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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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Thu 21st Mar 2019

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

From: 7:30pm on Thursday 21st March 2019
To: 8:30pm on Thursday 21st March 2019

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

Make Your Own Kimchi Workshop: POSTPONED

Thu 21st Mar 2019

In light of recent events, we have decided to postpone this workshop until further notice. For those of you who have already bought tickets, thank you - we will be in touch. We are heartbroken and devastated this week, ...

Where: My Home Chef, Christchurch
Address: 12 Sledmere Street, Burnside, Christchurch

From: 6:00pm on Thursday 21st March 2019
To: 8:30pm on Thursday 21st March 2019

Daniel Champagne

Thu 21st Mar 2019

Christchurch - the young virtuoso recently described as 'the finest guitar player of this generation' brings his world tour to Blue Smoke for one intimate concert on March 21! Tix just $20 but very limited, don’t miss ...

Where: Blue Smoke, Christchurch
Address: 3 Garlands Road, Woolston, Christchurch

From: 7:00pm on Thursday 21st March 2019
To: 10:00pm on Thursday 21st March 2019

NO Productions: River Ghost

Thu 21st Mar 2019

Love a good ghost story? NO Productions Theatre has a new treat for you! Written by David Allen and directed by Eilish Moran, this absorbing supernatural thriller is set in 19th century New Zealand, on the banks of ...

Where: Orange Studios, Christchurch
Address: 3/1063 Ferry Rd, Woolston, Christchurch

From: 7:30pm on Thursday 21st March 2019
To: 9:00pm on Thursday 21st March 2019

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Charmian Hughes What-Not

Thu 21st Mar 2019

Only Christchurch show! What-Not: a word for things overlooked and abandoned What-Not: a set of shelves for all your what-nots What-Not: the word for people there isn’t a word for What-Not: Charmian ...

Where: Kensington Fun House, Christchurch
Address: 185 Manchester St, Christchurch

From: 8:00pm on Thursday 21st March 2019
To: 9:30pm on Thursday 21st March 2019

Fighting With My Family - Movie

From: Thu 21st Mar 2019

Fighting With My Family - Movie Based on a true story, Fighting With My Family follows reformed gangster Ricky, wife Julia, daughter Paige and son Zak as they make a living wrestling together in tiny venues. When ...

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

From: 9:00am on Thursday 21st March 2019
To: 9:00pm on Sunday 21st April 2019

Fighting With My Family - Movie

From: Thu 21st Mar 2019

Fighting With My Family - Movie Based on a true story, Fighting With My Family follows reformed gangster Ricky, wife Julia, daughter Paige and son Zak as they make a living wrestling together in tiny venues. When ...

Where: Reading Cinemas The Palms, Christchurch
Address: Cnr New Brighton & Marshlands Roads, Shirley, Christchurch

From: 9:00am on Thursday 21st March 2019
To: 9:00pm on Sunday 21st April 2019

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