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

Selwyn District Council Visit website

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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Activities

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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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 . . . 

From $36
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Natural attractions

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 . . . 

Dark Sky Project Visit website

New Zealand’s premier stargazing experience. Our expert guides and astrophotographers share the science and stories of the southern skies at a range of locations including . . . 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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112 Tower Junction Motor Lodge Visit website

Spacious and superior motel accommodation. 10 minutes walk to Christchurch Railway Station and Train Station and Tower Junction Centre, restaurants and bars. . . . More . . . 

From $120
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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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Addington City Motels Visit website

Quiet & Comfortable SINGLE STOREY UNITS. FREE SHUTTLE TO/FROM RAILWAY STATION and CASINO. FREE FAST UNLIMITED WiFi. Walk to the Horncastle Arena. . . . More . . . 

From $135
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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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Asure Bush Inn Court Motel Visit website

ASURE Bush Inn Court Motel is situated on 45 Main South Road, Upper Riccarton, Christchurch. It is within walking distance of Church Corner, Bush Inn . . . More . . . 

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Natural attractions

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 . . . 

Lake Tekapo Motels & Holiday Park Visit website

Set amongst trees and the picturesque shores of Lake Tekapo, our camping ground is the perfect place for a family getaway with a bed to . . . 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 . . . 

Kaikoura Helicopters - Whale Watching Visit website

Kaikoura Helicopters is the only true way to experience Kaikoura's many natural wonders. Whether it is whale watching or one our spectacular alpine flights, you . . . 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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