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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Milano Motor Lodge Visit website

The Milano Motor Lodge is situated less than 600 metres from Merivale Mall, which incorporates some of Christchurch's leading boutique shopping, restaurants, cafes and bars. . . . 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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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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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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Northpark Motels Visit website

Northpark Motel Cnr Hilton Highway and Washdyke Flat Road, Timaru (above Robbies Bar and Bistro) * 13 studio units (up stairs) with own ensuites, TV . . . 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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Waikuku Beach Holiday Park Visit website

Waikuku Beach Holiday Park is a well established site situated a short drive north of Christchurch, and is a popular spot for weekenders and International . . . 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 . . . 

Selwyn District Council Visit website

Sensational Selwyn stretches across the great Canterbury Plains and is bounded by the mighty Rakaia and Waimakariri Rivers with Arthurs Pass National Park in the . . . More . . . 

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Pegasus Gateway Motels Visit website

Opened in 2008. Away from the city, but in touch with so much. Our spacious apartment-style units will make you feel so comfortable you will . . . 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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Heritage Hanmer Springs Visit website

Just 90 minutes from Christchurch, Hanmer Springs is the perfect place to wash away your city concerns and soak-up the natural beauty of the Southern Alps. . . . 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 . . . 

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

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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