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magnet for nature-lovers and adventure-seekers, Canterbury is also esteemed by those who appreciate indulgence, a wide array of cultural attractions and fine food and wine. From the diverse towns of wider Canterbury to the distinctive mix of heritage and contemporary urbanity in Christchurch, this guide provides vital information on activities and attractions, as well as a raft of accommodation options to suit your style and budget.

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Check out the things to see and do in the townships shown below, view the maps and get ready to experience the best that Canterbury has to offer.

CONTENTS 5 VISITOR INFO

31 Rangiora

40 Waimate

9 CANTERBURY & CHRISTCHURCH REGIONAL MAP

32 SELWYN DISTRICT

42 MACKENZIE DISTRICT

32 Arthur’s Pass

42 Lake Tekapō

12 CANTERBURY

32 Darfield • Springfield • Lincoln

43 Fairlie

14 Alpine Pacific Touring Route 15 KAIKŌURA DISTRICT

34 MID CANTERBURY DISTRICT

45 Twizel

22 Kēkerengū

34 Ashburton

46 BANKS PENINSULA

24 HURUNUI DISTRICT

35 Methven/Mt Hutt Village

46 Akaroa

25 Hanmer Springs

36 SOUTH CANTERBURY

49 Little River

30 Amberley

36 Geraldine

50 CHRISTCHURCH

30 Waipara Valley

38 Timaru

52 CHRISTCHURCH CITY MAP

31 WAIMAKARIRI DISTRICT

39 Temuka

72 Lyttelton

44 Aoraki Mt Cook

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Did You Know? • It is not obligatory to tip in New Zealand, including in restaurants and bars. However, if you wish to tip for good service, this is always welcome. • All major credit cards can be used in New Zealand. International credit cards can be used, provided they have a four-digit pin number encoded.

• Accommodation providers’ arrival and departure times (check-in and check-out) are generally from 2pm on the day of arrival and by 10am on the day of departure. Other arrival and departure times must be by arrangement. • Goods and services are taxed at 15%. This tax is usually included in the advertised price.

AA CENTRES CHRISTCHURCH 358 Flaxton Rd, Rangiora Ph: +64 3 313 6944 126 Riccarton Rd, Riccarton Ph: +64 3 964 5530

• It pays to have travel insurance when visiting New Zealand.

• Please don’t swim alone and take particular care at surf beaches. Rips are strong currents of water running out to sea; they are very dangerous for swimmers, but are difficult to identify. If the beach is patrolled by lifeguards, always swim between the red and yellow flags as they identify the safest area to swim.

• Always lock your car and never leave valuables in vehicles. • Keep your valuables, such as your passport, stored securely at your accommodation. • Avoid carrying large amounts of cash. • Carry a mobile phone at all times. • Don’t leave your bags unattended in public places.

Look for the mark of Quality Qualmark is New Zealand Tourism’s official mark of quality. When a business displays a Qualmark rating, you can be sure that the business has been independently assessed and has met strict quality standards. The Sustainable Tourism Business Awards (Gold, Silver or Bronze) also gives a guide to travellers to recognise the business’s performance against the Sustainable Tourism Business criterion.

TIMARU 26 Church St Ph: +64 3 688 4189

114 Marshland Rd, Shirley Ph: +64 3 386 1090

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METHVEN 160 Main St • www.methvenisite.co.nz

HURUNUI 42 Amuri Ave West, Hanmer Springs www.visithanmersprings.co.nz

CHRISTCHURCH The Arts Centre, 28 Worcester Boulevard www.christchurchnz.com

KAIAPOI 143 Williams St (cnr Williams & Charles Sts) www.visitwaimakariri.co.nz

CHRISTCHURCH AIRPORT Christchurch Airport, International Arrivals Hall, Ground Floor, 30 Durey Rd www.christchurchairport.co.nz

KAIKŌURA West End • www.kaikoura.co.nz

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Cnr Brougham & Buchan Sts, Sydenham Ph: +64 3 964 5570

Weather Watch It’s important to know what’s happening with the weather. New Zealand’s weather is changeable and unpredictable; parts of the country are susceptible to cyclones, other parts to strong winds and heavy rain. Sudden drops in temperature can take you from hot days to cold nights, especially in spring and autumn, so be prepared. Carry extra clothing, rain gear, sun hats and sun block.

Temperatures

Be conscious that New Zealand’s UV is very strong. Always protect your skin from the sun. New Zealand’s official weather forecaster is MetService, available online, where you’ll find up-to-date information on localised areas, as well as specifically for marine and surf, mountains and parks. Local and national radio stations also regularly update weather predictions. Tune in on the car radio. Average summer

Average winter

Canterbury

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Christchurch

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Inangahua

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Lake Onslow

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North Mavora Lake

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Lake Dunstan

Frankton

Banks Peninsula

St Andrews

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Akaroa

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Lake Waitaki

St Bathans

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Canterbury Bight

Timaru

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Washdyke

Lake Aviemore

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Lindis Pass

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Sumner Lyttelton Governors Bay 75

Southbridge

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Waimakariri River

New Brighton Beach

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Rakaia

Waikuku Beach Pegasus Woodend

Rakaia River

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Pleasant Point

Twizel

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Lake Hawea

Lake Hawea

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Winchester

Omarama

Lake McKerrow/ Whakatipu Waitai

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Burkes Fairlie Pass

Lake Benmore

Cardrona Alpine Resort

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Lake Opuha 8

Lake Ruataniwha

Lake Ohau

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Mt Dobson Ski Field

Lake Tekapo

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Lake Alabaster/ Wawahi Waka

Methven

Lake Tekapo

Haast Pass/ Tioripatea

Lake Wilmot

Glentunnel

72

Rangiora

Oxford

Sheffield

77

Mount Lake Camp Somers

Lake Paringa

Lake Moeraki

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Franz Josef/Waiau

Lake Manapouri

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Doubtful Sound / Patea

Waiau

Culverden Hurunui

Hokitika Gorge

Pukekura

Kaikoura Kaikoura Peninsula

Mt Lyford Village

Hanmer Springs

The Lakes

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Lake Ianthe/Matahi

Lake Te Anau

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Lake Sumner

Lake Kaniere

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Milford Sound

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Kumara

Hokitika

Mount Lyford Ski Field

Mt Lyford

Lake Brunner

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Lewis Pass

Lake Hochstetter

South Beach

Kumara Junction

Maruia Springs

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KAHURANGI

PARK MAP CANTERBURY & CHRISTCHURCH:NATIONAL REGIONAL Brightwater

Blenheim

Renwick

Richmond Wakefield

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MOUNT 63 RICHMOND FOREST PARK 6

Wharanui Kekerengu

Saint Arnaud 6

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Westport

NELSON LAKES NATIONAL PARK

67A

Cape Foulwind

VICTORIA

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PAPAROA

TASMAN SEA

Clarence

Pancake Rocks & Blowholes Punakaiki

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Lewis Pass

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Arthur’s Pass Craigieburn

Craigieburn, Broken River, Mt Cheeseman, Mt Olympus Ski Fields

Lake Coleridge

Mount Hutt Ski Field

Erewhon Lake Park Clearwater

Franz Josef/ Waiau

The Lake Matheson Walk

Aoraki Mt Cook National Park Roundhill Ski Field

State Highway 6

3754 State Highway 6

Aoraki/ Mount Cook

Mt Dobson Ski Field

The Hermitage

Kimbell

Lake Tekapo

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Oamaru

Danseys Pass 85

Otago Central Rail Trail

Ranfurly 87

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Oamaru’s Victorian Precinct

Wanaka

6

Studholme

Waimate

Lake Waitaki

Lindis Pass

Lake Hawea 8A

MAP REFERENCE

SOUTH

South Canterbury Kurow

Lake Hawea

Te Araroa Trail

Timaru

AA Centre

83

Lake Wanaka

Inland Scenic Route 72 NZ Cycle Trail

Tuhawaiki Point

Twizel

Lake Ohau

Christchurch’s Street Art

Riv er /H ak a t er e

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Regional Boundary Lines

Church of the Good Shepherd

MOUNT ASPIRING NATIONAL PARK

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Rakaia

Ashburton

Fairlie 8 Burkes Glentanner 8 Pleasant Pass Lake Pukaki Mackenzie Point

Pegasus Bay

Waimakariri Christchurch

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Geraldine

Leithfield Beach Waikuku Beach Pegasus Woodend

Kaiapoi Christchurch International CHRISTCHURCH World

Methven

Peel Forest

Fox Peak Ski Field

Southern Lights

Lake Tekapo

72

Staveley Mount Somers

Franz Josef & Fox Glaciers

AORAKI/ Fox Glacier MOUNT COOK NATIONAL ‘PARK

71

Amberley

Festival Lyttelton Buskers 74 73 Templeton Diamond Hbr Banks Peninsula Darfield Kirwee Pigeon Bay Prebbleton Le Bons Bay Rolleston Tai Tapu 77 Burnham Lincoln Akaroa Akaroa 75 Leeston Birdlings Flat Banks Southbridge

Porter Heights Ski Field

Mid Canterbury Okarito Lagoon

Waipara

Rangiora

Selwyn

H ur unui Riv er

Waikari

Sefton

Castle Oxford Hill 72 Springfield

Lake Coleridge

Lake Heron

WAIAU GLACIER COAST MARINE RESERVE

Gore Bay

TranzAlpine

CRAIGIEBURN FOREST PARK

HIKURANGI MARINE RESERVE

Cheviot

Hurunui

Horsley Down Hawarden

Temple Basin Ski Field

Arthur’s Pass

Kaikoura

Culverden Domett

1

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6

Rotherham

Hurunui

ARTHUR’S PASS NATIONAL PARK

73

Goose Bay

7

LAKE SUMNER FOREST Lake PARK Sumner

TranzAlpine

Hokitika

Eating crayfish Kaikoura

Mount Lyford Ski Field

Mt Lyford Hanmer Village 1 Springs Hawkswood Waiau 7A Parnassus

HANMER FOREST PARK

Lake Brunner (Moana)

Greymouth

Kaikoura

Lake Tennyson

Hanmer Springs Ski Area

PUNAKAIKI MARINE RESERVE

Lake Hochstetter

Whale watching Kaikoura

Nelson Lakes National Park

Hanmer Springs

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Fleur’s Place

Katiki Point

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International Airport Domestic Airport Golf Lighthouse Skiing Tramping

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On a budget

tips for

road trips

Some travel costs you can’t do much about, though it pays to shop around for rental car deals – and a huge range of accommodation options translates to a range of related prices, too. From camping at Department of Conservation (DOC) sites, to booking into high-end, beachside resorts – the price of a bed for the night varies significantly. If you’re watching your dollars, here’s how to save: • Consider travelling in off-peak season. The height of New Zealand summer – mid-December to March – is when New Zealand families are holidaying. If you can take your road trip earlier or later, you’ll save on accommodation costs. • Keep an eye out for Farmers’ Markets. Many towns and cities run markets on weekend days. They’re a great place to pick up cheaper fruit, vegetables, fish, free-range eggs, artisan bread, honey and a lot more – and the produce is likely to be super fresh and probably organic.

New Zealand is great for travelling by car. It’s a long, narrow country with intriguing roads in all directions and while many of those roads are winding and narrow, they all lead somewhere interesting.

