Canterbury

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Bordered by the Pacific Ocean and the Southern Alps, the Canterbury region is packed with rolling hills, mountains and waterways just waiting to be explored. Christchurch is the main city with a relaxed vibe and bursting with exciting additions as the rebuild post 2011 earthquake continues. Renowned for art in public spaces, cafes and quirky food experiences, Christchurch shouldn’t be missed on your New Zealand travels.

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With the likes of Banks Peninsula and its rugged beauty, the historic French town of Akaroa, the thermal resort town of Hanmer Springs, the mountains and bush of Arthur’s Pass National Park, and the seaside settlement of Kaikoura, famous for whale watching just a short trip away, Christchurch is the perfect gateway to travel the South Island.

Close to Christchurch is the beautiful Banks Peninsula with plenty of opportunities for outdoor exploration. For something more challenging, visit Arthur’s Pass National Park with its high mountains, steep gorges and wide braided rivers.

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