Ashburton is located close to Christchurch and the perfect place to relax or try your hand at fishing on the Rakaia River. Canterbury Region – Mid-Canterbury, McKenzie, Arthur’s Pass & Selwyn, & South Canterbury Through Selwyn district & Arthur’s Pass, enjoy the ever-changing scenery from the patchwork quilt of the Canterbury Plains to the mighty Southern Alps. The Selwyn district is home to distinctive limestone formations, intriguing alpine flora & fauna & a vast range of walking tracks in Arthur’s Pass National Park. Savour a glass of wine at one of the boutique vineyards, stop for some white-knuckled jet boating on the Waimakariri Gorge or explore the depths of the cave at Cave Stream Scenic Reserve. Snow-capped Southern Alps, rich agricultural pastures & breath-taking braided rivers make Mid-Canterbury an outdoor enthusiast’s paradise. From skiing or snowboarding to rafting, skydiving, fishing, touring stately gardens, mountain biking or hiking, there is definitely plenty do see & do! The McKenzie Country offers a tapestry of rich golden landscapes, powder blue canals & bright turquoise glacial lakes. At the heart of it all towers New Zealand’s highest mountain peak, Aoraki Mount Cook at 3,754 metres. Travel the well-worn paths of New Zealand’s mountain climbing pioneers, explore the Tasman Glacier by air or boat & in the evening count the stars in the clearest of night skies. South Canterbury’s sweeping plains, rolling hills, gourmet food, strong culture & heritage & true kiwi hospitality provide the perfect environment for holidays, recreation & all manner of sporting pursuits. Lovely Caroline Bay sits at the heart of the city of Timaru. The quaint township of Geraldine has become a gourmet mecca – home to delicious local cheeses, fruit preserves & chocolates. Canterbury Region / North Canterbury Surrounded by mountains and forests with crisp alpine air and award winning natural thermal pools, the village of Hanmer Springs is a simply magical place. With vibrant boutique shopping, an exciting array of adventure activities (from fishing to jet boating and bungy jumping!), world class cafes and restaurants and family friendly farm parks and golf among what's on offer, there is literally something to entertain everyone here.Our most popular attraction is Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools and Spa - a stunning complex of natural thermal pools, massage pools and masses of fun in our family friendly area complete with a water playground, hydro slides and New Zealand's only Super bowl aquatic thrill ride. Waipara Valley is a master class in cool climate wine making. Best known for exquisitely spicy and rich Pinot Noirs and Rieslings, the region has a great reputation for other aromatic varieties such as Pinot Gris and Gewürztraminer as well as its own distinctive take on Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay. Now is your chance to experience the distinctively different shape, structure and architecture of our premium wines in the place they are created. Few places in the world can boast of such natural wonders as those offered by land and sea in Kaikoura, the whale-watching capital of New Zealand. The seaside settlement is the most northern district in the Canterbury region located on the east coast of the South Island on a rocky peninsula protruding from lush farmland beneath the mountains. In the waters off the peninsula, a complex marine system provides an abundantly rich habitat for marine animals & seabirds. Among them are the Giant Sperm Whales, Dusky Dolphins, the rare & endangered Hectors Dolphin, New Zealand fur seals & a wide variety of sea birds including the Royal Albatross. The Waimakariri district is only 15 minutes north of Christchurch and is home to the fast growing towns of Rangiora, Kaiapoi, Woodend, Oxford & New Zealand’s newest town, Pegasus. With natural unspoiled scenery, rivers, beaches, forests, mountains, foothills and natural wetlands easily accessible, the Waimakariri is the biggest & closest playground to Christchurch.