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Contents 4 South Island Travelling Times & Distances

12 AA Centre Locations

5 Welcome to New Zealand

14 Marlborough & Nelson Road Trips

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62 West Coast Road Trips

Tips for Road Trips

12 Pets by Arrangement

8 South Island Road Trip Directory

112 Canterbury & Christchurch Road Trips

9 South Island Map

206 Lower South island Road Trips

10 Road Rules

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Guide to Times & Distances South Island Travelling Times and Distances

Alexandra 3:09 231

Aoraki/Mount Cook

11:00 9:54 856

778

6:10

4:34

5:59

452

330

453

13:11 11:35 3:56 821

2:47 10:39 5:48 12:48 203

828

498

Collingwood

943

34

244

Christchurch 7:13

0:28

2:31

How to use the chart: To find the distance and time needed to travel between, for example, Timaru and Haast, put one finger on the name Timaru and the other on the name Haast. Move sideways along the chart from Timaru and downwards from Haast. Where they meet you’ll see the distance between them is 407 km and the travelling time is 5 hours and 27 minutes. NOTE: No time is included for breaks or delays.

Blenheim

423

914

Cromwell

4:34 10:22 5:04 12:05 2:59

190

320

807

361

852

224

5:55

7:36

7:03

5:32

7:58

5:29

Dunedin 8:26

Franz Josef/Waiau

365

484

496

387

542

332

555

4:14

2:39

7:33

1:58

8:59

3:52

3:20

314

192

584

139

630

285

233

450

1:54

5:03 12:12 7:07 14:08 2:22

2:05

7:48

6:20

Geraldine 5:22

136

368

975

513

1004

170

152

501

384

8:13

7:17

4:46

3:48

5:41

7:47

7:49

2:19

4:38

370

Gore 9:51

Greymouth

538

505

324

250

505

546

173

313

697

3:24

5:05

9:34

8:02 10:28 2:58

5:55

2:30

6:10

5:17

4:51

221

341

640

531

188

411

144

423

357

318

2:49

5:53 12:53 7:58 14:58 3:07

2:55

8:18

6:14

0:56 10:39 5:47

686

Haast

201

436

1011

567

1058

234

206

524

438

65

699

380

8:33

6:57

6:04

2:58

5:41

8:10

7:27

6:53

4:33

9:12

4:37

9:24

373

Invercargill 9:53

Kaikoura

645

528

449

202

618

556

498

333

706

326

642

760

2:59

1:24

8:39

3:11 10:11 2:37

4:06

7:25

1:15

4:52

5:54

4:55

5:42

5:39

225

103

673

227

287

478

89

361

403

335

430

422

5:22

7:42 14:52 10:42 17:43 4:57

717

196

Lake Tekapo

6:06 10:07 8:46

4:02 12:28 7:37

4:15 13:05 7:32

254

273

368

536

1120

757

1248

335

406

625

619

9:55

8:19

2:22

3:58

3:16

9:33

8:49

4:42

5:43 10:51 2:25

735

612

162

290

208

706

644

334

11:37 10:02 1:40

5:40

2:18 11:15 10:32 6:24 130

421

795

799

162

7:26 12:34 4:08

481

952

7:12 11:42 4:06 478

849

292

8:55 13:25 5:35

530

Milford Sound

6:56 14:27 509

1039

Murchison

8:38 16:10 1:43

859

737

114

415

830

768

459

546

920

287

602

974

412

634

1164

125

3:12

3:00

8:58

3:30 10:31 3:17

1:34

7:57

1:46

3:36

6:16

5:35

4:27

6:00

2:33

7:38

7:15

220

208

695

249

740

112

570

121

263

434

365

318

445

175

518

10:42 9:06

0:26

4:45

4:09 10:20 9:36

7:23

6:30 11:38 5:06

28

337

264

227

9:53 12:30 6:21

Nelson 8:58

Oamaru

532

656

7:43 15:14 2:41

1:53

8:02

134

578

659

752

690

522

468

842

350

666

896

474

556

1086

3:37 11:12 6:37 13:38 0:52

3:49

6:02

4:44

2:22

8:24

3:34

2:37

9:03

3:29

4:26 10:25 12:08 4:10 11:09

524

207

187

678

256

93 3:25

262

847

483

973

60

5:44 13:03 8:44 15:45 2:59

283

350

345

168

4:09

8:09

6:48

2:05 10:28 5:39

2:17 11:00 5:34

288

188

Picton

781 1:18

766

890

287

812

Queenstown

2:00 12:29 14:12 5:41 13:16 2:26

252

421

1006

641

1132

219

290

509

503

139

682

365

158

838

415

118

924

1048

402

970

171

4:13

2:50

7:56

2:20

9:21

3:51

2:43

6:47

0:37

4:46

5:05

4:50

5:37

5:00

1:26

8:45

6:05

7:48

1:10

6:53

4:41

655

Te Anau 6:00

298

209

610

165

269

197

486

36

348

349

407

402

359

105

603

447

572

85

494

328

487

2:18

0:55

9:18

3:56 10:56 1:56

3:42

6:44

2:00

4:11

6:38

4:14

5:01

6:30

0:45

6:50

7:41

9:23

2:08

8:28

2:46

4:52

64

730

285

692

145

614

169 1:09

775

Timaru 2:11

140

257

422

146

304

460

278

373

480

58

474

567

199

358

163

2:51 10:11 5:51 12:51 0:44

3:41

4:53

3:56

3:03

7:13

2:24

3:27

8:14

2:41

5:17

9:37 11:19 3:21 10:24 1:12

3:19

3:55

222

458

141

242

624

200

343

227

Wanaka

86

206

782

427

827

53

276

285

289

709

834

231

756

273

143

9:36

8:39

3:52

4:31

4:47

9:10

9:11

3:41

5:59 11:14 1:24

6:11 11:59 4:42

7:14 13:48 1:31

3:13

7:36

4:12

9:43 11:50 6:26

7:59

8:35

638

605

260

332

305

605

646

273

413

417

501

222

533

286

624

559

558

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797

101

M U S T D O ’ S • S O U T H IS LA N D

797

328

898

97

69

Twizel 2:00

782

448

Westport


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Welcome to New Zealand

New Zealand is a traveller’s dream. Jam-packed with spectacular landscapes: magnificent lakes and beaches, lush rainforests, snowcapped mountains and pristine national parks, the scenery is simply awe inspiring. Our country’s raw natural beauty, combined with endless attractions and activities, makes it one of the world’s top holiday destinations.

Banks Peninsula, Canterbury © Getty Images

M

ade up of two main islands, North and South, New Zealand’s relatively sparse population means much of the land is untouched. National parks and reserves cover around a third of the country.

big draw is our astonishingly beautiful and diverse landscapes. Enjoy our mountains, rainforests, deep lakes, meandering rivers, beaches, rugged west coast, crashing surf and marine reserves. Adrenalin sports are a specialty here, so try something different on your travels.

New Zealand’s size belies the huge variety of experiences we effortlessly provide. We have city attractions including world-class theatres, fine restaurants and big sporting and music events in the major centres but the

Here, we’ve put together some Must-Do experiences to be enjoyed on road trips around the South Island. Be sure to pick up a volume of Must Do’s for the North Island and keep your adventurous spirit alive.

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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.

tips for

road trips

D

rive to the conditions, don’t be in a rush, and allow for plenty of stops. 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 playgrounds and even a run on the 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.

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Milford Sound © Getty Images

On a budget 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.

In the glovebox Have on hand: • Mobile phone • Insect repellent • Sun block • Hand sanitiser • Tissues • Torch • First aid kit • Bag for rubbish

M U S T D O ’ S • S O U T H IS LA N D

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.


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South Island Road Trip Directory MARLBOROUGH & NELSON p.14 TRIP 1 – BLENHEIM TO KAIKŌURA Blenheim

CANTERBURY, CHRISTCHURCH p.112 16 21

TRIP 2 – BLENHEIM TO HAVELOCK 24 Spring Creek 30 Picton 31 Havelock 33 TRIP 3 – HAVELOCK TO NELSON 34 Nelson 39 TRIP 4 – NELSON TO RICHMOND TO MĀPUA TO MOTUEKA Motueka Motupiko Nelson Lakes Murchison

42 48 49 49 49

TRIP 5 – MOTUEKA TO TĀKAKA Kaiteriteri Abel Tasman National Park Tākaka

50 53 54 55

TRIP 6 – TĀKAKA TO COLLINGWOOD TO FAREWELL SPIT Golden Bay Collingwood

56 60 61

WEST COAST p.62 TRIP1 – WESTPORT TO KARAMEA Westport Karamea

64 71 73

TRIP 2 – WESTPORT TO GREYMOUTH 74 Reefton 80 Springs Junction 81 Greymouth 81 TRIP 3 – GREYMOUTH TO HOKITIKA 84 Hokitika 91 TRIP 4 – HOKITIKA TO FOX GLACIER Ross Franz Josef Glacier Fox Glacier

94 101 102 105

TRIP 5 – FOX GLACIER TO HAAST TO WANAKA Paringa Haast

106 110 110

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TRIP 1 – ALPINE PACIFIC TOURING ROUTE: CHRISTCHURCH TO AMBERLEY TO HANMER SPRINGS TO KAIKŌURA TO AMBERLEY Kaiapoi Woodend Amberley Waipara Hanmer Springs Kaikōura Cheviot

114 126 126 126 126 127 133 139

TRIP 2 – CHRISTCHURCH TO AKAROA Christchurch Little River Akaroa

140 151 164 164

TRIP 3 – CHRISTCHURCH TO GREYMOUTH INCLUDING ARTHUR’S PASS 166 Darfield 170 Glentunnel 171 Springfield 171 Arthur’s Pass 171

TRIP 4 – CHRISTCHURCH TO TIMARU 172 Ashburton 180 Temuka 180 Pleasant Point 180 Timaru 181 Waimate 184 TRIP 5 – AMBERLEY TO RANGIORA TO METHVEN/ MT HUTT SKI AREA TO GERALDINE Rangiora Mt Somers Geraldine

186 192 192 193

TRIP 6 – GERALDINE TO LAKE TEKAPŌ TO TWIZEL TO ŌMARAMA Fairlie Lake Tekapō Aoraki Mt Cook Twizel

196 203 203 204 205

LOWER SOUTH ISLAND p.206 TRIP 1 – QUEENSTOWN TO ARROWTOWN TO WANAKA Queenstown Arrowtown Cromwell Wanaka Lake Hāwea Makarora

208 219 224 225 227 229 229

TRIP 2 – WANAKA TO CROMWELL TO CLYDE TO ALEXANDRA TO MILTON TO DUNEDIN Clyde Alexandra Ranfurly Naseby Middlemarch Roxburgh Tapanui Mosgiel Dunedin Otago Peninsula

230 239 239 239 239 240 240 240 240 241 247

TRIP 3 – DUNEDIN TO ŌAMARU TO ŌMARAMA Waikouaiti Moeraki Ōamaru Kurow Ōmarama

248 255 255 257 258 259

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TRIP 4 – DUNEDIN TO MILTON TO BALCLUTHA TO OWAKA TO BLUFF TO INVERCARGILL Balclutha Gore Lumsden Winton Kaka Point Owaka The Catlins Curio Bay Invercargill Edendale Bluff Stewart Island

260 268 269 269 269 269 269 270 270 271 275 275 275

TRIP 5 – INVERCARGILL TO TE ANAU Colac Bay Riverton Manapōuri Te Anau Milford Sound

276 282 282 282 283 285

TRIP 6 – TE ANAU TO QUEENSTOWN Mossburn Waikaia

286 288 288


South Island Map Farewell Spit

NELSON

D’Urville Island

Marlborough French Pass Golden Bay Sounds Collingwood (Anaru) Tata Beach Elaine Bay Pohara Takaka Marahau Abel Tasman 60 Kaiteriteri Canvastown Picton 6 Riwaka National Park Motueka NELSON Havelock Mapua Pelorus Spring Creek 62 Bridge Brightwater Richmond BLENHEIM Renwick Tapawera Seddon 6

Karamea

63

Owen River

Mokihinui Seddonville Waimangaroa 67 WESTPORT Carters Beach

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Ward St Arnaud

Murchison

1

Kekerengu

Lake Rotoiti

MARLBOROUGH

Lake Rotoroa 69

Charleston Punakaiki Barrytown Rapahoe GREYMOUTH

WEST COAST

6

7

65

Reefton Springs 7 Junction Maruia Hanmer Springs Springs Lewis Ikamatua Pass 7 Blackball Moana

Mt Lyford Village 1

Waiau Cheviot

Culverden

Kumara Junction Kumara Lake Brunner Jacksons 73 Hokitika

Kaikoura Goose Bay

Gore Bay

7

Waipara

Arthur’s Pass

Amberley Ashley Gorge Rangiora Oxford Kaiapoi

Ross Craigieburn

1

CHRISTCHURCH

Pukekura Springfield Lake 73 CHRISTCHURCH Lake Ianthe Coleridge Darfield 6 Harihari 73 Pigeon Bay 77 Glentunnel Governors Duvauchelle Whataroa Mt Hutt Ski Area Rakaia Gorge Bay 75 Little Akaroa Franz Josef/ Methven Pudding Hill River Banks Peninsula Birdlings Waiau 77 Rakaia Flat Mount Somers Fox Glacier

Bruce Bay

Aoraki/ Mount Cook

Lake Paringa

Mayfield Lake Tekapo

Lake Pukaki 80

Haast

8

6

Lake Ohau Haast Pass/Tioripatea Alpine Vill.

SOUTHERN LAKES & CENTRAL OTAGO

79

Lake Benmore

Ashburton

Winchester

Burkes Pass Pleasant Point

CANTERBURY & BANKS PENINSULA

Temuka TIMARU 1

St Andrews Makikihi

Omarama Waitaki Valley 83 8 Kurow 82 Waimate Otematata Duntroon Glenavy Lake Hawea Lindis Pass Danseys Pass 83 (North) Waitaki Bridge Wanaka St Bathans Tarras Danseys Luggate Milford OAMARU 85 6 Pass Sound Naseby Cardrona 1 Becks Arrowtown Hampden Cromwell Omakau Ranfurly 85 Glenorchy 8 Moeraki Clyde Ophir Lake Patearoa Hayes QUEENSTOWN 94 87 Palmerston Alexandra Waikouaiti Te Anau Middlemarch Kingston Downs 8 1 Karitane Roxburgh 6 Otago Peninsula Garston Fiordlan DUNEDIN 88 Portobello d Athol Mosgiel Ettrick Millers Flat Macandrew Bay Te Anau 86 Waikaia Lawrence Waihola 95 94 Mossburn Lumsden 8 1 90 Taieri Mouth Manapouri Tapanui Balfour Waikaka Milton Riversdale Monowai Lake 94 1 Kaitangata Monowai 6 Mandeville Gore 93 Balclutha Kaka Point 96 Winton 96 Mataura s Nugget Point Catlin 99 Lake Tuatapere Pounawea Owaka 1 Hauroko Edendale Newhaven 98 99 Riverton/Aparima Papatowai INVERCARGILL C 1 Fortrose Curio Colac Bay Bay s Bluff tli n a C Halfmoon Bay (Oban) st

COASTAL OTAGO & SOUTHLAND

oa

Doubtful Sound

Makarora

Twizel

Fairlie

1

Rangitata Geraldine

Stewart Island/ Rakiura


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New Zealand

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EMERGENCY PHONE NUMBERS • New Zealand’s emergency phone number is 111 or *555 from a cellphone (not all areas have cellphone coverage). DRIVING LICENCES • A current licence and/ or international licence are acceptable. • Minimum age for rental car hiring is generally 21 years. IMPAIRED DRIVING • Drugs or medication which impairs your driving are not permitted. • There is a zero alcohol limit for drivers under 20 years of age; drivers aged 20 or more are recommended to consume no

more than two standard drinks before driving. • You must not drive if fatigue or poor health impairs your driving. SEAT BELTS • All modern cars and campervans are fitted with seat belts for all occupants. In New Zealand it is compulsory to wear them. Failing to do this can incur a $150 fine. CELLPHONES • Drivers must not use a hand-held mobile phone, unless the device is completely hands-free or mounted securely to the vehicle and touched infrequently and briefly. Writing, reading or sending text messages while driving is illegal. Offences incur a fine of $80 and 20 demerit points.

ALWAYS KEEP LEFT

IN NEW ZEALAND, TRAFFIC TRAVELS ON THE LEFT-HAND SIDE OF THE ROAD.

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If your speed is impeding following traffic, you must allow them to pass as soon as it is safe and practicable to do so. A good rule of thumb is to not let more than four cars build up behind you. Pull to the left when there is sufficient width to allow the vehicle to safely pass you. At slow vehicle bays and passing lanes, you must use the left lane and allow traffic to pass you. Failure to do so can incur a $150 fine.

M U S T D O ’ S • S O U T H IS LA N D

MOTORWAYS Keep left unless overtaking and always indicate at least three seconds before changing lanes. ON A MOTORWAY YOU MUST NOT: • walk or cycle • stop your vehicle • make a U turn

OVERTAKING • You may overtake to the right of a slow moving vehicle if safe to do so and you have 100m clear visibility throughout the entire manoeuvre. Always turn your indicator on at least 3 seconds before you start to overtake. YOU MAY NOT OVERTAKE: • At a no-overtaking line marked by a yellow line on your side of the centreline. • Approaching a pedestrian crossing, a railway crossing or an intersection. • At any curve, crest of a hill where you cannot see more than 100m throughout the entire manoeuvre and cannot conduct the whole movement safely.


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Pets by Arrangement Accommodation providers reserve the right to decline your application. Reasons may include peak season/ public holidays and limit on numbers of dogs allowed. Dogs may be declined on age, sex or size. A current animal vaccination certificate may be required. Parvo and Distemper inoculations are necessary in the North Island. All pets must be kept under control. No animal will be permitted loose on site, and leads

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MARLBOROUGH / NELSON Blenheim COLONIAL MOTEL, 66 Main St P: +64 3 578 9284 www.colonialmotelblenheim.co.nz.......................................................................$110-$175 Blenheim NA CLACHAN COTTAGES, 18 Swamp Rd P: +64 3 578 8881 www.naclachan.co.nz..............................................................................$110-$120 Blenheim PHOENIX MOTOR INN, 174 Middle Renwick Rd P: +64 3 577 9002 www.phoenixmotorinn.co.nz...................................................$135-$220

WEST COAST Westport BULLER BRIDGE MOTEL, The Esplanade P: +64 3 789 7519 www.bullerbridgemotel.co.nz.................................................................from $135

CANTERBURY Geraldine GERALDINE MOTELS, 97 Talbot St P: +64 3 693 8501 www.geraldinemotels.co.nz..............................................................................$110-$150 Hanmer Springs FOREST PEAK MOTEL, 4 Torquay Tce P: +64 3 315 7132 www.forestpeak.co.nz......................................................................$100-$165 Hanmer Springs GREENACRES CHALET, 84 Conical Hill Rd P: +64 3 315 7125 www.greenacresmotel.co.nz...................................................$140-$225 Kaikoura BLUE SEAS MOTELS, 222 Esplanade P: +64 3 319 5441 www.blueseasmotel.co.nz..............................................................................$115-$190 Kaikoura PANORAMA MOTEL, 266 The Esplanade P: +64 3 319 5053 or 0800 288 299 www.panoramamotel.co.nz...................................$110-$220 Springfield SMYLIES ACCOMMODATION, 5653 West Coast Rd P: +64 3 318 4740 www.smylies.co.nz...............................................................$32-$140

LOWER SOUTH ISLAND Invercargill ASHLAR MOTEL, 81 Queens Dr P: +64 3 217 9093 www.ashlarmotel.co.nz.........................................................................................from $109 Mosgiel LONGBOURNE LODGE MOTEL, 100 School Rd South P: +64 3 489 5701 www.longbournelodge.co.nz...........................................from $140 Queenstown 12 MILE DELTA CAMPGROUND, 975 Glenorchy-Queenstown Rd P: +64 3 428 4289 www.12miledelta.co.nz...........................$15-$30 Te Anau ADEN MOTEL, 57-59 Quintin Dr P: +64 3 249 7748 www.adenmotel.co.nz.................................................................................................$85-$150 Wanaka LAKE OUTLET HOLIDAY PARK, 197 Outlet Rd P: +64 3 443 7478 www.lakeoutlet.co.nz.........................................................................from $18

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his stunningly beautiful part of New Zealand has much to offer. From the picturesque and vibrant whale watch capital Kaikōura in the south, to the sweeping sands of Golden Bay and the emerald jewel that is Kahurangi National Park in the north, this is definitely a journey not to be rushed. Marlborough Sounds’ shimmering coves are picture perfect and there are plenty of opportunities to get into nature there. For gastronomers, this region has many gems: green-shell mussels in Havelock, fresh fish in Nelson and the vineyards of Blenheim and Nelson have many internationally sought-after labels. Craft, culture and history lovers won’t be disappointed spending time here, either.


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Further north, the view of the coast changes to vineyards, with the landscape combed into regimental lines of grapevines along the New Zealand Classic Wine Trail.

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MAIN: New coastal formations postearthquake at Kaikōura Peninsula © Destination Kaikōura RIGHT ABOVE: Seal colony, Kaikōura © Kyle Mulinder/ Tourism NZ RIGHT BELOW: Eating crayfish, Kaikōura © Graeme Murray

ŌHAU PT Resculpted since the earthquake, it’s magical to see the seals here. YEALANDS VINEYARD A short drive off the main highway at Seddon leads to the impressive cellar door. So vast is this property along the coastline that it has its own driving tour.

ŌMAKA AVIATION CENTRE This combines the hallmarks of ‘Wellywood’ with magnificent flying machines and nostalgia from both World Wars.

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BLACK-SAND BEACHES Pull up at one of the parking bays and skip down to enjoy the gorgeous black-sand beaches along this coastline, pounded by the thunderous surf of the Pacific Ocean.

PENINSULA SEAL COLONY AND WALKWAY AT KAIKŌURA Take a walk around this magnificent rocky coastline for panoramic views of the ocean, seals and sea birds.

WHALE WATCHING along Kaikōura’s coastline.


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BLENHEIM World-renowned for its award-winning wines, Blenheim is surrounded by many hectares of vineyards. Framed by the bleached Wither Hills, the town is a bustling agricultural centre with a touch of class and an air of sophistication. number of vineyards have impressive properties open to visitors to sample their fare and in the town itself there are a good number of cafés and restaurants. There’s also an interesting range of shopping to be had. A good introduction to the region’s rich history can be found at the Marlborough Museum, which features the development of winemaking, plus early Polynesian settlement of the region. This sundrenched valley is also well known for its aviation history; Blenheim is home to the world-class Ōmaka Aviation Heritage Centre.

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CHANGED COASTLINE Take the Kaikōura Peninsula Walkway from the centre of town to Pt Kean for magnificent views of the area. At the Point, you can walk right out on the rocky platform which was radically exposed in the 2016 earthquake. Spend time here watching families of New Zealand fur seals and sea birds.

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KAIKŌURA Thriving once again with its souvenir shops and boutiques, the town centre now includes an area with glass-fronted container pop-up shops. While in town, visit KAIKŌURA MUSEUM – the landmark, contemporary building has a fascinating collection of artefacts, as well as a room dedicated to the effects of the 2016 earthquake. Fascinating FYFFE HOUSE is another must-do. This pink house is Kaikōura’s oldest building and was part of the original whaling station. It’s one of only a few buildings surviving worldwide with foundations of whale bones. Spend time on the water on a dolphin encounter to see Kaikōura’s dusky dolphins. Whale watching by boat, plane or helicopter, should also be on your itinerary.

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Blenheim TOP 10 Holiday Park 0800 521 014 78 Grove Road, Mayfield, Blenheim

Indulge in your passion for the world’s best Sauvignon Blanc, taste the local lamb, wild game or greenshell mussels in Blenheim’s award winning restaurants. Motels | Units | Cabins | Sites • BBQ Area • Children’s Playground • Pool & Spa • Internet • TV Room • 2 minutes to town centre

171 High Street (corner of High & Percy Streets), Blenheim • Centrally located, modern motel • FREE ultra fast WIFI • All units feature a well-equipped kitchenette • Guest laundry • DVD player & library • Close to ASB Theatre, restaurants, cafe & supermarket • Continental breakfast available • Tariff: from $150 (Queen)

RESERVATIONS FREEPHONE: 0800 587 856 • www.171onhighmotel.co.nz

• Spacious studio, 1, 2 & 3-brm selfcontained units in garden setting. Large unit sleeps 7. • Very close to town CBD, Convention Centre, stadium. Restaurant & bar (Gramados), takeaway & dairy beside us. 5min walk to gym.

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• WiFi Zenbu hotspot. • Swimming pool, play area, BBQ area. • Families welcome. Breakfasts available. • Lock-up garage for motorbikes. • Close to River Walk.

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It’s the ultimate chocolate experience. A visit to the Makana Boutique Chocolate Factory is an experience not to be missed. Come watch us make our tantalising confections and taste a few samples - complimentary, of course! Mmm... Makana - it really is the ultimate chocolate experience! Cnr Rapaura & O’Dwyers Roads, Blenheim Opening hours: 9-5.30pm daily Freephone 0800 MAKANA or visit www.makana.co.nz

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Hand-made chocolates and other natural temptations

138 Middle Renwick Rd • Motels set in .8ha of park-like grounds • Heat pump & air-conditioning in all units Blenheim, MARLBOROUGH P: +64 3 578 3329 • Quiet, back-section units E: middle-park@xtra.co.nz (ideal for corporates) • Directly opposite supermarket, café & restaurant • Guest laundry • FREE fibre WiFi • Ample overflow parking Ale House • Private courtyards with BBQs • Rates: $145-$200 (2 persons), 2 Restaurant extra child & adult $20 each

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Open 7 days 79 Aerodrome Rd Omaka, Blenheim, NZ Ph (03) 579 1305 www.omaka.org.nz Open 7 days, 79 Aerodrome Rd, Omaka, Blenheim, NZ Ph (03) 579 1305 www.omaka.org.nz

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PHOENIX MOTOR INN 174 Middle Renwick Rd, Blenheim

P: +64 3 577 9002 E: stay@phoenixmotorinn.co.nz www.phoenixmotorinn.co.nz Res: 0800 50 60 10 Free parking, free WiFi, swimming pool. 17 modern comfortable smokefree units: studio, 1 & 2-brm luxury apartments. Air-con/heat pumps in 1 & 2-brm units. Conference room, Sky 50+ channels. Restaurant, supermarket & GSRT[4 café 250m. Tariff: $135-$220.

WATERFRONT MOTELS 9 Grove Rd, Blenheim P: +64 3 579 4500 E: waterfront.motel@xtra.co.nz www.waterfrontmotels.co.nz Res: 0800 081 568 All units with stunning views of picturesque Taylor River. 12 large studio units. Spa bath units. Interconnecting rooms/balconies. 200m to CBD. FREE WiFI. Tariff: from $140.

CS:Z`6 COMMODORE COURT MOTEL 173 Middle Renwick Rd, Blenheim P: +64 3 578 1259 E: stay@commcourt.co.nz www.commcourt.co.nz Res: 0800 800 282 20 spacious self-contained ground-floor units. Studios, 1 & 2-bedroom & spa units. Swimming pool, playground, free BBQ and unlimited WIFI.

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JUST BROWSING 26 Battys Rd, Blenheim P: +64 3 577 5402 F: +64 3 578 8551 E: justbrowsingnz@gmail.com ANTIQUES • COLLECTIBLES • SECONDHAND Specialising in the unusual. 250m2 of New Zealand art, New Zealand books, postcards, furniture, china, tools, collectibles (huge variety). Open Mon-Sat 10am-4.30pm. NA CLACHAN COTTAGES 18 Swamp Rd, Blenheim P: +64 3 578 8881 M: +64 21 101 5379 E: wendy@naclachan.co.nz www.naclachan.co.nz 2 s/c 2-brm cottages (each sleep 6) on organic property 5min from Blenheim. FREE WiFi. Relax in quiet rural environment. Pets by arrangement. Air-conditioning and ES:T[6 parking available. Tariff: $110-$120 (2p), extra adult $20.  M U ST DO’ S • MA RLB OR OU GH & NELSON

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ead north from the flat grape-growing plains of Blenheim with its regimental lines of vines, driving towards the picturesque port of Picton, gateway to the South Island. You’ll pass historic sites and dramatic woodlands before arriving at the Cook Strait ferry terminal. From here the road continues to Havelock along one of the country’s most scenic stretches – Queen Charlotte Dr. Make sure to allow plenty of extra time to stop and take photos along this portion of your journey to the quaint aquaculture centre of Havelock. This is the start of the Treasured Pathway – a heritage highway which ends at Collingwood in Golden Bay.

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Year-round, a delightful place to explore is PICTON FORESHORE with an interesting aquarium and playground. The road between Picton and Havelock, QUEEN CHARLOTTE DRIVE is winding and wonderful, with breathtaking views of the Marlborough Sounds. Expect to make many photography stops on this stretch of road. SPRING CREEK at the junction of SH 1 and SH 62, is a sweet spot to stop.

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Marlborough Sounds © Destination Marlborough LEFT: Aerial view of Picton © Richard Briggs

THE PELORUS MAIL BOAT Hop aboard the country’s longest officially licensed New Zealand Post mail run for insight into life in remote parts of The Sounds. LOCHMARA LODGE Take a 20-minute boat trip from Picton to this popular eco hotel and arts and nature destination on the shores of Queen Charlotte Sound. It’s also a wildlife recovery centre and education centre, with its newest feature – an underwater observatory.

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MARLBOROUGH WINE TOUR & SEAFOOD CRUISE Visit Marlborough wineries and taste their wares, then relax on a seafood cruise and learn about marine farming while sampling freshly steamed seafood paired with some of the local tipples. KAIPŪPŪ WILDLIFE SANCTUARY in Shakespeare Bay, near Picton. A mainland island accessible by boat with a 2.7km walking track through bush full of protected bird life.


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QUEEN CHARLOTTE TRACK Walk or bike this iconic, welldefined 70km stretch of the Marlborough Sounds, from Ship Cove (the most popular starting point) to Anakiwa. Most walkers allow four or five days but biking is also permitted between Ship Cove and Kenepuru Saddle outside of the peak walking season (from the end of February to the start of December). NYDIA TRACK A moderate two-day, 27km tramp with superb views from the top of the two saddles it crosses.

RIGHT: Queen Charlotte Track © Destination Marlborough

HISTORIC HIGHLIGHTS Hop on a boat trip to SHIP COVE to see for yourself the spot at which British navigator Captain Cook and his crew based themselves in 1770. A monument commemorates the visit and more is planned to mark the 250th anniversary. TUAMARINA CEMETERY, 10km north of Blenheim, includes a Memorial to the Wairau affray in 1843, the first conflict between the Māori and the Europeans following the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi. EDWIN FOX SHIP & VISITOR CENTRE at Picton’s Dunbar Wharf is the resting place of the world’s ninth oldest ship, built 166 years ago in Calcutta.

THE SNOUT From Picton’s Victoria Domain, a wide driveway links to walking and cycling tracks and a bush walk that begins with an uphill climb with glimpses of the Queen Charlotte Sound and Picton Wharf and township. Allow two hours each way. TIROHANGA TRACK Allow 50 minutes each way to climb to the top for views over The Sounds and Picton. LINK PATHWAY An historic track that follows an old bridle trail. This is a communitydriven project to complete a 42km path between Picton and Havelock and all but the last few kilometres west of Linkwater have been completed with the rest set to be finished by November 2019.

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Opening out onto the Wairau Plain where Renwick and Blenheim are sited, this valley is where Marlborough’s most famous wine industry is found.

RAPAURA RD in the heart of Marlborough’s top grape growing region has many vineyards as well as the Vines Village, which has boutique shopping, a café and Whitehaven’s cellar door. THE GOLDEN MILE is actually a 6km bike ride through Rapaura and Renwick that features nine wineries. Win a prize by becoming a Golden Mile champion.

CORK & KEG You’ll get a warm welcome at this popular English-style pub in Renwick. RENWICK MUSEUM Opened in 1967 and follows the town’s journey from the pioneering days of the 1850s. Cycling through the wineries in Marlborough © Destination Marlborough

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eco sanctuaries to camping grounds. Ship Cove in Queen Charlotte Sound was the base for Captain James Cook and his crew when they travelled here in The Endeavour in 1770. A monument commemorates the visit. During their stay they raised a flag on nearby Motuara Island to claim sovereignty over the surrounding area and named it Queen Charlotte Sound in honour of King George III’s

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consort. Māori had known it as Tōtaranui (‘nui’ meaning big and ‘tōtara’ the tree, due to the tree-like shape made by the inlets). Ship Cove can be reached by boat but also by walking the Queen Charlotte Track, the views from which are stunning, including not just of Queen Charlotte Sound, but also, on the other side of the peninsula, Kenepuru Sound. The largest though is Pelorus Sound, which is 42km-long.


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PICTON The Cook Strait ferries come and go from here so there is always a buzz in the air. In summer Picton has a real resort feel, especially on the foreshore with its miniature train and merry-go-round, mini-golf, playground and remotecontrolled sailing boats.

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ighlights of this pretty town include EcoWorld Aquarium, home to tuatara and hundreds of valuable examples of marine life including pot-bellied seahorses, packhorse crayfish and temporary penguins in their rehabilitation facility. Edwin Fox Ship & Visitor Centre at Picton’s Dunbar Wharf is the resting place of the 166year old ship. Picton Heritage & Whaling Museum New Zealand on London Quay has a collection of items of Māori, whaling and maritime heritage.

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DROP INTO HAVELOCK This peaceful port gives access to the Mahau, Kenepuru and Pelorus sounds, with many boat trips on offer and water taxis available. The famous Pelorus Mail Boat departs from here; other boat trips include the popular Greenshell Mussel Cruise, which enables visitors to see for themselves the industry’s influence on the area. There are a few places to stay in the village and great eateries to sample the local fare, including of course, mussels. Havelock, Greenshell Mussel Capital of the World © Destination Marlborough

SPRING CREEK Nestled next to the crystal clear waters of Spring Creek and surrounded by trees in a quiet park atmosphere, the Spring Creek Holiday Park offers a variety of accommodation at competitive prices and good clean facilities

Tariff: cabins $65 to $120 (2 persons), $20 extra person; power sites from $35, tent sites from $30 (2 persons), lodge $25 (1 person). Group bookings available. 1199 Rapaura Rd, Spring Creek, Blenheim (5km north of Blenheim, 20km south of Picton) Ph: +64 3 570 5893 • Fax: +64 3 570 5889 Email: bookings@springcreekhp.co.nz

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• All 1 & 2-bedroom apartment-style units have this magnificent view. • Walk to café/restaurant close by in Waikawa Marina. • Only 5min drive from town & ferry, courtesy transfers available.

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www.bayvistapicton.co.nz 303-307 Waikawa Road • Picton

• 800m from ferry terminal, twin double rooms, suites. • Free in-room WiFi & Free parking. • Tariff: from $80.

+64 3 573 7002 • reservations@pictonyachtclubhotel.com

www.cpghotels.com

AAA MARLIN MOTEL 33 Devon St, Picton P: +64 3 573 6784 E: rest@marlinmotel.com www.aaamarlinmotel.com Res: 0800 100 784 Spacious garden level studios plus 1 & 2-bedroom apartments. FREE WiFi, car, trailer and boat parking.  Lock-up area for mountain bikes. Shops, town, foreshore, marina, bush plus cycle tracks including the link pathway, all within walking distance. Explore options arranged. Tariff: $120-$280 ESTX 1-6 persons. ALDAN LODGE MOTEL 86 Wellington St, Picton P: +64 3 573 6833 www.aldanlodge.co.nz 17 studio, family & 2-brm units. Full cooking facilities, ample parking for boats/trailers. Short walk to cafés and bars in town, 1km to ferry. Free WiFi. BBQ area & playground. SKY 50+ channels. Tariff: $120-$275 (1-4 persons).

