This vibrant, green, and contemporary new city is ready with a warm welcome. Just three hours from Australia through its modern international airport, Christchurch is perfectly positioned as the gateway to the South Island. It’s the jumping-off point for lifetime experiences, new connections, and memorable journeys.
Bordering the Pacific Ocean, the majestic Southern Alps, and an ancient volcanic peninsula, the wider Canterbury region is all about incredible scenery, adventure, and escape. Golf, mountain biking, jetboating, skiing, whale watching, swimming with dolphins, scenic rail journeys, soaking in thermal hot pools, and winery experiences are just some of the activities on offer. Charming towns, boutique galleries, hidden bays, braided-rivers, and snow-fed lakes are dotted along the way.
Travelling north to Kaikōura, where the alps meet the ocean, is one of the world’s most scenic journeys — just a two-and-a-half-hour drive or Coastal Pacific train journey from Christchurch.
Kaikōura is ideal for boutique meetings and incentive groups. Diversity and environment are the talking point in this pristine coastal environment. Whales, dolphins, seals, seabirds and many other species of marine life can all be seen up close on scenic flights, ocean encounters, or coastal walks. On the shoreline, Sudima Kaikōura is a brand new 4.5-star hotel with stunning views of mountains and sea.
More awe-inspiring scenery starts in Christchurch on the TranzAlpine train journey traversing the Southern Alps and following braided rivers and snow-fed lakes to the West Coast.
A three-hour drive south reveals turquoise lakes, Australasia’s highest peak Aoraki Mount Cook, glaciers and the Southern Hemisphere’s largest International Dark Sky Reserve.
The ChristchurchNZ Business Events team can help plan epic experiences in Ōtautahi Christchurch and beyond.