Welcome To Selwyn

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A place like no other

Take a breath of fresh air and appreciate Selwyn’s diverse landscapes. The dramatic Southern Alps and rolling foothills rise above the fields. The rivers flow from the high country across the rural plains, out to Te Waihora/Lake Ellesmere and the coast. The patchwork plains are home to farms and small towns across the region.

See the landscapes from the air from a hot-air balloon or by plane. Take the TranzAlpine train to the West Coast and travel through the dramatic ridges of Arthur’s Pass National Park.

2 Kiwirail Scenic TranzAlpine 2013 alongside Waimakariri river

The Selwyn District

Selwyn stretches across the great Canterbury Plains and is bounded by the Rakaia and Waimakariri Rivers, with Arthur’s Pass National Park in the Southern Alps to the west and the Pacific Ocean to the east.

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From the people

Meet some of Selwyn's locals and learn about their stories.

From the mountains

The mighty Southern Alps can be seen from most places in Selwyn, silhouetted against the sky. Our rivers flow down from the high passes over the plains and out to the sea.

From the plains

The patchwork plains of Selwyn spread from the foothills of the Southern Alps out to the coast, between the Rakaia and Waimakariri rivers. 

From the sea

Flowing from the mountains to the mighty Pacific Ocean, the rivers branch over the plains. The lakes, rivers and sea bring life to Selwyn.


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