ABOVE: Aoraki, Lake Pūkaki © Will Patino / Tourism NZ

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rive to the conditions, don’t be in a rush, and allow for plenty of stops along the way. Be spontaneous. While the plan may involve going from A to B, why not take that back road or explore the side roads? Do your research. Pick up maps and guides from an AA Centre or i-SITE, or check out itinerary ideas online. Book your accommodation online at www.aatraveller.co.nz Kids in the car? Think about playing some car games and make a point of stopping to let them stretch their legs. New Zealand has plenty of quality, easily accessible playgrounds and even a run on the

• Orchards, market gardens and berry farms selling direct from the gate are well worth stopping for. They tend to operate on the honesty box system, so ensure you have coins for very good deals on apples, citrus, feijoas, nuts, grapes and vegetables. beach will help everyone enjoy the journey in the long run. Pack snacks. With or without hungry children in the car, it’s a good idea to have some food and bottled water to keep the driver’s energy levels up.

• Shop around for petrol. Some service stations are cheaper than others. • Pick up an AA Smartfuel Membership, collect points on your travels and redeem them in the shape of discounts on petrol. • Pick up free AA maps and travel guides from AA Centres and i-SITES.

In the glovebox Have on hand:

• Mobile phone • Insect repellent • Sun block • Hand sanitiser • Tissues • Torch • First aid kit • Plastic bag for rubbish


Canterbury & Christchurch The road to Darfield © Getty Images BELOW LEFT: View from Mt John over Lake Tekapō © christchurchnz.org.nz INSET: Hector’s dolphin, Akaroa © Black Cat Cruises

5 WAYS TO MAKE THE MOST OF

Canterbury

DON’T STOP UNTIL YOU’VE SQUEEZED OUT EVERY LAST DROP OF CANTERBURY’S BEST BITS. SWIM: WITH HECTOR’S DOLPHINS When the sun shines on Akaroa, the water is a blinding shade of blue and easily the best place on Earth to live. Or at least that’s the opinion of the Hector’s dolphins that populate the shoreline. Akaroa Harbour and Banks Peninsula host the highest number in one location, and swimming in the water beside them will put a long-lasting smile on your dial. PHOTOGRAPH: THE MILKY WAY The whole of Canterbury is a photographer’s dream day out, but the fun doesn’t stop come nightfall. The Mackenzie Basin hosts the largest dark sky reserve – the Aoraki Mackenzie International Dark Sky Reserve – meaning the stars shine spectacularly here. The Milky Way is best photographed in winter when it sits higher in the sky. Take the perfect shot from the deck of the Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre.

SWIM WITH HECTOR’S DOLPHINS IN AKAROA TASTE: ARTISAN ICE CREAM A mere skip from Sumner Beach, enter through a small wrought iron gate and find yourself in Utopia Ice, complete with its pretty courtyard and swing seats. The ice creams, of which many are vegan, include flavours such as elderflower and Greek yoghurt, made from ingredients grown in the owners’ own garden. Welcome to the sweetest seaside setting in existence.

PACK: A DRY SET OF CLOTHES This one rule will see you right on a multi-day hike. For long treks, pack a spare set of dry clothes in something watertight. Rain is always a possibility and while walking in wet gear is bearable while your body’s warm, you’ll cool down rapidly when you stop. Arrive at your hut, or back at base, with a dry set of clothes to immediately change into. And don’t forget dry socks.

PAY: YOUR RESPECTS It’ll leave a lump in your throat, but the 185 empty white chairs arranged near Christchurch’s Cashel Street represent the 185 lives lost following the 2011 earthquake. It’s a powerful reminder of the city’s anguish, with each seat representing the type of chair its victim would have sat on: wicker chairs, stools, beanbags and perhaps most confronting – a baby’s car seat.

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Ocean to Alps

Canterbury BLINK ONCE AND CANTERBURY’S PLAINS WILL ROLL OUT BEFORE YOU; BLINK TWICE AND MOUNTAINS WILL ARISE OUT OF NOWHERE.

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bsurdly beautiful and incredibly diverse, Canterbury transforms its terrain much like a kaleidoscope switches patterns. Vineyards swap for coastal roads as swiftly as they do for vast lengths of empty plains. One moment you’re swimming in turquoise waters to rival Tahiti, and the next you’ll be shadowed by New Zealand’s highest peak, Aoraki Mt Cook. And while the ever-changing landscape is a given, the way in which you see it needn’t be assumed. You could soar over the region’s patchworked plains by hot air balloon, ski its snowy peaks, or tramp across the vast expanse of Arthur’s Pass National Park on a multi-day hike. Choose to boat across the glacier-fed lakes of Mackenzie Country, or simply fall into one of the Waipara Valley’s many vineyards; picking at cheese platters in a sundrenched garden. There are thermal spas begging to dissolve all your niggles, night skies erupting with stars, and just when you thought transformation existed only in nature, you’ll arrive in Christchurch: a city always on the pursuit of renewal. IMAGE: Hanmer Springs bridge © Getty Images

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DON’T MISS! • The Waiau to Kaikōura drive – an incredible stretch of countryside. • Eating and drinking in Waipara’s vineyards.

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• Hanmer Springs boutique stores. • Talking to the locals – friendly folk famous for Hurunui hospitality!

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EXPERIENCE THE ALPINE PACIFIC, NEW ZEALAND’S NEWEST TOURING ROUTE, 450KM OF SPECTACULAR SCENERY WINDING PAST WINERIES, ALPINE THERMAL POOLS, WILD SURF AND WHALES. Destined to become one of the top scenic routes in the world, the Alpine Pacific is packed with unforgettable experiences. Take your time. Savour each moment. Beautiful landscapes produce beautiful flavours. Along the way you’ll discover fresh and delicious tastes from artisan producers and skilled growers at some of New Zealand’s finest wineries, eateries and markets. Head north from Christchurch through the wide-open plains and

past the surf beaches of North Canterbury. Taste the awardwinning flavours of the buzzing North Canterbury/ Waipara wine and food scene, before basking under the stars in Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools & Spa. Stretch your legs and listen for bellbirds on a mountain walk, before driving through the coastal ranges to encounter whales, seals and albatross and swim with dolphins in Kaikōura. Then circle south, exploring art trails and beachcombing through secluded fishing villages, before finishing by discovering some new gems in Christchurch, New Zealand’s hub of change and creativity. You’ll find a vibrant inner-city café scene and boutique producers selling artisan treats here too.

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Canterbury Seals in Kaikōura © Kyle Mulinder / Tourism NZ

WILDLIFE ENCOUNTERS

Coastal Kaikoura THERE’S MORE TO KAIKŌURA THAN MARINE LIFE, BUT IT’S A GOOD PLACE TO START

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his charming seaside spot is densely populated with whales, dolphins, New Zealand fur seals and penguins, and is also known as the albatross capital of the world.

Sperm whales, dusky dolphins, seals and albatross all make year-round appearances, whereas orca, humpback whales, blue whales and hector dolphins are seasonal starlets. Venture to Point

Kean Seal Colony to observe the seals sprawled over rocks, or don a wetsuit and go swimming with dolphins. Giant sperm whales are a captivating sight whether you see them from boat, helicopter or

plane, and just in case you can’t fathom an albatross’s three-metre wingspan, there are encounters with the bird life too.

Albatross Encounter Kaikoura is the best place in the world to see multiple species of albatross.

Dolphin Encounter Swimming with and watching Kaikoura’s Dusky Dolphins! Enter the world of the dusky dolphin and experience the grace and beauty of the most acrobatic and interactive of all dolphin species.

Enjoy close up views of these majestic wanderers of the Southern Ocean just minutes from shore. Incredible photography opportunities and expert commentary.

Don’t miss these world-class tours – advance bookings essential. Sensational food, divine coffee at our Café on the beachfront. Quality jewellery, clothing, art and much more in our Gift Shop and Gallery!

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aikōura is picture-perfect whatever angle you look at it, but taking a few different approaches will really maximise your memories. With so many spectacular mountain bike trails,

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two wheels will grant you access to anything from the family-friendly Kowhai Trail, to challenging uphill adventures towards Puhi Puhi Valley. Swap your tyres for hooves as part of a horse trek across

Kowhai Gorge, or grab a kayak and paddle out to meet seals frolicking at sea. Your own two feet can guide you along the wind-whipped clifftop as part of the three-hour Kaikōura Peninsula Walkway, or go all-out on

a two-day tramp along the Kaikōura Coastal Track. If you prefer to absorb the scenery a mile-a-minute, jump on a quad bike at Glenstrae Farm for a 4-wheel adventure. Fully guided and fun for all.

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aikōura is a place where mountains meet the sea and its award-winning museum reflects how the area has been shaped by its connection with the ocean.

MUSEUM

of pride and passion VISIT THE KAIKŌURA MUSEUM and see the geological and natural history of the area, including LEFT: Kaikōura Coast © Graeme Murray / Tourism NZ INSET: Albatross pair © Dennis Burman RIGHT: Telephone display at Kaikōura Museum © Kaikōura Museum

some pretty impressive dinosaur fossils, as well as

Māori taonga (treasures), displays on early colonial life, whaling, fishing and surfing, and a large collection of marine specimens.

The ‘craypot’ building has won two major interior design awards and was runner-up in the 2017 Museums Aotearoa Museum Project Excellence Award. As soon as you walk in the door, you can sense the pride and passion locals have for this place. Revolving exhibitions often feature the photos and collections of the people who live here. Uniquely, the exhibits include the restored cabin from the Taiaroa, which sank off the coast in 1886, a jail with padded cell and resident ghost, a replica of the largest moa ever found, and footage of the 1978 Kaikōura UFO lights. There’s social history and natural history, Māori taonga (treasure) and displays and artefacts illustrating Kaikōura’s life as a fishing and whaling settlement.

Glenstrae Farm QUAD BIKE & UTV TOURS

• Experience a guided tour on our new 6-seater ultimate terrain vehicle or self-ride a 4-wheel quad bike

• Enjoy spectacular Kaikoura Coast views

• Adventure through our 1600 acre coastal farm with native bush & creeks

• Light refreshments provided on all tours

• See fur seals, farm animals & wildlife in their natural habitat

• View earthquake damage & fault lines in our 6-seater ultimate terrain vehicle

The Ultimate Kaikoura Experience State Highway 1, Kaikoura • Freephone 0800 004 009 • info@4wheeladventures.co.nz • www.4wheeladventures.co.nz

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ONE OF A KIND How about taking a llama for a walk? After a quick introduction and familiarisation, Kaikōura Farm Park will give you your very own llama for a one-hour guided walk, or half-day trek. For budding scientists, a kayaking excursion to Hope Springs in Whalers Bay will enthral; ever since the 2016 earthquake, natural gases have been fizzing and gurgling to the surface. And for those after serious bragging rights, snorkelling with seals in the shallow waters of Kaikōura Peninsula is an experience you won’t forget in a hurry.

Māori LEGEND ACCORDING TO MĀORI LEGEND, MAUI, THE MAN-GOD OF POLYNESIAN MYTHOLOGY, USED THE KAIKŌURA PENINSULA AS A FOOTHOLD TO BRACE HIMSELF WHEN HE FISHED THE NORTH ISLAND OUT OF THE SEA.

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• Stroll in our beautifully landscaped gardens full of lavender, natives and more • Browse our collection of natural lavender products in the shop and gallery • Enjoy a cuppa in our tea room • Stay in our charming, rustic cottages • See website for opening hours •  Paddle with playful fur seals. Chance encounters with dusky dolphins & blue penguins.

