National Parks in Canterbury
Christchurch might sit on the coast, but there are several National Parks in Christchurch and the Canterbury region. The most famous is Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park, with skiing, climbing and water adventures, and plenty of quality walking.
Christchurch National Parks typify the glory of the Southern Alps, with the majesty of the area's lakes and valleys. Aoraki/Mt Cook, in the far west, is ideal for high adrenaline adventurers, but also photographers and nature lovers. Get the TranzAlpine train from Christchurch, and meander up through Arthur's Pass National Park. Here, you'll find less some seriously gorgeous valleys, canyons and rafting rivers. Just to the south of Arthur's Pass, are the Forest Parks of Craigieburn and Korowai-Torlesse Tussocklands. Skirted by SH-73, you can find some superb fishing, isolated walking tracks and some stream-side camping. Springfield is a popular base for exploring all these parks, or you can try your luck in Arthur's Pass Village, or the luxury Hermitage Hotel resort in Aoraki/Mt Cook Alpine Village.