Christchurch, the Garden City of New Zealand, is internationally renowned for its beautiful and expansive public gardens that dot this picturesque town. Among them, one of the most spectacular is the Mona Vale on the banks of the River Avon. Learn more about the rich history of the Maoris in Christchurch, the first inhabitants of the land here. For adventure seekers, there can be no ideal destination than Canterbury. Hang gliding, mountain biking, bungy jumping jetboating or heli-biking, are just a few of the many options available. Wildlife enthusiasts will be equally spilt for choice with fishing, whale watching, horse trekking and exciting marine activities like swimming with the dolphins. There is plenty to do in and around Christchurch and Canterbury as well. The Banks Peninsula lies to the east with its sheltered bays and sandy beaches, while to the west are the spectacular Southern Alps, the tallest mountain ranges in Australasia, a haven for skiers. Canterbury’s pristine rives are idea for fishing while Kaikoura is famous for whale-watching.