Tramping in New Zealand

Known in other countries as hiking, bushwalking or trekking, tramping is a uniquely New Zealand term and one fitting the...


Roys Peak, Wānaka. © Miles Holden

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Panorama Motor Lodge Visit website

Bay views and afternoon sun Situated in central Timaru, overlooking the beautiful Caroline Bay and mountains of South Canterbury, Panorama Motor Lodge is ideally suited . . . More . . . 

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

Mountain climbing doesn’t just have to be for the experienced or those inclined to take risks. There are plenty of spectacular summits in New Zealand that can be reached with little more than the right provisions, a propensity for physical exercise and common sense. Read the story . . . 

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Aspen on King Visit website

Quiet location away from the main traffic areas. Newly designated Qualmark 4-star plus. Timaru's largest motel. 29 units, 14 of which were completed 2006. . . . More . . . 

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Road trips

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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Parklands Motor Lodge Visit website

Affordable, warm and sunny, spacious studio, 1 and 2 bedroom apartments, all with full kitchens, spa baths and showers, queen/king/super-king beds, Sky TV with 50+ channels. . . . More . . . 

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Food and drink

Geraldine: tasty town

The South Canterbury town of Geraldine is home to some of New Zealand’s most successful food producers. Read the story . . . 

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Geraldine TOP 10 Holiday Park Visit website

Enjoy our tranquil park setting, 2-minute walk to centre of town. Geraldine is a vibrant rural town with a friendly atmosphere. . . . More . . . 

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Natural attractions

Today, tomorrow, Tīmaru

South Canterbury’s landscapes are born of its location – bounded by two of Canterbury’s unique braided rivers, flanked on one side by the Pacific Ocean and to the west the Southern Alps. At its heart, the city of Tīmaru. Read the story . . . 

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Grumpy’s Geraldine Kiwi Holiday Park and Accommodation Visit website

GRUMPY'S RETREAT 'N' HOLIDAY PARK is a spacious rural tranquil park, in heartland farming country. 5min to the centre of Geraldine village. . . . More . . . 

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Northpark Motels Visit website

Northpark Motel Cnr Hilton Highway and Washdyke Flat Road, Timaru (above Robbies Bar and Bistro) * 13 studio units (up stairs) with own ensuites, TV . . . More . . . 

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Tramping in New Zealand

Known in other countries as hiking, bushwalking or trekking, tramping is a uniquely Kiwi term that fits the style of walking here – often rough, frequently wet, but regularly inspiring.  Read the story . . . 

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Sea Breeze Motel Visit website

When travelling through the central South Island stay at Sea Breeze Motel where a relaxing visit is assured. Clean, comfortable units with a very pleasant outlook. . . . More . . . 

The Tin Shed Visit website

See our high-quality range of woollen garments at country prices, just off SH 1 at Rangitata, or off SH 72 at Orari Bridge, on SH . . . More . . . 

Rangitata Rafts Visit website

New Zealand’s Biggest volume Grade 5 rapids guaranteed on every trip! If experiencing a real ‘off the beaten track’ Kiwi adventure is on your bucket . . . More . . . 

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Timaru TOP 10 Holiday Park Visit website

Set in spacious parkland grounds, Timaru TOP 10 Holiday Park offers a selection of accommodation to suit every budget. Motel units, self-contained and ensuite units, . . . More . . . 

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