Top 10 Epic Views In Canterbury, New Zealand
Our guide to the most epic views in Christchurch and Canterbury
1. Mount Cook
As you drive into Mount Cook National Park, the dramatic setting ahead is one for the memory banks. The national park is home to all but one of New Zealand's 20 highest mountian peaks, including the highest, Aoraki/Mount Cook. It also served as the training ground for Sir Edmund Hillary's Everest ascent. 2. Lake Pukaki
Arguably the most photogenic lake in all of New Zealand. The turqoise waters of Lake Pukaki seem photoshopped such is the striking colour. With Mount Cook in the background, the 175 km lake offers the ultimate postcard view.3. Lake Tekapo
Stand back and admire the scale of the Southern Alps in Arthur's Pass National Park. Spreading out over 1,000 square kilometres, the park is a hikers paradise with heavy rainforest and formidable gorges to the west, and more accessible valleys, tracks and broad river beds to the east. Welcome to New Zealand's 'Great Outdoors'.5. Kaikoura
180 km north of Christchurch, the Kaikoura Peninsula is a magnet for marine life. Whale watching is a speciality here, and is considered to be one of the world's best spots to see sperm whales. In fact, Whale Watch Kaikoura claim a 95% success rate on their trips.6. Tasman Glacier
Cruise alongside the mighty Tasman Glacier in a custom built vessel. Crossing the Glacier's terminal lake you'll be able to literally reach out and touch the 300-year old ice of New Zealand's largest glacier. Glacier Explorer tours depart from Mount Cook Village.7. Botanic Gardens
An oasis of tranquillity in the heart of the South Island's largest city of Christchurch, the Botanic Gardens comprise of 21 hectares of gardens. The Avon River winds itself around the edge of the gardens and hopping on a 'punt' is a great way to soak up the views. 8. Akaroa
Akaroa is a picturesque, french influenced harbour town, located 90 minutes drive east of Christchurch in the Banks Peninsula. The harbour is home to rich marine wildlife including dolphins, seals, dolphins, penguins and much further out to sea, whales. 9. Governors Bay
On the outskirts of Christchurch, Governors Bay is a small community situated between Lyttelton and Diamond Harbour with views that speak for themselves.
10. Christchurch Gondola
A 10 minute ride from the gondola base in Heathcote Valley to the summit station on the peaks of the nearby Port Hills. At the top, enjoy eye-watering views of the surrounding region including the deep blue of the South Pacific, the Canterbury Plains and the mountain tops of Banks Peninsula.