From December to February, sunshine and high temperatures come to Christchurch and Canterbury. Within an hour of Christchurch city, there are over 40 safe swimming beaches, from hidden bays to dramatic coastline, surf clubs and sandy peninsulas.
There’s no better base for winter in the southern hemisphere, with 13 fantastic ski areas and a wide range of après activities – from whale watching to alpine spa villages and soaking in natural thermal pools.
From March to May, brilliant autumn colours can be accompanied by excellent, settled weather conditions, making it a fantastic time to visit Christchurch.
From September to November, New Zealand’s spring weather brings blossoms, festivals and new beginnings – signalled by the bleating of wee lambs in the hills and ducklings on the local Avon River.