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 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.
Discover New Zealand's military aviation story at the place where it all began. Engage with stories of the men and women who have helped shape New Zealand's military aviation journey, and reflect on their service and sacrifice through years of war and peace. FREE Admission, open daily (except Christmas Day), 10.00am-5.00pm.
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. Family owned and operated, with a 100% safety record. Flights to Milford Sound, Doubtful Sound, the Southern Alps and Glaciers.
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!
Mobile-friendly - Akaroa Guided Kayak Safaris sea kayaking tours are based in the stunning French seaside town of Akaroa, one of the best locations to sea kayak in NZ, with neon blue and green water and untouched marine reserve. We provide guided 5-star kayaking tours that are Serene, Special, Spectacular and Safe! Our local, knowledgeable guides are the best in the business.
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 - Immerse yourself in uniquely charming accommodation available at the picturesque Akaroa Village Inn, Banks Peninsula near Christchurch. The ultimate in Akaroa waterfront accommodation set in this seaside community with a thriving culture and fascinating marine ecosystem. Stunning seaviews from our 30 serviced apartments including two-bedroom self-catering family units, sunny courtyard units and boutique accommodation in the Old Akaroa Shipping Office.
Mobile-friendly - Viewing multiple species of albatross and other spectacular seabirds is what the Albatross Encounter tour offers. Just a short distance from shore and you will see more albatross species than in any other coastal location on earth, distinguishing Kaikoura as a unique birdwatching location. Stunning photography opportunities are guaranteed with excellent commentary from our experienced guides.
Take a break from the hustle and bustle and escape to Red Cottage in Staveley. Enjoy romantic evenings with open fires, candle light and the warm wooden ambience of this restored historical cottage. Watch the sun set over the surrounding mountains while enjoying local produce and fine wine, after a day of exploring this wonderful area.
Mobile-friendly - Your Akaroa Alpaca Farm Tour experience takes you on a scenic-drive to the western-side of Akaroa Harbour to Shamarra Alpaca Farm. Our Akaroa alpaca farm has breathtaking views of the harbour. Alpaca farmers, Frank and Anya, will treat you to an interesting, interactive introduction to these animals (renowned for their ultra-fine fleece). Light refreshments included on your Akaroa farm tour.
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.
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 - Kaikoura Accommodation set in picturesque, quiet, rural setting with stunning mountain views, but still only 400 metres from Kaikoura township. 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. 4.5 star rating for holiday park and 4 stars for Motels.
Come solve the mystery of the Lost Temple and be in for lots of surprises along the way, or play our Gold Rush themed 18-hole mini golf course. Ask about group discounts. We are very popular for school camps, birthday parties, corporate challenges, social club events and fundraising. Located just a two-minute drive or five-minute walk from the village centre.
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Mobile-friendly - Amber Kiwi Holiday Park is a small, inner-city Holiday Park located 4km south-west of city centre, centrally located between Christchurch Airport & downtown Christchurch. As Christchurch's closest Holiday Park to CBD, with bus stop at the gate, we couldn’t be more convenient. Set on sheltered, landscaped grounds with ultra-clean facilities. We ensure your stay with us is a happy one.
Mobile-friendly - Award-winning motel accommodation, superbly located on Kaikoura waterfront, within close proximity to township and Kaikoura's better restaurants. 15 spacious, well-appointed units providing choice of Executive, Superb view and Standard studios as well as one and two-bedroom family apartments. All rooms fully self-contained, climate controlled and double-glazed for maximum comfort. Most rooms enjoy magnificent sea and mountain views. Sky Guest select.
Relax and enjoy the tranquil scenery while devouring a fabulous breakfast or brunch from our licensed cafe, on the banks of the River Avon. Hire a canoe, paddle boat or historic row boat on the Avon River to see the beauty of Christchurch Botanic Gardens. Also offering bike hire, where you can embark on an urban sightseeing adventure.
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Arcadia's Awesome Frogger Challenge
Beat Arcadias Frogger challenge everyday for the first month of 2023. Come down and win yourself or someone special a stuffed teddy by playing frogger. If you can score above 2,500 you score yourself the standard ...