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•  Half-day guided tours suitable for all ages & abilities. Families most welcome! • Operating year round.

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Seal Search

LOCAL BUZZ “In Kaikōura a visit to Poppy’s Homemade Ice Cream is an absolute must. I will let you into a secret... the hokey pokey flavour is the best!”

Lisa Bond – Marketing Manager at Whale Watch Kaikōura and District Councillor

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aikōura and its surrounds lay claim to huge amounts of marine and birdlife, backed up by eco-tourism operators ready to take you out on an upclose encounter. For an experience of a lifetime, hop on board a purpose-built ‘whale watch’ catamaran to view the giant sperm whales, or take to the air to get a bird’s-eye view of their magnificence. With wetsuits provided, you can join a tour

and swim with dusky dolphins, the most delightfully exuberant characters of the Southern Ocean. These dolphins are found in Kaikōura waters in pods of up to several hundred strong, and although they shy away from flailing hands, if you swim with your arms by your side and sing them a song through your snorkel, their curiosity is likely to get the better of them. You can also take a tour to view fur seals as

they frolic and swim close to the boat, or learn all about the imposing royal albatross – with its massive wingspan – by taking a fascinating cruise. There are many other birds to impress as well, from petrels and terns, to shags and shearwaters. Whatever you choose to do while you’re in Kaikōura, getting out on the water amongst the wildlife is essential. 146 Beach Rd, Kaikoura P: 03 319 5429 E: alpine.kaikoura@xtra.co.nz • Spacious & private with ample parking. 12 ground-floor units (studios, 1 & 2-brms, 2 wheelchair access units). BBQ & playground areas. • Panoramic mountain views. • Gate to beach (100m from gate). • Walk to supermarket & restaurants. Close to Whale Watch. • Free WiFi & SKY channels. • Tariff: from $125 (2 persons) seasonal, extra $20pp.

Phone: 03 319 5429 • www.alpineviewkaikoura.co.nz

Recently listed as one of the world’s ‘Top 10 Best Marine Encounters’ by Lonely Planet

ANCHOR INN MOTEL KAIKOURA

Swim with wild New Zealand Fur Seals in the shallow waters of the beautiful Kaikoura Peninsula For more information phone 0800 732 579 or

+64 3 319 6182

58 West End, Kaikoura (right in the main street of town)

www.sealswimkaikoura.co.nz book@sealswimkaikoura.co.nz

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Fully self-contained comfort on the Esplanade • Waterfront location with outdoor seating at every room for magnificent ocean and mountain views • FREE WiFi • 50+ Sky Channels • TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence 2011-2018

208 Esplanade | Kaikoura | New Zealand Email: info@anchorinn.co.nz

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OFF THE BEATEN TRACK NOW YOU’VE ADMIRED KAIKŌURA FROM SEA LEVEL, SWAP YOUR TOGS FOR YOUR TRAMPING GEAR AND HEAD 5KM OUT OF TOWN TO MT FYFFE. AN EIGHTHOUR RETURN HIKE UP THIS RELATIVELY

LOCAL BUZZ

UNKNOWN MOUNTAIN PRESENTS

“When friends are in town, I take them to the award-winning earthquake exhibition at Kaikōura Museum, followed by a round of Mini-Golf at the Emporium Kaikōura.”

UNPARALLELED VIEWS ACROSS THE KAIKŌURA RANGES – SHARED WITH VERY FEW OTHERS.

Lisa Bond – Marketing Manager at Whale Watch Kaikōura and District Councillor

RIGHT: The new peninsula of Kaikōura © Destination Kaikōura LEFT: Exploring the waters for wildlife, Kaikōura © Sara Orme / Tourism NZ

Your one-stop solution to travellers’ needs MOTOR LODGE KAIKOURA

• Studio units to 1 & 2-brm family units. 5 superior units with views of Kaikoura mountain ranges. • Free unlimited WiFi • Adjacent to tavern, restaurant & café • Free off-street car & boat parking • Guest laundry • Conference facilities • Tariff: $145-$250, seasonal

PANORAMA MOTEL

GJTXZ6 115 Beach Rd, Kaikoura • Freephone 0800 LOBSTER (562 783) Phone: +64 3 319 5743 • Email: stay@lobsterinn.co.nz

www.lobsterinn.co.nz

Best Views in town

Waterfront Location, 5-Star Premium Spa Studios, 4-Star Garden Studios and Family Units FREEPHONE: 0800 803 666 Tel: +64 3 319 5014 info@whitemorph.co.nz www.whitemorph.co.nz 92 Esplanade, KAIKOURA

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Fresh sea air and SEAFOOD

Nins Bin lobster caravan, Kaikōura Coast © Lisa Bond BELOW: Kēkerengū © Melissa MacFarlane

AS NEW ZEALAND’S CRAYFISH CAPITAL THERE ARE NO END OF DINING SPOTS TO PUT CRUSTACEANS ON YOUR DINNER PLATE, BUT IF YOU’RE KEEN TO HOOK YOUR OWN, THERE ARE FISHING TOURS TO HELP YOU CATCH, FILLET AND BAG.

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here are plenty of dining options in Kaikōura, but don’t leave town without sampling their famous crayfish. The Māori name Kaikōura translates as ‘meal of crayfish’, so if you enjoy seafood you can expect the local cuisine to be one of the highlights of your visit. Take your pick from fish and chip shops, classy restaurants or roadside stalls such as the Kaikōura Seafood BBQ, which has tasty food and generous opening hours seven days a week. You’ll find it just past Fyffe House on the way to the Point Kean Seal Colony. The Nins Bin roadside caravan is located 20km north of Kaikōura.

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ēkerengū is a magical spot right on the edge of an ever-changing coastline where you can breathe a little deeper and fill your lungs with fresh ocean air. The sea will demand your attention and you can soak up the spectacle while enjoying delicious food at the award-winning café.

Go rafting on the Clarence River, take a walk along the Kēkerengū River, check out the seals – from a safe distance – at Ohau Point or take a deep-sea fishing charter. Kēkerengū is conveniently located halfway between the marine life mecca of Kaikōura and the desirable wine region of Blenheim.

KĒKERENGŪ the black wood bug • 56km NE of Kaikōura THE STORE CAFÉ & CAMP

• A true Kaikoura Coast icon, The Store Café & Camp is the ultimate coastal experience. With breathtaking views, beachfront sites, an iconic café/restaurant and a warm Kiwi welcome, this is a pretty special spot! • Camping available. • Free WiFi. Pets welcome by arrangement. SH 1, Kekerengu, Marlborough • P: +64 3 575 8600 www.thestore.kiwi • E: info@thestore.kiwi PAGE 9 - REGIONAL MAP


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donegal house the irish hotel in the country

Voted The Best Irish Hotel 2017 / 2018 / 2019

ACCOMMODATION 27 ensuite rooms. Free Wifi

BREAKFAST INCLUDED

Tariff: $140 (single), $180 (double/twin) $220 (family) Continental breakfast included

CAMPERVAN & MOTORHOME PARK

Schoolhouse Road, (3km north of Kaikoura), Kaikoura

30 powered sites & 45 non-powered sites Free overnight parking for self-contained motorhomes Facilities: • Laundry (washing machines/dryers) • Toilet & shower facilities • Outdoor setting

Ph/Fax: +64 3 319 5083 E: donegalhouse@xtra.co.nz

www.donegalhouse.co.nz

Host: Murray Boyd To Picton (2hrs) SCHOOLHOUSE RD

GARDENS & LAKES 2.4ha of tranquil gardens, lawns, lakes, & large courtyard. NEW: children’s playground.

BAR Rural Irish hospitality – the best of Irish music & 2 huge open fires; DVD screens.

RESTAURANT Open for lunch and dinner. To Christchurch

Reservations Freephone: 0800 346 873 www.donegalhouse.co.nz

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Charming Hurunui District

Leader Road, Hurunui District © Hurunui Tourism

F ... g n i e b l l e W Welcome to Hanmer Springs, New Zealand’s alpine spa village. A place where mountains, forests, clean air, outdoor activities and the Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools and Spa come together to relax the mind, rejuvenate the body and refresh the soul.

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abulous food and wine, alpine villages and rocky limestone outcrops – Hurunui has plenty to explore and it starts just north of Christchurch. Flanked by the Southern Alps and Pacific Ocean, the natural beauty of this region is remarkable. Hurunui is where you’ll find popular South Island destinations, the most famous being the alpine spa village, Hanmer Springs. Indulge in some of the thermal resort’s hot spots before entering the Lewis Pass – your gateway to the West Coast and Nelson. Another destination not to be missed is the renowned

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North Canterbury wine region, a master class in cool climate winemaking. Cheviot is more than just a Hurunui stop-off. If fishing is your thing, then check out the Hurunui River that offers superb fishing and whitebaiting. Visit Mt Beautiful Two Rivers Café & Wine Tasting Room for a world-class tipple. Gore Bay is a safe surfing beach with wild pounding surf at one end of the spectrum and peaceful streams at the other. The southern end of the bay is the area known as the Cathedrals due to the organ pipe shapes.

HURUNUI

ccording to Māori legend, Hurunui was one of two dogs which were left by the Maori explorer Kupe when he returned to the traditional Māori homeland of Hawaiki. Another explanation is that the name is derived from ‘flowing hair’ (huru, hair) because the wind-blown red tussock that grew in the area had the appearance of flowing locks of hair when viewed from the hills.

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Versatile HANMER SPRINGS IF YOU’RE AFTER PURE RELAXATION WITH THE OPPORTUNITY FOR INTOXICATING EXHILARATION, HANMER SPRINGS IS THE ULTIMATE ESCAPE.

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his serene alpine village is a haven for recreation, whether that’s melting into a soothing spa pool, or charging up Conical Hill in pursuit of impressive views. The thermal retreats are world-class and there are countless ways to cover the terrain. Try mountain biking, river canoeing and horse riding – or the power of your own two feet! The surrounding mountains make idyllic walking trails in summer, and powder-rich ski slopes during winter. Kids love to discover the sculptures in Hanmer Heritage Forest, and foodies can indulge on anything from Canterbury lamb to feijoa fudge from The Decadent Fudge Company. For vista-junkies, arriving here via the Lewis Pass certainly won’t disappoint. The jaw-dropping scenery is worthy of a coffee table photo book.

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anmer Springs is the perfect chill out, whether you relax actively or idly…

ACTIVE RELAXERS: Bounce along the Waiau River as part of a 2.5-hour white-water rafting experience. Suitable for everyone including children – with guides to help navigate swells. If you dare peel your eyes away from the rapids, look up to absorb the beautiful mountainous backdrop. PASSIVE RELAXERS: Unwind and indulge at Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools and Spa, a multiple New Zealand Tourism award-winner with open-air thermal pools, a LazyRiver, the SuperBowl waterslide, and more.

