Central Canterbury is defined by patchwork plains and towering alps. A region of variety, Canterbury is home to Christchurch city and a sprinkling of small towns and farming communities, each with their own appeal.

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 Accommodation in Canterbury includes luxury hotels, cosy B&Bs, motels and busy backpacker hostels. Further into the country, classic New Zealand farm stays and holiday homes are available.

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 Boats idle on Christchurch's Avon River  Heather Hapeta



 Canterbury is able to offer an array of activitiies, both adventurous and cultural. Take a punt down the Avon River or spend a day at the Christchurch International Antarctic Centre.

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About Canterbury

The Canterbury region stretches from the Pacific Ocean on the South Island’s east coast, through the inland patchwork fields of the Canterbury Plains to the rugged Southern Alps. Canterbury is a large region of variety; home to cities, farms, wineries, coastal townships and ski resorts.

In the centre of this diverse destination lies the region’s picturesque capital – Christchurch, ‘The Garden City’ – and the rural appeal of Central Canterbury. The charming small towns of the region may not be firm fixtures on the tourist map, but for a relaxing taste of heartland New Zealand you can’t get much better.

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How do you get to Canterbury?

  • Travel by Plane
    • The Central Canterbury region isn't serviced directly by an airport, but Christchurch Airport is only around 30 minutes' drive away. Christchurch Airport is one of New Zealand's major arrival hubs, and is serviced by numerous flights daily.
  • Travel by Train
    • Rangiora is serviced by the daily Coastal Pacific train journey from Christchurch to Picton. Springfield and Darfield are serviced by the daily TranzAlpine train between Christchurch and Greymouth.
  • Travel by Bus
    • There are several local shuttle and tour companies offering transfers throughout the region or guided tours around Canterbury. The area is serviced by a number of bus and coach networks, which can offer drop-offs or pick-ups in many small towns.
  • Rent a Vehicle
    • Car and motorhome rental outlets are limited in Central Canterbury. It is advisable to hire a vehicle in Christchurch, at Christchurch Airport or from another major arrival hub before arriving in Central Canterbury.