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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The Redwood Visit website

27 rooms serviced daily. Economy and superior suites. 1min from north/south bypass (SH 1). 8min from city centre, 8 minutes from airport, handy to golf . . . 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 . . . 

Lucky Rentals Visit website

NZ Freephone 0800 801 880 Lucky Rentals offers the lowest rates for Campervan and Car hire in New Zealand. Lucky Rentals provides backpackers with New . . . More . . . 

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Tramping in New Zealand

Known in other countries as hiking, bushwalking or trekking, tramping is a uniquely Kiwi term that fits the style of walking here – often rough, frequently wet, but regularly inspiring.  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. Pegasus Gateway Motel is the gateway to many attractions including the new . . . 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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Alpine Lodge Motel Visit website

Alpine Lodge Motel is located OPPOSITE the famous Thermal Pools. We are a centrally located motel in the heart of the alpine village. . . . 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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Amross Court Motor Lodge Visit website

Amross Court Motor Lodge offers affordable, comfortable, family friendly, central city motel accommodation in Christchurch, New Zealand. We will go the extra mile to make . . . 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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Baywatch Motor Lodge Visit website

Enjoy awesome panoramic views at Baywatch Motor Lodge, a modern 15-unit motel situated in the heart of Timaru with some units overlooking Caroline Bay and . . . 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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The St James Visit website

Luxury accommodation with views of the mountains. Located in the centre of the village, park the car and walk to cafes, restaurants, activities including the . . . More . . . 

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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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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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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 . . . 

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