Stay awhile

North Canterbury is full of hidden delights and local treasures. For a leisurely weekend, make a day or two out of exploring the sights, indulging in the cuisine, and discovering the beauty of the wider Canterbury region. Morning Start your journey at one of the local farmers’ markets that often occur on a Saturday or […]

The wines of Waipara

North Canterbury is abundant with award-winning wineries, and beautiful cellar doors and vineyards. The area is a haven for winemaking, with the perfect climate for grape growing; long sunshine hours, hot dry summers, and long autumns. The sheltered Waipara area is close to the sea, and the warm days and cool nights provide a prolonged […]

Check out our Northern sights

Amazing wine, arts, shopping and sculpture are all within 20 to 60 minutes drive from Christchurch City. North Canterbury is well known to many for the wide range of recreational opportunities it offers, its winery cellar doors and restaurants and its welcoming heartland towns. Visitors are welcome whether just passing though or staying a while. […]

Stop and stay a while

  Passing through or there to stay for a few days, North Canterbury is full of surprises.     Some, such as its vineyards are in plain sight, yet others are slightly under the radar but well worth looking out for or even making a special trip to check out. These include local tea rooms […]

North Canterbury adventures

Cruising north on a road trip, or just looking for something to do out of the city? Why not visit North Canterbury, home to artisan food and wine producers and spectacular natural attractions – there is everything you desire for a South Island adventure. Here are Metropol’s picks for adventure activities in the titillating landscapes. […]

Going north

Without a doubt, North Canterbury is largely known for its delectable wine and food yet its rich array of experiences deserves some time in the spotlight, too. Metropol has collated some of the region’s must-dos.     ALL ABOARD Travel back in time on the historic Weka Pass rural railway. Spanning over 12km, take in […]