The Canterbury region stretches from the ocean to the Alps and is a land of gentle plains and jagged peaks.
Here you can ski, play golf, bungee jump, go white water rafting, mountain biking, whale watching, and visit top-class wineries and gardens.
The north Canterbury district of Waimakariri is another place in which to experience the great outdoors. Jet boating through the Waimakariri Gorge, golf, riding and sailing on the Kaiapoi River are a few of the activities available.
Food and wine tasting is another regional pleasure. Olive groves, vineyards and fields of organic vegetables cover much of the landscape, which also has a scattering of rural towns such as Rangiora, Kaiapoi, Pegasus Town, Woodend and Oxford. A host of farmers' markets, roadside stalls, cafes and restaurants offer food from local farmers, cheesemakers and food artisans.
Top itineraries in Canterbury
From the subtropical beaches of the Bay of Islands, the geothermal pools of Rotorua and wine lands of Hawke's Bay to the majestic glaciers of Fox and Franz Josef and the towering peaks of the Southern Alps, New Zealand is home to some of the world's most spectacular driving routes.
Discover the spectacular landscapes of New Zealand's north and south islands on this fly-drive holiday, which includes a journey across the Southern Alps aboard the iconic TranzAlpine Express.
With a focus on food and wine, this luxury fly-drive covers many of New Zealand's highlights, taking in the everything from the rolling vineyards of Hawke's Bay to the snow-capped peaks of the Southern Alps.
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