Hanmer Springs hot pools INSET: Waterslide, Hamner Springs BOTH © www.visithurunui.co.nz

The Chalets Motel Listen to the birds – not the neighbours

• Completely separate self-contained chalets set amongst spacious green grounds with stunning mountain views • 1 & 2-bedroom units with full kitchen • FREE WiFi, 50+ SKY channels & DVDs • Your own parking for car, trailer & bikes • Spacious play area, BBQ, laundry • Easy stroll to thermal pools and town centre • Rates from $130

• 10 studio & family apartments (sleeping 2-6), 1 with access facilities • Gas water heating, inverter heat pumps, wifi in all units • Sky Select all channels & flatscreen TV in all units, DVD player & free loan DVD library (750+ titles) • On-site laundry facilities • Private terrace with outside dining facilities, safe on-site parking. • 8 out of 10 units have double-size spa baths • Ideally located for all walking & cycle trails including St James • Secure undercover bicycle storage • Car parking and secure left-luggage facility whilst away on trails • Tariff: $180 - $230 (2 persons) Proudly Kiwi owned and operated by resident proprietors Robert & Rhian Sluggett 121 Argelins Road, Hanmer Springs • Tel: +64 3 315 7211 Email: alpinespringsmotel@xtra.co.nz

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For extensive information and special options visit our website

FOREST PEAK MOTEL

• 100m away from forest walks & bike tracks. • On-site bike hire. • Pets by prior arrangement. • Special rates may be available. Normal Tariff: $100-$165, extra person $25, children under 4yrs FREE. • FREE WiFi (unlimited). 4 Torquay Tce, Hanmer Springs P: +64 3 315 7132 • www.forestpeak.co.nz

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• 16 Modern Fully Self Contained Units • Off Street Parking, Classic Cars & Bikes Welcome • Quiet, Sunny & Great Views • Guest Laundry, Free WiFi • Private Spa Pool in Executive Suite • Spend a Night, not a Fortune !

HANMER SPRINGS SCENIC VIEWS MOTEL • 2 Amuri Ave, Hanmer Springs  P/F: +64 3 315 7419 • Reservations: 0800 VIEWS 4 U (0800 843 974)

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wist and turn in every direction as you reach speeds of up to 90km an hour on a hair-raising jet-boat ride along the Waiau River.

For a bird’s-eye view of Hanmer Springs and its surrounds, get up high on a helicopter ride. If that’s not enough, there’s also quad biking, claybird shooting and paint ball.

If you wish to participate in the Kiwi favourite bungy jumping, then Hanmer’s historic bridge is a good place to take the leap of faith.

The Hanmer Springs Ski Area offers beautifully groomed runs and caters for beginners and advanced skiers. For more sedate action, play at the Hanmer Springs Golf Club with its beautiful mountain-backdrop setting 385m above sea level. Hanmer Springs also has an 18-hole mini-golf course with a gold rush theme.

Alternatively, take some control by opting for rafting, where the buzz of this activity is backed by fantastic scenery.

Hanmer Springs countryside © Getty Images ABOVE: Canoeing the rapids, Hanmer Springs © Welcome Aboard

ALPINE WALKS: WOODLAND WALK (1 HOUR RETURN): As well as exotic trees, points of interest include ponds and their aquatic life, wetland and a stream. CONICAL HILL WALK (1 HOUR RETURN): Note the exotic plants as you climb to the 550m summit of Conical Hill, which presents outstanding views.

FOREST JOURNEY (1.5 HOURS RETURN): Pines, poplar and larch are included on this route, while you’ll also encounter foot bridges and a cottage. WATERFALL TRACK (2.5 HOURS RETURN): Pass through beech forest on the way to the 41m-high Dog Stream Waterfall. MT ISOBEL TRACK (6.5 HOURS RETURN): The highlight of this journey is the view of Hanmer Basin from the summit of Mt Isobel (1324m).

BACKCOUNTRY Road Trips

GET OUT INTO TRUE NEW ZEALAND BACKCOUNTRY BY TRAVELLING ONE OF THESE TWO REMOTE ROUTES MOLESWORTH STATION: Located behind the inland Kaikōura mountains, driving on the roads through the station is a unique and isolated high country experience. Pass craggy scree-scarred mountains, wide river valleys and tussock slopes. RAINBOW STATION: Wilderness driving at its very best. Cross private land between St Arnaud and Hanmer Springs while also passing through the leasehold land of Rainbow Station.

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KNOW BEFORE YOU GO: • There’s no mobile phone coverage or petrol stations • Can be toured by 4WD or mountain bike, but if you’re biking, please check with the visitor centre first • Open to the public from late December - end of March (dependent on summer fire risk) • Access can be obtained outside this period with permission from station owners.


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est known for exquisitely spicy and rich pinot noir and riesling, Waipara is gaining a reputation for its pinot gris and gewurztraminer, as well as its own distinctive take on sauvignon blanc and chardonnay.

Waipara Valley

The Waipara Valley is part of the North Canterbury Wine Region. Its magnificent setting in the Teviotdale Hills, just 60km north of Christchurch, is matched by its equally impressive wine offerings. Distinctively different, this region has been called a masterclass in cool climate wine-making. There are 74 vineyards, 31 wineries, 10 cellar doors and four winery restaurants, so you can drop in for tastings and enjoy some wonderful food experiences. Anytime is a good time to visit the wineries, but with longer days, warmer weather and nine cellar doors open, summer is perfect to enjoy alfresco tasting and dining.

Waipara Valley near Amberley © Getty Images

INSET: Waipara vines © Getty Images

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his sedate rural town lends itself to leisurely walks at nearby Amberley Beach and languid café stops. Lock lips with regional wines at one of the vineyards or something more robust at the local brewery. Amberley Farmers’ Market pops up every Saturday morning, offering an irresistible selection of produce, while the golf course and historic cob cottage are both within easy reach.

AMBERLEY English place name • 47km N of Christchurch 124 Carters Rd, SH 1, Amberley P: +64 3 314 8550 F: +64 3 314 8529

Excellent stopover • 35min N of Christchurch. • Hanmer Springs 55min. • Kaikoura 1.5hr. • Shops/restaurant across the road. • Ample parking. • Near golf/wineries. • WiFi available. • Tariff: deluxe apartments from $135. Std studios from $110. Family unit from $135. Cabins $70. Power sites $40. All 1-2 persons. Extra $20. Seasonal rates apply.

Reservation: www.amberleymotels.co.nz • E: amberleydelhavenmotels@xtra.co.nz

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A NATURAL PLAYGROUND

Waimakariri District

4 REASONS TO VISIT WAIMAKARIRI DISTRICT i-SITE Visitor Information Centre will hire you one.

SWIMMING BEACHES: You won’t be able to resist a quick dip at Pines, Waikuku and Woodend beaches. The latter also has camping, and life saving patrols throughout summer.

WATER FUN: Known locally as ‘The Waimak’, the Waimakariri River welcomes visitors to skim down its current on a white-knuckle jet boat. Then head to picturesque Pegasus for sailing, kayaking and stand-up paddleboarding on the lake.

FISHING: Catch some fat paddle crabs at Pegasus Bay, or mussels and paua straight off the rocks. Popular sites for white baiting include the Ashley and Waimakariri rivers, while salmon, trout and herring all frequent Kaiapoi Wharf. No rod? No worries. The Kaiapoi

PRETTY TOWNSHIPS: Rangiora is well noted for its Karikaas cheese factory and Rangiora Bakery which has been in business since 1860. Oxford has the sweet charm of an English village, and Kaiapoi boasts Blackwell’s – North Canterbury’s oldest department store.

RANGIORA enjoys the best of both worlds where the idyllic rural environment provides the setting for contemporary living. The town is a must-visit for foodies and shoppers, with an abundance of cafés and boutique stores. There are excellent walks in and near the town; the tracks by the Ashley River, Matawai Park and the Northbrook Wetlands take you past native planting and wildlife and showcase some of the history of the area. KAIAPOI is built around a river that provides a focal point for the town

• Motorhome Friendly • Boutique Shopping • Divine Cafes & Coffee

PEGASUS TOWN is one of New Zealand’s newest towns and boasts a lake and natural wetlands at its centre. The beach is just a short walk away and the town also offers an international 18-hole golf course. WOODEND is a delightful town situated near beaches and surrounded by lush farmland. Close by is the Kaiapoi Pa, a historic site of significance to the Ngai Tahu tribe.

RANGIORA day of peace commemorating inter-tribal pact • 27km N of Christchurch  CHRISTCHURCH AIRPORT 15min

• Beaches & Forest • Walking & Biking • Great Fishing

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here is nothing more Kiwi than pie. Which makes Selwyn District an easy choice for the avid pastry fan. Home to the ‘famous’ Sheffield Pie Shop, with its secret recipe base and various home-made creations, it’s a must-do on your way to Arthur’s Pass.

Hungry for

Selwyn District

Once satisfied, your eyes are in for as much of a treat as your stomach. Selwyn stretches across the great Canterbury Plains and is bounded by the mighty Rakaia and Waimakariri rivers, with Arthur’s Pass National Park to the west and the thrashing Pacific Ocean to the east. If you’re embarking on the TranzAlpine train journey, Springfield’s historic railway station is your last point to catch it, and while coal no longer feeds locomotives, the Rakaia Gorge Walkway – famed for its Snowdon coalmines – is just a short distance away. With six stellar ski fields also in the area, winter sees the power-hounds pour into Darfield, and when the weather warms up again, Craigieburn Forest Park reveals striking mistletoe/pikirangi erupting into bloom.

SPRINGFIELD 68km W of Christchurch

Smylies Accommodation MOTELS | SKI LODGE | YHA | COTTAGE

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Arthur’s Pass, SH 73 © Getty Images

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n Lincoln, the community spirit is infectious. Twenty kilometres south of Christchurch, students descend in swarms for the university, while those without textbooks come for the history, culture and surrounds.

Even if you’re not a bonafide pontist, the engineering behind this great sweeping bridge will still impress.

Here’s a handful of bucket list suggestions to get you off on the right foot…

AVALANCHE PEAK ROUTE: As steep as it is striking, only expert hikers should attempt this eight hour trek to the top.

ARTHUR’S PASS VILLAGE: The village itself is your gateway to the park. Throbbing with accommodation and the starting point for many terrific walks.

DON’T MISS!

POULTER VALLEY TRACK: For seasoned mountain bikers only. If you’re after an easier peddle, take the Mt White Road along Waimakariri River.

OTIRA VIADUCT LOOKOUT:

little caves that the moa hunters probably sheltered in, volcanic precipices that form the walls of the gorge, an amazing array of native plants, a continuous chorus of native birds, and, of course, the Washpen Falls.

RAKAIA GORGE WALKWAY: This easy, scenic family walk follows the rim of the gorge through spectacular geological areas showing lava flows. It then descends into a gully under a canopy of forest and scrub to the site of the fascinating Snowdon coal mines.

MILLENNIUM WALK: A 10-minute jaunt from the Visitor Centre leads to a lookout for Avalanche Creek Waterfall. Return at nightfall when it’s dressed in lights.

DEVILS PUNCHBOWL WALKING TRACK: Standing at the base of a 131 metre waterfall is a refreshing experience, and wholly rewarding after a one-hour tramp through beech forest.

For lunch or dinner, The Laboratory might sound like an ominous venue for a feed, but this Lincoln-based pub serves a fine range of craft beers and woodfired pizza. If your taste buds fall hard for their brews, refillable bottles are available for fans to take home. Closed Mondays.

Kick-start your day with breakfast at Coffee Culture on Lincoln’s Gerald Street. This coffee drop-in is a big hit with locals. You’ll get a real feel for Lincoln’s great hospitality, and the region’s best bagels to boot.

