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.
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 - Comfortable accommodation furnished with tasteful decor. Studio and family units all with queen-size beds, Sky TV and BBQ area. Accessible accommodation. Offering an ideal balance between convenience and tranquility. Kaikoura is a magical destination located between Christchurch and Blenheim. Experience the rugged coastal alpine scenery, whale watching, dolphin swimming, diving and an abundance of eco-tourism related activities.
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.
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!
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.
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A rad night of comedy hosted by Dan Brader and headlined by Simon Kingsley Holmes. Full line-up announced soon. "Simon Kingsley-Holmes, takes to the stage and it's not long before he wins my pick for favourite ...
Where: Arcadia Retro Arcade and Pinball Emporia, Christchurch
Address: 206 Barbadoes St, Christchurch
From: 8:00pm on Thursday 21st February 2019
To: 10:00pm on Thursday 21st February 2019
Guided Walks With Doc Ranger
To book please contact the Arthur's Pass National Park Visitors Centre on +64 3 318 9211 or email@example.com 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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
Cate Le Bon
Cate Le Bon celebrates summer (and an amazing list of stuff she did in 2018) with a New Zealand tour! Jeff Tweedy, on why he chose Cate Le Bon as his most important influence of the past five years: "Cate Le Bon is ...
Where: Blue Smoke, Christchurch
Address: 3 Garlands Road, Woolston, Christchurch
From: 8:00pm on Thursday 21st February 2019
To: 11:00pm on Thursday 21st February 2019
Big Laughs with Sullivans
Every second Thursday Sullivans Irish Pub is bringing you some big laughs! Post quake Christchurch has seen the growth of our now massive comedy scene, and Big Laughs will be at the forefront of that with spots for ...
Where: Sullivan's Irish Pub, Christchurch
Address: 291 Lincoln Rd, Christchurch
From: 6:30pm on Thursday 21st February 2019
To: 9:30pm on Thursday 21st February 2019
Top musicians that play in other well-known bands that come together and rock the night away.
Where: Embankment Tavern, Christchurch
Address: 181 Ferry Road, Christchurch
From: 8:30pm on Thursday 3rd January 2019
To: 1:00am on Friday 8th March 2019
Shared Lines: Kaikoura Festival and Street Party
Shared Lines Collaborative, Kaikōura Museum, The Mayfair Arts and Culture, Te Ahi Wairua O Kaikōura and Kaikōura District Council are excited to present the Shared Lines: Kaikōura, an arts festival from 16-24 ...
Where: Kaikoura Memorial Hall, Kaikoura, Canterbury
Address: 32 Esplanade, Kaikoura, Canterbury
From: 10:00am on Tuesday 19th February 2019
To: 10:00pm on Saturday 23rd February 2019
The Night Market
Come on down to Christchurch's weekly The Night Market for live music, excellent local food vendors, and a urban industrial chic space to enjoy it all in. Bring your mates, grab some dinner, and relax.
Where: The Night Market, Christchurch
Address: Cnr Moorhouse Ave and Fitzgerald Ave
From: 5:00pm on Thursday 17th January 2019
To: 9:00pm on Thursday 28th March 2019
Agents of Discovery: Summer
This summer, discover the world at the Christchurch Botanic Gardens! Join Agents of Discovery, the not so secret, secret agency dedicated to learning outdoors and solving challenges. Download the free app to your ...
Where: Christchurch Botanic Gardens, Christchurch
Address: Rolleston Ave, Christchurch
From: 9:00am on Wednesday 9th January 2019
To: 5:00pm on Thursday 28th February 2019
Where: The Pierogi Joint, Christchurch
Address: 456 Colombo Street, Christchurch
From: 5:00pm on Thursday 21st February 2019
To: 7:30pm on Thursday 11th April 2019