Ep1: Celebrating Winter in Canterbury


On this edition of Kiwi Tripsters we celebrate Winter in Canterbury. We delve into some hearty seasonal dining, bask in the brilliance of Matariki, hit the slopes and some hot soaks and savour the alpine majesty of the Mackenzie. Welcome to winter. Welcome to Canterbury.

Matariki in Christchurch New Zealand.
Matariki in Christchurch. Photo: ChristchurchNZ

Plan a visit to Christchurch and embrace the best of winter. Mike and Chris discuss the city’s exciting new Matariki festival with incredible lighting installations and a massive fireworks display. Plus we we spotlight some hearty winter hospo spots, check out the polar brilliance of the International Antarctic Centre and bask in the hot pools.

Riverside market in Christchurch New Zealand
Terrace and Riverside Market, Christchurch. Photo: Mike Yardley

Savour the winter wonderland of the Mackenzie District. We head to Tekapo for a soak in the stars, immersed in the dark Sky Reserve. Plus we check out some short and sweet tracks at Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park.

Aoraki Mt Cook, Canterbury
Aoraki Mt Cook, Canterbury. Photo: ChristchurchNZ

Fancy some more winter indulgence inspiration in Canterbury? Mike and Chris discuss the wealth of dining temptations in Methven, plus we head to Hanmer Springs where July heralds a month-long Alpine Winter Festival.

Hanmer Springs thermal pools, Canterbury
Hanmer Springs thermal pools. Photo: ChristchurchNZ

Celebrate the elements. Celebrate winter in the heart of the south. Fresh, bluebird days and snow-clad adventure. For more tips and insider recommendations on exploring Christchurch and Canterbury this winter, check out the official website, chock-full with trip inspiration. www.christchurchnz.com

Tekapo Springs, Canterbury
Tekapo Springs. Photo: ChristchurchNZ
  • 00:55 Matariki in Christchurch
  • 08:35 Makenzie Country, Canterbury
  • 16:17 Chat with James McKenzie of Mt Hutt Ski Area
  • 25:32 Dining temptations in Methven

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