Castle Hill © Getty Images

ARTHUR’S PASS NATIONAL PARK TO-DO LIST

Pop into historic Pioneer Hall and Liffey Cottage. The latter was built in 1875 and has since been restored into a working man’s cottage.

CASTLE HILL LIMESTONE RESERVE: Just one hour west from Christchurch, home to rock formations created over 300 million years ago. Easy access means trails are suitable for all fitness levels.

WASHPEN FALLS WALK: Highlights of this walk include huge boulders of lava from volcanic eruptions,

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OUTDOOR ENTHUSIAST’S PARADISE

Mid Canterbury District

Lake Emma © Dave Mitchell

WITH THE CLOUD-PIERCING SOUTHERN ALPS AS A BACKDROP AND BORDERED BY BRAIDED RIVERS, MID CANTERBURY IS A PARADISE FOR NATURE-LOVERS AND THRILLSEEKERS.

ASHBURTON

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ASHBURTON AVIATION MUSEUM

• One of New Zealand’s finest collections of historical aircraft including over 30 aircraft, local history and memorabilia. Situated at the Ashburton Airport in the museum buildings. • Open every day from 1-3pm with extended hours on Wed & Sat from 10am; or by arrangement phone +64 3 308 6408. • Admission adult $10, child free. We are well worth a visit. Ashburton Airport, 470 Seafield Rd, Elgin, Ashburton • P: +64 3 308 6408 www.aviationmuseum.co.nz • E: ashburtonaviationmuseum@gmail.com

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The high-country lakes lure avid fly fishers, and if you’re happiest in your tramping boots, there are numerous hiking options. A scenic flight provides a bird’s-eye view of the magnificent varied landscape, or enjoy a day jet boating or horse riding. You can also get out on a golf course, including Terrace Downs, one of New Zealand’s best international golf resorts. Visit Trott’s Garden – a Garden of National Significance, and visit a vineyard or two to sample the latest Mid Canterbury vintage. In Ashburton, the new Ashburton Art Gallery and Heritage Centre is ideal for discovering the district’s history and culture, and with its strong aviation history, the Ashburton Aviation Museum is a must. Once home to 50 Tiger Moths and a training base for WWII, find it at Ashburton Airport.

ASHBURTON GALLERY

• Located on SH 1, the Ashburton Art Gallery maintains a thought provoking and innovative changing programme of exhibitions by local and national artists. • Open seven days with free entry. • See our website for current exhibitions and events.

327 West St, Ashburton  • P: +64 3 308 1133 www.ashburtonartgallery.org.nz • E: info@ashburtonartgallery.org.nz

ASHBURTON HOLIDAY PARK

• Ashburton Holiday Park is only a 1 hour drive from Christchurch Airport, making it the perfect first and last night stopover on your South Island Holiday. • A great range of accommodation from tent and powered sites to motel units. • Bbq, cooking and laundry facilities, parking. 62 Maronan Rd, Tinwald, Ashburton • P: +64 3 308 6805 www.ashburtonholidaypark.co.nz • E: office@ashburtonholidaypark.co.nz 

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SOUTH CANTERBURY ADDS TO THE GLAMOUR AND RICHES OF NEW ZEALAND’S LARGEST REGION, PRESENTING CONTRASTS OF PLAINS, MOUNTAINS AND RUGGED COASTLINE, ALONG WITH CONTEMPORARY AND HISTORIC BUILDINGS.

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GERALDINE

Irish place name • 36km N of Timaru

he Rangitata River in the north and Waitaki River in the south of South Canterbury are two of New Zealand’s premier salmon-fishing rivers. In between there are sweeping plains, rolling hills and native forest with lots of ways to get out and enjoy them. Walking and mountain bike trails zigzag through the landscape and the townships welcome visitors with friendly southern hospitality. Hitting the shops for some retail therapy is a must in Geraldine, as the shopping here is excellent. If you appreciate stylish clothing made with natural fibres, there are a number of quality fashion outlets in South Canterbury. Some of the most sought-after garments are made with possum/merino fibre and wool skin. Check out The Tin Shed and Kiwi Country for starters. Arm yourself with a copy of the

& Wine Trail and discover sublime edibles in every pocket of the district. The quaint township of Geraldine has become a gourmet mecca – home to delicious local cheeses, fruit preserves and irresistible handmade chocolates. Get yourself along to the Geraldine Farmers’ Market – held each Saturday in summertime – and sample the area’s best produce, smoked goods, preserves and some of the finest coffee around. Barker’s much-loved preserves are devoured by Kiwis up and down the country, and the opening of the new Barker’s Foodstore & Eatery has only strengthened Geraldine’s reputation as a flourishing foodie destination. Find time to browse the Giant Jersey knitwear shop and The Vintage Car and Machinery Museum with its gleaming array of classic cars.

South Canterbury Food

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convenient five-minute stroll from Geraldine’s main street leads to Talbot Forest. Home to four, easy short walks and the largest tōtara tree in the reserve, this beast is an estimated 800 years old. Knowing that Māori used tōtara to build war canoes for up to 100 warriors will give you an idea of their

colossal size. Other behemoths include gigantic kahikatea, the tallest trees in the forest, which can reach heights of 40 metres. For more extensive walks, venture 23km north of Geraldine to Peel Forest. Boasting thirteen native forest trails, can you find the tōtara tree with a threemetre diameter?

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Timaru

Aigantighe Art Gallery, Timaru © Aigantighe Art Gallery ABOVE: Caroline Bay, Timaru © Timaru Visitor Information Centre

COOL OFF WITH A SWIM IN THE SEA OR AT THE CAROLINE BAY TRUST AORAKI CENTRE, OR WATCH THE KIDS AS THEY DELIGHT IN THE BAY’S PLAY AREA. WITH ONE OF NEW ZEALAND’S SAFEST SWIMMING BEACHES, HOLIDAYMAKERS HAVE BEEN FLOCKING TO CAROLINE BAY FOR OVER 100 YEARS.

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he Aigantighe Art Gallery (pronounced “egg-an-tie”) houses a wide collection of art and is completely free to visit. South Canterbury Museum provides history buffs with a rich insight into the region and its people, including the legend of Richard Pearse, a young pioneer who built an entire aircraft in his shed in 1903. For those interested in the area’s Māori

significance, Te Ana Māori Rock Art museum includes an interactive exhibit and exciting ramble into remote farmland to observe caves and rock art. Finish your cultural excursions with a visit to Pleasant Point Museum and Railway, albeit a 20-minute drive from Timaru, it has “steaming days” where you can ride a restored steam locomotive just like yesteryear.

rrive in Timaru and instant relaxation will sweep over you. It may be the second largest city in Canterbury but there’s a distinct no worries, no hurries sentiment here. Visitors are encouraged to pursue leisurely activities such as feeding the ducks in the botanic gardens or meandering along Caroline Bay Beach, complete with

obligatory ice cream. Admire the sculptures scattered across the art gallery’s grounds as well as the Victorian and Edwardian buildings constructed from local volcanic bluestone. Then nip into one of the cafés for a few stolen hours with a latte and your favourite book. This is the stuff dream getaways are made of.

10-14 Evans St • Timaru • Ph +64 3 688 8800 • Fax +64 3 688 8898 Email: baycitymotels@xtra.co.nz • www.baycitymotorlodge.co.nz

TIMARU corruption of te maru (the place of shelter) • 164km SW of Christchurch SOUTH CANTERBURY MUSEUM

• From fossils to fashions, there are hundreds of things to see from our region’s natural and human heritage. • Explore local Maori heritage, European settlement, Richard Pearse and his pioneering aircraft, social history and more. • Hours: Tues-Fri 10am-4.30pm, Sat-Sun 1pm-4.30pm, closed 25, 26 Dec, 1 Jan. Free admission. Perth St, Timaru • P: +64 3 687 7212 museum.timaru.govt.nz/home • E: museum@timdc.govt.nz

TIMARU BOTANIC GARDENS

• Established in 1864 on 19ha of undulating land. • Open 8am until dusk every day. Free admission. • Highlights include roses, endangered plants, conservatory, herbs and much more. • Children’s play area, aviary, ponds and public toilets.

Cnr of King & Queen Sts, Timaru • P: +64 3 687 7200 www.timaru.govt.nz • E: enquiry@timdc.govt.nz

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• 32” LCD TVs with 50+ Sky channels • Conveniently located overlooking Caroline Bay & city • Sunny north-facing quiet units, double-glazed with hush glass • Fully refurbished • Executive/honeymoon suites with double spa bath • Spacious 2-bedroom family apartments • High-speed broadband internet • Unlimited FREE WiFi • Cooked & continental breakfasts • Walk to restaurants, cafés & bars, recreational, sporting facilities & wedding venues • KIWI OWNED & OPERATED

HARBOUR VIEW MOTEL

• Opened in late 2012, superior studio, 1, 2 & 3-brm units. • Double-glazed self-contained units with king-size beds. Quality furnishings. Cot/highchair on request. Breakfast. Caroline Bay 100m. • Tariff: from $155-$265 (1-2 persons), extra person $30. 8 Evans Street, Timaru • P: +64 3 686 6811 • Res: 0800 686 681 www.harbourviewmoteltimaru.co.nz • E: harbourviewtimaru@xtra.co.nz PAGE 9 - REGIONAL MAP


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Carnivals and Custard Squares

Caroline Bay, Timaru © Timaru Visitor Information Centre

ALIGN YOUR TRIP TO TIMARU OVER THE CHRISTMAS PERIOD AND YOU’RE IN FOR A TREAT. THE ANNUAL TIMARU CARNIVAL FRONTS THE BEACH AND BRINGS TOGETHER A MEDLEY OF FAIRGROUND RIDES, FIREWORKS, CONCERTS AND ENTERTAINMENT FOR A FULL TWO WEEKS FROM BOXING DAY. FOR ALL OTHER TIMES OF THE YEAR, DON’T LEAVE WITHOUT SCOFFING A DENHEATH VANILLA CUSTARD SQUARE, A DEVILISHLY DELICIOUS CREATION ORIGINATING FROM PLEASANT POINT.

imaru is considered one of the best places in New Zealand to grow roses. Test that theory at Trevor Griffiths Rose Garden at Caroline Bay. From the sweet scent of rose petals to a nectar you can taste, find out how beer is made and meet the Clydesdale dray horses on a tour of the DB Draught Brewery. Once fully refreshed, take a 20-minute drive north to Temuka. Originally referred to as ‘The Place of the Hot Ovens’ by Māori who used huge earthen ovens to bake the roots of the cabbage tree, it’s a fitting coincidence that Temuka is now famed for its pottery. Pick up some new homeware from the Temuka Pottery Shop. Or, if you’re more of a thrifty shopper, there are a handful of op shops which hide a wealth of treasures. Having already learnt more about his daring feats of aviation at the museum in Timaru, visit the Richard Pearse Memorial in Waitohi.

Main street in Temuka © Central South Island Tourism Centre ABOVE: Caroline Bay, Timaru © Timaru Visitor Information Centre

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• 27 studio units with ensuites, including 14 new units with communal kitchen. 50 Sky channels, tea/coffee, microwave & fridge facilities • A 2-bedroom family unit with full kitchen factilities • Interconnecting rooms for families • Bunk room for larger groups • 4 units with access facilities and baths, lift on site • North-facing units on main road have double glazing • Free unlimited WiFi • Guest laundry • On-site parking • Continental breakfast & cut lunches on request • On-site restaurant/bar for cooked breakfast, lunch & dinner or to enjoy a quiet beverage • Closest motel to airport, racecourse and raceway

DEVOUR A DENHEATH CUSTARD SQUARE (OR TWO!) AT TIMARU’S THE STATION CAFÉ, COFFEE CULTURE OR URBAN CAFÉ.

