- Centred round the large flat Canterbury plain you will find the rugged Southern Alps, the volcanic Port Hills and Banks Peninsula as well as alpine hot springs, rushing rivers, wine country and lush farmland.
- Christchurch is the biggest city in the region with Timaru, Ashburton, Rangiora and Akaroa all popular destinations.
- You can see New Zealand's largest colony of Little Penguins at Flea Bay, Akaroa.
Arthur's Pass is a great place to visit, or stay at, if you want to check out Arthur's Pass National Park. As well as being unbelievably beautiful, there are some great walks and hiking trails, plus opportunities to fish or even climb. Just remember - don't feed the kea! They may seem
cute now but they won't be so cute when they've attacked your tent or camper van in the middle of the night looking for your food or shiny things! (They're the large green parrots with orange under their wings.)