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State Highway 6: roadtripping at its best

Drive the length of the South Island, skirting the West Coast and traversing through the Southern Alps, and experience bountiful roadtripping at its very best.

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Hanmer Springs: soothe the body and soul at New Zealand's alpine sanctuary

Soothe the soul in world-class thermal pools nestled in a tranquil alpine, high-country spa village flanked by towering mountains.

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The Church of the Good Shepherd: the most photographed church with the best views

Visit this iconic church set above the shoreline and stunning views of Lake Tekapo, built in 1935 from local, unchipped rocks found in the area, as a memorial to the pioneers and hardy souls of the Aoraki Mount Cook Mackenzie region.

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Akaroa: where French heritage, colonial architecture and a passion for fine food combine

Take an easy drive south-east of Christchurch and discover the charming township of Akaroa on ancient, volcanic Banks Peninusla, where sheltered harbour, French heritage, colonial architecture and a passion for fine food fuse perfectly together.

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Southern stars: see the rare but spectacular Aurora Australis

See the rare but spectacular Aurora Australis from the only dark sky reserve in the southern hemisphere, the 4300-square kilometre UNESCO Aoraki Mackenzie International Dark Sky Reserve, which includes Aoraki Mount Cook National Park and the villages of Lake Tekapo, Twizel and Mount Cook.

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Aoraki Mount Cook National Park: the symbolic, iconic peak that is the snapshot of the south.

Explore stunning snowy mountainscapes, turquoise glacier-fed lakes and the snow tussock grassland of the alpine valley floor where access to breathtaking landscapes and the Kiwi spirit of adventure is endless.

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World Buskers Festival: taking back the streets

If the title of this startling event has you thinking of folksy folk united and assembled in a be-sandalled mass in the city’s squares, well, you need to think again, friend.

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Christchurch’s street art: an expression of solidarity

This isn’t a couple of cute billboard-type pieces put up in obvious places. This is a thing. There is even a map which shows where the major outdoor artworks in this city are located. 

 

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The Hermitage: a haven for the adventurous

Not much has changed of the view from the Hermitage from the day it was opened in 1884. Jagged, snowy peaks in every direction, and the fast-flowing Hooker River pretty much flowing past the front door.

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Whale watching: close encounters on the water

The Hikurangi Trench, about 80km off the coast of Kaikoura and 3.5km deep, is home to a wealth of deep-sea marine life, including sperm whales, orca, blue whales and humpback whales. 

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The Grand Traverse: stunning, jaw-dropping, spellbinding, and the rest . . .

The Grand Traverse is a spectacular scenic flight that explores the Aoraki Mt Cook and Westland Tai Poutini national park, covering about 200km of unforgettable scenery.

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TranzAlpine: the rail journey considered one of the best in the world

Feast on one breath-taking view after another as you travel from Christchurch to Greymouth on one of the greatest rail journeys in the world, drinking in rolling farmland, snow-capped mountains, deep gorges, serene, ice-fed rivers and lush rainforests, all from the comfort of your seat.