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Canterbury New Zealand


Canterbury New Zealand
Canterbury is a large plain stretching from the Southern Alps in the west, right up to the coast on the east. It is therefore well known for both its plains and its mountains. Major towns in Canterbury include Timaru, Methven and Kaikoura. Methven is a well known ski town in close proximity to the Mt Hutt ski area. Both Mt Hutt and Porter Heights ski areas are accessible within a day trip from Christchurch. Kaikoura, on the east coast, is one of the few places in the world where whales can be seen all year round.
Travel guides for Canterbury: Viator.com, christchurchnz.com
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Canterbury Climate and Weather


What to do in Canterbury

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Black Cat Cruises    17 KM Akaroa
Scenic cruises on Akaroa Harbour near Christchurch viewing Hector's Dolphins, penguins & seals with opportunities to experience swimming with the world's rarest and smallest dolphins. Operates daily all year round.
One day mountain adventure safari    7.2 KM Arthurs Pass
This full day adventure safari starts by bus from Christchurch making its way over the Canterbury plains to Arthurs Pass in the mountains. Along the way, there is an adrenaline pumping jet boat ride along the Waimakariri River and rugged 4 wheel drive journey across working cattle farms. At Arthurs Pass a stunning scenic train journey through the Southern Alp's on the TranzAlpine travels back to Christchurch.
Skydiving Kiwis Ltd    4.4 KM Ashburton
Established in June 2011 by a small group of highly skilled and extremely passionate Kiwi skydivers, it is our pleasure to introduce you to Skydiving Kiwis
Skydive with Christchurch Parachute School    4.4 KM Ashburton
Experience the Ultimate Thrill of Tandem Skydiving with Christchurch Parachute School! Free fall from thousands of feet above the ground at speeds of up to 200 kmph! 7 days, weather permitting. Courtesy van available from central city accommodation.
Four Peaks High Country Track - 4 day private walk    17.4 KM Fairlie
This Track is a 4 day/night Walk or Bike ride over an historic sheep Station, in the hills near Fairlie, 2 hours from Christchurch. You stay in upgraded musterer's huts with flush toilets, hot showers, charming! Your packs are transported from hut to hut so you only walk with a small daypack to carry lunch and wet weather gear. The track is a 50km circuit, magic scenery, great way to explore NZ's high country paradise. Open Nov -April. Groups up to 10 people. BOOK NOW!
Rafting on the Rangitata River    32.9 KM Geraldine
Enjoy the rafting on the Rangitata River. Really this is good fun and the landscape is magnificent.
A Taste of Italy' at Amuri Estate Retreat    5.9 KM Hanmer
Do something special in Hanmer Springs. Experience 'A Taste of Italy' in the middle of traditional sheep and cattle high-country. Tour the picturesque olive grove, taste a range of NZ top quality extra virgin olive oils, enjoy an alfresco lunch served with local wine. Advance booking is necessary.
4x4 Adventures New Zealand Limited    21.3 KM Hanmer Junction
