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Top things to do in Canterbury Region

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Ranked #1 of 227 attractions in Canterbury Region
Category: Nature/ Wildlife Areas; Nature and Parks
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Ranked #2 of 227 attractions in Canterbury Region
Category: Hiking Trails
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Lake Tekapo (Lake Tekapo)
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$258* and up
Ranked #3 of 227 attractions in Canterbury Region
Category: Bodies of Water; Nature and Parks
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Peninsula Walkway (Kaikoura)
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$235* and up
Ranked #4 of 227 attractions in Canterbury Region
Category: Hiking Trails
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Ranked #5 of 227 attractions in Canterbury Region
Category: Gardens; Tours
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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$258* and up
Ranked #6 of 227 attractions in Canterbury Region
Category: Bodies of Water; Nature and Parks
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Hooker Valley Track (Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (Te Wahipounamu))
Ranked #7 of 227 attractions in Canterbury Region
Category: Hiking Trails
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Banks Peninsula (Christchurch)
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$265* and up
Ranked #8 of 227 attractions in Canterbury Region
Category: Geologic Formations; Nature and Parks
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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$49* and up
Ranked #9 of 227 attractions in Canterbury Region
Category: Gardens; Nature and Parks
This garden is home to the best collection of exotic and indigenous plants in New Zealand.
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Ranked #10 of 227 attractions in Canterbury Region
Category: Hiking Trails
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Ranked #11 of 227 attractions in Canterbury Region
Category: Observatories/ Planetariums; Museums
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 telescope in a domed observatory, a 11 inch telescope in a roll on - roll off observatory as well as others. Peters main interest is super nova hunting (exploding stars)and sharing the joys of the night sky with members of the public. Peter has over 40 years experience as a amateur astronomer.Donations go to South Canterbury Astronomers Group. « less
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Hagley Park (Christchurch)
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$105* and up
Ranked #12 of 227 attractions in Canterbury Region
Travelers' Choice™ 2014 Winner Attractions
Category: Nature and Parks
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Ranked #13 of 227 attractions in Canterbury Region
Category: Landmarks/ Points of Interest; Landmarks
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Ranked #14 of 227 attractions in Canterbury Region
Category: Other
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Air Force Museum (Christchurch)
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$112* and up
Ranked #15 of 227 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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Ranked #16 of 227 attractions in Canterbury Region
Category: Tourist/ Visitor Centers; Traveler Resources
Owner description: The Christchurch i-SITE Visitor Centre is your one-stop travel shop for all domestic travel. Call by and see us!We are always... more » Owner description: The Christchurch i-SITE Visitor Centre is your one-stop travel shop for all domestic travel. Call by and see us!We are always on the lookout for the 100% Best Deals, so you can make the most of your holiday. « less
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Quake City (Christchurch)
Ranked #17 of 227 attractions in Canterbury Region
Travelers' Choice™ 2014 Winner Attractions
Category: Museums
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TranzAlpine Train (Christchurch)
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$1,332* and up
Ranked #18 of 227 attractions in Canterbury Region
Category: Trams; Scenic Railroads
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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Hanmer Forest (Hanmer Springs)
Ranked #19 of 227 attractions in Canterbury Region
Category: Forests; Nature and Parks
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Canterbury Museum (Christchurch)
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$19* and up
Ranked #20 of 227 attractions in Canterbury Region
Category: History Museums; Museums
Travel back in time through numerous exhibits of the Canterbury regions cultural and natural history.
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Ranked #21 of 227 attractions in Canterbury Region
Category: Observatories/ Planetariums; Museums
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Ranked #22 of 227 attractions in Canterbury Region
Category: Landmarks/ Points of Interest; Landmarks
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Port Hills (Christchurch)
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$56* and up
Ranked #23 of 227 attractions in Canterbury Region
Category: Neighborhoods; Geologic Formations; Historic Walking Areas
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Ranked #24 of 227 attractions in Canterbury Region
Category: Landmarks/ Points of Interest; Landmarks
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Conical Hill (Hanmer Springs)
Ranked #25 of 227 attractions in Canterbury Region
Category: Mountains; Nature and Parks
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Ranked #26 of 227 attractions in Canterbury Region
Category: Tourist/ Visitor Centers; Traveler Resources
Owner description: The Kaikoura i-SITE Visitor Information Centre knows all the best things to do, places to stay and ways to get there plus... more » Owner description: The Kaikoura i-SITE Visitor Information Centre knows all the best things to do, places to stay and ways to get there plus we'll take care of the bookings. « less
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Orana Wildlife Park (Christchurch)
Ranked #27 of 227 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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Trotts Garden (Ashburton)
Ranked #28 of 227 attractions in Canterbury Region
Category: Gardens; Nature and Parks
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$258* and up
Ranked #29 of 227 attractions in Canterbury Region
Travelers' Choice™ 2014 Winner Attractions
Category: Churches/ Cathedrals; Landmarks
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 NO PHOTOS INSIDE Please do not use cameras, cellphones or tablets inside the church so that others may enjoy as is a place of prayer and reflection. PLEASE REMOVE YOUR WASTE 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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$153* and up
Ranked #30 of 227 attractions in Canterbury Region
Category: Nature/ Wildlife Areas; Nature and Parks
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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