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

Within two hours of an international airport, you can ski, play golf, bungy jump, go whitewater rafting, mountain biking, wind surfing, whale watching, and visit world-class vineyards and gardens. Where else in the world can you do that? Journeying through Canterbury is nothing short of breathtaking, with an abundance of natural highlights.

The Best of Canterbury

  • Christchurch - the Garden City – Visitors will admire the finest collection of plants in New Zealand at the Botanic Gardens, can punt down the Avon River or relax in Hagley Park.
  • Shopping – The Re:START “Container Mall” in Christchurch is a must-see for visitors. It's the exciting shopping mall built in shipping containers following the earthquakes experienced in 2010 and 2011.
  • Marine life – Send your clients to Kaikoura, where they can jump on a specialist tour to witness a range of marine life including whales, dolphins, seal colonies and the mighty albatross.
  • Southern Alps – Aoraki/Mt Cook is at the top when it comes to climbing in New Zealand, while glaciers offer spectacular viewing. Only 5 hours drive from Christchurch.
  • 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:



AVG High

22 °C / 71.6 °F


12 °C / 53.6 °F



AVG High

12 °C/ 53.6 °F


2 °C / 35.6 °F

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