Denheath Custard Square © Imagic

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• Central location • 2min walk to restaurants, 15min to CBD • 5min walk to beach and supermarket • 5min walk to swimming pool and tennis courts • Sunny & warm with park-like setting • Adjacent to park & children’s playground • Spacious studio & family units • Full kitchens/laundry on site • Super king/king/queen-size beds • Spa bath in all units • Cooked/continental breakfast • Tariff: $135-$170 (1-2 persons) Extra person $20. Corporate, group and seasonal rates available

Hosts: John & Beth • Phone: +64 3 688 4108 • Fax: +64 3 688 4107 Email: stay@parklandstimaru.co.nz • www.parklandstimaru.co.nz

TEMUKA corruption of te umu-kaha (strong or fierce, earth oven) • 19km N of Timaru on SH 1 PHOENIX MOTEL

• 4 family friendly spacious 2-brm apts with queen & sgle beds. 2 with spa baths. 6 large studios with king beds (1 Access with superking). 3 with luxury spa baths. Free WiFi, all rooms dbleglazed with kitchens. 5min walk to cafés/shops. Timaru 18km, Levels Raceway 12km, Clandeboye 11km. • Tariff: from $135 for 2 persons. Seasonal rates. 215 King St, Temuka • P: +64 3 615 9680 • Res: 0800 000 787 www.phoenixmotels.co.nz • E: info@phoenixmotels.co.nz • Host: Richard

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TWO TOP Picnic Spots

Waimate

KNOTTINGLEY PARK, WAIMATE Both an arboretum and a park. With an extensive playground, it’s a great place to take the kids. VICTORIA PARK, WAIMATE – Includes a cycling track, aviary, camping facilities, playground, a sound shell and tennis court.

Yellow shed SH 1, turn off to Waimate © Waimate District Council INSET: Knottingley Park, Waimate © Sam Roberts

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omething of a treasure trove in Canterbury’s rolling farmland, Waimate boasts several little-known gems and is well worth detouring 8km off the main road for. Having spied the township’s specialist

shops and Edwardian façades, St Patrick’s Catholic Basilica will no doubt command your attention: Italianate-Romanesque in style, it’s quite the head-turner. Next you’ll discover The Waimate Museum and Archives. An equally stylish

complex complete with 1879 courthouse, former police station and jail, the museum’s exhibits are both fascinating and extensive.

WAIMATE 46km S of Timaru on SH 82

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Tent and caravan sites (non-powered) | Toilets Boat ramps | Water activities | Porta-pottie stations Naylor Street, Waimate Cabins | Caravan sites | Power points | Kitchen facilities Animal park | Dump station

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Knottingley Park and Arboretum

Waihao Back Road, Waimate Caravan and tent sites | Power sites | Toilets Kitchen & laundry facilities | Dump station

St Andrews Domain waimate.org.nz

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If you’re lucky enough to visit during December, the Waimate Strawberry Fare celebrates the district’s bountiful berry harvest. Attracting well over 14,000 out-oftowners with an array of entertainment, it’s the delicious just-picked strawberries which really steal the show. However, don’t worry if you miss it. Simply head to Butlers Fruit Farm & Café. Less than nine minutes’ drive away, there’s seasonal fruit-picking and a year-round café serving fruity refreshments.

explore the wonders of waimate district today! Wallabies | Cycling & Walking Tracks | Silo Art Fishing & Boating | Golf | Heritage | Hunting Parks & Playgrounds | Fossils | Horse Riding Hand feeding wallabies © Enkledoovery Korna Wallaby Park

ENKLEDOOVERY KORNA WALLABY PARK We challenge you to look into the face of a wideeyed wallaby and not crack a smile. EnkleDooVery Korna is Waimate’s much-loved wallaby sanctuary, run by the ‘Wallaby Lady’ herself – Gwen DempsterSchouten. Visitors are welcome to feed and photograph the furry residents.

TAME WALLABIES – ENKLEDOOVERY KORNA

waimate.org.nz

• Walk amongst, touch, feed, photograph our famous tame wallabies. Host: Gwen Dempster-Schouten. • Hours: daily 10am-5pm (from 20th Sept to 10th June). Offseason (from 11th June to 19th Sept) visits by appointment, weather dependent or by chance, 10am-4pm. • Adults $15, Children 11yrs and under $10. No EFTPOS/VISA. Northern end of SH 82 on 71 Bathgates Rd, Waimate, Sth Canterbury • P: +64 3 689 7197 www.waimate.org.nz/tamewallabies • Email: jenny_dempster@hotmail.com

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Mackenzie District ONE OF THE MOST DIVERSE LANDSCAPES IN NEW ZEALAND, THE MACKENZIE REGION OFFERS UNIQUE VISTAS AND EXPERIENCES.

Tekapō Springs © Julian Apse / Tourism NZ OPPOSITE: Church of the Good Shepherd, Tekapō © Getty Images

LAKE TEKAPŌ

corruption of takapo ‘sleeping mat’ • 105km NW of Timaru

Reflections Café and Restaurant

Free WiFi • Open daily for breakfast, lunch & a la carte dining • Spectacular views overlooking lake & mountains • Great coffee and free WiFi • Fine selection of NZ wines • Tekapo Springs Hot Pools 11/2 km • Adjoining motel complex • 1hr to Mt Cook • Exceptional customer service

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iew New Zealand’s largest mountain, Aoraki Mt Cook, explore the longest glacier, the Tasman, be captivated by the bluest glacialfed lakes and get lost in the wonders of the purest starry night skies. Lake Tekapō Village is a photographer’s dream come true and a must-see destination for every visitor to the Mackenzie region. The backdrop for all activities is the amazing turquoise blue colour of New Zealand’s highest large lake, the scenic Lake Tekapō. Stunning photo locations include up on the Mt John summit while enjoying a coffee, and at the Church of the Good Shepherd on the shores of Lake Tekapō. The church provides incredible views of

the lake and surrounding mountains through its altar window. Every season provides a different view of the awe-inspiring scenery and there are many reasons to visit Lake Tekapō. Whether it be to play a round of golf, take a horse trek around Mt John, enjoy off-road mountain biking and hiking, take a scenic flight over the Mackenzie basin and Aoraki Mt Cook National Park or marvel at the skies above on a stargazing tour – there’s something for everyone. During the winter months when snow is often on the ground in the town, key activities include skiing and snowboarding on the pristine snow slopes of Roundhill, ice skating, relaxing in the hot pools and indulging in the health spa.

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LOCAL BUZZ “Lake Ohau, Ruataniwha, Pukaki, Tekapō and Benmore all freckle the Mackenzie Basin. Their magical blue waters make for amazing photos.” Rachel Gillespie – Fulltime Astrophotographer and Walking Guide

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ain a better understanding of the universe we live in on an informative and magical stargazing tour.

In 2012, the 4300sq km area was declared as the Aoraki Mackenzie International Dark Sky Reserve with gold status meaning the Reserve has one of the purest skies, free of light pollution, in the world. Around the world, the ability to see stars is diminishing due to light and air pollution. As the Mackenzie Region is almost totally free from light pollution, “to put it simply, it is one of the best stargazing sites on earth,” says Bob Parks, Executive Director of the International Dark-Sky Association. Learn more about the night sky by joining a star gazing tour while in the region.

THE FARMING TOWN OF FAIRLIE MARKS THE BEGINNING OF MACKENZIE DISTRICT AND SITS A MERE 32-MINUTE DRIVE FROM THE CHURCH OF THE GOOD SHEPHERD. IF YOU’RE AFTER A STARLIT PIC OF THE CHURCH AT NIGHT, BOOK A NIGHT SKY TOUR. LAKE TEKAPO COTTAGES

• 8 clean, warm and comfortable self-contained cottages. • Peaceful central location. • Short walk to Lake Tekapo and church. • Free wireless internet in all units. • Tariff: from $120 (2 persons).

12 Sealy St, Lake Tekapo • P: +64 3 680 6865 • F: +64 3 680 6835 www.laketekapocottages.co.nz • E: laketekapocottages@gmail.com

MT DOBSON MOTEL

• Family-friendly motel on main Fairlie (5min) to Tekapo (20min) highway. 5 clean spacious s/c ground-floor units. • Skiing, closest to Mt Dobson, boating, fishing, golf, art and restaurant, takeaways next door. Sleep in. Personal service guaranteed. Free unlimited WiFi. • Tariff: from $105 (2 persons). 768 Fairlie-Tekapo Highway, Kimbell, RD 17 • P: +64 3 685 8819 Res: 0800 546 235 • www.mtdobsonmotel.co.nz

FAIRLIE

named for its resemblance to Fairlie in Scotland • 62km NW of Timaru

PINEWOOD MOTELS

Observatory, Lake Tekapo © Vaughan Brookfield / Tourism NZ

• Affordable alternative to Tekapo. • Clean, spacious studios & family units. • Excellent service. • Fast free WiFi. 50+ SKY channels. BBQ. • Walk to bakery, pubs, restaurants & playgrounds. 25-27 Mount Cook Rd, Fairlie • P: +64 3 685 8599 • Res: 0800 85 85 99 www.pinewoodmotels.co.nz • E: pinewoodmotels@xtra.co.nz

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Canterbury Walking on Hooker Track, Aoraki Mt Cook © Getty Images

TOP Aoraki Tracks HOOKER VALLEY WALK One of the most popular walks – complete with swing bridges – the Hooker Glacier terminal lake is your prize for a three-hour, mostly flat hike. GOVERNORS BUSH WALK An easy one-hour loop with a gentle climb to the lookout point. Aoraki Mt Cook stands prominently in the background. TASMAN GLACIER VIEW TRACK For uninterrupted views across the icy blue Tasman Glacier lake: likely frozen in winter and peppered with icebergs come summer. One-hour return. GLENCOE WALK Ideal for families, this 30-minute return walk starts from behind the Hermitage Hotel and presents impressive Hooker Glacier views. MUELLER HUT HIKE A four-hour one-way walk will gift you with jaw dropping views of the Ngakanohi Glacier and Mueller Glacier.

AORAKI MT COOK

AORAKI MT COOK

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ramed by stunning, rugged mountainscapes, Aoraki Mt Cook Village is perfectly positioned to take advantage of the spectacular scenery and activities. With 140 peaks more than 2,000m high and glaciers covering 40 percent within the Aoraki Mt Cook National Park, this is an unforgettable place to visit. Part of the UNESCO Te Wāhipounamu – South West World Heritage Area, Aoraki Mt Cook National Park covers more than 70,000ha. You can

MT COOK

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enjoy the tussock grassland, huge river valleys, lakes and mountains by walking, tramping (guides available), ski plane or helicopter. Check out the Glentanner Park Centre for scenic fight options. Look out for native flowers in the area; there are over 750 different varieties, including the famous Mt Cook lily, the largest buttercup in the world. Other activities include climbing, tahr hunting, 4WD safaris and glacier skiing.

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TWIZEL IF YOU CAN STEAL YOUR EYES AWAY FROM THE EYEPOPPING SCENERY, TWIZEL OFFERS A CATALOGUE OF NON-STOP ACTIVITY.

Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail © Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail Marketing INSET: Twizel playground © MacKenzie Tourism

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ou might think, as the closest town to Aoraki Mt Cook, Twizel needn’t bother to entice visitors with anything more. To the contrary, this purpose-built town is home to a myriad of standout qualities. As well as being a well-positioned base for mountain climbing, there are also mountain biking, horse trekking, skiing, hiking and fishing opportunities. In between cycling portions of the Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail, or navigating a kayak across Lake Ruataniwha, you could be tasting just-caught fresh fish at the High Country Salmon farm, or clipping on your ski boots for a dalliance with one of the area’s four ski fields. Come summer it’ll take a lot to entice water-lovers out of the river’s prime swimming spots, while stand-up paddleboarding across the lake is just as fun – and just as wet if you’re a novice. If you have pint-sized travellers in your clan, the town’s real life tractor loves to be clung to, and the clubs at the Twizel mini-golf course are happiest when swung.

TWIZEL Twizel bridge over River Tweed, Northumberland • 161km W of Timaru FREE FISH FEEDING – FRESHEST SALMON AND SASHIMI

Visit the salmon farm and café, floating on glacier-fed high country waters

0800 400 385 or +64 21 400 385 sales@highcountrysalmon.co.nz 2602 Twizel-Omarama Rd, Twizel

• Floating café & deck • Fresh salmon shop • Free fish feeding • Plenty of parking • Picnic area 3km south of Twizel State Highway 8 Open from 8am daily See website for closing hours

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anks Peninsula was formed following violent eruptions of two volcanoes and the result is incredible scenery.

Picturesque BANKS PENINSULA

The erupting volcanoes formed the twin craters of the Akaroa and Lyttelton harbours, which have many smaller bays indenting the coastline. The Ngāi Tahu tribe had already discovered the charm of the peninsula before Captain Cook sighted it in 1770 when he initially mistook it for an island. From the mid-1830s onwards, British and French settlers arrived, creating the unique influence evident here today.

AN EASY DRIVE SOUTHEAST OF CHRISTCHURCH, BANKS PENINSULA IS THE SOUTH ISLAND’S MOST INTERESTING VOLCANIC FEATURE.

Banks Peninsula deserves plenty of time to explore all it offers, especially if you enjoy hiking. You can choose from short strolls to challenging walks through scenic reserves. Among the popular options are the multiple-day walks along the Banks Peninsula Track. The peninsula is a popular destination for a day trip from Christchurch or a long stay with accommodation options to suit all budgets.

Akaroa Harbour, Banks Peninsula © Getty Images RIGHT: Dalys Wharf, Akaroa © Getty Images OPPOSITE, INSET: Viewing Akaroa’s Cathedral Cave © christchurchnz.com

AKAROA long harbour • 81km SE of Christchurch

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Unexpected AKAROA

SHELTERED IN A POUNAMU-COLOURED HARBOUR AND SURROUNDED BY DRAMATIC HILLS, THE SITE OF THE ONLY ATTEMPT TO ESTABLISH A FRENCH SETTLEMENT IN NEW ZEALAND FEELS LIKE A SECRET.

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ll is not what it seems in Akaroa. The name itself, which means ‘Long Harbour’ in Kāi Tahu Māori, might be distinctly Aotearoa, but as New Zealand’s first (and only) French settlement, arriving here is like descending on a French provincial village – right

down to the names of its streets. Rue Brittan, for example, will lead you up the hill to an old French cemetery. The Giants House, by local artist Josie Martin showcases her playful mosaics and at first glance you might think Antoni Gaudi once holidayed here. Indeed, European influence is

everywhere, particularly in the local restaurants, where a passion for fine food is rife. However, swimming with the world’s smallest dolphin, the Hector’s dolphin, trails rich in bird life, and bathing in crystal waters lapped by golden beaches couldn’t be anything but Kiwi.

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Canterbury Walking down mosaic steps at the Giants House, Akaroa © christchurchnz.org.nz

DON’T MISS! • Cruise Akaroa Harbour multiple ways. From rare yachts to catamarans and New Zealand’s oldest rigged ketch. Enjoy a hands-on experience or sit back and wait for dolphins. • Well known as a destination for dolphin encounters, other nature-based adventures departing from Akaroa include Scenic Nature Tours and kayaking to protected colonies of penguins and fur seals. • Among the many historic remnants on display in the complex of heritage buildings at the Okains Bay Māori & Colonial Museum are significant Māori taonga (treasures) and early European items.

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Canterbury FOR THOSE WITH AN ARTISTIC EYE, THE LITTLE RIVER GALLERY IS FLUSH WITH UNIQUE NEW ZEALAND-MADE ARTWORK. WITH SO MUCH TALENT TO ADMIRE, AND JUST AS MANY NICETIES TO PURCHASE, WE SUSPECT YOU’LL BE BUYING MUCH MORE THAN JUST A COFFEE FROM THE ADJACENT CAFÉ.

Cycling Little River Cycle Trail © Christchurch & Canterbury Tourism BELOW: Alpacas on Banks Peninsula © christchurchnz.org.nz

Little River

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ateway to Banks Peninsula, Little River is an obligatory stop en route to Akaroa and a desirable destination in itself. Ideal for escaping the hustle and bustle of city life, the town is the end (or start) of the easy 50km Little River Cycle Trail and is also popular with mountain bikers. In the vicinity there are walks for both the adventurous and those who enjoy nothing more than roaming remote beaches in search of solace and wildlife. The Little River A&P Show in January is one of the area’s most popular events, where the best of the district is showcased to both locals and visitors. Ride the Little River Rail Trail from Christchurch and follow the shoreline past ancient volcanoes that define Banks Peninsula.

LITTLE RIVER 53km SE of Christchurch Ph +64 3 325 1977 info@silostay.kiwi.nz www.silostay.kiwi.nz

Repurposed from the humble grain silo to innovative, stylish and enviro-friendly accommodation. Luxuriously comfortable, unique and cutting edge bespoke design.

SIMPLY UNIQUE

For something a little different, try stand-up paddleboarding in the dark. Kitted out with LED boards, you’ll set out at dusk and paddle Akaroa’s shorefront before a dazzling sunset. As night-time descends, various fish species will light up beneath you. Twenty minutes from Akaroa, Shamarra Alpaca Farm on the beautiful Banks Peninsula, is an animal-lovers’ dream day out. Fluffy, photogenic and seriously cheeky, feed, pat and cuddle the resident alpacas. They love it and so will you.

Experience true Kiwi ingenuity – Award-winning accommodation and genuine NZ Art & Design at its best. Located on Banks Peninsula, 45 minutes on SH75 between Christchurch and Akaroa. NZ’s best loved, colourful, intriguing and vibrant rural gallery. Contemporary NZ art, painting, jewellery, sculpture Mention and exquisite giftware. this ad and receive a 20% discount at SiloStay

Main Road, Little River, Ph +64 3 325 1944 art@littlerivergallery.com www.littlerivergallery.com

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Christchurch Tram passing New Regent Street, Christchurch © Welcome Aboard

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he city centre’s new lease on life has brought about

an edginess and youthful energy as much of Christchurch is rebuilt in the image of a population ready to make its mark on the world stage. It’s being done with courage and creativity. Visitors will delight in seeing a city transitioning to a new normal. That involves cuisine with various international accents as Kiwi chefs put

RENEW. REFRESH. REPEAT. IT’S WHAT CHRISTCHURCH DOES BEST. THAT AND HERITAGE, CULTURE, COLOUR AND FUN! their spin on the world’s food bowl – Mexican, Asian fusion, Brazilian, French, Italian – and entertainment from arthouse cinema to live music and Broadway productions. If you want to kitesurf, ride the gondola or hike a stunning trail, you’ll find an opportunity to fill every minute of your time here. Christchurch has a strong and proud tradition

of supporting art and culture in the community and the famous Christchurch Art Gallery, Arts Centre, museum and libraries are free to enter. Street art is also making a big name for itself. Grab an interactive map online and embark on a self-guided walk. The Arts Centre Te Matatiki Toi Ora is the cultural heart of Christchurch. Housed in

the gothic revival buildings of the former University of Canterbury site, the centre is a national landmark. With over 740 parks and gardens, Christchurch lives up to its title as the Garden City. Lush green spaces such as North Hagley Park allow for outdoor recreation, as does the Avon River, which runs through the city's very heart.

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"Use the Christchurch Gondola to get to the top of the Port Hills. On a clear day the views are spectacular. Have a wander, grab a coffee or simply enjoy the panoramas." Graeme Abbot General Manager of the Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools and Spa ANTARCTIC CENTRE: Experience a heart-pumping Antarctic storm and then ride the Hägglund (an authentic Antarctic vehicle). This is a journey to the South Pole for the slightly less intrepid.

shopping mecca is packed with boutique stores. All shopped out? Hit the sophisticated dining establishments.

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CANTERBURY MUSEUM: Beautiful inside and out, situated in the city’s Cultural Precinct and boasting the world’s largest collection of Antarctic artefacts.

QUAKE CITY MUSEUM: The story of Canterbury’s 2010 and 2011 earthquakes is explained via moving displays, videos and survival stories.

NEW REGENT ST Its pastel shaded buildings will delight even the most discerning traveller, while the shops speak to wallets and entice their owners inside. A throwback to the 1930s, with Spanish Mission architecture and an air of glamour, this street is all style.

HOP ON HOP OFF: Freedom to see what you want when you want. Both the Christchurch heritage trams and the double decker-buses of Christchurch Soaring Kiwi City Tours offer hop on and off flexibility.

RIVER PUNTING: Glide down Avon River with the contented ducks. Your skilled punter will be dressed in

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After the original Christchurch Cathedral was badly damaged in the February 2011 earthquake, the Christchurch Transitional Cathedral has a temporary home in Latimer Square, just east of the city centre. It is the world’s only cathedral made substantially of cardboard. The Sydney Morning Herald named the 700-seat cathedral the ninth-best new attraction for visitors in 2013. It is open to the public daily from 9am to 5pm.

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The Anglican Church’s governing body, the Synod, voted in September 2017 and a decision was made – the much-loved Christ Church Cathedral, the city's most recognisable landmark, will be restored to its former glory. Workers have begun to clear the site, but the rebuild isn't expected to start for some time, so don’t expect to see the new cathedral any time soon. Restoration work could take as long as 10 years.

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cultural treasure, the Arts Centre of Christchurch is the largest collection of Category 1 heritage buildings in New Zealand. While the postearthquake restoration is still continuing, more than half of the site is open to the public. Explore Rutherford’s Den, boutique retailers, art galleries, cafés and the i-SITE Visitor Centre, or relax in the beautiful public spaces and soak up the tranquil ambience. This hub of culture, education and creativity has always been a place for people to gather and the restoration is being cleverly tailored to a 21st century community.

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Christchurch WITH A SOLE FOCUS ON OUR AIR FORCE HISTORY, THE AIR FORCE MUSEUM OF NEW ZEALAND IS THE IDEAL SPOT TO VIEW A CLASSIC AIRCRAFT, EYE UP ENGINES, WEAPONS AND MEDALS, AND STEP INTO A COCKPIT.

