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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Pinewood Motels Visit website

Friendly family owned and operated motel. Our comfortable, friendly, family owned and operated motel, situated a short walk from the centre of town, is the . . . 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 . . . 

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Timaru TOP 10 Holiday Park Visit website

Set in spacious parkland grounds, Timaru TOP 10 Holiday Park offers a selection of accommodation to suit every budget. Motel units, self-contained and ensuite units, . . . 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 . . . 

Soaring Kiwi Tours - Christchurch Visit website

Hop on-board unique double decker buses to explore Christchurch, the South Island’s largest city. Learn about the city’s fascinating history from pioneering days to modern times. . . . 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 . . . 

Alpine Holiday Homes Visit website

Planning a trip to the Alpine Village of Hanmer Springs? Treat yourself to a home away from home this holiday! Whether you are coming for . . . 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 . . . 

Thrifty Car Rentals Visit website

There's so much to see and do in New Zealand and what better way to do it than travelling in a Thrifty rental car! Simply . . . 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 . . . 

Lake Tekapo Motels, Holiday Park & Lakefront Lodge Backpackers Visit website

Lake Tekapo Motels, Holiday Park & Lakefront Lodge Backpackers are set amongst mature trees on the shores of picturesque Lake Tekapo. . . . 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 . . . 

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Settlers Motel Visit website

Boutique 5 Star Gold Qualmark rated. Relax, rejuvenate and enjoy the unique "Settlers Experience". Quiet, sunny and close to the village centre, restaurants, cafes, shops . . . 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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Lake Tekapo Cottages Visit website

Self-Contained Cottage and Holiday-home style accommodation at the stunning Lake Tekapo, with spectacular mountain views. Affordable and flexible accommodation options for long or short stays. . . . 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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