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The New Zealand region of Canterbury (Māori: Waitaha) is mainly composed of the Canterbury Plains and the surrounding mountains. Its main city, Christchurch, hosts the main office of the Christchurch City Council, the Canterbury Regional Council (Environment Canterbury) and the University of Canterbury.

People in New Zealand commonly refer to people from the Canterbury region as Cantabrians. Coastal and mountain experiences combine to make Canterbury a place where there's something for every traveller. Here you'll find many wonderful things to enjoy within one region. The Canterbury Region includes a large central portion of the east coast of the South Island, centred on the city of Christchurch. From the wonderful sandy beaches on the coast to the rugged peaks of the Southern Alps, the Canterbury scenery is fantastic. Panoramic views are everywhere from the ocean to the mountains. Great areas of pastureland are criss-crossed with a palette of colours and amazing clouds punctuate the vast amount of sky. The highest point in the region is spectacular Aoraki/Mount Cook, New Zealand’s highest mountain, which stands at 3,754 metres (Aoraki is Maori for Cloud Piercer). At the other end of the scale, the submarine trenches off the coast of Kaikoura are thousands of metres deep, providing an ideal environment for the whales, dolphins and seals that live there. Canterbury is New Zealand's largest region, with an area of 45,346km².

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