The Mid Canterbury Region
Mid Canterbury - A district with scenery so magnificent it will take your breath away, one of the country’s richest agricultural and pastoral regions that rises deep into the Southern Alps.
whether your interests are;
fishing, skiing, walking, mountain biking, jet boating, rafting, scenic
flights, playing golf, exploring New Zealand’s high country stations, or wining
and dining, Mid Canterbury has it all.
Mid Canterbury encompasses, Ashburton , Methven, Rakaia, Mt Somers and the high country
Start your journey in Ashburton (Hakatere) where you’ll appreciate the high-quality
shopping precincts, eclectic cafes and restaurants, craft shops, nationally
recognised art gallery and museum. Lake Hood, on the outskirts of Ashburton, is a paradise for water enthusiasts with a wide range of activities. Enjoy coffee or dining at the Lake House restaurant and bar and watch the world go by.
Methven (Piwakawaka) nestled at the foot of Mt Hutt is the adventure centre of Canterbury, and is at the heart of the Canterbury ski area and New Zealand’s best heli-skiing terrain. Methven offers a perfect escape no matter what your taste or budget. This alpine themed village buzzes in winter, while in summer it is humming with events such as markets, multisport challenges and golf tournaments. Looking for a great family destination - look no further with our Kids4Free program!
A hot air balloon flight gives you a bird’s eye view of our patchwork textured landscapes and the Southern alps.
Hinds is a rural village located on the Canterbury Plains on the south bank of the Hinds River. Hinds has a population of about 250 but the wider Hinds area has a population of around 4,000 living on farms.
Situated on State Highway 1 – the main road stretching the length of the South Island - Hinds is a popular stop-off point for people travelling the road.
Hinds is a typical rural village servicing the surrounding area, with a primary school and play centre, village shop, two churches, tavern, community centre, domain to cater for sports and recreation, and swimming baths.
Mt Somers & High-country (Te Kiekie) – Enter New Zealand’s dramatic backcountry with it’s sparkling lakes and rivers and try your hand at a spot of trout and salmon fishing. Horse trek or take a Clydesdale wagon safari through the Hakatere Conservation Park, visit Mt Sunday, home of Edoras in the Lord of the Rings.
Somers and the high country is an outdoor recreational paradise. Stretch the
legs on one of the many natural walkways ranging from short bush walks to
two-day hikes or hang on for wild white-water raft ride on the Rangitata River. Discover more at Inland Scenic Route 72.
Rakaia - sets an immediate impact on its visitors after crossing the longest bridge in the Southern hemisphere, you’ll be welcomed by its famous landmark giant salmon heralding some of the best salmon fishing in New Zealand in one of the world’s best examples of a braided river. Stop and look around. West of the SH1 is the main town, you'll be amazed at what there is in the way of historic buildings, wall paintings. Plenty of options in Rakaia if you're feeling peckish.
Head further west along the south banks of the Rakaia River to Barhill - where early settler John Cathcart Wason tried to create a typical British village. The church and the school is still there and the avenues are neatly laid out and planted with english trees.
Many of the towns in Mid Canterbury are motorhome friendly and has holiday parks and camping grounds to complete your holiday.
Take time to Stop, Stay and enjoy heartland hospitality across Mid Canterbury