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Christchurch & Canterbury

Visiting Christchurch

Introduction

Canterbury is one of the most exciting and best-loved regions of New Zealand. You can enjoy plenty of great activities, from the ocean to the vineyards and mountains.

The ‘garden city' of Christchurch with its famed neo-gothic architecture is a beautiful city, where you can cycle along the riverside, indulge in fine dining and escape to nearby mountains and surf beaches.

Top itineraries in Christchurch & Canterbury

Highlights of New Zealand

19-day tailor-made self-drive from £2,975 pp incl. flights

With boutique hotel stays and car hire included throughout, this curated road trip perfectly showcases the unique cultures and natural wonders of New Zealand's North and South islands.

Best of the South Island

13-day tailor-made self-drive & rail journey from £3,085 pp incl. flights

Discover New Zealand's South Island, bringing all to life with an included glacier heli-hike, an overnight Doubtful Sound cruise and a journey on the iconic TranzAlpine train.

Cultural Highlights of New Zealand

19-day tailor-made self-drive from £3,400 pp incl. flights

A tip-to-toe tour of New Zealand, taking in the best of its landscapes and culture, and calling into filming locations from The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings.

New Zealand by Motorhome

20-day motorhome self-drive from £3,900 pp incl. flights

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.

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Top places to stay in Christchurch & Canterbury

Otahuna Lodge, Christchurch

Small & intimate lodge

Built in 1895 for Sir Heaton Rhodes, Otahuna Lodge is a stylish and elegant Victorian mansion set with beautiful manicured gardens on the outskirts of Christchurch on New Zealand's stunning South Island.

Annandale, Akaroa

Accommodation

This ultra luxurious lodge sets the highest possible standards and in service, facilities, location and cuisine; four individual villas located on a working farm in a remote region of coastal beauty around an hours’ drive from Christchurch.

The George, Christchurch

Small & intimate hotel

This member of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World is best known for its innovative dining experiences and contemporary style.

The Classic Villa, Christchurch

Small & intimate b&b

This is a New Zealand welcome complemented by city-centre Italian style that dates back to the turn of the century.

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Where to go in Christchurch & Canterbury

Akaroa

The sleepy French settlement of Akaroa on the Banks Peninsula, about an hour's drive from Christchurch along the Summit Road scenic route, is something of a local secret, drawing far more Kiwi holidaymakers than it does tourists.

Canterbury

The Canterbury region stretches from the ocean to the Alps and is a land of gentle plains and jagged peaks.

Christchurch

Known as the ‘Garden City' is the second largest city in New Zealand and the gateway to the Canterbury region and other parts of the South Island. It has long been regarded as the country's most ‘English' city - with its neo-gothic architecture, winding river, punting students and weeping willows.

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When to go to Christchurch & Canterbury

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