Christchurch, Kaikoura & Canterbury Region

South Island‘s vibrant and largest city, Christchurch is located in the region of Canterbury and lies by the Pacific Ocean. Kaikoura, a couple of hours north along the coast is great for oceanic wildlife encounters, while to the west, visit the largest mountain in New Zealand, Aoraki.


What you’ll love most about the Canterbury Region

  • See the best of both worlds – explore the majestic alps to the west and the picturesque coast to the east
  • Christchurch combines urban regeneration and innovation with heritage, culture and exhilarating activity. It’s a great hub to discover the Canterbury plains, the southern alps and the Banks Peninsula
  • Kaikoura is known for its abundant wildlife and its sperm whale population. It’s the place to stay if a luxury lodge retreat is on your accommodation wish list
  • If North Island’s thermic Rotorua is not on your New Zealand itinerary but you fancy a natural hot pool dip, head to Hanmer Springs. It’s a picturesque alpine village 90 minutes from Christchurch that’s also known for its active pursuits such as mountain biking, bungy jumping and jet boating. In the winter months, you can take to the slopes for some skiing
  • For mountain walks and glacier viewing, visit New Zealand’s tallest peak, Aoraki Mount Cook. At the southeastern foot of the slopes, check out the nigh sky from the Dark Sky Reserve – located by Lake Tekapo

Where to Book

  • Tasman Glacier, Canterbury - Tourism New Zealand/Mile Holden

  • Five Billion Star Hotel, Mackenzie Country, Canterbury - Tourism New Zealand/Miles Holden

  • Kaikoura, Canterbury fur seals - Tourism New Zealand/Kyle Mulinder

  • Lindis Pass, Cantebury - Tourism New Zealand/Miles Holden

  • Christchurch street art, Canterbury - Tourism New Zealand/Miles Holden

  • Skimming stones on Lake Ruataniwha, Canterbury - Tourism New Zealand/Miles Holden

  • Stargazing in Tekapo, Canterbury - Tourism New Zealand/Julian Apse

  • Port Hills zip-wire, Canterbury - South Island Tourism/Miles Holden

  • Aoraki Lake Pukaki, Canterbury - South Island Tourism/Rob Suisted

Average temperature

Information below is based on average highest temperature for each month.

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Information above is based on the average number of days which experience some form of rainfall for each month.


When to Visit

Below gives you information and a rating of the best time of year to visit.













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