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 on the TranzAlpine, investigate the night sky in the world’s largest International Dark Sky Reserve or get up close with whales in Kaikōura.
The region of Christchurch-Canterbury stretches from Mackenzie country around Lake Tekapo as far north as Kaikōura. Between rugged coastlines and mountainous national parks, you'll find never run out of things to do.
“The largest city in the South Island and known as the "Garden City", Christchurch has many beautiful parks and gardens.”
Attend the big events of the Festival of Romance, the International Buskers Festival, Winter Carnival, and Showtime Canterbury. Visitors can expect a high standard of cuisine wherever they go – restaurants and cafes make the most of the region's delicacies and local wines.
Get a buzz in Adrenalin Forest, explore the International Antartic Centre or visit Orana Wildlife Park. Take a city tour, hop and off the tram, stroll along the beach or check out one of the many museums. Punt the Avon for a leisurely journey. Wander the streets for incredible public and street art while you soak up the architecture and history.
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