Canterbury Farm Stays,
New Zealand for Budget Vacations
farm stays in New Zealand can be found on
farms and homesteads in beautiful spots throughout this majestic area
in the South
Island with huge panoramas of snow-capped mountains, undulating
pastures, beautiful coastlines and tranquil bays. It is a place where
you will definitely experience the 4 seasons, and the Canterbury region
incorporates Christchurch, Kaikoura, Hanmer Springs, Timaru, Lake
Tekapo, Methven and Darfield.
stays in general offer budget farm holidays in New Zealand. New Zealand
vacations don't have to strip the budget when you stay at farm
has over the last couple of
years been victim to several earthquakes which damaged a lot of
buildings, including the beautiful old cathedral. However, despite
this, Christchurch is an
attractive capital city of Canterbury NZ which includes the Avon River,
down which you can punt.
Christchurch contains one
of the two main
international airports in the country, and is connected via a tunnel to
a seaport at Lyttelton on Bank's Peninsula. It is widely regarded as
the Gateway to the South Island and is the perfect to be based for a
New Zealand farm holiday.
Maori means "A place for eating crayfish", is where the mountains meet
the sea and lies 180 km north of Christchurch. Here you can see
southern fur seals, swim with dolphins and view sperm whales throughout
the year. There are many
whale watching tours to go on, and well worth
the trip as they are well-organized and there is a wealth of marine
life to see on the way. Farm stays in Canterbury New Zealand here would
provide you with lots of sight-seeing opportunities and a great area
for visiting nature close up.
Canterbury farm stays in
New Zealand can also be
found around Hanmer
just a 90 minute drive north of Christchurch. In this area you can find
all sorts of
activities like skiing in the winter, when the area is blanketed in
snow, mountain biking, forest walks, river rafting and bungee
In the fall it is still
beautiful with bright hues of autumn
of russet reds, oranges and yellows. And in the spring the pastures are
carpeted with daffodils and other spring bulbs. Hanmer Springs has been
awarded several tourism awards, making it a 'must' on your travel
itinerary, no matter what the season.
Just north of
Christchurch, a 40 minute
trip will take you to the Waipara Valley. Now, if
you are looking at Canterbury farm stays that are nestled among wine
estates than the Waipara Valley is for you.
vineyards and wine makers, where you can try the local
the many cellar doors in the area. Some vineyards can only be visited
by appointment. Others participate in two programmes; one is the
"Summer Wine Trails", where vineyards are only open during the summer
months, and the "Winter Wine Trails" where selected vineyards are open
all year round.
Step back into New
Zealand's past at Akaroa,
Canterbury's oldest village. You will be exposed to Maori, whaling,
French and British history. Be sure to stop off here at Barry's Bay
Cheese Factory for some delicious New Zealand farm cheese.
South of Christchurch lie
and Timaru districts. The Timaru district is an
area of rolling green hills, lush pastures and pristine rivers.
Just when you think that
possibly be more to see when you take up your Canterbury farm stays we
saved the best for last, the massive Southern Alps
and the famous Arthur's Pass. The Alps are the backbone of the area and
they can seen for miles, covered in thick snow in winter, and in spring
the snow still lingers.
Picture courtesy of Peter Bray -
the Alps in Canterbury with snow.
These Alps are home to
many glacial lakes and
alpine flowers. They are a truly spectacular range and completely
dominate the landscape. It is not just a place to ski, but a wonderful
place to go walking and exploring. Take a trip through Arthur's Pass
National Park, and if you want to be delighted for more breathtaking
beauty, then take the road from Christchurch to Greymouth, a trip which
traverses one coast to the other.
If you are booking
Canterbury farm stays during
then it is time to hit the ski
fields. One for the more adventurous skier is Craigieburn Ski
Field in Canterbury NZ. But be warned, this is not a ski
field for the faint hearted. This ski club still uses nut cracker tows
and was once called 'the most extreme ski field in the southern
hemisphere' by Glen Plake, who is one of the world's best skiers.
Have we been able to
entice you to come
to Canterbury NZ for your farm holiday? Have a look at our farm
accommodation below to see what we have to offer.
If you are looking for a
in the area, we hope that you will find what you are looking for.
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