Aoraki Mount Cook National Park: home to our own Everest

Aoraki Mount Cook National Park is a rugged land of ice and rock, with 19 peaks over 3000m, including New...


Aoraki Mount Cook. © Matteo Colombo

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Akaroa Marine Reserve

Akaroa is very special place, visited by the world’s smallest dolphin, the Hector’s dolphin. 

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Aoraki Mount Cook National Park: home to our own Everest

Aoraki Mount Cook National Park is a rugged land of ice and rock, with 19 peaks over 3000 metres, including New Zealand’s highest mountain, Aoraki Mount Cook (3754 metres). 

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Arthur’s Pass National Park: over the backbone

Arthur’s Pass National Park lies in the heart of the Southern Alps Ka Tiritiri o te Moana. Its high mountains are the ‘backbone’ of the South Island and the pass itself is the key link between east and west.

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Pohatu Marine Reserve

Many many of New Zealand’s most charismatic marine animals hang out at Pohatu Marine Reserve on Banks Peninsula, which hosts both penguin and seal colonies. 

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Aoraki Mount Cook Village

There are several fantastic walks around the village that provide views of Aoraki Mount Cook and the surrounding native alpine bush and area.

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Lake Matheson Walk

The unsurpassed views and mountain reflections from the forested shores of Lake Matheson make this easy walk one of the most popular on the West Coast.

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Things I love about Christchurch

Enjoy new spots to people watch on the Avon and do a tiki tour of the street art bringing vibrancy, life and energy to the inner city . . .

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Taylors Mistake to Awaroa Godley Head Walk

Explore Godley Head's fascinating history and get great views of Lyttelton on this walkway suitable for family groups.

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More things I love about Christchurch

Cartoonist Sarah Laing explores the things she loves about Christchurch, from the evolution of the rebuild to the street art bringing vibrancy, life and energy to the inner city. 

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Tasman Valley walking tracks

The Tasman Glacier, 29km long and up to 3km wide, can be viewed from the short walks that start at the Blue Lakes Shelter.

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Canterbury Plains hot air ballooning

A still morning is what you want: after all, set yourself aloft at the mercy of the winds when the famous Canterbury nor’wester is due and it’s next stop, Patagonia.

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Akaroa: French charm

In just an hour’s easy drive from Christchurch and just over the crest of the hill you reach Akaroa harbour — literally, ‘long harbour’ in Maori — opening dramatically before you, the land dropping steeply to turquoise sea.

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Hanmer Springs: alpine adventures and indulgence

There’s only one thing better than lounging in soft mineral water heated by thermal springs and that’s lying in soft mineral water heated by thermal springs when the ground around you is covered with snow and there’s a biting southerly blowing down from the tops.

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Lake Tekapo: shimmering beauty

Storyteller John McCrystal explores the great high-tussock plains beyond the first range of mountains bordering the Canterbury region that are collectively known as the Mackenzie Country or the Mackenzie Basin (named after a stockman, by the way, who drove 1000 head of sheep this way in 1855).

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The not-so-distant summit: day hikes to mountain tops

Alpinist and climber Paul Hersey chooses five one-day hikes to our mountain tops to celebrate International Mountain Day. 

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Street food and markets: around the world in New Zealand

Delaney Mes chases bacon butties in Dunedin, downs dumpling and donuts in Auckland and buys her fresh veges on Wellington's windy waterfront. 

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