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    Christchurch & Canterbury

    New Zealand

CANTERBURY REGION


Christchurch is the regional capital of Canterbury Region and the South Island as well as the gateway for many of our Luxury Tours. Canterbury is a region marked by grassy plains, clear lakes and snow-capped mountains. Its largest city, Christchurch, is famed for its art scene and green spaces like the riverside Botanic Gardens. To the west, Aoraki Mount Cook National Park hosts the country’s highest mountain as well as 27km-long Tasman Glacier.

Canterbury
Background

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Visit the Christchurch botanical gardens and punt on the River Avon.
  • Take an early morning hot air balloon ride over the Canterbury Plains.
  • Wander the charming village of Akaroa a French settlement on Banks Peninsula, opt for a harbour cruise or dolphin swim.
  • Experience Hanmer Springs an alpine resort north of Christchurch.
  • Explore the Waipara Valley Vineyards – taste exquisite pinot noir, chardonnay and pinot gris.
  • Take the world-famous Tranz-Alpine train through Arthurs Pass to Greymouth on the West Coast.
  • Visit any number of private gardens in the region.
  • Catch a salmon or brown trout – you are spoiled for choice as to where to fish!
  • Cycle the Alps2Ocean Trail – Suitable for all ages.
  • Enjoy a close look at marine life with a whale watching excursion in Kaikoura.
  • Walk the Kaikoura Peninsula.
  • Eat crayfish straight from the sea at a roadside caravan.
  • Golf at some of the best courses in NZ and the world!
  • See the southern skies in the Mackenzie region – a designated Dark Sky Reserve
  • Visit Lake Tekapo and the Mackenzie region – home of The Church of the Good Shepherd – one of the most picturesque churches in the world.