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BEACHSIDE SUNNYVALE MOTEL 384 Waikawa Rd, Picton P: +64 3 573 6800 E: beachsidesunnyvale@gmail.com www.beachsidesunnyvalemotel.co.nz Situated in quiet peaceful Waikawa Bay by swimming beach and boat ramp. 6 s/c units (sleep 2-4 persons). Parking for boats. Guest E:TXZ6 BBQ. FREE WiFi. Book direct for best rates. SMITHS FARM HOLIDAY PARK 1419 Queen Charlotte Dr, Linkwater, RD 1, Picton P: +64 3 574 2806 E: cbfaulls@xtra.co.nz www.smithsfarm.co.nz Based on a working beef farm. Private trail to waterfall/glowworms. 22km from Picton, 3.5km from Anakiwa & QC Track. Central to beautiful Marlborough Sounds attractions. Tariff: cabins $65, s/c units $115, motel $135, pwr/unpwr sites $20/$22pp. SRTX6 FLAT BATTERY? – 0800 500 222 or *222 from your mobile

HAVELOCK MARLBOROUGH

Havelock

24 Inglis Street, Havelock, Marlborough E info@havelockholidaypark.kiwi P +64 3 574 2339

HOLIDAY PARK

“Stay Once, Stay Often” • Experience the peace and quiet • We can help you organise of Havelock Holiday Park. Mail Boat, Kayak, Wine • Gateway to the Sounds. trips and more. • Home of the Greenshell Mussel. • Pet-friendly cabin and • Access to cycling/walking tracks. caravan now available.

Book Direct for Best Prices www.havelockholidaypark.kiwi • Heated mineral swimming pool and cedar hot tub • Range of accommodation to suit all budgets, from standard units, family units to luxury spa units • Large landscaped grounds with many spots to settle down with a book • Marina views

FREEPHONE: 0800 111 171 50-52 Main Rd, Havelock | Ph: +64 3 574 2961 Email: havelockmotels@slingshot.co.nz www.havelockmotel.co.nz

• Open lunch and dinner

73 Main Rd, Havelock Ph: +64 3 574 2824 Email: musselpot@xtra.co.nz www.themusselpot.co.nz

HAVELOCK’S ICONIC RESTAURANT

• Non seafood dishes • Gluten free • Vegetarian • Just look for the giant pot of mussels on the roof • Open 7 days through spring, summer & autumn • Visit our Facebook page for current seasonal hours

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TRIP 3 MARLBOROUGH & NELSON Kayakers on Pelorus River, Havelock © Pelorus Kayaks BELOW: Cycling the trail © Coppermine Trail

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LEFT: Pelorus River, Havelock © Pelorus Kayaks

PELORUS BRIDGE SWIMMING HOLES

MAIN: Cycling family in autumn, Nelson © NelsonNZ.com

The water is crystal clear so perfect for a summertime dip. Kayak some of the upper reaches or bob down in tubes hired from the campsite.

RIGHT: Family and kitesurfers, Tāhunanui Beach, Nelson © NelsonNZ.com

NELSON’S BOTANICAL HILL A short stroll from the city, this 140m-high hill lays claim to the geographical Centre of New Zealand and has a network of pathways to its summit. At its foot is Botanical Reserve, which in 1870 was the site of the country’s first rugby game.

TAHUNANUI BEACH A stunning kilometre-long sandy beach and its neighbouring activities offer something for all the family – beach games, safe swimming, crazy golf, a

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hydroslide, bumper boats, go-karts, model railway roller-skating rink, extended playground and mini-zoo Natureland.

NELSON MARKET Time your trip to coincide with the weekend, and there’ll be opportunities to meet local artisans at the ever-popular and eclectic Saturday Market. This is the place to find a genuinely original souvenir of your trip.

PIC’S PEANUT BUTTER FACTORY TOUR Perfect for families, this tour reveals how peanut butter is made, complete with delicious smells and samples and kids have the opportunity to make their own. Tours take 40 minutes; café on site.


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HIGHLIGHTS

NATIONAL WOW MUSEUM & NELSON CLASSIC CAR COLLECTION Its iconic cone-topped building may not be the setting for the famous World of WearableArt (WOW) show but there are always creatively displayed up-to-date garments to showcase the spirit of the latest event. The privately-owned collection of cars here includes 140 of the most sought-after models of motoring.

THE SUTER ART GALLERY reopened in 2016 after an impressive redevelopment, this public gallery holds works by 19th C landscape painter John Gully, local artist Tosswill Woollaston and the late Jane Evans. There is also a theatre here and great pond-side café.

CYCLING TRAILS Nelson is increasingly becoming well known for its many great mountain biking opportunities and can easily cater for all abilities. Popular trails

include Codgers and Dun Mountain. For those preferring it flat, Tasman’s Great Taste Trail, one of the Great Rides of New Zealand, is family-friendly.

NELSON PROVINCIAL MUSEUM is home to impressive displays showcasing the cultural and natural history of the Nelson region.

QUEEN’S GARDENS with its giant horseshoe-shaped duck-friendly pond, beautiful roses and heritage trees is a tranquil spot near Nelson’s CBD.

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SUNSHINE CITY

Shopping, Nelson RIGHT: Waterfront buildings © NelsonNZ.com

NELSON Well known for sunshine hours and a vibrant arts and crafts scene, Nelson is a laid-back city with a big heart and a cool vibe that offers visitors a whole host of options when it comes to culture, history, family fun, nature, walks, quality dining experiences and adrenalin activities. ith its beautiful golden beaches, it can be hard to beat a trip to the sands, or if it’s getting out into the bush you prefer there are many great options for tramping and mountain biking. Foodies won’t be disappointed here, with many great places to grab a coffee or a bite to eat. There are plenty of accommodation options, from camping to high end, and great opportunities to get the pulse racing, including kitesurfing or the chance to ride the world’s longest skywire at Cable Bay Adventure Park, to the north of the city.

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NELSON

Nelson City TOP 10 Holiday Park

Nelson City TOP 10 is a small urban holiday Park, central to it all in arguably New Zealand’s sunniest place!

0800 106 357 230 Vanguard Street Nelson 2018

Motels | Units | Cabins | Sites • Closest Holiday Park to Nelson’s City Centre • Children’s Playground with Trampoline • BBQ & Outdoor dining area • Free WiFi • Free tour booking service for local attractions

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ApartmentMotel Motel&&Classic ClassicMotel MotelUnits Units ••Apartment Parkhouse(4(4bedrooms bedrooms––sleeps sleeps9)9) ••Parkhouse StudioUnits Units• Kitchen Cabins ••Studio

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castles motel

FREEPHONE: 0800 450 555

www.castlesmotel.kiwi.nz 44 Tahunanui Dr, Nelson P: +64 3 548 5089 E: info@castlesmotel.kiwi.nz • • • • • • •

20 self-contained units (spa units available) 5min walk to Tahuna Beach and restaurants Free WiFi ( High-speed Fibre) SKY TV, BBQ facility Free airport shuttle Continental breakfast available Tour advice & arrangement at reception

30 Golf Rd, Tahunanui, Nelson Ph: +64 3 548 5114 Reservations: 0800 100 017

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www.courtesycourt.co.nz GREAT LOCATION – 5min walk to beach, outdoor activities, bars & restaurants. Close to airport & 10min drive to Nelson city & Richmond. GREAT VALUE – Spacious, comfortable studios, 1 & 2-bedroom apartments all with full kitchen facilities, that can sleep up to 6. Very affordable rates - book direct for best deal. GREAT HOSPITALITY – Fire up one of the BBQs or relax by the pool – friendly and helpful hosts Richard and Linda will make your stay a pleasure.

FREE WIFI AND FREE GUEST LAUNDRY

COME AND SAY HI! And see how Pic's Peanut Butter makers expertly craft New Zealand's best loved peanut butter.

Free factory tours: 9am, 10am, 11:45am & 1:30pm. Monday-Friday. Bookings essential via website. 49 Saxton Road, Nelson Phone: +64 3 544 8402 • Email: tours@picspeanutbutter.com

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• A 3-minute walk to town centre, i-SITE • Self-contained studio,1, 2-brm & family units • Tariff: from $99 for 2 persons • Spacious unit with wheelchair access 31 Collingwood Street, Nelson • FREE WiFi • LCD TVs with SKY • BBQ area P: +64 3 548 3094 • Group rates & facilities

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THE SUTER ART GALLERY TE ARATOI O WHAKATU • Public art gallery of the Nelson Tasman Region • Includes a café and store. • Dynamic range of exhibitions and education programmes • Home to the Nelson Suter Art Society • Check website for what’s on GALLERY. CAFÉ. SHOP | 9.30AM – 4.30PM DAILY 208 BRIDGE ST, NELSON | THESUTER.ORG.NZ

ASURE FOUNTAIN RESORT MOTEL 77 Green St, Tahunanui Beach,

Nelson  Res: 0508 376 683 E: stay@fountainresort.co.nz www.fountainresort.co.nz Set in quiet residential area. Pool, BBQ area, large playground. Off-street parking for boats/trailers/trucks plus lockable bike storage. All ground-floor units with parking at door. FREE WiFi & 50+ SKY channels. Check our website above for availability. GSJ:Z4 BOOK DIRECT FOR BEST RATES.

MAITAI VALLEY MOTOR CAMP 472 Maitai Valley Rd, Nelson

P: +64 3 548 7729 E: maitaivalleymc@xtra.co.nz www.maitaivalleymotorcamp.co.nz Spacious, affordable camping, mountain biking, walks and river swimming. 6min drive from city. Pet-friendly. Tariff: Cabins, caravans, power and non-powered sites from $10 per person.

ESRTZ[ PARKSIDE MOTEL 42 Gladstone Rd, Richmond, Nelson  

Res 0800 161 212  P: +64 3 544 2264  www.parksidemotel.co.nz E: info@parksidemotel.co.nz Ideal location in heart of Richmond, close to shops/restaurants & Saxton Fields, airport 10min, Nelson City 15min. Spacious studio, 1 & 2-brm units, spa bath option. Pool heated in season. BOOK DIRECT for best E:T4 rates. Tariff: (2p) $140-$290, extra $25.

TUDOR LODGE MOTEL 52 Tahunanui Dr, Nelson

P: +64 3 548 5061 E: tudorlodgenelson@gmail.com www.tudorlodgenelson.co.nz Res: 0800 37 88 37 Quality accom with modern facilities, warm hospitality. Spacious units, private courtyards, air-con. SKY 50+, Free WiFi. 5min walk to beach, cafés/bars. 5min drive to airport/golf course. EGS:TZ Tariff: from $109. Seasonal rates apply. BALMORAL MOTEL 47 Muritai St, Tahunanui, Nelson P: +64 3 548 5018 E: info@nelsonmotel.co.nz www.nelsonmotel.co.nz Res: 0800 222 413 The friendly motel where nothing is too much trouble. Close to beach, airport, city. Barista coffee, solarheated pool, parking, library, guest laundry, picnic area. Unlimited Free WiFi. Tariff: from $104 (2p). Seasonal rates. G:TZ[4

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ABOVE: Lake Rotoiti, Nelson Lakes National Park © NelsonNZ.com RIGHT: Grape vine row, Nelson © NelsonNZ.com

RABBIT ISLAND has a glorious forest-fringed beach. Just 10 minutes out of Richmond it is an island escape with 2km of gently shelving sand and a network of mountain bike tracks – perfect for the family. MĀPUA’S WATERFRONT With the flourishing Tasman Great Taste Trail cycle route leading through here and recent regeneration, Māpua has come to life over the past few years. The wharf area has been tastefully recreated and is a great spot for dining and watching the world bike by. The plucky jump into the rushing tidal waters from the jetty and

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others travel across it on the ferry to Rabbit Island.

NELSON LAKES NATIONAL PARK offers some spectacular scenery in which to tramp, or just enjoy some peaceful leisure-time (but remember to take insect repellent). MOTUPIKO is a fine example of little towns doing big things. Stop here for honey, bee products and health foods; consider camping here. SKI RAINBOW This gorgeous club ski field nestled in the St Arnaud Range is a familyorientated place with ample rental gear and runs to suit all abilities.


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HÖGLUND’ S ART GLASS Browse the glassblowing studio gallery of artists Ola and Marie Simberg-Höglund whose works combine their Swedish heritage with a Pacific influence.

SEIFRIED ESTATE WINERY The warm summers and temperate winters are ideal for growers of all kinds. Wineries flourish around Richmond, where in the 1970s the Seifrieds near Richmond, as well as the Finns of Neudorf Vineyard, established their now world-famous labels.

ALCHEMY ARTS CENTRE Richmond is the home of MacMillan’s Pottery, which

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doesn’t just display the beautiful creations made here but enables visitors to decorate works or even learn to use the potter’s wheel. UPPER MOUTERE Ceramic artist Katie Gold has a gallery near the village centre and on Neudorf Rd notable sculptor Michael MacMillan’s range now also extends to creative homewares. SKYDIVE ABEL TASMAN operates from Motueka’s small airfield. Those brave enough to leap enjoy some of the most beautiful views in New Zealand including of the North Island.

NATURE & ADVENTURE The 174km Tasman Great Taste Trail begins with a flat section from Nelson to Richmond then loops to Motueka and inland to Tapawera, returning north along a disused railway line. The terrain and scenery includes vineyards, beachlined pine forests, an alpine valley and a tunnel. Bikes can be hired in Nelson, Richmond and Māpua and several operators offer transport and collection services. RIGHT: Kaiteriteri, Tasman Great Taste Trail © Dean McKenzie

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TRIP 4 MARLBOROUGH & NELSON KAITERITERI BEACH Swim to the diving pontoon or paddle at the inlet. The distinctive sand is ancient granite, ground to its gorgeous consistency over millions of years. AWAROA is a dreamy beach with a tidal crossing. The sands here include a section that tens of thousands of members of the public raised funds for via a Givealittle campaign in 2016. TŌTARANUI is a very popular summer retreat for Nelsonians. Visit and you’ll understand why. ONETAHUTI BAY A glorious kilometre-long stretch of sand with a tidal stream overlooking Tonga Island, this bay has the added bonus of being sheltered by the lush, bush-clad hills surrounding it.

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WILD & BEAUTIFUL Magnificent mountains and stunning lakes, with St Arnaud village a great base from which to explore. Call in to the Department of Conservation’s Nelson Lakes Visitors Centre to learn more about the geology, flora and fauna of the area. Take a hike – there are stunning tramps in this magnificent part of the Southern Alps, from short walks to challenging multi-day hikes,

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including the Lake Rotoiti Circuit, or the more challenging track that climbs to serene Lake Angelus. Take a boat trip across the lake for a short walk to Whisky Falls. Hire kayaks and head out into the blue. • Leap in from the jetty. • Picnic on the water’s edge. • Hire ice-skates from the water taxi operator at St Arnaud for some winter ice-skating at a nearby pond. • Take a winter trip to Rainbow Ski Field.

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Murchison’s rich history and natural features make it well worth exploring. JET BOAT DOWN THE BULLER RIVER or have a go at white-water rafting. Visit the MUSEUM to learn more about the area’s history, including the devastating 1929 earthquake. Pan for gold in the BULLER RIVER – visitors can hire pans and shovels from the i-SITE. Go fishing for BROWN TROUT. Walk across New Zealand’s longest BRIDGE. SWING BRIDGE

Buller River Swingbridge © AATP

Visit the NATURAL FLAMES EXPERIENCE, where natural gas emanating from the ground has been burning for nearly 100 years.

MOTUEKA Sunny, creative Motueka has a lively café culture that includes bakeries with a European feel, quirky bohemian-style boutiques, crystal shops and health stores. ts coastal front boasts a fabulous swimming spot in the form of the historic Salt Water Baths and a popular walking track that skirts between the beach and golf course. The rich horticultural surrounds of Motueka result in plenty of produce stalls to stock up at.

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KIWI PARK MOTELS & HOLIDAY PARK 170 Fairfax St, Murchison P: +64 3 523 9248 M: +64 27 378 3388 E: stay@kiwipark.co.nz www.kiwipark.co.nz Res: 0800 22 80 80 Award-winner. Full range of accommodation. Next stop to/from ferry. Free WiFi. Enjoy the rural experience and Farm Animal Park. Tariff: from $20pp.

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MATAKI MOTEL 34 Hotham St, Murchison P: +64 3 523 9088  Res: 0800 27 90 88 E: matakimotel@gmail.com www.matakimotel.co.nz Bordered by some of the world’s best scenery. 12 studio (6 new), 2 x 2-brm spa bath units. 2 x 1-brm units groundfloor. Near restaurants/shops. Free WiFi. Tariff: from $108E:TX\4 $250 (2 persons) extra $30. Families welcome. Seasonal. PENMAN MOTEL 78 Fairfax St, Murchison P: +64 3 523 9278  Res: 0800 327 207 E: penmanmotels@xtra.co.nz www.penmanmotels.co.nz Hosts: Janice & Grant Fully self-contained 1-brm unit (sleeps 4), 1 x 3-brm cottage (sleeps 6). Access & 2-brm units (sleep 4). Walk to restaurants, hotels & shops. FREE WiFi. Tariff: $120-$180 (2 persons), extra $20. S:TX[6

New Zealand’s so much fun! Wish you were here with us! For Kiwi holiday ideas 101MustDos.co.nz NELSON LAKES NELSON LAKES MOTELS & TRAVERS-SABINE LODGE Main Rd, SH 63, St Arnaud, Nelson Lakes National  Park P: +64 3 521 1887 E: info@nelsonlakes.co.nz www.nelsonlakes.co.nz Nelson Lakes accommodation. Self-contained Motels & Family Cottages: $139-$159 (1-2p), extra adult $20, child $15. Travers-Sabine Lodge: share/twin/double/family rooms $35–$79 (1-2p). ES:TZ6

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MOTUPIKO Back-to basics camp

www.quinneysbush.co.nz • Big grounds, safe swimming, campfires. • Tariff: (2 persons) tent sites $36, power sites $46, standard cabin/caravan $70.

• Hammocks, flying foxes, water slide, BMX, skatepark, shop. Find us on Facebook.

SH 6, Motupiko, RD 2, Nelson • PHONE: +64 3 522 4249 • EMAIL: quinneysbush@xtra.co.nz

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Keeping your stuff safe Always lock your accommodation or vehicle and keep windows secure.

items, eg camera. You can do it online at www.snap.org.nz

Don’t leave valuables, maps, luggage, GPS devices or visitor brochures visible in parked campervans at any time, especially at scenic spots or trail heads.

Don’t leave bags, backpacks, wallets or cameras unattended in public places, especially at airports, railway stations or ferry terminals.

If there is a safety box in your campervan, use it to protect your valuables. Keep a record of the description and serial numbers of your valuable

Park your campervan overnight in a holiday park, Department of Conservation camping ground or other specially designated area. If in doubt, ask at the nearest i-SITE (official visitor information office).

MOTUEKA

Motueka TOP 10 Holiday Park

Gateway to the Abel Tasman National Park.

0800 521 028 10 Fearon Street Motueka 2019

Motels | Units | Cabins | Sites • Heated Swimming Pool • Spa • Free WiFi • Jumping Pillow • Conference Facilities • Playground • Ticketing agent for all local activities & Abel Tasman • Walking distance to town

EQUESTRIAN LODGE MOTEL 2 Avalon Ct (off Tudor St), Motueka P:  +64 3 528 9369 E: info@equestrianlodge.co.nz www.equestrianlodge.co.nz Res: 0800 668 782 Multi award-winning motel. All units are ground-floor. 2.5 acre gardens. Sky 50+ channels & Netflix. Shops 5min walk. Tariff: $130-$285 (2 persons), seasonal. BOOK DIRECT FOR BEST PRICE. ES:T\4 M U ST DO’ S • MA RLB OR OU GH & NELSON

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Once back on SH 60, the next section of The Treasured Pathway winds up tight turns through forest then opens out to views across to Tasman Bay and Abel Tasman National Park. The descent into Golden Bay is no less dramatic with breathtaking views across to Kahurangi National Park. A flat and sweeping drive along the river valley leads to the bohemian township of Tākaka.

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HIGHLIGHTS KAITERITERI BEACH is an access point to Abel Tasman with sumptuous sands and clear waters for swimming. Boats arrive and depart frequently, taking trampers into the national park.

NGĀRUA CAVES Take a guided tour and get an incredible insight into the geology of Tākaka Hill, with remarkable stalactites, stalagmites, moa remains and a chamber that’s so elaborate it’s been used as a wedding venue.

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ANATOKI SALMON Fish for salmon and have your catch prepared for you to eat on the spot. Set on the banks of Anatoki River between Kahurangi and Abel Tasman national parks, this experience is fun, a bit different and nutritious!

TĀKAKA In summer, visitors flock to this beautiful part of the Tasman region, appreciating Takaka’s splendid sense of isolation and relishing the fact that it’s okay for life to take a more relaxed pace. If you’re looking for a place with character, you’ve found it.

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ADVENTURE Kayaks can be hired from Kaiteriteri and Mārahau or, for access to the northern reaches of Abel Tasman National Park, from Tata Beach.

Sea kayaking, Abel Tasman National Park © NelsonNZ.com

ven the quaint movie theatre reflects the township’s quirky culture with its comfy secondhand sofas and beanbags. Explore the main street and you’ll never be short of places to enjoy good coffee or tucker. On market day, locally-made award-winning cheeses and honey are just some of the delights on offer.

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KAITERITERI

Experience Kaiteriteri

Kaiteriteri-Sandy Bay Rd, Kaiteriteri Beach, Kaiteriteri Idyllic golden beach destination, world-class mountain biking, boating, swimming, recreation and the gateway to the stunning Abel Tasman National Park. Premium beachfront apartments, cabins and powered camp sites with on-site restaurants, café, supermarket, petrol station and mini golf. Tariff: ensuite cabin $85, standard cabins $45-$60, powered site $38.

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New Zealand’s Finest Coastal Walk

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Abel Tasman National Park

A family business, welcoming visitors since 1841

Discover the beautiful Ngarua Caves along a 300m trail through a breathtaking variety of stalagtites & stalagmites, also featuring an excellent skeletal display of the extinct moa. Situated on top of Marble Mountain half an hour’s drive from Motueka on SH 60 to Takaka and Golden Bay. View the caves then take in the stunning views of Tasman Bay and the surrounding Karst landscape while enjoying a coffee and other refreshments.

www.ngaruacaves.co.nz Ph: +64 3 528 8093 E: ngaruacaves@gmail.com

A Middle Earth Experience

Open Daily Throughout Summer. Guided Tours Hourly From 10am - 4pm

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This is one of the world’s longest naturally formed sand bars and is home to more than 90 species of birds including godwits, spoonbills and oystercatchers. With the open sea on one side and sheltered water on the other, the sand spit has two quite different faces and is a very special place to visit. It really is a must-do.

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THE LANGFORD STORE This general store at Bainham is a working museum, where four generations of the Langford family have preserved the shop and post office in its 1920 splendour.

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Head to THE MUSSEL INN for local food and cold drinks. This quirky, cool, rustic wooden pub is where to be to enjoy real music and real beer brewed on site. Many of New Zealand’s musical royalty have performed in the bar since its creation in 1992. POHARA Take a detour from Tākaka, head west via Motupipi to Pohara and

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Totaranui, favourite summer destinations for campers. The pancake-flat sands and sheltered bay at Pohara makes for safe high-tide swimming and a long walk at low tide. TE WAIKOROPUPŪ SPRINGS This is the source of the clearest and purest water in New Zealand and is of great spiritual significance to Māori. There is a 45-minute loop walk to see the springs from a respectful distance. COLLINGWOOD MUSEUM AND AORERE HERITAGE CENTRE tells the story of a village that expanded rapidly after the discovery of gold and was almost destroyed by a devastating fire in 1904.


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GOLDEN CENTRE As the northernmost centre of Golden Bay, Collingwood was once mooted as the country’s future capital. To experience this peaceful and quaint village now it’s hard to believe, but when gold fever struck in the mid19th C, the population of Collingwood boomed to around 1000. Mussels and wine © NelsonNZ.com

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COLLINGWOOD The Aorere Centre and Collingwood Museum do a great job of explaining the area’s history and displaying treasures from the past. A small, central playground offers exercise for the kids, and a legstretch around the waterfront is pretty, especially when the rata is in flower. There are a couple of great eateries, including The Courthouse Café, with impressive themed pizzas, including Guilty and Innocent, and scones served up by the fireside are popular too.

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FAREWELL SPIT This is a haven for wading birds, native and migratory. Beyond the lighthouse is New Zealand’s only sea level gannet colony. It’s possible to walk only 4km onto the base of the Spit. Further access is possible on guided tours in 4WD vehicles that run daily along the length of the sand.

Farewell Spit © NelsonNZ.com

GOLDEN BAY

Pohara Beach TOP 10 Holiday Park

Your ultimate beach holiday starts at the water’s edge of Pohara Beach TOP 10 Holiday Park.

0800 521 041 809 Abel Tasman Drive Takaka 2019

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THE SANDCASTLE – SEAVIEW COTTAGE ACCOMMODATION

Haile Lane, Pohara, Golden Bay P: +64 3 525 9087 E: sandcastle@xtra. co.nz www.goldenbayaccommodation.co.nz Res: 0800 433 909 Excellent value s/c cottages set in 3ha of peaceful gardens, ponds & native trees. Sea views, beach close by. Free WiFi. Pizza oven, BBQ.  Breakfast available. Relaxed, friendly accommodation that captures the holiday spirit of the Kiwi bach. Tariff: $90-$130 (2p), extra person/child $10. EGS:T[

APARTMENTS ON ABEL 688 Abel Tasman Dr, Pohara, Takaka P: +64 3 525 9438 E: info@apartmentsonabel.co.nz www.apartmentsonabel.co.nz Selection of fully self-contained apartments, free WiFi, secluded garden, BBQ. Close to beach, cafés & restaurants.

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SUNFLOWER MOTEL 76 Selwyn St, Pohara Beach, Golden Bay P: +64 3 525 9075 8 self-contained, fully equipped, cabin-style studio units. Quiet street, safe beach adjacent. Golf links nearby. Cash/cheques only. Tariff: $57-$60 (1 person), $80-$90 (2 persons), extra adult $20, child $8-$12, under 5yrs free. Long-stay ESTZ\6 discounts. $2 surcharge for 1-night stay.

ROADSIDE STORIES Roadside Stories - are audio guides that keep you entertained on your road trip around New Zealand. The app contains 13 major road trips across the country with 140 stops. Each stop has a four-minute audio file and images of the location. You’re not just travelling from A to B but you learn about the people, the history, and the cultural and natural significance of the area you’re passing through. Given the size of the audio guide files, we recommend to download (only) those tours relevant to you (prior to your trip), ideally somewhere where you don’t have to pay for data. Each tour includes a map showing the location of the stops.

COLLINGWOOD Tasman St, Collingwood, Golden Bay

Phone: +64 3 524 8257 Email: enquiries@farewellspit.co.nz

Farewell Spit Tours

www.farewellspit.com • Farewell Spit is a nature reserve and world-renowned bird sanctuary.

RESERVATIONS:

0800 808 257

• On our tours you’ll visit the historic lighthouse, take in the panorama from the top of one of the 100ft-high dunes & see old fossils exposed on the beach.

COLLINGWOOD HOLIDAY PARK 6 William St, Collingwood, Golden Bay P: +64 3 524 8149 E: info@collingwoodholidaypark.co.nz www.colllingwoodholidaypark.co.nz Friendly camp on the waterfront in the heart of Collingwood. Cabins and camping options – toilet, shower and laundry facilities. Fully equipped kitchens and TV Room. Internet cafe and WiFi. Pets by arrangement only.

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Westport to Karamea via SH 67 & Karamea Hwy 1hr 29min, 95.7km (side trips to Buller Gorge Swingbridge & Oparara Basin) Westport to Greymouth via SH 6 1hr 26min, 101km (side trips to Moana/Lake Brunner & Reefton) Greymouth to Hokitika via SH 6 32min, 39.4km (side trip to Kumara & then Jacksons) Hokitika to Fox Glacier via SH 6 2hr 6min, 157km Fox Glacier to Haast to Wanaka via SH 6 & Haast Pass 3hr 22min, 263km (side trip to Jackson Bay)

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lthough it’s only 100km, travelling on SH 67 between Karamea and Westport can take up to two hours to drive. The road is sealed all the way, but it does twist and turn over the Karamea Bluff – a high point that gives spectacular views of the area.

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LEFT: Cycling along the Old Ghost Road © Anka Martin RIGHT ABOVE: Swingbridge on the Heaphy Track © NelsonNZ.com RIGHT BELOW: Denniston coal wagon © AATP

HEAPHY TRACK This is one of the most popular walks in the northern part of the South Island. You could spend up to six days hiking the trail from Kohaihai just north of Karamea across to Brown Hut in Golden Bay, but even just 30 minutes on the track will give you a chance to see huge podocarps, giant northern rātā and an abundance of nīkau.

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Plateau was once the country’s largest producing coal mine. A visit to the area gives a unique insight into the mine’s rugged life and remarkable feats of engineering.

THE OLD GHOST ROAD A former gold miners’ road has been revived as an epic mountain biking and tramping trail as part of the Nga Haerenga New Zealand Cycle Trail. The Old Ghost Road is 85km of majestic native forest, open tussock tops and river flats.


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WESTPORT Westport’s history is steeped in the mining and timber industries. Fortunes have been found and lost in gold, coal and wood. Today’s Coasters have diversified with fishing, tourism and dairy farming taking their place alongside mining. s you’d expect of the largest town in the region, Westport has a full range of services from good restaurants and supermarkets to 24/7 fuel and a range of accommodation options from budget to luxury. It has a micro-brewery, a multi-screen and live theatre complex, an all year round recreation and conference centre with a full gym and pools, a links golf course and a huge choice of activities to enjoy.

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Beaches on the West Coast are wild and windswept. They are also isolated and often dangerous if at the mouth of a river. Check tide times and weather forecasts. KAHURANGI POINT Wild, windswept and isolated with a large expanse of beach overlooked by a lighthouse built in 1903. SCOTT’S BEACH A spectacular sandy cove surrounded by steep cliffs covered in dense rainforest. The key feature of the beach is a huge rock that must have tumbled down the cliffs and onto the beach where it rests today. Scotts Beach to Kohaihai is part of the Heaphy Track but is a popular day walk.

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OPARARA BASIN With incredible limestone arches, caves and chasms, moody streams and untouched ancient rain forest, this is heaven for photographers. A 45-minute drive north of Karamea (about 25km), in the Kahurangi National Park, the Oparara Basin boasts impressive limestone formations in a rainforest setting. The area comprises magnificent limestone arches, caves and channels that have been carved out by moody streams that make it a photographer’s paradise. As well as the incredible geological formations, there is an ancient rainforest that is home to the Honeycomb Hill Caves that are world-famous for their collection of moa bones and other extinct bird species. Bring a torch so you can explore them properly. Because of the fragile environment, access to the caves is


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KARAMEA CALLING The small township restricted but guided tours can be arranged. These are 13km of underground passages that takes around two hours to walk. The tours are suitable for all ages but involve moderate walking and some mild activity. While the Oparara Basin is a great spotted kiwi sanctuary, other bird and insect life flourish in the environment. It’s also home to the giant land snail, the cave spider and the whio/blue duck. Moss and ferns carpet the area. It’s an area where you can experience nature at its most pure. ABOVE: Karamea Coast © Getty Images TOP: Oparara Basin Arches © Tourism New Zealand

of Karamea is memorable for being so quaint. With a population of just under 400 people, it’s a genuine Kiwi experience off the beaten tourist track. Situated at the most northern end of the West Coast, the town perches on the edge of Kahurangi National Park, and snuggles up against the Tasman Sea wrapped in by the Karamea River. A growing tourism industry caters for a range of enthusiasts. Karamea is the beginning (or end) of the famous Heaphy, Wangapeka and Karamea-Leslie tracks. For anglers, the Karamea River offers trout fishing and whitebaiting (in season) and kahawai at the river mouth. You can also kayak, mountain bike, surf and even play golf or bowls.

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Lookout for the native kekeno – the New Zealand fur seal at Cape Foulwind. They can be seen bathing in the sun on the rocks.

THE FENIAN Left behind by the gold miners of the 1860s, and developed into a heritage walkway, the Fenian tracks are easy access, easy grade walking tracks through beech and podocarp forest. There are a variety of different walks averaging 3-6 hours return times.

BRITANNIA TRACK This track near Waimangaroa (16km north of Westport) takes you to the abandoned Britannia gold mine where you can see a five-head stamper battery with most of its ancillary equipment intact. The machine operated between 1925 to 1937 and was used to crush quartz in the gold extraction process. 2 hours, 6km one way.

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COALBROOKDALE WALK A gravel road behind Denniston that follows much of a track that miners used to carry coal from the mine to the top of the Denniston Incline and on which you can see tunnels, a haulage winch and remains of a mine fanhouse. 30 minutes, 1km.

DENNISTON BRIDLE PATH A pleasant but steep walk that has been in place since 1884. There are lots of creek crossings. 3 hours, 4.2km one way.


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East on SH 6 between Murchison and Westport is the Buller Gorge and the Buller Gorge Swingbridge Adventure and Heritage Park. The Buller River has carved out a deep canyon that has resulted in incredibly scenic vistas. Where once explorers sought adventure and gold, today thrillseekers ride high-speed flying fox rides, go jet boating and, the highlight of the trip, walk along New Zealand’s longest swing bridge, the 110m Buller Gorge Swingbridge suspended nearly 20m above the Buller River. You can also pan for gold at the park and there are several great walks in the area, including to historical gold workings.

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www.palmcourtwestport.co.nz

• Sunny location • Walk to shops • Motorcycle-friendly • Free WiFi Tariff: from $110 (2 persons), extra $15 Corporate and seasonal rates apply. Minimum unit rates peak periods. Well-travelled tourists say “the best motel we’ve stayed at”

Reservations: 0800 472 567 306 Palmerston St, Westport • Ph/Fax: +64 3 789 7247 • E: palmcourtwpt@xtra.co.nz

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A tranquil haven set in West Coast native bush • Motels • Self-contained units • Ensuite chalets & standard chalets • Tent & powered sites • TV lounge & Kitchen/dining area

• Playground • 18 hole mini-golf course on site • Covered BBQ • Dump station • 10-15min walk to town centre

31-37 Domett Street (PO Box 294), Westport • F +64 3 789 7199 E westportholidaypark@xtra.co.nz

Westport Kiwi Holiday Park

For reservations: +64 3 789 7043 www.westportholidayparks.com

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• Buller’s best-value accommodation • Great meals & sheltered beer garden • 14-machine gaming room • Off-street parking • Covered area for motorbikes • We cater for sports teams • Tariff: modern, quiet & spacious studio rooms, queen-size beds $75 (2 persons), ensuite rooms (sleep 1-6) $35-$50 (per person)

39 PALMERSTON ST, WESTPORT

www.mcmanushotel.co.nz • P: +64 3 789 6304 • M: +64 27 437 8201 BELLA VISTA WESTPORT 314-318 Palmerston St, Westport  P: +64 3 789 7800 E: bvwestport@xtra.co.nz www.bellavistamotelwestport.co.nz Res: 0800 235 528 Stylish units. Sky Guest Select all rooms. Studio, spa bath, 1-brm. Walking distance to town centre cafés and restaurants, rivers and parks. Free WiFi. Tariff: $125-$170 (2p), extra $20. GS:TX6 Peak/seasonal rates may apply. BULLER BRIDGE MOTEL The Esplanade, Westport P: +64 3 789 7519

E: bullerbridgemotel@xtra.co.nz www.bullerbridgemotel.co.nz Res: 0800 500 209 Northern gateway to the scenic West Coast. Quiet, clean, garden setting. All units ground floor. Handy to town, close to golf course & beach. Free unlimited WiFi. NZ owned & operated. Tariff: from $135 (2 persons). Corporate rates available.

