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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Local Tip Caterpillar Garden Tours provide insightful and fun electric shuttle guided tours throughout the beautiful Botanic Gardens. There are four shuttles with a single fare valid for two consecutive days.
Local Tip Glentanner Park is also the leading excursion and activity centre in the Mount Cook region and can take care of arranging all your activities for you. It means you'll get the best possible experience while...
Since the destructive earthquakes of 2011 the iconic red and yellow trams of Christchurch have been noticeably absent from the city centre. However,...more »
The nostalgia and romance of the golden age of rail is attractive to many people who want to experience a journey as something more than simply getting from point A to B. In the first half of the...more »
If you are headed to Arthur’s Pass from Christchurch, a great stop for a picnic lunch and an enjoyable walk is Castle Hill. Located about 90km...more »
Opawa Farmer's Market is a popular weekly market boasting some of the best local produce in Christchurch. Stalls include locally grown fruit and vegetables, artisan bread, delicious pastries and tasty savoury baked items. Honey, chutneys, cheeses and other deli items are also for sale. On-site refreshments include coffee and freshly... more »
The Food Show has grown to become New Zealand's annual must-attend culinary event, with fabulous shows in Christchurch, Wellington, and Auckland attracting tens of thousands of visitors every year. The Food Show is where everyone can come to taste and buy from a huge range of local and international foods, wines, beers, coffees, and much... more »
Set in the grounds of Riccarton House, the Christchurch Farmers' Market is now the city's largest authentic farmers' market which runs each Saturday morning. With the best of Canterbury's produce the CFM is the perfect opportunity to meet the growers, bakers, wine makers, brewers, butchers and farmers, sample their products, ask them... more »
The Mt Pleasant Farmer’s market sprang into life only a few weeks after the February 2011 quake. With no supermarkets or local shops to buy food, Farmer’s Market organiser Tom Davies quickly filled the gap by establishing the market on the grounds of the Mt Pleasant Memorial Community Centre, 3 McCormacks Bay Road. This market has been... more »
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