Canterbury stretches from ocean to the Alps, a land of plains and peaks.

It is a place of variety and innumerable attractions where, within two hours of an international airport, you can ski, play golf, bungy jump, go whitewater rafting, mountain biking, wind surfing, whale watching, and visit world-class vineyards and gardens. Where else in the world can you do that? A must-see is New Zealand’s highest peak, Aoraki Mount Cook. Go hiking in Arthur’s Pass National Park or just wander around the picturesque bays and villages of Banks Peninsula. And then there’s New Zealand’s second-largest city, Christchurch known as ‘The Garden City’. In February 2011, Christchurch was hit by a huge earthquake. Much of the central city with its classic neo-gothic architecture was destroyed. But it remains a beautiful city, a city where you can cycle alongside the river, stay in good hotels and indulge in fine sophisticated dining, and a city where, just 15 minutes from the centre you can scramble up mountain bike tracks or ride a wave at a surf beach. The buildings may have been damaged but the soul of the city and the welcoming spirit of the people remains very much intact. Don’t miss visiting Christchurch.

Golf Courses

  • Clearwater Resort
  • Christchurch GC (Shirley)
  • Pegasus
  • Terrace Downs

Activity recommendations

  • Take a day trip to Kaikoura and go whale watching.
  • Visit the seaside village of Akaroa and take a cruise on the harbour.
  • Swim with the rare Hector Dolphin in Akaroa.
  • Punt on the Avon River.
  • Take a walk in the Botanic Gardens.
  • Visit the Antarctic Centre.
  • Travel on the TranzAlpine rail journey to Greymouth.