Canterbury prides itself as one of the most accessible regions in New Zealand. Home to the second largest city in the country, Christchurch, the region has everything you need for an authentic Kiwi experience.
Christchurch is the gateway to the Canterbury region and the spectacular experiences you will have within the South Island of New Zealand. Explore the range of activities and attractions we have on offer.
There's so many ways to get out and enjoy this stunning area – whether you’re after a relaxing pursuit or something that whitens the knuckles! Head out quad biking or river rafting. Check out the coastal environs by kayak, ride the waves at one of the many surf spots, or try your luck on a fishing tour. Roam through the countryside on horseback, or walk the short trails or multi-day hikes.
Kaikoura has a captivating history and you can still see intriguing remnants of the Māori and European settlement of the area. Visit Kaikoura Museum or historic Fyffe House to find out about Kaikoura's whaling history. Interactive tours let you experience Kaikoura's rich Māori history and culture firsthand.
Kaikoura locals are proud of their beautiful environment, and they're committed to protecting it for generations to come. They've worked hard to become Green Globe 21 Certified – showing an on-going commitment to sustainability and reducing environmental impacts. The community also has Earthcheck certification, measuring the effect each person in Kaikoura has on the environment, to best manage its protection.
Be sure to sample nature's ocean larder while in Kaikoura. Crayfish is a local speciality – enjoy it at a roadside stall, an iconic beachside caravan, or in one of the township's stylish restaurants. Try dining Kiwi-style with piping hot fish and chips by the sea and be sure to include an award-winning local vintage alongside your seafood spread.