With a milder climate, the New Zealand South Island it is an incredible destination for those who enjoy nature and surreal landscapes. The region is known for both its plains and peaks as well as the ocean and the Alps.
As it is a very large area, today I will give you some tips more focused on Christchurch and Aoraki Mount Cook – two of the most visited parts of Canterbury. And if you are looking for a good reason to visit one of these places, I leave you with the information that Mount cook is the highest mountain in the country 😉
Where to stay
For the happiness of travelers, the Canterbury region has accommodation options for all tastes. In addition to the most luxurious hotels and lodges away from the city center, there are also cheaper options such as apartments and smaller, simpler accommodations.
If you have no idea where to stay, I recommend you take a look at the Greystone PurePod. This apartment is in the middle of a plain in Waipara and is just incredible. The walls are all made of glass, allowing a passionate view of the area.
Another interesting and more traditional accommodation is the hotel The George, in Christchurch. As it is in the city center, it becomes more practical to do other types of tours – especially if you are not driving.
I also have to suggest the motorhome as accommodation. He was our means of transportation and also our home throughout our New Zealand tour. Although not so comfortable, it is an unforgettable experience.
When to go
New Zealand is known for summer with high temperatures. However, the climate is much more pleasant around Canterbury. Winter takes place between June and August, which is the ideal time for those who want skiing.
The other months of the year usually have festivals more linked to culture, as well as the practice of trails and hikes in the mountains of the region. To escape the rain, avoid going in May and June!
How to get
Paulo and I arrived in Christchurch by plane, leaving Auckland. If you want to get a sense of how much a ticket for this route costs, just take a look at the Skyscanner. It was at this airport that we took our motorhome, following the rest of the trip with him.
The Christchurch bus service is also very efficient, but runs less frequently on weekends. In the case of Mount Cook, the most practical way of getting around is by car. So try to rent a vehicle well in advance.
Where to eat
Finding good restaurants around Canterbury is not a difficult task, but I will still leave some suggestions. Despite functioning as a cafe, the Coffee roasters with unknown chapter it also serves delicious and ideal dishes for a very complete brunch. Along the same lines, it is worth taking a stroll through the C1 Express. Both the meals and the atmosphere are super modern.
People who prefer to save money and want to buy all the food at the market can go to the Countdown. It is one of the most popular in the region and always has a huge variety of foods. Paulo and I, for example, supply our motorhome with purchases made in this market 🙂
What to do
There is no shortage of incredible activities to do around Canterbury. One of the most sought after and undoubtedly one of the most unforgettable is the helicopter tour of the Mount cook. We were unfortunately unable to do this tour because the weather did not cooperate, but I recommend you visit the Mt Cook Guides to know more about the tour.
Another tour that practically every tourist takes in this region is to walk Hooker Valley Lane. The trail is super light and can be completed in less than half a day. THE Lake Tekapo it is also on the route of many people and deserves to be visited. The turquoise blue of this lake is surreal, I swear! To get an idea of how beautiful it is, just seeing the landscape live.
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