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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Exclusive chauffeured / guided off-road Lord of the Rings and Custom Made tours from Christchurch. One day to six weeks throughout the Southern Alps and South Island. Friendly experienced hosts, small groups (Min 2-max 8). Magnificent views guaranteed, no crowds or coaches, unlimited photo stops, homemade refreshments and meals, homely Kiwi accommodation. We also offer Mountain Bike and Self-Drive Tours.
Abisko Lodge, Apartments and Campsites offer accommodation close to foothills of Mt Hutt. Choose from 13 comfortable ensuite rooms in the lodge or one of our well-appointed, self-contained two or three bedroom apartments. Campers can select from 18 powered campsites suitable for tents or motorhomes. Just a one-hour drive from Christchurch International Airport.
Mobile-friendly - Welcome to Absolutely Fabulous Southern Lakes Tours! Ideal for couples or family groups of all ages. Very family friendly with no age restrictions. Four-day Lord of the Rings tours. Christchurch to Queenstown, Milford Sound and beyond plus four-day Southern Lakes Sightseeing Tours. Option to fly out of Queenstown or return to Christchurch. Tour vehicle is exclusively reserved for you.
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.
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.
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. Eco-tours, aircraft charters, fishing, hunting and personalised tours. Flights to Milford Sound, Doubtful Sound, the Southern Alps and Glaciers.
Scenic flights over the South Island's spectacular Southern Alps. Our high wing Cessna seats five and provides fantastic viewing and photo opportunities. Enjoy unimpeded views as you fly through a landscape of unbelievable grandeur and beauty. Scenic routes include Mt Cook & West Coast Glaciers and the Rangitata Headwaters. Airport transfers from Christchurch to Queenstown or anywhere in between.
Mobile-friendly - Spectacular and unforgettable Grand Traverse scenic flights of the Mount Cook and Westland World Heritage Parks. Explore the alpine wonderland of New Zealand's highest mountains and largest glaciers on this incredible flightseeing experience. Depart hourly from Lake Tekapo, Glentanner Park and Franz Josef on modern, well equipped aircraft. All window seats.
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!
We provide the only environmentally sustainable and exciting harbour cruise around Akaroa Harbour. Enjoy an encounter with wildlife, on their terms, without disrupting their environment. Our 47-foot classic ocean sailing yacht, Manutara, is one of the last A-Class keelers built. Enjoy a 2.5-hour sail experience cruise around Akaroa Harbour, with basic, personal sail training included.
Escape with Akaroa Shuttle to Little France. Just 75km from Christchurch, Akaroa is a historic French and British settlement nestled in the scenic heart of an ancient volcano. Journey with Akaroa Shuttle from Christchurch city travelling around and over the picturesque foothills of Banks Peninsula, to the historic French and British settlement of Akaroa.
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 - Akaroa Tours & Transfers offer local, knowledgeable, scenic tours. Scenic Guide, Philip Narbey, provides cruise ship passenger tours, transfers to and from Christchurch. Sports group transport. Cruise shore trips. Exclusive small group tours. Corporate & Conference transfers. Banks Peninsula Track transfers from Christchurch to Akaroa and return.
Mobile-friendly - Kaikoura has the greatest number of different seabirds in a small area. View these birds in their natural environment. Birds include albatross, petrels, shearwaters, terns, shags and gulls. Experience the sensation of getting close to the mighty albatross, one of the world's largest flight birds.
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.
Mobile-friendly - Hanmer Springs' central mini golf course is located just past the Heritage Hotel and this course has been recently rebuilt with lots of new and exciting holes! This is also your starting point for the Village Cruisers. Families have been enjoying our bikes for 17 years! A fun form of transport to get around Hanmer Springs designed for 4-6 people!
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Antipodes "Good Winter" Album Release
Antipodes are a group of some extremely fine NZ and AU musicians writing original jazz music blurring the lines between art music and more traditional forms of jazz as folk music. The unique trans-tasman amalgamation of ...
Where: Space Academy, Christchurch
Address: 371 St Asaph Street, Christchurch
From: 8:00pm on Tuesday 18th December 2018
To: 9:30pm on Tuesday 18th December 2018
Doc Ranger Guided Walks to Devils Punchbowl
To book please contact the Arthur's Pass National Park Visitors Centre on +64 3 318 9211 or email@example.com 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
To book please contact the Arthur's Pass National Park Visitors Centre on +64 3 318 9211 or firstname.lastname@example.org 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: 12:05pm on Tuesday 30th April 2019
A Laugh with Carlton - Comedy Night
A Laugh with Carlton is a celebration of Christchurch's rapidly growing comedy scene. Always hosted by one of the pros, we then stack the line up with comics across a range of experience, and close off each half with a ...
Where: Carlton Bar & Eatery, Christchurch
Address: 1 Papanui Rd, Christchurch
From: 7:30pm on Tuesday 5th June 2018
To: 10:00pm on Tuesday 18th December 2018
Trivia Bingo - A Pub Quiz's Naughty Little Sister!
Whether you love or hate quizzes there is something here for everyone and a stack of fun prizes to be won. With local celebrity Ali as your host, pop in every Tuesday and come up with a strategy that sees a mix of ...
Where: The Craic Irish Bar, Christchurch
Address: 84b Riccarton Rd, Riccarton, Christchurch
From: 7:00pm on Tuesday 6th November 2018
To: 9:00pm on Tuesday 18th December 2018
The Craic latest fun night. Get your team together and play Bingo Trivia. Bar tabs to be won. Meal deals - $10 Burgers $15 Steaks. Reserve your table. See you there!
Where: The Craic Irish Bar, Christchurch
Address: 84b Riccarton Rd, Riccarton, Christchurch
From: 7:00pm on Tuesday 9th October 2018
To: 1:00am on Wednesday 19th December 2018
A Christmas Carol
They said it was impossible… but The Court Jesters thrive on impossible, so the challenge of putting on A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens in its entirety – with only two actors and a pianist – for the third year ...
Where: Court Theatre, Christchurch
Address: Bernard St, Addington, Christchurch
From: 7:00pm on Saturday 1st December 2018
To: 11:59pm on Saturday 22nd December 2018
The Common Room - Dedicated to pool. 8 pool tables, juke box, kitchen & bar. Come down for a game on straight, level tables in a relaxing environment designed to be conducive for the serious pool player and ...
Where: The Common Room , Christchurch
Address: 119 Riccarton Rd , Christchurch
From: 3:00pm on Tuesday 4th December 2018
To: 11:00pm on Tuesday 5th February 2019
Road To Bethlehem
Journey the Road to Bethlehem with family and friends and experience an outdoor theatrical presentation that reveals the real reason for the season. As you step back in time and journey the Road to Bethlehem you will ...
Where: Christchurch Adventist School, Christchurch
Address: 15 Grants Road, Papanui, Christchurch
From: 6:30pm on Monday 17th December 2018
To: 8:30pm on Wednesday 19th December 2018
Karaoke at Sideline is where you get to be the star with DJ Chick - you are the entertainment - thousands of songs to choose from, awesome sound system and very friendly family atmosphere.
Where: Sideline Sports Bar, Christchurch
Address: 331 Stanmore Road, Christchurch
From: 7:00pm on Tuesday 13th November 2018
To: 11:00pm on Tuesday 5th March 2019