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

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Whale Watch Kaikoura Visit website

AA Members have free access to the Kiwi Whale Watchers Club - By joining the Kiwi Whale Watchers Club, between the special period, 1st May . . . 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 . . . 

Waipara Hills Visit website

Nestled amongst vines and rolling hills, this iconic winery located in the Waipara Wine district is just 45 minutes north of Christchurch on State Highway 1. . . . 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. Our spacious apartment-style units will make you feel so comfortable you will . . . 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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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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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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Hanmer Springs Larchwood Motel Visit website

New owners of Larchwood Motels offer travellers a selection of clean, comfortable accommodation to suit all budgets. Built from Hanmer Springs larch forest timbers, Larchwood . . . 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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Amore Motor Lodge Visit website

Westfield Riccarton the largest shopping complex in Christchurch is only 100m away! Riccarton Mall hosts a Hoyts Cinemas and an array of restaurants, cafes and bars. . . . 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 . . . 

Top Ten Group of New Zealand Visit website

TOP 10 Holiday Parks Group For 30 years TOP 10 Holiday Parks have set the standard for New Zealand Holiday Parks.With 48 parks across New . . . More . . . 

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Loved by the locals: Christchurch

The new and improved Christchurch City is filled with attractions to keep you occupied – whether you're into dancing, garden rambles, vintage transport or great food.  Read the story . . . 

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Academy Lodge Motel Visit website

Superior, spacious self-contained units. Close to town, hospital, showground, racecourse and Mt Hutt ski field. Queen-size beds. A warm welcome awaits you. Continental breakfast is available.. . . . More . . . 

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South Westland: a wonder of the world

The bottom left-hand corner of our little country, South Westland, is a world-renowned UNESCO World Heritage area. Read the story . . . 

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