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Canterbury's patchwork plains are framed by the ocean and the Alps, bringing a wide variety of attractions for visitors.

Canterbury is nothing short of breath-taking, with an abundance of natural highlights. Visit iconic Christchurch attractions before travelling further afield to discover a diverse natural playground. From the Pacific Ocean, ancient volcanic peninsula and wondrous marine life, to lush vineyards, pristine glacial lakes and the majestic Southern Alps, you'll find something special in Canterbury.

The Best of Canterbury

  • Christchurch - the Garden City – Visitors will admire the finest collection of plants in New Zealand at the award-winning Botanic Gardens, and enjoy Punting down the Avon River or relax in Hagley Park.
  • Arts and Culture - Christchurch is both rediscovering its past and inventing its future. A haven for arts and culture, it is home to a huge amount of amazing street art and urban initiatives by local and international artists. 

  • Marine life – Send your clients to a specialist tour in Kaikoura, to encounter spectacular marine life including whales, dolphins, seal colonies and the mighty albatross.
  • Southern Alps – Take in the magical turqouise lakes, powerful glaciers abd the sky-piercing alps of the Mackenzie district and Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park. 
  • Hamner Springs – For your clients ready to relax, they can in Hanmer Springs' thermal pools, set in the most stunning surroundings.
  • Heritage – Visitors can stroll around the harbour in Akaroa, taking in some of the French history of this area, perched on the coast of the Banks Peninsula.
  • Banks Peninsula – Clients can take time out to explore the secluded bays and inlets, or hop a tour to see the wildlife – namely the endangered Hector dolphins. 

Further Information

Videos on the Region and other New Zealand Regions
Find an i-SITES Visitor Information Centre
Christchurch and Canterbury Regional Tourism Organisation (Christchurch and Canterbury Tourism) 
www.newzealand.com (Christchurch)

Climate & Weather:

December

Summer

AVG High

22 °C / 71.6 °F

AVG Low

12 °C / 53.6 °F

June

Winter

AVG High

12 °C/ 53.6 °F

AVG Low

2 °C / 35.6 °F

Attractions Christchurch

  • Skiing

    Skiing

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  • Hot pools & health spas

    Hot pools & health spas

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  • Shopping in Christchurch

    Shopping in Christchurch

    Discover contemporary culture, elegance and a vibrant, quirky shopping culture in Christchurch city.

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  • Whale watching

    Whale watching

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  • Walking & hiking

    Walking & hiking

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    Cycling & Mountain Biking

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