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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Tussock Peak Motor Lodge Visit website

Perfectly located in the heart of Hanmer Springs alpine village, Tussock Peak Motor Lodge offers affordable luxury, in tranquil and comfortable surroundings, but still close . . . More . . . 

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Christchurch’s street art: an expression of solidarity

This isn’t a couple of cute billboard-type pieces put up in obvious places. This is a thing.   Read the story . . . 

Panorama Motel Visit website

Situated only metres from the beach of the Pacific Ocean, with Kaikoura Bay in the foreground and the majestic Kaikoura Mountain range in the background, . . . More . . . 

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Natural attractions

The Hermitage: a haven for the adventurous

Not much has changed in the view from the Hermitage from the day it was opened in 1884. Jagged, snowy peaks in every direction and the fast-flowing Hooker River outside the front door. Read the story . . . 

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Spa Lodge Motel Visit website

Located in a quiet spot away from the road yet only 250 meters from the Thermal Hot Pools and all that Hanmer Springs has to . . . 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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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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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 . . . 

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SiloStay Visit website

MUST DO - SLEEP IN A SILO! One of its kind in the world - the humble grain silo custom designed and converted into a . . . More . . . 

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Food and drink

Eat crayfish in Kaikōura: dine al fresco on this hallmark cuisine

In Māori, kai means food and kōura means crayfish. Right. The water off this cool coast is wild with sealife, including that New Zealand delicacy: crayfish. Read the story . . . 

Rangitata Rafts Visit website

New Zealand’s Biggest volume Grade 5 rapids guaranteed on every trip! If experiencing a real ‘off the beaten track’ Kiwi adventure is on your bucket . . . More . . . 

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Activities

Whale watching: close encounters on the water

The Hikurangi Trench off the coast of Kaikōura is home to a wealth of deep-sea marine life, including orca, blue and humpback whales.  Read the story . . . 

Middlepark Motel Visit website

Professionally operated and located in Sockburn / Upper Riccarton, Christchurch the Middlepark Motel offers quality accommodation at competitive prices. Our ground floor motel units and . . . More . . . 

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Things to do

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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Fyffe on Riccarton Visit website

Free Ultra Fast WIFI, Sky 50 Channel Guest Select including movies, sport, & MYSKY. Stylish, Qualmark rated 4-Star Plus property, offering well appointed airconditioned units . . . 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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