The Region

Christchurch is the main gateway to the South Island of New Zealand and is centrally located to allow for travel and sightseeing to all points around the South Island. Close to many ski fields and resorts. The scenery is breath-taking, especially in the southern fiords and in the Central Otago region. A visit to the glaciers is essential.

The weather varies from exceptionally warm and pleasant summers to the sharpness and freshness of the snow and ice in the winter season.

Many lakes and rivers allow for those keen on fishing to enjoy the chase for that elusive trophy.

The Area

The Canterbury plains is home to the city of Christchurch and close to many alpine ski fields as well as to the Hanmer Springs thermal area and Akaroa on the Banks Peninsula.

Akaroa has a French connection, and supports a busy tourist industry. The harbour cruises that focus on dolphin and seal watching are very busy.

The Canterbury province has many boutique wineries and breweries that produce some wonderful wines and beers, and visits to these are a great way to spend a relaxing day exploring and enjoying!