Get outside: Christchurch beaches

Christchurch doesn’t really identify itself as a beachy-city, but when the hot Canterbury sun comes out, Christchurch has easy access...


Sumner Beach, looking back towards Christchurch and the Southern Alps. © ChristchurchNZ

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Airport Rentals Ltd Visit website

Locally owned & operated with friendly, personal service. Late model rental cars, 4WDs, people movers, minibuses, cargo vans and shuttle trailers for hire. . . . More . . . 

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Natural attractions

Fiordland Marine Reserves

Fiordland’s ten marine reserves border the Fiordland National Park and are a fantastic example of protected natural environments. Read the story . . . 

Albatross Encounter Visit website

ALBATROSS ENCOUNTER - Get up close and personal to the largest wingspan in the world, the Wandering Albatross. This boat-based tour takes you to visit . . . More . . . 

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Long Island/Kokomahua Marine Reserve

Tucked away in the Marlborough Sounds, Long and Kokomohua islands are nestled inside the entrance to Queen Charlotte Sound. Read the story . . . 

Brook House B&B & Cottages Visit website

Judy, Charlie (the poodle) and Henry ( the cat) welcome you to their home. Real Kiwi hospitality - comfy beds and cosy rooms in a . . . More . . . 

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Kahurangi Marine Reserve

North of Kahurangi Marine reserve is a remote wilderness visited more by seals than humans. Read the story . . . 

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Abbey Motor Lodge Visit website

The Abbey Motor Lodge Christchurch welcomes all guests to enjoy a comfortable stay. Our spacious accommodation and convenient location provides travelers with exceptional affordability.Only minutes . . . More . . . 

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Horoirangi Marine Reserve

The beautiful Horoirangi Marine Reserve lies north of Nelson city, along the eastern side of Tasman Bay.  Read the story . . . 

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Mt Cook View Motel Visit website

VIEWS OF MT COOK AND MT TASMAN, A 2 MINUTE DRIVE FROM FOX GLACIER TOWNSHIP.We pride ourselves on our wonderfully spacious rooms with all the . . . More . . . 

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Natural attractions

Moeraki Boulders: those mysterious spheres

On a sandy beach, just south of Ōamaru, is a collection of perfectly round boulders – some smooth-skinned, others fractured along veins of quartz, some eroded away to piles of rubble. Read the story . . . 

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Donegal House Visit website

Donegal House, "The Little Irish Hotel In The Country" VOTED THE BEST IRISH HOTEL 2015/16/17. You don't have to be Irish to appreciate the atmosphere . . . More . . . 

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Road trips

Campervanning: the spontaneous way to travel

If the idea of a guided tour brings you out in spots, you’ll be wanting to bring yourself to the spots you most want to see. Read the story . . . 

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Fiordland Great Views Holiday Park Visit website

Established family park with lake/mountain views, new (2009) toilet/shower facilities with underfloor heating and private facilities. 4 minutes drive to town centre, 1.2km from town boundary. . . . More . . . 

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Take in the spectacular beauty of the Cook Strait crossing

Enjoy the 70-kilometre rite of passage for any Kiwi through the Roaring Forties and one of the world’s roughest and most unpredictable stretches of water to the spectacular beauty of the Marlborough Sounds. Read the story . . . 

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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