Winter is here! It’s time to take a break from the office and book that mid-year break you’ve been yearning for. With an abundance of things to see and do in the region, Christchurch is the perfect base for your next winter escape and explore all that Canterbury has to offer.

Here are our top 5 pick of activities to do in the Canterbury area this winter.

1# Hit the Ski Slopes

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Embrace winter for what it is and venture to the Mt Hutt ski slopes for some snow action. Located only 90 minutes from Christchurch, Mt Hutt offers a great day outing and taste of the snow. Whether you’re a first timer of experienced skier, Mt Hutt offers a variety of slopes with something for everyone to enjoy. After a long day out on the ski fields there’s no better feeling than returning back to the comfort of the city and winding down with a drink at Social Wine Bar.

2# Relax at a Thermal Spa

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Soaking in the South Island’s famous Hanmer Hot Springs in the is a Canterbury must-do! Relax in the silky-smooth sulphur pools or bask in gentle rapids and natural rock pools. With Hammer’s snow-capped mountain range backdrop, simply sit and watch the world go by in your own personal Winter Wonderland.

3# Cruise along the Akaroa Harbour

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Whether it’s swimming with Hector dolphins or exploring the beautiful sights surrounding the Akaroa Harbour, Black Cat Cruises offers an unforgettable adventure. Located only 90 minutes from Christchurch, enjoy a memorable day excursion and spend the latter of the day exploring the quaint Akaroa township, home to colonial architecture and a number of great cafes, shops and galleries.

4# See Canterbury from New Heights

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“Tick off” the ultimate adventure from your bucket list. While the weather might be chilly, winter is a great time of the year to enjoy a Hot Air Ballooning flight over Canterbury and the stunning snow cover Southern Alps with Ballooning Canterbury – just be sure to wrap up warm and get ready to gear up for the experience of a lifetime .

5# Take to the Ice

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Lace up those skates! From April til September the outdoor ice skating rink is open at Tekapo Springs. There’s something truly special about gliding on the ice and being surrounded by the stunning alpine environment. You can even enjoy the best of both worlds and pair ice skating with a relaxation soaking in the thermal hot pools at Tekapo Springs.