Christchurch & Canterbury
Explore the four seasons and contrasting colours of Christchurch and Canterbury and be inspired by the heart of New Zealand's South Island.
An hour or two from Christchurch's new state-of-the-art international airport terminal, discover an astounding variety of experiences. From lush vineyards to sky piercing mountains, pristine glacial lakes to wild coastlines, Christchurch and Canterbury is a region of remarkable contrast. It's a place to relax and rejuvenate. Marvel at the landscape where you can walk, cycle, drive, climb, ski or swim.
Witness Christchurch, after earthquakes, re-emerge as a world-leading, smart city. While part of Christchurch’s centre is off-limits, there is still much to do. Set on the River Avon, it rests between the sparkling Pacific Ocean, the majestic Southern Alps, and a spectacular peninsula dotted with charming townships and hidden bays.
Explore a myriad of open‐air markets, indulge in the eclectic atmosphere of busy cafes, bars and restaurants dotted around the city and be entertained by talented performers and friendly locals.
Enjoy the true tranquility of a punt down the Avon and a leisurely stroll through the Botanic Gardens. Head to the city’s green heart, Hagley Park, for world-class entertainment at a new pop-up events village, now home to the Christchurch Arts Festival, the World Buskers Festival and Ellerslie International Flower Show. Learn about the city’s seismic research, as history is being made, and check out clever urban projects like Gap Filler, creating edgy works of art in the city’s transition spaces.
With so much to see and do it really is the perfect setting for an unforgettable South Island experience.