Aoraki Mount Cook National Park: home to our own Everest

Aoraki Mount Cook National Park is a rugged land of ice and rock, with 19 peaks over 3000m, including New...


The road to Mount Cook. © Abhishek Baadkar

Peppers Clearwater Resort

Only 7 minutes from Christchurch airport, Peppers Clearwater Resort is the perfect place to gaze out over the surrounding lakes and the mountains standing tall . . . 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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Alpine Lodge Motel Visit website

Alpine Lodge Motel is located OPPOSITE the famous Thermal Pools. We are a centrally located motel in the heart of the alpine village. . . . 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 . . . 

Dress-Smart Outlet Centre Visit website

The South Island's only dedicated factory outlet shopping centre, situated at Hornby, Christchurch (10-15-minute drive from city centre). Over 60 outlet stores selling best-known brands . . . More . . . 

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Hanmer Springs: alpine adventures and indulgence

There’s not much better than lounging in hot mineral water when the ground around you is covered with snow and there’s a biting southerly blowing down from the tops. Read the story . . . 

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Waikuku Beach Holiday Park Visit website

Waikuku Beach Holiday Park is a well established site situated a short drive north of Christchurch, and is a popular spot for weekenders and International . . . More . . . 

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Lake Tekapō: shimmering beauty

By day, the view’s pretty spectacular – the arid splendour of the Mackenzie Country dominated by Aoraki Mount Cook. But you really want to be here when it gets dark...  Read the story . . . 

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Pegasus Gateway Motels Visit website

Opened in 2008. Away from the city, but in touch with so much. Pegasus Gateway Motel is the gateway to many attractions including the new . . . 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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Tuscana Motor Lodge Visit website

FREE Wi- Fi Quality Christchurch City Motel accommodation within walking distance from City Centre and the ReStart Shopping Mall, Christchurch Casino, Canterbury Museum, Southern Cross . . . More . . . 

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Kaikōura Peninsula Walkway

Observe seals and seabirds, explore historic pā and whaling sites and enjoy sensational clifftop views of the sea and mountains from this unique walking track. Read the story . . . 

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Rangiora Lodge Motel Visit website

Welcome to Rangiora Lodge Motel in Rangiora, your friendly and relaxing choice for business or pleasure away from the crowds. Your hosts, Sally and Max, . . . More . . . 

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Heritage and history

New Zealand on film: more than hobbits and snowy mountainscapes

Movies have put New Zealand on the map. But there's much more to New Zealand film than The Lord of the Rings... 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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Christchurch: a city transforming

How often do you get to see a city in the midst of a complete transformation? Christchurch today is different from the experience of Christchurch last month, next month and certainly six years ago. Read the story . . . 

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