Quiet country towns, lovely beaches and fish-filled rivers make North Canterbury ideal for a relaxing rural break. Just north of Christchurch are the North Canterbury towns of Kaiapoi, Woodend, Rangiora, Oxford, Leithfield Beach, Amberley and Waikari. Further north lies the Greta Valley and the peaceful country towns of Cheviot, Culverdon and Waiau. Visit Rangiora’s historic homesteads, head to the beaches of Woodend and Waikuku for fishing and swimming, or catch a plump trout on one of the region’s well-stocked rivers – the Waikari River is always a safe bet.

Inland, the natural thermal pools at Hanmer Springs are one of North Canterbury’s best loved attractions, surrounded by breathtaking alpine vistas. Hanmer Springs has plenty of adventure thrills to set your pulses racing as well, from bungy jumping, rafting and jetboating to winter skiing at the nearby Hanmer Springs ski area.