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Christchurch and Canterbury

If it is variety you want, Canterbury has it all. Natural areas range from the mountains and tussock grasslands, to beech and forests, braided rivers, lakes and vast coastal wetlands.

Between the mountains and the sea, the vast plains are patch worked with the patterns of rural life. In the two cities of the region, Christchurch and Timaru, great care has been taken to preserve Canterbury’s colonial heritage. Grand architecture, historic homesteads and immaculate parks intersperse with the technology and style of modern life. The South Island’s largest city, Christchurch, is an entertaining mixture of refined lifestyle and cultural excitement. The so called “Garden City,” is filled with beautiful parks and other attractions, like the International Antarctic Centre, punting on the Avon, hot air ballooning and wine tasting.

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Akaroa and Banks Peninsula – Mountainous Coast

An hour and a half drive from Christchurch, the Banks Peninsula offers gentle coastal walks, rolling hills, and the pretty town of Akaroa.

The Peninsula and Akaroa Harbour were formed by volcanic eruptions, many thousands of years ago. Settled by French immigrants the historic town of Akaroa is a place to enjoy fine cuisine and wildlife cruises.

Arthur’s Pass – East meets West

Arthur's Pass is the result of a road pushed through the mountains of the South Island by gold rush fever. Only one shipment of gold was ever carried along it, but it opened up the treasure of the mountains and their forested valleys to everyone.

The Arthur’s Pass National Park offers a wide variety of tracks and routes for all levels of experience, fitness and ability. Walking along those tracks you can explore a great range of ecosystems and vegetation Arthur’s Pass has to offer.

The west side has wet, dense rainforest while the drier, colder east side has predominantly mountain beech forest and grasslands of tussock.

TranzAlpine™ Train Journey

An unforgettable journey: The world famous TranzAlpine™ train is rated as one of the world's top six train journeys.

Travel across the fertile farmland of the Canterbury Plains, wind through the spectacular Waimakariri Gorge, crossing over massive viaducts and through the lush forests of the Arthur's Pass National Park.


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