Things To Do
In glorious Canterbury you'll find many different worlds in the one region. From stunning coastlines to snow-capped mountain ranges, with grassy plains and clear lakes in between. Canterbury has action and adventure, breath-taking scenery and deep relaxation - something for every traveller.
Visit New Zealand’s Garden City, Christchurch, for a stroll along the Avon River and wander through sprawling Hagley Park - it’s especially gorgeous at the moment with all the spring blooms. Christchurch is the ideal place to base yourself to explore the surrounding area, but is also a vibrant and interesting city in its own right that prides itself on transformation and innovation. Wander the city centre and indulge in the exciting bar and restaurant scene, head out to the beaches at Brighton, or hire a bike and cruise some of the city’s excellent cycle trails.
Only one and a half hour’s drive from Christchurch is Hanmer Springs - a charming alpine spa resort situated at the base of the Southern Alps. Start your day mountain biking through picturesque scenery, then rest those weary muscles soaking in a natural spring hot pool then end the day with sumptuous wine and cuisine from the local area - could there be a day better spent?
Stunning Kaikōura is a hit with all visitors - the combination of beautiful scenery and exciting adventures is a winner. Famous for its amazing marine wildlife, you can spot not only whales but seals, dolphins and albatrosses too! Keen fishers can join a fishing charter and pull up something fresh for dinner, or for more relaxed ocean fun, kayak your way around the ruggedly beautiful coast.