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Akaroa was established by a French whaler, Captain Jean Langlois, in 1838. It is New Zealand's only French settlement, and its heritage is obvious from the architecture and French street names.
Ashburton features stately trees, elegant gardens, numerous museums and superb fishing rivers. You'll find an excellent choice of accommodation and restaurants.
The first four ships arrived from England to settle Christchurch in 1850. In less than 160 years they and their progeny built central Christchurch from scratch, into an attractive and contemporary urban city.
Since 1859, the naturally heated waters of Hanmer Springs have attracted visitors seeking to relax and ease their aches and pains.The town is an attractive year-round holiday destination offering a variety of outdoor activities, restaurants and accommodation.
Majestic mountains, snow-capped for several months of the year, overlook this charming seaside settlement. Blessed with magnificent sperm whales, dolphins, fur seals and royal albatross, Kaikoura has become a magnet for tourists.
Canterbury's second largest city is surrounded by hills that slope gently down to beautiful Caroline Bay. The name Timaru means The Place of Shelter in Maori, as it was one of the few havens for sea-going canoes on this coast.