Set against a majestic alp to ocean backdrop, Christchurch & Canterbury offers visitors one of the world’s most unique and diverse destinations.  You’ll find it all - a picturesque city, the sparkling Pacific Ocean, the majestic Southern Alps and an ancient volcanic peninsula dotted with charming townships and hidden bays.

In Christchurch, you can experience urban regeneration, creativity and innovation flowing through the city with new restaurants & bars, street art and vibrant new retail areas, all the while staying true to its heritage and traditional English feel.   Known traditionally as “The Garden City”, the serene Avon River flows through the centre of the city through to the award-winning Christchurch Botanic Gardens.  With contemporary art galleries and open-air markets, explore Christchurch by vintage tram, a classic Edwardian punt, or grab your walking shoes and discover the growing network of laneways brimming with bars, eateries and an eclectic mix of boutique shops.

Canterbury offers some of New Zealand’s most diverse experiences, all within a short drive.   Feel the spirit and heart of New Zealand, with a strong Maori cultural embrace an abundant marine life in Kaikoura, or discover sparkling bays, seaside villages and cafes in Akaroa and Banks Peninsula.  Sit back, relax and spoil yourself with the natural thermal springs hot pools and day spas, in Hanmer Springs and enjoy the delights of the nearby Waipara Valley wine region.

Experience the breath-taking scenery of Arthur’s Pass in the Selwyn District, high country snow-fed lakes bordered by impressive braided rivers in Mid and South Canterbury, and the Mackenzie Districts magical turquoise lakes, powerful glaciers and sky piercing Alps.


Canterbury is a land of incredible scenery and adventure… all waiting at your fingertips.


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