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WESTPORT MOTELS 32 Esplanade, Westport P: +64 3 789 7575

E: westportmotel@xtra.co.nz www.westportmotel.co.nz Res: 0800 805 909 17 fully self-contained studio, 1 & 2-brm units. Quiet peaceful location adjacent Buller River Reserve & Millennium Walk. Easy walk to Westport cafés & restaurants. Unlimited Free WiFi. Affordable Rates. Tariff:$95-$130 (2 persons).

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KARAMEA

KARAMEA HOLIDAY PARK Maori Point Rd, RD 3, Karamea P: +64 3 782 6758 M: +64 275 826 158 E: info@karamea.com www.karamea.com Relax and unwind in our tranquil native bush setting. Situated beside the picturesque Otumahana Lagoon, with sandy beaches and access to the Karamea River. We offer a wide range of accommodation options to suit all needs.

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KARAMEA RIVER MOTELS 31 Bridge St, RD 3 Karamea P: +64 3 782 6955 E: stay@karameamotels.co.nz www.karameamotels.co.nz Res: 0800 527 263 Superior accommodation for couples or families in peaceful scenic setting. Short walk to township. Home of Karamea River Jet Scenic Tours. Freeview TV, BBQ, laundry & private patios. Free WiFi. E:T6 M U ST DO’S • WEST COAST

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Wedged between the Tasman Sea on one side and the Paparoa Range on the other, the road winds through coastal forest where you can see unusual, ancient rock formations. On walks through the forest, you’ll come across exquisite native daisies, large carnivorous snails and the remains of historic engineering feats. Extending from the Mōkihinui River in the north, inland to the Buller Gorge and to Tauranga Bay in the south, the Westport area is a perfect place for adventure and discovery. Whether it’s looking for glowworms in the Nile Caves, 4WD tours through the Awakari Valley or being soaked by sea spray at Punakāiki, the region offers a genuine West Coast experience. Going further inland, discover the township of Moana, once a sleepy village and now a thriving holiday spot, alongside the tranquil Lake Brunner.

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The Paparoa Track and Pike29 Memorial Track opens in December 2019 as one of New Zealand’s Great Walks. The track will go over the Paparoa Range and be shared use for walkers and cyclists. CAPE FOULWIND is a prominent headland south-west of Westport overlooking the Tasman Sea and connected to Tauranga Bay by a walking track. The site has a large New Zealand fur seal colony, blue penguins and a thriving bird population of sooty shearwaters. There are several viewing platforms along the cliffs for great views of the rugged coastline and seals sunning themselves on the rocks. Look out for Hector’s dolphins sometimes seen around the point.

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Cape Foulwind © Miles Holden / Tourism NZ LEFT: Paparoa Track © Stewart Nimmo

A great half-day hike for a lunchtime picnic THE BALLROOM OVERHANG is a large limestone outcrop about 500m upstream from the Fox River/Dilemma Creek confluence. The Ballroom is reached via the Inland Pack Track, starting from the car park at the mouth of the Fox River. You need to cross rivers along the way so check weather forecasts before you go and don’t cross any rivers that are swollen after heavy rain.

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PUNAKĀIKI CAVERN A short walk from Punakāiki Village, there is a wooden staircase that takes you into 130m of safe passages within the cavern. Take a torch and look for stalactites. TRUMAN TRACK Enjoy an easy walk through thick forest of rata, podocarp and nīkau palms along dramatic coastline complete with a blowhole and waterfall. The track has access to a small beach that is safe to explore at low tide. 15 minutes, 700m one way.


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Pancake Rocks, Punakāiki © Getty Images BELOW: The Bearded Mining Co, Reefton town centre © Petr Hlavacek

A well-made boardwalk leads to Pancake Rocks and blowholes which are well worth experiencing. Here, immense water pressure and seismic activity have left behind tiered limestone formations. If you time it right with a high tide and storm surge, you’ll be rewarded with spectacular jets of spray shooting sky high through the blowholes that have been carved through the rocks. Punakāiki is 44km north of Greymouth and 57km south of Westport on SH 6.

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OLD-WORLD CHARM Head out of Westport on SH 7 for 81km and you’ll come to the town of Reefton. Famous for being the first place in New Zealand – and the southern hemisphere – to have a public supply of electricity, Reefton boasted the country’s first electric street lights. Reefton has plenty of old-world charm. Sit down with the Bearded Miners who are well-known Reefton locals, and enjoy a yarn as they share stories from the region. Did you know the super rich Rothschild family bankrolled the gold mining here in the 19th century? The Visitor Centre houses an impressive Quartzopolis Mine, a working winding engine and a gold-mine tunnel where visitors can step back in time.

The Reefton area boasts an impressive amount of activities for adventure seekers. There is an excellent range of mountain biking, kayaking, river rafting and 4WD tours. Keep going on SH 7 to get to Springs Junction on the edge of Lewis Pass National Reserve and on one of the routes to Christchurch.

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Considered the heart of the West Coast, Greymouth is its largest town. It has a rich history of greenstone and gold prospecting.

GREYMOUTH he town is the turnaround point for the world-famous TranzAlpine train that runs between Greymouth and Christchurch. Its precarious perch at the mouth of the Grey River has seen it battle some epic floods.

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Greymouth and its surrounding areas play host to a huge range of activities from black and white-water rafting, Hagglund tours, dolphin-watching and quad biking to kayaking and scenic flights. If you fancy a slower pace, there is a breakwater where you can stand and watch local surfers battling big waves or watch fishing boats coming and going across the challenging Grey River bar.


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Moana, Lake Brunner BELOW: Early morning Lake Brunner BOTH © Getty Images

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LAKES, MINES AND WALKS Head out from Greymouth on SH 7, turn right at Stillwater and drive until you come to Moana – a tiny settlement that is a stop on the famous TranzAlpine railway on the edge of Lake Brunner. The lake holds excellent stock of wild brown trout and can be fished all year round and in any weather. There are seven New Zealand Department of Conservation walks in the area, glowworm grottoes and a night sky free from light pollution – great for star gazing and photography. There are actually seven lakes around Moana that offer a range of views, activities and experiences from the tranquil to the adventurous. The entry to the Brunner Mine site is easily spotted by the old Tyneside Chimney that makes an obvious landmark. The Brunner suspension footbridge spans the Grey River, linking both

sides of the mine site; walk across the bridge to get good vantage points for your photographs. Coal was mined here from the 1860s, making this one of New Zealand’s earliest industrial sites. You can still see historic coke ovens, a brick factory and remains of tunnel entrances. Stop for a moment at Stillwater to pay your respects to the 65 men who died in an explosion in the Brunner Mine in 1869.

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OLD-TIME FAVOURITE Shantytown is a re-creation of a 19th century gold-mining town (but more fun and comfortable with real toilets and cafés). It’s where you can learn to pan for gold without standing in a freezing river, explore historical buildings, ride a steam train and more. Volunteers dressed in period costume contribute to an entertaining walk through history. TOP: Shantytown • RIGHT: Shantytown gold panning BOTH © Tourism West Coast

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LANTERN COURT MOTELS

• Fully self-contained units with options to suit singles to families & all budgets • Central location & bike storage • Beautiful region for bush walks, fishing, tramping & mountain biking • FREE WiFi • Tariff: $120-$195 63 Broadway St, REEFTON • Ph: +64 3 732 8574 E: info@lanterncourtmotel.co.nz 0800 (LANTERN) 526 837 www.lanterncourtmotel.co.nz

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BELLBIRD MOTEL 93 Broadway, Reefton E: bellbird.motel@xtra.co.nz

www.reeftonbellbirdmotel.co.nz Res: 0800 235 524 Host: Malcolm White 7 fully self-contained units (sleep 2-6) in Victoria Forest Park in heart of Reefton. 2min walk to restaurants, cafés, info centre, supermarket. Great base to explore Buller/West Coast region. Historic villa, trout fishing, walks. Free WiFi. Tariff: $90 (single), $110 (double/twin), extra adult $15, S:T\[4 extra child $10.

THE OLD NURSES HOME GUESTHOUSE 104 Shiel St, Reefton P: +64 3 732 8881 E: info@reeftonaccommodation.co.nz www.reeftonaccommodation.co.nz Space, comfort, warmth, affordable. 26 centrally heated king single/twin/queen + studio with full kitchen. 2 kitchens, laundry, secure bike storage, ESJRTZ parking, scenic grounds. WiFi. Tariff: from $45.

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LEWIS PASS MOTELS SH 7, Springs Junction P: +64 3 523 8863

E: bookings@lewis-pass.co.nz www.lewis-pass.co.nz On edge of Lewis Pass National Reserve, 3km from Springs Junction towards Christchurch. Relaxing farm surroundings. 3 modern, self-contained units: 1 studio & 2 family units. Access facilities. Handy to hot pools & walking distance to Lake Daniels Track. Tariff: $130-$140 (2 persons), $20 extra S:TX[6 person, $20 extra child.

FLAT BATTERY? – 0800 500 222 or *222 from your mobile GREYMOUTH

Greymouth Seaside TOP 10 Holiday Park

Located right on the beachfront with a wide range of modern accommodation to suit individuals, couples, families and larger groups.

0800 521 035 2 Chesterfield Street Greymouth 2019

Motels | Units | Cabins | Sites • Seaview Apartments • Jumping Pillow • WiFi • Playground • Games Room • Private Spa • Sky TV Lounge • All weather Weber BBQ areas

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Visit www.shantytown.co.nz to purchase discounted online entry tickets

Rutherglen Road, Paroa (10km south of Greymouth) Open 7 days 8:30am - 5:00pm Phone 03 762 6634

ROADSIDE STORIES Roadside Stories - are audio guides that keep you entertained on your road trip around New Zealand. The app contains 13 major road trips across the country with 140 stops. Each stop has a four-minute audio file and images of the location. You’re not just travelling from A to B but you learn about the people, the history, and the cultural and natural significance of the area you’re passing through. Given the size of the audio guide files, we recommend to download (only) those tours relevant to you (prior to your trip), ideally somewhere where you don’t have to pay for data. Each tour includes a map showing the location of the stops.

GREYMOUTH KIWI HOLIDAY PARK & MOTELS

Relaxing surroundings... • 1min walk to beach • FREE Unlimited WiFi • FREE hot spa & BBQs • Hot showers included • Kitchen/TV lounge

• Access facilities • Motel units Sky TV • Standard cabins • Powered and tent sites • Children’s playground • Pets by arrangement • Laundry

Phone for reservations: 0800 101 222 www.greymouthkiwi.co.nz

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108-110 High St, Greymouth Tel: +64 3 768 5100 Email: sceniclands@xtra.co.nz

• 5 executive studios & suites • 9 spacious 1 & 2-bedroom units • Sky Guest Select 50+ channels • Corporate / Family / Group bookings • Short walk to hospital, supermarket, aquatic centre, restaurants • FREE pick-up and drop to train/bus • Guest laundry • Close to West Coast Wilderness Cycle Trail

BOOKINGS 0800 768 510 www.sceniclandmotel.co.nz

Sundowner Motel Greymouth

14 Smith St, Greymouth Phone: +64 3 768 4666 E: sundowner@minidata.co.nz

• 100% Kiwi-owned & operated. Set back from the road: 11 modern studio units, 5 family units, serviced daily. • Free WiFi, guest laundry. Free transfers: bus/train. • 5min walk to town, shops, restaurants and bars. Centrally located for all tourist attractions. • Tariff: $125-$160 (2 persons).

Reservations: 0800 080 859 • www.sundowner.co.nz GARTH WILSON JADE 63 Rutherglen Rd, Paroa, Greymouth

P: +64 3 762 6226 www.garthwilsonjade.co.nz Following local tribal traditions that go back generations, Garth uses his customary rights to collect his own pounamu (jade), hand draws the designs and carves all his own pendants and sculptures. You can see Garth at work, touch the pounamu and learn the history of the designs. So if you are looking for that special piece of pounamu come and visit Garth in his studio. Open Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm.

AACHEN PLACE MOTEL 50 High St, Greymouth P: +64 3 768 6901  Res: 0800 66 30 30 E: aachen@snap.net.nz www.aachenmotel.co.nz 13 studio & luxury family units. Queen-size/twin beds. Breakfasts avail. Restaurant 50m. Courtesy car (to/from train station) by arrangement. Free unlimited WiFi. Tariff: $99-$200 seasonal (1-2p), extra $20. Corporate rates GS:TZ6 GREYMOUTH MOTEL 195 High St, Greymouth P: +64 3 768 6090 E: info@greymouthmotel.co.nz www.greymouthmotel.co.nz Res: 0800 22 00 32 Great location – walk to hospital, supermarket, hotel & restaurant. 5min drive to train station. Studio through to family units. SKY 50+ & Free WiFi. GS:XZ[ Contact us for guaranteed best rates. Tariff: from $110.

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It’s also the area with the longest history of human settlement. Much of the lowland between these two centres has been logged and cleared for farming. Dairy farming is the main industry in this area, supplemented by a growing tourism sector. Hokitika Gorge © Tourism NZ / Fraser Clements LEFT: Cycling in Kumara © Tourism NZ

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LEFT: West Coast Treetop Walk © Birte Becker-Steel / Wilderness Trail Shuttle MIDDLE: Hokitika River © Getty Images RIGHT TOP: Hokitika beach © Getty Images RIGHT, BELOW: Glass sculptures, Hokitika © Hokitika Glass Studio

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excitement as you share the single-lane bridge with a railway track. Give way to any traffic on the bridge, vehicles or trains and you’ll be fine. If the bridge is free of cars or trains, proceed with care.

drive inland from Hokitika, this gorge really is scenic. There is an easy access short walk, suitable for strollers and wheelchairs, leading through dense podocarp and hardwood forest and emerging onto a viewing platform. The path continues around to a swing bridge from where there are excellent views of the blue-green waters of the Hokitika River and out to the lush farmland of Kowhitirangi ringed by native rimu forests. There is also a safe swimming hole in the gorge, popular in summer with locals in the know.

BLACKBALL This is a little town and museum rolled into one. Fifteen minutes inland from Greymouth, Blackball has a museum that tells the story of the labour movement in New Zealand (Blackball played a huge part in the political history of New Zealand), a pub that outwitted the Hiltons and a fantastic salami shop. While here, try gold panning and go possum hunting at night.

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WEST COAST TREETOP WALK & CAFÉ Here you’ll find a range of activities to suit everyone in the family whether they are sedentary or thrillseekers. Climb the top of the Hokitika Tower 40m above the forest, or walk among the treetops on a steel platform 20m high. Sway in harmony with the forest on the Mahināpua Springboard.

HOKITIKA’S ART & CRAFT TRAIL Master carvers open their workshops to visitors as they work on pounamu. Visitors can even design, cut, shape and polish their own pounamu masterpiece.

HOKITIKA BEACH The town is right on the coast and its wild, weather-beaten stretch of beach, strewn with bleached driftwood, demands long evening walks. After an energising stroll, head to the famous Hokitika driftwood signpost for a sunset selfie.

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INLAND TREASURE A hidden gem in the rainforests inland of Greymouth, historic Kumara has excellent cycle trails, hunting and fishing spots and an array of short walks amongst the native bush where you can discover gold-mining relics or even pan for gold yourself. Hunting for greenstone is another attraction offered to visitors here. The village itself has creative craft shops and cafés and there are various accommodation options here too, including in beautifully restored heritage buildings. Being a stop on the West Coast Wilderness Cycle trail has given Kumara a new lease on life; it’s a colourful, lively little town these days. Another 38km up the road is Jacksons which is a stop for the TranzAlpine train and is historically intriguing. 88 |

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Lake Kaniere, Hokitika © Getty Images RIGHT: West Coast kiwi © West Coast Tourism

HOKITIKA Hokitika is a vibrant tourist town, boasts the region’s main airport and is the point where SH 73 emerges from Arthur’s Pass so it is a busy hub. It is home to many tourist attractions and has a stunning beach perfect for sunset walking and fossicking, any time of the day. t has become a centre for local artists and craftpeople with top jewellers, photographers and carvers operating studios and showing in galleries. Hokitika has a reputation as a centre for pounamu/greenstone carving; the local stone is highly prized. Another key attraction is the National Kiwi Centre. Hokitika is also home to the famous Wild Food Festival, a culinary adventure that celebrates the eclectic taste of the West Coast. There’s no shortage of excellent and interesting dining options in town.

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LOOKING BACK At the height of the gold rush, Hokitika was teeming with people. In the late 1860s, around 12% of New Zealand’s population lived here and it was the country’s second largest port. These days you can do a self-guided heritage tour, view old images with a mobile app or visit the Hokitika Museum which is itself based in a heritage building. Many Hokitika bush walks also feature historical information and relics.

CREATURES UP CLOSE Although kiwi are the stars of the National Kiwi Centre, you will also get to see and learn about other creatures, including crayfish and whitebait. You can take part in the feeding of giant eels (at 10am, noon and 3pm daily) and can get up close to tuatara, New Zealand’s oldest ‘dinosaur’. This attraction, in the centre of Hokitika, is great for children and a perfect solution for a wet day. TOP LEFT: St Mary’s Catholic Church, Hokitika © Getty Images RIGHT: Tuatara, The National Kiwi Centre, Hokitika © West Coast Tourism

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Jade Discovery Tours Meet our local artists as they carve jade by hand and discover why this beautiful stone is highly treasured here in New Zealand. Tours are free and run 9.30am & 2.30pm, daily. 41 Weld Street, Hokitika

mountainjade.co.nz • Seconds to beach and glowworm dell, 900m to town • Motels, cottages, power sites & standard cabins

252 Revell St, Hokitika Ph: +64 3 755 8773 Fax: +64 3 755 8772 E: info@252beachside.co.nz www.252beachside.co.nz

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• Ample parking for vehicles. Secure bike storage. Large group/ family units • Free WiFi • Pet-friendly • Full cooking facilities Tariff: (2 persons) Cottages and Motels ($100-$170), Standard cabins ($60-$70) Power sites ($35-$45). Seasonal rates apply

0508 252 252 214 Weld Street HOKITIKA 7810 Phone: +64 3 755 8160 Email: info@annabellemotel.co.nz

www.annabellemotel.co.nz • 12 quality ground-floor units • 8 spacious 1 & 2-bedroom units • 4 Studio Spa units with private decks • Full cooking facilities in all units • Quiet residential location off the main road

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• Off-street parking • 1km from Hokitika’s town centre • Sky Guest Select 50+ channels • Guest laundry • Free unlimited fibre WiFi

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Located in the heart of Hokitika township. Choose from a variety of different room types: • The Penthouse with magnificent Tasman views. • Luxurious Oceanview rooms overlooking the rugged Tasman Sea. • Elegant Driftwood rooms. Oceanview Restaurant & Bar. Room service, FREE parking, FREE WiFi, bike storage.

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This designer studio offers visitors the opportunity to view the glassblowers at work, whilst still browsing the gorgeous selection of glass art pieces!

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• Feed NZ’s Giant Eels • Guaranteed to see a kiwi • Catch and release a crawly

Last admission: 30 minutes before closing

64 Tancred St, Hokitika P/F: +64 3 755 5251 • E: natkiwi@xtra.co.nz www.thenationalkiwicentre.co.nz

An exhilarating treetop adventure among temperate rainforest giants. Experience life with birds high in the ancient rimu and kamahi tree canopy. Easy access for all to enjoy along a steel platform 20 metres high and over 450 metres long. Come and enjoy a leisurely 45-minute to one-hour stroll.

Freephone: 0508 TREETOPS

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1128 Woodstock-Rimu Rd, Hokitika RD 3 • 15 minutes south of Hokitika

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OCEAN PAUA 2000 25 Weld St, Hokitika P/F: +64 3 755 6128

E: ocean_paua@xtra.co.nz www.oceanpaua.com A visit to Ocean Paua 2000 will enable you to purchase that special, genuine New Zealand gift. Paua, jade, gemstones, Pacific shells, wood carvings, New Zealand punga and jewellery. A gift with a difference. Open 7 days.

STATIONS INN 11 Blue Spur Rd, Hokitika P: +64 3 755 5499 E: info@stationsinnhokitika.co.nz www.stationsinnhokitika.co.nz Located just 3min from Hokitika township and set on an historical, elevated terrace.  Surrounded by majestic views of the Southern Alps and the Tasman Sea, capturing breathtaking sunsets. Luxury accommodation and an award-winning restaurant.

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Franz Josef Glacier © Petr Hlavacek BELOW: Franz Josef Glacier Track © Getty Images

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ŌKĀRITO This special lagoon

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is well worth the short detour off SH 6. A huge, shallow area of open water and tidal flats, the lagoon is a birdwatcher’s paradise. More than 70 bird species, including many rare species such as royal spoonbills, kōtuku/white heron and a small population of rowi kiwi, make this their feeding ground. Hire a kayak or join a tour to get close and be surrounded by utter tranquillity. Visit the settlement of Ōkārito, too. Donovan’s Store, one of the oldest buildings in the South Island, has historic photos on its walls and Ōkārito Wharf has information panels sharing stories of the town’s past.

When you need a break from the adrenalin of all your adventure activities, you can relax in natural hot pools that have been built to nestle deep in the rainforest. The pools are fed by water that flows from the Franz Josef Glacier, but that fortunately is warmed up before it hits the pools

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MINNEHAHA WALK Close to the township of Fox Glacier is this 20-minute, 1.2km delightful walk that follows a small stream through rainforest. The track is suitable for wheelchairs and buggies and is a great introduction to the forest for children.


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LAKE MATHESON/TE ARA KAIRAUMATI This very pretty lake features mountain views and on a calm day the reflection of Aoraki Mt Cook is stunningly effective. Take the gentle, all-access walk around the lake; it’s 2.6km, will take about 1 hour 30 minutes but possibly longer if you have your camera with you. There is a great café at the car park, with wonderful views, of course.

LAKE MAHINĀPUA A tranquil lake just 10 minutes south of Hokitika, Lake Mahināpua is a scenic reserve. You can camp there, or just

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stop for picnic, go swimming, or pick one of the four easy walks that range between 10 minutes and 30 minutes where you can experience the remnants of a coastal forest, flax covered dunes and thick bush.

LAKE IANTHE/MATAHI About half way between Hokitika and Fox Glacier, this forest-edged lake is popular for camping, boating, trout fishing and swimming.

ANDRIS APSE GALLERY On the outskirts of Franz Josef, this private gallery showcases the work of one of New Zealand’s leading landscape photographers.

WETLAND WALK WAITANGITAONA WETLAND WALK A new track that starts on Waitangitaona Rd, near Whataroa, the Waitangitaona Wetland Walk is an easy walk and wheelchair and pushchair-friendly path through a regenerating kahikatea forest and flax wetland to a viewing platform with stunning views on a clear day of the Butler Range and Mt Adams. The area was once cleared for timber and farmland but is slowly regenerating. 20-minute loop. View from Waitangitaona, Whataroa © Petr Hlavacek

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WILD BEACHES HOKITIKA Just a few steps from Hokitika town, this wild sandy beach stretches far north and south to the wide mouth of the Hokitika River, where birdwatchers and fishers congregate. ŌKĀRITO While the lagoon is all peace and calm, the beach is another story. Windswept and dramatic, it is wonderful for long, bird-watching walks. GILLESPIES BEACH Another wild and beautiful one, just 40 minutes’ drive from Fox Glacier through thick rainforest. There is gold-mining history here; look for remains of machinery in the hinterland.

of the best

BRUCE BAY South of Fox Glacier, this bay is battered by the Tasman Sea and is spectacular. It’s a black-sand beach, strewn with rounded pebbles and quartz.

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STOP OFF IN ROSS This historic town of Ross lies between the Southern Alps and beautiful windswept beaches. In 1909 the town unearthed New Zealand’s largest gold nugget, the 2.81kg ‘Honourable Roddy’. A replica of Roddy is in the museum in the Ross Goldfield’s Information & Heritage Centre. Admire the town’s historical buildings, browse through craft shops and enjoy the rejuvenating native forest and old gold workings on the Water Race Walkway.

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town and a glacier, Franz Josef is part of Te Wāhipounamu South West New Zealand World Heritage Area and is widely regarded as the jewel in its crown. It was named after the Austrian Emperor Franz Joseph I (1830-1916), by geologist Julius von Haast. The bustling village has a dining and café scene and a variety of services and amenities. It’s very picturesque, surrounded by high snow-capped mountains and rainforest. The glacier is a 5km drive

FRANZ JOSEF GLACIER from the town, and then a 45-minute walk from the car park will take you within 750m of the terminal face making it one of the world’s most accessible glaciers. If you want to feel the ice beneath your feet, there are a variety of guided tours including heli-hikes using one of the many helicopter operators in the area. Franz Josef Glacier runs near Fox Glacier, but it’s the slightly shorter of the two stretching just under 12km as it runs down the mountains to near the coast.

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Fox Glacier © Petr Hlavacek RIGHT: Fox Glacier guided tour © Fox Glacier Guiding

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ox Glacier is a small township tucked into the foothills of the Southern Alps. Named after New Zealand’s Prime Minister from 1869 to 1872, Sir William Fox. It’s a busy tourist town because there is so much to see and do here; it’s geared up for glacier walks, hikes and flights and it does it well, with award-winning cafés, restaurants and plenty of accommodation in town. Having come all this way, you’ll be pleased to find the glacier itself is easy to see. From 2600m in the Southern Alps, it has descended 13km to just 300m above sea level. You can take a helicopter to the glacier and join professional guides

leading journeys right onto the ice. You can also take a helicopter or ski plane up to the top where the glacier begins. Fox Glacier is the neighbouring glacier to Franz Josef Glacier and is fed by four other glaciers. There are adventures to be had in Fox Glacier. Consider hopping in a helicopter to hike and fish in the upper and otherwise inaccessible reaches of the surrounding Southern Alps, or taking a walk down to Gillespies Beach where you could be sharing a driftwood seat with a couple of kaka (native parrots) to watch the sunset. There’s also a surprising view of the

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glaciers from the beach as you look back up towards the mountains. From Fox Glacier there are many lovely walks to be enjoyed, including around the famous reflecting Lake Matheson. Between Fox Glacier and Haast is Paringa, a haven for anglers and hunters. Here you can also go bat-spotting and dine at a boutique salmon farm.


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NATURE & ADVENTURE WEST COAST WILDLIFE CENTRE This is the best chance you will have of seeing the shy, nocturnal kiwi. Located in Franz Josef village, the centre runs a successful hatch and release programme for the rowi and Haast tokoeka kiwi. They remove eggs from the wild and incubate and hatch them at the centre. They are raised in a predator-free environment until they are big enough to fend for themselves and then they are returned to the wild.

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Native New Zealand kiwi © Kiwi Birdlife Park

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Ross Beach TOP 10 Holiday Park

Enjoy the beachfront location and quirky up-cycled shipping container accommodation at Ross Beach TOP 10 Holiday Park.

0800 867 024 145 Ross Beach Road Ross, West Coast 2019

Motels | Units | Sites • 28km south of Hokitika • 2mins from end of Cycle trail • WiFi • Playground • BBQ area • Bike hire • Bike storage • Car storage whilst on the Wilderness Trail

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Facilities include: • King-size beds • Kitchens • Free WiFi • Spa bath units • Radiator and underfloor heating

New motel complex within Franz Josef Village. Opened January 2014. Comprises executive studio, one and two-bedroom luxury units.

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Complex surrounded by native bush and only a 2-minute walk to bars, cafés etc. Tariff: from $205 (2 persons).

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Situated amidst an awe-inspiring West Coast backdrop - lush rainforests, snow-clad peaks and the vast expanse of the majestic Franz Josef Glacier.

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• Next to the rainforest in a Quote discount code quiet location yet only 3N-15% when booking 2 minutes walk to several restaurants, shops, flight offices & the centre of town. • All rooms offer UNLIMITED free WiFi, ensuite bathrooms, electric blankets and heating, microwaves, refrigerators, tea, coffee and breakfast-making facilities. • 2 & 3-bedroom cottages and houses located in the centre of Franz Josef also available. • Discounted hot pool entry & flights for guests. • Guest laundry.

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0508 GLACIER (4522437) 8 Donovan Drive • Franz Josef • Closest motel to the centre of Franz Josef, yet in a quiet location off the main road. • On-site restaurant & 2min walk to centre of town. • Large spacious studio rooms, 1 & 2-brm apartments, all ground floor. • All rooms offer electric heating & electric blankets, tea, coffee & breakfast-making facilities along with unlimited FREE WiFi. • Most rooms offer kitchenettes. • BBQ & guest laundry. Free on-site parking. • Discounted hot pool entry Quote discount code & flights for guests.

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GLACIER HELICOPTERS FRANZ JOSEF & FOX GLACIERS

Main South Rd, SH 6, Franz Josef or Fox Glaciers P: +64 3 758 0755 E: franz@glacierhelicopters.co.nz www.glacierhelicopters.co.nz Res: 0800 800 732 Rarely does the opportunity arise to encounter jaw-dropping natural scenery. Glacier Helicopters provides the views from above so you can truly witness the vast scale and grandeur of New Zealand’s infamous West Coast glaciers. BELLA VISTA MOTEL FRANZ JOSEF GLACIER 34 Cron St P: +64 3 752 0008 www.bellavistafranzjosef.co.nz Central village location with views towards Glacier Valley. Offering affordable, modern, well-appointed studio and family accommodation. Guest laundry, Free WiFi, BBQ area, close to restaurants. EGS:T6 Qualmark rated Bronze 4-star. Tariff: $98-$380 (2p). CHATEAU BACKPACKERS & MOTELS 8 Cron St, Franz Josef Glacier P: +64 3 752 0738 E: franz@chateaunz.co.nz www.chateaunz.co.nz Perfectly located and nestled in a rainforest, we offer a range of private motel rooms and high-end luxury dorm rooms. All of which include Free unlimited WiFi, Free breakfast, Free soup and EG:TZ6 Free international phone calls. Tariff: $25-$150 (2 persons).

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FOX GLACIER CAMPERVAN PARK 41 Sullivan Rd, Fox Glacier P: +64 3 751 0888 or  0800 369 800 www.foxglaciercampervanpark.nz 25 sites in heart of village. Tranquil setting behind Fox Glacier Lodge. Showers, kitchen, coin laundry, mountain bike hire. Near glowworm forest walk. 1min to cafés/shops. ES:T[6 Tariff: $20 adult, $6 child (5-15).

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The drama and beauty of this isolated corner of the country has to be seen to be believed.

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Fox Glacier to Haast via SH 6 1hr 30min, 121km

Haast to Jackson Bay via Haast- Jackson Bay Rd 40min, 51.3km

Haast to Wanaka Inland via SH 6 1hr 52min, 142km

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he incredible variety and breathtaking scenery of the southwest corner of the South Island – its windswept beaches, dunes, lakes and wetlands has earned it UNESCO World Heritage area status. It includes four national parks – Westland Tai Poutini, Aoraki Mt Cook, Mt Aspiring and Fiordland. Heading south, the angle of the coastal trees almost bent to the ground gives you an idea of the weather in these parts. It’s windy, wild and wet. But more rain than other regions means the rainforest is greener and the waterfalls and rainbows are even more spectacular than elsewhere. From Haast Pass to Wanaka, the landscape changes, opening to valleys and wide views.


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HIGHLIGHTS Haast River • RIGHT: Haast World Heritage Area BOTH: © West Coast Tourism

Much of the drive to Wanaka gives you views of the iceblue glacier lakes. There are numerous viewing lookouts along the way from which to enjoy the magnificent scenery. LAKE PARINGA This distinctive

HAAST PASS Travelling between Haast

horseshoe-shaped lake is surrounded by podocarp forests that regenerated after glaciers scoured the area tens of thousands of years ago. The Jamie Creek Walkway along the lake edge takes you to a forest of kahikatea and rimu. Bird life is plentiful, including kererū – the native New Zealand wood pigeon.

and Wanaka, you cross the Haast Pass. Once a walking track for Māori searching for the prized pounamu (greenstone), the pass became a busy route for gold prospectors in the region’s 1860 gold rush. Started in 1920 the road was only completed in the early 1960s. One of the most dramatic road crossings of the Southern Alps, the road follows the south bank of the river with alpine ridges towering above you on one side and steep forested valley walls on the other.

HAAST RIVER SAFARI This is a jet-boat safari with a difference. The all-weather safari-craft is fully enclosed and give you a close-up view of the river but you get to stay warm and dry. KNIGHTS PT LOOKOUT Just south of Lake Moeraki and marked by a monument to commemorate the building of the road from the east coast across the Haast Pass to Haast in the 1950s, this looks out over the Tasman Sea with incredible views in all directions.

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HAAST WHITEBAIT FESTIVAL Held in October each year, whitebait is the hero of this festival. There’s a Great Whitebait cook-off and other whitebait challenges such as count the whitebait and the great whitebait maze. Join the fun with live music, market day stalls and other familyfriendly activities.


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Haast is a group of three settlements – Haast township, Haast Junction and Haast Beach that lie on an extensive low wetland created by the massive rivers that flow from the Southern Alps into the Tasman Sea. It’s a wild, dramatic landscape.

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t Haast there are two general stores, 24/7 fuel, a gallery and gift stores, and a range of accommodation and dining options.

SH 6 between Haast and Wanaka takes you past many roadside waterfalls. Many of them can be seen from the road or have car parks where you can stop and walk to these falls. The best time to capture photos of these falls is after it’s been raining. ABOVE: Haast bush walk © West Coast Tourism RIGHT: Jackson Bay © Petr Hlavacek

JACKSON BAY

Anyone who appreciates nature-based adventure and wild beauty will love this place.

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THE END OF THE ROAD Take the right fork before Haast and drive down to Jackson Bay, one of the most remote villages in New Zealand. Just 50km south of Haast, the tiny settlement is at the end of the West Coast Road. Jackson Bay is the only sheltered open-sea anchorage on the West Coast. It’s a working port, so you can meet the local fisherman on the wharf as they come back with the day’s catch. Or stop for a yarn with the locals at The Craypot – a caravan café famous for classics such as whitebait, seafood chowder, crayfish and fish and chips. Opening times vary and only during the summer months.

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BLUE POOLS OF HAAST A short walk from the car park on SH 6 near Makarora just north of Muddy Creek, you cross a swing bridge that leads through a silver beech forest to a viewing platform that overlooks pools of pure glacial water that are crystal clear and bright blue. Look for the large brown and rainbow trout that live in the river. Blue Pools, Haast Pass © Petr Hlavacek

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THE SALMON FARM CAFE & SHOP Specialising in fresh and smoked salmon

Set in beautiful native forest overlooking Waituna Creek and the spectacular Paringa River Valley. The licensed café features a variety of home-cooked food to suit most tastes and budgets. Feed the salmon, purchase salmon products, souvenirs and crafts. Free Entry. 7 DAYS

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Ph: 03 751 0837 • Email: salmonfarm@xtra.co.nz State Highway 6, Paringa River, South Westland 7834

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Asure Aspiring Court Motel Haast 1 Marks Rd (PO Box 11), Haast

P: +64 3 750 0703 • Reservations Freephone: 0800 500 703 E: info@aspiringcourtmotel.com • www.aspiringcourtmotel.com

• 13 x ground-floor sunny units • All units face afternoon sun • Queen-size beds • Studio, family rooms • Kitchen units • Complimentary WiFi • Guest laundry • Stroll to supermarket & restaurant • 5min drive to beach • Tariff:$130-$185 (2 persons) seasonal

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www.heritageparklodge.co.nz Ground-fl oor motel units in quiet bush used The following Adobe typekit fonts havenative also been For everyday use (and supplied to client): setting with all day sun. Studio, & 2-brm family units.CS Centrally located – 100m but are1 availble to Adobe licence holders only Poppins Light walk to shop, café, bar &Filson restaurant. Free WiFi. Freeview. 5min drive to beach. Pro Regular Poppins Medium Tariff: $115-$185 (2 persons). Seasonal Filson Pro Bold ES:TZ6 rates. Filson Pro Black BACKPACKER & MOTOR PARK HAAST LODGE Marks Rd, Haast Township P: +64 3 750 0703 www.haastlodge.com Res: 0800 500 703 In town location. Short drive to beach, bush walks & river. Communal kitchen/lounge, WiFi, on-site shop, laundry. Backpacker rooms, cabins, campervan & tent sites. ESRT[6 Tariff: $36-$110 (2 persons), seasonal.

