Best things to do in Canterbury and sightseeing in Canterbury
Banks Peninsula - Canterbury
Lying on the East Coast of South Island, Banks Peninsula is a packed with nature. This small piece of land is of volcanic origin and juts out into the bay. Surrounded by the busy town of Akaroa and the largest city of South Island, Christchurch, this place is strangely almost always vacant. It is one of the best scenic trails in South Island and has not yet been exploited by tourists. The shore is covered with cafes and restaurant to have a great meal as you stare into the beauty of the bay. The bay allows for a lot of water activity like kayaking, fishing, swimming etc. Do you need more reasons?
Marlborough Sounds - Canterbury
These lie at the North-eastern point of the South Island between two sparkling bays. Calm waters and a rustic landscape mark the Marlborough Sounds. The sounds are a little difficult to access except perhaps the most popular Queen Charlotte Sound and the Pelorus Sound. One of the perks of this place is that it isn’t very “touristy”. You won’t find a lot of crowds to share the beauty of this place. The bays make for a romantic place to cruise. But, I would rather suggest that you hire a Kayak and explore the waters yourself. The waves are mostly calm and the view around is a treat for the eye!
Arthur's Pass - Canterbury
After that, I headed north to Arthur’s Pass to meet up with Anna H, a Swedish woman who had invited me to come hiking with her on the Grand Walk in Tasman National Park, a three-day ordeal. Unfortunately, I wasn’t quite up to the hike and it showed. Huffing and puffing, I stumbled into camp at the end of each day and was promptly pretty useless. But the hike was magic, rippling mountain trails punctuated by beach walks and wades through tidal estuaries.
Encounter Kaikoura (Dolphin Encounter) - Canterbury
The dusky dolphin is known as an entertainer, performing tricks and flips for the human crowds on Kaikoura Dolphin Encounter boats. But you aren’t limited to watching from the bow; you can strap on flippers and swim with them in their natural habitat. With informative guides, the experience is both a lesson in conservation education, and marine life friendship.