Canterbury named one of National Geographic's top adventure hotspots

Rafting with Rangiata Rafts.
Rafting with Rangiata Rafts. Photo credit: ChristchurchNZ.

The annual 'Best Trips' list by National Geographic's Traveler magazine has been published, and this year Canterbury has won a place.

The magazine singled out 28 destinations across four categories: Cities, Nature, Adventure, and Culture.

Canterbury was named in the 'Adventure' category - with whale-watching, skiing, cycling, and jet boating just a sample of activities for the adventurous traveller in the region.

Hot-air ballooning with Ballooning Canterbury.
Hot-air ballooning with Ballooning Canterbury. Photo credit: ChristchurchNZ.

ChristchurchNZ General Manager for Destination and Attraction, Loren Heaphy, said the global recognition confirms what Cantabrians already know about their beautiful region.

"Making the list of such a highly regarded travel magazine is fantastic news for the city and region," he said.

"We know many Traveler magazine readers will be inspired to put Canterbury on the top of their travel list after seeing us featured."

Ziplining at the Christchurch Adventure Park.
Ziplining at the Christchurch Adventure Park. Photo credit: ChristchurchNZ.

Tourism New Zealand chief executive Stephen England-Hall said it was fantastic to see Canterbury get recognition for its wonderful adventure tourism opportunities.

"Canterbury has a lot to offer visitors; it's great to see the region being recognised by such a highly regarded publication."

Other destinations that made the 'Adventure' list included Macedonia, Oman, and the Isla de los Estados, Argentina.

National Geographic is the world's most widely read travel magazine.