Experience Cantabrian hospitality & majestic scenery

The Canterbury region certainly packs a punch, serving up all the things we love about the South Island. Its people and the towns and cities they inhabit are friendly and accommodating - you'll find some fantastic hospitality here. Cantabrians don't need to put on airs and graces; the scenery they're surrounded by speaks for itself, and does a good job at making any traveller feel humbled. In Christchurch you'll discover a city undergoing intense revitalisation, bursting with new public spaces and eateries that have popped up in the wake of the 2011 earthquake. 

Christchurch makes a perfect jumping off point for exploring the Canterbury region. Heading north you've got whale watching in Kaikoura and the rejuvenation that awaits at Hanmer Springs. Head inland for some of the South Island's most spectacular alpine scenery at Arthur's Pass National Park and Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park. Avid trampers and cyclists will enjoy the multitude of jaw-dropping trails that abound in the region, traversing coastal scenes, rolling green hills, tranquil lakes and rivers, and soaring snow-capped peaks. In the Mackenzie region you'll find some of the best star-gazing opportunities in the country.

When you're all done seeing Canterbury's sights, soak them up one more time from your window seat on the TranzAlpine Railway across to Greymouth, where you can continue the adventure and explore the wild west coast. Chat to your nearest World Travellers store for assistance booking a holiday to Canterbury that's tailored just for you.

Things you should know about Canterbury

Lake Tekapo is gorgeous by day, but it's also part of a UNESCO Dark Sky Reserve, which makes it an ideal spot to stargaze from at night. 

Christchurch is the oldest city in New Zealand, officially established on July 31 1856. 

The TranzAlpine Railway, a four-hour trip from Christchurch to Greymouth, is lauded as one of the most scenic rail journeys in the world.

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