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

Earth & Sky Observatory Visit website

Mount John Observatory and its spectacular alpine lookout is a place to truly experience and learn. Situated just halfway between Christchurch and Queenstown, beside picturesque . . . More . . . 

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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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Greenacres Chalet Visit website

Unique complex of individual alpine chalets and superior Villas set in quiet parkland overlooking Hanmer Springs village and the mountains beyound, Thermal pools and village . . . More . . . 

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Get outside: 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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Drifters Inn Visit website

Perfect location, directly opposite the i-Site, and Thermal Pools. Great facilities, including lounge with open fire, large dining room and well equipped kitchen for self catering. . . . More . . . 

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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 . . . 

4.5 /5
Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools & Spa Visit website

Hanmer Springs is New Zealand's premier alpine spa destination. Its is the place to be winter or summer with the Thermal Pools Complex better than . . . More . . . 

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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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Asure Bush Inn Court Motel Visit website

ASURE Bush Inn Court Motel is situated on 45 Main South Road, Upper Riccarton, Christchurch. It is within walking distance of Church Corner, Bush Inn . . . More . . . 

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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 . . . 

Mantra Lake Tekapo Visit website

Set in the rugged alpine heart of the South Island’s Mackenzie Country, just a stone’s throw from the shores of a shimmering turquoise lake, nestled . . . More . . . 

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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 . . . 

From $125
Anchor Inn Motel Visit website

Award-winning motel, superbly located on the waterfront, close to the township and opposite children's playground and swimming pool. 15 spacious & well appointed units providing . . . More . . . 

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Pegasus Gateway Motels Visit website

Opened in 2008. Away from the city, but in touch with so much. Our spacious apartment-style units will make you feel so comfortable you will . . . More . . . 

From $130
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Strathern Motor Lodge Visit website

Central location in Christchurch. Easy 15-minute walk to city centre (Cathedral Square), 10-minute walk to Art Gallery, Botanical Gardens and Canterbury Museum, 5-minute walk to . . . More . . . 

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Panorama Motel Visit website

Situated only metres from the beach of the Pacific Ocean, with Kaikoura Bay in the foreground and the majestic Kaikoura Mountain range in the background, . . . More . . . 

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