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    Accommodation In Canterbury

    North, south, east, west… it’s hard to say which bit of Canterbury is best. Whichever direction you choose, our superb range of Canterbury accommodation will make sure that you see the huge variety of things to see and do that the area has on offer.

    The Canterbury region is mainly composed of the Canterbury Plains and the surrounding mountains. Its Māori name is Waitaha, but the European settlers named it for the English city of Canterbury because the region was planned as an Anglican settlement of ‘English gentlefolk’. Christchurch is the largest city in the South Island and although disrupted severely by earthquakes in 2010 and 2011, the city centre is rapidly being rebuilt and there is a definite sense of new possibilities. While there you must see Re:START Mall on Cashel Street, a shopping precinct made of colourful shipping containers that has to be seen to be believed. Another absolute must is the world-first Cardboard Cathedral. Yes, that’s what it’s actually made of! It was designed to replace the badly damaged Anglican cathedral and it’s proving very popular. All around the city there are innovative, colourful and creative projects popping up.

    A short trip south brings you to the magnificent Akaroa Harbour, which is one of two volcanic craters. On its southeastern shores is the beautiful town of Akaroa. With it historic buildings, fine food, French street names and period cottages, it’s the only French settlement in New Zealand. A little further on and you can stay in Timaru, built on the lava flows from the Mt Horrible volcano, which is extinct now and not at all horrible – in fact, it’s quite the reverse! Its legacy is the attractive volcanic rock used for the town’s distinctive buildings. Visit the South Canterbury Museum to find out all about it.

    You can spend ages at the Bay Area sport and entertainment centre or catch the annual Summer Carnival. The brewery has tours and tastings all year round.

    Head north from Christchurch and check out the seaside settlement of Kaikoura. The name means 'meal of crayfish' and when you dine out you’ll know why. Not far away is Hanmer Springs, an alpine spa town. Soak in a hot pool, or jump into one of the many water sports. Play mini-golf or hire a quad bike.

    Turn west and you’ll be fascinated by Mount Cook (its Maori name is Aoraki). The highest mountain in New Zealand, it’s surrounded by a UNESCO World Heritage-listed National Park, a spectacular region of forests and glaciers, hot pools and snow-capped mountains. You have to see the milky turquoise waters of Lake Tekapo, and then go hiking, horse-riding, skiing… the sky’s the limit. Quite literally! Also be sure to experience the International Dark Sky Reserve here and see the stars from the observatory.

    So, set your compass for the Canterbury region. Book your Christchurch flights and your Canterbury hotels now and start the expedition.

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    Hotels in Christchurch

    Peppers Clearwater Resort Christchurch - Christchurch Hotels

    Peppers Clearwater Resort Christchurch

    Clearwater Avenue, Christchurch - Map
    "Great view of sunset"
    Love the location and the peacefulness of it - great view if you ignore the scar on landscape where seems to be beginnings of a new development? Nice design of property, but looking tired and a little neglected - clean but outside was covered in cobwebs and windows not very clean on outside which is a shame considering view is so great
    Traveller from christchurch
    Situated near the airport, this luxury hotel is 1.5 mi (2.5 km) from Willowbank Wildlife Reserve and within 6 mi (10 km) of …More
    ibis Christchurch - Christchurch Hotels

    ibis Christchurch

    107 Hereford St, Christchurch - Map
    "Nice city centre hotel"
    Great location, right in the middle of the rebuild buzz. Our first visit to Christchurch since the earthquake, so perfectly located to see what has happened and what's happening now.
    Traveller from Auckland
    Located in Christchurch City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Christchurch I-SITE and Canterbury Museum …More
    YMCA Christchurch Hostel - Christchurch Hotels

    YMCA Christchurch Hostel

    12 Hereford Street, Christchurch - Map
    "stayed near the park for a lark..."
    hitched a lift with a mate to Christchurch for the weekend for a lark...
    A Traveller
    Located in Christchurch City Centre, this hostel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Punting on the Avon and Canterbury Museum …More

    Hotels in Kaikoura

    Quality Suites Kaikoura - Kaikoura Hotels

    Quality Suites Kaikoura

    154 Beach Road, Kaikoura - Map
    "Great place to stay for comfort"
    A comfortable hotel which is quiet even though it is on state highway 1. The biggest plus about this hotel is the quality of the service from the friendly welcoming staff/owner.
    Traveller from North Canterbury
    Situated by the sea, this motel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Kaikoura Beach and Kaikoura Museum. Fyffe House is 3.1 mi (4.9 km) away.More
    Kaikoura Gateway Motor Lodge - Kaikoura Hotels

    Kaikoura Gateway Motor Lodge

    18 Churchill Street, Kaikoura - Map
    "Great place to stay"
    Friendly helpful staff. Recommended excellent dinner and breakfast options
    A Traveller
    Situated in Kaikoura, this motel is within a 15-minute walk of Kaikoura Museum and Kaikoura Beach. Fyffe House is 2 mi (3.2 …More
    Kaikoura Boutique Hotel - Kaikoura Hotels

    Kaikoura Boutique Hotel

    146 Esplanade, Kaikoura - Map
    "Great location......... "
    Had a great visit, only one night unfortunately......... next time we will stay longer Thanks for looking after us so well....... lovely breakfast cheers Mark & Chris Canberra
    A Traveller
    With direct access to the beach, this Kaikoura hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Kaikoura Museum, Kaikoura Beach, and Fyffe …More

    Hotels in Mount Cook National Park

    Glentanner Park Centre - Mount Cook Hotels

    Glentanner Park Centre

    State Highway 80, Mount Cook - Map
    "Excellent view of Mt Cook"
    Highlight of our 24 hours was sitting at front door of unit with a coffee, looking at a stunning view of Mt Cook.
    A Traveller
    Located in Glentanner, this eco-friendly caravan park/campground is 14.2 mi (22.9 km) from Aoraki Mount Cook Visitor Center …More
    YHA Aoraki Mt Cook - Mount Cook Hotels

    YHA Aoraki Mt Cook

    1 Bowen Drive, Mount Cook - Map
    4.0 out of 5 (25 reviews)
    Located in Mount Cook Village, this eco-friendly hostel is 0.5 mi (0.9 km) from Aoraki Mount Cook Visitor Center and 6.1 mi …More
    Aoraki Court Motel - Mount Cook Hotels

    Aoraki Court Motel

    26 Bowen Drive, Mount Cook - Map
    "Glacier view - Aoraki Court Motel - Mt Cook"
    We stayed two nights in this modern and new room, was very nice and well appointed, fabulous views of the glacier and mountain from the room.
    Traveller from Medowie
    Located in Mount Cook Village, this motel is 0.5 mi (0.8 km) from Aoraki Mount Cook Visitor Center and 6.1 mi (9.9 km) from …More