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Discover the spectacular landscapes of the Canterbury region and “The Garden City” of Christchurch.

With its vast plains, spectacular vineyards, wild coastlines, glacial lakes and snow-capped Southern Alps, the Canterbury region in the heart of New Zealand’s South Island offers breathtaking landscapes.

Popular destinations in this region include the “English” city of Christchurch, the spectacular Aoraki Mount Cook National Park, and the famous whale-watching town of Kaikoura.

The picturesque city of Christchurch is situated on the edge of the Canterbury Plains that stretch to the Southern Alps.

Known as “The Garden City” due to its many green parks and famous botanical gardens, Christchurch is the South Island’s largest city and it is the gateway to the Canterbury region.

There’s plenty of activities to enjoy here including riding a gondola 500m above sea level to take in stunning 360° views of Christchurch, the Canterbury Plains and the high peaks of the Southern Alps, exploring the city by double-decker bus or tram, punting on the Avon River, discovering beautiful beaches such as Sumner and Scarborough, and visiting the city’s heritage sites, museums and art galleries, plus it’s many bars, restaurants and boutique shops.

To the west of the Canterbury region is Aoraki Mount Cook National Park which is home to New Zealand’s highest mountain Aoraki Mount Cook (3,754m), whilst the submarine trenches off the coastline of Kaikoura are thousands of metres deep, providing a perfect environment for sperm whales, dolphins and seals.

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Best times to visit Canterbury

The winter months are from June to August. It can be very cold, however it is still a fantastic time to visit Canterbury - in particular the Aoraki Mount Cook Mackenzie region and Lake Tekapo. Spring is from September to November and this is a wonderful time to explore the parks and gardens of Christchurch where you’ll see beautiful spring flowers. 

Summer starts in December and lasts through to February. You can expect high temperatures and plenty of sunshine making this a perfect time to discover the beaches, bays and dramatic coastline near Christchurch. It’s also an ideal time to enjoy special iceberg cruises in Aoraki Mount Cook National Park and hikes in Arthur’s Pass National Park. During the autumn months from March to May the weather is pleasant with average daytime temperatures ranging between 17°C to 23°C making it a lovely time to visit Christchurch and Canterbury.

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Accommodation in Canterbury

If you’re including the Canterbury region in your New Zealand itinerary we recommend that you stay at The George Hotel which is located in the heart of Christchurch. This five-star boutique hotel, overlooking Hagley Park and the River Avon, has 53 luxurious rooms and two award-winning restaurants. The George Hotel is renowned for offering a personalised stay and attentive staff – and it’s the only Christchurch hotel with a one-to-one staff to guest ratio.

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