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anterbury will turn on the charm no matter what season you are exploring its wide-open spaces. It’s a region of timeless appeal, natural sense of adventure and inherent generosity of spirit. From sand dunes to snow-covered slopes, forest hikes to charming farm stays, boutique shopping to artistic showcases, there will never be a dull moment. Despite its relative youth, there is also a precious and proud resource of preserved heritage throughout Canterbury – from archaeology to architecture. You’ll see great examples of the latter in Christchurch – the largest city in the South Island. This is a city that makes a memorable first impression and sets the bar high for what follows thereafter.

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Alpine Pacific Touring Route: Christchurch to Amberley to Hanmer Springs to Kaikōura to Amberley via SH 1 & SH 7 (side trip to Maruia Springs) 5hr 46min, 397.7km

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LEWIS PASS The northernmost of three passes crossing the Southern Alps, Lewis Pass is incredibly beautiful; in parts you drive through extensive beech forest protected within a national reserve. As well as taking you to the West Coast, a main route to Nelson branches off this road, at Springs Junction. Stop here for a break; it has refreshments and amenities. FROG ROCK in the middle of Weka Pass, North Canterbury, is worth the stop and the photo op.

HAGLEY PARK In the heart of Christchurch, you can walk, run, bike or blade through this glorious tree-lined sanctuary. With the Botanic Gardens on the eastern fringe of the park, you can visit both in a day. AMBERLEY BEACH Accessible from SH 1, Amberley Beach is a shingle and stone beach great for surfing. Another North Canterbury spot, WOODEND BEACH, is ideal for long walks. Explore KAIAPOI just north of Christchurch. This

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picturesque town is close to the Waimakariri River mouth. Ride the WEKA PASS RAILWAY; more than 12km of scenic line through the unique limestone setting of the Weka Pass. Vintage steam and dieselelectric locomotives give you a nostalgic ride past farmland, a large irrigation reservoir and vineyards before conquering some steep grades winding through the pass. LEFT: Frog Rock, Weka Pass Railway © Getty Images RIGHT: Wine in Waipara Valley © Visit Hurunui


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KAIKŌURA WILDLIFE From dusky dolphins and sperm whales to fur seals and albatrosses, this coastal environment has earned itself an impressive reputation. Experience some of the world’s most extraordinary wildlife as they play in their natural habitat.

WAIPARA VALLEY lf you have time to spend a night in the Waipara Valley, you’re in for a treat. Some of the most expressive viticultural drops descend from the varied soil types in this region. From biodynamic and organic wines to fresh local produce and culinary keepsakes like ownbrand olives and pressed olive oils, this famous food and wine trail has a lot to offer. MU ST DO’S • CANTER BU R Y | 117


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n Christchurch, head through the road tunnel that runs beneath the PORT HILLS and over to the historic seaport town of LYTTELTON. This eclectic little spot has been charming its visitors since 1850. Enjoy the bohemian art, nifty cafés and buzzing bars and restaurants or jump aboard a harbour cruise.

Ride the waves to DIAMOND HARBOUR or QUAIL ISLAND. At Diamond Harbour you’ll discover historic Stoddart Cottage – the birthplace of one of New Zealand’s foremost 19th century artists, Margaret Stoddart. Quail Island

promises the chance to spot many birds, enjoy a swim and picnic. Ride the CHRISTCHURCH GONDOLA, and enjoy 360-degree views from 500m above sea level. You’ll see the spectacular cityscape of Christchurch, across the Canterbury Plains, Banks Peninsula, Lake Ellesmere and Lyttelton to the south. WAIMAKARIRI DISTRICT in North Canterbury is the birthplace of some very talented artisans. Each of the towns and villages – Kaiapoi, Rangiora and Oxford to name a few – have free-access galleries and showcases featuring paintings,

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photographs, sculptures and ceramics. From its fly fishing to farm visits, AMBERLEY is always determined to play its best hand at entertaining. There are also garden tours, horse riding trips and golf here. Family time in HANMER SPRINGS is bound to be a winner. While the grown-ups indulge in long soaks and spa treatments, the kids can be getting their thrills at AquaPlay. You can all go horse riding, quad biking, rafting, jet boating and kayaking. Maybe a family cycling adventure around Hanmer appeals? There are plenty of family restaurants in town, too.


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FAVOURITE FESTIVALS Christchurch Arts Festival © Christchurch Arts Centre LEFT: Gondola cabin over harbour showing the walking tracks, Christchurch © Welcome Aboard

Festivals, concerts and sporting events regularly feature on Christchurch’s agenda. From family-friendly fun fests to thrilling international events, concerts in the park, food and art festivals, there’s always something on.

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HE WORLD BUSKERS FESTIVAL is usually held in January each year and is New Zealand’s largest outdoor festival based in Christchurch. A quarter-century old, the tomfoolery, tricks and theatre-style performances invoke laughter, silliness, joy, incredulity and delight from an all-age audience. FOOD & WINE FESTIVALS Check the social calendar as you make your way through the Alpine Pacific Triangle as there are more opportunities to shop, dance, dine and drink fabulous craft beers and wines than you can shake a stick at. These happen all year round, so there’s bound to be a chance for you to let your hair down while you’re en route. HANMER MARATHONS Some of you may think the idea of intense fitness on holiday is crazy but for those who live and breathe a challenge, look at timing your trip to coincide with one of the famous Hanmer Springs marathons that take place throughout the year. Scenic surroundings are a major drawcard and so is the prospect of soaking in the pools afterward!

EVENTS IN KAIKŌURA Kaikōura is always buzzing with visitors keen to encounter the local wildlife and there are plenty of opportunities to do that. It’s also a place for special events, especially those oriented around the outdoors. Why not spend more time out in that beautiful landscape? Highlights on the Kaikōura calendar include a 24-hour photography event held each August, a half marathon called the Kaikōura Whale Run and the Kaikōura Hop, which is all about cars. MU ST DO’S • CANTER BU R Y | 119


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A walk through Canterbury’s spectacular landscape will impress and reward.

GET TO KNOW AMBERLEY This quiet 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. TOP: Kaikōura Peninsula Walk © Paul Boocock LEFT: Waipara vines © Getty Images

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walks BRIDLE PATH TRACK, CHRISTCHURCH This walk is a breath of fresh air. Constructed in 1850, it was the original foot route across the Port Hills for Canterbury’s first European settlers travelling between Lyttelton and Christchurch. A number of memorial seats honouring the pioneers and first four ships are dotted along the path. 2.4km, 1 hour 30 minutes.

KAIKŌURA PENINSULA WALKWAY From Kaikōura township head towards The Esplanade and Pt Kean car park. Along the way you’ll find interpretation panels which tell the stories of the area’s history.

Across the peninsula’s cliff tops the views over to the Kaikōura Ranges and along the coast to South Bay are spectacular. Near historic Fyffe House learn about the significance of this area for both Māori and colonial settlers. The viewpoint at Pt Kean is designed to represent a waka and the views there are excellent, also. This is a good place to explore birdlife, possibly even little blue penguins. Continue on to South Bay and the burgeoning colony of Hutton’s shearwaters. Then it’s back to The Esplanade. A delightful and educational walk for all ages. 11.7km, 3 hours.

MT ISOBEL TRACK, HANMER Hanmer has many lovely walks to tackle. This is a full day walk to the summit of Mt Isobel, at 1342m. The trail takes you on a woodland trail with European and Japanese larches before you enter sub-alpine scrub and open grassland. As you walk above the Dog Stream catchment, you’ll link with the upper reaches of the Waterfall Track before starting your climb in earnest. At the top, you get panoramic views of the Hanmer Basin, Waiau Plain and surrounding mountain ranges. 4.2km, 1 hour.

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HANMER SPRINGS This 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. Everyone’s idea of fun is catered for.

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efined by towering pine trees and the blue-green hues of Waiau River, 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 intriguing sculptures in Hanmer Heritage Forest, and foodies can indulge on anything from Canterbury lamb to feijoa fudge from The Decadent Fudge Company.

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All seasons in Hanmer Springs are memorable, from the exhilarating chill of winter to spring’s refreshing beauty and, perhaps the best, the incredible autumn display it does so well.

Expect to bounce, bob and bump along the Waiau River as part of an exhilarating 2.5-hour WHITE-WATER RAFTING EXPERIENCE. Listed as a grade-two adventure, it’s suitable for everyone – including children – with guides to help navigate the swells.

TOP LEFT: Hanmer Springs © Getty Images ABOVE: White-water rafting on the Waiau River © Welcome Aboard Hanmer Springs TOP RIGHT: Bathing in Hanmer Springs pool © Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools & Spa LEFT: Bungy jump, Hanmer Springs © Welcome Aboard Hanmer Springs

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MARUIA SPRINGS AU NATURAL Maruia Springs is on Lewis Pass; stop here on your way to Westport or to Nelson. This thermal eco-wellness park is stunning, not least because they are in the Lewis Pass National Park. Soak in the surrounding beauty while you soak in 100% pure, chemical-free, geothermal natural mineral waters in gloriously hot outdoor and indoor pools. Once you’ve had your fill of relaxation, you might feel like stretching your legs. Right on the doorstep are several walking trails that suit all fitness levels. Wander along the Maruia River Trail where you can decide the distance you venture. Spend time by the bubbling river and make a tower out of stones on the riverbed. If you feel like pushing yourself, take on The Circuit Trail, 1-2 hours of idyllic forest walking with views of snowy mountain tops and the river. For a bigger challenge, the steep Waterfall Trek reveals the pipeline and mountain water story of Maruia Hot Springs with a rushing waterfall at the peak of the track.

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KAIKŌURA TO AMBERLEY With the lure of crashing waves and a horizon it’s hard to shift your gaze from, this route offers one of the most captivating drives in New Zealand. Starting in Kaikōura, an impressive spot for marine life and particularly rewarding for whale watching, your journey will first trace the South Pacific shoreline, passing seal colonies and crayfish vendors. Then, sweeping inland, you’ll swap sea views for the Hundalee Hills, before dropping into the town of Cheviot. Highlights such as Gore Bay and Cathedral Cliffs are both nearby.

TOP: Amberley landscape © Getty Images BOTTOM RIGHT: Nins Bin lobster caravan, Kaikōura Coast © Lisa Bond

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KAIAPOI ON WILLIAMS MOTEL 16 Williams St, Kaiapoi P: +64 3 327 0806  Res: 0800 327 080 E: stay@kaiapoionwilliams.co.nz www.kaiapoionwilliams.co.nz Kaiapoi’s only motel complex. 10min north of Christchurch Airport. 6 spacious luxury studio units (sleep 1-4) plus 2-brm house (sleeps 1-7). Walk to restaurants & amenities. FREE WiFi. Tariff: $150-$200 (1-2 persons), extra $20.

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Woodend Beach

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14 Woodend Beach Rd, Woodend Beach RD 1, Kaiapoi PHONE: +64 3 312 7643 EMAIL: woodendbeachhp@xtra.co.nz

www.woodendbeachholidaypark.co.nz

• 22ha quiet park-like grounds with children’s play area, aviaries & shop • Affordable lodge, motels & cabins • WiFi available • Large non-pwr & pwr sites • Metres from beach, forest walks & biking trails • Shuttle to hotel/restaurant • Tariff: sites from $15, cabins from $40

WAYSIDE MOTEL WOODEND 77 Main North Rd, Woodend P: +64 3 312 7616 E: wayside@xtra.co.nz www.waysidemotel.co.nz Res: 0800 366 222 3 luxury spa bath studio units, standard studio units, 1 & 2-bedroom units. All ground floor. Quiet, spacious, secure grounds. Swimming pool, playground, S:TZ\4 BBQ area. WiFi. Tariff: $95-$200 (2 persons).

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124 Carters Rd, SH 1, Amberley P: +64 3 314 8550 F: +64 3 314 8529

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

TEVIOT VIEW ACCOMMODATION 34 Amberley Beach 

Rd, Amberley P: +64 3 314 6939 E: info@teviotview.co.nz www.teviotview.co.nz New 2-brm apartments (2015), modern s/c 1-brm units & luxury 1-brm units (2012). Spacious, immaculate units in quiet location. Shops, supermarket & restaurants 400m, Wineries & beach 5min drive. FREE WiFi. Tariff: $139-$189 (1-2 persons), extra $25. GS:XZ6

WAIPARA DELHAVEN MOTELS & CARAVAN PARK, 124 Carters Rd P: +64 3 314 8550.............................................refer Amberley

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Hanmer Springs – Stay & Explore ‘Coast to Coast’ YOU CAN DO IT ALL FROM HANMER SPRINGS

Book your Stay & Explore Package at one of our Gold Star Accommodation Providers

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• Central location close to the thermal pools and forests, restaurants and village. • Complimentary WiFi and Netflix on big screen TV. • Spa or shower studios, 1- and 2-bedroom units. • See website for packages, book direct for savings. • Consistently high rated, newly renovated, relaxing decor with welcoming kiwi hospitality. • Quote “AA” when booking.

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• Studios, 1 & 2-bedroom units • Spa bath options • Honeymoon suites • FREE WiFi • FREE DVD library • Air-conditioned / heat pumps • FREE guest laundry • FREE towels for Thermal Pools • Rates from $150

SETTLERS MOTEL a short stroll to the thermal pools

5 star - quiet, sunny and very relaxing

Luxurious 5* Apartments centrally located in the Heart of Hanmer Springs Village with stunning views, yet so quiet & relaxing.

Freephone: 0800 555 774

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Hanmer Springs for the alpine experience of a lifetime. Endless Summers, Magical Winters, home to the world-famous thermal pools. Choose Alpine Springs Motel when only the best will do. Located in an acre of tranquil gardens overlooking the golf course with all-round views, but conveniently close to town. Just 2min by car or 8min by walkway. Relax and unwind in our View taken from our garden highly acclaimed accommodation. • 10 spacious and beautifully furnished units with full kitchen facilities • Studio & family apartments (sleeping 2-6) one with access facilities • Gas water heating, inverter heat pumps in all units • Sky Select all channels & flatscreen TV in all units, DVD player & free loan DVD library (750+ titles) • WiFi in all rooms • Private terrace with outside dining facilities, safe personal car park • Complimentary welcome basket on arrival, items replaced daily free of charge • 8 out of 10 units have double-size spa baths • 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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84 Conical Hill Road, Hanmer Springs Phone: +64 3 315 7125 Email: enquiry@greenacresmotel.co.nz

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• Unique complex of cosy, individual alpine • Private spa • Pets by arrangement chalets & superior villas set in acres of parkland • FREE WiFi, DVD library, Freeview all units, BBQs, overlooking Hanmer Village & the mountains playground & undercover parking beyond • Tariff: $140 - $225 (extra person $15), off peak • Short walk to thermal pools & shops rates apply • 1, 2 or 3-bedroom with fully equipped kitchens

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Hanmer Springs TOP 10 Holiday Park

A beautifully forested park just 5 minutes away from the thermal hot pools and boutiquelike alpine village.

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Motels | Units | Cabins | Sites • 500m from Thermal Pools and Spa • Playground • WiFi • Recreation room • BBQ area • Jumping Pillow • Pizza Oven • Wood fired hot tubs on-site

alpine lodge motel • FREE WIFI • Fresh towels daily • Secure bike storage • Car cleaning bay • SKY TV & FREE DVD collection • Gift vouchers available • Luxury tower suites with super-king 9ft round beds, double spa bath • Chalets with undercover parking & cooking facilities • Studio units • 3-bedroom apartment

FREE WIFI

DIRECTLY OPPOSITE POOLS

In the heart of Hanmer Springs. Park your car and stroll to the shops, cafés and restaurants

RESERVATIONS: 0800 99 33 77

Cnr Amuri Ave & Harrogate St, Hanmer Springs Email: reservations@alpinelodgemotel.co.nz BOOK DIRECT www.alpinelodgemotel.co.nz Ph: +64 3 315 7311

TheListen Chalets Motel 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 • Own parking for car, trailer & bikes • Spacious play area, BBQ, laundry • Easy stroll to thermal pools & town centre www.chaletsmotel.co.nz

• Rates from $130

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56 Jacks Pass Road, Hanmer Springs Res: 0800 315 709 • Ph: +64 3 315 7097 E: reservations@chaletsmotel.co.nz


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4 Torquay Tce, HANMER SPRINGS • Ph: +64 3 315 7132

The Secret Place

FREEPHONE: 0800 737 886 www.forestpeak.co.nz

Clean, comfortable & affordable

• A range of units from studio apartment to 3-bedroom family unit • Garden, BBQ & children’s play area • 100 metres 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) 243 Jollies Pass Rd, Hanmer Springs

• Family cabins, historic forestry huts, s/c units, Abilities Lodge and large non-powered campervan/tent sites • Peace & tranquility just 5 minutes from the Alpine Village • Forest walks & mountain bike tracks from the camp boundary

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Heated ablutions & kitchens Laundry & drying room Children’s playground BBQs for hire Tariff: $16-$120

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Classic Cars & Bikes welcome

ARGELINS RD

JACK MOTELS, SPACIOUS TENT & POWER SITES S PASS TOWN CENTRE STANDARD CABINS • SELF-CONTAINED CABINS GOLF COURSE COMFORT & HYGIENE ASSURED • WIFI THERMAL POOLS STUNNING MOUNTAIN VIEWS • 18-HOLE MINI GOLF ADJACENT TO GOLF COURSE, TENNIS COURTS RD MAIN & PLAYGROUND SHORT EASY WALK TO VILLAGE & THERMAL POOLS TO CHRISTCHURCH

Freecall reservations

0800 40 40 46 www.pinesholidaypark.co.nz

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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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• 16 Modern Self Contained Units • Private Spa Pool in Executive Suite • Quiet, Sunny & Great Views • Double Insulation & Double Glazing in all rooms

158 Argelins Road (PO Box 193) Hanmer Springs P. +64 3 315 7152 E. reservations@pinesholidaypark.co.nz

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www.spalodgehanmer.co.nz

• SKY TV 50+ channels incl SKY Sport • Free WiFi • Free towels for thermal pools • Rates from $120

Spa Lodge Motel 15 Harrogate St, Hanmer Springs P: +64 3 315 7129 Reservations 0800 44 66 44 E: enquiries@spalodgehanmer.co.nz

Restaurants Thermal Pools Visitor Information Centre

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• 200m to thermal pools • Studios and 1 & 2-bedroom units in a peaceful garden setting • Outdoor summer swimming pool • Undercover parking • Guest laundry

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GLENALVON MOTELS 29 Amuri Ave, Hanmer Springs

P: +64 3 315 7475 E: stay.glenalvon@gmail.com www.glenalvon.com Res: 0800 453 625 In the heart of Hanmer Springs, opp. thermal pools (2min stroll). Central to cafés, shops, bars. 9 ground-floor studio units with tea/coffee facilities, ensuites, mini fridge, king or queen-size beds, 3-channel Sky TV. Scooter & mountain bike hire. Continental breakfast on EG:T6 request. Tariff: (2 persons) $120-$160.

HANMER SPRINGS LARCHWOOD MOTEL 18 Bath St,

Hanmer Springs P: +64 3 315 7281 E: office@larchwoodmotel.co.nz www.larchwoodmotel.co.nz Res: 0800 755 756 Comfortable, affordable in quiet location. Short walk to thermal pools, village centre, shops, cafés & lots of walking tracks. Studio, 1-brm & family units with underfloor heating. Free WiFi. Tariff: (2p) studio $95, 1-brm $119, family unit S:TXZ6 $175, extra adult $20, child $15. Off-peak rates.

METSERVICE METSERVICE – WITH NEW ZEALAND’S NOTORIOUSLY UNPREDICTABLE WEATHER, A WEATHER APP COMES IN HANDY, ESPECIALLY WHEN YOU’RE ABOUT TO SET OUT ON A HIKING TRIP OR BOOK A FERRY CROSSING. THE METSERVICE NEW ZEALAND WEATHER APP THIS APP IS A LOCATION-SERVICE ENABLED TO PROVIDE EASY ACCESS TO FORECASTS AND OBSERVATIONS MOST RELEVANT TO WHERE YOU ARE. IT PROVIDES A QUICK OVERVIEW WITH MORNING, AFTERNOON, EVENING AND OVERNIGHT ICONS FOR 47 FORECAST AREAS; AN INTERACTIVE NATIONAL TEMPERATURE MAP AND 48-HOUR FORECAST GRAPHS THE APP ALSO INCLUDES A REAL-TIME RAIN RADAR FOR YOUR AREA, ZOOM-ABLE 3 DAY RAIN FORECAST MAPS AS WELL AS SEVERE WEATHER WARNINGS AND WATCHES FOR YOUR LOCATION. IT EVEN ALLOWS YOU TO CUSTOMISE YOUR WEATHER DASHBOARD AND VIEW LIVE TRAFFIC CAMERAS FOR URBAN LOCATIONS.

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KAIKOURA

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. Swim and spectator tour options available.

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

DON’T MISS THESE WORLD-CLASS TOURS Advance bookings are essential. Sensational food, divine coffee at our Café on the beachfront. Quality jewellery, clothing, art and much more in our Gift Shop and Gallery!

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

96 Esplanade, Kaikoura, New Zealand Phone (03) 319 6777 NZ Freephone 0800 733 365

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A1 KAIKOURA Motel & Holiday Parks UNDER NEW MANAGEMENT • Centrally located within the township • Animal-friendly camping ground • Free unlimited WiFi • Motel family units & cabins • Group discount applies 9-15 Beach Rd, SH 1 KAIKOURA P: +64 3 319 5999 E: kaikouramotel@gmail.com

For enquiry or reservation please visit our website

www.a1kaikouramotel.co.nz

call us on 03 319 5999 or email us at kaikouramotel@gmail.com

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ANCHOR INN MOTEL KAIKOURA

Fully self-contained comfort on the Esplanade Waterfront location with outdoor seating at every room for magnificent ocean and mountain views TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence 2011-2018 FREE WiFi • 50+ Sky Channels 208 Esplanade | Kaikoura | New Zealand Email: info@anchorinn.co.nz

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Book Online: www.anchorinn.co.nz Reservations Freephone: 0800 72 00 33

donegal house the irish hotel in the country

Voted The Best Irish Hotel 2017/2018/2019

BREAKFAST INCLUDED Schoolhouse Road, (3km north of Kaikoura), Kaikoura Ph/Fax: +64 3 319 5083 Host: Murray Boyd E: donegalhouse@xtra.co.nz

To Picton (2hrs) SCHOOLHOUSE RD

Reservations Freephone: 0800 346 873

ACCOMMODATION 27 ensuite rooms. Tariff: $140 (single), $180 (double/twin) $220 family. Continental breakfast included. Free Wifi. CAMPERVAN & MOTORHOME PARK 30 powered sites & 45 non-powered sites. Free overnight parking for self-contained motorhomes GARDENS & LAKES 2.4 hectares of tranquil gardens, lawns, lakes, & large courtyard. NEW children’s playground.

To Christchurch

Laundry (washing machines/dryers) Toilet & shower facilities Outdoor setting

www.donegalhouse.co.nz

BAR Rural Irish hospitality - the best of Irish music & 2 huge open fires; DVD screens. RESTAURANT Open for lunch & dinner.

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Kaikoura TOP 10 Holiday Park

Relax and unwind in our extensively landscaped park with a stunning mountain range backdrop.

0800 521 021 34 Beach Road Kaikoura

All this and only an easy 4-minute walk to the town centre, restaurants, shops and Whale Watch Kaikoura. 2019

Motels | Units | Cabins | Sites • 5 mins to town • Playground • Heated Spa & Pool • Free WiFi • SKY 50+ Channels • Games & TV Room

PANORAMA MOTEL

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KIA ORA!

C O M E V I S I T T H E LO CA L S AT OU R P L AC E

Freephone 0800 655 121 www.whalewatch.co.nz

CAMPERMATE CamperMate is one of New Zealand’s most popular free travel apps. It is packed with campervan related travel information and helps you find whatever you may need on your road trip around New Zealand: free, low cost and paid campsites or hostels; free WiFi; public toilets; supermarkets; laundromats; petrol stations; dump stations; tips from fellow travelers; road alerts and more. The app also offers last minute discount deals on accommodation and activities based on your location.

222 Esplanade, Kaikoura P: +64 3 319 5441 F: +64 3 319 6707 Res: 0800 507 077 Hosts: Sam & Lyn

13 self-contained units on the beachfront - standard/large studios, waterfront studio (spa bath), 1 & 2-bedroom units. All units have a kitchen and bathroom. New 32in LCD TVs in all units. Continental breakfasts available. Walking distance to restaurants. Playground and swimming pool 50m walk from motel. Pet-friendly. Tariff: $115-$190 (2 persons), extra person $20. Seasonal rates/conditions apply. Gold Card discount available.

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• Paddle with playful fur seals. Chance encounters with dusky dolphins & blue penguins. • Half-day guided tours suitable for all ages & abilities. Families most welcome! • Operating year round.

665 SH 1 (7km south of Kaikoura) E: beachfront@kaikourapeketabeach.co.nz Ph: +64 3 319 6299

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• 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


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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

LAVENDYL LAVENDER & DYLANS COUNTRY COTTAGES

268 Postmans Rd, Kaikoura P: +64 3 319 5473 E: info@lavenderfarm.co.nz www.lavenderfarm.co.nz Stay in our charming, rustic B&B cottages surrounded by the lavender gardens. Stroll our landscaped gardens and visit our shop with lavender and craft products. Try homemade lavender delicacies with a cuppa. See website for opening hours.

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THE WHITE MORPH HERITAGE COLLECTION

The Esplanade, Kaikoura P: +64 3 319 5014 E: info@whitemorph.co.nz www.whitemorph.co.nz Res: 0800 803 666 12 premium spa rooms on waterfront, 4 deluxe king with bath, 12 garden studios. Town centre 8min walk. Sky TV. Also Qualmark rated Silver 4-star. See website for reservations. Tariff: (2 persons) $140-$360. E:TXZ6

AWATEA COUNTRY B&B 29 Skevingtons Rd, Kaikoura P: +64 3 319 7075 M: +64 21 318 759 E: info@awatea.co.nz www.awatea.co.nz Spectacular mountain and sea views in rural setting with farm animals. Modern house, all rooms have ensuites. Delightful host in your home away from home. Pets welcome by arrangement. Tariff: from $150.

There’s so much to do in your own backyard, down the street, or just a few hours away… Plan your next Kiwi holiday online 101MustDos.co.nz CHEVIOT

• 1.5hr to Christchurch, 3hr to Picton & 8km to Gore Bay • 7 spacious 1 & 2-brm units (Sleep 1-7), fully self-contained • Walking distance to local cafés, supermarket & shops • Continental breakfast • Free WiFi • SKY 50+ channels • Open till late • Tariff: $125-$250 (1-7 persons), extra person $20

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6 Hall St, Cheviot, Canterbury • Phone: +64 3 319 8594 Email: stay@broadviewmotel.co.nz

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Natural gems and special sites dot this route and villages cater well to travellers, offering plenty of good reasons to stop.

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Located in Banks Peninsula, Akaroa means Long Harbour in Māori, and is nestled against a stunning harbour backdrop where wildlife gathers and plays. Its serene nature certainly belies its explosive beginning. Banks Peninsula was formed following violent eruptions of two volcanoes, which formed the twin sisters of Akaroa and Lyttleton harbours. French settlers officially founded the town in 1840. Fast-forward to today, and Akaroa has a calm and peaceful demeanour. You’ll enjoy a sedate drive along a country road to get there. Discover natural gems along the way like sparkling Lake Ellesmere, a significant New Zealand wetland, and culturally-treasured Lake Forsyth, a coastal lake near Little River. Akin to the relaxing ambience of Akaroa, the journey there deserves a mellow pace, so be sure to take full advantage of the myriad sights and flavours along the way.

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HIGHLIGHTS

Cycling the Little River Cycle Trail © Little River Cycle Trail LEFT: Family picnic in the Port Hills © ChristchurchNZ

With its interesting multicultural history and more than its fair share of natural beauty, Banks Peninsula is the sort of place you can spend days exploring and enjoying. BIRDLINGS FLAT Whether you like to fossick for natural treasures or simply want to stroll and take in the stunning flora and fauna, Birdlings Flat – Kaituna in Māori – rises magnificently to the occasion. Forty-five minutes south of Christchurch, the small settlement’s beach reaches far beyond the horizon, with its crashing waves a sight to behold. DUVAUCHELLE BAY Enjoy your first taste of French flavour at this charming settlement. Swing into action

at the scenic 18-hole golf course before dining on local fare at the harbour front. The town’s historical heartbeat is still beating despite its heritage architecture suffering during the Canterbury earthquakes. LITTLE RIVER The beautiful gateway to Banks Peninsula, Little River should not be driven through because it is a dream destination in its own right. Its great looks are accompanied by an endearing personality, all thanks to a smorgasbord of cultural and

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recreational activities. Art afficionados make a bee-line for the gallery which has a great, healthy café attached; the nearby New Zealand craft shop is worth checking out, too. Travellers who want to spend the night in Little River can opt for a bed in quirky quarters. A ‘number 8 wire’ approach has transformed grain silos into eco-friendly private pods. They’re a popular choice with cyclists on the Little River Trail, a 60km cycling path between the town and Christchurch.


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THE PORT HILLS Port Hills boast an unforgettable vista including panoramic views of Christchurch city, Lyttelton Harbour and the Christchurch Plains. If the weather is feeling very generous, you may even see the Southern Alps. Stop to get your bearings of the region and take some photographs. OKAINS BAY MĀORI & COLONIAL MUSEUM Okains Bay is a short, picturesque drive from Akaroa and the local museum is ready to educate. More than 20,000 items are on display, including a beautiful collection of waka – Māori canoes – and vividly tell the stories of early Māori and Pakeha life.

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AKAROA HEADS While the iconic Akaroa Lighthouse established in 1880 was relocated to Akaroa town in 1980, there is still a feeling of historical importance to the site and remnants of original road infrastructure that can’t be missed. Did we mention the amazing views? Once you’ve conquered the steep ascent up to the lighthouse, those who are game can climb down (with care) an old iron ladder. It’s a gateway to Haylocks Bay where seals like to sun themselves. A fourwheel drive is recommended for the drive from Akaroa to Lighthouse Rd, but standard cars can cope provided they stop at the flat marked area.

Dolphin diving out of the water, Akaroa © Black Cat Cruises

A trip to Akaroa often goes handin-hand with the extraordinary privilege of wildlife encounters. Many venture to this idyllic location to experience the magical energy of one of the world’s smallest and rarest dolphins - the Hector’s dolphin. Jump aboard a harbour cruise and sail the turquoise waters as a spectator or share the water with the charismatic dolphins.

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GARDEN CITY

CHRISTCHURCH The 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. isitors will delight in seeing a city transitioning to a new normal. That involves cuisine with various international accents as Kiwi chefs put 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. And the famous Christchurch Art Gallery, Arts Centre, museum and libraries are all wonderful and all free to enter.

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One graceful English oak tree planted in 1863 marked the beginning of what is today 21ha of mature oaks, magnificent magnolias and heritage roses at Christchurch Botanic Gardens. Picnic, stroll, explore the conservatories and, when the weather’s warm, let the kids make a splash in the paddling pools. In spring the daffodils and blossom trees are the perfect backdrop for family photographs.

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hristchurch has a strong and proud tradition of supporting art and culture in the community. Galleries, public art and sculpture trails are popular and cultural festivals feature regularly on the city’s calendar. Visit CHRISTCHURCH ART GALLERY – home to one of the country’s most important permanent collections and host to exciting contemporary artists.

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.

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walks Look out for the native New Zealand spotted shag along the Banks Peninsula coast. They like to rest on rocks by the water.

BRIDLE PATH TRACK This three-hour walk is a breath of fresh air. Constructed in 1850, it was the original foot route across the Port Hills for Canterbury’s first European settlers travelling between Lyttelton and Christchurch. A number of memorial seats honouring the pioneers and first four ships are dotted along the path. ROUND THE MOUNTAIN VIA CURRY TRACK Take a picnic on this one: a 4-hour return walk high on the hills above Akaroa with utterly spectacular views. Start at Akaroa or Heritage Park and take the mostly unformed but signposted track up, up, up. You soon get to Purple Peak Curry Reserve which is a large tract of land planted with a

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great range of native plants. Take a camera.

BANKS TRACK One of the finest walking tracks in the country starts in Akaroa and stretches across the breathtaking volcanic coastline, weaving through farm and forest. Let waterfalls, open pastures, native bushes, pristine beaches and crisp ocean air make a lasting impression on you. This is a private walking trail with only 16 walkers on the track each day. AKAROA TOWN A quiet wander around this lovely little town is very worthwhile. Wander along the foreshore to the lighthouse or meander around the streets bright with pretty gardens and quaint homes.


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STOP OFF IN LITTLE RIVER

An essential stop on the way out to Banks Peninsula, Little River is a gem of a place. Its gallery is loaded with quality art and craft by local and national artists whose jewellery, ceramics, prints, paintings and sculptures make perfect gifts to remember this journey by. he gallery’s welcoming café has good food and an outdoor eating area, often occupied by cyclists – because Little River is on the national cycle trail network. A generous 49km of cycleway and walkway makes up the Little River Rail Trail which stretches across the Canterbury Plains between Little River and Christchurch hugging the shoreline of Lake Ellesmere and Lake Forsyth.

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Fresh and creative sums up the cuisine of this stylish little town, with its direct access to seafood and locally grown seasonal produce.

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Akaroa’s weekend FARMERS’ MARKET is the ideal place to grab picnic supplies. You’ll find locally grown produce, locally baked bread, locally preserved pickles and sauces. There is even a chorizo maker in town. All you need now is cheese – also locally produced.

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high-end French to casual brasserie, with everything in between. Some have views of the harbour, some have live music. There is no shortage of choice here.

original dairies populating the peninsula that is now the last of its kind. Stop here for delicious traditional cheeses, picnic-ready cracker packs, preserves and locally sourced wines. Swing by FRENCH PEAK WINES and sample their pinot noir, pinot gris, chardonnay and rosé before selecting a bottle or two to take home with you.

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AKAROA RESTAURANTS range from

FISH ’N’ CHIPS eaten hot from the paper whilst sitting on a grassy patch overlooking the harbour is one indulgence that must be enjoyed in Akaroa. It’s just right.


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FABULOUS FAMILY TIME Meet the penguins – the whole family will be in awe of these sweet little characters. Discover wild white-flippered penguins which are endemic to Canterbury with the Banks Peninsula just one of two breeding locations in New Zealand.

ORANA WILDLIFE PARK This super-popular attraction, close to Christchurch Airport, is the only open range zoo in New Zealand and is the ultimate for animal loving family members. They’ll see the only gorillas and orangutans in the country, hand feed giraffes, meet a rhino and travel through a lion reserve. It’s pretty special.

If your trip is a family affair, it’s always encouraging to know there is a bit of something for everyone on your journey.

INTERNATIONAL ANTARCTIC CENTRE Another great one for families, this award-winning, interactive, fully immersive experience – complete with penguins – will transport you to another world. A very cold world.

BEACHCOMBING Forage for shells and other sandy treasures at Akaroa Beach,

Okains Bay or Le Bons Bay. When it’s time to cool down, dip your toes in the waves.