Our Lord of the Rings and Off Road Tours. Tours are not affected by the earthquake. Chauffeured or self-drive. Custom made tours one day to six weeks around the South Island. Penguins Volcanoes, Fishing Photography. Exclusive Tours for those who choose not to follow the pack. Can pick up from anywhere around Christchurch.
Whale discovery    10.3 KM Kaikoura
Do not miss Kaikoura (South of Marlborough) on your way to/from Christchurch. Several options to see the whales: by helicopter, boat or plane. This is unbelievable!
Kaikoura Wilderness Walks    24.3 KM Kaikoura
2 or 3 day guided hiking tours traversing the privately owned Puhi Peaks Nature Reserve rising to 2438m (8,000ft). Guests are treated to an authentic and diverse wilderness encounter, complemented by delicious New Zealand cuisine and luxurious accommodation at purpose built, eco- friendly Shearwater Lodge, nestled at the bush line high in the spectacular seaward Kaikoura range.
The Artists Retreat    7.6 KM Kaikoura
Unique holiday cottage built to look like an old wooden church. Perched on a hill and nestled between the mountains and the sea The Artists Retreat overlooks the seaside town of Kaikoura. There are fantastic views overlooking farmlands.
Lord of the Rings Edoras tour    58.6 KM Methven
A full day tour from Christchurch sets out in the Mount Potts region where Edoras was filmed for the Lord of The Rings trilogy. The bio diesel 4 wheel drive adventure tour shows exclusive photos of the film sets and offers views of the Misty Mountains and Helm's Deep from the summit of Edoras in the films. Commentary of provided by experienced guides with picnic lunch provided.
Mt Hutt Ski resort    17.7 KM Methven
Mt Hutt Ski resort is usually open from June to October (depending of the season).
Hiking on Mount Cook    19.4 KM Mt Cook
The Mount Cook National park has the biggest mountain of the country. For lovers of climbing.
Alan Campbell - Fly Fishing and Accommodation    8.2 KM Pukaki
Alan Campbell is a professional fishing guide who practices catch and release fishing, and knows all the best places to fish in the Waitaki district, New Zealand. Alan is located in Twizel, in the Mackenzie district.
Mount Cook and Mackenzie Basin tours    1.4 KM Tekapo
Bus tours for a half or full day from either Queenstown or Christchurch to the Mount Cook, New Zealand's highest mountain, allow to take in the breathtaking scenery of this area while experiencing some of the best activities. Discover the beauty of the National Park with the Mt Cook Alpine Village, Lake Tekapo, the MacKenzie country and combination of tours and activities in Queenstown.
Tekapo Helicopters    1.6 KM Tekapo
Come and experience the Southern Alps and Mt Cook with Tekapo Helicopters! Our tours will take you on a choice of 5 different flight paths into the heart of the Mt Cook region and West coast Glaciers. All flights include a mountain top landing. Tekapo Helicopters are also available for charters, filming, lifting, weddings, aerial photography and pest control.
Aigantighe Art Museum    16.8 KM Timaru
Visit the home of the South Island's 3rd largest public art museum. Established in 1956 in the house called Aigantighe (pronounced 'egg and tie") which in Scottish Gaelic means 'at home'. This unique art museum holds New Zealand, Asian, Pacific & European art works from the 16th century to the present day including paintings by Frances Hodgkins, C.F. Goldie, van der Velden and Colin McCahon.

