A popular choice for outdoor enthusiasts
If Canterbury was covered in beech forests before European settlement, it is now composed of majestic farmland plains from North to South, flanked with the Southern Alps mountain chain in the West and the Pacific ocean in the East. Outdoor opportunities are all within reach, a mere 2 hours’ drive from Christchurch. It is indeed possible to go surfing in the morning and skiing in the afternoon.
One of New Zealand’s driest regions, Canterbury usually experiences mild summers (around 22-24C) and temperatures frequently fall below 0C on winter nights to reach around 10C on winter days. Frosts are common (80-100 times per year), and so is snow in the higher plains or hills at the foot of the Southern Alps.
The second biggest urban centre in New Zealand, the “Garden City” of Christchurch accounts for an estimated 65% (375,200) of the region’s population. Out of the quakes’s ruins has emerged the opportunity to completely redesign the city on many levels: cultural hubs, shopping precincts, residential areas, etc. A mixed migrant population from the Europe and Asia has made Canterbury their home already.