Discover a selection of 1,000 holiday rentals in Canterbury, NZ that are perfect for your trip. Whether you’re traveling with friends, family, or even pets, Vrbo holiday homes have the best amenities for hanging out with the people that matter most, including baby high chair and dryer. Prices start at £ 34 per night, and chalets and villas are popular options for a stay in Canterbury. Either way, you'll find a rental for everyone's needs.
Top rated rentals — Canterbury
Destination guide

The charming city of Canterbury awaits you

Enjoy the museums and other features of Canterbury. Travellers to this romantic city praise the restaurants, gardens and shopping. Whether you're planning a family holiday, romantic stay or trip with friends, holiday rentals offer features like full kitchens and laundry facilities for a more convenient stay.

Things to do

Activities and attractions in and around Canterbury

Are you looking for attractions to visit while you're in the area? Venture out of your holiday home and experience everything that Canterbury has to offer. Here are some of the major attractions to put on your list, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • Margaret Mahy Playground (0.3 mi / 0.5 km)
  • Wilding Park Tennis Center (1.7 mi / 2.7 km)
  • Christchurch Adventure Park (3.4 mi / 5.5 km)
  • Port Hills (5.1 mi / 8.2 km)
  • Orana Wildlife Park (9.7 mi / 15.7 km)
  • Christchurch Golf Club (2.4 mi / 3.9 km)
Natural features

Exploring the gardens and other natural features in Canterbury

Whether you're an adventurous traveller or just want to appreciate the scenery, Canterbury is a great place to get out in nature. These are some of the area's most eye-catching sights, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • Margaret Mahy Playground (0.3 mi / 0.5 km)
  • Christchurch Botanic Gardens (0.8 mi / 1.3 km)
  • Hagley Park (0.9 mi / 1.4 km)
  • Mona Vale (1.5 mi / 2.4 km)
  • Riccarton Park (4.3 mi / 6.9 km)
  • Port Hills (5.1 mi / 8.2 km)
How to get there

How to get to and around Canterbury

The nearest airport is in Christchurch International Airport (CHC), located 5.7 mi (9.2 km) from the city centre.

If you prefer to travel by train, Christchurch Railway Station, Rolleston Station and Rangiora Station are the main stations in the area.

What are the top holiday rentals in Canterbury?

From high-end condos to affordable cottages, Vrbo has properties to match every taste and budget. Here are some of the top holiday rentals in Canterbury:

  • "Maison Du Campagne In French Farm": This Christchurch escape comes with 3 bedrooms and is highly rated among guests. Conveniences such as a video library and a nearby bay help make your stay a memorable one.
  • "Maison Du Soleil, Warmth In Chistchurch": Put your bags down and your feet up at this favourite in Christchurch. It comes with 2 bedrooms, towels, a stereo and more.

For even more great options, use the search bar at the top of the page to find the perfect Canterbury holiday rental for you.

What are the top-rated holiday rentals for weekend getaways in Canterbury?

There's nothing quite like jumping in the car and venturing to someplace new. If you need to get away from it all for a couple of days, take a look at these weekend getaways in Canterbury:

  • Book a break at "Maison Du Ciel: Comfort In Christchurch" in Christchurch and take advantage of all its comforts. But of course a weekend getaway isn't only about taking it easy. Venture out and discover nearby natural attractions such as Mount Cavendish and Millbrook Reserve. Fishing and mountain biking are some exciting activities to try around here too.
  • You'll be able to pack loads into your weekend away at "Fitzgerald Cottage Cbd". This retreat is located in Christchurch and is surrounded by top sights like Christchurch I-SITE and Leithfield Beach. Hiking and biking and fishing are some fun experiences also on your doorstep.

Can I find studio apartments for rent in Canterbury?

There's no shortage of studio apartments in Canterbury. While they mightn't have the space of a mansion, they sure pack a punch when it comes to convenience, character and location. Here are two highly rated options.

  • Stay at "Spacious Country Barn - The Coaching Inn" and you'll be in the ideal position to explore cultural sights like Historic Art Gallery and Museum and Aigantighe Art Gallery. A kitchen and WiFi are a couple of amenities at this apartment in Woodbury.
  • "Garden Cottage" in Woodbury is another awesome option that offers internet services and a garden. Historic Art Gallery and Museum and Aigantighe Art Gallery should be on your must-do list around these parts.

Can I find short term rentals in Canterbury?

