Discover Mid-Canterbury

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Where to find us

Christchurch International Airport is the most modern and advanced gateway to New Zealand and the South Island, with frequent international and domestic flights to choose from. Travelling to the Mid Canterbury district is an easy 1-hour trip. Clear the airport, load your transport of choice, and within an hour south you will be settling into your accommodation with views of the Southern Alps.

Scenic Highlights

Set between the famous braided Rangitata and Rakaia rivers, and from the mountains to the sea, Mid Canterbury is ideally placed to give you a slice of everything New Zealand has to offer. A district with scenery so magnificent it will take your breath away and one of the country’s richest agricultural regions that rises deep into the Southern Alps. The district’s best- kept secret Hakatere Conservation Park is the largest conservation park in NZ and the gateway to the high country and Southern Alps with 69,000 hectares waiting for you to explore.
What’s on

Multi Cultural Bite Festival
February

Broquentials Skydiving
February/March

Methven Mountain Thunder Motorcycle Race
April

Wheels Week May Peak to Pub
October

Conference Venues & Facilities

Mid Canterbury is well positioned as a conference and meeting destination. The district boasts new state of the art venues, hotels and resorts for the larger conferences, plus a wide range of motels, lodges and high country farms, which cater for the smaller conferences and management retreats. The surrounding mountains and high country lakes provide not only a stress-free environment that sparks inspiration, but also offers a wide range of activities and structured team building options.

Accommodation

Mid Canterbury is host to a wide and varied range of conferencing facilities, meeting venues and accommodation. Optimal group sizes for single room occupancy range from 1 to 180. Larger conferences and meetings are achievable with twin-share along with day conferencing capacity of up to 500 in either the Ashburton Trust venues, Ashburton event Centre or Methven Heritage Centre. Smaller executive meeting facilities showcase some of the most unique & scenic in the country, all with fantastic AV resources, on-site accommodation and incredible dining options.

Unforgettable Experiences

Whatever your group’s interests are, it’s likely they can enjoy the playgrounds and experiences the district has on offer.  

Outdoor Land Adventures – Ski Mt Hutt - one of the largest ski areas in the South Island with the longest season. Enjoy our extensive mountain biking trails and tracks, High country hiking networks, including heli- skiing or heli-biking, and the Te Araroa national walkway. 

Airborne Activities - Choose from one of the many airborne adventures on offer - From adrenalin free-falling at 200kph sky dive, to a gentle glide Hot Air Balloon flight, or experience one of our fixed wing or helicopter flights including alps and glaciers experiences. 

Water Adventures - In addition to pleasurable boating, kayaking, swimming and fishing, the many rivers and lakes make for fun experiences.  Jet boat ride up the stunning Rakaia Gorge or hold on tight on a grade 5 white water raft ride on the Rangitata River, or try the new must do adventure big rock canyoning, a down hill water fun action, or simply enjoy a round of golf, gardens of national significance, aircraft and historical museums, high country stations and exceptional wining and dining to mention a few!