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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.
Kaikoura Adventure Park    8.7 KM Kaikoura
Horse Trekking Bookings Essential Mountain Kart Luge Bookings Essential Indoor Archery Wildlife Centre Magic Carpet Ride Bookings essential
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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    0.4 KM Ashburton
When Autumn arrives and the days draw in there's not so much to do at the weekend? Well, we have the perfect solution! Get the family or a group of friends together and head to the Marvellous Monthly Mayfield Market held the last Saturday of each ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: Mayfield Memorial Hall, Ashburton, Ashburton District   Distance: 0.4 KM from Ashburton
    38 KM Timaru
"Waimate Winter Warm Up". A celebration of the male voice with the NZMC performing a range of beautiful songs from gospel, NZ waiata, folk and opera. They will be joined in concert with the St Patricks Children's Choir, and the Waimate ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: St Patricks Basilica, Waimate District, Canterbury   Distance: 38 KM from Timaru
    55.8 KM Waipara
Hi all, Husky Hikes is on again and we will be doing the forest walk (approx. 5km). It is mainly flat but bumpy and sandy. So good grippy sneakers are necessary. We all walk together so no one gets lost. But as we have some dogs that need ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: West Melton Forest, West Melton, Selwyn   Distance: 55.8 KM from Waipara
    0.7 KM Timaru
It's that time of year, Katchafire are on the road again! After blazing through the New Zealand festival circuit and conquering the United States twice in 2017, Katchafire are finishing off their Winter Tour with shows in the South Island! Make sure ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: Caroline Bay Hall, Timaru, South Canterbury   Distance: 0.7 KM from Timaru
    43.2 KM Akaroa
In these small group revision sessions, Karen inspires students that are preparing for the NCEA L1 Common Assessment Task 91027 Apply algebraic procedures in solving problems. Students will do this exam at school on either Tuesday 19th September ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: Lincoln Event Centre, Lincoln, Selwyn   Distance: 43.2 KM from Akaroa
    0.1 KM Timaru
One of the world's best-loved musicals, The Sound of Music, will tour New Zealand this September and October. From the producer of the recent touring stage shows Grease, HMS Pinafore, Menopause the Musical and South Pacific, The Sound of Music ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: Theatre Royal, Timaru, South Canterbury   Distance: 0.1 KM from Timaru
    0.7 KM Waipara
Gate entry prices are $26 cash on the day - so save money and buy online. Join thousands of people from around New Zealand, in attending the country's biggest and most popular Fête. The day features over 200 stalls, bursting with hundreds of gift ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: Glenmark Domain, Waipara, Hurunui   Distance: 0.7 KM from Waipara
    3.8 KM Timaru
Night of the rolling dead. Timaru roller derby Halloween bout. Doors open at 6 pm, first whistle 7 pm. Come along dressed in your Halloween best to see the Timaru Derby Dames Zombie Squad take on the Night Lurkers. Licensed bar and food ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: Southern Trust Events Centre, Timaru, South Canterbury   Distance: 3.8 KM from Timaru
    23.8 KM Hanmer Junction
Art in a Garden is the largest annual art exhibition held in the South Island. Our aim is to share this awe-inspiring platform with approximately 80-100 artists every year from all around New Zealand exhibiting their work of all mediums. We want to ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: Flaxmere Garden, Hawarden, Hurunui   Distance: 23.8 KM from Hanmer Junction
    19.1 KM Hanmer Junction
Visit four lovely gardens in North Canterbury and enjoy a beautiful boxed lunch in one of the gardens. Love and Liberty are an anti human trafficking organisation based in North Canterbury. We organise fund raising events and then send the money ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: RhodoDirect, Waiau, Hurunui   Distance: 19.1 KM from Hanmer Junction
    42.2 KM Akaroa
The Star of the new Sensing Murder Series Sue Nicholson presents her Sensational live show Answers from the Other Side. Christmas special show with lots of giveaways and spot prizes. A prize is given for the best Christmas hat. Sue's abilities ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: Chateau on the Park, Christchurch   Distance: 42.2 KM from Akaroa
    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
    0.1 KM Timaru
The doors open at 7:00 pm and the show starts at 7:30 pm. There is no assigned seating, sit wherever feels right for you. Deb Webber will walk through the audience, giving spontaneous spot readings – connecting those chosen with their loved ones ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: The Function Centre, Landing Service Building, Timaru, South Canterbury   Distance: 0.1 KM from Timaru
    31 KM Waipara
The greatest dancefloor musical of all time, Saturday Night Fever, will tour arenas and theatres in New Zealand this November and December. Today's announcement coincides with the 40th anniversary of the release of the film starring John Travolta ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: Rangiora Town Hall, Rangiora, Waimakariri   Distance: 31 KM from Waipara
    0.2 KM Waipara
Only 50 min from central Christchurch, the Weka Pass Railway is a historic rural railway using both vintage steam and diesel-electric locomotives out of Waipara, North Canterbury. Take a train ride on one of the public operating days, on the 1st and ...
Start Date:    End Date:    Venue: Waipara Glenmark Station, Waipara, Hurunui   Distance: 0.2 KM from Waipara

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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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