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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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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Natural attractions

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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Get outside: Christchurch beaches

Christchurch has easy access to a very long stretch of sandy coastline. 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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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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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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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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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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Spend the day at Christchurch's Sumner Beach

Kite-flying, dog-walking, swimming, or snoozing in the sunshine, Christchurch’s Sumner Beach offers everything you need for a summer’s day out.  Read the story . . . 

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Marvel at the Milky Way in the Aoraki Mackenzie Dark Sky Reserve

There is no better place in New Zealand to see stars than in the heart of the Mackenzie district, where the clarity of the constellations will take your breath away.  Read the story . . . 

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Food and drink

Indulge in a feast of crayfish at Kaikōura

There are no prizes for picking the best spot in New Zealand to enjoy a seafood delicacy. The name of the place gives it away, really. Kai means ‘food’ in Māori. Kōura is crayfish. Read the story . . . 

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Ride the epic Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail

Linking the Southern Alps to the Pacific Ocean, the aptly named Alps 2 Ocean cycle trail also takes in some of the most picturesque landscapes of the South Island.  Read the story . . . 

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Horse trekking in Hanmer Springs

Imagine summiting a steep hill set in an idyllic mountain landscape, in fresh air and sunshine, all without breaking a sweat.  Read the story . . . 

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Pick your own fruit

Make the most of the season’s bounty by picking your own selection of berries and summer fruits.   Read the story . . . 

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Family fun

Get up close with the animals at Orana Wildlife Park

In Christchurch, you can see some of the world’s most impressive wildlife, just 15 minutes’ drive from the airport.  Read the story . . . 

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Fish n' chips and L&P on the beach

From Ahipara to Ahuriri; Mangonui to the Mount; Paihia to Piha – New Zealand is spoilt for spots to enjoy fish and chips by the sea.  Read the story . . . 

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