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

Waipara Hills Visit website

Nestled amongst vines and rolling hills, this iconic winery located in the Waipara Wine district is just 45 minutes north of Christchurch on State Highway 1. . . . More . . . 

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Things to do

Hikurangi Marine Reserve

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

Dress-Smart Outlet Centre Visit website

The South Island's only dedicated factory outlet shopping centre, situated at Hornby, Christchurch (10-15-minute drive from city centre). Over 60 outlet stores selling best-known brands . . . More . . . 

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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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Akaroa District Promotions Visit website

Akaroa & the Bays: Just 75 kilometres from the city of Christchurch, Akaroa is a historic French and British settlement nestled in the heart of . . . More . . . 

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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 . . . 

Kaikoura Tour Visit website

Join us as we travel to the picturesque seaside village of Kaikoura to meet the local wildlife! This full day tour includes a scenic drive . . . More . . . 

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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 . . . 

Encounter Kaikoura Visit website

DOLPHIN ENCOUNTER - There are many reasons for you to visit Kaikoura but the main one has to be to experience the Dolphin Encounter tour. . . . More . . . 

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Get outside: 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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Terra Vive Luxury Suites & Apartments Visit website

Top-of-the-line fitout. Boutique luxury suites and apartments in Christchurch. New 2008. Central city location. Within walking distance of the Southern Cross Hospital, casino, town hall, . . . More . . . 

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Natural attractions

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 . . . 

Air Safaris Visit website

Experience New Zealand's spectacular alpine scenery on the famous "Grand Traverse" flight of a lifetime. Every seat has a window - get the big picture! . . . More . . . 

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ASURE Scenic Route Motor Lodge Visit website

ASURE Scenic Route Motor Lodge is Geraldine's newest self-contained motel complex. Heat Pumps in all rooms, Prime position, 5 minute walk to village centre including . . . More . . . 

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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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