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The Canterbury region is one of contrasting natural beauty and vibrant city life. Two national parks, the Canterbury plains, eye-catching turquoise lakes, beautiful sandy beaches, pretty coastal villages, whale watching, and the 'garden city' of Christchurch are all waiting to be discovered.
Canterbury is the largest region in New Zealand with over 45,000sqkm. It's the second most populated region (after Auckland) in the country with approximately 560,000 residents. Christchurch is the focal point of the region with beautiful open green spaces and the stunning River Avon.
Christchurch - Garden City & Punting
The largest city of the South Island, Christchurch is also New Zealand's oldest, having been granted its Royal Charter in 1856. Known as the ‘Garden City’, for its high percentage of green areas, Christchurch has the feel of an old, English city, thanks to the ambitions of settlers who wanted to recreate the similarly-named area of Oxford.
Highlights include punting along the River Avon, visiting the botanical gardens, taking a stroll around Hagley Park, shopping in the new Re:START mall and visiting the beaches of Sumner and New Brighton. On 22nd February 2011, an earthquake measuring 6.3 on the Richter Scale, struck central Christchurch, killing an estimated 200 people and injuring thousands more. Despite the earthquakes, Christchurch remains a resilient city of expansive parks, botanical gardens and gorgeous beaches.
A 90 minute drive east brings you to the Banks Peninsula and the jewel in the crown, Akaroa. This French influenced town is full of charm with its pretty harbour setting and quaint streets, french colonial buildings and numerous cafes. There's also plenty of opportunities to leave the harbour and explore the region by boat.
Arthur's Pass National Park
Established in 1929, Arthur's Pass National Park is situated between Canterbury and the West Coast. Dominated by the spectacular Southern Alps, the park is a haven for trampers and mountain climbers. The village of Arthur's Pass itself, provides a handy base for those who want to take their time exploring this wild landscape.
180km north of Christchurch, Kaikoura is a pretty coastal town famous for its whaling station and abundant marine life. With mountains that very nearly reach to the ocean, the town is a popular place to catch some sea air, with a number of boating excursions available.
65kms southwest from Kaikoura, the town of Hanmer Springs is, as its name suggests, built around a natural hot spring that now includes an extended hot pools complex. Come here if you want to really unwind - and get really wet!
Aoraki Mount Cook National Park
New Zealand's highest mountain, Aoraki/Mount Cook sits in the national park of the same name and is part of the Te Wahipounamu world heritage area. All but one of New Zealand's 3000m high peaks lie in the park, making it an obvious attraction for mountaineers and experienced hikers. Near the park you’ll also find Lake Tekapo, with its stunning turquoise waters and dramatic highland landscape and Lake Pukaki.
Check our 'Things To Do' section to see details of the activites on offer in Christchurch and the Canterbury region.
Christchurch Travel Guide
Top 10 Epic Views In Canterbury, New Zealand
A Foodie Visit To Re:Start Mall
New Zealand Campervan Tips
Stargazing and Giant Telescopes in Lake Tekapo
A guide to the Christchurch Tram
A Ride On The Christchurch Gondola
Top 5 Things To Do In Christchurch
On Board The TranzAlpine Railway
Hiking In Arthur's Pass
Inspiring Views Around Christchurch
The Wild Side of Akaroa
Driving from New Zealand's East to West Coast
Whale Watching in Kaikoura
The Charm of Kaikoura
Spoil your taste buds in Christchurch
Events in August 2016
With This Ring: Bridal Show Christchurch
Couples planning a wedding soon will find plenty of inspiration at the With This Ring Bridal Show. Organised by With This Ring magazine, the show will includ...Couples planning a wedding soon will find plenty of inspiration at the With This Ring Bridal Show. Organised by With This Ring magazine, the show will include venue owners, catering companies, musicians, florists, cake makers and everything else needed to make a big day special.
Menopause the Musical Christchurch
Not many people can make the menopause funny, but the creators of Menopause the Musical can. Telling the stories of four women in the same department store t...Not many people can make the menopause funny, but the creators of Menopause the Musical can. Telling the stories of four women in the same department store the show tackles all the aspects of the menopause often left unspoken. Combined with a hit score with songs from the 60s, 70s and 80s this is sure to be a good girls night out. Tickets start at $82.40.
Events in September 2016
Engelbert Humperdinck Christchurch
Music legend Engelbert Humperdinck returns to New Zealand with his nine-piece band...Music legend Engelbert Humperdinck returns to New Zealand with his nine-piece band.
Maybe best known in New Zealand for his song Ten Guitars, the singer has had numerous hits and has sold more than 140 million records around the world.
This tour will include many of his best-loved hits performed live with a band. Tickets start at $100.50.
Oh What a Night Christchurch
Enjoy the music of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons performed by professional singers from the US...Enjoy the music of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons performed by professional singers from the US.
Featuring all the band's best-known hits including December 1963 (Oh What a Night) and Silence is Golden, this concert evokes the best of the 50s and 60s
Performed by a cast direct from Las Vegas, this is a night not to miss for rock and roll fans.
Tickets start at $69.
Events in October 2016
The Church Tour 2016 Christchurch
Four great New Zealand singer-songwriters come together for this special tour...Four great New Zealand singer-songwriters come together for this special tour.
Sharon O'Neill, Shona Laing, Debbie Harwood and Hammond Gamble will be performing in the stunning surroundings of the Transitional Cardboard Cathedral in central Christchurch as well as telling stories from their lives.
Tickets are $67.50.
Body, Mind, Spirit Festival Christchurch
Find out more about mental well-being , inner peace and looking after the soul at this festival...Find out more about mental well-being, inner peace and looking after the soul at this festival.
The Body Mind Spirit Festival features a range of stalls to help you create a more peaceful and a healthy body. The weekend event features a number of speakers including Reiki specialists, yoga experts and self-development leaders and several hands-on workshops.
Tickets are $10 for adults and under-14s are free.
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