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Christchurch is a vibrant city with a soul. Since their devastating earthquakes, Christchurch has re-built and offer a unique mix of innovative urban structures and historical buildings.
Hanmer Springs is the ultimate year-round resort town. Go hiking, mountain biking, horse trekking and in winter hits the slopes all followed by a soak in its famous natural thermal pools.
Rakaia Gorge is set off the Rakaia River. Take the walkway at the edge of the gorge to the historic ferryman’s track. A spectacular lookout point awaits, see lava flows and several coal mine tunnels.
Mt Somers is located in the foothill ranges of the Southern Alps in mid-Canterbury. See deep canyons, volcanic formations, historic coalmines set amongst rugged bush and open sup-alpine tussock lands.
Discover a touch of France in New Zealand. Akaroa is a charming town with French heritage, it has historical colonial buildings, a glorious harbour and wonderful fine foods.
Mandeville is home to the Croydon Aviation Heritage centre where you can take a flight in a Tiger Moth, an aircraft from the 1920’s. Stop by Miss Cocoa’s Café at the Railway Hotel for a tasty treat.
Queenstown known as the ‘Adventure Capital of the World’ and is the birthplace of bungy jumping. Enjoy the finer things too, world-class dining, vineyards or simply relax in the beautiful surrounds.
Gore is New Zealand’s official home of country music and is known for its fly-fishing. A visit to the Hokonui Moonshine Museum is a must to learn about the towns history of illicit whisky distilling.
Invercargill is New Zealand’ southernmost city. See its famous Brewery or visit Bill Richardson Transport World or the Classic Motorcycle Mecca. Don’t forget to treat yourself to a cheese roll or two.
One of NZ’s largely undiscovered eco-tourism destinations, Stewart Island/Rakiura (Maori name) is just a one hour ferry ride from Bluff, with beautiful landscapes, stunning bays and golden beaches.
Along the Catlins Coast you will find Nugget Point Lighthouse which has the most breath-taking panoramic views. It is New Zealand’s oldest light house perched above the famous gold-like nugget rocks.
Kaka Points is one of the Catlins best spots for amazing bushwalks, stunning coastal views, and gorgeous sandy beaches. coastal views, bushwalks and coastal, not to mention fantastic surf.
From historic buildings like the Dunedin Railway Station or New Zealand’s oldest university to the world’s steepest street, or the Botanic Gardens - Dunedin has something for every traveller.
Molesworth Station is New Zealand’s largest high-country cattle station and is set across an impressive half a million acres. A visit to Historic Acheron house and Molesworth Cob Homestead is a must.
The Lewis Pass connects the West Coast to the east and follows an ancient Maori and early Pakiha trading route. There is spectacular mountain scenery, thermal springs and bird life to see.
New Zealand’s sunniest city Nelson has an infectious creative atmosphere, not to mention the views are sensational. The port, the nearby mountains and Tasman Bay are an absolute joy to experience.
Close to major tourist centres like Hanmer Springs and Kaikoura, Waipara is north of Christchurch and is a premier wine region with many wineries and vineyards offering great food and wine tastings.
Murchison is the whitewater capital of NZ. Thrill-seekers come here for rafting, kayaking, canoeing, jet boating, gold panning and fishing. The rivers are fast and they run in every direction!
It may be our smallest National Park but its an easily accesible coastal paradise. From sandy beaches to crystal clear streams and granite cliffs and of course the World Famous Coastal track.
Golden Bay is an artists retreat, and a true paradise for lovers of nature. The journey to the Bay isabsolutely stunning and offers spectacular scenic views and lookouts en-route.
At the tip of the South Island, Farewell spit is New Zealand's longest sand spit. It is an internationally renowned bird sanctuary with over 90 bird species recorded in the area.
If you love nature, then Collingwood is not to be missed. It is the last town along Golden Bay. From here explore Heaphy Track in Kahurangi Park or the Bird Sanctuary at Farewell Spit.
Prepare to step back in time when you visit Arrowtown. A gorgeous gold rush village, take a stroll down its main street of heritage buildings with rustic facades and tiny miner's cottages.
Prepare to be charmed by Clyde. European’s settled here during the Otago Gold Rush, so it is rich in history, but also a must visit spot for cycling enthusiasts and food and wine lovers.
Step back in time as you visit Ophir. See the old village hall, policeman's house, cottage hospital and courthouse. Make sure to stop by the historic stone Post Office which is still in use today.
Once a bustling mining town in the 1880s, St Bathams takes you back in time to the gold rush days. You'll find historic buildings, the Blue Lake and a popular side trip from Otago Central Rail Trail.
If you love Art Deco, then a visit to Ranfurly is a must. Visit the Centennial Milk Bar home to the Rural Art Deco Gallery, the town hall or pop by during their popular annual Art Deco festival.
Visit Patearoa and see its wetlands, a popular place to fish or photograph birdlife and Sowburn Walkway, to see the Chinese miner’s campsite. You will be charmed by this historic country village.
Naseby is a charming old gold mining town that is well-known as the Curling capital of New Zealand. It is a popular Kiwi holiday spot with plenty of outdoor activities to enjoy.
Moeraki is famous for its 60 million years old beach boulders. Drive to the lookout at Koekoehe beach to see the boulders and even some penguins, seals and dolphins if you are lucky.
Oamaru is a gorgeous town, discover its penguin colony and go back in time as you enter its Victorian Precinct complete with limestone architecture. Foodies will love the food and craft beer scene.
One of the sunniest places in New Zealand, and home to some of the finest vineyards the country has to offer, Blenheim’s wine food and gorgeous scenery is not to be missed.
Picton is a sheltered harbour on an attractive seafront. Visit one of the many cafes, restaurants, and art galleries. A visit by foot or bike to the Queen Charlotte Track is an absolute must.
Ship Cove was once one of Captain James Cook’s favourite bases. The sheltered cove lies near the entrance of Queen Charlotte Sound and is popular stop for local tourists and cruise ships.
Queen Charlotte Sound is a coastal paradise with many island sanctuaries. See native birdlife, crystal clear beaches with dolphins, orcas, penguins, with surrounds of luscious native bush.
Seddon is known for its rural and tranquil surrounds. Since the first grapes were planted in the 1980's much of the farmland has been transformed into vineyards making this a great place to stop.
Kaikoura is famous for its marine mammal encounters, you can go whale watching by boat or air, swim with the dusky dolphins or experience swimming in the shallow water with fur seals.