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Christchurch & Canterbury Holidays

The Garden City

Home to the awesome beauty of the Southern Alps descending into the gorgeous open expanse of the plains, Canterbury stands out as an unfathomably beautiful place, even by the standards of New Zealand. It's partnered with the city of Christchurch - a modern haven of activity. Read more...

Top 5 things to do in Christchurch & Canterbury

  1. Take a tram ride around the city centre
  2. Go punting on the Avon River, passing the sights
  3. Raft the Rangitata River and launch yourself down the thrilling grade five rapids
  4. See some of the filming sites for the Lord of the Rings films
  5. Ride the Waimakariri River in a jet boat

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Explore the Beauty of Christchurch & Canterbury

While Canterbury is outstandingly beautiful, the focal point of this area is Christchurch, the largest city on the South Island. It’s a modern and metropolitan city with a charming small town atmosphere, renovating itself but retaining the traditional gothic architecture that gives it character.

There are many benefits to this region, from the urban sprawl of the city, with its copious shopping outlets and restaurants, to the range of activities on offer. It’s also a pleasantly green city with the botanic gardens and Hagley Park offering some of the finest green spaces of any city in the country.

Go punting on the Avon River or explore the cities huge range of galleries and museums. Christchurch also hosts a number of festivals throughout the year and they are definitely worth attending if your visit is lucky enough to coincide.

Hilly backdrop of the surrounding area provides a natural playground for outdoor excursions – try kayaking, hang-gliding or even just hiking. You can also visit the hot springs and enjoy a long, relaxing soak at Hanmer Springs.

Why visit Christchurch?

  • Punt down the Avon River – it’s a very relaxed and romantic experience
  • Enjoy the spectacular scenery of the Southern Alps
  • Visit the Hanmer Springs to soak in these natural hot pools
  • Explore the way you want to – if you’re not ready to face a trek on Mount Cook, how about a leisurely stroll round the botanic gardens?
  • Take a look around the city’s many museums and galleries

Christchurch & Canterbury Information

There are a wide variety of things to see and do whilst staying in Christchurch & Canterbury. Check out our travel guides for some of the highlights, top tips and travel inspiration from our New Zealand Sky Experts, along with some essential information you may need for your holiday.

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