Haere Mai – Welcome to the Garden City & Canterbury
Christchurch is the main city in Canterbury and the largest city in the entire South Island.
Sitting on the banks of the beautiful Avon River, Christchurch is actually recognised as being the oldest established city in New Zealand. Even walking around the city now, you’ll find beautiful English architecture.
In recent times Christchurch has faced more than its fair share of challenges (in the form of earthquakes and a tragic mosque attack), but it has come through even stronger and ready to rebuild.
Tourists and locals alike love the Garden City and the beautiful tranquility that can be found there – even as the second-most populous city in the country.
Outside of Christchurch, you’ll find plenty of gems spread across the Canterbury region. With Tekapo, Mt Cook, Timaru, Oamaru, Ashburton, Hanmer Springs, Kaikoura and so, so many more, it’s time to get out exploring!
With so much to do in the Canterbury region, you’ll want to allow plenty of time whilst visiting.
Fun Fact: Did you know that Christchurch is one of the few cities in the world that operators as a ‘gateway’ to Antarctica?