WATER PLAY Let the kids blow off some steam and make a splash on your holiday with the water activities in Akaroa. From stand-up-paddleboarding to kayaking and pedal boats, the sheltered harbour and marine reserve provide the perfect playground for some fun.

THE GIANTS HOUSE, AKAROA This historic showpiece is the home of colour and creativity. Original artworks, sculptures, mosaics, and terrace gardens will delight. The Giants House was built in 1880 for the town’s bank manager; it’s made of totara and kauri.

TOP RIGHT: Playing piano, Giants House, Akaroa © christchurchnz.org.nz RIGHT: Akaroa Harbour © Destination Akaroa

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AKAROA From its scenic views to its quaint architecture, the most French town in New Zealand will win your affection. A beguiling mix of French, British and New Zealand cultures, Akaroa is the perfect playground for those who enjoy the finer things in life. pend your days wining and dining; enjoying art; foreign, classic and new films at the boutique cinema, and letting the shopping options tempt your purse strings. Akaroa Harbour is a dynamic playground for wildlife and invites you to swim with the world’s smallest and rarest dolphin – the Hector’s dolphin – on an unforgettable harbour cruise. Unspoiled nature is ubiquitous; stroll barefoot along the sandy beach, visit the large mainland penguin colony, stretch your legs on a hike or bike ride, and explore the extinct volcano.

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TOP: Visitor in Akaroa © christchurchnz.org.nz LEFT: Akaroa Butchery © akaroa.com

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CHRISTCHURCH

FREE ENTRY HISTORIC AIRCRAFT INCREDIBLE STORIES FLIGHT SIMULATOR GUIDED TOURS

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TRIP 2 CANTERBURY www.joytourmotel.com Book direct with one of our properties and be guaranteed the best rates. Ask about our loyalty programme.

Bush Inn Court Motel

45 Main South Rd, Christchurch

Central Park Motor Lodge

15 Riccarton Rd, Christchurch

Eliza’s Manor Boutique Hotel

82 Bealey Ave, Christchurch

Hagley Park Motel

• 10min drive from Christchurch city centre; 10min drive to Christchurch International Airport; 5min walk to supermarkets. • FREE WiFi, SKY TV, air-con or heaters, electric blankets & guest laundry. • All guest rooms feature

$10 OFF

garden views and a kitchenette. Some rooms offer a relaxing spa bath. • Different types of units (wheelchair access); adjacent to a variety of restaurants. • Free parking, non-smoking rooms & pet-friendly. • ASURE accredited as 4-star

P: +64 3 348 8644 • www.bushinn.co.nz • 5min drive from Christchurch city centre; 10min drive to Christchurch International Airport; 5min walk to famous Hagley Park. • FREE WiFi, SKY TV 50+, heaters, electric blankets & guest laundry. • All guest rooms are equipped with a kitchenette. • Different types of units (wheelchair access); surrounded by various styles of restaurants. • Free parking, non-smoking rooms & pet-friendly.

P: +64 3 343 2033 • www.centralpark.co.nz • Time-honoured building with the charm of British style. • Central Christchurch’s luxury bed and breakfast accommodation and event venue for business meetings, conferences, and private celebrations. • 10min drive to Christchurch Railway

Station; 18min drive to Christchurch International Airport. • Elaborately decorated with FREE WiFi, SKY TV, heat pumps, electric blankets & guest laundry. • Free parking, private courtyard, drink bar, non-smoking rooms & BBQ facilities.

P: +64 3 344 8585 • www.elizas.co.nz • 5min drive from Christchurch city centre; 10min drive to Christchurch International Airport; 5min walk to famous Hagley Park. • Different types of guest rooms, and surrounded by various of restaurants. • FREE WiFi, SKY TV, heaters, electric blankets & guest laundry. • A garden in the middle with a children’s playground. • Free parking, BBQ facilities, non-smoking rooms & pet-friendly.

13 Darvel St, Riccarton, Christchurch

P: +64 3 348 7683 • www.hagleypark.co.nz

298 Westside Motor Lodge

• 18 quality self-contained units, serviced daily • 2 with access facilities • Fully equipped kitchen, microwave, showers (some with spa bath) • 50+ Sky channels • Continental breakfast available

• FREE WIFI • FREE laundry • Indoor/outdoor area • Off-street parking • 900m to Canterbury University • 1km to Westfield • 3.5km to entertainment centre

298 Riccarton Rd, Christchurch P: +64 3 341 7254 • www.westsidemotorlodge.co.nz

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BOOK SEPARATELY OR COMBINE AND SAVE!

Ph +64 3 366 7830

info@christchurchattractions.nz

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• Easy walk to Hagley Park & Botanical Gardens, city centre, museum, Riccarton Westfield, hospital. • Short drive to Casino, Railway Station, Horncastle Arena & AMI Stadium. • 11 spacious ground-floor units: studios, 1-brm & 2-brm units, sleeps up to 6 guests. All units serviced daily, smoke-free, double-glazed for quiet & comfort & 10 units have full cooking facilities. • FREE WiFi. Flatscreen Hi-Def Sky 50+ channels. • Private spa, seasonal swimming pool, laundry.

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19 Riccarton Rd, Christchurch • P: +64 3 348 6700 E: welcome@aalton.co.nz • www.aalton.co.nz

MODERN, STYLISH & AFFORDABLE

• 5min from airport • Studios, 1, 2, 3-brm units • Spa bath units • Barbecue area • FREE airport shuttle* • Park & Fly* • FREE guest laundry • FREE ultra fast WiFi • Contact direct for guaranteed best rates • Highly Rated on TripAdvisor *Conditions apply. Subject to availablity.

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ALPINE VIEW HOLIDAY PARK & MOTELS

15 MINUTES TO CITY CENTRE

650 Main South Rd, Templeton, Christchurch Ph/Fax: +64 3 349 7666 Email: alpine.view@xtra.co.nz Owners: Juanita, Bob & Carol Christie

• 10 architecturally designed 1 & 2-bedroom studio units. • Super-king & king-single beds, TV, hairdryer, fridge and microwaves in units. • 2 spa baths and new playground. • Located on south side, 15 minutes to city centre, airport, railway stations. Close to malls, restaurants, hotels, racecourses, golf courses, Ruapuna Motor Racing Circuit & Burnham Military Camp. • Tariff: motels from $130, self-contained cabins from $120, standard cabins from $60. Tent and power sites also available and a 20-bed lodge for groups.

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CHRISTCHURCH

SPENCER BEACH KIWI HOLIDAY PARK

A recreational destination • Relax and unwind in a huge campground in the middle of a 70 hectare forested reserve. • Large variety of sites. • On-site dairy. • Playground, jumping pillow and mini golf.

• Short 500m stroll to the beach and only 20min from the airport.

Hosts: Suzanne Cross & Aaron Keatley E info@spencerbeachholidaypark.co.nz Reservations: +64 3 329 8721

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Okains Bay

Camping Ground

P: +64 3 304 8789 Hosts: Michelle Wallis-Hartley E: office@okainsbaycamp.co.nz www.okainsbaycamp.co.nz

The Okains Bay Camping Ground is located in the idyllic Okains Bay, on Banks Peninsula about one and a half hours from Christchurch and only 22km from the popular tourist resort of Akaroa.

Duvauchelle

Holiday Park

Okains Bay is one of the best on the Peninsula. It offers safe, family-friendly camping in a beachfront setting with a wide range of activities readily at hand.

P: +64 3 304 5777 Hosts: Kay & Ken Bramley E: office@duvauchelleholidaypark.co.nz www.duvauchelle.co.nz

Situated on the water’s edge in Duvauchelles, just before the seaside village of Akaroa on Banks Peninsula.

Two large level terraces have powered and non-powered sites. We offer a 3-bedroom self-contained Tourist Flat, a Deluxe Cabin and 2 standard cabins that have superb views of the harbour. Neighbourhood shopping, hotel, garage, great 18hole golf course and Barrys Bay cheese factory are nearby.

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208 Riccarton Road Christchurch, New Zealand For best price book direct

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RESERVATIONS FREEPHONE: 0800 229 980

COUNTRY GLEN

107 Bealey Avenue, Christchurch 8013 • Ph: +64 3 365 9980

www.countryglen.nz

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Park Terrace

Country Glen

Durham St

Southern Comfort Motel

Hagley Park

• Free WiFi (unlimited) • Sky 50+ • Smart TV (50 inch) • BBQ area • Free and ample parking • Walk to City Centre Tariff: From $80-$250 (seasonal rates apply)

Montreal St

Southern Cross Hospital Bealey Ave

Gloucester St Cathedral Sq Christchurch Transitional Cathedral

Southern Comfort

MOTEL

We specialise in affordable Southern hospitality • FREE WiFi (unlimited) • Swimming pool • Airport bus stops right outside • Walking distance to City Centre & Botanic Gardens • SKY 50+ channels • Specialists in group bookings – studios to 4-brm apartment • BBQ area • Ample parking • Free hot outdoor spa pool • Tariff (2 persons) NZ $80-$350 (seasonal rates apply)

Bookings Freephone 0800 655 345 www.southerncomfort.co.nz Ph +64 3 366 0383 for BEST PRICE OR PHONE bookings@southerncomfort.co.nz 53 Bealey Avenue Christchurch BOOK DIRECT ON

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The Golden Mile

MOTEL, TAVERN & RESTAURANT • All units ground level, recently renovated and serviced daily. • 24/7 camera surveillance for guest safety. • FREE WiFi. • 2 interconnecting units – family convenience. • Restaurant, Bar, Pokies and TAB on site. • Tariff: from $135 based on twin share, extra person $15.

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TRIP 2 CANTERBURY 79 Papanui Road, Christchurch Phone +64 3 355 0942 Freephone 0800 537 366

Central location – walking distance to Merivale Mall, Victoria Street Restaurants and city Spacious luxuriously appointed apartment units with super king beds Washing machines, driers, heat pump/airconditioning & full kitchens FREE Unlimited Fast WiFi & On-site Gymnasium

www.randolphmotel.co.nz

MOTEL & HOLIDAY PARK

RESERVATIONS: 0800 476 9637 www.219onjohns.co.nz

• Just off State Highway 1 (north/south bypass), near Orana Park, Willowbank Wildlife & Antarctic Centre • 8min to airport • Sheltered powered & non-powered sites in rural setting • Quality cabins, chalets & motel units • WIFI available • Pet-friendly by arrangement • Tariff: Power sites from $35, tent sites from $29, motel units from $99, cabins from $69

219 Johns Rd, SH 1, Christchurch • P: +64 3 323 8640 • F: +64 3 323 8402 • E: bookings@219onjohns.co.nz

239 on Lincoln Motel

2 on Whiteleigh Motel

239 Lincoln Rd, Addington

2 Whiteleigh Ave, Addington

0800 00 5277 0800 00 5276 www.239onlincolnmotel.co.nz www.2onwhiteleighmotel.co.nz Fast free Wifi • 43” TV’s with Sky 50+ • Luxurious beds • Close to stadiums & Chch Railway Station

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HOLIDAY PARK familyparks.co.nz

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• SITES from $40 • CABINS from $60 • Close to airport on SH 1 (3.5km) • Airport shuttle by arrangement • Near campervan depots, wildlife parks, golf courses, shops • Seasonal/peak rates apply

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530 Sawyers Arm Rd, Christchurch Ph: +64 3 359 5993 | Email: info@northsouth.co.nz 10% OFF YOUR STAY WITH TRAVEL REWARDS *Conditions apply

www.northsouth.co.nz

347 Worcester St, Christchurch P: +64 3 982 0070 • 9 unit motel with 2-brm (sleep 4p), a family studio (sleeps 4p), 5 studio units (sleep 3p) & 2 queen studio units (sleep 2p). All units have kitchen facilities. • 3min walk to a bar & bistro. • 10min walk to city centre.

• Portacot & trundler bed in some units on request. • Guest laundry • Free WiFi • Tariff: from $110 (1-4p), extra $20.

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Aotea Motel

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• Free off-street parking • Free WiFi (limited) • Comfortable, affordable accommodation – studio 1 & 2-bedroom apartment-style units with single, double, king and queen-size beds • Guest BBQ and outdoor heated spa pool • Short walk to bars and restaurants, and bus stop nearby, the Palms, Shirley BHS 3min • Tariff: $110 (1-2 persons)

BARBADOES ST

Located on the edge of the CBD

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FREE PHONE: 0800 236 742 • E: moteladorian@gmail.com • www.adorianmotel.co.nz

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302 Bealey Ave, Christchurch • P: +64 3 377 7188 • Res: 0800 377 718 E: aoteamotel@xtra.co.nz • www.aoteamotel.co.nz

ARCADIA MOTEL

564 Ferry Rd, Woolston, Christchurch P: +64 3 389 4756 E: stay@arcadiamotel.co.nz www.arcadiamotel.co.nz Res: 0800 272 2342 Quiet park setting 4km southeast of city centre. 11 ground-floor units (studio, 1 & 2-brm), full kitchen facilities. Handy to Central City, Lyttelton, Ferrymead, Woolston Club, shops & bus. FREE WiFi. Spacious grounds with extensive secure parking ideal for trucks, campervans etc. PET-FRIENDLY. Tariff: from $115 (1-2 persons), extra person $20. Discount for SuperGold Card holders.

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• 10min to city & 8min to airport & Burwood Hospital OWNED & • 2min to Northlands & Northwood Shops OPERATED • Spacious studio, 1 & 2-brm apartment units SH 1 • All ground floor and BELFAST RD double-glazed STYX OVERBRIDGE • Free WiFi, LCD TVs AIRPORT AVON CITY MOTEL • Tariff: from $120 PRESTONS RD (1-2 persons), Burwood Hospital extra person $20 TO ILAM QEII DR TO CITY

CHRISTCHURCH KIWI HOLIDAY PARK & MOTELS Gateway to the South...

Great location near the centre of town • Qualmark 4-star plus, modern clean facilities • Free WiFi • TV room • Wheelchair access • Next to dairy/bus 1min • Swimming pool, playground, BBQ • Sky TV (50+ channels) in all motels and self-contained cabins

• Close to Port Hills’ bike/walking tracks, plus restaurants, cafés, supermarkets, Eastgate and Palms shopping centres • City Centre 8min drive • 20min drive to TranzAlpine • Hosts Christine and Ross Lee Tariff: cabins from $90, sites from $48

Freecall reservations: 0800 500 232 www.christchurchkiwiholidaypark.co.nz

BOOK NOW at www.focusmotel.co.nz for Best Price WEBSITE

Closest Accommodation to Casino • Secure FREE parking • LIFT to all levels • Luxury penthouse • SKY GUEST SELECT 50 channels • FREE WiFi

344 Durham St North, Christchurch 03 943 0800

Book Now at www.focusmotel.co.nz

Book Direct for Best Rates

222 Lincoln Rd, Addington, Christchurch • P/F: +64 3 338 0511 E: enquiries@raceway.co.nz • Res: 0800 33 88 88 • • • •

FREE WIFI

23 comfortable & affordable units in garden setting In the heart of the thriving Addington business hub Walk to shops, cafés, bars and restaurants Adjacent to Horncastle Arena, Orangetheory Stadium Addington & Addington Raceway • FREE shuttle to railway station, Pioneer Stadium & casino

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Free WiFi In-room laundry Executive spa suites & apartments Spacious balcony & patio areas Tariff: $150-$300 seasonal rates apply

Reservations Freephone: 0800 175 232

175 Bealey Avenue, Christchurch Email: office@terravive.co.nz | Phone: +64 3 377 5232

BOOK DIRECT www.terravive.co.nz ADDINGTON STADIUM MOTEL Cnr Lincoln & Wrights Rd, Addington, Christchurch P: +64 3 339 8950 E: addingtonstadium@xtra.co.nz www.addingtonstadium.co.nz Res: 0800 182 922 16 studio, 1 & 2-brm units. Free ultra fast fibre WiFi. Netflix in every unit. Walk to Horncastle Arena & Addington Raceway. Free transport to/from railway station. Tariff: from $130 (2 persons).

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ASHLEIGH COURT MOTEL 47 Matai St West, Riccarton, Christchurch P: +64 3 348 1888 E: info@ashleighcourtmotel.co.nz www.ashleighcourtmotel.co.nz Spacious comfy rooms & quality service, set in tranquil garden setting. Short walk to Westfield Mall Riccarton, restaurants, cafés, Hagley Park & Mona Vale. Located between Chch Boys & Girls HS. FREE bike hire, FREE shuttle to train station, FREE WiFi. Pets by arrangement. CONTACT DIRECT FOR BEST RATES. :[TGE\ BEALEY AVENUE MOTEL

229 Bealey Ave, Christchurch P: +64 3 379 9112 Res: 0800 37 99 11 E: stay@bealeyavenuemotel.co.nz Visit website: www.BealeyAvenueMotel.co.nz Modern, Clean, Affordable and Central city area. Tariff: $95-$165 (1-4 people), seasonal rates apply.

GARDEN CITY MOTEL 242 Main North Rd, Papanui, Christchurch

P: +64 3 352 4059  Res: 0800 330 456 E: info@gardencitymotel.co.nz www.gardencitymotel.co.nz Hosts: Maree & Stewart Kiwi owned & operated. Spacious, well-appointed units. King & Queen Studios, 1 & 2-brm units (sleep 5-6 people). Ideal for families/groups. Super king-size bed & single beds, 42” TVs, heat pumps/air-con, full kitchens. Near amenities. Airport/central city 10min. Tariff: from $115. CS:TZ[

94 SHERBORNE MOTOR LODGE 94 Sherborne St, Christchurch M: +64 20 446 6835 E: stay@sherbornemotorlodge.co.nz www.sherbornemotorlodge.co.nz Res: 0800 743 726 Affordable self-contained serviced units, some with spa baths and two Access units. 5min walk to shops and restaurants. GS:TZ BOOK DIRECT AND SAVE. Travel safely. ADDINGTON CITY MOTELS 241 Lincoln Rd, Addington, Christchurch P: +64 3 338 8745 E: addingtoncity@xtra.co.nz www.addingtoncity.co.nz Res: 0800 68 77 76 Spacious renovated units, walk to Addington bars & eateries. Close to Railway Station with FREE Shuttle service (conditons apply) FREE ES:TZ\ WiFi. Tariff: $135-$145 (2 persons). CITY CYCLE HIRE AND MOUNTAIN BIKE ADVENTURE CO. P: +64 3 377 5952   Res: 0800 343 848 E: info@cyclehire-tours.co.nz www.cyclehire-tours.co.nz Mountain bike, city touring biking hire. Free delivery. Open 7 days. Mountain bike package incl ride up in the gondola and cycle down. Helmets, security lock, maps supplied. Little River Trail – bikes can be hired/returned to Little River Garage. MU ST DO’S • CANTER BU R Y | 163


TRIP 2 CANTERBURY DENTON PARK MOTEL 446 Main South Rd, Hornby, Christchurch P: +64 3 349 2726 E: stay@dentonpark.co.nz www.dentonpark.co.nz Clean, modern, private and quiet studios and 1 & 2-bedroom units. Walk to Hornby Mall and Dressmart. Close to Ruapuna Speedway and Riccarton Racecourse. 10min to airport. Free WiFi. :Z Tariff: from $90 off peak. TOWER JUNCTION MOTOR LODGE 112 Blenheim Rd, Christchurch P: +64 3 348 1271 E: info@towerjunctionchristchurch.co.nz www.towerjunctionchristchurch.co.nz 16 quality units with friendly Kiwi hospitality. Easy walk to shopping, restaurants, entertainment centre and bars. Cycle hire, Sky TV & free WiFi. FREE TRAIN TRANSFERS. Tariff: from $120. :XZTGE 166 MAJESTIC COURT MOTEL 166 Riccarton Rd, Christchurch P: +64 3 982 8162 E: motel@166majestic.co.nz www.166majestic.co.nz 11 luxury studios, 1, 2 and 3-brm units with garden patios or balconies. 2min walk to Westfield Riccarton. Close to University and 15min to ES:TZ6 airport. Free WiFi. BELLA VISTA CHRISTCHURCH 193 Bealey Ave, Christchurch P: +64 3 377 3363  Res: 0800 235 528 E: bella_vista_motel@xtra.co.nz www.bellavistamotel.co.nz Modern motel offering affordable accommodation in great setting just outside Christchurch city centre, close to Hagley EGS:TX Park. High-quality, compact studios to 2 or 3-brm townhouse units. Tariff: from $125.

ROADSERVICE - 0800 500 222 or *222 from your mobile phone or aa.co.nz/roadservice LITTLE RIVER SILOSTAY SH 75, Little River P: +64 3 325 1977 E: info@silostay.kiwi.nz www.silostay.kiwi.nz Repurposed from the humble grain silo to innovative, stylish & enviro-friendly accommodation. Luxuriously comfortable & unique. Qualmark rated Silver 4-star plus. Located on Banks Peninsula, 45min on SH 75 between S:6 Christchurch & Akaroa. Mention this ad & receive a 20% discount.

AKAROA

Akaroa Harbour

Nature Cruises

ADULTS

$90 kids $35

Cruise an extinct volcano crater viewing Hector’s dolphins & other majestic wildlife.

Swimming with

Dolphins $185 ADULTS

kids $155

The only place in the world you can swim with the endangered Hector’s dolphin!

Located at Main Wharf Akaroa – Only a 90 minute drive from Christchurch

BOOK NOW 0800 436 574 (+64 3 304 7641) www.blackcat.co.nz

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Akaroa TOP 10 Holiday Park 0800 521 064 96 Morgans Road Akaroa 2019

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Unsurpassed location and views, with a comprehensive range of holiday park facilities and accommodation types. Units | Cabins | Sites • BBQ Area • Adventure Playground • Swimming Pool • WiFi • 500m to town centre • TV lounge with SKY

AED locations app IF YOU, YOUR TRAVEL MATES AND FELLOW ROAD USERS HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY WHERE THE PATIENT NEEDS RESUSCITATION, KNOWING WHERE THE NEAREST AUTOMATIC EXTERNAL DEFIBRILLATOR (AED) IS COULD SAVE LIVES. THE AED LOCATIONS APP HELPS YOU FIND THE NEAREST AED BASED ON OUR LOCATION. AED LOCATION INFORMATION IS STORED BY THE APPLICATION AND AVAILABLE OFFLINE.

The only motel in Akaroa on the water’s edge

Mention AA20 to receive $10 discount per night when you book direct

24 spacious 1, 2 & 3-brm units (14 waterfront) Quiet location Shops and restaurants handy Private spa in tropical setting Private jetty – boats for hire Fun, friendly and relaxed

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T RIP 3

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Arthur’s Pass Christchurch to Greymouth drive inland via SH 73 3hr 18min, 244km

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This iconic coast to coast journey is loaded with natural and man-made wonders all seemingly designed to impress.

RIGHT: Otira Viaduct, Arthur’s Pass © Getty Images LEFT: Arthur’s Pass Village © Christchurch Tourism

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First you’ll head west across the patchwork quilt beauty of the Canterbury Plains. Kirwee, Darfield, Sheffield and Springfield will all make an appearance on this route. The ascent into the foothills of the Southern Alps is a slow climb, but you’ll discover new sights at every turn. Once you finally tear yourself away from Arthur’s Pass township, it’s onwards to Greymouth. Now experience the Ōtira Viaduct and the Waimakariri bridge, both great feats of engineering. Beyond the misty mountains, the classic good looks of the mighty West Coast offers up rushing rivers and lush forest for your viewing pleasure.


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HIGHLIGHTS DEVIL’S PUNCHBOWL TRACK Ancient beech forest and a 131m waterfall are worth this 2km walk into the heart of Arthur’s Pass National Park.

SPRINGFIELD On the way to Arthur’s Pass, at the foot of the Southern Alps, Springfield is close to six skifields and many walking and hiking tracks.

GLENTUNNEL On SH 77 and near the Raikaia River, this settlement is worth a visit for its museum. It’s also a lovely spot to camp.

CAVE STREAM SCENIC RESERVE With views of the Craigieburn and Torlesse ranges, this park sits against an impressive limestone landscape. Find it on SH 73 between the Broken River road bridge and Craigieburn Forest Park.

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DARFIELD A town with panoramic views, Darfield really comes to life in winter when the ski season pulls travellers in as they head for nearby ski fields. Spring is also a riot, thanks to its fruit trees in blossom en masse. Lovely shopping, galleries and beautiful gardens feature here. Head to Homebush for a dose of history, heritage buildings, gardens, a gift shop and a restaurant.


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ARTHUR’S PASS Tiny Arthur’s Pass village is a stop for the TranzAlpine train and the base for the national park around it. It has all you need for a long stay or for a break in your journey. Steep gorges, braided rivers and bluffs are all natural features of Arthur’s Pass National Park, established in 1929. Sprawling beech forests lie to the east and are spectacularly contrasted by a mix of podocarp rainforest and ruby red rātā to the west. The sweet song of bellbirds will serenade you as you traverse the rugged terrain enjoying hikes, snowy slopes, mountain biking and mountaineering.

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In the foothills of the Southern Alps, between Darfield and Arthur’s Pass, visit magical, mysterious Castle Hill.

CASTLE HILL / KURA TAWHITI ABOVE: Castle Hill / Kura Tawhiti © Christchurch Tourism

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37 South Terrace, Darfield Ph +64 3 318 8325 E: stay@darfieldhotel.co.nz www.darfieldhotel.co.nz 6 double/twin ensuite rooms, includes complimentary tea/coffee, toaster, TV, heater, electric blankets, 2 backpacker single rooms.

Back-Country Kitchen open 7 days, including Sunday lunch, a la carte and snack menu. Relax in a warm, quiet and comfortable environment with an open fire. Sports Bar & Liquor Centre Bottle Store, widescreen & plasmas, TAB, jackpot gaming machines, pool table, bar menu

PINEGROVE HOMESTEAD & ALPACAS 1567 Tramway Rd, RD 1, Darfield P: +64 3 318 3008 E: wjstewart@xtra.co.nz Hosts: Bill & Jan Stewart A country retreat in a delightful rural setting with superb mountain views, landscaped ponds, tennis court. Spend time by the open fire in winter or BBQ in summer and enjoy our friendly alpacas. 60km to Christchurch. Tariff: $120. CG:TZ6

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Keeping your stuff safe Always lock your accommodation or vehicle and keep windows secure.

items, eg camera. You can do it online at www.snap.org.nz

Don’t leave valuables, maps, luggage, GPS devices or visitor brochures visible in parked campervans at any time, especially at scenic spots or trail heads.

Don’t leave bags, backpacks, wallets or cameras unattended in public places, especially at airports, railway stations or ferry terminals.

If there is a safety box in your campervan, use it to protect your valuables. Keep a record of the description and serial numbers of your valuable

Park your campervan overnight in a holiday park, Department of Conservation camping ground or other specially designated area. If in doubt, ask at the nearest i-SITE (official visitor information office).

GLENTUNNEL CHELSEA LODGE MOTEL & B&B Charles St (off Philip St), Glentunnel P/F: +64 3 318 2700 Owner: Elaine Smith Quiet garden setting, close to golf course and domain, interesting walks from Coalgate and Glentunnel. Near village dairy, museum and service station. Tariff: $95-$120 (2 persons), extra person $25.

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ARTHUR’S PASS ALPINE MOTEL Main Rd, Arthur’s Pass Village

SH 73 E: info@apam.co.nz www.apam.co.nz Res: 0800 900 401 Our clean, warm and cosy cabins have their own bathroom, kitchen, dining table and comfy couch for 1-5 guests. We are surrounded by mountains in the heart of Arthur’s Pass Village. Listen for kiwi, watch kea play and enjoy a walk in the National Park. Free WiFi, TV & DVD in rooms. Reduced winter rates. ES:TX6 Tariff: $130-$155 (2 guests), extra guests $25. MU ST DO’S • CANTER BU R Y | 171


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Seddon Square, Waimate © Sam Roberts

Rākaia is the first town you’ll come to, about 57km south of Christchurch. Here, you’ll cross the longest bridge in the southern hemisphere. Ashburton is a mature, interesting town. It’s between Rākaia and Rangitata rivers so is an ideal base for fishing and watersports. At Timaru, a detour inland on SH 8 leads to Pleasant Point. It’s just over two hours drive to Pleasant Point from Christchurch. Having enjoyed time there, it’s back on track toward the coast again and onwards to Timaru, only 19km away.

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LEFT: Aigantighe Art Gallery, Timaru © Canterbury Tourism CENTRE: Temuka Pottery © Temuka Pottery RIGHT: Te Ana Māori Rock Art Museum, Timaru © South Canterbury Tourism

HIGHLIGHTS TEMUKA Originally named ‘te umu kaka’ which translates to ‘long-lasting ovens’, a name that pays homage to the earth ovens Māori people used to cook the local cabbage trees, Temuka is ironically famous these days for its pottery. Friendly locals will welcome you, whether you want to purchase said pottery, fish, visit a fruit winery, play 18 holes or visit the memorial of Richard Pearse, an aviation pioneer.

TE ANA MĀORI ROCK ART CENTRE, TIMARU In the Landing Services Building on George St, you’ll find eight treasures: Māori rock art, created hundreds of years ago, cut from the Opihi site 100-years-ago and now preserved for you to see. Guided tours by Ngāi Tahu, the decendants of those who made the art, reveal the historic and cultural stories

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behind these extraordinary taonga. There is also an option to take a guided tour from the centre out to Opihi where examples of Māori rock art are in situ.

AIGANTIGHE ART GALLERY Timaru’s public art gallery is one of the best. It has a permanent collection including works by New Zealand master Colin McCahon, Frances Hodgkins and Charles Goldie, and hosts local and national artists in regularly changing exhibitions.

TIMARU’S PENGUINS These cute little blues, kororā, are international celebrities. They measure just over 25cm tall and weigh around 1kg. You can spy them, from a respectful distance, at Caroline Bay, where they live in rocky places in the Timaru Port area.


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Art and culture, both historic and contemporary, play a significant part in the lives of communities you will experience on this journey.

SOUTH CANTERBURY MUSEUM Dedicated to South Canterbury’s people, places and past, this museum has a delightful eccentricity. A miscellany of invaluable specimens, artefacts, images, and documents chronicle the region’s heritage.

CAROLINE BAY BIRD AVIARY Visitors flock to see the bright-feathered birds in this Timaru icon. The dome-like structure is home to budgies, lovebirds, pheasants and some parrots and cockatiels with big personalities. CENTRAL TIMARU HISTORIC WALKS This is a quick-fire way to get to know Timaru and gets you up close and personal with heritage architecture such as the Landing Service Building used for unloading ships circa 1870, and the

famous Grosvenor Hotel redeveloped in 1915 Edwardian Baroque-style. You can complete this in about 30 minutes.

ASHBURTON ART GALLERY This is a vibrant cultural hub well worth taking a break in your journey to spend time at. Located on the first floor of the Ashburton Art Gallery and Heritage Centre on SH 1, it is a place for everyone, with regularly changing exhibitions of contemporary art made by local and national artists.

VICTORIA PARK, WAIMATE A great spot for a picnic, this park has a cycling track, a tennis court, an aviary and a playground that will thrill small family members. There are also camping facilities here if you’ve come to the end of a day on your road trip.

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STOP OFF IN ASHBURTON The backbone of the local farming district, Ashburton is a town with strong values, providing a chance to get a taste of rural life.

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erched between the Rakaia and Rangitata rivers, Ashburton is an ideal place to head if you’re into fly fishing. Both rivers are known for salmon and sea-run trout.

There are other sports to be enjoyed on the rivers, such as jetting and kayaking, and lovely walks to be enjoyed around the rivers, too. A walkway along the edge of RAKAIA GORGE, a three to four-hour return trip, takes you past spectacular geological features including river-carved terraces. Inland from Ashburton, MT SOMERS on the eastern edge of the Southern Alps offers some pretty special backcountry walks and tramps.

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LAKE HOOD on the outskirts of Ashburton is a paradise for water enthusiasts, with all kinds of water sports taking place there. ASHBURTON itself is a lively, interesting town with high-quality shopping, a good range of cafés, restaurants, art galleries and museums. In fact, there are six museums in Ashburton including a vintage railway museum, aviation museum and car museum. Ashburton’s gardens, public and private, are famously spectacular.

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Ō TŪ WHAREKAI This stunning area includes the Ashburton Lakes and part of the upper Rangitata River. It is one of the three sites that make up the national Arawai Kakariki Wetland Restoration Programme and is unusual in that it is located between mountains. It’s one of the remaining wetlands of its kind in the country and it plays a significant role in supporting wildlife.

PLEASANT POINT This lovely, welcoming town is home to the PLEASANT POINT MUSEUM AND RAILWAY which has the world’s only Ford Model T railcar, fully operational steam locomotives and regular steaming days when engines pull carriages short haul, the old way. While you’re in the area, explore the OPIHI RIVER STOP BACK TRACK on foot or on bike. PLEASANT POINT DOMAIN on SH 8 is a great place for the kids to run wild across 36ha and if you want to spend the night, the domain’s camping ground can host you.

Pleasant Point Museum and Railway © Canturbury Tourism

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TIMARU A port city, Timaru is the second-largest city in Canterbury. From its super safe swimming spot – Caroline Bay – to its beautiful botanic gardens and Edwardian-style setting, you’re bound to like what you see. The town centre, paved and with plenty of gardens, is linked to the beach with a piazza. imaru’s history is quite dramatic. Onceupon-a-time, Mt Horrible, a now extinct volcano erupted, and its basalt formed the undulating landscape and iconic harbour of Timaru.

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The wider Timaru District has recreation down to a fine art. From spending time with the smallest penguins in the world to finding inspiration at the museum, art gallery and sculpture garden, there’s something for everyone. A highlight on Timaru’s calendar is the annual Caroline Bay Carnival which runs for two weeks from Boxing Day and includes a New Year’s Eve fireworks display.

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> South Canterbury Museum > Aigantighe Art Gallery > Te Ana Māori Rock Art Centre > Caroline Bay > Timaru Botanic Gardens LEFT: Captain Cain outside The Landing Services Building, Timaru © Central South Island Tourism RIGHT: Child at Caroline Bay © Callender Girl


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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 facades, St Patrick’s Catholic Basilica will no doubt command your attention: ItalianateRomanesque in style, it’s quite the standout. Turn another corner and 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. 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-of-towners with an array of entertainment, it’s the delicious just-picked strawberries which really steal the show. However, if you miss it, head to Butlers Fruit Farm & Café instead. Less than nine minutes drive away, there’s seasonal fruit picking and a yearround café serving fruity refreshments.

Styish shops, interesting architecture, history and strawberries. What’s not to love?

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Reservations Freephone: 0800

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• Spacious ground-floor, self-contained units • Book direct for best prices 814 East St Ashburton • 50+ Sky and Free high-speed WiFi Ph: +64 3 308 8050 Email: office@commodoreashburton.co.nz • Total service is our strength www.commodoreashburton.co.nz • Tariff: from $110, extra person $20

Genuine Kiwi hospitality hosts, Chris & Paul ACADEMY LODGE MOTEL 782 East St, Ashburton P: +64 3 308 5503 E: academylodgemotel@xtra.co.nz www.academylodgemotel.co.nz Res: 0800 107 699 Studio, 1 & 2-brm (sleep 1-5). Clean, comfortable, recently refurbished units. Kitchen facilities, Spa Pool. Personal service guaranteed. Near town, hospital, showground, racecourse & Mt Hutt skiing. King/Queen beds. Free WiFi. Continental breakfast avail. Tariff: from EGS:TZ $125 (2p). AA Member/Seniors discount. ASHBURTON HOLIDAY PARK 62 Maronan Rd, Tinwald, Ashburton P: +64 3 308 6805 E: office@ashburtonholidaypark.co.nz  www.ashburtonholidaypark.co.nz Only an hour’s drive from Christchurch Airport, makes this the perfect first and last night stopover on your South Island Holiday. A great range of accommodation ESTZ from tent and powered sites to motel units.

