Welcome to Central Canterbury

Unusually for NZ, the most scenic routes avoid the coast, with most places of interest accessed from one of two spectacular roads: the Great Alpine Highway (SH73), which wends from the Canterbury Plains deep into the mountains and over to the West Coast, and the Inland Scenic Route (SH72), which skirts the mountain foothills on its way south towards Tekapo.

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Central Canterbury in detail