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Situated along the East Coast of the South Island is the Canterbury region with it's flat 'patchwork' fields suddenly giving way to alpine foothills, which rise through high ranges to meet the peaks of the Southern Alps. Christchurch is the centre for the region and is a great starting point to see the South Island
Canterbury, New Zealand

Major Attractions

Akaroa Harbour, Skiing, Walking, Tramping and Mountain Climbing, Whale Watching Kaikoura.

Accommodation Guide

Canterbury has a wide range of accommodation, bed & breakfast, motels, lodges,

Activity Guide

Canterbury offers so much for all to do.

Shopping Guide

Arts and crafts or shopping malls, Canterbury offers excellent shopping.

Wine & Food Guide

Canterbury offers a wide range of excellent cuisine experiences. One of the best places in New Zealand to enjoy lamb.

Transport Guide

There are many options to get to Canterbury and to get around while you are visiting.

Tourism Services

Experienced assistance available to help you with the many choices available.

Key Facts

Population: 481,000
Average Daily Temperatures:
max / min Summer (Dec-Feb): 22°C / 12°C
  Autumn (Mar-May): 18°C / 8°C
  Winter (Jun-Aug): 12°C / 3°C
  Spring (Sept-Nov): 17°C / 7°C
Average Annual Rainfall: 648mm


Points of Interest Nearby

Christchurch - the largest city in the South Island.

Akaroa - an attractive village on Banks Peninsula with a French history.

Hanmer Springs - a peaceful alpine village with thermal hot pools.

Methven - the gateway to Mt Hutt ski area.

Geraldine - is a tranquil, situated 2 hours south of Christchurch on the main highway to Mt Cook and Queenstown.

Temuka - site of Pioneer aviator Richard Pearse famous flight and an Angler's Paradise.

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