Christchurch & Canterbury

Population: Circa 560,700 (largest region in the South Island)

Climate: A climate of extremes – the region has the least rainfall and the greatest range of temperatures

Great for: Whale watching, Bungee jumping, Mountain biking


Despite being hit by an earthquake in February 2011 Christchurch remains a beautiful city. It's ‘business as usual’ for this iconic kiwi city - the people here are really welcoming and have a resilient community spirit. Through the regeneration of the city, we’re seeing some truly innovative design and architecture emerging.

Aoraki/Mount Cook
New Zealand’s highest mountain is surrounded by a landscape of glaciers, mountain streams, icebergs and glacial lakes. It’s a great place for walks and hikes (from 30mins to multi-day tours) as well as stargazing.

Banks Peninsula
Visit Akaroa and travel back in time to the French colonial past. Explore the architecture, French patisseries, galleries and craft stores before heading out on a cruise to spot the rare Hector's dolphin.

Head’s top tip

Jennifer Orr:
“Take a drive to Kaikoura and visit the local seal colony at Ohau Point then head to ‘Nin's Bin’ Crayfish van to enjoy some local tucker.”

Find out more at
Christchurch Art GalleryMount CookWhale