Canterbury Agricultural Park ? Pastoral Pleasures at Christchurch


The pristine green hills and dells of New Zealand have always been well known as a godsend for farming and agriculture for years. With a climate that is similar to that of pastoral lands of Europe, the country is home to some of the greenest pastures in the southern latitudes. For a people that are proud of their agricultural legacy, the New Zealanders know how to showcase it in style; and that’s where the Canterbury Agricultural Park at Christchurch comes in.

Located right next to the old Wigram Aerodrome of Christchurch, the Canterbury Agricultural Park is quite a large area of green in the heart of the city. Covering a land of 145 hectares, the park is also New Zealand’s first purpose built show facility. The land is owned and maintained by the Canterbury Agricultural and Pastoral Association, and each year the place is crowded with local and foreign visitors who take part and enjoy its many lively and interesting shows and events.

The park hosts a variety of events throughout the year, such as dog shows, horse shows and showjumping events. There are also many interesting food and wine festivals at the park where you can experience the bounty of New Zealand’s farmlands firsthand; and pocket some of it course. Canterbury Agricultural Park also plays host for traditional livestock competitions where competitors from far and wide gather together to showcase the best specimens from their farmlands, where you will also find many other stalls and attractions such as game shows and food stalls. The largest and best show is the Annual Show of Canterbury Agricultural and Pastoral Association held each year that draws crowds 100,000 strong. This show features more than 700 trade stalls and a multitude of livestock exhibitions and competitions; such as sheep-shearing, aromatic wine competitions, gourmet oil completion to name a few, which is certain to give you of a fun filled, active day at the Canterbury Agricultural Park. You can also catch the Royal New Zealand show, which is the showcase of the best of everything that is good about New Zealand each year at this very same place.

With such a reputation, the Canterbury Agricultural Park has become one of the must-see places in Christchurch. You can find your way to the park fairly easily from any Christchurch hotel you’re staying at. While in the city, you might also check out the good deals with Christchurch hotel packages that are on offer, especially at well known hotels like the Millennium Christchurch. Be sure to look through the park’s event calendar before you pack your bags; you will not want to miss the fun at the lively and exciting festivals you can treat yourself to at Canterbury Agricultural Park during your time in New Zealand.