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

Blue Pearl Gallery Visit website

Blue Pearls come from New Zealand abalone, also known as paua or Haliotis Iris, only found in the cool clear waters close to the New . . . More . . . 

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Things to do

Our marine reserves: treasures under the sea

In essence, the very simple overriding edict for a marine reserve is no take. Nothing may be removed: not fish, not seaweed, not stones, not feathers or shells off the beach. Read the story . . . 

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Hanmer Springs Larchwood Motel Visit website

New owners of Larchwood Motels offer travellers a selection of clean, comfortable accommodation to suit all budgets. Built from Hanmer Springs larch forest timbers, Larchwood . . . More . . . 

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Road trips

Inland Scenic Route 72: Christchurch loop

Round trips are immensely satisfying. There’s a pleasing symmetry in ending up back where you started, a closing of the loop, a real sense of achievement. Read the story . . . 

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Christchurch City Park Motel Visit website

KIWI OPERATED and FAMILY FRIENDLY Conveniently located on Riccarton Road only a short walk to Hagley Park, Christchurch Hospital and Westfield Mall. . . . More . . . 

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Road trips

The Great Alpine Highway: Christchurch to Greymouth

This is probably the most staggering piece of road you'll ever come across. So keep your hands on the wheel and your eyes off the pies. Just stop often. Seriously: this is stunning.  Read the story . . . 

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Tuscana Motor Lodge Visit website

FREE Wi- Fi Quality Christchurch City Motel accommodation within walking distance from City Centre and the ReStart Shopping Mall, Christchurch Casino, Canterbury Museum, Southern Cross . . . More . . . 

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Food and drink

Street food and markets: around the world in New Zealand

From bacon butties in Dunedin to dumpling and donuts in Auckland or fresh veges on Wellington's windy waterfront, New Zealand's food markets are a great way to eat. Read the story . . . 

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Kaiapoi on Williams Motel Visit website

Kaiapoi's Number One Motel! Modern, self contained deluxe studio units - Just 20 minutes from central Christchurch - enjoy all this wonderful region has to . . . More . . . 

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Sea Breeze Motel Visit website

When travelling through the central South Island stay at Sea Breeze Motel where a relaxing visit is assured. Clean, comfortable units with a very pleasant outlook. . . . More . . . 

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Activities

Climbing: facing your fear

Climbing is the unique blend of physical and mental exertion that leads both to a feeling of accomplishment and a sense of calm. All in some of the most breathtaking landscapes in New Zealand. Read the story . . . 

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Bella Vista Hanmer Springs Visit website

We welcome you to the Bella Vista Hanmer Springs Motel. This property has been independently assessed by Qualmark as 4 star quality accommodation. . . . More . . . 

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Natural attractions

Tasman Glacier walking tracks

The Tasman Glacier, 29km long and up to 3km wide, can be viewed from the short walks that start at the Blue Lakes Shelter. Read the story . . . 

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166 Majestic Court Motel Visit website

Great Location for travellers interested in shopping, food and restaurants. 166 Majestic Court is proud to offer 12 new, superior, self-contained luxury Studios, 1-Bedroom Suites, . . . More . . . 

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Natural attractions

Taylors Mistake to Awaroa Godley Head Walk

Explore Godley Head's fascinating history and get great views of Lyttelton on this family-friendly walkway. Read the story . . . 

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