With a population of 350,000 and found on the east coast of New Zealand's South Island, the city's proximity to the sea and mountains makes it the best of all worlds – from shopping and entertainment to skiing, golfing, bungy jumping, mountain biking, hot-air ballooning, whale watching or quietly enjoying world class wineries and gardens. And all of this within two hours – or much less – from its international airport.
In town the Avon River winds through the vibrant and compact city centre, where you’ll find restful shade under the weeping willows that line its grassy banks. Here you can feed the ducks and seagulls, be entertained by buskers or enjoy an Edwardian punt on the river itself.
And you’ll find yourself spoilt for choice when it comes to eating and drinking the fine foods of all types on offer.