And if it’s relaxation you’re after, Hanmer Springs is renowned for its hot pools and restorative wellness and spa centre. A lushly quaint alpine village Hanmer Springs is just one of the enticing hamlets within easy reach of Christchurch.
Akaroa & Banks Peninsula
Banks Peninsula on the Canterbury coast is a dramatic headland of dazzling views and picturesque artisan communities. A land of azure bays and golden beaches, and sweeping cliffs, hills and harbours, Banks Peninsula is a marine utopia teeming with wildlife. Swim with the rarest and smallest Hector’s Dolphin, visit Flea Bay and the largest Little Blue Penguin colony, take a fishing trip or go bird watching – the wildlife on the peninsula is bounteous!
As is the food and wine! The main village of Akaroa boasts a thriving café culture and is bustling with epicurean artisans. Alongside the passionate artists, gardeners and creative spirits, the lovers of peace and decadence find their own personal paradise on Banks Peninsula.
Following the November 2016 earthquake in Kaikoura please check with your travel agent or one of the regional i-Site Information Centres regarding the latest conditions and updates.