Swap the standard hotel experience for the character and comfort of your own place. Even if you only have several days up your sleeve, you'll find short-term rentals in Canterbury that'll feel like your second home. Why not start with these?:

  • "Maison Du Ciel: Comfort In Christchurch" in Christchurch is waiting to welcome you. Spend your time doing little else except relaxing here or get curious and explore. Mona Vale and New Brighton Beach are some of the most popular things to see and do nearby.
  • Find out what Christchurch has to offer from "Fitzgerald Cottage Cbd". If you opt for this quality property, New Brighton Beach and Riccarton House are sights to add to your list.

What are the best romantic weekend getaways in Canterbury?

Whether you've been with each other for a couple of months, a decade or an eternity, there's nothing like a romantic weekend getaway to stoke the flames of love. If you're after someplace dreamy to spend a couple of days with your sweetheart, check out these escapes:

  • Squeeze in some "us time" at "Maison Du Campagne In French Farm". This Christchurch escape is custom-made for romance, offering amenities like winery tours and a nearby bay to help set the mood.
  • Alternatively, book an amorous weekend away at "Maison Du Soleil, Warmth In Chistchurch". Located in Christchurch, it offers winery tours, air conditioning and more.

What's the best place to stay if you're looking to rent a house for a weekend in Canterbury?

There's no nicer way to spend a weekend than at the seaside. If you'd love a couple of days beside the water, check out our holiday rentals at New Brighton Beach. This popular strip is located in Christchurch and is perfect for a quick fix of sunshine and fresh air.

What are the best large group holiday rentals in Canterbury?

If you're planning a getaway to remember, don't go it alone; take everyone along. You'll have a lot more fun sharing the experience with the people you love. These holiday rentals in Canterbury are ideal for larger groups:

  • "Mt Cook Views, Twizel. Free Wifi": Featuring 5 bedrooms, this large holiday rental in Twizel has plenty of room for you and all your friends and family. Amenities like a kitchen and a garden are on hand to make things nice and comfy.
  • "Spacious On Simons Street, Twizel": You'll get your team's seal of approval at this Twizel option which comes with a garden, a fireplace and more. It has 5 bedrooms that will easily house any large group.

What are the best houses for rent with a pool in Canterbury?

Get set to take your pick and dive right in. Here are a few superb house rentals in Canterbury where awesome memories are made at the pool:

  • The pool at "Knotswood - Lake Ohau - Alpine House" is guaranteed to add another dimension of fun to your break. Located in Ohau, this rental home also comes with a stereo and outdoor furniture.
  • Leap out of bed and enjoy an early morning dip at "Hanmer Tree House - Unique Location On Forest Edge" in Hanmer Springs. Free toiletries and a stair gate are other amenities on offer here.

What are the best large family holiday rentals in Canterbury?

Vrbo makes it easy to find an awesome family getaway. Loaded with amenities and ample room to spread out, these large family holiday rentals in Canterbury are among our best:

  • Make your holiday one to remember at "Appartamento Ulivi In Villa Belvedere Close To The Beach With Mountain View". This Hanmer Springs escape features 3 bedrooms and can sleep up to 8 guests. A living room and a separate dining area are just some of the amenities available here.
  • Another fantastic option is "Knotswood - Lake Ohau - Alpine House" in Ohau. This holiday rental can accommodate up to 7 people over 3 bedrooms. Free toiletries and a barbecue grill will help make your stay comfortable.

When it comes to family-friendly attractions in Canterbury, Geraldine Observatory is one of the most popular. Be sure to plan a visit and find out why it attracts so many visitors.

What are the best large houses to rent with indoor pools in Canterbury?

Enjoy a dip at the crack of dawn, noon or whenever — the choice is all yours when you stay in one of our Canterbury escapes with an indoor pool. And best of all, there's room for your whole crew to be a part of the fun.

  • Come in, the water's fine at "Hills Road Christchurch City Pad". Located in Edgeware, this superb retreat has 3 bedrooms sleeping up to 7 guests. A swimming pool and a garden are a few other handy amenities that help make this place a top pick.
  • Alternatively, stay a while at "Rural Luxury - 5 Bedroom Getaway" in Mount Hutt. When you're not splashing about and having fun, take advantage of a kitchen and a swimming pool. This property has 5 bedrooms accommodating up to 10 people.

Love to see some other options? Take a look at the search bar at the top of the page, adjust the filters to find the Canterbury holiday rental that's perfect for your needs and lock in your perfect stay today.

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