from the Pacific Ocean to the Southern Alps, Canterbury is a land of plains and peaks, small
coastal, alpine and rural towns and a city rebuilding itself. Located in the middle of
South Island, Canterbury is easily accessible by air, land, sea and train. Within two
drive of the international and domestic gateway airport Christchurch, you can ski, play
bungy jump, go whitewater rafting, mountain biking, whale watching, swim with dolphins, and
world-class vineyards, gardens and galleries.
For those who enjoy walking and hiking, both the Port Hills in Christchurch and Arthurs Pass
National Park offer endless opportunities. The Waipara wine valley region north of
Christchurch offers a fabulous array of award winning wineries – many with excellent
Best known for its natural hot pools and stunning landscapes, Hamner Springs is a picturesque alpine village 90 minutes' drive from Christchurch. An attractive year-round holiday destination surrounded by dramatic mountains and towering forests, this charming resort is popular for adventure, relaxation and indulgence.
For the lover of the outdoors and adventure there is skiing, snowboarding, surfing, mountain biking, walking, tramping, rafting, all within easy driving distance.