Wellington, the national capital, is situated 200 miles (322 kilometers) northeast of Bealey, while Christchurch lies 60 miles (97 kilometers) to the southeast.
Vacationing in just one place, no matter how popular, will only ever provide you with a narrow window into the broader natural and cultural makeup of a region. So be sure to set aside enough time to tour Canterbury's other cultural and natural attractions. If you are looking for more things to see and do, check out the Kura Tawhiti Scenic Reserve and Cave Stream Scenic Reserve in the vicinity of Castle Hill, which lays 13 miles (21 kilometers) to the north of Bealey.
Around 40 miles (64 kilometers) to the south of Bealey is Methven, a regional center where you go see Mount Somers, Summit Six Chair and Exibition Quad Chair. Awa Awa Rata Reserve and Rakaia Gorge are some of the other attractions that should be on every traveler's itinerary.
Experience moments of quiet contemplation at Canterbury's churches. Ask those who live in the area their favorite spots around Bealey, more often than not they'll point to Canterbury's much-loved gardens.
Learn from the wisdom of the locals and take one of the wildlife spotting tours and guided nature walks. Water adventures are a popular activity here. When the weather is fine, why not go rafting or boating; Canterbury has some great spots.
Bealey should absolutely be one of the top entries on your bucket list.