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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Hiking Trails To Explore In The National Park
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 northwest of Christchurch on SH73, Castle Hill is a fantasy world of limestone formations that resemble ancient crumbling castles. The Lord of the Rings... more »
An unforgettable journey from Christchurch to Greymouth
New Zealand’s scenery was what the clichéd adjective was invented for: The mountains really are majestic, the lakes really are crystal clear, and the locals really are some of the friendliest in the world, (it was even voted the world’s friendliest country by Forbes recently). The drive from... more »
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 »
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 »
How to travel on a budget in a campervan in New Zealand
The New Zealand roads are full of them ...campervans that is. From the luridly-coloured hired 'Spaceships' to privately owned campers exhibiting every stage of dilapidation - these vehicles carry folk intent on getting off the beaten track while seeking the absolute freedom which can only be found... more »
Our guide to the southern hemisphere's first 'dark sky reserve'
If you were to arrive at Canterbury's Lake Tekapo at certain times of the year you could be forgiven for thinking you had just stumbled across a movie set. The backdrop of lilac-hued and snow-capped mountains, the vibrant and changing blue of sparkling lake waters, tree-fringed shores and... more »
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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 »
Hazed in the Square is a Pop Up market located in Cathedral Square - right next to the Tram stop. An 'indie' market aimed at showcasing Christchurch and Canterbury's finest artisans as well as up and coming talent. With a lovely balance of ethical and vintage goods within the mix too. There will be something for tourists and locals... 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 »
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