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Holidays in Canterbury

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Canterbury Vacation: Coronavirus Information

Most Canterbury hotels offer free cancellation. Consider booking refundable hotels rather than non-refundable ones. Just look for the ‘free cancellation’ message during your hotel search. Prices can vary, but right now we believe that flexibility matters.

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Top hotels in Canterbury

MCM Motel
MCM Motel
4 out of 5
241 Bealey Ave, Christchurch
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is AU$83 per night from 31 Jul. to 31 Jul.
4.4/5Wonderful! (748 reviews)
"It was an easy check in process with full instructions received via email prior to arrival. Great accommodation and reasonable price. Don't expect to see any staff or have a person to chat to at reception, this accommodation is self suffcient with a great self check in process. Highly recommend."

Reviewed on 27 Jul. 2021

MCM Motel
Rendezvous Hotel Christchurch
Rendezvous Hotel Christchurch
4.5 out of 5
166 Gloucester Street, Christchurch
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is AU$174 per night from 22 Aug. to 22 Aug.
4.4/5Excellent! (987 reviews)
"Friendly and polite, accommodated me despite my having arrived well before check in time."

Reviewed on 23 Jul. 2021

Rendezvous Hotel Christchurch
Rydges Latimer Christchurch
Rydges Latimer Christchurch
4.5 out of 5
30 Latimer Square, Christchurch
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is AU$162 per night from 2 Aug. to 2 Aug.
4.5/5Wonderful! (975 reviews)
"Excellent service. Large rooms with comfortable beds."

Reviewed on 21 Jul. 2021

Rydges Latimer Christchurch
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Top activities in Canterbury


Whale watch, bungee jump, tour wineries and relax in hot springs in this picturesque South Island region of New Zealand, home to the country’s Garden City.

Canterbury is a picturesque region and popular holiday destination on New Zealand’s South Island. It is home to vibrant cities, seaside villages, ski resorts, spa towns and wineries. Canterbury stretches from the Southern Alps past patchwork fields until it reaches the Pacific Ocean. Amid this glorious natural landscape you’ll find many opportunities to try adventure sports and go wildlife spotting.  

Start your Canterbury holiday in the regional capital, Christchurch. Discover why it’s called the Garden City at the Botanic Gardens, Hagley Park and Victoria Square. Ride a traditional punt on the Avon River or spend a day surfing, watching colourful birdlife and walking across sand dunes at New Brighton Beach.

A short drive from Christchurch is Banks Peninsula, a hilly area dotted with beaches, coastal villages and secluded coves. Wander the village streets and waterfront of Akaroa, a town that maintains a French influence after the French settled here in the 1800s. Join boat trips to see the peninsula’s striking cliffs and caves and spot large pods of the rare Hector dolphin. Travel inland from Christchurch to go jet boating on the Waimakariri River and kayak on Lake Pegasus.

In the north of the region, visit Hanmer Springs to relax in thermal pools, bungee jump, white-water raft and ski. Tour the wineries of the Waipara Valley, famous for the production of pinot noir and riesling wines. Discover a blend of European and Māori heritage and go whale watching at Kaikōura.

Thrill-seeking travellers flock to Arthur’s Pass National Park for climbing, skiing and trekking within its mountain terrain. Explore the unspoilt countryside of Selwyn by bike, horseback or on foot. Experience a sensory overload at the markets, restaurants and wineries located on the Selwyn Food and Wine Trail.

Follow trails through the mystical landscapes of the Aoraki / Mount Cook Mackenzie region. Take a scenic flight over New Zealand’s highest peak, Mount Cook. Fish for salmon and camp beneath a star-lit sky at Twizel. Cycle along miles of pristine coastline in South Canterbury.

Reach Canterbury by flying to Christchurch International Airport and get around by bike, bus, rented car or organised tours. Step aboard the TranzAlpine for a memorable train journey from Christchurch to Greymouth.

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