Superb scenery, exquisite accommodation, divine day spas, world class cuisine, fine wines, and warm Canterbury hospitality – our region has all the ingredients for a luxurious getaway.
Relax in Edwardian or Victorian splendour at one of Christchurch’s charming bed & breakfasts, or treat yourself with a stay at the multi-award winning George Hotel. Spend your days strolling around beautiful Hagley Park, punting on the Avon River, getting pampered at a day spa, sipping some sublime Canterbury coffee, and indulging in mouth-watering local cuisine.
Hanmer Springs & Hurunui
Just 90 minutes from Christchurch, Hanmer Springs offers an idyllic alpine retreat. On your way there, swill and savour some of Waipara's award-winning wines, and refuel with some delicious vineyard fare. Then it's time to unwind at Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools and Spa. Feel the therapeutic power of natural mineral waters, and pure alpine air. Relax and rejuvenate with a massage or body treatment at a spa, before retiring to the cosy surroundings of a stylish hotel, bed and breakfast or alpine lodge. Sample some Canterbury delicacies, before you hit the pillow without a care in the world.
Akaroa & Banks Peninsula
For French-inspired luxury, take the scenic 90 minute drive from Christchurch to Akaroa. This quaint French settlement on a picturesque harbour oozes indulgence. Check-in to an elegant bed & breakfast or lodge, then spend a leisurely afternoon wandering the village streets, exploring boutique shops, and stopping to enjoy the views over Akaroa Harbour. Savour some local seafood, washed down with a fine Canterbury drop. Then put your feet up in the luxury surrounds of your room, before another day of doing not too much at all.
Canterbury luxury lodges
For a true escape from life's hustle and bustle, seek out one of Canterbury's luxury lodges. Staying in a historic homestead, or a modern high country lodge, with vistas of rolling hills, vast plains, and the majestic Southern Alps, you can't help but feel calm and relaxed. Fine local produce features strongly on the menu, alongside some of the region's best wines. After a sound sleep in a superbly comfortable room, a divine breakfast of homemade treats awaits you. Ahh, secluded country bliss.
If you want to include some leisure activity in your luxury escape, Terrace Downs Golf Resort offers great golfing in a stunning setting. There's also equally stunning accommodation, two restaurants and a day spa - all just 50 minutes' drive from Christchurch International Airport. The resort sits at the foot of Mount Hutt ski field if you fancy some time on the slopes. Just north of Christchurch, enjoy a relaxing round of golf at Clearwater Golf Club - a pristine championship course with a rural backdrop, then exquisite dining and hospitality at the adjoining Peppers Clearwater Resort.
If you deserve a little luxury - and who doesn’t - book yourself a blissful Canterbury break. Your mind and body will thank you for it.