Christchurch, the gateway to Canterbury, is well-known for its rivers, stately parks, and world-class botanic gardens.
From here, you can hop aboard the TranzAlpine Express to Arthur's Pass - one of the most stunning train journeys in the world.
Take in the views at Arthur’s Pass National Park, explore the charming bays and villages of Banks Peninsula, or hit the snow at Mt Hutt, which boasts the longest ski season in Australasia.
In Kaikoura, sperm whales can be seen almost every day of the year, and seals, dolphins and penguins are also common sights.
And in the Mackenzie country, you'll marvel at the turquoise lakes, grand glaciers and New Zealand’s tallest mountain, Aoraki Mount Cook.