Balloon safari over the Canterbury Plains
Christchurch - Canterbury
Balloon safari , Christchurch - Canterbury

By David Wall

Hike up high for stunning harbour views.
Christchurch - Canterbury
Hiking, Christchurch - Canterbury

By Julian Apse

An iconic Christchurch activity not to be missed. Admire the beautiful Christchurch Botanic Gard....
Christchurch - Canterbury
Punting on the Avon, Christchurch - Canterbury

By Canterbury Tourism

Stroll Christchurch's streets and lanes or hop on the iconic tram.
Christchurch - Canterbury
Tram, Christchurch - Canterbury

By Julian Apse

The Church of the Good Shepherd at Lake Tekapo, Canterbury.
Christchurch - Canterbury
Church of the Good Shepherd, Christchurch - Canterbury

By Julian Apse

Skiing at Mt Hutt, near Christchurch.
Christchurch - Canterbury
Skiing at Mt Hutt, Christchurch - Canterbury

By Ski TMN

Glacier Explorers take visitors to see the Tasman Glacier and touch floating ice
Christchurch - Canterbury
Tasman Glacier, Christchurch - Canterbury

By Christchurch & Canterbury Tourism

The Hooker Valley in Aoraki Mt Cook National Park is a beautiful place to hike.
Christchurch - Canterbury
Aoraki Mt Cook, Christchurch - Canterbury

By Christchurch & Canterbury Tourism

The area around Lake Tekapo and Mt Cook is an International Dark Sky Reserve, perfect for stargazing
Christchurch - Canterbury
Lake Tekapo & Mt Cook, Christchurch - Canterbury

By Christchurch & Canterbury Tourism

There's beautiful hiking opportunities in the Christchurch-Canterbury region.
Christchurch - Canterbury
There's beautiful hiking opportunities in the Christchurch-Canterbury region. , New Zealand

By TNZ

One of the world’s great train journeys, travelling coast to coast through forests and far....
Christchurch - Canterbury
TranzAlpine, Christchurch - Canterbury

By Canterbury Tourism

Christchurch - Canterbury

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

Located in the middle of the South Island, Canterbury is easily accessible by air, land and sea.

Within two hours of an international airport, you can ski, play golf, bungy jump, go white-water 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', which around 340,000 people call home.

Christchurch, New Zealand is interwoven by two rivers linking parks, gardens and avenues. Bordered by the Port Hills and the Pacific Ocean, it is situated on the Canterbury Plains with the Southern Alps as a majestic backdrop. The award-winning Christchurch Botanic Gardens feature one of the finest collections of exotic and native plants found in New Zealand,

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. Innovative shops and businesses are springing up as the city rebuilds.

You can explore the city by foot, on an open top bus, tram or even relax in a punt as you float down the Avon River on a punt. Experience polar life at the International Antarctic Centre, see the rare kiwi at Willowbank Wildlife Reserve, dive into aviation history at the Air Force Museum or visit Orana Wildlife Park, New Zealand’s only open range zoo. Don’t miss visiting Christchurch.

 

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