Where: Arcadia Retro Arcade & Pinball Emporia , Christchurch
Address: 204 Barbadoes St , Christchurch
From: 12:00pm on Tuesday 3rd January 2023
To: 12:00am on Wednesday 1st February 2023
Agents of Discovery The Groynes
Check out our Agents Of Discovery games app. Solve fun challenges while exploring The Groynes. The Agents of Discovery app uses augmented reality to interact with the world around you and is free to download from Google ...
Where: The Groynes, Christchurch
Address: Johns Rd, Northwood, Christchurch
From: 9:00am on Monday 19th December 2022
To: 6:00pm on Tuesday 31st January 2023
Agents of Discovery Te Karoro Karoro Southshore Spit Reserve
Check out our Agents Of Discovery games app. Solve fun challenges while exploring Te Karoro Karoro Southshore Spit Reserve. The Agents of Discovery app uses augmented reality to interact with the world around you and is ...
Where: Te Karoro Karoro Reserve , Christchurch
Address: Marine Parade, South Brighton, Christchurch
From: 9:00am on Monday 19th December 2022
To: 6:00pm on Tuesday 31st January 2023
CodeBreakers - Escape Rooms
Find the clues, solve the puzzles and escape in 60 minutes! CodeBreakers is a live 60-minute adventure! Choose from one of our various themes: restore the Space Time Continuum in The Time Machine, find the hidden ...
Where: CodeBreakers, Christchurch
Address: 166 St Asaph St, Christchurch
From: 1:00pm on Tuesday 1st November 2022
To: 9:00pm on Sunday 5th February 2023
The Jamesons Session
Where: The Bog Irish Bar, Christchurch, Christchurch
Address: 50 Victoria Steet, Christchurch
From: 7:30pm on Tuesday 17th January 2023
To: 11:59pm on Tuesday 14th March 2023
VR Escape Rooms
For an entire hour, you’ll be fully immersed in a stunning, VR world. Together with your teammates, you’ll go on an amazing adventure! Work your way out of tricky situations, find out who truly has your back, and ...
Where: CodeBreakers, Christchurch
Address: 166 St Asaph St, Christchurch
From: 10:00am on Sunday 6th November 2022
To: 9:00pm on Sunday 26th February 2023
Forest Qigong for Less Stress, More Energy
In this unique Qigong class in Christchurch, we head outside to reduce stress practising in nature - in the forest at Little Hagley Park. Stress and anxiety are transformed into inner peace, tranquillity and courage in ...
Where: Little Hagley Park, Christchurch
Address: Corner of Harper Ave and Fendalton Road, Hagley Park, Christchurch
From: 1:30pm on Tuesday 31st January 2023
To: 2:30pm on Tuesday 5th December 2023
Quiz Night - The Old Vicarage
Come join us for the weekly ritual on a Tuesday night, where you and your crew will negotiate five rounds of amazing trivia with Gee Quiz. Your team's street cred, life smarts and common sense will go a long way to ...
Where: The Old Vicarage, Christchurch
Address: 335 Halswell Rd, Christchurch
From: 7:00pm on Tuesday 31st January 2023
To: 9:00pm on Tuesday 12th December 2023
Driftwoods - the Afterlives of Tree Photo Exhibition
The exhibition is showing at Pūmanawa Art Gallery (Pūmanawa community exhibition space). Upstairs in the Boys’ High Building. The "Driftwoods" series is an unexpected discovery. I was on a journey around the ...
Where: The Arts Centre Te Matatiki Toi Ora, Christchurch
Address: 2 Worcester Boulevard, Christchurch
From: 10:00am on Tuesday 31st January 2023
To: 2:30pm on Sunday 12th February 2023
PCANZ Small Print Exhibition Series 2022 - Darfield
An unselected, travelling exhibition of A4 prints by Print Council of Aotearoa New Zealand (PCANZ) in collaboration with galleries around the country. PCANZ members' original prints are exhibited widely throughout New ...
Where: Te Huanui Art Gallery, Darfield, Selwyn
Address: 17 South Terrace, Darfield 7510, Darfield, Selwyn
From: 10:00am on Friday 27th January 2023
To: 4:00pm on Friday 24th February 2023