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1 Christchurch, Canterbury and West Coast

2 Key Themes “Mountains to the Sea” The Garden City - gateway to the South Island Mt Aoraki / Mt Cook Marine Eco-tourism Greenstone/Pounamu (NZ jade) Glacier Country Spectacular scenic rail journeys

3 West Coast Christchurch & Canterbury

4 Tranz Coastal Tranz Alpine Rail - TranzScenic

5 Christchurch and Canterbury

6 Key Points - Christchurch/Canterbury Christchurch International Airport, gateway into South Island and New Zealand Key Tips Comfortable driving distances Visitors can surf and ski in the same day Smaller centres have domestic airports

7 Christchurch Garden City: known as most English city in New Zealand International Gateway Rich in Maori and Colonial heritage Close to ski fields

8 Kaikoura: North Canterbury Eco Tourism Spectacular marine wildlife activity Whale Watch Swim with dolphins

9 Hanmer Springs and Waipara Wine Region (North Canterbury) Hanmer has variety of walk and mountain bike tracks Waipara wineries Bungy jump or jet boat After a full day, soak in Hanmer Springs thermal pools

10 Itinerary suggestion for North Canterbury Day One & Two: Arrive Christchurch and spend two days exploring the city and surrounding centres Day Three: Depart Christchurch through Waipara on the Alpine Triangle Highway to Hanmer Springs. Day Four: Depart Hanmer for Kaikoura Day Five: Return to Christchurch or continue north to Marlborough region

11 Mid and South Canterbury Ski Fields Mackenzie Country Waimate Omarama Aoraki

12 Suggested Itinerary: Christchurch – Queenstown - Waimate Day one:Christchurch to Mt Hutt Day two:Mt Hutt to Mckenzie Country and Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park Day three: Depart Mt Cook for Queenstown. Day four: Queenstown to Waimate Day five: Waimate return to Christchurch

13 The West Coast

14 West Coast TranzAlpine train from Christchurch - Greymouth 3 1/2 hours drive to Christchurch - 40 minute flight Situated on West Coast Drive and Alpine Traverse

15 West Coast - Key Tips Visitors will require a minimum of one day one night to explore the West Coast. Must see experiences: Punakaiki blowholes, Pounamu, magnificent rainforests, giant glaciers, scenic flight. If visitors are on the West Coast during March the Hokitika Wild Foods Festival is a must.

16 West Coast Amazing rainforests Punakaiki Pancake Rocks and Blowhole formations Maruia Thermal Hot Springs

17 West Coast – Greymouth & Hokitika Greymouth: Base to begin West Coast journey. Arrival and Departure on Trans Alpine. Hokitika: Pounamu: New Zealand Jade. Arts and Craft workshops.

18 West Coast - Glacier Country Glaciers surrounded by lush rainforests

19 West Coast Self Drive Itinerary Day One: Greymouth to Karamea and Westport Day Two: Karamea to Pancake Rocks and Punakaiki Day Three: Punakaiki to Fox Glaciers Day Four: Fox Glacier to Haast From Haast continue to Wanaka or Queenstown

20 Events January: World Buskers Festival February: Food and Wine Festival of Canterbury March: Hokitika Wild Foods Festival April: Christchurch International Jazz Festival October: Kaikoura Seafest

21 For more information on the regions:


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