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This rich agricultural region stretching from soaring mountains to the wild dramatic coastline and boarded by impressive braided rivers encompasses the Ashburton, Methven and Mt Hutt, Mt Somers High Country and Rakaia areas, each with their own appeal.
Mid Canterbury is one of the most diverse and stunning regions in New Zealand. Visitors are captivated by the breathtaking scenery, and array of activities to see and do.
Escape the crowds and explore this year-round destination and be captivated not only by the scenery, but the warm and friendly locals and relaxed kiwi lifestyle.... You’ll want to stay longer!
Within an hour from Christchurch International Airport you can be skiing or snowboarding, white-water rafting, skydiving, enjoying a country golf course, visiting gardens of blazing blooms, uncovering relics of aviation and transport history, hiking nature trails or enjoying traditional rural hospitality.
A cluster of high country lakes and braided rivers are fantastic for fishing and the surrounding mountain foothills are perfect for recreational hunting. A hot air balloon or heli flight provides a bird's eye view of a patchwork landscape, and a 4WD adventure can take you on a journey into the high country wilderness.
Heritage trails, ecotourism guides, craft markets, art galleries, farm tours and a calendar of events will fill your time with memorable New Zealand experiences.
Take advantage of the district's two highways - State Highway One and the Inland Scenic Route 72 - you can travel down one way and back the other, experiencing the whole district.
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