Story: Canterbury region

Canterbury’s landforms

This map shows the four main landforms of Canterbury:

the volcanic rocks of Banks Peninsula
the Canterbury Plains
the rolling hill country
the Southern Alps.

With the largest expanse of plains and some of the most rugged mountains in the country, Canterbury is a region of extreme contrasts.

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John Wilson, 'Canterbury region - Geology', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 25 February 2024)

Story by John Wilson, reviewed & revised 6 Jul 2015