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South Canterbury

Agricultural heartland

Cloud formation over Timaru

South Canterbury is the geographic centre of the eastern South Island, it’s bounded by the Rangitata River to the north and the Waitaki River to the south. It stretches from the Pacific Ocean to the Southern Alps with the land ranging from flat to mountainous.

You will find many delights from Maori rock art and heritage trails to white water rafting on the Rangatata river. The are many golf courses, picnic areas and walkways, with local horse riding and hunting. An Artisan Gallery and Forge, Temuka Pottery, the Geraldine Vintage Car and Machinery Museum and wineries.

The region is reputed as one of the best in the world for fly-fishing for Rainbow &

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Christchurch - Dunedin

Allow 5 – 6 hours. 364 km via SH 1

Highway near Dunedin

There are several routes out of Christchurch, from the central city and it’s usually more convenient to head on to the southern motorway or Blenheim Road which follow out onto State Highway one heading south.

If you’re in the north or west of the city, it is usually more convenient to head for the airport and the city bypass route which joins State Highway one at Hornby.

The traffic is often bumper-to-bumper any time of day, but after Templeton one can usually pick up a little speed and there are even a couple of passing bays before Rolleston. This is one of Christchurch’s newer satellite towns.

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