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PHOENIX MOTEL 215 King St, Temuka P: +64 3 615 9680/0800 000 787

E: info@phoenixmotels.co.nz www.phoenixmotels.co.nz 10 spacious units, 5 with spa baths. 6 studios (1 access) sleeps 2, 4 x 2-brm apt sleeps 4. All doubleglazed. Sky TV 50+ channels, free WiFi, charge back from local restaurants. Walk to town centre, Clandeboye 11km, Levels Raceway 12km, Timaru 18km. Tariff: from $135, extra person $25. GS:TZ6 Book direct for best rates.

TEMUKA MOTEL 54 King St, Temuka P/F: +64 3 615 8004 E: temukamotel@xtra.co.nz www.temukamotel.co.nz Res: 0800 334 363 Town centre location. 6 self-contained 1 & 2-brm units and 2 new studio units built. Laundry, portacot, SKY TV and Free WiFi. Continental breakfast. Close to park, golf course, RSA, shops, cafés, restaurants. Timaru 16km, Clandeboye 12km, Levels raceway and airport 11km. GS:TZ6 Tariff: from $95 extra person $20. PLEASANT POINT SERENITY MOTELS 8 Totara St, Pleasant Point P: +64 3 614 8069 E: welcome@serenitymotels.nz www.serenitymotels.nz Close to Timaru on SH 8. Perfect choice for a pleasant stay. Quiet location 4 comfortable self-contained units, some garden/mountain views. Free WiFi. Tariff: from EG:TZ6 $135 (2 persons), $25 extra person.

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

• 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

Cnr Hilton Highway & Washdyke Flat Road, Timaru

Restaurant and Bar on site

• 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

ALL ENQUIRIES PHONE +64 3 688 2071 or 0800 688 207 Fax +64 3 688 2072 OR EMAIL northparkmotel@xtra.co.nz • www.northparkmotel.co.nz MU ST DO’S • CANTER BU R Y | 181


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Timaru TOP 10 Holiday Park

Combining the convenience of a city holiday park with the seclusion and spaciousness of a country setting.

0800 521 051 154a Selwyn Street Timaru 2019

Motels | Units | Cabins | Sites • Jumping Pillow • Playground • WiFi • BBQ Area • Quiet Central Location • TV Room • Golf Course (free round)

Parklands Motor Lodge 65-67 Evans Street, Timaru Book direct for best rates

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• Central location • 2min walk to restaurants, 15min to CBD • 5min walk to beach & supermarket • 5min walk to swimming pool & 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 Like us! • Tariff: $135-$170 (1-2 persons) Extra person $20. Corporate, group and seasonal rates available

0800 30 60 30

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

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RESERVATIONS: 0800 10 33 10

• 100m to central city, closest motel to CBD • Fully equipped suites • Adjacent cafés/ restaurants • Sauna unit • Spa pool • Studios and 1 & 2-bedroom units • Off-street parking • Free WiFi access • Guest laundry

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• Breakfast service and restaurant meals to rooms • Unit with access facilities • 9 suites with spa baths • Non-smoking rooms • Off-site self-contained apartments • Studio units starting from $140

Your hosts Wade and Mary 52 The Bay Hill, Timaru Ph +64 3 688 0097 Fax +64 3 688 0096 Email lets-stay@panorama.net.nz GS:TZ6 www.panorama.net.nz

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Cnr of King & Queen Sts, Timaru • P: +64 3 687 7200 www.timaru.govt.nz • E: enquiry@timdc.govt.nz Plan your journey the easy way with our range of comprehensive maps

GLENMARK HOLIDAY PARK 30 Beaconsfield Rd, Timaru

P: +64 3 684 3682 E: glenmarkmotorcamp@xtra.co.nz www.glenmarkholidaypark.nz Choice of cabins and motel units, sleep from 2-6 persons. 3min south of Timaru. Pool, playground and spacious rural setting. Tariff: 2-brm motel and self-contained units from $105-$130, cabins from $50$70, power sites $38, tent sites $35 for 2 persons.

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SEA BREEZE MOTEL 28 The Bay Hill, Timaru P: +64 3 684 3119

E: seabreezetim@xtra.co.nz www.seabreezetim.co.nz Res: 0800 443 443 12 quiet spacious self-contained studio, 1 & 2-bedroom units with spectacular sea views over Caroline Bay. Off-street parking, adjacent to cafés, close to CBD. Off SH 1. Breakfast available. Full kitchens, laundry. Free WiFi. Tariff: (2 persons) $110-$150, extra person $16. Corporate GS:TXZ rates available.

SOUTH CANTERBURY MUSEUM Perth St, Timaru P: +64 3 687 7212 E: museum@timdc.govt.nz museum.timaru.govt.nz/home 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: TuesFri 10am-4.30pm, Sat-Sun 1pm-4.30pm, closed 25, 26 Dec, 1 Jan. Free admission. ASHBURY PARK MOTEL 131 Evans St, Timaru P: +64 3 684 7071  Res: 0800 123 212 E: ashburyparkmotel@xtra.co.nz www.ashburyparkmotel.co.nz 8 refurbished kitchenette units. Soundproof, double-glazing. Free WiFi. 50+ Sky TV. Near aquatic centre, restaurants, shopping mall & Caroline Bay. Breakfasts avail. Tariff: from $115, extra $20. EGS:TZ FLAT BATTERY? – 0800 500 222 or *222 from your mobile MU ST DO’S • CANTER BU R Y | 183


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waimate district camping

waimate.org.nz

Waitaki Lakes

Tent & caravan sites (non-powered) | Boat ramps | Toilets Water activities | Porta-pottie stations

Victoria Park

Naylor Street, Waimate Cabins | Caravan sites | Power points | Kitchen facilities Animal park | Dump station

Knottingley Park and Arboretum

Waihao Back Road, Waimate Caravan and tent sites | Power sites Toilets | Dump station Kitchen & laundry facilities Waitaki Lakes, Victoria Park and Knottingley Park Enquiries P. +64 3 689 0000 | E. camping@waimatedc.govt.nz | W. waimate.org.nz

St Andrews Domain

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explore the wonders of waimate district today! Wallabies | Cycling & Walking Tracks | Silo Art | Fishing & Boating | Golf Heritage | Hunting | Parks & Playgrounds | Fossils | Horse Riding

waimate.org.nz Affordable hands on adventure Walk amongst • Touch • Feed Photograph • Our famous wallabies Group bookings essential please

Open 7 days 10am - 5pm

20 Sept through to 10 June During the off season, June 11th to Sept 19th will be open by appointment, weather dependent or by chance, 10am - 4pm Your host: Gwen Dempster - Schouten Email: jenny_dempster@hotmail.com

www.waimate.org.nz/tamewallabies Located North End of State Highway 82 on Bathgates Rd, Waimate

No eftpos or credit card facilities

Ph: (03) 689 7197

2 LOCHIEL MOTEL & GUEST HOUSE 100 Shearman St, Waimate

P: +64 3 689 7570 E: lochiel2@outlook.com Hosts: Carmen & Bernie Quiet, central location 1 block west of main street. 1 x studio, 2 x 1-bedroom, 1 x 2-bedroom. Spacious units, queen-size beds, full kitchen facilities. All units with DVD players. Close to all amenities. FREE WiFi. Tariff: $79-$125 (2 persons). Bed & Breakfast in Edwardian guest house (own GS:XZ[ bathrooms) $97-$120 (2 persons).

Windscreen chip repair 0800 300 120 aa.co.nz/windscreenrepair

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Amberley to Rangiora via SH 1 or the Inland Scenic Route 21min, 25.8km Rangiora to Methven & Mt Hutt Ski Area via SH 72 / the Inland Scenic Route 1hr 38min, 115km Methven & Mt Hutt Ski Area to Geraldine via SH 72 / the Inland Scenic Route 48min, 68.4km

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his route follows along the foothills of the Southern Alps. The Inland Scenic Route 72 is a showcase of north, mid and south Canterbury, starting in the quaint country quarters of Amberley and reaching a dramatic pause in Geraldine where southern hospitality is in good heart. First head south for 20 minutes along SH 1 to Rangiora, the largest town in the Waimakariri District. This is where you enter the heartland of New Zealand. You’ll be introduced to enchanting towns and villages along the way like Cust, Staveley, Windwhistle and Methven. You can white-water raft, visit forests, woodlands and gardens, hike, fish and even catch a ride in a hot-air balloon. Whether you stop for a brief interlude or a mini-break, every locale on this route is welcoming.


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OXFORD FARMERS’ MARKET on Main St, held every Sunday morning until noon, is excellent. Stock up on fruit and vegetables grown in the area and tantalising artisan foods – whitebait fritters, preserves, cured meats and honey. THE GERALDINE VINTAGE CAR & MACHINERY MUSEUM This gem has everything from hot-air engines and a threshing mill to sleek classic cars. This large collection keeps getting better with age, and the pièce de résistance is the 1907 De Deion, which has been in the town its whole life!

WINDWHISTLE This town offers a rural lifestyle with dramatic mountain views. Whether you stop for a stretch or a sleepover, enjoy the braided rivers, charming cottages, and famous Terrace Downs Resort Golf Course.

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Windwhistle views © Getty Images

MESOPOTAMIA STATION This is an unspoiled paradise located in the headwaters of the Rangitata River, east of the Southern Alps and inland from Peel Forest. Mesopotamia Station was named by Samuel Butler in 1860 to pay homage to the fact it lies between the Rangitata and Forest Creek rivers. It remains one of New Zealand’s oldest high country stations running sheep, deer and cattle. You can enjoy helicopter flights, hunting, fully guided walking tours and sleep under the twinkling stars. STAVELEY This iconic little town is home to the famous Staveley sausage roll. Staveley is located in the mid-Canterbury foothills. Get your skates on and perfect your pivoting on the natural ice rink, built by locals in 1949. Also visit the historic lime kilns before you head to historic Ross Cottage on Flynns Rd.


CANTERBURY MT PEEL A story helps to understand the cultural and historical significance of Peel Forest; 22km north of Geraldine and home to the ancient giants of kahikatea, tōtara and black pine, or mataī. Tarahaoa and his wife, Huatekerekere were passengers aboard the famous waka Āraite-Uru that capsized off Matakea. Along with many others from the waka, the couple ventured ashore to explore these new lands. They needed to regroup at the waka before daylight. Most did not find their way back and were turned into rock. Tarahaoa became the mountain known as Mt Peel and Huatekerekere became Little Mt Peel. Their children, Kirikirikatata and Aroarokaehe, are represented by two large trees in Peel Forest. As you take in the resplendent awning of podocarps, and the lush flora and fauna on the many walking tracks, keep this story in mind.

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Along the way you’ll find irresistable entrés into the landscape; short walks and day hikes to get you into the thick of it. What better way to break the journey? MT SOMERS There are child-friendly walks here, as well as an opportunity for an overnight tramp which links to the Pinnacles and Woolshed Creek Hut. You’ll come across historic mines, sub-alpine tussock lands and intriguing geological features like deep canyons and volcanic formations on the full-circuit route. Mt Somers is close to Staveley, with a starting point at Sharplin Falls car park.

RANGIORA At the heart of Waimakariri, Rangiora is the district’s largest town and has a lot going for it – interesting shopping, galleries, a museum and access to surrounding adventures in the form of great walking and cycling tracks and winterthemed attractions. oincide your arrival when your appetite is ripe, and make a bee-line for Rangiora Bakery. Operating since 1860, the on-site artisan café has modernised artisanal baking with a creative theatre Chef Zone. Rangiora is well noted for its local flavours, and Karikaas cheese factory often tops the list for most visitors. Drop in and pick up award-winning gouda. To burn off all the indulgences, nearby Glentui Loop Track crosses Glentui River and takes approximately one hour. It’s a 2km, family-friendly route.

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ne of New Zealand’s largest ski areas, avid skiers and snowboarders love the ‘pow’ here. Near Methven, the Mt Hutt Ski Field at 2086m above sea level takes in views of the Pacific Ocean to the east and the heart of the Southern Alps to the west. With a skiable area of 365ha, one of the longest vertical drops in the South Island at 683m and a diverse variety of terrain, Mt Hutt revels in its role as a must-do activity. Novice through to advanced skiers and snowboarders will find magic here with dedicated learning areas, off-piste areas and extensive powder bowl.

Mt Hutt Ski Area © Tony Harrington

It’s mostly but not all about snow here. Summer and shoulder-season visitors come to enjoy walking, trekking, mountain biking and road cycling, fishing, fishing, jet boating, golfing, hunting... you name it. Methven is a snow-sport town with a relaxed, friendly vibe. That translates to endearing cafés and bars, character accommodation options and memories in the making.

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RYDE FALLS WALK Oxford Forest’s pretty little secret. This easygoing excursion featuring regenerating bush and scrub is named after the Ryde Brothers who established logging in the area. A five-tier waterfall is the prize on offer. 12km, 6 hours.

TALBOT FOREST SCENIC RESERVE Families will love the multitude of short walks in this reserve in Geraldine with rare remnants of lowland podocarp and hardwood and native forest. Picnic spots are peppered throughout.

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Canterbury Plains, Geraldine © Getty Images RIGHT: Geraldine tearooms © South Canterbury Tourism

GERALDINE Geraldine and its surrounding areas are always living their best life. The epitome of peace and quiet, you’ll enjoy the relaxed rhythm of this environ with the gentle Waihi River meandering through the centre of town. efore Geraldine adopted its namesake, it was called Talbot Forest and then later, FitzGerald, in honour of the first superintendent of the Canterbury Provincial Council, James Edward FitzGerald. Geraldine was the final name embraced to represent the FitzGeralds’ clan name. Despite its name changing several times, this sweet country village has always had a strong and proud sense of identity. Amazing gourmet fare is available here: the famous local cheesemaker, internationally-recognised Barker’s fruit products and a chocolatier will all tempt the palate with their mouth-watering goodies.

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RANGIORA LEIGH HOLIDAY PARK 433 Dixons Rd, Rangiora P: +64 3 312 8872 E: rangioraleighcamp@xtra.co.nz Tranquil park-like setting. Family camp ground with room for the kids. Wide open spaces and a friendly atmosphere. Set in countryside, 5km to central Rangiora. Pets by arrangement. WiFi. Dump station. Tariff: tent site $27; power site $30; cabin $65-$75 (2p).

STZ\[6 There’s so much to do in your own backyard, down the street, or just a few hours away… Plan your next Kiwi holiday online 101MustDos.co.nz MOUNT SOMERS MT SOMERS HOLIDAY PARK 87 Hoods Rd, Mt Somers P: +64 3 303 9719 E: camp@mountsomers.co.nz www.mountsomers.co.nz Enjoy tranquil garden setting, with ensuite & standard cabins or sheltered camping/campervan sites. Great base camp to explore Mt Sunday, high country lakes and beautiful ST[6 walkways. Tariff: from $20pp for sites, $60pp for cabins.

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GERALDINE KIWI HOLIDAY PARK & ACCOMMODATION

Spacious rural holiday park • 6km/5min north of Geraldine. • Free WiFi internet. • Free BBQs • Free Laundry • No charges on showers • Pets welcome • Great children’s play area & seasonal heated swimming pool. • Large modern self-contained kitchen.

• Sealed tennis courts, jumping pillow, games room & TV room. • Accommodation to suit every wallet: $36-$150 (2 persons). • Motels, cabins, 2 & 3-brm units, power sites and unpowered sites. • Discount cards accepted: AA, Gold Card, Kiwi Holiday Parks, NZMCA.

Cnr 7 Keen Rd & SH 72/79 Orari Bridge, Geraldine P: +64 3 693 7453 E: 2grumpys@xtra.co.nz Reservations: 0800 2GRUMPY (0800 247 8679) www.grumpykiwi.co.nz MU ST DO’S • CANTER BU R Y | 193


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Geraldine TOP 10 Holiday Park

We are the only Holiday Park in the heart of Geraldine, with a tranquil park setting and just 2 minute walk to the boutique town centre.

0800 876 010 39 Hislop Street Geraldine 2019

Motels | Units | Cabins | Sites • Tranquil park setting • Bike & Kart Hire • BBQ Area • BMX Track • Playground • WiFi

extraordinary Located in beautiful rural South Canterbury, The Tin Shed has the world’s biggest range of NZ-made merino and merino-possum garments. We also sell quality sheepskin rugs, slippers, hats & boots, possum fur items, wool blankets, duvets, mohair and alpaca throws. Meet our friendly staff in person or shop online. Relax in our farmyard, with its native gardens and animals. Find us just 1 Km off Highway 1 at Rangitata on Hyy 79. Open 7 days 9am to 5pm. Ph 0508 504 006

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FREE Call: 0800 400 404 • Quality, spacious family and studio units, being fully self-contained and sleeps 2-6 persons • Off-street & covered parking, large garden, BBQ and playground • Free unlimited WiFi, short walk to town, river walk • Pets are welcome by arrangement • Tariff: (Oct 2018-Sep 2019) $110-$150 (2 persons), extra $20.

GS:T\ [ 97 Talbot St, Geraldine | P: +64 3 693 8501 | E: info@geraldinemotels.co.nz | www.geraldinemotels.co.nz

FREE WiFi, Public Toilets, Off-Street Car Parking, Bureau de Change and Overseas Postage Available

Mundell’s Cafe & Restaurant – one of the best cafes in town. Great selection of hot and cold cabinet food. Mundell’s Cafe & Restaurant – one of the best cafes in town. Mundell’s Cafe Restaurant one ofcabinet the best Great&selection of hot – and cold food.cafes in town. Great selection of hot and cold cabinet food.

Town Centre. Geraldine Open 7 Days, 8am-6pm • Tel 0800 144 372 • info @kiwicountry.co.nz

CAMPERMATE CamperMate is one of New Zealand’s most popular free travel apps. It is packed with campervan related travel information and helps you find whatever you may need on your road trip around New Zealand: free, low cost and paid campsites or hostels; free WiFi; public toilets; supermarkets; laundromats; petrol stations; dump stations; tips from fellow travelers; road alerts and more. The app also offers last minute discount deals on accommodation and activities based on your location.

Mundell’s Cafe & Restaurant – one of the best cafes in town. Great selection of hot and cold cabinet food.

ASURE SCENIC ROUTE MOTOR LODGE 28 Waihi Tce, Geraldine

P: +64 3 693 9700 E: motelscenicroute@xtra.co.nz www.motelscenicroute.co.nz  Res: 0800 723 643 Modern, ASURE rated 4-star motel located adjacent to restaurants & shops. Large studio/family suites with king-size beds, air-conditioning/heat pumps, kitchens & Free WiFi. Tariff: from $130-$295 (2-5 persons).

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he Mackenzie Basin straddles the Mackenzie and Waitaki districts; it’s a seasonal chameleon, adopting the vibrant hues of each season, with lavendercoloured lupins sweeping boldly across the tussock-swept landscapes in summer.

Ōmarama comes next, at the southern end of the Mackenzie Basin. Ōmarama translates to ‘Place of Light’ in English, an endearing reference to its pure and clear sky, a glider’s idea of heaven.

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Lake Tekapō to Twizel Via SH 8 38min, 57.2km SIDE TRIP p.201

Leaving Geraldine, head inland on SH 79 and SH 8 to Lake Tekapo, famous for its night sky, then on to Twizel, the largest town in the Mackenzie District. This historic hydro-town is an adventure playground with lakes, rivers, picturesque canals, and some great snow action nearby.

Geraldine to Lake Tekapō Via SH 79 & SH 8 1hr 7min, 88.6km

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SHEEPDOG MONUMENT A firm favourite for many visitors to Tekapō, the bronze memorial of a collie – next door to the Church of the Good Shepherd – was commissioned in 1968 to pay respect to the role of hard-working dogs in the region’s agricultural history.

TOP: View of Lake Tekapo from Mt John © christchurchnz.org.nz ABOVE: Sheepdog statue at Lake Tekapo © Mackenzie Tourism

FAIRLIE It knows how to turn up the heat in summer, goes for gold in autumn, is a wonderland in winter and blooms in spring. Spend a day or two enjoying the generosity of the local farmstays, visiting Mabel Binney Cottage and the local museum and art galleries.

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MT JOHN SUMMIT TRACK Access the start of this track from the Tekapō Springs complex. While you’ll find the forest walk awe-inspiring, what’s waiting at the top will really impress. A 360-degree panorama of the mountains, lakes and Mackenzie Basin bring the drama while the hilltop café is a chance to refuel. Plus the iconic Mt John Observatory is here; come back when the stars are out. BURKES PASS Halfway between Fairlie and Tekapō, Burkes Pass is a tiny historic village and an endearing snapshot of the past, with museums and heritage buildings including the oldest union church in New Zealand.


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There are multiple walking and cycling tracks in the Aoraki Mt Cook area. From short, easy walks to challenging multi day, tracks will take you into territory not accessible by road. Your reward: spectacular scenery.

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LAKE TEKAPO When this pristine lake is calm and has a mirror image of the surrounding Southern Alp mountains, you realise there is such a thing as perfection.

LAKE PUKAKI The alpha of three almost parallel lakes running from north to south along the northern edge of the Mackenzie Basin, Lake Pukaki’s power is enhanced by the snow-clad mountains around it. Its deep blue owes to glacial flour, finely-ground minerals in the water.

LAKE RUATANIWHA This man-made lake near Twizel is the place for rowing regattas, kayaking, jet boating, windsurfing, swimming, and jet skiing.

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Lake Tekapo is a photographer’s dream, from first light to after dark when all the stars come out.

ake Tekapo is an exceptionally beautiful place, whatever the time of year or day; during winter with a backdrop of snow, in summer when the lupins are in bloom and in between, when the wide, clear skies are brilliant for day-time photography and night-time star gazing.

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One of the most photographed scenes is of the Church of the Good Shepherd, framed by the Southern Alps. The lake itself, an amazing turquoise blue, is also well-documented.

TOP LEFT: Lake Tekapo © Jill Gardiner BOTTOM LEFT: Mount John University Observatory © Vaughan Brookfield

There are plenty of ways to appreciate this place: horse riding, mountain biking, trekking, taking a scenic flight and golfing. And in winter, skiing, skating and snowboarding are on the menu. You can soaking in hot pools and indulge in a spa all year round. Star gazing is extra special here. Because its skies are free of light pollution, the Mackenzie region is an International Dark Sky Reserve. Join a star-gazing tour for a magical night.

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This territory is wonderful to explore with walks in summer. Come winter, there are many back country skiing options in Mackenzie Country. Explore new terrain, at your own pace, or with a private guide. AORAKI MT COOK

MAGICAL, UNFORGETTABLE: A 45-minute drive from Twizel delivers you to Aoraki Mt Cook National Park where the highest peak in Australasia – Aoraki Mt Cook – stands. This mighty 3724m mountain is a dream playground for climbers, hikers and lovers of nature. The national park stretches over more than 70,000ha on tussock grassland, river valleys, lakes and mountains. To explore on foot, consider the Hooker Valley Track which takes around three hours and provides views of some phenomenal glaciers. Another option is to take a scenic flight which will serve up views of not only

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Aoraki Mt Cook but also other notable highlights of the national park including Tasman Glacier and Tasman Lake, Fox Glacier and Franz Josef Glacier. Aoraki Mt Cook Village is perfectly positioned to take advantage of the scenery. With 140 peaks over 2000m high and glaciers covering 405ha within Aoraki Mt Cook National Park, this is an unforgettable place to visit. TOP RIGHT: Mt John Walkway MIDDLE: Aoraki Mt Cook from Lake Pukaki BOTH © christchurchnz.org.nz

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Lake Ruataniwha, Twizel © christchurchnz.org.nz RIGHT: Snowy SH 80 © AATP

TWIZEL Twizel was purpose-built in the 1960s to provide a home for workers involved in the Upper Waitaki power scheme. As it’s the closest town to Aoraki Mt Cook and is set among a network of lakes, rivers and canals, it’s now a popular tourist town – with a lot going for it. isitors after action and adventure will find it here: mountain biking, horse trekking, hunting, hiking, skiing, kayaking and fishing for salmon and trout are all on Tekapo’s agenda. Those looking for quieter, more sedate activities can visit the largest organic lavender farm in the southern hemisphere, check out a high country salmon farm, or they might consider birdwatching which is particularly satisfying here. They may even spot the Black Stilt – kakī – the rarest wading bird in the world.

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• Snow chains CANTERBURY TRIP • A working torch (and spare batteries) FAIRLIE • A radio and mobile phone • Drive with yourPINEWOOD headlightsMOTELS on, day or night 25-27 Mount Cook Rd, Fairlie P: +64 3 685 8599 • Update yourself on weather and road conditions regularly. Members can call 0800 E: pinewoodmotels@xtra.co.nz www.pinewoodmotels.co.nz Res: 0800 85 85 99 Affordable alternative to0900 Tekapo. spacious & family units. Excellent service. 500 222. Non Members can phone 33Clean, 222 at a coststudios of $1.30 per minute.

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Free WiFi Ph/Fax: +64 3 680 6234 • Email: reflectionslaketekapo@gmail.com • www.reflectionsrestaurant.co.nz

THE CHALET BOUTIQUE MOTEL 14 Pioneer Dr, Lake Tekapo P: +64 3 680 6774 E: info@thechalet.co.nz www.thechalet.co.nz Res: 0800 84 32 42 Hosts: Walter & Zita Quality boutique accommodation, close to lake shore & Church of the Good Shepherd. WELCOME to the view, comfort & relaxation. Your gateway to serenity. Individually designed, spacious apartments: studio, 1 & 2-brm units. Holiday cottages. Outdoor activities. Tariff: from $235 (2p), extra from $45. ES:TZ6 LAKE TEKAPO COTTAGES 12 Sealy St, Lake Tekapo P: +64 3 680 6865

E: laketekapocottages@gmail.com www.laketekapocottages.co.nz 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).

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TRIP 6 CANTERBURY LAKEFRONT LODGE BACKPACKERS Lakeside Dr, Lake Tekapo P: +64 3 680 6825 E: info@laketekapo-accommodation.co.nz www.laketekapo-accommodation.co.nz Res: 0800 853 853 78-bed lodge on the shores of Lake Tekapo. Pick-up available from village. Double/twin/quad/multi rooms available. Spectacular views over Lake Tekapo. Close to Tekapo Springs, swimming beach & Mt John walkway. WiFi ESRTZ available. Tariff: from $38 per person. MT DOBSON MOTEL 768 Fairlie-Tekapo Highway, Kimbell, RD 17 P: +64 3 685 8819 www.mtdobsonmotel.co.nz Res: 0800 546 235 Family-friendly motel on main highway between Fairlie (5min) and Tekapo (20min). 5 clean spacious s/c ground-floor units. Skiing, closest to Mt Dobson, boating, fishing, golf, art & restaurant with takeaways next door. Personal service assured. Sleep in. Free unlimited WiFi. EGS:T Tariff: from $105 (2 persons). LAKE TEKAPO HOLIDAY HOMES 8 O’Neill Pl, Lake Tekapo P: +64 3 680 6607 E: info@tekapoholidayhomes.co.nz www.tekapoholidayhomes.co.nz Variety of fully self-contained holiday homes (sleep 2-10). Short walk to village centre and lake. Linen supplied. Perfect accommodation for summer and winter holiday. Tariff: $175-$695 (2 persons), extra person $35. STXZ6 STAY IN TEKAPO BUDGET ACCOMMODATION Village Centre, SH 8, Lake Tekapo www.stayintekapo.com Res: 0800 118 666  Best price and value in Tekapo – backpacker beds & private rooms.  Central location, near lakefront, church, hot pools, shops & restaurants, bus stop 100m. Family friendly, spacious S:T6 kitchen/dining, sep showers/toilets, fresh linen, Sky TV, free WIFI.

ROADSERVICE - 0800 500 222 or *222 from your mobile phone or aa.co.nz/roadservice AORAKI/MOUNT COOK • Luxury accommodation • Smokefree • King-size beds • Full kitchen facilities • Radiators/underfloor heating • Breakfast available • Guest laundry • Off-street parking • Unlimited FREE WiFi • Spa bath units TARIFF: (2 persons) studio from $245, 2-brm from $295, extra adult $35, child $25

Reservations: 0800 435 333 26 Bowen Dr, Mt Cook Village Ph: +64 3 435 1111 Email: info@aorakicourt.co.nz

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THE HELICOPTER LINE – MT COOK Glentanner Park, SH 80, Mt Cook P: +64 3 435 1801 E: mountcook@helicopter.co.nz www.helicopter.co.nz Res: 0800 650 651 The Helicopter Line will fly you deep into Mt Cook National Park’s towering mountains, vast glaciers and remote snowfields. Offering scenic flights and heli-hikes in the national park, we have adventures for all.

ROAD TRIP GAMES TWENTY QUESTIONS One person states they are a person, place or thing (or declares animal, vegetable or mineral). Everybody else gets to interrogate the player with 20 questions, which must be answered “yes” or “no.” TWO TRUTHS AND ONE LIE The player tells the group three statements about himself or herself. Two are true and one is a lie. Everyone tries to guess which one is the lie.

LICENCE PLATE LINGO Make up a phrase using the letters on another car’s plate. Spot a licence plate and call out the letters on it. Then everyone tries to come up with a different phrase using the letters in the order they appear on the licence plate as the first letter of each word. For instance KEW could be “kittens eating watermelon” or “kiss every warthog.” When you can’t think of any more look for another licence plate.

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hand-fired steamship in operation in the southern hemisphere, this surviving relic of the past is an integral part of Queenstown’s pioneering history. It was built in 1912 to help isolated farming communities connect with the world around them. Jump aboard this Edwardian vintage twin screw steamer ‘The Lady of the Lake’, and sing along with the on-board piano or enjoy a glass of wine while you take in the breathtaking scenery.

A hive of activity with whitewater rafting, jet boating and kayaking based here, Kawarau Gorge is where to head if you’re keen on watersports. You can also visit the remains of several miners’ cottages above the banks of the river.

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KAWARAU SUSPENSION BRIDGE is the site of the world’s first commercial bungy jumping venture founded by AJ Hackett. Come here to jump off or to watch others take the plunge.


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Spirit of Queenstown at Mt Nicholas © Southern Discoveries

CROMWELL In the valley of Upper Clutha, Cromwell is the gateway to gold mines and ghost towns with a rich history that belies its modern appearance. Cromwell is where two rivers – the Clutha and Kawarau – meet. Whether you want to sample stone fruit, some of the world’s best pinot noir, get lost in time at the Cromwell Heritage Precinct, or shop at the boutiques and galleries, you’ll find a bit of everything here.

CARDRONA HOTEL Established in 1863, this legendary après ski destination provides roaring outdoor fires, spirit-raising mulled wine and cosy ensuite accommodation. In over 150 years of operation, the iconic hotel has never lost its southern charm. LAKES DISTRICT MUSEUM & ART GALLERY Established in 1948 as a Centennial of Otago project, this small but valuable museum in

Arrowtown is recognised as one of New Zealand’s finest. Its tactile interactions, authentic depiction of early Māori life, and an historic Post Office on site, are popular elements. Visiting this museum gives you genuine insight into the area. Between Wanaka and the West Coast, MAKARORA is a hikers’ hub and a good place to be based for acccess to Mt Aspiring National Park.

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TOP: New Year’s Eve fireworks © Getty Images BELOW: Torchlight Hikoi © Queenstown Winter Festival

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> Torchlight Hikoi > Winter Festival > Queenstown cycle trail > Queenstown Hill > Skyline Gondola > Queenstown Arts Centre > Heritage and Arts trail > Lake Wakatipu cruise > River jet rides > Wine tours > Hot pools

If you’re on a quest to find that balance between relaxation and adventure, you’ve hit the jackpot. There’s ample opportunity here to enjoy hip cafés, bars and restaurants, or you can get into the action on offer and take full advantage of the endless options right on your doorstep. hether you’re a fixture on the winery scene, charging down the hillside in a purpose-built luge cart, gliding towards the top of Bob’s Peak in the southern hemisphere’s steepest cable car, paragliding or picnicking, you won’t want the curtain to fall on your time in Queenstown.

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In winter you’ll be hitting the snow; at any time of the year you’ll be soaking up the buzz of this beautiful lakeside town. Cosmopolitan, innovative, welcoming; there is something here for everyone.

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Double Cone Coronet Peak Kawarau Gorge Queenstown Cycle Trail > Glenorchy > Skippers Canyon

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Fun family activities are the makings of many a lasting holiday memory. There are plenty of options along the way, no matter what ages you’ve got on board.

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LAKE WAKATIPU Queentown’s deep, cold lake is very picturesque. The Dart and Rees flow into it; Kawarau flows out. Good options are to cruise across it and walk its shores. LAKE HAYES A short drive from Queenstown on the way to Arrowtown, beautiful Lake Hayes is the most photographed lake in New Zealand. Come here to walk, bike, picnic and – of course – take photographs.

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LAKE HAWEA An outdoor lover’s paradise, this lake offers the chance to boat, kitesurf, swim, kayak and ride. If you want to be more relaxed, picnic by the braided river bed or stroll around the lake. LAKE WANAKA Look for the social media celebrity #that wanaka tree, a crooked willow standing in the shallows in Roys Bay. After dark, check out the night sky over the lake. M U ST DO’ s • LOW ER SOU TH I SLAND | 213


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he wineries in Queenstown and nearby Gibbston have a reputation for producing some of the world’s best pinot noir; it’s easy to while away a day exploring cellar doors and restaurants to find your favourite vintage. Choose from tour companies to ferry you around Gibbston and further afield to Central Otago wineries, leaving you to indulge in as many tastings as you wish before being whisked to the next destination. You can join

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an organised group tour, enlist the services of a chauffeurdriven private vehicle or even take a helicopter flight across the region. If you are pushed for time, The Winery in Beach St offers a cosy cellar door experience showcasing more than 80 wines with tasting, half or full glasses available. There are also local beers, New Zealand whisky and non-alcoholic drinks to be enjoyed with cheese and charcuterie platters.


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he popular collective of ski fields on this route will happily deliver. There’s ski transport from Queenstown and Wanaka to all the ski areas. Coronet Peak The closest ski field to Queenstown, Coronet Peak knows how to party. Its roller coaster terrain keeps things exciting, with 280 skiable hectares offering a good range of terrain for skiers and snowboarders. There are dedicated beginner slopes as well as intermediate and advanced-level trails. Coronet Peak is one of the country’s most exhilarating winter experiences that is

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THE SKI FIELDS suitable for all ability levels and has night skiing a few nights a week from late June to early September. Treble Cone Ski Area South Island’s largest ski and snowboard resort, Treble Cone features the longest vertical rise of all Wanaka and Queenstown’s ski fields. This field offers an awardwinning experience for skiers and snowboarders of all levels. Cardrona Alpine Resort It’s a family affair at Cardrona with Kids’ Club and Ski Kindy for the little ones. With more than 320 skiable hectares including cross-country opportunities, it’s a popular choice for freestyle skiing.

If you’ve got a sweet tooth, you’ll find something to satisfy your every craving along this trip.

Snow Farm This is dedicated to cross country, with 55km of trails to ski. Soho Basin A privately owned ski field, behind Cardrona, that promises the ultimate alpine experience.

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FERGBURGER, QUEENSTOWN Serving legendary mammoth, gourmet burgers including a vegetarian version, Fergberger in Shotover St is a real winner. Be prepared to queue! Queenstown has many award-winning restaurants. Choose from AMISFIELD and let the chef serve you his selection of the day with cellar door matches; BOTSWANA BUTCHERY for stylish dining; FISHBONE which celebrates South Island seafood; MADAM WOO for Malaysian hawker food; RATA for exquisite top-end dining and all-day bar; and SHERWOOD for ambience, live music and a great setting . Other top picks are TANOSHI for Japanese pancakes and TACO MEDIC for fresh Latin food. Queue for Fergburger © Fergburger

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ARROWTOWN Pretty Arrowtown welcomes you into what feels like the set of a film with its tree-lined streets, its quaint stores and the influence in the architecture of early settlers and Chinese miners from the 1870s.

