Regional Information

This rich agricultural region stretching from soaring mountains to the wild dramatic coastline and boarded by impressive braided rivers encompasses the Ashburton, Methven/Mt Hutt, Mt Somers High Country and Rakaia areas, each with their own appeal.

Mid Canterbury is one of the most diverse and stunning regions in New Zealand. Visitors are captivated by the breathtaking scenery, and array of activities to see and do.

Escape the crowds and explore this year-round destination and be captivated not only by the scenery, but the warm and friendly locals and relaxed kiwi lifestyle.... You’ll want to stay longer!

Within an hour from Christchurch International Airport you can be skiing or snowboarding, white-water rafting, skydiving, enjoying a country golf course, visiting gardens of blazing blooms, uncovering relics of aviation and transport history, hiking nature trails or enjoying traditional rural hospitality.

A cluster of high country lakes and braided rivers are fantastic fo fishing and the surrounding mountain foothills are perfect for recreational hunting. A hot air balloon or heli flight provides a bird's eye view of a patchwork landscape, and a 4WD adventure can take you on a journey into the high country wilderness.

Heritage trails, ecotourism guides, craft markets, art galleries, farm tours and a calendar of events will fill your time with memorable New Zealand experiences.

Mid Canterbury is also considered Motorhome Friendly and provides information on holiday parks and  camping to complete your holiday. 

Take advantage of the district's two highways - State Highway One and the Inland Scenic Route 72 - you can travel down one way and back the other, experiencing the whole district.


Talk to an i-SITE Consultant

Location: Ashburton i-SITE
Address: East Street, Ashburton
Ph: +64 3 308 1050

Location: Methven i-SITE
Address: Main Road, Methven
Ph: +64 302 8955

Advice: Your one-stop travel shop for all domestic travel. We can book your accommodation, transport, activities, attractions and tours for all around New Zealand, as well as having all the local 'insider' knowledge of the Mid Canterbury region. Call by and see us, for expert booking advice and local knowledge.

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