Canterbury & Christchurch Regional Information

From altitude, the region of Canterbury has two halves that contrast in the extreme. One is the incongruously jagged mountains of the Southern Alps, the other is the patchwork quilt of the agricultural plains, as smooth as a billiard table, interwoven with braided rivers.

It's as if Canterbury's early settlers, mostly from England, unwittingly brought with them an art for breaking land that would always be destined to become visually stunning. In autumn the tall poplars, silver dollars, oaks and elms planted over a century ago, shimmer silver, gold and copper tones spectacularly bejewelling the green, white and blue of the landscape. more

Canterbury Feature

Two great national parks

The spellbinding landscapes at Aoraki Mount Cook and Arthur's Pass will never be spoiled thanks to their being protected for all time by the Department of Conservation. There are fantastic walks and activities throughout each. more

KEY HIGHLIGHTS

PLACE
Christchurch
Christchurch
Visit the Ko Tane Living Maori Village and Willowbank Wildlife Reserve where Maori culture and conservation meet.
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ACTIVITY
Arthur's Pass National Park
Arthur's Pass National Park
Features beautiful fields of alpine flowers, native forests and wild mountains.
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ROAD TRIP
Devonport to Leigh
Great Kiwi Road Trips
Road trips are as much about the personality of the road as they are the people travelling them. Follow your adventuresome spirit into the sunset. Life’s a journey...take the scenic route.
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Mt Cook, Autumn

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