Canterbury is New Zealand’s greenest and aesthetically most mesmerizing region. It is filled with activities which have the potential to satisfy all tourists. When you are in Canterbury, here are the top three things that you can do.
Find Bliss at Hanmer Springs
Hire a car rental from Christchurch after landing at the airport and enjoy a breath-taking, 90-minute drive to the spa village of Hanmer Springs. The village is naturally blessed with therapeutic hot springs and pristine mountain air. The village is an ideal family destination as it offers a whole range of attractions like private pools, steam rooms, waterslides, multiple boutique shops, classy restaurants and spa centres. Adventure seekers in Hanmer Springs will not be disappointed as there options for skiing and snowboarding.. You can also go for white-water rafting and jet boat rides to keep your adrenaline pumping. Hanmer Springs also has cycling trails and an animal park to keep the kids entertained.
Snow Fun at Mount Hutt Ski Area
Mount Hutt is the perfect paradise for all skiers and snowboarders. The place has a comprehensive set of facilities that cater to both novices and experts. The steep slopes and the extensive powder bowls at South Face are an exciting challenge to advanced skiers as it prepares them for the most thrilling competitions in the world. On the other hand, the Magic Carpet and the Sky High Terrain Park offer unlimited fun for beginners and freestylers. Mount Hutt also has a learning centre to prepare kids for a safe snow adventure.
Kaikoura – Where the Peak Meets the Pacific
If there is one place in the world where the mountains meet the ocean, it is Kaikoura. Located at a 2.5 hours’ drive away from Christchurch, Kaikoura has an abundant variety of marine life. With a fascinating history behind this district, the Kaikoura Museum speaks volumes about the rich Maori culture of the place. Kids love Kaikoura for it is not often that they get to see dolphins and seals so up close, or swim along-side them in their natural habitat. The rugged coast is home to restaurants that offer outstanding seafood and the local crayfish delicacies are to die for. In short, Kaikoura is a perfect family hangout by the sea.