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...


Hooker Lake in Aoraki Mount Cook National Park. © Rachel Gillespie

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Cross the South Island on the TranzAlpine, one of the world's most scenic train journeys

As far as window seats go, they don’t get much better than on the TranzAlpine, where the term ‘picture window’ takes on a whole new meaning.  Read the story . . . 

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Family fun

The Giant’s House: a whimsical wonderland

At the top of a hill in Akaroa, you’ll find a striking candy-coloured house with the kind of garden that dreams are made of.  Read the story . . . 

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Experience the sea as it’s meant to be at a marine reserve

New Zealand’s marine reserves and protected areas offer visitors a unique opportunity to see fish and marine life, thriving and abundant in their natural environment.   Read the story . . . 

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Tekapō stargazing

Discover the wonders of the galaxies at Tekapō's Aoraki Mackenzie Dark Sky Reserve – the first in the world with gold star status. Read the story . . . 

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Akaroa: French charm

An hour’s easy drive from Christchurch and just over the crest of the hill you reach Akaroa harbour opening dramatically before you, the land dropping steeply to turquoise sea. Read the story . . . 

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Get outdoors: Christchurch beaches

Christchurch has easy access to a very long stretch of sandy coastline. Read the story . . . 

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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 3000 metres, including New Zealand’s highest mountain, Aoraki Mount Cook.  Read the story . . . 

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Adventure time: whale watching from above in Kaikōura

With some of the deepest water, closest to shore in the world, Kaikōura is visited by a vast array of marine life – including magnificent whales.  Read the story . . . 

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Adventure time: Christchurch ziplining

Along with an elaborate network of MTB tracks designed with varying degrees of difficulty, Christchurch Adventure Park also delivers full-service adrenaline with a quartet of ziplines. One of which is the longest in New Zealand.  Read the story . . . 

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Adventure time: swimming with dolphins in Akaroa

In Akaroa you can have the rare and remarkable experience of getting up close to the world’s smallest dolphin.  Read the story . . . 

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Adventure time: Canterbury Plains hot air ballooning

Ballooning is probably the most relaxing form of transport ever devised, like floating down a river on an inner-tube, only in mid-air. Read the story . . . 

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Road trips

Loved by the locals: Mackenzie

Picturesque lakes, fields of summer flowers, easy road trips and cute cafés – there's a lot to love in the Mackenzie District. Read the story . . . 

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Hurunui: pinot and adventure sports

There is an adventure capital in the South Island with a fabulous food and wine scene. It is not Queenstown...  Read the story . . . 

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Walking

Get outdoors: 14 must-do short walks

New Zealand is blessed with so many beautiful and varied landscapes. Often the best way to discover them is on foot.  Read the story . . . 

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Adventure time: tramping in New Zealand

Known in other countries as hiking, bushwalking or trekking, tramping is a uniquely Kiwi term that fits the style of walking here – often rough, frequently wet, but regularly inspiring.  Read the story . . . 

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Fishing Aotearoa: exploring an angler’s Eldorado

Less a hobby, more a religion, fishing isn't just a thing to do in New Zealand – it’s THE thing to do. For many anglers, New Zealand is the high church of bent rods and screaming reels.  Read the story . . . 

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