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 - With facilities at Auckland Airport, Auckland City, Palmerston North, Christchurch and Dunedin we've got both islands covered. Hotel pick-ups, maps, touring guides and nationwide roadside assistance are all free. Take your pick of transport options from economical hatchbacks through to large station wagons, 4WDs and people movers..
Mobile-friendly - Centrally located, six minutes from Christchurch International Airport, eight minutes to city centre. Extremely quiet and luxurious. Pristine, modern two-storey house with underfloor heating, set in serene, attractive garden and relaxing courtyard. Two comfortably appointed bedrooms with own private bathrooms. Many extra touches. Gourmet breakfast, private reading/sitting room. Free wireless internet. Off-street parking.
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.
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 - An easy way to find the best price to rent a campervan or motorhome in New Zealand. We specialise in free and easy self-drive campervan holidays. Our objective is to assist our customers in achieving their ideal holiday through efficient methods of holiday planning. In all, we ensure that you will give no chance to holiday disappointments.
Mobile-friendly - Situated on Racecourse Road, Accosy Hostel offers quality and affordable non-smoking Christchurch Backpackers accommodation. Conveniently located just 8 minutes from Christchurch International Airport, and 9 minutes from the city centre, this accommodation option Free UNLIMITED UltraFast WiFi, Free On-site & Off-Street Parking, quiet and peaceful environment. Late check in available. Wheelchair and disability friendly premises.
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 since 1996 we've looked after active people with legendary hospitality in the stunning New Zealand outdoors. If you’re into hiking, paddling and biking through parks, valleys, bays and backroads, then join us on one of our hand-crafted trips. Explore the local spots, enjoy the highest level of personal service and share plenty of laughs along the way.
Mobile-friendly - Addington City Motel is opposite the Horncastle Arena, the Addington Racecourse, and of course the AMI Stadium. Our spacious family units & studio units are the closest ground floor units to the Railway Station and Addington Shops/Restaurants/Bars. Free Unlimited WiFi and Local Phone Calls, and Free Shuttle to/from Railway Station and Casino in City Centre. (Conditions Apply.) CBD 2.5km away.
Mobile-friendly - Adventure South NZ run fully supported, fully guided, small group Cycling and Hiking Tours. From the stunning Alps to Ocean Cycle trail, to Road Cycling in the North Island and Hiking in the Marlborough Sounds, we have something for all active adventurers. Our tours include expert guides, support vehicle and transport, accommodation, snacks and most meals.
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.
Discover New Zealand at your own pace. We offer our valued customers a range of motorhomes and campervans, which are fully equipped with independent heating, pressurised hot and cold water, bed linen, towels, cutlery, crockery, and other kitchen utensils. To accommodate different party sizes, our motorhomes and campervans are available in models that range from 2 to 6 berths.
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 Chathams has been bringing NZ's regional communities together by air for over 30 years. Privately-owned by Craig and Marion Emeny of the Chatham Islands, the airline provides a convenient, quality and reliable service that has cemented its reputation for looking after people. Flights to and from Whakatane, Whanganui, the Kapiti Coast and the Chathams Islands. NZ-wide speciality charters available.
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.
Mobile-friendly - Air Safaris offers a range of helicopter flights from Lake Tekapo. All with a snow or alpine landing. Choose from the 30 minute Explorer, the 45 minute Grandeur or the 60 minute Magic. See New Zealand’s tallest mountains and longest glaciers up close.
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.
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.
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.
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Western – Canterbury Film Society, Open Night
Presented in co-operation with the Goethe Institut, this is an open night at which non-members are welcome with admission by donation/koha at the door. Members are invited to bring along friends, family members, ...
Where: Christchurch Art Gallery - Te Puna o Waiwhetu, Christchurch
Address: Cnr Worcester Boulevard and Montreal St, Christchurch
From: 7:30pm on Monday 20th May 2019
To: 9:35pm on Monday 20th May 2019
New Music Central - Menotti's The Old Maid & the Thief
Presented in the style of an old-fashioned radio play, please join staff and students for this performance of The Old Maid & the Thief by Gian-Carlo Menotti. The Old Maid and the Thief is a one-act opera, divided into ...
Where: UC Arts Recital Room at the Arts Centre, Christchurch
Address: 3 Hereford St, Christchurch
From: 7:00pm on Monday 20th May 2019
To: 8:30pm on Monday 20th May 2019
Timaru Film Society: Tanna
Two Australian documentary filmmakers collaborate with villagers in the Vanuatu highlands who’d never seen a movie to create this luminous tale of forbidden love and continuously evolving tradition.
Where: Movie Max 5, Timaru, South Canterbury
Address: 25 Canon St, Timaru, South Canterbury
From: 7:00pm on Monday 20th May 2019
To: 9:00pm on Monday 20th May 2019
Showquest - Christchurch
Come and support an impressive line-up of schools from Christchurch! Showquest is a new performing arts competition for schools and students years 1–13. It’s a nationwide series of events produced by Rockquest ...
Where: Christchurch Town Hall, Christchurch
Address: 86 Kilmore St, Christchurch
From: 7:00pm on Monday 20th May 2019
To: 10:00pm on Tuesday 21st May 2019
Do come along all you Jazz Lovers and sit and enjoy Sweet Liquorice plus great food.
Where: Distinction Hotel, Christchurch
Address: 14 Cathedral Square, Christchurch
From: 6:30pm on Saturday 30th March 2019
To: 9:30pm on Monday 27th May 2019
Dance 4 Healing
Dance & Arts Therapy NZ is proud to announce an 8-week dance movement therapy programme for women struggling in the aftermath of the Christchurch mosque shootings. This is an opportunity for women together to share ...
Where: The Piano: Centre for Music and the Arts, Christchurch
Address: 156 Armagh Street , Christchurch
From: 1:00pm on Monday 29th April 2019
To: 2:00pm on Monday 24th June 2019
Hedwig and the Angry Inch
Hedwig and the Angry Inch - New Zealand Premiere. Text by John Cameron Mitchell. Music and lyrics by Stephen Trask. Directed by Michael Lee Porter. Musical direction by Luke Di Somma. Starring: Adam Rennie and ...
Where: Court Theatre, Christchurch
Address: Bernard St, Addington, Christchurch
From: 7:30pm on Saturday 11th May 2019
To: 11:59pm on Saturday 1st June 2019
Belly Dance Fundamentals
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
The Craic Session
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
Every day between 3pm till 6pm Under 18? Enjoy our youth rates. Pool table only $10 per hour! Tasty burger, chips and drink for just $8 If your have not already done so join our Youth Pool League when you next see us!
Where: The Common Room , Christchurch
Address: 119 Riccarton Rd , Christchurch
From: 3:00pm on Thursday 9th May 2019
To: 6:00pm on Tuesday 2nd July 2019