Centred around The Garden City, the South Island’s unofficial capital city of Christchurch, Canterbury encompasses the Silvery beaches of the East Coast and the jagged peaks of the Southern Alps, huge scenery with amazing contrasts.
Christchurch, has welcomed visitors since being established as a formal city in 1856 and was changed for ever by the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011. The city is rising once again, being rejuvenated, a growing cosmopolitan ambience adds a touch of excitement without overt flashiness.
There is nowhere else in the world where within two hours of an international airport you can ski at a world class alpine resort, play golf, bungy jump, go rafting, mountain biking, hot-air ballooning, wind surfing, whale watching and visit world class wineries and gardens. Only a short scenic drive from the city is Akaroa, Canterbury’s oldest village, in summer you might even get the chance to swim with the world’s rarest dolphin, the Hector’s dolphin.
Local Lux Selected Experiences
International Antarctic Centre
The International Antarctic Centre, one of our best, award winning attractions, is a must do when you’re in Christchurch. It’s authentic, interactive, fun, educational and provides an exciting experience of Antarctica for visitors of all ages.
Experience snow and ice, and survive an Antarctic Storm, learn about life in modern day Antarctica and Scott Base, hang out with Little Blue Penguins and experience the exciting Hagglund ride. It’s the closest you’ll get to Antarctica without mounting your own expedition!
Guided Canterbury High Country Experience
Enjoy an exclusive guided tour into the Canterbury heartland with a visit to a high country sheep station. Experience breathtaking alpine views, local country hospitality and chance to partake in seasonal farm activities.
Some high country stations have been in the same family for many generations, with each new generation seeing it as their role to sustainably improve and safeguard the land for future generations – they are simply guardians of the land.
Tranz Alpine Adventure
The Tranz Alpine Train route is described as one of the great train journeys of the world. Traveling across the mountainous spine of the South Island it is truly spectacular.
You can depart on your journey from either Christchurch or Greymouth, and a popular halfway destination is Arthur’s Pass. Hike the alpine tracks for a few hours and explore this remarkable region.