Canterbury, the region that surrounds Christchurch and encapsulates the gorgeous Mackenzie Basin, is a region that is best explored by car.
Grab your rental car at Christchurch airport and head south to take in leading ski areas, hot springs, and scenic wonders, both on land and in the sky.
You'll fly over the Southern Alps and descend into Christchurch. Look out the window and you may even see skiers on the slopes at Mt Hutt!
Arrive at Christchurch International Airport and grab your rental car which will give you flexibility as you travel around Canterbury.
Spend the rest of the day in Christchurch. Check out the new Cardboard Cathedral, the Pop-up Mall, gently glide down the Avon on a punt, or ride the tram. This evening enjoy some of the quirky dining establishments in suburbs such as Addington, Sydenham and Merivale.
Christchurch city promises an eclectic mix of historic elegance and contemporary culture. As the gateway to the South Island, it's a must on any itinerary.
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