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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 July 2016
CSO: Dusk to Dawn Christchurch
The music of the baroque era will be celebrated in this concert from the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra. Pieces include Handel's Arrival of the Queen of She...The music of the baroque era will be celebrated in this concert from the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra. Pieces include Handel's Arrival of the Queen of Sheba as well as selections from Water Music and Stanley's Trumpet Voluntary. The concert will be held in the Knox Church and will be lit by candles. Tickets start at $43 for adults and $18 for children.
Macklemore and Ryan Lewis Christchurch
Grammy Award-winning artists Macklemore and Ryan Lewis are back with a new tour to mark their acclaimed third album. The This Unruly Mess I've Made tour incl...Grammy Award-winning artists Macklemore and Ryan Lewis are back with a new tour to mark their acclaimed third album. The This Unruly Mess I've Made tour includes tracks from their latest album as well as hits like Thrift Shop and Same Love. Tickets start at $131.40.
Events in August 2016
Piers Lane plays Rachmaninov Christchurch
London-based Australian pianist Piers Lane is described as one of the best of his generation, and will be joining the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra in this co...London-based Australian pianist Piers Lane is described as one of the best of his generation, and will be joining the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra in this concert featuring music by Rachmaninov. The concert includes two pieces - Piano Concerto No2 op.18 in C Major and The Isle of the Dead op.29. Tickets start at $28 for adults.
Go Green Expo Christchurch
Featuring everything you need to practice a green lifestyle, the Go Green Expo encourages eco-friendly living. From organic skin care to electric bikes, the ...Featuring everything you need to practice a green lifestyle, the Go Green Expo encourages eco-friendly living. From organic skin care to electric bikes, the expo covers many aspects of green living and working. Industry experts will be offering advice, while exhibitors will also be showcasing the latest products, often at special prices for show-goers. Tickets are $5 for adults.
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.
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