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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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4x4 ADVENTURES

LORD OF THE RINGS TOURS

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ABISKO LODGE

Mt Hutt, Methven

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Christchurch

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Queenstown

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Mid Canterbury

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Lake Tekapo & Franz Josef

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AKAROA SAILING CRUISES

Akaroa, Banks Peninsula

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Christchurch & Akaroa

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Akaroa, Banks Peninsula

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Akaroa, Banks Peninsula

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Hawarden, North Canterbury

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Christchurch and Springfield

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Antipodes "Good Winter" Album Release

Tue 18th Dec 2018

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

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: 12:05pm on Tuesday 30th April 2019

A Laugh with Carlton - Comedy Night

From: Tue 5th Jun 2018

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!

From: Tue 6th Nov 2018

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

Bingo Trivia

From: Tue 9th Oct 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

From: Sat 1st Dec 2018

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

Pool Players

From: Tue 4th Dec 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

From: Mon 17th Dec 2018

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 Night

From: Tue 13th Nov 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

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