Cross the South Island on the TranzAlpine, one of the world's most scenic train journeys

As far as window seats go, they don’t get much better than on the TranzAlpine, where the term ‘picture window’...


Enjoy the spectacular scenery on the TranzAlpine. © TranzAlpine

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Smylies Accommodation Visit website

Smylies YHA backpackers, Springfield motels and ski lodge. 32 years of fun with customers. Started by Colin and Keiko who will welcome you with genuine . . . More . . . 

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Canterbury Plains hot air ballooning

Ballooning is probably the most relaxing form of transport ever devised, like floating down a river on an inner-tube, only in mid-air. Read the story . . . 

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Lincoln Motel Visit website

Newly completed and opened in March 2012.We offer 21 self-contained luxury motel units, non-smoking, double glazed, heat pumps, flat screen TV's, with a selection of . . . More . . . 

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Inland Scenic Route 72: Christchurch loop

Round trips are immensely satisfying. There’s a pleasing symmetry in ending up back where you started, a closing of the loop, a real sense of achievement. Read the story . . . 

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The Bealey - Lodge, Restaurant & Bar Visit website

On the edge of Arthurs Pass National Park, in the heart of the majestic Southern Alps, stunning views of mountains, river and valley surround the . . . More . . . 

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The Great Alpine Highway: Christchurch to Greymouth

This is probably the most staggering piece of road you'll ever come across. So keep your hands on the wheel and your eyes off the pies. Just stop often. Seriously: this is stunning.  Read the story . . . 

Selwyn District Council Visit website

Sensational Selwyn stretches across the great Canterbury Plains and is bounded by the mighty Rakaia and Waimakariri Rivers with Arthurs Pass National Park in the . . . More . . . 

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Climbing: facing your fear

Climbing is the unique blend of physical and mental exertion that leads both to a feeling of accomplishment and a sense of calm. All in some of the most breathtaking landscapes in New Zealand. Read the story . . . 

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Pinegrove Homestead & Alpacas Visit website

Only 60km to Christchurch just off State Highway 73 near Darfield. A country retreat in a delightful rural setting with superb mountain views, landscaped ponds,tennis court. . . . More . . . 

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Natural attractions

Arthur’s Pass National Park: over the backbone

The high mountains of Arthur’s Pass National Park are the ‘backbone’ of the South Island and the pass itself is the key link between east and west. Read the story . . . 

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Golden Mile Motel, Tavern and Restaurant Visit website

AFFORDABLE ACCOMMODATION IN CHRISTCHURCH Your hosts Murray and Tania would like to welcome you to the Golden Mile Motel, Tavern & Restaurant. . . . More . . . 

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Get outside: 14 must-do short walks

New Zealand is blessed with so many beautiful and varied landscapes. Often the best way to discover them is on foot.  Read the story . . . 

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Bahara Visit website

Welcome to Bahara accommodation. Conveniently located just off "The Great Alpine Highway 73". Just 40 minutes from Christchurch. Enjoy our 3 ensuite studio units (all . . . More . . . 

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Arthur's Pass: to the other side

Today the landscape of Arthur's Pass is punctuated with small towns that cling to the geography despite harsh wind, snow and mercurial populations. Read the story . . . 

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Arthur’s Pass Alpine Motels Visit website

Our gem in the Southern Alps High in the Southern Alps, nestled amongst mountains and beech forest, is Arthur's Pass Village. . . . More . . . 

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Get outside: skiing the Selwyn six

There’s an adventure to suit anyone at the so-called Selwyn Six. Aside from their proximity, these ski areas don’t have a huge amount in common. Rather, it’s the variety that makes this an interesting area to explore. Read the story . . . 

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