Arrowtown © Getty Images TOP: Cycling, Arrowtown © Miles Holden

> Buckingham St > The Arrow River > Chinese Miners’ Settlement > Lakes District Museum > Gold panning

pend at least a day – ideally a few – in this historic mining town on the banks of the Arrow River. You’ll find funky cafés, bars and restaurants, Dorothy Brown’s boutique cinema, world-class golf courses and the unmissable Lake District Museum & Art Gallery.

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Walking is a good option here. Include a visit to the remains of a Chinese miners’ settlement on your itinerary. Autumn is Arrowtown’s star season.

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walks BANNOCKBURN SLUICINGS, CROMWELL You’ll discover a moment frozen in time at this forsaken but not forgotten landscape. Once the stomping ground of gold miners, this rugged family of cliffs, caves and gullies are human-made, created by gold sluicing. Offering a snapshot of yesteryear, this scarred landscape is not to be missed. 3.5km loop, 1 hour, 30 minutes.

THE BIG HILL TRAIL, ARROWTOWN This was the main route to Macetown before the road was constructed in 1884. Today, the old bridle trail climbs steadily from Bush Creek via Eichardt’s Flat, with your effort generously rewarded at the top. Take in expansive views of Arrow Basin and Lake Hayes

before making your way down the way you came, or via Eight Mile Creek.

the Lowburn Flats in the northwest. 30 minutes.

GIBBSTON RIVER TRAIL, GIBBSTON A walking

This demanding climb is a full-day hike to the summit at 1438m. You can pick a 3 to 4-hour track to Ben Lomond Saddle or push on to the summit which takes 6-8 hours. The allure of 360-degree views of Queenstown, Lake Wakatipu and mountain ranges including Cecil – are excellent incentives. 8 hours.

and mountain bike track spanning the historic Kawarau Suspension Bridge and along the south bank of the Kawarau River, the Gibbston Trail has unrivaled scenery and historical features. The fascinating landscape tells a story of life in the 19th century when gold mining on the Gibbston Flats was in full swing. 9km, 1-3 hours.

THE BIG RESERVOIR TRACK, CROMWELL Zigzag your way along this track towards an old reservoir high above Lake Dunstan which stretches more than 40km from the southern end of Cromwell Gorge to

BEN LOMOND WALKWAY

QUEENSTOWN HILL LOOP A moderately challenging walk that starts in downtown Queenstown and climbs to the ‘Basket of Dreams’, a favourite lookout, and ends on Belfast St. You’ll get wonderful views across Wakatipu Basin to Cecil Peak, Frankton Arm and Queenstown Bay. 3 hours.

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WANAKA TO LAKE HAWEA Far from being in the shadow of Queenstown, this small township flanked by a gorgeous lake and giant mountains is a star in its own right. Whether you want to wine and dine bike, hike or boat, there is an activity for every hour you spend here. ki, swim, mountain bike, cycle, skydive, jet-boat ride, trek through stunning landscapes; it’s your call in Wanaka, the home of outdoor adventure. Wanaka is good for shopping – think New Zealand-made merino, renowned local designer labels and outdoor gear – and this is also the place for seriously good food and wine.

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A very scenic 15 minute drive delivers you to Lake Hawea, another very beautiful spot with water sports, walking tracks and a township providing all that you need to stay a while.

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QUEENSTOWN A new standard of accommodation in Central Queenstown . . .

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Luxury 2 & 3-brm, 2-bathroom apartments totally self-contained & fully equipped. FREE WIFI allocation. The Mall Town Centre Ample undercover or on-site parking for all apartments. Adjacent to the town centre, yet facing on to a quiet, tree-lined street opposite Queenstown Gardens. Queenstown Ideal for longer-stay visitors. Bay Light & spacious living areas, private patios or balconies. Luxury fittings and furnishings throughout. Queenstown Tariff per apartment: 2-brm from $375 (sleeps 5), 3-brm from $490 (sleeps 7). Gardens Check-in at Blue Peaks Lodge, 11 Sydney St, Queenstown.

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RESERVE YOUR STAY 0800 269 666 • Spacious 1, 2 and 3-bedroom self-contained apartments • Fully equipped kitchen and in-room laundry facilities • Central location. Easy 400m walk to town centre and gondola. Food market across road • Sky TV, DVD player and stereo • Free WiFi, off-street car park. Recycling available

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Kingston TOP 10 Holiday Park

Enjoy staying in this alpine holiday park, located on the main highway between popular Queenstown & Milford Sound.

0800 867 012 16 Kent Street, Kingston

Kingston’s township offers Cafe/Bar’s, a general store, fuel pumps, bike hire and a lakefront bay for swimming. Motels | Cabins | Sites • Glamping Tents • 40 mins to Qtown • Free 500MB WiFi • BBQ Area • Camp Laundry • Friendly staff • Playground (next door)

Queenstown TOP 10 Holiday Park

Just seven minutes’ drive from the centre of Queenstown where a stunning alpine setting awaits you.

0800 521 095 70 Arthurs Point Road Queenstown 2019

Motels | Units | Cabins | Sites • Playground • Fun Bikes • Jumping Pillow • Free WiFi • BBQ Area • TV Room • Ticketing Agent • Courtesy Shuttle • Hot Tub • Movie Room

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acres of natural bush with spectacular lake & mountain views only 10km from Queenstown’s centre non-power sites, clean toilets & tap water, picnic tables walking, biking, fishing & boating from the camp hire a gold pan & try your luck

SECLUDED, LAKESIDE CAMPING

QUEENSTOWN

www.12miledelta.co.nz 975 Glenorchy-Queenstown Rd, Queenstown

E: info@12miledelta.co.nz • Ph: +64 3 428 4289 • Rates: $15-$30

Asure Caples Court Motel & Apartments 20 Stanley St, Queenstown

P: +64 3 441 3101 • E: stay@caplescourt.co.nz www.caplescourt.co.nz

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Located in the heart of Queenstown Studio, 1 & 2-brm units, most with lake/mountain views Town and lake 3-minute walk Balconies. Kitchen. Laundry Free parking, subject to availability Ski/bike storage • Free WiFi

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www.bluepeaks.co.nz 11 Sydney Street • QUEENSTOWN P: +64 3 441 0437 • E: info@bluepeaks.co.nz

FREEPHONE: 0800 162 122

• Central location near town, shops, restaurants • 57 self-contained units with fridge, hairdryer, SKY TV, phone, DVD and heating • Continental breakfast available • Cots & highchairs available • All tours & adventure trips can be arranged at reception • Off-street parking • FREE WiFi allocation • Tariff: $170-$285 (2 persons)

• Stylish studio, 1 and 2-bedroom apartments, uninterrupted views of Lake Wakatipu, Remarkables Range and Queenstown Bay • Located close to the heart of Queenstown but distanced from busy roads • Fully equipped kitchen, laundry, spa, gym facilities • Free WiFi • Tariff: $295-$700

www.highviewapartm ents.co.nz Email: reservations@highviewapartments.co.nz

Short walk to town

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southerndiscoveries.co.nz Contact us for bookings and enquiries: Cnr Stanley & Beetham Sts, Queenstown Telephone: +64 3 441 0310 Freephone: 0800 484 345 Email: stay@theglebe.co.nz www.theglebe.co.nz

Enjoy a stay in the finest of luxury in the heart of Queenstown The Glebe offers beautifully appointed Penthouse Apartments in the heart of Queenstown The highest quality, stylish furnishing and thoughtful conveniences of the Penthouse Apartments are the special factors that set us apart from others.

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ABBA COURT MOTEL 35 Gorge Rd, Queenstown P: +64 3 442 9280

E: stay@abba.co.nz www.abba.co.nz Res: 0800 44 55 74 Hosts: Lyndon & Paula Short flat walk to town. 11 fully equipped studio, 1 & 2-brm kitchen units. Unlimited FREE WiFi. Large Smart TV’s. Off-street parking. Playground. Refurbished 2017/18. Tariff: $99-$550 (1-5 persons), seasonal rates. Check our website for best prices.

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ABSOLOOT VALUE ACCOMMODATION 50 Beach St, Queenstown P: +64 3 442 9522 www.absoloot.co.nz Designed for backpackers, flashpackers & value-seeking travellers. Spectacularly located on lakefront in centre of Queenstown. Ensuite rooms/LCD TV/fridge/heat pump. FREE WiFi. Tariff: Private rooms from $105, Dorms from $31.

C:T6 WAKATIPU VIEW APARTMENTS 14 Frankton Rd, Queenstown P: +64 27 415 8333 E: stay@wakatipuview.co.nz www.wakatipuview.co.nz 5 modernised self-contained apartments (sleep 2-4 persons), central Queenstown location, 4min walk to town. Warm with 3 units double-glazed. Full kitchenette in all units. Bathroom with shower & washing machine. Free off-street parking and free fibre WiFi. Pets on request. S:TXZ6 Tariff: from $145 (2 persons).

FLAT BATTERY? 0800 500 222 or *222 from your mobile COLONIAL VILLAGE MOTEL 136 Frankton Rd, Queenstown P: +64 3 442 7629 E: colonialvillagequeenstown@gmail.com www.colonialvillage.co.nz Best Queenstown views. Studio, 1 & 2-brm units. Private cooking facilities & ensuite bathrooms. 1km to town centre. FREE WiFi. Guest car park. 10min :TXZ6 walk to town centre. Air-con. Tariff: $170-$395 (1-5p). SPINNAKER BAY APARTMENTS 151 Frankton Rd, Queenstown P: +64 3 442 5050 E: info@spinnaker.co.nz www.spinnakerbay.co.nz Res: 0800 00 55 77 ABSOLUTE LAKEFRONT. 18 luxury lakeside 1, 2 & 3-brm apartments. Near centre of town. Sky TV 50+ channels. FREE WiFi. Undercover parking. Tariff: $357-$612 ES:TZ4 per apartment. Off-season rates. Long stay specials. TURNER HEIGHTS TOWNHOUSES Top of Turner St, Queenstown P: +64 3 442 8383 E: turnerh@queenstown.co.nz www.turnerheights.co.nz Res: 0800 804 333 Spacious 1 & 2-brm apts. Communal spa pools & BBQs. 3min walk to town. In-unit laundry (2-brm). Quiet location. Smart TVs & FREE WiFi. ES:TXZ Tariff: $165-$420 (1-2p), extras $30. Seasonal. M U ST DO’ s • LOW ER SOU TH I SLAND | 223


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Stroll through the historic avenues, gold pan in the Arrow River, hike or bike through the hills. Arrowtown is the home to the Lakes District Museum, vibrant retail stores, traditional pubs, cafés and restaurants where you can find culinary delights and hearty food. It’s easy to get here with regular bus services running from Queenstown, only 20 minutes away. Come visit.

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• Moa hunters & greenstone gatherers • European settlement • Gold pan hire • Gold-mining history • Chinese settlement • Attached art gallery, book & gift shop

OPEN DAILY DON’T MISS OUT

49 Buckingham St, Arrowtown Ph: +64 3 442 1824 Email: info@museumqueenstown.com www.museumqueenstown.com or Education Enquires: www.handsonhistory.co.nz

Recognised as New Zealand’s leading specialist in natural gold and gold nugget jewellery. On display, a collection of the largest gold nuggets recently found in New Zealand. Our in-house jeweller can create that one-off piece for you. GAA Certified Diamond Graders & Pearl Graduate in store Buckingham Street, Arrowtown • Ph: +64 3 442 1319 goldshop@xtra.co.nz • www.thegoldshop.co.nz

New Zealand Jade carved by our local craftspeople. See these beautiful pieces created on site. Shop open 7 days. Studio open Mon-Fri 30 Buckingham Street, Arrowtown • Ph: +64 3 442 1654 Email: info@jadefactoryarrowtown.co.nz www.jadefactoryarrowtown.co.nz

ARROWTOWN GOLF COURSE Nestled in amongst the natural contours of the land, Arrowtown Golf Course is not a particularly long course, but it plays very tight and to score well, you must play straight. A great golfing experience from the beautifully manicured fairways to its famous greens and testing rough. Take the time to come and play our fantastic course. Bookings essential.

166 Centennial Ave, Arrowtown Ph: +64 3 442 1719 Email: info@arrowtowngolf.co.nz www.arrowtowngolf.co.nz

40 Buckingham Street ARROWTOWN Ph: +64 3 442 1355 E: info@thewoolpress.com SHOP ONLINE:

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arrowtown HOLIDAY PARK Modern Facilities:

• Self-contained studio units & 1-brm tourist flats, budget lodge rooms, group accommodation, power & non-power camp sites • Communal kitchen & modern showers & toilets, all with underfloor heating • BBQ area & picnic tables • Laundry • WIFI plans • Nearby community summer pool & rugby field Welcome to your • Playground & tennis court CONTACT: 12 Centennial Ave, Arrowtown • Ph: +64 3 442 1876 info@arrowtownholidaypark.co.nz

Holiday Park for all seasons!

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SHADES OF ARROWTOWN 9 Merioneth St, Arrowtown   Hosts: Frank & Brenda P: +64 3 442 1613 E: shadesofarrowtown@xtra.co.nz www.shadesofarrowtown.co.nz On Arrowtown’s tree-lined avenue, 1-min walk to shops/restaurants/river/walks/Cycle Trail. Studios, 2 room units (sleep 2-4), 1-brm unit, 2 or 3-brm cottage plus 2 superior king units. 50+ SKY Channels. Free WiFi. Tariff: $150-$275, extra $30pp.

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ARROWTOWN VIKING LODGE MOTEL 21 Inverness Cres, Arrowtown P: +64 3 442 1765 E: viking.lodge@callplus.net.nz www.arrowtownvikinglodge.co.nz 8 spacious, fully s/c individual 1-brm & fully renovated in 2018 2-brm chalets. SKY TV. FREE WiFi. Air-con/heat pump in most units. Tariff: $140-$190 CS:T\ (1-2p), extra person $25. Off-season & single rates. Need some direction? Plan your journey at aamaps.co.nz

CROMWELL

Cnr Gair & Barry Ave, Cromwell Ph: +64 3 445 0373 Email: cromwellmotel@xtra.co.nz www.cromwellmotel.co.nz

AFFORDABLE RATES | RESERVATION FREEPHONE 0508 445 0373 Studio – 1, 2 and 3-room units | Studio – sleeps 1-2 | 1-bedroom sleeps 2-4 | 2-bedroom sleeps 2-6 Family unit with shub baths sleep 2-7 | Fully equipped kitchens in all units | Free WiFi | Continental breakfast | Cot and highchair | Guest laundry | Pets by arrangement | Outdoor swimming pool | Tariff: $140-$250 (1-4 persons), extra $30 Parking outside unit, room for trucks, trailers and boats, some with carports. Playground in spacious area Large BBQ area for all the group and family gatherings | Off-season & group rates | Host: Michelle & Tony Edmonds 8

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ANDERSON PARK MOTEL 9 Gair Ave, Cromwell P: +64 3 445 0321  Res: 0800 220 550  E: andersonpark@xtra.co.nz www.andersonparkmotel.co.nz 12 units, 9 x 1-bedroom units (sleep 1-5), 2 x studios, 1 x 2-bedroom unit (sleeps 5). Handy to Highlands, Lake Dunstan & wineries. Unlimited WiFi. EGS:T[ Tariff: from $135 (1-2p). Seasonal rates. CARRICK LODGE MOTEL 10 Barry Ave, Cromwell P: +64 3 445 4519 www.carricklodge.co.nz Res: 0800 445 495 Cross road to pool, gym, cafés, pubs, restaurants & shopping. Spacious rooms, well-appointed kitchens, warm double-glazing. Free WiFi. Qualmark rated Silver 4-star plus. GS:TZ6 Tariff: Seasonal from $140. CENTRAL GATEWAY MOTEL 67 Inniscort St, Cromwell P: +64 3 445 0035 www.centralgateway.co.nz Res: 0800 267 268 Studios and family units. Closest motel to Lake Dunstan & Cromwell’s Heritage Precinct. Quiet, off main road location. Free unlimited WiFi. Tariff: $135-$250 (1-4 persons). Unit/ CGS:T6 seasonal rates may apply.

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acres of native bush with spectacular views only 6km from Lake Wanaka town centre 85 power sites, 140 tent sites bush cabins (sleep 4) and 2-brm park motel WiFi available

197 Outlet Road, off Aubrey Road, Lake Wanaka Ph +64 3 443 7478 Email info@lakeoutlet.co.nz www.lakeoutlet.co.nz

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You’ll find time and space to rejuvenate with us, whatever the season. Motels | Units | Cabins | Sites • 3km from town centre • Children’s Playground • WiFI • BBQ Area • TV Room • Swimming Pool & Spa • Bike Hire

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ALPINE MOTEL WANAKA 7 Ardmore St, Wanaka P: +64 3 443 7960

www.alpinemotelwanaka.co.nz Located at entrance to town centre, 450m to beautiful Lake Wanaka. FREE Parking in front of room. Studios & 1-2 bedroom apartments with air-conditioning/heat pumps, Sky TV. Fantastic children’s playground and family BBQ area. Tariff: Studios from $128. Apartments from $148 (1-2p), extra $20pp. Seasonal and corporate rates. Please refer to our website for current prices. CS:TZ\

WANAKA HEIGHTS MOTEL 57 Hedditch St, Wanaka P: +64 3 443 1944

E: info@wanakaheightsmotel.co.nz www.wanakaheightsmotel.co.nz Res: 0800 194 452 Panoramic views of lake, mountains, town. 5min to lake, restaurants & golf course. 8 x 1-brm spacious family units with full kitchens & own balconies (sleep 1-5). 2 studios with microwave, tea/coffee/toast-making facilities (sleep 2). FREE WiFi. Sky Guest Select. Tariff: $165S:T[6 $200 (2p), extra $20. Seasonal/corporate rates.

WANAKA HOTEL 71 Ardmore St, Wanaka P: +64 3 443 7826  www.wanakahotel.co.nz Res: 0800 473 288 Central location, only 1min walk to the lake and town centre. Café, Bar & Restaurants on site. Free off-street parking. Guest kitchen and laundry. FREE WiFi in every room. SKY TV in bar. Lakeview rooms. Tariff: hotel ensuite rooms GSJ:T` $109-$289 (1-4 persons). ASPIRING MOTEL 16 Dungarvon St, Wanaka P: +64 3 443 7816  Res: 0800 269 367 E: aspiringlodge@xtra.co.nz www.aspiringmotel.co.nz Lake or mountain views in ideal location. 100m walk to shops/restaurants/lake. Spacious, sunny s/c rooms. Ski rack. 30min to 2 ski fields. WiFi. Tariff: $105-$240 (2p), extra $20. Group GSRTX & corporate rates. Seasonal/special event rates may apply. ASURE BROOKVALE MOTEL 35 Brownston St, Wanaka P: +64 3 443 8333 E: info@brookvale.co.nz www.brookvale.co.nz Res: 0800 438 333 Lake & mountain views from balcony. 2min walk to lakefront, shops, cafés & restaurants. Studio & family units with kitchen facilities. Asure 10th night EG:TX6 Loyalty Programme. Tariff: (2p) $110-$250. MANUKA CRESCENT MOTEL 51 Manuka Cres, Wanaka P: +64 3 443 7773  Res: 0800 626 852 www.manukacrescentmotel.co.nz Affordable, spacious, self-contained studio & family apartments with kitchenettes & FREE UNLIMITED WiFi FIBRE CONNECTION, 33 TV channels, SKY TV. Quiet location with ample off-street parking. Tariff: $145-$200 (2p). UnionPay accepted. ES:TXZ

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LAKE HAWEA THE CAMP State Highway 6, Lake Hawea, New Zealand P: +64 3 443 1767 www.thecamp.co.nz Res: 0800 525 322 The quintessential Kiwi camping experience. Sites, glamping, cabins, cottages, tiny house, air bnb & more. Tariff: Please enquire. Children stay FREE under 5.

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MAKARORA TOURIST CENTRE LTD PO Box 1, SH 6, Makarora

P: +64 3 443 8372 E: info@makarora.co.nz www.makarora.co.nz Res: 0800 800 443 Bordered by Mt Aspiring World Heritage National Park. Accommodation, petrol, store. Internet in café. ‘A-frame’ chalets, ‘back-to-nature’ feel. Tariff: chalets $70-$133 (2p), ensuite dorms $30pp, Unpower $17pp, Power $19pp. Children under 5 free, 5-12yrs GJR[`4 camping $7.00, chalet $10.00. M U ST DO’ s • LOW ER SOU TH I SLAND | 229


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HIGHLIGHTS its museum and enjoy the quiet rural backroads on foot or by bike. TAPANUI Between Dunedin and Gore, Tapanui is surrounded by rolling green hills, farmland, forestry and mountains. It’s a laid-back little town with walks, fishing, golf and a Vintage Machinery Museum.

ARAMOANA BEACH AND THE MOLE This is a boardwalk and salt marsh experience on the edge of Otago Harbour that suits all ages and abilities – big tick! Watch the albatross frolicking in their natural habitat on Taiaroa Head before you follow the track and boardwalk to a giant sandhill at the northern end of the beach. MOSGIEL is part of Dunedin, separated by hills, but it could be many miles away. It’s a rural town, important to the Taieri Plains farming community, and is a delightful place to visit for its quiet streets, its walking paths and its pretty parks and gardens. RANFURLY The main service centre for the Māniototo area, Ranfurly is a bustling place

celebrated as an excellent example of an art deco town, with a Rural Art Deco Gallery and a refurbished railway station housing the information centre which includes displays and an audio-visual presentation revealing stories of the town. NASEBY If you’re intrigued by the sport of curling, this is your town. Naseby, resplendent in Victorian architecture, is also home to a snow and ice luge track. It’s also a great place for walking and mountain biking adventures. MIDDLEMARCH An hour’s drive from Dunedin and on the route of the Taieri Gorge Railway journey and the Otago Central Rail Trail, this little town has lots going for it. Visit for its craft gallery,

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LARNACH CASTLE The castle, on Otago Peninsula, was built in 1871 by William Larnach, merchant and politician. It’s open to visitors to enjoy its splendid interior; the castle’s gardens have been rated as a Garden of International Significance. ST CLAIR BEACH Very close to Dunedin city, this long surf beach is great for walking and swimming and its cafés and bars are perfect meeting spots. NEW ZEALAND SPORTS FALL OF FAME Housed in the historic Dunedin Railway Station, this museum includes exhibits on our sporting champions, with Olympic medals, rare trophies and fascinating memorabilia. Larnach Castle, Dunedin © Miles Holden


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CENTRAL OTAGO RAIL TRAIL CLYDE, ŌMAKAU, ST BATHANS, RANFURLY, MIDDLEMARCH – 152KM, ABOUT 3 DAYS CYCLING New Zealand’s original ‘Great Ride’, this is a 152km walking, cycling and horse riding track through the valleys between Middlemarch and Clyde. A pioneering project for New Zealand, the trail is all offroad, no traffic, so you can enjoy the peace and quiet of a route through historic gold-mining villages, rugged scenery and distinctive landscapes.

There are river gorges, tunnels, viaducts, rocky landscapes and towering mountains along the way, as well as historic townships and settlements. Wholesome fare and great local vintages will ensure you remain well fed and watered. St Bathans is a highlight. Located in the northern reaches of the Manuherikia Valley, St Bathans’ pretty Blue Lake is famous, as is the haunted Vulcan Hotel and the town’s quaint post office, bank, constable’s

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cottage and jail. St Alban’s Church is one of the first prefabricated buildings in the country. On the trail, you’ll also get to check out historic Clyde; Ōmakau, on the northwest bank of the Manuherikia River; Ranfurly, which is famous for its art deco architecture; and Middlemarch’s moon-like landscape.

CLOCKWISE, ABOVE: Spring blossom © Central Otago Rail Trail Middlemarch Station • Relaxing • Nga Puna. ALL © Miles Holden

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ALEXANDRA With four distinct seasons, ALEXANDRA puts on a show all year round. Whether you want to feast on the fresh local fare or explore the hills and valleys of weathered rock landscape by foot, mountain bike or four-wheel drive, this friendly town will deliver. Born in the GOLD RUSH ERA, Alexandra’s old gold digging and dredge sites like the spectacular Earnscleugh Tailings, and aged stone buildings like the grand Alexandra Courthouse, are a fascinating history-laden walk. You can also admire the local engineering feats like SHAKY BRIDGE, an early suspension bridge. In summer, fill your boots with the tasty local produce – APRICOTS, PEACHES, CHERRIES AND APPLES. In winter, ICE SKATE ON MANORBURN DAM across its 30ha of natural ice.

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CENTRAL OTAGO SIBLINGS You’ll pass through several towns born in the gold rush era, each one its own character. CLYDE is an historic township beside the Clutha River and marks the official start – or end – of the Otago Central Rail Trail. Producing some of New Zealand’s superior wines and fresh fruits, Clyde is quite the legend in these parts for its superlative produce. Once home to a booming gold rush, there’s a sweet vintage vibe in the form of a quaint and intact historic precinct, Sunderland St. Here you can explore original stone walls and curbsides, along with a collective of buildings that have proudly survived the test of time such as the post office, courthouse and Clyde Railway Station.


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Clyde is also home to a hydro-electric dam; you can see it aboard a jet ski and then give jet boating, water skiing and boating a whirl on Lake Dunstan. MILTON wears its pledge to be ‘the town of opportunities’ as a badge of honour. Like Clyde, there is a robust historic heartbeat here with some significant buildings including The Old Sod Cottage that originated in the 1860s as a sanctuary for miners on their way to the Tuapeka goldfields. McGill’s Flour Mill, Tokomairiro Church and the Bruce Woollen Mill are also worth a look. ROXBURGH, between Alexandra and Milton in the Teviot Valley is famous for its orchards. When you’ve enjoyed your fill of sweet summer fruits, you can earn some action and adventure stripes on the scenic trails navigating craggy mountain ranges and perfecting your kayaking stroke on Lake Roxburgh, which reaches almost 30km towards Alexandra.

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LAWRENCE in its LAWRENCE, heyday at the height of gold fever, was one of the largest communities in the country. While its population has since decreased, the town’s ambitious spirit lives on. Boutique shops selling vintage collectables, handmade chocolates and a large natural playground are just some of the attractions on offers. Take a spin on the mighty Clutha River in one of the fast-paced jet boats, visit the historic site of the largest Chinese gold-mining camp in New Zealand, 1km north of town, or take a self-guided walking tour through Gabriel Gully historic reserve, part of the Otago Goldfields Heritage Trail. LEFT: Biking in Alexandra © Dunedin Tourism RIGHT: Walking in Alexandra © Central Otago District Council

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unedin is the second-largest city in the South Island and home to one of the country’s leading universities. It won’t take you long to work out why the locals are fiercely loyal. From its Scottish heritage to its Edwardian and Victorian architecture in fine working order and everything in between – hiking, biking, posh nosh, sandy white beaches, blooming gardens and rare wildlife – this is a ‘cherry on top’ kind of city. Go to THE OCTAGON which is the centre of the city’s shopping precinct. Several

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significant buildings are right here, including St Paul’s Cathedral, Dunedin Town Hall and Regent Theatre. Visit DUNEDIN PUBLIC ART GALLERY also in The Octagon. Stock up at the famously good OTAGO FARMERS’ MARKET down by the Dunedin Railway Station on Saturday mornings.

DUNEDIN’S GARDENS Pack a picnic and head to one of many public gardens. Dunedin Botanic Garden and the Dunedin Chinese Garden are full of fragrant flowers, walking paths and places for rest and play.


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HISTORY, ART & CULTURE Dunedin’s appeal is not all about heritage architecture; its art and literary scenes and its contemporary culture also score well.

St Pauls’ Cathedral, Dunedin © Tourism Dunedin

Heritage is well looked after in these parts, with protected historic buildings, museums, restored vintage homes and a general appreciation of the region’s rich history. PORT CHALMERS A small historic town with plenty of artists and musicians in residence, Port Chalmers has a good mix of galleries, cafés and heritage attractions. For six months of the year – October to mid-April – the port is thriving with ships arriving and departing all day long. Visit the Port Chalmers Regional Maritime Museum; it’s housed in an original 1877 stone post office building. It tells the stories of early pioneers and port characters who influenced and inspired the area over the years. Port Chalmers is about 15 minutes drive from Dunedin.

OLVESTON Designed by acclaimed English architect Sir Ernest George, this historic home is open 364 days of the year. Six guided tours are offered daily, so you can peruse the former family home of philanthropist David Theomin, his wife and children. Furnished with fine art, furniture and artefacts from all around the world, this precious time capsule is an authentic depiction of the life of a wealthy merchant family in the early part of the 20th century.

TOITU OTAGO SETTLERS MUSEUM This beautifully designed building houses

one of the finest social history collections in the country. Its innovative and interactive displays take visitors on a journey from the arrival of the first tribes and settlers up to the present day.

DUNEDIN RAILWAY STATION The most photographed building in New Zealand and one of Dunedin’s most prominent architectural landmarks, the striking bluestone station was built sometime between 1903 and 1906. Featuring mosaic-tile floors and gorgeous stained-glass windows, it has lots of nooks and crannies to explore.

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WILDLIFE Otago Peninsula is home to the rare yellow-eyed penguin and New Zealand Hooker sea lions and is the mainland breeding colony of the Royal albatross.

OTAGO PENINSULA You have a unique opportunity to see Royal Albatross here, as Otago Peninsula has the only mainland breeding colony in the world. The observatory at the Royal Albatross Centre is a good place to start exploring and to watch adult birds return from fishing at sea. Also out this way, is Penguin Place home to the yellow-eyed penguin with a network of tunnels, hides and tracks. You’ll see New Zealand fur seals, sea lions and little blue penguins on the

peninsula, too. Ideally, join a guided tour,to ensure you don’t intrude on the lives of these creatures. Plus you’ll learn as you go. TOP: Otago Peninsula ABOVE: Yellow-eyed penguins. BOTH © Getty Images

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CLYDE ANTIQUE LODGE MOTEL 56 Sunderland St P: +64 3 449 2709 E: stay@antiquelodgemotel.co.nz www.antiquelodgemotel.co.nz Res: 0800 99 22 66 Your All Seasons Holiday Stay. Ideal start/finish point for Otago Central Rail Trail & Roxburgh Gorge Trail. 7 self-contained 1 & 2-bedroom units. Short stroll to Clyde’s well known eateries and bars in the historic precinct. Continental breakfast buffet in Schist stable (Oct–Apr). Free bike & car storage on site. Free WiFi.

ALEXANDRA

Alexandra Holiday Park • Close to Rail Trail • Groups welcome • Complex (5 brms, sleeps 29 or Matti Lodge, sleeps 16). 300 camp sites, 2 & 4-berth std cabins, cottages, lodges and family units (sleep 2-8). • Winter central heating in main ablution block & complex. • ‘Hour Place’ – 1hr drive to Queenstown, Arrowtown, Wanaka, Naseby & Ranfurly. • Summer river swimming. • TV room with Sky. • WIFI, internet kiosk.

Riverside Location

44 Manuherikia Rd, Alexandra • Phone: +64 3 448 8297 Email: info@ahp.nz • www.ahp.nz

AL PARK VIEW MOTEL 12 Bantry St, Alexandra  P: +64 3 448 7400  Res: 0800 448 740 E: alparkview@callplus.net.nz www.alparkviewmotel.co.nz Central location off main road. Ground-floor fully equipped motel/studio units, 1 & 2-brm motel units, access unit. Short walk to town centre, RSA, cafés & restaurants. EGS:T6 Near Rail Trail. Tariff: $110-$145 (1-2p) extra $20. ALEXANDRA TOURIST PARK 31 Ngapara St, Alexandra P: +64 3 448 8861 E: alex.touristpark@xtra.co.nz www.alexandratouristpark.co.nz 12 s/c units, 42 cabins, power & tent sites. Freeview TV. Tariff: $30-$150 (2p), child under 5yrs pay by age, 5-14yrs child rates. Pets by arrangement (excl SRT\[4 15 Dec-15 Jan). Park closed May/June.

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RANFURLY HOTEL 10 Charlemont St, Ranfurly, Central Otago

P: +64 3 444 9140 E: Ranfurly.Hotel@xtra.co.nz www.ranfurlyhotel.co.nz Located on the Otago Central Rail Trail. Historic hotel, built in 1934, offers affordable ensuite & share facility rooms. Licensed restaurant/café, bottle store, sports bar with gaming/TAB/Sky, Free WiFi for guests, laundry facilities. Secure bike lock-up. Tariff: $75-$140/room (1-2p), GJ:T`6 extra $25.

RANFURLY MOTELS 1 Davis Ave, Ranfurly P: +64 3 444 9383  Res: 0800 100 559 E: info@ranfurlymotels.co.nz www.ranfurlymotels.co.nz Spacious ground-floor family & studio units with full kitchens (sleep up to 6) set in park-like grounds. Near bar & cafés. Free unlimited WiFi. Otago Rail Trail 100m. GS:TZ\ Tariff: units from $130 (1-2p), extra $25. WEDDERBURN COTTAGES SH 85, Wedderburn, Central Otago  P: +64 3 444 9194 E: enquiries@wedderburn.net.nz www.wedderburncottages.co.nz Comfortable 1928 farm homestead & 14 attractive, s/c cottages & miners huts. On Central Otago Rail Trail. Under the Hawkdun Range. Visit the Red Barn for water, G:TXZ6 toilets, shade, coffee and info.

NASEBY ANCIENT BRITON HOTEL 16 Leven St, Naseby P: +64 3 444 9992 E: bookings@abhotel.co.nz www.ancientbriton.co.nz Historic hotel (1863) with separate accom, sleeps up to 35. 10 ensuite rooms, 2 s/c cabins. Full restaurant & bar, ideal for cycle groups/corp weekends and G:Z`6 curlers. Tariff: from $85 (1-2 persons). M U ST DO’ s • LOW ER SOU TH I SLAND | 239


TRIP 2 LOWER SOUTH ISLAND MIDDLEMARCH MIDDLEMARCH HOLIDAY PARK 26 Mold St, Middlemarch P: +64 3 464 3776 E: info@middlemarchholidaypark.co.nz www.middlemarchholidaypark.co.nz Quiet parklike surrounds, views, on start/finish of Rail Trail. Motels, cabins, tent sites, caravans & power points. Kitchen, laundry, electric car charge. Tariff: from $25 sites, $75 cabins, $105 ensuite.   ESZ[6

ROXBURGH LAKE ROXBURGH LODGE 20A Tamblyn Dr, Lake Roxburgh  P: +64 3 446 8220  M: +64 27 691 5665 E: stay@lakeroxburghlodge.co.nz 11 studios & suites (super king & queen beds, spa bath suite). Breakfast, a la carte dinner, licensed bar (craft beers & Central Otago wines), espresso coffee. Free WiFi. Packed lunches. All inclusive 2/3/4-night cycling packages avail. Tariff: $150-$300. GS:TX`

AA Members can request breakdown help with the AA Roadservice mobile app. Download free from aa.co.nz/mobile-app TAPANUI FOREST LODGE HOTEL 30 Northumberland St, Tapanui P/F: +64 3 204 8244 E: forestlodge@mltgore.co.nz www.mltgore.co.nz 4 ensuite motel units with cooking facilities. Continental bkfst. Lunches/dinner avail on site. Hunting, fishing & local walks. Gaming in bar. Fully refurbished, elec blankets. Tariff: $90 (sgl), $100 (dbl), $120 (3-4 persons). GSJ:TX

MOSGIEL

Sunny, spacious and warm

Cottages (1 & 2-bedroom) and Garden Studios set on 5 peaceful acres with gardens and picturesque rural views • free WiFi, BBQ and play areas, petanque and outdoor chess and chequers • Kitchens, undercover parking, private patios and verandahs • Dog exercise meadow, laundry facilities, breakfasts • Just off Mosgiel main road, close to Dunedin and airport, shops, golf, A&P Showgrounds and Wingatui Racecourse • Seasonal specials and long-stay rates available. Tariff (1-2 persons) from $140.

