Canterbury and the West Coast

The Canterbury plains stretch down the east side of the South Island and are home to the small town of Kaikoura, famous for its abundant marine life. In the Maori language, ’kai’ means ’to eat’ and ’koura’ means ’crayfish’ – enjoy some of New Zealand’s frshest seafood whilst gazing out to sea, looking out for giant Sperm Whales, pods of dolphins and seal colonies that frequent these shores.

From here you can continue on to Christchurch, the Garden City, with its many beautiful parks, country gardens and English architecture. Meanwhile, the west coast is home to the stunning Glaciers of Franz Josef and Fox – here you can explore incredible ice caves and dramatic seracs.

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Otahuna Lodge

Christchurch, Canterbury and the West Coast, New Zealand

Otahuna is an elegant, opulent lodge set at the heart of a rolling country estate. With commanding views of its landscaped gardens and far beyond to the surrounding plains, the views take you to the foot of New Zealand's Southern Alps.

Best for: Adventure, Honeymoon, Riding, Culture

Lake Heron Station

Canterbury and the West Coast, New Zealand

Lake Heron Station is a high country working farm located in a remote spot in the Southern Alps of New Zealand’s South Island. Stay in the cosy farm cottage, get a true sense of Kiwi farm life, exploring the 20,000 hectares by 4x4, hiking and kayaking.

Best for: Adventure, Off the beaten track, Family, Trekking

Matuka Lodge

Lake Pukaki, Canterbury and the West Coast, New Zealand

Matuka Lodge is a charming guesthouse located just outside Twizel in the Southern Alps of South Island. With just four well-appointed guest rooms, it's a peaceful retreat and great base for exploring the central lakes, Mount Cook and beyond.

Best for: Couples, Honeymoon, Off the beaten track

Pen-y-Bryn Lodge

Oamaru, Canterbury and the West Coast, New Zealand

Pen-y-Bryn is a historic lodge located in Oamaru on the south east coast of New Zealand's South Island. With just five unique rooms, you can expect warm hospitality and exceptional food, an ideal base for visiting penguin colonies and the Victorian town.

Best for: Couples, Food & wine, Honeymoon, Wildlife

Wilderness Lodge Arthur's Pass

Arthurs Pass, Canterbury and the West Coast, New Zealand

Wilderness Lodge is a family-friendly eco-lodge in the dramatic Arthur’s Pass on New Zealand’s South Island. Set on a 4000 acre working sheep farm, you can enjoy nature walks, fly-fishing and sheep farm experiences.

Best for: Eco/ethical tourism, Couples, Family, Off the beaten track

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