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Things To Do In Canterbury Plains

Drive through the stunning Canterbury countryside and the towns of Ashburton, Methven and Geraldine and experience the beauty of New Zealand all over again. Spectacular snow capped mountains line the horizon with cows and sheep grazing along the side of the road, it’s a truly beautiful sight. Methven is a popular snow sports town in the winte... Show More

Tourist Information About Canterbury Plains

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Tourist Information About Canterbury Plains

Drive through the stunning Canterbury countryside and the towns of Ashburton, Methven and Geraldine and experience the beauty of New Zealand all over again. Spectacular snow capped mountains line the horizon with cows and sheep grazing along the side of the road, it’s a truly beautiful sight. Methven is a popular snow sports town in the winter months. Sitting at the foot of the Southern Alps it makes a perfect base for skiing and snowboarding enthusiasts who come to conquer the slopes of nearby Mount Hutt. Jetboating around the Rakaia Gorge is a popular tourist activity and white water rafting, salmon fishing, and trout fishing. Geraldine is a friendly village with an artistic streak located in the heart of a prosperous farming area. The Canterbury plains have plenty of cycling trails and mountain biking, skydiving activities and also a main attraction are the beautiful walking and hiking tracks. Ashburton is located at the coast with great surf beaches, restaurants and cafe's. Main attractions are the Rakaia and Rangitata Rivers, a vintage railway museum, Trotts Garden and local arts and crafts.

Best Attractions and things to do in Canterbury


1. Golf

There's always a calming moment at a golf course. This canterbury golf course has never-ending picturesque views and beautifully cut grass for miles.

The Woodlands Course at Harewood, remodeled in 2012 by renowned golf architect Turner McPherson, is one of Canterbury's finest golf venues. You won't find a finer facility to enhance your golf game than this one, which features a championship course, large short-game practice and putting areas, and a 23-bay covered driving range.

Seal Kayak Tour

2. Seal Kayak Tour

This once in a lifetime experience is just what you and your family need this summer. Seal Kayak Kaikoura is the first kayak trip in New Zealand that allows you to choose between pedaling and paddling. With the Hobie Mirage Drive Pedal, kayaking in and around the gorgeous Kaikoura Peninsula will be a breeze. Viewing the New Zealand Fur Seal has a 100 percent success rate for us. Other marine life to see includes the blue penguin, albatross, and a variety of others. Come capture the fun and friendly fur seals that will be playing around and under your hands-free pedal kayak.

Skydiving Kiwis Otautahi

3. Skydiving Kiwis Otautahi

Skydiving Kiwis Ōtautahi is our latest initiative in conjunction with GCH Aviation - Garden City Helicopters, and it's a one-of-a-kind adventure for thrill enthusiasts. This renowned helidive combines a breathtaking helicopter trip over the skyline of tautahi Christchurch with a skydive from a helicopter over the Sumner Beach coastline. The one and only heli dive in New Zealand is Skydiving Kiwis tautahi. Only seven other destinations in the world offer a heli dive, including Switzerland, Hawaii, Mt. Everest, Australia, and Dubai.

Dolphin Encounter

4. Dolphin Encounter

Kaikoura has earned the distinction of being New Zealand's most sought-after spot for outstanding wildlife viewing in a stunning seaside setting. The Dolphin Encounter excursion gives you the option of swimming with dusky dolphins or staying on board and watching them from the comfort of the boat. The boats are all designed specifically for watching marine mammals, with walk around decks and access to the bow for the best views of the dusky dolphins.

Hot Air Balloon

5. Hot Air Balloon

Your flight will take off in Mt. Hutt's foothills, where the mountains give great protection from the North Westerly winds. Enjoy breathtaking views of the Southern Alps, including Mt. Cook and Mt. Aspiring! Enjoy the Eastern views as well as the patchwork beauty of the plains to the Pacific Coast along the journey. After taking off, you'll soar to an altitude that provides amazing panoramic views of the mountains, then descend to a lower height for the second half of the flight to enjoy a different perspective by flying closer to the ground. Enjoy a celebration drink and snack in the landing paddock before boarding the chase car and returning to Methven.

Take your friends and family and create lifelong memories atop the world!

Mt Cook scenic flights

6. Mt Cook scenic flights

Heliworks Mt Cook, based at Aoraki/Mt Cook Airport, offers breathtaking scenic flights throughout the Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park. Heliworks has access to a number of landing sites on the Tasman Glacier and throughout the National Park. A landing on the Tasman Glacier is included in every scenic flight. Join in on a once-in-a-lifetime adventure!


7. Meet Alpacas

Come meet these friendly award-winning alpacas, who are full of attitude, seriously cute, and very, very photogenic. Shamarra Alpaca Farm is located on the picturesque Banks Peninsula, across the harbor from Akaroa, and is only one hour from Christchurch. With over 170 grazing alpacas, you're sure to meet some new friends while taking in the breathtaking vistas. Visit our farm and shop, which sells only our luxury Shamarra alpaca knitwear manufactured in New Zealand.

Albatross Encounter

8. Albatross Encounter

The Albatross Encounter tour provides an up close and personal look at Kaikoura's diverse assortment of seabirds, including the majestic albatross. The sights that are regularly seen on our tour will not disappoint. It is known as the "albatross capital of the world" because of the diversity of albatross species that can be seen in one compact location so close to shore. In just 2.5 hours, you will encounter a diverse range of species, providing excellent photographic chances to capture special moments from your tour. The experienced birding specialists' informative and factual commentary is also a pleasure.

Discovery Tour

9. Discovery Tour

Plant your own unique tree to aid with the regeneration of our native ecosystem and leave your stamp on the history of our newly founded "Mable Hope reserve."

You will acquire an understanding of the value of New Zealand native forest and explore some of the crucial connections created with our native fauna on a stunning scenic drive over an ancient volcano accompanied by our experience guide.

In Pohatu Bay, you'll find a wonderful blend of thriving sheep farms, penguin colonies, and native woods.

This farming family's conservation efforts have helped the penguins grow throughout the years, but they've also designed their agricultural operations to balance economy and ecological in order to conserve the biodiversity in their backyard.

Guided Wildlife Kayaking

10. Guided Wildlife Kayaking

On the Wildlife Kayaking experiences with Kaikoura Kayaks, experience the thrill of watching Fur Seals dodge, weave, and dive around your kayak. They paddle gracefully down the coast as they swim around the Kaikoura Peninsula in search of Octopus, their favorite food. Marvel as hundreds of Pelagic (ocean-going) birds swoop in to clean up the appetizing leftovers. This journey takes you around the magnificent coastal seas, where you'll see breathtaking vistas of sheer cliff faces, rugged rocks, and mountain ranges while looking for Dusky Dolphins and Blue Penguins.


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