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ou don’t have to be an aviation enthusiast to have a good time at this museum. The 20-plus historic aircraft on display are undoubtedly stunning, but it’s the personal stories and artefacts of the ‘people behind the planes’ – the men and women who have helped shape New Zealand’s military aviation journey – that will really grab your attention.

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There are plenty of opportunities to truly immerse yourself in the air force experience. Climb inside a Vampire or Macchi jet cockpit, test out a World War II bomber’s

gun turret, or strap yourself into the scale replica C-130 Hercules. If you’ve got kids in tow, pick up a Museum Hunt from the Welcome Desk - it’s the best way to explore the Museum together as a family. Don’t miss the ‘Captured’ exhibition, which tells the story of Kiwi airmen captured and imprisoned in

enemy-occupied Europe during World War II. This space is engaging and interactive, so take your own Prisoner of War (POW) mug shot, and no visit would be complete without a flight on the ‘Mosquito Mission’ stimulator. A free guided tour is a good way to get the most out of your visit.

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The City’s Best Flavours

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NEW ZEALAND KNOWS GOOD FOOD. AND CHRISTCHURCH PUTS UP AS GOOD OF A FIGHT FOR THE TITLE OF GASTRO CAPITAL AS EVERY OTHER CITY. GRAB A FORK AND TUCK IN. HELLO SUNDAY: A former Baptist Church Sunday School, this award-winning café now serves a 'holy' satisfying brunch. THE O.G.B BAR: Housed in a jaw-dropping heritage building in Cathedral Square, the drinks still steal the show at this speakeasystyle bar. EARLY-BIRD DINING: Fans of both a great discount and a good feed should try 'First Table'. Simply log onto the website and book the first table of the night for 50 percent off food. Dozens of city restaurants are listed. PORTERSHED: 100 percent vegan café. It would be a crime to leave without trying their vegan doughnuts. FAT EDDIES: A Christchurch institution, this is where you come for jazz, blues and cocktails. Secure a spot on the balcony and soak up the city views over a margarita.

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Calendar of Events Oct 2019-Sep 2020 Every season is a good season to visit New Zealand’s first-founded city. SPRING October-November: THE SCAPE PUBLIC ART SEASON gifts art fans with free contemporary artwork scattered across public places. November: BLACK CAPS V ENGLAND 1 November at Hagley Oval. Relive that controversial World Cup final on New Zealand home turf. SUMMER January: GREAT KIWI BEER FESTIVAL Lock lips with more than 300 beers at this annual beer-athon in Hagley Park. January-February: BREAD AND CIRCUS Formally known as the World Buskers Festival, every day presents a new marvel from revered show masters.

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February: ELECTRIC AVENUE Christchurch’s biggest music event takes over Hagley Park for a one-day tune-fest.

AUTUMN April: THE FOOD SHOW: Feed your culinary curiosity with artisan food stalls, celebrity chefs, workshops and non-stop sampling. May: This is the Garden City so autumn is an event in itself. With the changing leaves, the Botanic Garden’s transform into a golden kingdom. WINTER June-October: Snow sports galore. Choose from 13 fantastic ski areas on the doorstep. July: WELLES STREET WINTERFEST Channeling an après-ski vibe, mulled wine, hot toddies, shopping, food and comedy are all part of this week long winter carnival. August-September: NEW ZEALAND INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL, with many movies shown at the iconic Isaac Theatre Royal: a spectacle in itself.

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with your sightseeing tour. Alternatively, enjoy the hop on and off convenience of a bus journey with Soaring Kiwi Tours. Their doubledecker buses have both open and closed top seating, with informative commentary from an entertaining guide. Grab a 24hr or 48hr pass and explore the city at your own pace.

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he ultimate animal adventure, the 80ha Orana Wildlife Park is New Zealand’s only open range zoo and home to the country's only gorillas. These show-offs love nothing more than an audience so come and say hello. Experience upclose encounters with endangered animals – hand feed majestic giraffe, meet mighty rhino ‘face-toface’ and travel through the Lion Habitat on board a modified vehicle. Scheduled daily animal feeds enable people to enjoy the antics of Tasmanian devils, cheetahs, tigers, monkeys, meerkats and much more. An extensive native fauna section features kiwi – New Zealand’s national icon. Stroll through two large walk-through aviaries for fantastic views of native birds such as kea, the inquisitive mountain parrot. The farmyard encourages interaction with friendly domestic animals. There are picnic and BBQ areas, a café and a gift shop for souvenirs.

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The Botanic Gardens have an impressive collection of trees, flowers and other flora from throughout the world and the 21ha surrounds allow you to ‘lose yourself’ and become immersed in the peaceful ambience. The Visitor Centre here, which opened in 2014, is an incredibly beautiful, architecturally designed building with a function space and dedicated gallery with displays exploring Christchurch’s world of plants. There’s also a great café and gift shop selling botanically themed giftware. The centre is also a hub for the operational side of the gardens.

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t Willowbank Wildlife Reserve there are more than 100 animal and bird species – including tuatara, otters, gibbons, wallabies and farmyard animals – that can be viewed while taking a pleasant stroll in a tranquil setting. Willowbank is the only place with the ‘Big 5’ – the cheeky kea, the very rare takahē, New Zealand’s bush parrot, the ancient tuatara and, of course, the kiwi.

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Willowbank’s Ko Tane Māori Experience is the South Island’s only Māori cultural performance and hangi meal (cooked in an earth oven with steam and heat from hot stones). There is a replica pre-European village where you’ll experience a powerful challenge by a fearsome warrior, a pōwhiri of welcome and the chance to learn the haka and poi while being entertained by the Māori cultural group, and a four-course dinner with traditional hangi mains. Experience Christchurch life as it was in the early 1900s with a visit to Ferrymead Heritage Park. The park’s Edwardian

Ko Tane © Willowbank Wildlife Reserve & Ko Tane Māori Experience

township features streets, shops and buildings from a bygone era. It also features tram rides on weekends and

school holidays (small fee applies), and steam train rides on the second Sunday of the month.

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Don’t miss the Court Theatre, which has been part of the fabric of Christchurch for over 40 years. Court productions have ranged from local shows to international classics and New Zealand’s longest-running comedy show, Scared Scriptless. It's located in Addington, an area that's been redeveloped with a post-earthquake scene of bars and restaurants. Orangetheory Stadium, Horncastle Arena and Addington Raceway are also in the area. If you feel like a fun night out, catch a show at the 110-year-old Isaac Theatre Royal in Gloucester St. This ‘Grand Old Lady’ has undergone a $40 million rebuild and restoration project, which earned it the prestigious Saved and Restored Award at the 2016 Canterbury Heritage Awards. PAGE 9 - REGIONAL MAP


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FOR UNMATCHED VIEWS OF THE CITY AND ITS AMAZING SURROUNDS, A RIDE ON THE CHRISTCHURCH GONDOLA TO THE TOP OF THE PORT HILLS IS ESSENTIAL. LINGER AT THE SUMMIT AND EXPERIENCE THE TIME TUNNEL RIDE (A RECONSTRUCTION OF THE REGION’S HISTORY), HAVE A SNACK AT THE CAFÉ AND TAKE A WALK.

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base for epic adventures or a brilliant place to take in the sights, the Christchurch Adventure Park on the Port Hills caters to all. Wind your way through the downhill mountain biking tracks, fly overhead on a zipline, take a 1.8km-long scenic chairlift ride to the top of the hill (the longest in the country) or refuel at the fully licensed bar.

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The Boulevard Arts Market is also in the city on Worcester Boulevard and is good for gifts. The Friday Street Food Market in Cathedral Square has good music and funky feasts from 11am-9pm. Amp up the variety and head to the Riccarton Market every Sunday from 9am-2pm, where more than 300 stallholders and thousands of visitors converge on the racecourse. The Sumner Market enjoys a seaside setting and is held every Sunday from 10am to 2pm during spring and summer. Ōpawa Farmers' Market, held on Sundays from 9am until noon, prides itself on having the best selection of fresh local produce. Couple at Christchurch Farmers’ Market RIGHT: Margaret Mahy Family Playground BOTH © ChristchurchNZ

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f you have the tree-swinging dexterity of a chimpanzee, tree climbing, rope bridges and flying foxes all await at Adrenalin Forest. Utilising the trees which frame Spencer Park and Bottle Lake Forest, this epic obstacle course challenges its guests to face seven forest-shroud trails in the tree tops. Start low and make your way up to dizzying heights. A great place to spend the day.

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hristchurch is only 3825km from Antarctica, making the city the world’s gateway to the ice – but the International Antarctic Centre will have you thinking you’re right there. This fantastic attraction, one of Christchurch's most popular, is full of interactive Antarctic adventures and fun learning experiences for visitors of all ages.

and hang out with cute little blue penguins. Buckle up for the exciting Hagglund ride on an amphibious all-terrain vehicle, take a simulated 4D Antarctic cruise with awesome scenery and wildlife, boogie down with Mumble in Happy Feet in 4D and see an Antarctic movie on a MASSIVE screen, cuddle a beautiful husky dog in the Husky Zone, plus more!

Experience the dramatic seasonal lighting in the Four Seasons of Antarctica show where it snows every six minutes. Play in real snow and ice, survive an Antarctic storm, learn about modern day Antarctica,

It’s possibly the closest you’ll get to Antarctica without mounting your own expedition – but it’s warmer! This attraction is air-conditioned and warm jackets are provided for the snow and ice.

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his is a fascinating exhibition based at Durham St North that looks at the experiences of the Christchurch earthquakes from every perspective. See an active liquefaction volcano, learn about the science of earthquakes, see the images

and hear the stories of the people of Christchurch from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 and their aftermath. You can also view iconic Christchurch objects such as the Cathedral Spire. Charges apply.

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with you for the ride. The departure point is by the Worcester Street bridge or from the Antigua Boat Sheds, next to the Botanic Gardens, which has a licensed café with both indoor and outdoor seating. While here, you can also hire single canoes, double canoes, paddle boats and row boats. All this can be enjoyed seven days a week.

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• Free WiFi and parking. • Unique experience in heritage-listed former Addington Prison. • Private and Dorm rooms. Fun for Families, School and Sports Groups. Close to Railway Station, Hagley Park, Orangetheory Stadium, Westpac Arena, Walk to CBD. • Tariff: from $25. 338 Lincoln Rd, Addington, Christchurch • P: +64 3 982 7777 • Res: 0800 524 546 www.jail.co.nz • E: stay@jail.co.nz

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Lyttelton AN INCREDIBLE MIX OF HIGH-END DINING AND GREAT CAFÉS AS WELL AS THE SATURDAY MORNING MARKET ATTRACT PEOPLE TO THE HISTORIC PORT TOWN OF LYTTELTON.

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PORT HILLS Once you’ve wined, dined and absorbed every last drop of Christchurch, swap your shopping bags for a day pack and head out into the wilderness. Port Hills (Te Poho-o-Tamatea) is raw and rugged – the result of the Lyttelton volcano 12-million-years earlier – and just a 20-minute drive from the city centre. Explore

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Halswell Quarry, with its historic sites and six sister-city gardens, discover the WWII military remnants at Godley Head, drive to the top of Rapaki Track for rock climbing, or simply enjoy the views of Lyttelton and Christchurch along the Bridle Path.

If you’re in town on a Saturday, a visit to the Lyttelton Farmers’ Market provides a great mix of wide-ranging produce and various trinkets. It takes place from 10am1pm and is now held on London Street.

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