Adventure time: whale watching from above in Kaikōura

At depths of between one and two kilometres, the Kaikōura Trench is the deepest water, closest to shore in the world.


A Sperm Whale dives in Kaikōura. © anderspa

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Adventure time: Christchurch ziplining

A mountain biking mecca on the outskirts of the city, Christchurch Adventure Park is like nirvana for riders and adventurous types.

Adventure time: Franz Josef heli hike

While there are short walks that take you to the base of Franz Josef Glacier, the only way to actually...

Cape Palliser: dramatically scenic

When a wind whips up from Antarctica and heads north driving a swell before it, the first bit of the...

Adventure time: swimming with dolphins in Akaroa

In Akaroa you can have the rare and remarkable experience of getting up close to the world’s smallest dolphin.

Adventure time: 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...

Westland road trip: a deep green journey

Low-slung clouds obscure the landscape and as we drive closer, it turns to rain, veiling the steeply rising hills.

Hurunui: pinot and adventure sports

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

The Bridge to Nowhere

Trace elements and politicians have got a lot to answer for.

Lake Waikaremoana: hidden gem

Te Urewera, according to eye-watering local legend, was named to commemorate a nocturnal incident involving the leader of a war...


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