CANTERBURY REGION


Excitement - relaxation - sunshine and snow - world class sporting and cultural events - wining, dining and accommodation - unique attractions and activities - and all within two hours of Christchurch International airport.

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Christchurch
Christchurch was established as a city nearly 150 years ago and has a population of over 320,000. Renowned the 'Garden City of the World', the South Island's largest city, located on the East Coast, is an ideal educational base and a thriving business centre, providing a gateway for trade. An abundance of scenic attractions, exciting adventures and upbeat nightlife venues represent a city that is fun loving, creative and extremely cosmopolitan.

Kaikoura
Two hours north of Christchurch is Kaikoura, where the mountains meet the sea. Fur seals lounge on rocks just metres from the shore, dusky and Hector's dolphins frolic in the sea within sight of town, while only a few kilometres further out, giant sperm whales haunt the depths. The sperm whale can be seen all year round off Kaikoura and is the third largest whale in the world, only beaten by the blue and fin whales.

Hanmer Springs
Not far from Kaikoura is the scenic alpine and thermal village of Hanmer Springs. Since 1859 this spa town has attracted visitors seeking to relax, unwind and ease their aches and pains in the soothing mineral waters. There is a variety of outdoor activities on offer in Hanmer Springs, including skiing, mountain biking, forest walks, river rafting and bungy jumping. While just north of Christchurch, take time out to discover the wine makers of the beautiful Waipara Valley.

Southern Alps
Inland from Christchurch lie the magnificent Southern Alps - only an hour from the city. The village of Arthur's Pass makes an ideal base for all kinds of activities. You can also experience the TranzAlpine - one of the world's most spectacular train journeys that takes you from Christchurch to Greymouth.

Akaroa
Step back into New Zealand's past in Akaroa, Canterbury's oldest village. You'll hear about Maori, whaling, French and British history. Natural history is another topic to explore - in summer you might even get the chance to swim with the world's rarest dolphin, the Hector's dolphin.

Ashburton & Timaru
South of Christchurch lie the Ashburton and Timaru districts. Ashburton district is home to all kinds of exciting activities like skiing, hot air ballooning and salmon fishing. Timaru district features many attractive towns, rolling green hills, lush pasture and braided rivers.


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