Discover Mid Canterbury

Canterbury Road Trips


Famed for its ski experiences, Mid Canterbury also has a diverse range of activities to enjoy year-round. Choose from white-water rafting, skydiving, golfing, visiting gardens of blazing blooms, uncovering relics of aviation and transport history, hiking or mountain biking, nature trails or experiencing traditional rural hospitality.

Day 1 - Rakaia River & Terrace Downs Golf Resort

Less than an hour from Christchurch, enjoy an adrenalin pumping experience you'll never forget with a jet boat ride down the spectacular Rakaia River. Hold on tight and soak in the dramatic landscape including views of the Southern Alps.

Travel to Terrace Downs Golf Resort, a unique New Zealand destination with panoramic views of Mount Hutt. Enjoy lunch at Tilley's Bar & Brassiere/Cafe before trying your hand at a round of golf - only one of the many activities on offer. Try clay pigeon shooting or archery, enjoy a horse trek, hunting, fishing, or a relaxing massage at the day spa.

Day 2 - Methven

The ultimate way to experience this area is from the sky, so take off with Aoraki Balloon Safaris for a magical morning.

Stop for lunch at the The Last Post Café - a beautiful historic building with a special atmosphere and excellent cuisine.

Visit the Icehouse Gallery & Damask Boutique (corner of Forest Drive & McMillan Street, Methven), with artwork ranging from traditional landscapes to sculpture, wood carving, photography, glass, ceramics, jewellery and much more.

There's a range of fantastic accommodation in Methven and any of the choices add to your high country experience:

Day 3 - Depart Methven

Enjoy breakfast at Primo E Secundo, delicious food with a warm welcome.