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Current and upcoming events in Canterbury

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    58.1 KM Akaroa
Experience the thrill and excitement of off-road racing with two days of wheel to wheel action. Saturday sees off road trucks, buggies and UTV's battle is out in short course racing at the Canterbury Off Road Club's purpose built track in West ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: Canterbury Offroad Racing Club, West Melton, Selwyn   Distance: 58.1 KM from Akaroa
    0.7 KM Kaikoura
Captivating audiences over 250 times per year to sell out events in New Zealand, Australia & Internationally, renowned neuroscience educator, Nathan Wallis brings his talk "The Developing Brain - The Big Picture" to Kaikoura. Nathan Wallis ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: Kaikoura High School, Kaikoura, Canterbury   Distance: 0.7 KM from Kaikoura
    1.9 KM Pukaki
We invite you to attend the inaugural Moraine Lodge 2019 Gala Charity Ball which will be held in the beautiful Moraine Lodge, Mt Cook Lakeside Retreat, Lake Pukaki. In true high country style, our inaugural gala ball promises to be a ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: Mt Cook Lakeside Estate & Retreat, Pukaki, Mackenzie   Distance: 1.9 KM from Pukaki
    52.5 KM Akaroa
Get your glad rags on and turn your hearing aids up for a night of fun and frivolity. Those gorgeous bingo babes, Ethel and Bethel, will be gracing the stage of the Rolleston Community Centre for one night only! We're raising funds for the ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: Rolleston Community Centre, Rolleston, Selwyn   Distance: 52.5 KM from Akaroa
    0.4 KM Methven
Pop Up Comedy presents Taking the Piste Comedy Night! Have you been wanting to venture off piste and take the plunge with your comedic talent? This is the space to do it. Hosted by comedian and longtime seasonal local Bec Sandys (The Project's ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: Arabica Methven, Methven, Ashburton District   Distance: 0.4 KM from Methven
    0.7 KM Timaru
Before heading off to the U.S, Australia, Europe and South America, Katchafire will be on the road again in Aotearoa for their annual winter tour - this time with a different twist! All north island shows will be as a part of the "Good Vibes ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: Caroline Bay Hall, Timaru, South Canterbury   Distance: 0.7 KM from Timaru
37 KM Akaroa
Messy Play Session at Playcentre Bring along your Preschooler to join us in learning through messy play and multi-sensory activities. Morning tea will be provided, but feel free to bring along any snacks for your child.
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: Tai Tapu Playcentre, Tai Tapu, Selwyn   Distance: 37 KM from Akaroa
    30.3 KM Waipara
Engage Your Brain - Rangiora Tuesday 23 July 2019, 7:30pm – 9:00pm Rangiora Baptist Church, 111 East Belt, Rangiora - Hosted by Southbrook School Presentation: This talk focuses on the social/emotional aspects of your brain development – ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: Rangiora Baptist Church, Rangiora, Waimakariri   Distance: 30.3 KM from Waipara
    51.6 KM Akaroa
Fundraising Event for Rolleston College International Food Trip to Europe in November/December 2019. Doors open 6pm, Court Jesters begin at 7pm. Come and laugh the night away with the fabulous Court Theatre Jesters at the impromptu comedy show ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: Rolleston College, Rolleston, Selwyn   Distance: 51.6 KM from Akaroa
    53.3 KM Akaroa
2019 will see the Ashburton Duathlon change to the Canterbury Duathlon Series to be held at Brookside Park - Rolleston. This longstanding Duathlon Series will be held in a 3 race series this year and caters for everyone from the beginner to the elite ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: Brookside Park, Rolleston, Selwyn   Distance: 53.3 KM from Akaroa
    31 KM Waipara
If you’re reading this notice, then you’ve been drawn to my seminar event for a very special reason. I have been told that the universe certainly works in mysterious ways, and we are often guided to certain people and places for reasons beyond ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: Rangiora Town Hall Small Theatre, Rangiora, Waimakariri   Distance: 31 KM from Waipara
    2.5 KM Ashburton
If you’re reading this notice, then you’ve been drawn to my seminar event for a very special reason. I have been told that the universe certainly works in mysterious ways, and we are often guided to certain people and places for reasons beyond ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: Hotel Ashburton, Ashburton, Ashburton District   Distance: 2.5 KM from Ashburton
    37.6 KM Waipara
Wilkes & Clark Events are very excited to bring you "Nathan Wallis", Offering 2 Seminars For The day, at Ohoka Sports & Events Centre. $42 per seminar or Early Bird Deal of 2 seminars for $75 valid till 30th April. Please email us to secure ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: Ohoka Sports & Events Centre, Rangiora, Waimakariri   Distance: 37.6 KM from Waipara
    27.1 KM Methven
The Hororata Highland Games is Canterbury's own Scottish Festival offering a full day's entertainment with something for everyone. This is a big event with a diverse range of attractions and activities, you don't have to be Scottish to enjoy it! ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: Hororata Domain, Hororata, Selwyn   Distance: 27.1 KM from Methven

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Camping and overnight campervan parking in Canterbury

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Abisko Lodge And Camping    0.2 KM Methven
Overnight campervan parking - Facilities: Water, Toilets, Showers, Power, Laundry   (Fees Apply)
 
Fairlie Gateway Holiday Park    0.2 KM Fairlie
Overnight campervan parking - Facilities: Water, Toilets, Showers, Power, Laundry   (Fees Apply)
 
Methven Campground    0.6 KM Methven
Overnight campervan parking - Facilities: Water, Toilets, Showers, Power, Laundry, Wi-Fi, Shopping   (Fees Apply)
 
Akaroa Holiday Park    0.8 KM Akaroa
Overnight campervan parking - Facilities: Water, Toilets, Showers   (Fees Apply)
 
Hamner Springs Pines Holiday Park    0.9 KM Hanmer
Overnight campervan parking - Facilities: Water, Toilets, Showers   (Fees Apply)
 
Coronation Holiday Park    1.6 KM Ashburton
Overnight campervan parking - Facilities: Water, Toilets, Showers, Power, Laundry, Wi-Fi, Shopping   (Fees Apply)
 
