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Ranked #1 of 221 attractions in Canterbury Region
Category: Horseback Riding Stables
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Ranked #2 of 221 attractions in Canterbury Region
Category: Hiking Trails
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Lake Tekapo (Lake Tekapo)
Ranked #3 of 221 attractions in Canterbury Region
Category: Bodies of Water
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Ranked #4 of 221 attractions in Canterbury Region
Category: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
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Ranked #5 of 221 attractions in Canterbury Region
Category: Tours; Gardens
Owner description: The Giant's House - A historic Akaroa house with original artworks, terraced gardens with sculptures and mosaics. Very... more » Owner description: The Giant's House - A historic Akaroa house with original artworks, terraced gardens with sculptures and mosaics. Very Unique. A creative feast and a wonderful experience. Romantic secluded and quiet, but only a few minutes walk to the centre of Akaroa.The Giant's House was the first bank managers house in Akaroa, built 1880 of totara and kauri. It is grand in size, proportions, and features. Elegant and comfortable, it is designed and decorated in the french style. Being the home of an artist it balances and contrasts the historic and contemporary. Both the house and terraced gardens are full of surprises -expect the unexpected at The Giant's House! « less
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Peninsula Walkway (Kaikoura)
Ranked #6 of 221 attractions in Canterbury Region
Category: Hiking Trails
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Ranked #7 of 221 attractions in Canterbury Region
Category: Bodies of Water
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Banks Peninsula (Christchurch)
Ranked #8 of 221 attractions in Canterbury Region
Category: Geologic Formations
Owner description: Banks Peninsula near Christchurch, New Zealand is a must see for its stunning views, beautiful bays and quirky campgrounds.... more » Owner description: Banks Peninsula near Christchurch, New Zealand is a must see for its stunning views, beautiful bays and quirky campgrounds. Little River is the gateway to the peninsula. The township has a hotel/pub, 2 cafes, a petrol station, art gallery, craft store and small museum. There are B&Bs, plus the Little River Campground in Okuti Valley Road. They have affordable campervan parks with power, cabins and tentsites set beside a river. The southern bays have some of the best surf, if you know the secret spots as well as good, safe swimming beaches, walking tracks and the Little River Rail Trail. It is a a place that is often over looked as tourists head to Akaroa. If you want to experience more than the usual, to get off the beaten track and really explore, ask at the craft station, which has an info centre. « less
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Aoraki/Mt. Cook (Mt. Cook Village)
Ranked #9 of 221 attractions in Canterbury Region
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Hooker Valley Track (Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu))
Ranked #10 of 221 attractions in Canterbury Region
Category: Hiking Trails
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Ranked #11 of 221 attractions in Canterbury Region
Category: Gardens
This garden is home to the best collection of exotic and indigenous plants in New Zealand.
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Ranked #12 of 221 attractions in Canterbury Region
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Ranked #13 of 221 attractions in Canterbury Region
Category: Observatories/ Planetariums
Owner description: Geraldine Observatory is one of New Zealands best private observatories. Operated by Peter and Wyn Aldous, the observatory... more » Owner description: Geraldine Observatory is one of New Zealands best private observatories. Operated by Peter and Wyn Aldous, the observatory has a 14 inch dome telescope, a 11 inch roll on - roll off telescope as well as others. Peters main interest is super nova hunting (exploding stars). peter has over 40 years experience as a amateur astronomer.Donations go to South Canterbury Astronomers Group. « less
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Seal Colony (Kaikoura)
Ranked #14 of 221 attractions in Canterbury Region
Category: Landmarks/ Points of Interest
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Hagley Park (Christchurch)
Ranked #15 of 221 attractions in Canterbury Region
Travelers' Choice™ 2014 Winner Attractions
Category: Parks
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Quake City (Christchurch)
Ranked #16 of 221 attractions in Canterbury Region
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TranzAlpine Train (Christchurch)
Ranked #17 of 221 attractions in Canterbury Region
Category: Scenic Railroads; Trams
Owner description: The TranzAlpine scenic train journey travels between Christchurch and Greymouth, from one coast of New Zealand to the other.... more » Owner description: The TranzAlpine scenic train journey travels between Christchurch and Greymouth, from one coast of New Zealand to the other. From the comfort of world class carriages you'll see the fields of the Canterbury Plains and farmland, followed by the spectacular gorges and river valleys of the Waimakariri River. Your train then climbs into the majestic Southern Alps to Arthurs Pass National Park, before descending through lush beech rainforest to the West Coast town of Greymouth - a great base for visits to Punakaiki and the always-popular glaciers. All services feature state award winning carriages including panoramic side and sky-view windows, GPS triggered at-seat commentary, a fully licensed cafe, and open air viewing decks. The TranzAlpine operates a daily return service throughout the year. « less
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The Court Theatre (Christchurch)
Ranked #18 of 221 attractions in Canterbury Region
Category: Theaters
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Canterbury Museum (Christchurch)
Ranked #19 of 221 attractions in Canterbury Region
Category: History Museums
Travel back in time through numerous exhibits of the Canterbury regions cultural and natural history.
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Port Hills (Christchurch)
Ranked #20 of 221 attractions in Canterbury Region
Category: Geologic Formations; Scenic/ Historic Walking Areas; Neighborhoods
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Hanmer Forest (Hanmer Springs)
Ranked #21 of 221 attractions in Canterbury Region
Category: Forests
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Coastal Pacific Train (Christchurch)
Ranked #22 of 221 attractions in Canterbury Region
Category: Scenic Railroads
Owner description: KiwiRail Scenic Journeys is New Zealand's only long distance passenger train operator. We take passengers across New Zealand... more » Owner description: KiwiRail Scenic Journeys is New Zealand's only long distance passenger train operator. We take passengers across New Zealand in comfort and style through some of the most scenic areas of the North and South Islands. It is an experience, not just a journey. The Coastal Pacific is our summer train, traveling between Picton & Christchurch in the South Island between October and April each year. It's a dramatic tour of New Zealand's coastline between the Pacific Ocean and the breath-taking Kaikoura ranges, journeying through 22 tunnels, across 175 bridges and past spectacular wildlife. Coastal Pacific services connect with the Interislander Ferry & Sounds Air Scenic flights in Picton, taking passengers to and from the capital city, Wellington. KiwiRail Scenic also operate the Northern Explorer (previously the Overlander) between Auckland and Wellington, and the TranzAlpine between Christchurch and Greymouth. « less
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Air Force Museum (Christchurch)
Ranked #23 of 221 attractions in Canterbury Region
Category: Military Museums; Museums

