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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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Comedy Election Debate Night

Fri 22nd Sep 2017

New Zealand, the little nation that could. But could it really? And can it still? And more importantly, could it better under different leadership? Yes, it’s election season. And no election season would be complete ...

Where: Dim 7th Jazz and Whisky Bar, Christchurch
Address: 363 Lincoln Road, Christchurch

From: 9:00pm on Friday 22nd September 2017
To: 11:00pm on Friday 22nd September 2017

No Material Allowed #12

Fri 22nd Sep 2017

No Material Allowed is an improvised stand-up comedy show like no other. A great lineup of comedians performs with nothing prepared to create a hilarious, original set through crowd work, improv and general shenanigans. ...

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

From: 7:15pm on Friday 22nd September 2017
To: 9:00pm on Friday 22nd September 2017

Astronomy Public Open Nights

From: Fri 7th Apr 2017

Grab the opportunity to become "Skyentists" for the evening, as you and your family enjoy the wonders of the southern night sky with local amateur astronomers. See planets such as Jupiter or Saturn or perhaps take a ...

Where: Canterbury Astronomical Society, Christchurch
Address: 218 Bells Road, Christchurch

From: 7:30pm on Friday 7th April 2017
To: 9:00pm on Friday 22nd September 2017

Chickenyard and Bad Surfers

From: Fri 22nd Sep 2017

Come and enjoy some exciting and original art rock hard rock and country with 2 of Christchurch's best underground bands.

Where: Hell Fire Club, Lyttelton, Christchurch District
Address: Cnr Norwich Qy & Oxford St, Lyttelton, Christchurch District

From: 8:00pm on Friday 22nd September 2017
To: 1:00am on Saturday 23rd September 2017

NZ National Schools HIP-HOP Competition 2017

Fri 22nd Sep 2017

25 Hip-Hop crews from across New Zealand battling to be National Champions.

Where: Lincoln Event Centre, Lincoln, Selwyn
Address: 15 Meijer Dr, Lincoln, Selwyn

From: 4:30pm on Friday 22nd September 2017
To: 10:00pm on Friday 22nd September 2017

X Files

From: Fri 22nd Sep 2017

Let X-Files entertain you with style - party on the dance floor.

Where: Trevinos Bar And Restaurant, Christchurch
Address: 22 Riccarton Rd, Riccarton, Christchurch

From: 9:00pm on Friday 22nd September 2017
To: 1:00am on Saturday 23rd September 2017

Riccarton High School's Music Soiree

Fri 22nd Sep 2017

The Soiree is an exciting new musical event presented by our Senior Music Students, who will be performing a variety of jazz and modern arrangements to form a fabulous programme of music for you to enjoy. Set in the ...

Where: Lyttelton Arts Factory, Lyttelton, Christchurch District
Address: 34 Oxford Street, Lyttelton, Lyttelton, Christchurch District

From: 7:30pm on Friday 22nd September 2017
To: 10:00pm on Friday 22nd September 2017

Not Hamlet Ubu Night

Fri 22nd Sep 2017

A special Ubu Night for the 2017 Christchurch Arts Festival… Ubu and his friends, Hamlet, Ophelia and the Ghost, invite you to a pre-election party in The Gym! Bill, Jacinda and Paula may drop by. Leonard Cohen, ...

Where: The Gym, Christchurch
Address: The Arts Centre, Worcester Boulevard, Christchurch

From: 6:00pm on Friday 22nd September 2017
To: 11:00pm on Friday 22nd September 2017

Maestro B

From: Fri 1st Sep 2017

Catch Maestro B DJing at Casa Publica from 9pm til late.

Where: Casa Publica, Christchurch
Address: 180 Armagh Street, Christchurch

From: 9:00pm on Friday 1st September 2017
To: 11:59pm on Friday 22nd September 2017

Mezzanine

From: Thu 14th Sep 2017

Catch Mezzanine playing at Carlton from 9pm til late.

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

From: 9:00pm on Thursday 14th September 2017
To: 11:59pm on Friday 22nd September 2017

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