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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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Zirka Circus

From: Thu 21st Mar 2019

Zirka Circus, New Zealand's premium circus, is proud to bring you its 5th tour "La Unica" and it's more spectacular than ever. Zirka Circus has successfully been entertaining families in NZ for more than ten years and ...

Where: Zirka Big Top, Christchurch
Address: Cnr Memorial Avenue & State Highway One, Christchurch

From: 7:00pm on Thursday 21st March 2019
To: 6:15pm on Sunday 31st March 2019

Doc Ranger Guided Walks to Devils Punchbowl

From: Mon 12th Nov 2018

To book please contact the Arthur's Pass National Park Visitors Centre on +64 3 318 9211 or arthurspassvc@doc.govt.nz Feel the full force and sound of fresh mountain water falling 131m down one of New Zealand’s ...

Where: Arthur's Pass Visitor Centre, Arthur's Pass, Selwyn
Address: 80 W Coast Rd, Arthur's Pass, Selwyn

From: 1:30pm on Monday 12th November 2018
To: 3:00pm on Tuesday 30th April 2019

Guided Walks With Doc Ranger

From: Mon 12th Nov 2018

To book please contact the Arthur's Pass National Park Visitors Centre on +64 3 318 9211 or arthurspassvc@doc.govt.nz Treasure from afar, the grand limestone pillars in the Waimakariri basin led early European ...

Where: Kura Tawhiti Castle Hill, Castle Hill, Selwyn
Address: 8557 W Coast Rd, Castle Hill, Selwyn

From: 10:30am on Monday 12th November 2018
To: 3:00pm on Tuesday 30th April 2019

His Girl Friday – Canterbury Film Society

Mon 25th Mar 2019

Note to members: Please come early for the Canterbury Film Society AGM, which starts at 7pm. Newsroom editor (Cary Grant) tries to win back his top reporter and ex-wife (Rosalind Russell). “A frenetic movie about ...

Where: Christchurch Art Gallery - Te Puna o Waiwhetu, Christchurch
Address: Cnr Worcester Boulevard and Montreal St, Christchurch

From: 7:30pm on Monday 25th March 2019
To: 9:10pm on Monday 25th March 2019

French Film Festival

From: Wed 13th Mar 2019

The French Film Festival has grown to become the foremost French cultural event and the second largest film festival in New Zealand. From 14 March we have a fantastic line up with a variety of 31 fantastic French ...

Where: Hoyts Northlands, Christchurch
Address: Northlands Shopping Centre, Main North Rd, Papanui, Christchurch

From: 7:00pm on Wednesday 13th March 2019
To: 11:59pm on Wednesday 27th March 2019

Dux Monday Medley

From: Mon 18th Feb 2019

Join us at Upper Dux for our Monday Medley open mic night where we showcase all forms of talent from our locals! A mix of comedy, poetry, burlesque, music, drag, circus, and everything else that makes Ōtautahi a ...

Where: Dux Central, Christchurch
Address: 6 Poplar Lane, Christchurch

From: 6:30pm on Monday 18th February 2019
To: 10:00pm on Monday 8th April 2019

Gypsy Caravan Beginners with Northern Gypsy

From: Mon 28th Jan 2019

Learn to dance using the foundations of one of the most beautiful and organic Belly Dance styles - Gypsy Caravan! Get your sweat on, have lots of fun and meet new people in this one hour class with our teachers from ...

Where: Dale Hartley School of Speech and Drama, Rangiora, Waimakariri
Address: 62 Ashley St, Rangiora, Waimakariri

From: 7:15pm on Monday 28th January 2019
To: 8:15pm on Monday 8th April 2019

Cranford Ale House Quiz Night

From: Mon 14th Jan 2019

Pub quizzes - Join the team at The Cranford Ale House for their weekly free entry Pub Quiz. Featuring: - Great Quiz Master - Free entry - Over $100-worth of prizes each night - Quiz night special meals ...

Where: Cranford Ale House, Christchurch
Address: 305 Cranford St, Christchurch

From: 7:00pm on Monday 14th January 2019
To: 9:30pm on Monday 6th May 2019

Belly Dance Fundamentals

From: Mon 11th Feb 2019

Learn core movements and technique that are the foundations of all styles of belly dance. Suitable for new students to start at any time, in this class we'll learn fundamental movements then put them together in short ...

Where: TribalDiva Studios, Christchurch
Address: 40A Taupata St, Redcliffs, Christchurch

From: 7:30pm on Monday 11th February 2019
To: 8:30pm on Monday 2nd December 2019

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The Craic Session

From: Mon 28th Jan 2019

Join us every Monday for Craic Sessions. Everyone welcome, to participate or enjoy. Irish Music that transports you to Ireland at the very sound. Instruments range from a Flute to a Harp and each week brings ...

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

From: 7:00pm on Monday 28th January 2019
To: 9:30pm on Monday 6th January 2020

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