Pukaki Lake Twizel    1.8 KM Pukaki
Overnight campervan parking - Facilities: Water   Free
 
Lake Tekapo Holiday Park    2.5 KM Tekapo
Overnight campervan parking - Facilities: Water, Toilets, Showers, Power, Laundry   (Fees Apply)
 
Grumpys Geraldine Hoiday Park    5.2 KM Geraldine
Overnight campervan parking - Facilities: Toilets   (Fees Apply)
 
Duvauchelle Bay Camp    5.7 KM Akaroa
Overnight campervan parking - Facilities: Water, Toilets, Showers, Power, Laundry, Wi-Fi   (Fees Apply)
 
Lake Tekapo    7.5 KM Tekapo
Overnight campervan parking - Facilities: Water, Toilets, Showers   Free
 
Twizel Holiday Park    7.6 KM Pukaki
Overnight campervan parking - Facilities: Water, Toilets, Showers, Power, Laundry, Wi-Fi   (Fees Apply)
 
Lake Pukaki Freedom Camping    8.2 KM Pukaki
Overnight campervan parking - Facilities: Water   Free
 
Okains Bay Camp Ground Banks Peninsula    12 KM Akaroa
Overnight campervan parking - Facilities: Water, Toilets, Showers   (Fees Apply)
 
Te Moana Gorge Geraldine    12.6 KM Geraldine
Overnight campervan parking - Facilities: Water, Toilets, Showers   Free
 
Waihi Gorge Road    12.9 KM Geraldine
Overnight campervan parking - Facilities: Water, Toilets, Showers   (Fees Apply)
 
Geraldine Fairlie Kakahu State Forest    13.6 KM Geraldine
Overnight campervan parking - No facilities   Free
Park Lot Lewis Pass Summit    13.6 KM Springs Junction
Overnight campervan parking - No facilities   Free
Taylors Stream    13.6 KM Methven
Overnight campervan parking - Facilities: Water, Toilets, Showers   Free
 
Arundel Bridge Rangitata    13.8 KM Geraldine
Overnight campervan parking - Facilities: Water, Toilets, Showers   Free
 
Lake Opuha Freedom Camping    14.2 KM Fairlie
Overnight campervan parking - Facilities: Toilets   Free
 
Bowyers Stream Rakaia    17 KM Methven
Overnight campervan parking - Facilities: Water, Toilets   Free
 
Conway River Bridge Inland Kaikoura    19.3 KM Kaikoura
Overnight campervan parking - Facilities: Water, Toilets, Showers, Power, Laundry   Free
 
Mount Peel Forest Road    20.3 KM Geraldine
Overnight campervan parking - Facilities: Water, Toilets, Showers, Power, Laundry   (Fees Apply)
 
White Horse Camp Mt Cook    21.5 KM Mt Cook
Overnight campervan parking - Facilities: Water, Toilets, Showers   (Fees Apply)
 
Mt Somers Holiday Park Ashburton    21.5 KM Methven
Overnight campervan parking - Facilities: Water, Toilets, Showers, Power, Laundry   (Fees Apply)
 
Mayfield South Canterbury    27.4 KM Methven
Overnight campervan parking - Facilities: Water, Toilets, Showers   (Fees Apply)
 
Rakaia River Holiday Park    28.4 KM Ashburton
Overnight campervan parking - Facilities: Water, Toilets, Showers, Power, Laundry   (Fees Apply)
 
Glentunnel Holiday Park    29.5 KM Methven
Overnight campervan parking - Facilities: Water, Toilets, Showers, Power, Laundry   (Fees Apply)
 
Deer Valley Lewis Pass Scenic Reserve    30 KM Springs Junction
Overnight campervan parking - Facilities: Water, Toilets, Showers   (Fees Apply)
 
Otira Aitkens Rest Stop    30.1 KM Arthurs Pass
Overnight campervan parking - Facilities: Water, Showers   Free
 
Cheviot Holiday Park    34.3 KM Hanmer Junction
Overnight campervan parking - Facilities: Water, Toilets, Showers, Power, Laundry   (Fees Apply)
 
Rakaia River Mouth Northern Side Camping Area    40 KM Ashburton
Overnight campervan parking - Facilities: Water, Showers   (Fees Apply)
 

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