With so much to see and do in Christchurch and the Canterbury region, we've put together our 'Top 10 Things To Do In Canterbury' list to offer inspiration when planning your next trip. more »
The Canterbury region is a contrast of natural beauty and vibrant city life. Two national parks, sandy beaches, pretty coastal villages, whale watching, and the 'garden city' of Christchurch.
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A guide to the best activities in the 'Garden City'
Too often the laid-back centre of Christchurch is written off as New Zealand’s most conservative and prosaic city, for it’s a misnomer like no other. Today, rising from the ashes of the 2011 quakes, there’s an energy and action about its bustling downtown that never fails to reward the... more »
Rattling through the Garden City on a piece of history
Since the destructive earthquakes of 2011 the iconic red and yellow trams of Christchurch have been noticeably absent from the city centre. However, November 2014 saw the full return of this metropolitan staple, and today travellers can once again opt to hop aboard the quaint carriages and rattle... more »
Exploring The Different Ways To Spot Marine Wildlife In The Banks Peninsula
Akaroa is a picturesque harbour town, tucked into the Banks Peninsula, not far from Christchurch. It has plenty to offer nature-lovers, walkers, and adventurers, as well as snap-happy photographers. New Zealand is one of the most geologically diverse lands and is rich in volcanoes, towering... more »
The beaches of Christchurch offer plenty of opportunities to indulge
If you like to feel the sand between your toes, the coastlines of Christchurch and the nearby Banks Peninsula offer plenty of opportunities to indulge. During my years in Christchurch I spent many a happy summer’s day, and quite a few spring, autumn and winter ones as well at the beach. All were... more »
Our pick of the views that will have you reaching for your camera
As you drive into Mount Cook National Park, the dramatic setting ahead is one for the memory banks. The national park is home to all but one of New Zealand's 20 highest mountian peaks, including the highest, Aoraki/Mount Cook. It also served as the training ground for Sir Edmund Hillary's Everest... more »
Our writer visits the thriving attraction in Christchurch
I reach RE:Start Mall bang on 12 noon. The 15 minute walk to Cashel Street from my hotel near Hagley Park has given me an appetite, so I’m keen to try some of the food on offer at this Christchurch attraction. Entering the former Red Zone isn’t a hassle these days but if you weren’t aware... more »
Local Tip Whale Watch has a 95% success rate in finding whales on every trip. In addition, if you don't see a whale on your trip, Whale Watch will refund 80% of your ticket.
Local Tip It's well worth asking about Jucy 'relocation offers' where you can gain big discounts to bring their vehicles back to various locations.
The Coast to Coast is one of New Zealand's premier multi-sport events with competitors run, cycle and kayak their way from the South Island's West Coast to the East Coast finish line. Participants can choose to tackle The Longest Day and complete the course in one day or take the two-day option. The event can also be entered as a... more »
The fourth of seven events in the New Zealand Ocean Swim Series, Christchurch Crown was named based on the interesting 3.3km ‘I’m Going Long’ course shape which weaves in and out of three bays on the return leg to Corsair Bay. Consisting of four different swim events, the Christchurch Crown provides an ocean swim event for all ages... more »
The spectacular Cirque du Soleil team bring their latest amazing show to Christchurch as part of a global tour. First performed in 1996 in the company's own Big Top, the show is now being restaged in arenas around the world, featuring 46 acrobats, singers and actors from an international cast. Quidam tells the story of a young girl who,... more »
Opera in the Vines combines the power of opera with the enjoyment of a self-prepared picnic or catered lunch accompanied by some of New Zealand's best wines. The music is supplied by the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra who will be performing a range of well-known operatic arias including Nessum Dorma. Concert-goers can take their own... more »
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