Set against a majestic backdrop from the Alps to the ocean, Canterbury offers everything from lush vineyards and wild coastlines to sky-piercing mountains and pristine glacial lakes, Canterbury is a region of remarkable contrasts and a haven for those seeking incredible scenery and adventure.
From Christchurch city, you’ll find the sparkling Pacific Ocean, the majestic Southern Alps and an ancient volcanic peninsula all within driving distance.
Over the years I have journeyed through the Southern Alps by train, investigated the night sky in the world’s largest International Dark Sky Reserve at Mount Cook. Watched the steam rise amid murmurs of conversation as I sat back and relaxed in Hanmer Springs’ natural hot pools, explored charming townships, boutique galleries and hidden bays in Akaroa and Banks Peninsula or enjoyed the delights of the North Canterbury wine region.
I’ve seen the magical turquoise lakes, powerful glaciers and the sky-piercing Alps of the Mackenzie District and Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park and experienced the breath-taking scenery of Arthur’s Pass on a train journey that starts in Christchurch and will had me cruising by internationally-significant braided rivers and snow-fed lakes in no time.