Appreciate the tranquillity of Christchurch with a punting ride on the Avon River or stroll through the award winning Botanic Gardens. Visit the International Antarctic Centre, where the US Antarctic Operation is based.
Christchurch's hinterland is the province of Canterbury. It offers a myriad of things to see and do, and during spring most of these are available all at once - visit the beaches, play golf, go trout fishing, boating on a lake or take a hot air balloon ride. Bike or hike your way through the province, go whale watching, dolphin swimming or take in the diversity of the central city with a ride on the cable car.
So what else is on the menu? There's the thrill of hot air ballooning or bungy jumping, spring skiing, jet-boating, whale watching, rafting and the excitement of the casino to the elevated outlook from the Christchurch Gondola. A cruise on the Canterbury Cat through Akaroa or Lyttelton Harbour will introduce visitors to the rare Hector's Dolphin and the Little Blue Penguin.
A relaxed city even at the busiest of times, Christchurch is a laid back destination during September and October. You will be able to enjoy the many attractions, opportunities and accommodation options without hassle and often without the need for long-standing reservations. The climate is changeable but generally mild during September and October.
At this time, Christchurch is world renowned as a city of gardens which are at their beautiful best. Daffodils, blossoms and tulips bloom in the city's many parks and gardens, while late snowfalls on inland mountains provide a stunning backdrop and an opportunity for snow skiing at one of Canterbury's many fields.
Lots of sunshine, fun events and a laid-back atmosphere make summer a very special time.
Summer is especially enjoyable for golf. Christchurch and Canterbury offer some of the best golfing experiences in the world to an unbelievable scenic backdrop of mountains, clear blue-green lakes, and azure skies. New Zealand has the largest number of golf courses per capita in the world, and Canterbury has the largest number of golf courses per head of population in New Zealand.
Snorkel, swim or dive with playful seals in their natural environment at Kaikoura. Delight in their antics as they frolic around you against the spectacular backdrop of the Kaikoura Mountains.
Christchurch is a city full of parks and gardens. Autumn is certainly one of the best times of the year to visit the Garden City.
Appreciate the stunning colors of Hagley Park by way of a Punt Ride on the Avon River or take time to stroll through the award winning Botanical Gardens.
A relaxed city at the busiest of times, Christchurch is a laid back destination during April and May and visitors will enjoy the many attractions, opportunities and accommodation options.
Christchurch's hinterland, the province of Canterbury offers a myriad of things to see and do during autumn. Visit our beaches, play golf, or go trout fishing, jet boating or hot air ballooning. Bike or hike your way through the countryside and national parks, go whale watching or dolphin swimming or just take in the scenery with a ride on the cable car.
Crisp, clear days usually greet the visitor at this time of the year with the Canterbury climate arguably its most settled during our autumn, with perhaps some early snow on the mountains which adds to the beauty.
Whatever you wish to see or do, Christchurch and the Canterbury region has it all during autumn.
Come to Christchurch and Canterbury this winter and discover why our city and province really is a destination for all seasons.
Clear, cool days follow frosty mornings, enhanced by the city's parks and gardens, with the South Island's mountains providing the perfect outlook. Visit any of Canterbury's dozen ski or snowboard areas, relax in the Hanmer Springs thermal pools, watch the whales with the spectacular and snow-covered Kaikoura mountains as a backdrop, cruise our harbors to see dolphins and other marine wildlife, or play one of our golf courses of which there are many.
A Canterbury winter holiday is a low pressure and relaxing affair, with products and services readily available, and where you'll be treated as a welcome guest during our least busy (but equally exciting) season.
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