There is an ever-changing scenic highway along the South Island’s eastern coast. At Kaikoura, see sperm whales up close or swim with the dolphins.
Walk mountain, forest or coastal trails. Savour fresh crayfish (lobster) at roadside cafes. In Waipara Valley savour award-winning vintages at the many wineries. From Waikuku to Spencer Park the sandy beaches and river estuaries offer sheltered camping areas. Ashburton offers quality shopping, many delightful gardens, heritage museums and art galleries.
Visit the Vintage Car Club & Motor Museum, The Plains Railway & Historical Village, the Aviation Museum and Lynn’s Historical Woodworking Trust.
Venture inland to high country lakes and Mt Hutt Ski Area, go jet boating or rafting.
Escape to a world of peace and tranquility. Hot air ballooning is a magical experience and a flight with Ballooning Canterbury offers panoramic views across the fertile Canterbury Plains to the Southern Alps. There is nothing quite so romantic and exciting as floating effortlessly over an ever changing landscape.
Temuka is renowned for its pottery and ceramics while nearby is the site of Richard Pearse’s famous first powered flight. Discover the Pleasant Point transport museum and Model T Railcar and the outstanding examples of Maori rock art. The heritage buildings of Timaru are complemented by its rose gardens, art galleries and contemporary piazza with views over beautiful Caroline Bay.