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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TranzAlpine: one of the best rail journeys in the world

Feast on one breathtaking view after another as you travel from Christchurch to Greymouth. Read the story . . . 

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Boating: Kiwis on the water

Going to the beach, lake or river for a splash is so commonplace in New Zealand, we seldom spare a thought for those in land-locked in places, thousands of kilometres from the shore. Read the story . . . 

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The Grand Traverse: a spectacular flight of fancy

The Grand Traverse is a stunning scenic flight that explores the Aoraki Mt Cook and Westland Tai Poutini national park, covering about 200km of unforgettable scenery. Read the story . . . 

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South Westland: a wonder of the world

The bottom left-hand corner of our little country, South Westland, is a world-renowned UNESCO World Heritage area. Read the story . . . 

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Loved by the locals: Christchurch

The new and improved Christchurch City is filled with attractions to keep you occupied – whether you're into dancing, garden rambles, vintage transport or great food.  Read the story . . . 

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Christchurch: a city transforming

How often do you get to see a city in the midst of a complete transformation? Christchurch today is different from the experience of Christchurch last month, next month and certainly six years ago. Read the story . . . 

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Walking

Kaikōura Peninsula Walkway

Observe seals and seabirds, explore historic pā and whaling sites and enjoy sensational clifftop views of the sea and mountains from this unique walking track. Read the story . . . 

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The not-so-distant summit: day hikes to mountain tops

Mountain climbing doesn’t just have to be for the experienced or those inclined to take risks. There are plenty of spectacular summits in New Zealand that can be reached with little more than the right provisions, a propensity for physical exercise and common sense. Read the story . . . 

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Whale watching: close encounters on the water

The Hikurangi Trench off the coast of Kaikōura is home to a wealth of deep-sea marine life, including orca, blue and humpback whales.  Read the story . . . 

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Food and drink

Eat crayfish in Kaikōura: dine al fresco on this hallmark cuisine

In Māori, kai means food and kōura means crayfish. Right. The water off this cool coast is wild with sealife, including that New Zealand delicacy: crayfish. Read the story . . . 

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Lake Tekapō: shimmering beauty

By day, the view’s pretty spectacular – the arid splendour of the Mackenzie Country dominated by Aoraki Mount Cook. But you really want to be here when it gets dark...  Read the story . . . 

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Hanmer Springs: alpine adventures and indulgence

There’s not much better than lounging in hot mineral water when the ground around you is covered with snow and there’s a biting southerly blowing down from the tops. Read the story . . . 

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The Hermitage: a haven for the adventurous

Not much has changed in the view from the Hermitage from the day it was opened in 1884. Jagged, snowy peaks in every direction and the fast-flowing Hooker River outside the front door. Read the story . . . 

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Free things to do

Christchurch’s street art: an expression of solidarity

This isn’t a couple of cute billboard-type pieces put up in obvious places. This is a thing.   Read the story . . . 

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Family fun

Bread & Circus: taking back the streets

This is a mixed-up mash-up of comedy, art, music and dance, with some heavyweight local and international performers. Read the story . . . 

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Aoraki Mount Cook National Park: the iconic peak that is the snapshot of the south

Explore snowy mountainscapes, turquoise glacier-fed lakes and the snow tussock grassland of alpine valleys in the Aoraki Mount Cook National Park. Read the story . . . 

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