The Royal New Zealand Air Force Museum in Christchurch is a “must see” for anyone even remotely interested in military aviation. The museum is extremely well laid out and... more »

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Orana Wildlife Park (Christchurch)
Ranked #24 of 221 attractions in Canterbury Region
Travelers' Choice™ 2014 Winner Attractions
Category: Nature/ Wildlife Areas; Parks; Zoos
Owner description: The largest wildlife reserve in New Zealand houses animals in their natural habitats with few barriers or fences, permitting... more » Owner description: The largest wildlife reserve in New Zealand houses animals in their natural habitats with few barriers or fences, permitting visitors to see them up close and feed the gentler species. « less
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Avon River (Christchurch)
Ranked #25 of 221 attractions in Canterbury Region
Category: Bodies of Water
Owner description: A unique part of the city, the Avon River sustains a diverse plant and animal life and is a source of many recreational... more » Owner description: A unique part of the city, the Avon River sustains a diverse plant and animal life and is a source of many recreational activities. « less
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Christchurch Gondola (Christchurch)
Ranked #26 of 221 attractions in Canterbury Region
Category: Trams; Observation Decks/ Towers
Owner description: For a “top” experience in Christchurch (15 minute drive from central city), enjoy a relaxing ride to the summit of the Port... more » Owner description: For a “top” experience in Christchurch (15 minute drive from central city), enjoy a relaxing ride to the summit of the Port Hills. Spectacular 360 degree views of the city, Lyttelton Harbour, the majestic Southern Alps and Canterbury Plains. Plenty to see and do - experience the Time Tunnel Ride, go shopping, relax and enjoy a snack or beverage at the Red Rock Cafe. « less
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Ranked #27 of 221 attractions in Canterbury Region
Travelers' Choice™ 2014 Winner Attractions
Category: Churches/ Cathedrals
Owner description: The Church of the Good Shepherd is situated on the shores of Lake Tekapo amongst the natural beauty of the lake and the... more » Owner description: The Church of the Good Shepherd is situated on the shores of Lake Tekapo amongst the natural beauty of the lake and the mountains. The Church of the Good Shepherd was built to the glory of God as a memorial to the pioneers of the Mackenzie Country. "Somehow the setting and the church combine to speak of God to those who enter and pause in the midst of their busy lives." - Peter Hurricks There are no toilet or rubbish collection facilities in the area around the church so we kindly ask that visitors remove their waste and respect the natural environment around the church. « less
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Ranked #28 of 221 attractions in Canterbury Region
Category: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
Owner description: See Kiwi in a natural environment - there is no glass! Get close to Kea, Tuatara and other native icons. Willowbank Wildlife... more » Owner description: See Kiwi in a natural environment - there is no glass! Get close to Kea, Tuatara and other native icons. Willowbank Wildlife Reserve is also home to introduced and exotic breeds. Make your own way around the park and animals will eat right out of your hand. Willowbank is open from 9.30Am daily - kiwis are able to be viewed from 10.30Am until close. « less
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Conical Hill (Hanmer Springs)
Ranked #29 of 221 attractions in Canterbury Region
Category: Mountains
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Ranked #30 of 221 attractions in Canterbury Region
Category: Nature/ Wildlife Areas

Hinewai is a 1250 ha reserve 8 km from Akaroa.  It has a large network of tracks including one whuch takes you down to the local beach.  There are short walks and day long... more »

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