The regions of Ōtautahi Christchurch and Canterbury are set against the majestic backdrops of both alps and ocean.
Places to visit
Things to do
The regions of Ōtautahi Christchurch and Canterbury stretch from Mackenzie country around Lake Tekapo as far north as Kaikōura. Between rugged coastlines and mountainous national parks, you'll find never run out of things to do.
See street art in Christchurch City
After the devastating earthquakes in 2011, Christchurch was rebuilt as a more creative and funky urban centre. Wander through the streets admiring the colourful murals that tell stories of the city's resilience and indomitable spirit.
Walk the Hooker Valley Track
The Hooker Valley Track, in Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park, is one of the finest half-day walks in the region. You'll get to spot the peak of New Zealand's tallest mountain, Mount Cook, across a glacial lake scattered with ice bergs.
Stop by Lake Tekapo to gaze at the stars
The deep blue depths of Lake Tekapo make this an irresistible stopover on your Mackenzie Country road trip. Make sure you step outside at night time to catch a glimpse of the spectacularly clear skies and bright stars.
Go whale watching in Kaikōura
Hop onboard a boat in Kaikōura for your chance to see passing sperm whales, orcas, and dolphins.
Explore Aotearoa's original art galleries
Travel back in time at Te Ana Māori Rock Art Centre while exploring ancient Māori rock art sites. Immerse yourself in a unique experience where you will retrace the seasonal journey of Māori ancestors, learn how to make your own rock art, and much more.