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

Orana Wildlife Park Visit website

Our aim, along with being dedicated to the conservation of endangered species and the welfare of our animals, is to provide education, recreation and enjoyment . . . 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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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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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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Willowbank Wildlife Reserve & Ko Tane Visit website

Open daily 9.30am - 7.00pm Summer. 9.30am - 5pm winter closed Christmas Day and from 5pm New Years Eve Willowbank allows you to experience New . . . 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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239 On Lincoln Road Motel Visit website

15 studios 1, 2 & 3-brm units. All units have air-conditioning and heat pumps. SKY 50+ 42” TVs. Pet-friendly (allocated rooms). . . . 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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Teviot View Accommodation Visit website

Teviot View Accommodation offers new self-contained units/ apartments and is situated in the township of Amberley in the beautiful wine region of Waipara Valley in . . . 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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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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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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Peppers Bluewater Resort Visit website

Looking out to the breathtaking Lake Tekapo between Christchurch and Queenstown in New Zealand’s South Island, Peppers Bluewater Resort offers architectural design reflective of the . . . 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 . . . 

Mantra Lake Tekapo Visit website

Set in the rugged alpine heart of the South Island’s Mackenzie Country, just a stone’s throw from the shores of a shimmering turquoise lake, nestled . . . More . . . 

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