Canterbury region stretches from the majestic Southern Alps in the west
to the waters of the Pacific Ocean in the east, from New Zealand's highest
peak, Mount Cook, in the south to Kaikoura, famous for whale watching, in
the north. Between the mountains and the sea lies the Canterbury plains
which are some New Zealand's agricultural lands.
is the largest city in the South Island. Christchurch has many parks and
public gardens. Its lively cafe scene, historic tram, Antarctic Centre
and varied Festivals all make the city a great place to visit.
The real heart of Canterbury is its many smaller towns such as Akaroa,
There are nine districts within Canterbury, all with their own distinctive
character - Kaikoura, The
Selwyn, Waimate, Ashburton, Mackenzie/Mt
Cook and Central South Island.