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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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Dead End Derby Exhibition Bout - Pinups vs Punks

Fri 21st Jul 2017

Dead End Derby Roller Girls present their first home exhibition bout for 2017. Don't miss the action-packed, full-contact, all-female roller derby battle between two awesome teams - Pinups and Punks. As it is a ...

Where: Cowles Stadium, Christchurch
Address: 210 Pages Rd, Wainoni, Christchurch

From: 7:00pm on Friday 21st July 2017
To: 9:30pm on Friday 21st July 2017

No Material Allowed #6

Fri 21st Jul 2017

No Material Allowed is an improvised stand-up comedy show like no other. A great line up of comedians perform 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 21st July 2017
To: 9:00pm on Friday 21st July 2017

Time2Shine Disco

Fri 21st Jul 2017

The first of many to come! A Time2Shine Disco, it's going to be a lot of fun! 2 til 5 pm on Friday the 21st July - Last week of School Holidays! Kids get to party hard! Face painting, a DJ, and lots of cool games. ...

Where: Bromley Community Centre, Christchurch
Address: 45 Bromley Road, Bromley, Christchurch

From: 2:00pm on Friday 21st July 2017
To: 5:00pm on Friday 21st July 2017

Super Stop Motion Animation Day: SOLD OUT

From: Fri 21st Jul 2017

Are you already a stop-motion enthusiast with movie making experience, or a beginner who thinks their movie ideas are too grand to be confined to a 90 minute or 2.5 hour session? Come to our Super Stop-Motion Animation ...

Where: Imagination Station, Christchurch
Address: 113 Worcester Street, Christchurch

From: 10:00am on Friday 21st July 2017
To: 4:00am on Saturday 22nd July 2017

Imagination Station Brick School: SOLD OUT

From: Mon 10th Jul 2017

Brick School is back! Drop off your children for a day of LEGO fun with our experienced team! This is a day programme for children aged 5 to 13 years of age (recommended age 6 to 11). There will be a variety of ...

Where: Imagination Station, Christchurch
Address: 113 Worcester Street, Christchurch

From: 10:00am on Monday 10th July 2017
To: 4:00pm on Friday 21st July 2017

LEGO Technic Machines - New Brighton Pop-Up

From: Sat 1st Jul 2017

Come and join us for classes at our exciting new pop-up in New Brighton this winter! Whether you are already a fan or you have never built with Technic before, come and have a go building some of our latest Technic ...

Where: Imagination Station New Brighton Pop-up, Christchurch
Address: Carnaby Lane, Christchurch

From: 10:30am on Saturday 1st July 2017
To: 12:00pm on Saturday 19th August 2017

Activities At Westfield

From: Wed 12th Jul 2017

Westfield centres are bringing a Maori legend and the native Pukeko to life these school holidays, with free activities for children. Attendees will be welcomed with a Karakia (Maori blessing) while entering through ...

Where: Westfield Riccarton, Christchurch
Address: 129 Riccarton Road, Riccarton, Christchurch

From: 10:30am on Wednesday 12th July 2017
To: 2:30pm on Friday 21st July 2017

Twin Peaks Ubu Night

Fri 21st Jul 2017

Join Free Theatre at One Eyed Jack’s for an immersion into the unsettling and seductive universe of filmmaker and musician David Lynch. Welcome back to The Red Room where the mundane becomes terrifying and the ...

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

From: 6:00pm on Friday 21st July 2017
To: 11:00pm on Friday 21st July 2017

Guns On Sunday

From: Fri 7th Apr 2017

Talented local duo playing contemporary covers with a little bit of rock and a bit of folk.

Where: The Twisted Hop, Christchurch
Address: 616 Ferry Rd, Woolston, Christchurch

From: 7:30pm on Friday 7th April 2017
To: 9:30pm on Friday 21st July 2017

Shameless Few

From: Sat 8th Jul 2017

Friday night - party night! Come on down and dance the night away with Shameless Few.

Where: The Craic Irish Bar, Christchurch
Address: 84b Riccarton Rd, Riccarton, Christchurch

From: 10:00pm on Saturday 8th July 2017
To: 2:00am on Saturday 22nd July 2017

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