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 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 »
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 »
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Race-goers can enjoy some pre-Christmas cheer at the Riccarton Christmas at the Races event this year. Friends, work colleagues and families can get into the festive spirit in a private marquee or a luxury suite or can simply enjoy the Christmas dinner on offer in the general function area. Live music will entertain guests in between... more »
Iconic Aussie rockers Cold Chisel will be entertaining fans for one night only in Christchurch as part of their One Night Stand tour. The show will feature classic tracks and songs from the band's new album The Perfect Crime which is released just days before the tour begins. This will be the first time the rockers have played a gig on... 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 »
"Travel makes one modest, you see what a tiny place you occupy in the world" - Gustave Flaubert