Christchurch & Canterbury Convention Bureau

By: Christchurch & Canterbury  05-Apr-2012
Keywords: Accommodation, Tourism, Skiing

To the East lies the open ocean and Banks Peninsula, featuring sheltered bays, sandy beaches, bush clad valleys, rocky coastline and high, wild places. Boating, tramping, a visit to the wineries and the French settlers' harbour-side village of Akaroa, are key Peninsula attractions.

To the West, past fertile plains and braided rivers, are forested foothills and lakes. Beyond them lie the tallest mountains in Australasia, the Southern Alps, strung out parallel to the coastline. Mountain passes with delightful alpine villages break the almost impenetrable divide and deliver the traveler to the West Coast. There is a choice of western routes and plenty of ski areas on the way.

A journey North reveals green rolling hills, forests and long, empty beaches, with the whale-watching centre of Kaikoura about two hours' drive away.  An excursion to the South passes through farmland and crosses two more of Canterbury's pristine rivers, ideal for fishing, whitewater rafting or kayaking. Mt Hutt, the premier commercial ski area close to the city, lies to the South West. A day off-piste invites an opportunity for jet boating, fishing, horse riding or a round of golf.

Clearly visitors are spoilt for choice and residents have a superb outdoor lifestyle at their doorsteps.

Keywords: Accommodation, Skiing, Tourism

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