There's always heaps happening in and around Christchurch, from food, beer and wine festivals to horse racing - there's something for everyone.
Make sure you explore the beautiful neighbouring towns including Hamner Springs, Lyttleton and Akaroa - who all host a variety of events over the summer months and are only a few hours away from the heart of Christchurch.
November in particular is a big month for Christchurch, we not only host the annual A and P show but we also have the NZ Cup as the crown jewel of the harness racing calendar.
As the weather continues to warm up, events will continue to pop up - check out these links as a starter.
Annual Summer events
Seafest - is Kaikoura's premier festival featuring wine and food from the region. http://www.seafest.co.nz/
The great west coast whitebait festival - is a celebration of the best of kiwi hospitality. http://www.whitebaitfest.co.nz/
French fest- a celebration of all things Gallic, this festival embraces the unique beauty, culture and heritage of NZ's sole French settlement. http://www.frenchfest.co.nz/
Christchurch's Spring festival - is about celebrating the thrill of a win, a night out with friends, getting a taste of rural life at the show, a chance to dress to the nines, to experience the regions excellent food and wine and to come together and have some fun. http://www.nzcupandshow.co.nz/
Wine Festival - a celebration of the wineries of the South Island region. http://winefestival.co.nz/
The great kiwi beer festival - is a day-long celebration of brewing in NZ. http://greatkiwibeerfestival.co.nz/
Other websites to check out
Hanmer Springs - a beautiful alpine resort, is the ideal place to unwind, but also provides a host of activities: http://www.hanmerevents.co.nz/
Be there - offers a host of events in the Canterbury region: http://bethere.co.nz/
The running events calendar - provides a list of events in the Canterbury region if keeping fit is your thing: http://www.runningcalendar.co.nz/region/canterbury/
The Vbase website - is a great site to keep an eye on up coming events: http://www.vbase.co.nz/whats-on
Mt Hutt- is Canterbury's premier Ski Field in the winter months: http://www.nzski.com/mountain.jsp?site=mthutt
The mudhouse winery - located in Amberley hosts a wide variety of summer activites: http://www.ticketmaster.co.nz/Mud-House-Winery-Cafe-tickets-Waipara/venue/295166