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.


The mighty Rākaia River. © ChristchurchNZ

From exploring our cities to outdoor adventures; our top picks for family fun, insights from local insiders or the best places to eat and drink – you'll find it all on the road. 

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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...

Loved by the locals: Dunedin city

'Cosy' does not quite do this tiny bar in the North East Valley justice.

Eating my words: dining out in Taranaki

As a born and bred Aucklander, I often have to fight the misconception that great food only happens north of...

Indulge: food and drink in Tauranga

Whenever anyone asks me for a recommendation for a great place to dine, Somerset Cottage in Bethlehem is always the...

Loved by the locals: Far North

Grab your surf- or sand-board and head for Ahipara, at the base of Ninety Mile Beach.

Loved by the locals: Bay of Islands

The Bay of Islands is big on big views but my favourite is looking east across the inner bay from...

Loved by the locals: Buller

Driving over the Radiant Range and down towards Little Wanganui River is to go even further back in time from...

Loved by the locals: Westland

Drive 15min south of Hokitika to reach this unique experience.

Loved by the locals: Invercargill

Handily situated in the heart of the city, Queens Park is considered a New Zealand Garden of National Significance.


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