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

Air Force Museum of New Zealand

The Air Force Museum of New Zealand is the national museum for the Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) and one of New Zealand's premier attractions. . . . 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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Addington Stadium Motel

FREE railway transfers to all TranzScenic train services. Adjacent to CBS Canterbury Arena (formerly Westpac Stadium), Addington Raceway,AMI Stadium and Twiggers Function Centre. . . . 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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Alpine Lodge Motel

Alpine Lodge Motel is located OPPOSITE the famous Thermal Pools.We are a centrally located motel in the heart of the alpine village.With our fabulous location, . . . 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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The Grand Hotel

Built in 1883, The Grand Hotel is Akaroa's oldest hotel. While it retains the original façade and many of its Victorian features such as the . . . 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 . . . 

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Glenalvon Lodge Motel

Located in the heart of Hanmer Springs, adjacent to the thermal pools, Glenalvon Lodge motels offers 9 quiet, spacious, ground-floor studio units, serviced daily, with . . . More . . . 

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Lake Matheson: the perfect mirror

If you find yourself on the West Coast in a reflective mood, you’ll also find you’re in good company. Read the story . . . 

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Lake Tekapo Village Motel

Centrally located right in Tekapo township, opposite the start of the trail. Lake Tekapo is an ideal stop-over on the main highway between Christchurch and Queenstown. . . . More . . . 

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Banks Peninsula: land of volcanoes and mini dolphins

Would you believe me, writes  Liz Carlson, if I told you there is a place in New Zealand where you can sleep under the stars in a glass house, swim with miniature dolphins and dine on amazing local food all in the same day? Oh, and it’s peaceful and quiet for most of the year? Read the story . . . 

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Belle Bonne Motel

Welcome to Belle Bonne MotelYour host, Elizabeth, welcomes you to the Belle Bonne Motel. We take great pride in offering a high standard of comfort, . . . More . . . 

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Mid-Canterbury: the South Island’s best-kept secret

Liz Carlson of award-winning blog Young Adventuress believes it doesn’t get more classic South Island than mid-Canterbury. Read the story . . . 

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Papanui Court Motel

FREE WIFI. Airport shuttle available during working hours (limit in 2 persons and 1 luggage) standard fee will be charged. Only 400 metres to the . . . More . . . 

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Mackenzie: for lovers

The first time she laid eyes on Aoraki Mount Cook, New Zealand’s highest peak, Liz Carlson cried like a baby. Read the story . . . 

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