Set against the majestic backdrops of both alps and ocean, there is so much to discover in Christchurch and Canterbury.
From lush vineyards and wild coastlines to sky-piercing mountains and pristine glacial lakes, Canterbury is a region of remarkable contrasts and a haven for those seeking incredible scenery and adventure.
Journey through the Southern Alps by train, investigate the night sky in the world’s largest International Dark Sky Reserve or get up close with whales in Kaikōura.
Watch the steam rise amid murmurs of conversation as you sit back and relax in Hanmer Springs’ natural hot pools, explore boutique galleries and hidden bays in Akaroa and Banks Peninsula or enjoy the delights of the North Canterbury wine region.
Or, take in the turquoise lakes, powerful glaciers and the sky-piercing alps of the Mackenzie district and Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park.
Some of The Many Attractions
Tasman Glacier and Aoraki Mt Cook Village
New Zealand’s largest glacier is accessible on foot, by bike and by boat. Glacier Explorers take you onto the terminal lake, where you can touch icebergs and learn how the Tasman Glacier was formed. While you’re here, take time to marvel at our tallest mountain, Aoraki Mt Cook, and explore the national park. Favourite short walks from Mt Cook Village include the Governors Bush Walk (1 hour) and the Hooker Valley Track (3-4 hours).
The Aoraki/Mackenzie International Dark Sky Reserve is the largest reserve of its kind in the world. With more than 4,300 square kilometres free of light pollution, it’s the perfect place to go stargazing. Head to Dark Sky Project in Tekapo or Big Sky Stargazing at Aoraki Mt Cook Village for the chance to gaze into space through powerful telescopes.
Check out the Tourism New Zealand website for more information about the amazing things to see and do in New Zealand