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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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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Get outdoors

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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Activities

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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Activities

Going with the flow: cycling the Alps to Ocean Trail

The 300km Alps to Ocean Trail (the A2O) connects Aoraki Mt Cook with Ōamaru, flowing as the water does, from the mountains to the sea.  Read the story . . . 

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Food and drink

Urban explorer: Christchurch CBD

Even longest-term residents of Christchurch are just finding their way in the shiny new streets of the post-quake city.  Read the story . . . 

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Today, tomorrow, Tīmaru

South Canterbury’s landscapes are born of its location – bounded by two of Canterbury’s unique braided rivers, flanked on one side by the Pacific Ocean and to the west the Southern Alps. At its heart, the city of Tīmaru. Read the story . . . 

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Activities

Get outdoors: skiing the Selwyn six

There’s an adventure to suit anyone at the so-called Selwyn Six. Aside from their proximity, these ski areas don’t have a huge amount in common. Rather, it’s the variety that makes this an interesting area to explore. Read the story . . . 

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Activities

Five great days out with kids in Christchurch

Five ideas for family fun in and around Christchurch – guaranteed to keep the little ones entertained.  Read the story . . . 

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Things to do

Cheviot: secret spots and sheep sculptures

Cheviot is a blink-and-you-miss-it place with an often mispronounced name. It’s CH as in church, not SH as in… sheep. Read the story . . . 

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Road trips

Arthur's Pass: to the other side

Today the landscape of Arthur's Pass is punctuated with small towns that cling to the geography despite harsh wind, snow and mercurial populations. Read the story . . . 

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Hikurangi Marine Reserve

Visiting this reserve is an unparalleled opportunity to see whale, dolphin and seabird species, often in large numbers. Read the story . . . 

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Activities

Loved by the locals: Lyttelton

In Canterbury's harbourside hub of Lyttelton you'll find secluded bays, walking trails with stellar views, quirky shops and excellent options for food and drink. Read the story . . . 

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Coastal Kaikōura: magnificent marine life

Dozens of whale species are represented in these waters: most about as close to whale-watching tourists as they can get without actually hitting the beach. Read the story . . . 

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Kaikōura: where crayfish and mountains meet

Kaikōura is a magical place where the mountains literally meet the sea – it’s as if a fairytale land has been imagined into real life. Read the story . . . 

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