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CANTERBURY

CANTERBURY

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Canterbury & Christchurch APPEALING DIVERSITY CHRISTCHURCH IS NEW ZEALAND’S SECOND LARGEST CITY AND THE GATEWAY TO THE CANTERBURY REGION, ONE OF THE MOST DIVERSE CORNERS OF THE WORLD.

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rom sparkling beaches and extinct volcanoes to hectares of prime, flat farmland, vineyards and sky-scraping mountains, New Zealand’s largest region has it all. Christchurch, also known as the Garden City, retains much of its distinctive mix of heritage and contemporary urbanity. Feel the spirit and energy of this diverse city which is constantly undergoing change. Travel down the meandering River Avon by punt, see the historic buildings and street art, visit museums and galleries, and stroll around some of the 740 parks and gardens. The city and surrounds deserve plenty of time to explore everything they offer.

CANTERBURY WHALE WATCHING EATING CRAYFISH IN KAIKOURA HANMER SPRINGS CHURCH OF THE GOOD SHEPHERD GRAND TRAVERSE

Ashburton is known for its adventure activities as well as beautiful parks and gardens. Naturelovers can explore the Arthur’s Pass and Aoraki Mt Cook national parks or spend a day swimming with dolphins in Akaroa or Kaikoura. Kaikoura is also the place to go for whalewatching and to sample fresh local seafood.

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Historic Bridge, Hanmer Springs © Hurunui Tourism

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Head to the Waipara Valley wine region for total relaxation and indulgence, then on to the thermal spa resort at Hanmer Springs. If it’s magical scenery you’re after, then Lake Tekapo will certainly oblige. It’s here that the Mt John Observatory was built due to the clarity of the beautiful night skies above the Mackenzie Basin.

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