Funky Christchurch city and the vast Canterbury region have plenty to keep you busy, whether you're a shopaholic, wild adventurer or history buff.
Around 10 million years ago, the Banks Peninsula area was a very active volcanic island. The two main volcanic vents are now Akaroa and Lyttelton harbours.
Head north from Christchurch to the start of the Alpine Pacific Triangle Touring Route. Here you will find delicious food and wine, hot pools and all kinds of outdoorsy activities.
A variety of rare marine mammals converge off the coast at Kaikoura - sperm whales, New Zealand fur seals, dolphins and penguins.
From the stunning turquoise of the lakes to the true splendor of New Zealand’s tallest mountain (Aoraki Mount Cook), the Mackenzie district has more than beauty to offer visitors.
A self-drive tour of South Canterbury delivers the perfect balance of natural, historical and indulgent experiences.
Between the peaks of the Southern Alps and the city sophistication of Christchurch, there's a lot of room for wild times in Canterbury.