From sweeping plains to soaring mountains, coastline to glacial lakes, the Canterbury region has it all. Check out these top experiences in the region.
Christchurch has such an exciting vibe to it, there are so many cool places to hang out, or eat at, I feel very spoilt for choice.Sidharth Malhotra Actor
Experience the thrill of the open road as you travel through the beautiful Canterbury landscape on a Harley Davidson motorbike. Head out to Banks Peninsula to discover the picturesque bays and communities or travel inland to the vast Canterbury Plains.
Arthur's Pass is the highest route through the Southern Alps, connecting the vast Canterbury plains in the east with the wild and rugged West Coast. The National Park itself is a popular spot with hikers, offering long and short walks. Head out to the magnificent Devil’s Punchbowl Falls for a nice day-walk.
Discover Christchurch at its most spectacular, from the sky. Take a scenic helicopter flight over the CBD and out towards the beautiful Bank Peninsula. Or fly inland and prepare to be spellbound by the expanse of the Canterbury Plains set against the stunning Southern Alps.
Christchurch city centre supports a vibrant café and restaurant scene, with a mouthwatering range of eating options available. Wander through the newest restaurant precinct on Victoria Street, which hosts a vast array of unique eateries, check out the heritage charm of Stranges Lane or for something a little different visit the quirky burger bar Smash Palace.
Far from the city lights, Lake Tekapo has the some of the darkest skies in New Zealand. That's why it is part of the the largest Dark Sky Reserve in the Southern Hemisphere and one of the best places on the planet for stargazing. Spend the night being dazzled by the lights of the southern skies.
The TranzAlpine is one of the world's most scenic rail journeys. Travelling from Christchurch to Greymouth it cuts across the patchwork Canterbury Plains and through the Southern Alps via Arthur's Pass Park National Park, taking in some of New Zealand's most stunning landscapes along the way.