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Christchurch & Canterbury

The Canterbury region stretches from Kaikoura in the north, to Waimate in the south and as far inland as Mackenzie Country.

Its landscape is diverse, with the Pacific Ocean to the east, Southern Alps to the west, and the patchwork quilt of the Canterbury Plains.

Christchurch is reinventing itself in the wake of earthquakes. Experience urban regeneration and innovation amid flourishing gardens. Discover vibrant new retail, restaurants and creativity.

Experience urban regeneration and innovation amid flourishing gardens.

Top Experiences

  • Check out public art and transitional architecture.
  • Taste the city’s thriving food scene.
  • Take in magnificent views of the city and the Southern Alps from the Port Hills.
  • Stroll through the Botanic Gardens and glide down the Avon river on a punt.
  • Experience vibrant new retail areas.

Christchurch & Canterbury Seasons


Spring - Sept to Nov
70 - 170

Known as the Garden City, Christchurch turns on an amazing medley of colours in spring. A time of blossoms, festivals and new beginnings – signalled by the bleating of lambs in the hills and ducklings on the Avon River.


Summer - Dec to Feb
120 - 300

Sunshine and high temperatures with warm Norwest winds. Daylight until 9.30pm. Within
an hour of Christchurch city, there are over 40 safe swimming beaches, from hidden bays to dramatic coastline, surf clubs and sandy peninsulas.


Autumn - Mar to May
170 - 230

Brilliant autumn colours accompanied by excellent, settled weather conditions, make autumn a fantastic time to visit Canterbury. Pleasant daytime temperatures range between 17°C to 23°C, with night temperatures dropping to around 13°C.


Winter - Jun to Aug
30 - 120

From June to August, Christchurch cools off. There’s no better base for winter in the Southern hemisphere, with 13 ski areas and a wide range of après ski activities – from
whale watching to soaking in natural thermal pools.

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