Christchurch - Canterbury

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The regions of Christchurch and Canterbury are set against the majestic backdrops of both alps and ocean.

From lush vineyards and wild coastlines to sky-piercing mountains and pristine glacial lakes, Canterbury is a region of remarkable contrasts and a haven for those seeking incredible scenery and adventure.

Journey through the Southern Alps on the TranzAlpine, investigate the night sky in the world’s largest International Dark Sky Reserve or get up close with whales in Kaikōura

Watch the steam rise amid murmurs of conversation as you sit back and relax in Hanmer Springs’ natural hot pools, explore boutique galleries and hidden bays in Akaroa and Banks Peninsula or enjoy the delights of the North Canterbury wine region.  

Or, take in the turquoise lakes, powerful glaciers and the sky-piercing alps of the Mackenzie district and Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park.

What is there to do in Canterbury?

The region of Christchurch-Canturbury stretches 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.

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