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.



If biking is your jam – or something you’ve been wanting to try – North Canterbury is the place for you! From the Airpark Canterbury BMX Track to the Hurunui Trail, St James Cycle Trail, Hanmer Trails and multi-day Rainbow Trail Heartland Ride, there is biking for beginners and those more experienced, too.

If you like to holiday under canvas (or are prepared to give it a shot, for a night or two), then Hurunui is the district for you. Pitch a tent in one the affordable privately-owned campgrounds like Alpine Adventure Holiday Park. Or, park up at a DoC site like those at Lake Taylor, Loch Katrine, or Deer Valley.

Home to the Waiau Gorge, Hurunui also boasts a “raft” (get it?) of river-centric activities to get the adrenaline pumping and test your comfort zone. Jet boating, white water rafting and canoeing promise some on-water action, while quad biking, 4WD and horse trekking deliver some excitement on shore.


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