for a meal ...

Where: Pegasus Arms Restaurant & Bar, Christchurch
Address: 14 Oxford Terrace, Christchurch

From: 7:00pm on Tuesday 11th July 2017
To: 9:00pm on Tuesday 6th March 2018

Pub Quiz With Malcolm

From: Tue 11th Jul 2017

Join us every Tuesday for a good ol' fashioned Pub Quiz hosted by Malcolm! Quiz starts at 7pm, but we will reserve your table for 6:30 pm so that you can come early and organise drinks and a meal or snack for your ...

Where: Pegasus Arms Restaurant & Bar, Christchurch
Address: 14 Oxford Terrace, Christchurch

From: 7:00pm on Tuesday 11th July 2017
To: 10:00pm on Tuesday 6th March 2018

Christchurch Christmas Lightshow

From: Fri 1st Dec 2017

The Christchurch Christmas Lightshow is the most spectacular Lightshow in New Zealand. Over 400,000 lights which are synchronized to music, Hundreds of animated characters, Large inflatables and animated Carnival ...

Where: Christchurch Christmas Lightshow, Christchurch
Address: 650 Shands Road

From: 8:30pm on Friday 1st December 2017
To: 12:00am on Sunday 31st December 2017

Boulivard Arts Market

From: Mon 10th Jul 2017

An artisans market of quality, locally and New Zealand made arts and crafts. Reflecting the essence of New Zealand creativity. The weekend market makes up part of The Boulevard Container Shops, a wonderful ...

Where: Worcester Boulevard, Christchurch
Address: 31 -33 Worcester Boulevard, Christchurch

From: 9:30am on Monday 10th July 2017
To: 4:30pm on Sunday 14th January 2018

Chicago

From: Sat 25th Nov 2017

Murder. Fame. And All That Jazz. An explosion of scandal, celebrity and murder runs riot throughout the streets of 1920s Chicago. Camera flashes and Roxie Hart looks straight into the lens with a hint of a smile ...

Where: Court Theatre, Christchurch
Address: Bernard St, Addington, Christchurch

From: 7:30pm on Saturday 25th November 2017
To: 10:00pm on Saturday 20th January 2018

WoodCraft Gallery

From: Mon 10th Jul 2017

The Woodcraft gallery showcases and sells the artworks of about 46 wood artists sourced both locally and from throughout New Zealand. Individually worked sculptural pieces, hand carved by the local artist Andrew ...

Where: Woodcraft Gallery, Christchurch
Address: 33 Worcester Boulevard, Christchurch

From: 9:30am on Monday 10th July 2017
To: 4:30pm on Sunday 14th January 2018

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