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Canterbury stretches from ocean to the Alps, and is land of plains and peaks. It is a place of variety and innumerable attractions.

Within two hours of an international airport, you can ski, play golf, bungy jump, go whitewater rafting, mountain biking, wind surfing, whale watching, and visit world-class vineyards and gardens. Where else in the world can you do that?


 A must-see is New Zealand’s highest peak, Aoraki Mount Cook. Go hiking in Arthur’s Pass National Park or just wander around the picturesque bays and villages of Banks Peninsula. And then there’s New Zealand's second-largest city, Christchurch known as ‘The Garden City'.


 In February 2011, Christchurch was hit by a huge earthquake. Much of the central city with its classic neo-gothic architecture was destroyed. But it remains a beautiful city, a city where you can cycle alongside the river, stay in good hotels and indulge in fine sophisticated dining, and a city where, just 15 minutes from the centre you can scramble up mountain bike tracks or ride a wave at a surf beach. The buildings may have been damaged but the soul of the city and the welcoming spirit of the people remain very much intact. Don’t miss visiting Christchurch.


Check out the Re:START shopping area in and around Cashel Mall. Built out of shipping containers, this innovative village project features a mixture of fashion retailers, specialty gift stores, cafes and more. It is still growing, with more containers being added alongside permanent retail structures.

Visit the quirky Pop Up City bars for a good night out.

Find out what it's like in the middle of an Antarctic storm at the International Antarctic Centre.

Stroll around the Farmers Markets, showcasing the best of Canterbury’s produce.

Saunter through Hagley Park, then admire Christchurch Botanic Gardens.

Take a guided bike tour of Christchurch city.

Explore the Canterbury Museum, including the Hall of Antarctic Discovery.

The Air Force Museum brings you face to face with 28 classic aircraft, thousands of artefacts, artworks and stories of famous aviators.

Experience real working military vehicles up close with Tanks for Everything. They offer driving (yes, you can drive), rides, guided tours, group events and more. Great for the boys!

Discover Christchurch from up high with the Hassle Free Discover Christchurch tour on classic 1960’s London open top double decker buses (closed top in the winter months).


Driving, walking or cycling in the Port Hills for fantastic views of Christchurch, the Canterbury Plains, Banks Peninsula and Lyttelton Harbour. Still a great spot to visit but check the Christchurch City Council website for up-to-date information on tracks that may be closed and any areas to avoid.

Willowbank Wildlife Reserve has a kiwi breeding programme and native New Zealand bird life.

At Orana Wildlife Park you can experience the diverse splendour of the animal kingdom in tranquil, spacious surroundings.

Ride the Waimakariri river in a jet boat; pickups are available from Christchurch City.

A day or two around Banks Peninsula


Around 10 million years ago, the Banks Peninsula area was a very active volcanic island. The two main volcanic vents are now Akaroa and Lyttelton harbours.