Winchester is a small rural town in the South-Canterbury region of New Zealand's South Island.

Winchester is a fisherman's and golf lover's heaven as its famous for rainbow and brown trout fishing; it also has more golf courses per capita than anywhere else in the country.

Local attractions in and around Winchester include Maori rock art, Temuka's pottery industry and white water rafting on the Rangitata River. There is also good walks and picnic spots nearby at Peel Forest and Kakahu Forest that are great to visit anytime of the year.

Winchester History

A maximum of 500 Maori were living in Canterbury when European settlement began in the 1840s. They were part of the Ngai Tahu tribe which occupied the South Island of New Zealand, remainders of a more numerous population which may have numbered between 3000 and 4000 people at the beginning of the 19th century. Destroyed by civil wars from 1810 to 1815, they were almost exterminated between 1830 and 1832 in attacks by the northern Ngati Toa, led by Te Rauparaha.

Main Towns in the Christchurch-Canterbury Region

Other Towns in the Christchurch-Canterbury Region