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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Mobile-friendly - Ace Rental Cars is New Zealand's largest locally owned rental car company. Rent the experience. All our vehicles are fully-serviced and maintained every 6 months. Ace Rental Cars now operate seventeen branches across fifteen cities throughout Australia and New Zealand. In addition to the core fleet of older vehicles, the company also provide a Premium fleet, featuring brand new vehicles.
Mobile-friendly - We’re Kiwis, and for 25 years we’ve been adventuring in the stunning New Zealand outdoors with guests from Tauranga to Texas. If you have 2 days or 2 weeks, are after bucket-list destinations or venturing into the back country, we’ll find your perfect adventure. And with our Active Adventure Assurance, date changes and trip switches are easy as.
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.
Within our family business, which has been operating for over 23 years, we offer our valued customers a range of self-contained SleeperVans, Campervans and Motorhomes. They are equipped with a house battery, solar panels, linen, cutlery, crockery, and kitchen utensils. Our Campervan and Motorhomes have independent heating and hot water. We also offer free collection from Christchurch and Auckland Airports.
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.
Mobile-friendly - Go backcountry with a guide this winter to learn safe touring whether on alpine skis, nordic skis or split board. Alpine Recreation has two heated private huts, providing the ideal base for avalanche courses, spectacular touring and practising all the skills for safe navigation of unpatrolled and ungroomed slopes. All equipment except alpine touring boots and split board gear provided.
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 - Learn to climb at one of New Zealand’s best locations for a mountaineering course: Caroline Hut right opposite the awesome Caroline Face of Aoraki Mount Cook. Our professional guides will teach you not only technical skills, but also risk awareness to keep yourself safe in the challenging terrain. Alpine Recreation owns the hut and provides the gear and food.
Mobile-friendly - Follow in Sir Edmund Hillary's footsteps as you climb up the Ball Ridge to view the mighty Caroline Face front-on - New Zealand's highest ice face. From Caroline Hut, your private refuge for the night, you look out over the Tasman Glacier and its surrounding peaks, the highest in New Zealand. Fit hikers love this challenge!
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.
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School Holiday Art Programme - Visions Art Studio
Art Teacher Moire Mathieson teaching all art mediums - every session except Tuesday afternoons Art Teacher Ankita Saha, teaching in pastels and acrylic - Tuesday afternoons Significance of Creativity - Painting in ...
Where: Visions and Vino Art Studio, Christchurch
Address: 1060 Ferry Road, Ferrymead, Christchurch
From: 11:00am on Tuesday 11th January 2022
To: 2:00pm on Friday 28th January 2022
Minute-Taking Training Course
The PD Training Minute Taking Training course will enable you to understand the important role of a minute-taker as well as efficiently recording all the important information discussed. Learn key skills like deciding ...
Where: Auldhouse, Christchurch
Address: 13 Stanley Street, Sydenham, Christchurch
From: 9:00am on Tuesday 25th January 2022
To: 4:30pm on Friday 24th June 2022
Fat Eddie's Live Band Karaoke: CANCELLED
Always felt that you were made for the stage? Love performing? Love belting out your favourite song? Take part in Fat Eddie's Live Band Karaoke every Tuesday night 8.30pm. Choose from the list of songs below and rock ...
Where: Fat Eddie's, Christchurch
Address: 76 Hereford St, Christchurch
From: 8:30pm on Tuesday 11th January 2022
To: 12:00am on Wednesday 2nd February 2022
Every Tuesday Quiz Nights
Richard Pearse Tavern will be hosting Quiz Nights every Tuesday. So, please feel free to book yourself and your friends a table and enjoy the fun Quiz nights with a couple of beers and snacks. Contact Richard Pearse ...
Where: Richard Pearse Tavern, Timaru, South Canterbury
Address: 118 Le Cren Street, Timaru, South Canterbury
From: 6:00pm on Tuesday 18th January 2022
To: 11:59pm on Tuesday 1st February 2022
School Holiday Horse Riding - Lessons and Holiday Programmes
Join us for half a day or more with our educational and fun holiday programmes. Learn how to create a unique bond with horses and ponies, make a new friend in the equine or human form, enjoy an outdoor activity and ...
Where: Abi's Natural Horsemanship and Riding School, Lincoln, Selwyn
Address: Court Road, Lincoln, Selwyn
From: 9:30am on Thursday 30th December 2021
To: 4:45pm on Friday 28th January 2022
Dux Central Pub Quiz
Dux Pub Quiz is back for 2022!! Get your team together and enter into our quiz night to win some EPIC PRIZES. Bar tabs to be won, drinks and food specials for participants - Dux quiz night is one you don't want to ...
Where: Dux Central, Christchurch
Address: 6 Poplar Lane, Christchurch
From: 7:00pm on Tuesday 18th January 2022
To: 11:59pm on Tuesday 15th February 2022
Soft Carnage - Return Season
**The show IS going ahead in red light, see you there!** 2021 NZ Intl. Comedy Festival Billy T Award winner Brynley Stent brings her sold-out, critically-acclaimed comedy show Soft Carnage back to Little Andromeda! ...
Where: Little Andromeda Theatre, Christchurch
Address: Level 1, 134 Oxford Terrace, Christchurch
From: 7:00pm on Tuesday 25th January 2022
To: 8:00pm on Saturday 29th January 2022
Live Band Karaoke
Do you love to sing? Do you want to experience the stage with a live band? Well, every Tuesday night at Fat Eddies you have the opportunity to sing on stage with Black & Gold band. This event is welcome to anyone no ...
Where: Fat Eddie's, Christchurch
Address: 76 Hereford St, Christchurch
From: 8:30pm on Tuesday 25th January 2022
To: 12:00am on Wednesday 23rd February 2022
The Secret Society
The Secret Society is the latest outdoor experience from the CodeBreakers Team. This multiple team player game is unlike anything you've played before. Set in the heart of Christchurch, teams will play against each ...
Where: CodeBreakers, Christchurch
Address: 166 St Asaph St, Christchurch
From: 10:00am on Friday 1st October 2021
To: 7:00pm on Tuesday 1st February 2022
Agents of Discovery Travis Wetland Ōruapaeroa
Check out our Agents Of Discovery games app. Solve fun challenges while exploring Travis Wetland Ōruapaeroa. The Agents of Discovery app uses augmented reality to interact with the world around you and is free to ...
Where: Travis Wetland Nature Heritage Park, Christchurch
Address: 280 Beach Rd, Burwood, Christchurch
From: 9:00am on Friday 24th December 2021
To: 5:00pm on Monday 31st January 2022