From the mountains to the plains, and on to the coast, the Alpine Pacific Triangle covers the gamut of North Canterbury attractions, from heritage farm experiences to wine-tasting and dining; Māori cultural experiences to adventure skiing, four-wheel driving and tramping.
Hanmer Springs has long been sought-after for its Spa and hot springs, and now is a centre for a host of adventure activities, most notably winter skiing and regular mountain biking events. Hanmer Springs Village is a great base to use for exploring the rest of the area, which contains many walking and tramping (hiking) tracks.
Visit Kaikoura for whale watching, dolphins, a seal colony and albatrosses.
Kaikoura, a bustling seaside town famous for its crayfish, hosts shops, galleries, and fine dining. The town is world-renowned for its ecotourism, featuring whale watch opportunities, encounters with dolphins, a seal colony and albatrosses. But it’s not just about wildlife! Kaikoura also offers outstanding walks, cave tours, Māori heritage experiences, and outstanding scenery, as well as scuba diving, fishing, surfing, and swimming.
The Waipara area is the winegrowing centre of North Canterbury, with many boutique wineries producing a total of 200,000 cases a year. Visit the Waipara area for winetasting and regular concerts at the Mudhouse Winery.
Other places of note in the area are Amberley, the Greta Valley, Motunau Beach and Waikari, which is at one end of the vintage Weka Pass railway, running heritage steam trains every third Sunday (except during the closed fire season).