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 Visit website

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

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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De Lago Motel Apartments Visit website

A short walk to Hagley Park, golf course, shops, cafes and bars of Victoria St and Merivale Mall, St Georges Hospital and Southern Cross Hospital. . . . 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 . . . 

Welcome To Hanmer Springs & The Hurunui District Visit website

Situated just a 45-minute drive from Christchurch, the Hurunui region is one of the South Island's best-kept secrets. Hanmer Springs is the heart of the district. . . . 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 . . . 

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Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools & Spa Visit website

Hanmer Springs is New Zealand's premier alpine spa destination. Its is the place to be winter or summer with the Thermal Pools Complex better than . . . 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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298 Westside Motor Lodge Visit website

Quality and affordable motel accommodation in a vibrant location in Riccarton, Christchurch. Westside Motor Lodge is conveniently located close to many of Christchurchs attractions and facilities. . . . More . . . 

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Kaikōura Peninsula Walkway

Observe seals and seabirds, explore historic pa 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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Airport Rentals Ltd Visit website

Late model rental cars, 4WDs, people movers, minibuses, cargo vans and shuttle trailers for hire. 5 mins from the airport, friendly, personal service.Rentals of 3 . . . 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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Bay City Motor Lodge Visit website

Bay City Motor Lodge is one of Timaru's newest luxury accommodation complexes (built November 2003). Our lodge caters for both family and corporate clients, and . . . 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 . . . 

Cafe Encounter Visit website

ENCOUNTER KAIKOURA - Cafe Encounter is in a superb location on the Kaikoura Peninsula with spectacular ocean and mountain views. The cafe provides both indoor . . . More . . . 

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