Read more by Liz Carlson

Hurunui: pinot and adventure sports

There is an adventure capital in New Zealand with a fabulous food and wine scene. It is not Queenstown.


Waipara under an autumn sunset. © Liz Carlson

Kaikōura: where crayfish and mountains meet

There is a magical place in New Zealand where the mountains literally meet the sea – as if a fairytale...

Loved by the locals: Kaikōura

The thing to do in Kaikōura is to eat crayfish.

Loved by the locals: Banks Peninsula

The drive from Christchurch to Akaroa via Lyttelton is not to be missed on any road trip in Canterbury.

Loved by the locals: Mackenzie

While the Tekapō lakefront is usually packed with tourists for most of the year, nearby Lake Alexandrina is a quiet...

Loved by the locals: Mid Canterbury

You don’t have to look far in Canterbury to find one of New Zealand’s best and quirkiest cafes.

Loved by the locals: Hurunui

I am such a sucker for cute local cafés, and Little Vintage Espresso in Amberley made me squeal out loud...

Mackenzie: for lovers

The first time I laid eyes on Aoraki Mount Cook I cried like a baby.

Mid-Canterbury: the South Island’s best-kept secret

It doesn’t get more classic South Island than mid-Canterbury.

Banks Peninsula: land of volcanoes and mini dolphins

Would you believe me if I told you there is a place in New Zealand where you can sleep under...

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