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11 unique things to do in Christchurch and Canterbury

From city explorations to stargazing and scenic reserves, we’ve rounded up 11 intriguing ways to explore the diverse Ōtautahi Christchurch and wider Waitaha Canterbury regions. Read the story . . . 

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Seven lovely lighthouses to visit around New Zealand

Lighthouses are intriguing places. Rich in history, they are pinpoints that mark wild and often remote spots around New Zealand’s coastline. We’ve picked seven lighthouses to discover around the country… Read the story . . . 

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Eight Must-Do walks to check out around New Zealand this summer

From short city strolls to more challenging coastal climbs, we’ve picked eight walks around New Zealand to check out before the end of summer.   Read the story . . . 

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13 Kiwi Gems to tick off before the end of summer

Make the most of the last weeks of summer by ticking off some of these fantastic Kiwi Gems around New Zealand. Read the story . . . 

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Nine quirky Kiwi Gems you've never heard of around New Zealand

Discover something new with these nine quirky Kiwi Gems around New Zealand.  Read the story . . . 

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Families need to discover these six Kiwi Gems in the South Island

So, you think you know New Zealand? But have you discovered all of these family-friendly Kiwi Gems around the South Island? Read the story . . . 

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Discover rocky outcrops and rare plants at Kura Tāwhiti Conservation Area

Not only home to striking geological features, Kura Tāwhiti Conservation area or Castle Hill in Canterbury’s Waimakariri Basin also has some of the rarest plants in New Zealand.  Read the story . . . 

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Marvel at the magnificent lakes of the Mackenzie District

Canterbury’s Mackenzie District is home to some of New Zealand’s most famous and photogenic lakes. 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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