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...


Aoraki Mount Cook. © Matteo Colombo

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Hanmer Springs TOP 10 Holiday Park

Soak in the surroundings of Hanmer Springs at Hanmer Springs TOP 10 Holiday Park, 1.5 hours from Christchurch. Relax in our spacious alpine setting, so . . . More . . . 

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Canterbury Plains hot air ballooning

A still morning is what you want: after all, set yourself aloft at the mercy of the winds when the famous Canterbury nor’wester is due and it’s next stop, Patagonia. Read the story . . . 

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Woodend Beach Holiday Park

Quiet and peaceful holiday park. 30km north of Christchurch, turn off SH 1 at Woodend Hotel and follow road 3.5km to Holiday Park entrance. . . . More . . . 

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Hanmer Springs: alpine adventures and indulgence

There’s only one thing better than lounging in soft mineral water heated by thermal springs and that’s lying in soft mineral water heated by thermal springs 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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Tui Lodge Motel

Desirably situated within 4km of central city, airport, railway station, Hagley Park, hospital, university, casino, town hall and convention centre. Only 2-3 minutes drive to . . . More . . . 

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Lake Tekapo: shimmering beauty

Storyteller John McCrystal explores the great high-tussock plains beyond the first range of mountains bordering the Canterbury region that are collectively known as the Mackenzie Country or the Mackenzie Basin (named after a stockman, by the way, who drove 1000 head of sheep this way in 1855). Read the story . . . 

Selwyn District Council

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

Alpinist and climber Paul Hersey chooses five one-day hikes to our mountain tops to celebrate International Mountain Day.  Read the story . . . 

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Aoraki Court Motel

New motel complex opened January 2013. Studio and 2-brm luxury units. Each unit has stunning views of the Mt Sefton and the surrounding Southern Alps. . . . More . . . 

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New Zealand on film: more than hobbits and snowy mountainscapes

Film critic Sarah Watt explores how movies put New Zealand on the map — and how it can be something of a blessing and a curse that, nowadays, most people immediately think of The Lord of the Rings when it comes to local cinema. Read the story . . . 

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Alcala Motor Lodge

Comfortable and affordable 10 units complex located in the heart of Saint Albans, with walking distance to CBD, Papanui/Merivale centre, Hagley Park, St George Hospital . . . More . . . 

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Christchurch: a city transforming

Kris Herbert is gobsmacked when people ask her whether they should visit Christchurch.  Read the story . . . 

Dress-Smart Outlet Centre

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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Lorenzo Motor Lodge

Accommodation that Feels like Home. 12 superb spacious suites. Top location in the 'newly recognized' Riccarton CBD. 6 studio, 4 x 1-bedroom and 2 x 2-bedroom. . . . More . . . 

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South Westland: a wonder of the world

If you want the sandfly experience in a UNESCO World Heritage area, then you’ll just have to go to South Westland writes John McCrystal. Read the story . . . 

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