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100 School Rd South, MOSGIEL • Ph/Fax: +64 3 489 5701 Email: stay@longbournelodge.nz • www.longbournelodge.co.nz

Mosgiel LONGBOURNE LODGE MOTEL, 100 School Rd South P: +64 3 489 5701 www.longbournelodge.co.nz...........................................from $140

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DUNEDIN

RESERVATIONS FREEPHONE: 0800 858 999 858 GEORGE STREET MOTEL, DUNEDIN Superior studio 1-brm & family units serviced daily. Close to University, museum, Forsyth Barr Stadium & attractions. Off-street parking. Complimentary WiFi. Tariff: $160-$320 (2 persons), extra person $25.

reservations@858georgestreetmotel.co.nz www.858georgestreetmotel.co.nz NZIA award-winner ‘for architecture and colour’ New Zealand Institute of Architects

Aaron Lodge TOP 10 Holiday Park 0800 521 012 162 Kaikorai Valley Road, Bradford, Dunedin

Finalist 2013 Supreme Host of the Year

Discreetly hidden away in the Kaikorai Valley our Holiday Park is a traveller’s oasis in the beautiful city of Dunedin. Motels | Units | Cabins | Sites • TV Lounge • Indoor heated pool • Playground • WiFi • 2.5km to city • Bicycle storage

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RESERVATIONS ONLY: 

0800 455 200

High Quality Comfort

• 17 units serviced daily, most with full kitchen facilities • Superior standard units • 32” LCD TVs • FREE Ultra fast WIFI • Within 1.5km of Edgar Centre, St Clair Beach, Forbury Park Raceway, Chisholm Park Golf Course & Indoor Bowls Centre • 300m to St Kilda Beach, ice skating stadium & badminton stadium • Close to CBD, hospital, university & new rugby stadium • Gateway to Otago Peninsula • Tariff: from $136 (1-2 persons), extra person $30

101 Queens Dr, St Kilda, Dunedin

+64 3 455 2009 Owner/Operators: Sally and Greg Edmonds

E: adrianmotel@xtra.co.nz • www.adrianmotel.co.nz

ALCALA MOTEL alcalamotorlodge.co.nz

We’ll see you there n 23 units to offer, sleeping from 2 to 7 people n Microwave, heating, Sky TV, bath tub, shower, kitchen n Complimentary WiFi, guest laundry, spa pool, newspaper n Central to the business area, university, CBD, Forsyth Barr Stadium, hospital and tourist attractions n Tariff: $120-$170 (2 persons), extra adult $22, children under 15 years $17.

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704 George Street, DUNEDIN P: +64 3 477 9073 E: bookings@alcalamotorlodge.co.nz www.alcalamotorlodge.co.nz Reservations: 0800 503 883

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Experience Dunedin’s Iconic Rail Journey. Join us for a spectacular scenic trip through the Taieri River Gorge.

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HOLIDAY PARK & MOTELS

Gateway to the Otago Peninsula • Free unlimited WiFi • BBQ area • Children’s playground • Friendly staff • 4km drive to city centre • 2min to beach, fun park & golf course

• Close to restaurants, hotels, supermarkets & heated salt water pool • Large communal kitchens • Bathrooms • Sky TV lounge • Guest laundry • Dump Station

• Bus to city • Shop with hot food • Pet friendly by arrangement • Tariff: (2p) Motels $131-$175, S/C Units $118, Ensuite Units $107, Lodge room $87, Cabins $60-$88, Sites: power $44/tent $40

Check out any current discounts and specials on these rates at time of booking

41 Victoria Road, St Kilda, Dunedin • Ph: +64 3 455 4690 Email: office@dunedinholidaypark.co.nz • www.dunedinholidaypark.co.nz

Freecall reservations: 0800 945 455 www.dunedinholidaypark.co.nz

• Choice of 77 rooms with private facilities – suite, economy, standard room or shared dorm rooms, (sleep 1-4). • Centrally located within 500m to the Octagon, Railway Station, Settlers Museum, cafés and main shopping area. • Our facilities include bar, lounge, garden courtyard, laundry, accessibility room, luggage and cycle storage. • Free off-street parking available, 24-hour check-in and local tours arranged. • Free unlimited Wifi for guests. • Near bars, cafés, theatres, art gallery, museums, casino, Chinese Garden, Stadium. • Tariff: From Shared Dorm $29, Backpacker private $89 (2p), Hotel single $99, Double/Twin $120-$145, Triple/Quad $170, Suite $175

+64 3 477 3160 www.dunedinhotel.co.nz

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DUNEDIN NEW ZEALAND

Book direct for best deal! • Spacious, self-contained 1 and 2-bedroom units (sleeps 1 to 8 persons). • Full kitchens, on-site laundry, free unlimited WiFi, off-street parking. • Guest BBQ & playground, enclosed by established gardens in a park-like setting. • Centrally located, close to University, Hospital, retail shops, restaurants and cafés. • Easy walking distance to Stadium, KFC, McDonalds, pizza outlets & supermarkets. • Weekly rates available on request

Tariff: From $130-$165 (2 persons), extra person $20

594 Great King Street, PO Box 112, Dunedin, NZ Tel: +64 3 477 0270 • Email: woodlandsvillage@xtra.co.nz Web: www.motel594.co.nz • Freephone:

0508 594 594 97 MOTEL MORAY 97 Moray Place, Dunedin

Ph +64 3 477 2050 City Centre Location Comfort Affordability Convenience BOOK DIRECT FOR BEST PRICES

FREE WiFi • Studios from $145 • www.97motel.co.nz

0800-90-97-97

• Beach Lodge is 3.2km to the town centre and is at the gateway to the Otago Peninsula. • Stunning views, penguins, historic sites and albatross colony.

• We are 50m to the beautiful St Kilda Beach. • A choice of 18 fully self contained ground level units, with studio, 1, 2 and 3 bedroom options all on ground level.

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9 x 1 & 2-brm warm and comfortable units Handy to city Dunedin’s closest motel to airport Undercover parking • Complimentary WiFi Charge-back facility to restaurant close by Tariff: $112-$145 (2 persons), M BYPASS CAVERSHA extra adult $22, child $15 SO U

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• Closest motel to albatross, penguin & seal colonies. WiFi • Self-contained individual studio units or 1, 2 & 3-brm cottages. • Spacious units set amongst mature shrubs and gum trees on 1.6ha of land. Reservations Freephone • Beach (and sea lions), 400m yellow-eyed 0508 932 932 penguin reserve 600m. • Dunedin 35min drive. • Tariff: (2 persons) Studio $110, Cottages $120, extra person $20.

Harington Point Village Motel

932 Harington Point Rd, Otago Peninsula, Dunedin Ph: +64 3 478 0287 Fax: +64 3 478 0089 Email: harington01@xtra.co.nz www.haringtonpointmotels.co.nz

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103 Malvern St, Dunedin • P: +64 3 467 9936 E: stay@leithvalleyhp.co.nz • Reservations 0800 555 331 www.leithvalleytouringpark.co.nz

Leith Valley Touring Park DUKE ST

Modern sunny units for all budgets

• Peaceful sheltered park, accommodation • Only 2km from city shops • Bushwalks, glowworms & native birds at your door • Closest holiday park to hospital, university, botanic gardens, stadium • Netflix available in some units • Bicycle storage, BBQ and games room • Choice of modern, comfortable accommodation units • Tariff: from $40 power sites, $70 cabins

Learn about the great New Zealand sports achievers. Spend a couple of hours for a century of sporting excellence. Housed in the historic Dunedin Railway Station.

Railway Station, Dunedin www.nzhalloffame.co.nz Ph: +64 3 477 7775

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DUNEDIN, THE HOME OF SPEIGHT’S SPEIGHT’S BREWERY TOUR & CELLAR DOOR History never tasted so good. See over 141 years of brewing history as our guides take you through our interactive brewery tour. +64 3 477 7697 | tours@speights.co.nz | www. speights.co.nz WHERE TO FIND US - 200 RATTRAY STREET, DUNEDIN

GARDEN MOTEL 958 George St, Dunedin P: +64 3 477 8251

E: info@gardenmotel.co.nz www.gardenmotel.co.nz Res: 0508 427 336 16 well-appointed spacious units. 2 access units, 2 family units. Kitchen facilities. Tour booking service. Off-street parking. Free unlimited WiFi. Tariff: from $110$145 (2p), extra $25. Hospital and group rates available.

GS:TZ[ OCEAN BEACH HOTEL 134 Prince Albert Rd, St Kilda, Dunedin P: +64 3 455 4642 E: info@oceanbeachhotel.co.nz www.oceanbeachhotel.co.nz 10 refurbished motel units. Heat pumps, 32in TV, queen-size beds. Handy to St Kilda Beach and Hancock Park. Clean, comfortable and affordable. Free WiFi. Tariff: (2 persons) from $89 per night.

C:XZ THE VICTORIA HOTEL 137 St Andrew St, Dunedin P: +64 3 477 0572 E: reservations@victoriahoteldunedin.com www.victoriahoteldunedin.com Res: 0800 266 336 Centrally located 5 minutes walk from the Octagon and Dunedin Railway Station. 72 4-star self-rated hotel rooms including 30 airconditioned Superior Rooms with on-site restaurant & bar, conference and business facilities, unlimited free WiFi and complimentary GJ:TZ` on-site gymnasium. Tariff: from $139 per night. ALHAMBRA OAKS MOTOR LODGE 588 Great King St, Dunedin P: +64 3 477 7735  Res: 0800 25 42 62 E: info@alhambraoaks.co.nz www.alhambraoaks.co.nz 25 units a mix of studios or fully equipped family & executive apartments some with spa baths. Centrally located to CBD, Uni, Hospital & GJ:TXZ Forsyth Barr Stadium. Free unlimited WiFi, Sky Guest Select 50+. Tariff: from $135. Looking for NZ holiday ideas? Check out the 101 Must-Do’s for Kiwis 101MustDos.co.nz

OTAGO PENINSULA

Penguin Place

Conservation Reserve

45 Pakihau Road, Otago Peninsula, Dunedin Ph: +64 3 478 0286 Penguin Place is a private conservation reserve dedicated to helping the yellow-eyed penguin.

We offer you the opportunity to visit a working conservation programme which enhances and protects native and endemic species, including wild penguins. Our project is fully funded by our guided tours. All tours are 90 minutes in duration and are fully guided by our knowledgeable staff.

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epart Dunedin and make your way to Ōamaru which is 112km north on SH 1.

Your imagination will go wild over this creative, original town. And when you’ve had all the culture and wildlife action you can handle, head for Ōmarama via SH 83, venturing through the Waitaki Valley. This much smaller but no less winsome spot is refreshing, interesting and popular for its aviation – gliding in particular. Ōmarama has stolen the heart of many a traveller who has fallen head over heels with its wide blue skies. It may look like a short trip with only a couple of hours’ drive from Dunedin to Ōmarama, but this route is far from being a whistle-stop tour. There is much to stop for along the way. ABOVE: Walking through the Moeraki Boulders © Miles Holden / Tourism NZ LEFT: Donna Demente with her masks, Grainstore Gallery, Ōamaru © Visit Ōamaru

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TOP: Shag Pt © Getty Images FAR RIGHT: Macraes Flat gold mine © Getty Images ABOVE: Takiroa Māori rock art site © South Canterbury Tourism

WAIKOUAITI This town, close to the coast and to the mouth of the Waikouaiti River, was intended to be Otago’s main settlement because it was a busy whaling town. Today it is a beach resort providing services for local farmers and is also known for its historical farm buildings. It’s a great place to enjoy water sports, particularly surf casting, and is a safe swimming spot.

LAKE AVIEMORE Also known as Mahi Tikumu, this man-made lake is popular with boating and

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fishing enthusiasts. Take a quick stop here on your way into Ōmarama.

KUROW Well worth swinging into, Kurow is nestled between the beautiful braided Waitaki River and St Marys mountain range, in the Waitaki Valley. It’s an important stop on the increasingly popular Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail which has revitalised the town – though Kurow has long attracted visitors who appreciate examples of fine heritage architecture.


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PALMERSTON About half way between Ōamaru and Dunedin, Palmerston has plenty of natural beauty deserving of attention. Amazing scenic walkways include up its main landmark, Puketapu or Sacred Hill, that offers outstanding panoramic views of the rolling farmland, rugged hills, majestic mountains and rushing rivers. KĀTIKI PT At the southern point of Moeraki Peninsula, you’ll find the historic Kātiki Pt Lighthouse built in 1878 which stands on Kātiki Pt Historic Reserve – the old Te Raka a Hineatea Pā, a culturally important site. As the most significant breeding site for yellow-eyed penguins, you can

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SHAG POINT From early Ngāi Tahu settlement to historic coal mining, Shag Pt/Matakaea Reserve is an area with a rich history and diverse marine life. Its curious geological coastline provides an excellent opportunity to see the seals swimming and basking in the sun.

TAKIROA ROCK ART In Waitaki Valley is a remarkable site featuring Māori rock art. The charcoal and red ochre drawings, made sometime between 1400-1900, are quite a mystery. There are two ‘galleries’, accessible by a paved footpath.

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MACRAES, WAITAKI The name Macraes pays homage to John McRae who lived in the area from circa 1859 to 1864 while he was employed as a shepherd. This historic gold-mining town is worth the detour. Learn the ins and outs of a bona fide gold-mining operation and explore the old Gold Point Stamp Battery, which highlights the incredible contrast between past and present gold-mining practices. The Macraes viewing platform and information hut is a great teacher and allows you to look out over the Frasers Open Pit, the large open cast mine. Stanleys Hotel, a historic asset to the town, will welcome you with open arms when you’re ready to kick your feet back and enjoy some good ol’ Kiwi hospitality.

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MOERAKI BOULDERS These strange spherical boulders are 60-millionyears-old and have to be seen to be believed. An easy walk from the café gives you beach access.

MOERAKI TOWN Moeraki is a small but generous fishing town where fresh seafood is in abundance. You can stop here for a long, leisurely lunch on your way from Dunedin to Ōamaru and enjoy the catch of the day before whiling away the hours in its natural playground. Stroll along the Millennium Walkway and visit Puke Mataa pā site, rustic wharves and colourful bobbing boats.

ABOVE: Moeraki Boulders © Getty Images

ŌAMARU VICTORIAN PRECINCT Some of New

ŌAMARU BLUE PENGUIN COLONY Visit the home of more

Zealand’s most complete Victorian streetscapes are right here in the ‘Harbour & Tyne’ area as it’s known. A recognised national heritage landmark, you’ll feel as though you are in a time warp as the white limestone buildings, vintage-style shops and a steam train chugging by provide authentic flashbacks of the past.

than 200 of the world’s smallest penguin, the blue penguin; evenings are best, when they’re returning from a day’s fishing .

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ŌAMARU PUBLIC GARDENS A riot of colour and fragrance in summer and a place for reflection always, these charming local gardens take pride of place in Chester St.


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ŌAMARU Ōamaru is made up of extraordinary heritage, swish restaurants, rare wildlife, views of the Pacific Ocean and dramatic scenery. Yet in spite of its enviable credentials, it’s down-toearth port and town has an endearing, original and quirky personality.

> Little blue penguins > Victorian Heritage Precinct > Bushy Beach > Steampunk HQ > Forester Gallery > Kakanui TOP: Victorian Precinct © Visit Ōamaru LEFT: Steampunk HQ © Waitaki Tourism

amaru has embraced a subculture that is very difficult to put your finger on while at the same time being utterly captivating – Steampunk! This describes retro-futuristic inventions and Ōamaru is renowned for it.

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Ōamaru also has some very sophisticated traditions with fine dining options. This classy vibe carries over to its bars, cafés, and boutiques, many of which reside in the beloved Victorian Precinct. Another significant attraction in Ōamaru is the resident little blue penguins which you can see from Bushy Beach. M U ST DO’ s • LOW ER SOU TH I SLAND | 253


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CLAY CLIFFS Lofty pinnacles and ridges separated by narrow ravines create an otherworldly landscape carved out by the flow of glaciers over a million years ago. Between midNovember and February, swathes of vibrant purple lupins add to the magic .

Clay Cliffs © Visit Oamaru

Early winter © Lake Ohau Lodge

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LAKE OHAU FROM ŌMARAMA, 60.3KM 60 MINUTES Only an hour from Ōmarama, Lake Ohau has no need for ostentatious bells and whistles because its authentic self is enough to charm even the most seasoned and spoilt traveller. It is beautiful.

A GLACIAL LAKE in the Mackenzie Basin, fed by the Hopkins and Dobson rivers, this remote holiday hideaway is the gateway to some spectacular sports including skiing. If you want to take things down a notch, you’ll revel in the slow pace of life.

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THE ALPS 2 OCEAN New Zealand Cycle Trail, which runs from Aoraki Mt Cook to Ōamaru, connects with many inspiring walks in the area. Highlights of this experience include the Quailburn Historic Woolshed and native beech forests.


LOWER SOUTH ISLAND CAPE WANBROW A rocky headland overlooking Ōamaru, the mountain biking and walking tracks provide excellent incentive to visit this stunning land populated with native trees and shrubs. On the north side below the cape is a protected area home to the blue penguin colony. Rare yellow-eyed penguins are to the south of the cape.

ORGAN PIPES TRACK A short drive from Dunedin,

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these hexagonal basalt columns are ample reward for a challenging climb. The path to the organ pipes is 40 minutes return, but it’s an uphill climb at times.

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LAKE OHAU TRACK This trail takes you around the lake and serves up stunning views of the surrounding mountains. Part of the national Te Araroa trail; you’ll need to arrange transport for the other end or walk back. Each way 8km, 3 hours.

The Organ Pipes, Mt Cargill © Getty Images

WAIKOUAITI

BEACH MOTELS AND TAVERN 156 Beach St, Waikouaiti

P: +64 3 465 7340 E: beachmotels@xtra.co.nz  Host: Robin www.beachmotelswaikouaiti.co.nz Spacious, retro-style units, family & twin. 4 new luxury cottages. 30min north of Dunedin. Peaceful surroundings, 5min walk to beach & golf course. Licensed hotel, bar meals. Tariff: from $110 for units and $150 for cottages.

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• Breakfast/Lunch • Fresh Daily Baking • Fresh Fish & Produce • Caters for Large Groups • Gift Shop & Closest Access to Moeraki Boulders • View the Local Hectors Dolphins from the Café Deck Friendly Service, Relaxed Atmosphere, Magnificent Ocean View

Free WiFi

7 Moeraki Boulders Rd, RD 2, Palmerston Ph: +64 3 439 4827 • Email: info@moerakiboulders.co.nz 7 DAYS www.moerakiboulders.co.nz M U ST DO’ s • LOW ER SOU TH I SLAND | 255


TRIP 3 LOWER SOUTH ISLAND 114 Haven St, Moeraki, Otago • Ph/Fax: +64 3 439 4759 Email: moerakivillageholidaypark@xtra.co.nz www.moerakivillageholidaypark.co.nz Hosts: Kristina & Robbie Mitchell

• Stunning views & beach frontage • Motel units, tourist flats, cabins, bunkroom (8p) • Modern facilities, power points & tent sites • WiFi available • Close to penguins, seals, restaurants • Tariff: from (2 persons) $70-$160, tent/power sites $40

MOERAKI BEACH MOTEL Cnr Cleddy & Haven St, Moeraki P/F: +64 3 439 4862 www.moerakibeachmotels.co.nz Hosts: Anne & Peter  4 spacious self-contained 2-brm units with heat pumps. Sunny north-facing aspect. SKY Digital 50+, FREE WiFi. Relax near the beach & fishing village, sea/ harbour views. Coastal walks, penguins, seals, birds. 5min walk to Fleurs restaurant/tavern. Tariff: from $125 GS:TZ6 (2p), extra $20. MOERAKI HAVEN MOTEL 28 Haven St, Moeraki P: +64 3 439 4859 E: info@moerakihavenmotel.co.nz www.moerakihavenmotel.co.nz Luxury, wellappointed s/c homes, spacious, coastal views. SKY Sport & Free WiFi. 1 & 3-brm houses, sleep 6-13 people. Tariff: $125-$165 (2p), $20 ES:TZ6 extra. Special rates for weekdays & winter. NOAHS ACCOMMODATION MOERAKI 2 Coronation St, Moeraki  www.noahsaccommodation.nz M: +64 27 507 6564 E: info@noahsaccommodation.nz Choice of two s/c studio units (1 king & 1 queen) with sea views plus a studio unit with rural views, which can extend to a family unit able to sleep a total of 5 persons. There are outside decks with views and a guest kitchen on site. Free WiFi & parking. Tariff: from $170 (2 persons).

CHALLENGES

IT’S UNLIKELY YOU’LL GET BORED WHEN TRAVELLING THROUGHOUT NEW ZEALAND, BUT HERE ARE FOUR GAMES THAT WILL ENSURE YOUR ROAD TRIPS ARE EVEN MORE FUN!

1. TAKE TURNS FILLING THE BLANKS in this sentence, going one letter of the alphabet at a time and without breaking the pace. “[Letter of the alphabet] my name is [name] and my best friend’s name is [name]. We come from [city / county / state / country] and we sell [noun]. 2. ONE PERSON STARTS “I’m going to [name of next destination] and I’m bringing [item A]. The next person repeats the sentence, but says “I’m bringing [item A] and [item B]. And so on. 3. CONNECTIONS. Take turns naming two people / places / things and see who can come up with a connection between the two. Note: whoever names the two things has to be able to think of a connection when challenged by another player, or… he... LOSES A POINT. 4. See how high you can COUNT WHEN EVERYONE IN THE VEHICLE contributes one number at a time, without taking turns. Example: Sue says one. Silence. Bob says two. Jill and Dave say three at the same time! Back to zero.

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Near-new quiet double-glazed units King-size beds and lovely furnishings Outdoor settings upstairs and down FREE ultra-fast fibre optic internet MySky HD 50+ – just like home In-room meal service Secure cycle storage Small pets by arrangement

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Superior studio, spa suites, 1 & 2-bedroom suites Specials, corporate rates and group concessions Adjacent to fast food and restaurant/bar Cooked and continental breakfast

389 - 391 Thames Hwy, OAMARU P: +64 3 437 1001 • F: +64 3 437 1019 • E: info@oamarumotorlodge.co.nz

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ALPINE MOTEL 285 Thames St, Oamaru P: +64 3 434 5038

www.alpineoamaru.co.nz Res: 0800 27 27 10 10 spacious units, 8 with full kitchens. Free WiFi. Studios, 1 & 2-brm units (sleep 1-5), serviced daily. Laundry service provided. Walk to town/restaurants. Double glazing and ample parking. Close to penguin colonies/historic precinct. Pets accepted but only by prior arrangement. Tariff: from $110. Peak season applies. S:TZ RESERVATIONS 0800 27 27 10

WAITAKI WATERS HOLIDAY PARK 305 Kaik Rd, Oamaru, Waitaki District P: +64 3 431 3880  www.campingoamaru.co.nz E: info@campingoamaru.co.nz Enjoy cabins, powered/unpowered sites. Free laundry & hot showers, free WiFi in cabins. Immaculate facilities. Well-equipped kitchens, TV & BBQ area, kids’ play area. Spacious & quiet. Walk to ocean & river. Family, pet & budget-friendly. ESRT\[

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KUROW KUROW HOLIDAY PARK 76 Bledisloe St, Kurow, Otago P: +64 3 436 0725   Res: 0800 142 649 E: office@kurowholidaypark.co.nz www.kurowholidaypark.co.nz Tourist flats, cabins & 3-brm shared lodge. Fishing, safe swimming, canoeing. On Alps to Ocean Cycle Trail. Tariff: (2p) tourist flats $100-$110, cabins $45-$60 (linen extra $10pp), lodge $35, pwr $36, unpwd $32. STZ\[ KUROW HOTEL 55 Bledisloe St, Kurow P: +64 3 436 0850 E: kurowhotel@gmail.com 1880 heritage hotel in town centre. Family-friendly country atmosphere. Clean and tidy with 16 warm, private rooms, 4 with ensuites. Sky TV in bar. On Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail. Garden bar and function room. Free WiFi. Breakfast G:TZ`6 available. Tariff: $50-$100 (1-2 persons). KUROW MOTELS 82-85 Bledisloe St, Kurow P: +64 3 436 0655 www.kurowmotels.nz E: kurow.motels@xtra.co.nz 7 fully equipped ground-floor units (sleep 2-6p) & 4-brm house (sleeps 10p). Peaceful location, gateway to Waitaki Valley, fishing/water sports, ideal stopover on Alps2Ocean cycle trail. Free WiFi. SRTXZ6 Tariff: from $125 (1-2p), $35 extra person. Need some direction? Plan your journey aamaps.co.nz

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Omarama TOP 10 Holiday Park

Close to the magic, Omarama TOP 10 is set in the high country of New Zealand’s beautiful South Island.

0800 521 086 1 Omarama Avenue Omarama

Motels | Units | Cabins | Sites • BBQ Area • Adventure Playground • WiFi • Situated on the A20 • Tour Booking Desk • TV Room • Trampoline • Jumping Pillow • Cart Hire

AHURIRI MOTELS

0800 438 945

• 14 motel units, studio, 1, 2 & 3-brm • Alps 2 Ocean Cycleway at gate • FREE WiFi • Laundry facilities • Guest BBQ • Central to shops, restaurants and airfield • On-site beautician for guests

The friendly place to stay

BOOK DIRECT FOR THE BEST DEAL

State Highway 83, Omarama, Otago, New Zealand P: +64 3 438 9451 F: +64 3 438 9461 • E: ahuririmotels@xtra.co.nz

www.ahuririmotels.co.nz

Highway Reports – 0900 33 222 Calls cost $1.30 per minute (Children, ask your parents first)

MERINO COUNTRY CAFE & GIFTS

7 Chain Hills Hwy, Omarama P: +64 3 438 9844 E: otagoshop@gmail.com www.merinocountryomarama.co.nz • Comfortable place for refreshing • Gourmet burgers, fresh sandwiches and home-made baking • Tasty coffee and beverages • A wide range of iconic New Zealand products

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Owaka to Invercargill via Papatōwai Hwy & Chaslands Hwy 2hr 18min, 156km Invercargill to Bluff via SH 1 23min, 28.2km SIDE TRIP p. 266

Head to Owaka, past Nugget Point; you’ll drive only half an hour before you feel like you’ve travelled to another world. Through the Catlins and Curio Bay, you’ll arrive in Invercargill which awaits ready to inspire. On to Bluff before crossing Foveaux Strait to Stewart Island, a memorable highlight.

Gore, Lumsden & Winton Inland via SH 1 & SH 6 2hr 28min, 207km

Bluff to Stewart Island via the Foveaux Strait on ferry to explore Stewart Island 1hr, 58.7km


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HIGHLIGHTS

KAKA POINT on the northern edge of The Catlins is a good base for easy access to Nugget Point and is also a special town in its own right, with a line of cribs along its coastline, a few shops, a good swimming beach if you’re visiting in summer, and plenty of great walking tracks. Kaka Point attracts wildlife photographers too, such is its environmental credibility. EDENDALE A tiny but endearing spot on the main road to Bluff, Edendale is the centre of dairy farming with its milk production centre. Visitors will find a few shops, and – brillliantly – tulips!

BLUFF MARITIME MUSEUM Explore shipwrecks, Southport and the history of ships at this famous heritage museum. There’s even a working steam engine from the TST Awarua and the pièce de résistance – oyster boat Monica II – next to the museum with a replica sea bed and oyster dredges. THE LOST GYPSY CARAVAN Take a detailed journey through the off-thewalls imagination of local artist Blair Sommerville. The talented inventor runs this local attraction in Papatōwai Village in The Catlins. This whizz-bang experience evades adequate description; see it for yourself.

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Looking out over Catlins Coast © Miles Holden

BURT MUNRO CHALLENGE Seven racing events over four days culminates in the largest motorcycle rally in the southern hemisphere. Held in Invercargill in February. BLUFF OYSTER & FOOD FESTIVAL Succulent southern seafood is headlined by the Bluff oyster as hungry locals and visitors descend on this famous party in their droves. Held in Bluff in May. HOKONUI CULTURE FEAST A colourful celebration of international music, dance and food, this annual festival gives winter blues the boot. Held at the Gore Town and Country Club in June.


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GORE, LUMSDEN & WINTON THREE SOUTHLAND HUBS These towns service surrounding farming communities, share the rich history of the region and provide authentic experiences for visitors.

TOP LEFT: Route 6 Café, Lumsden © Southland Tourism TOP RIGHT: Winton RSA © Southland Tourism BOTTOM: Southland Art Gallery © Southland Tourism

GORE It may be small, but it goes large where its recreation is concerned, from its sprawling multisports complex with an aquatic centre, ice rink and indoor sports stadium to its public gardens, BMX track and Waikaka Way Walkway. Proud of its rich history, Gore also has a plethora of public educational spaces like the Gore Heritage Trail, the Gore Historical Museum, and the Hokonui Moonshine Museum.

LUMSDEN Once a major rail junction with departing lines from each point on the

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compass, Lumsden honours this important part of its history as the local station building remains a major landmark to explore, along with heritage buildings populating the main streets and the classic Kiwiana filled cafés.

WINTON Providing a tranquil and relaxed atmosphere, the town’s beautiful gardens and historic buildings are a highlight and provide a welcome reprieve from your road trip. You can partake in a 5km heritage trail, enjoy farmstays and fish for trout here.

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OWAKA: PLACE OF THE CANOE Owaka, close to the Owaka River is the main centre of the North Catlins area and is the perfect base for a Catlins adventure. An impressive 10m stainless steel waka that lights up at night tells you you’ve arrived. Only 30km from Balclutha, it’s inherited the region’s relaxed, friendly attitude to life. You’ll be made welcome and you’ll find plenty of outdoor activities that put a smile on your dial here.

BLUFF: The gateway to Stewart Island, this picturesque port town is a destination in its own right. It’s famous for its oysters but there is lots more to enjoy here. TOP: Owaka Museum © www.southlandnz.com LEFT: Fishing boat off the coast of Bluff © Southland Tourism

BLUFF is a book that can be judged by its beautiful cover; a great story awaits you. From adventure cruises and fishing charters to local shipwrecks on display, it’s a town rich in surprises. Bluff is the most historic and southern port town in New Zealand. Motupōhue, as it is known in Māori, was settled from 1824 and is now home to a significant geographical landmark – Bluff Hill. The towering

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hill has a commanding presence with views of it possible from as far away as Fiordland on a fine day. It covers approximately 630ha of land connected to the mainland by a 300m wide isthmus at Ocean Beach. Stirling Point, one the southernmost mainland points, is where you’ll find that iconic signpost pointing to elsewhere in the world. Obligatory selfies here, please.


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SOUTHLAND’S CITY

INVERCARGILL Invercargill is the capital and commercial hub of this region. Founded in the 1850s, ‘the City of Water and Light’ has a sunny disposition thanks to long summer daylight hours and its view of Aurora Australis – the Southern Lights. Hospitality is its middle name; a warm welcome is guaranteed.

> Queens Park > Waituna lagoon > City architecture > E Hayes Motorworks Collection > Transport World > Oreti Beach TOP: Queens Park © Southland Tourism LEFT: Victoria Railway Hotel © Southland Tourism

here is nothing pretentious or uptight about this laid-back spot which has a prime position beside the Waihopai River Estuary. It could be the boulevard style streets – wide and open – or perhaps the pull to the city is the thriving arts and culture scene. Whatever the reason, it’s a likeable place.

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STEWART ISLAND FROM BLUFF TO STEWART ISLAND 29KM, 1 HOUR BY FERRY OR 20-MINUTE FLIGHT Stewart Island is like an unspoilt parallel universe. Approximately 85 percent of its islands form the Rakiura National Park.

RAKIURA A commonly known

TOP LEFT: Rakiura Track

Stewart Island is where life falls into a more relaxed rhythm. From its impressive seascapes to its generous recreation

TOP RIGHT: Ulva Island BOTTOM LEFT: Weka BOTTOM RIGHT: Kiwi ALL © Southland Tourism

and used name for Stewart Island, Rakiura means ‘The great and deep blushing of Te Rakitamau’. Legend has it a Māori chief was turned down by two elder daughters of a high-ranking family and the red skies of Stewart Island reflect his blushing embarrassment. In memory of Rakiura, the highest peak was named Hananui – ‘the great blush’.

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– boating, fishing, diving, kayaking and hunting – it’s an unforgettable experience. The island’s Rakiura Track, a 32km circular tramping track, is one of New Zealand Great Walks. The amazing scenery has barely changed over thousands of years. Explore the pure podocarp forest which is complemented by wild open coast, forested ridges and wilderness beaches, take a break to carve out your own greenstone souvenir and go bird watching on stunning Ulva Island.


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THE CATLINS

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trip to the famous Catlins, straddling the boundary between the Otago and Southland regions, is an escape from civilisation. This sparsely populated area is a rich network of varied landscapes and natural attractions. While you’re here, check out Curio Bay, a petrified forest on the western headland of Porpoise Bay. At low tide, you’ll see ancient tree fossils more than 180-million-yearsold. Yellow-eyed penguin, or hoiho, may even come out to greet you. Surfers can catch some gentle waves in

DUKE OF MARLBOROUGH

this remote spot.

Petrified forest © Southland Tourism

Visit waterfalls like the Purakaunui Falls, 20m high with three distinct tiers; Matai Falls, enclosed in regenerating podocarp and broadleaf forest; and McLean Falls, which can be found on a gentle 40-minute return stroll into Catlins Conservation Park. You’ll also discover local marvels like Lake Wilkie, decorated with wetland plants, podocarp, and the brilliant red rātā in summer; the Tautuku Boardwalk, a sacred Māori spot; and Jack’s Blowhole located in Tunnel Rocks Scenic Reserve.

Nugget Point © Miles Holden

NUGGET POINT Named by Captain Cook in honour of its wave eroded rocks looking like nuggets of gold, this is a genuinely fascinating place. Located near Kaka Point, a popular seaside village, the iconic panoramic platform is home to one of the country’s oldest lighthouses, Tokata. Bring your binoculars and watch the fur seals frolicking in the surf. You may also see elephant seals and sea lions in the same spot.

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23 Essex Street, Balclutha • Ph: +64 3 418 1948 Email: helensborough@xtra.co.nz • www.helensboroughmotorinn.co.nz

RESERVATIONS: 0800 444 778

Spacious & Quiet Units Hosts: James & Pauline Gold

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ited Unlim iFi W e Fre

• Quiet off-street units • Queen-size beds • 12 s/c ground‑floor units: 9 studio (SPA BATHS), 1 x 1‑brm, 2 x 2‑brm • Unrestricted heating • Beautiful spacious garden setting with outdoor furniture & BBQ • Close to town centre, Town & Country Club, convenience shop • 40min to Dunedin Airport • Gateway to Catlins and Southern Scenic Route • Tariff: from $125 (1-2 persons)

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HIGHWAY LODGE MOTEL

FREEPHONE 0800 002 464

• Spacious self-contained studio 1, 2 & 3-brm units • Warm double-glazed units with heat pumps/air-conditioning • Ample off-street parking • Guest laundry • Free unlimited WiFi • One spa bath unit • Adjacent to convenience shops • Business services • Walking distance to main town centre (3min) • Gateway to Catlins & Southern Scenic Route • Tariff from $130 (1-2 persons)

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Balclutha CLYDE ST TOWN CENTRE

HIGHWAY LODGE MOTEL

Catlins

165 Clyde St, Balclutha 9230 Ph +64 3 418 2363 Fax +64 3 418 0718 email: highwaylodge@xtra.co.nz www.highwaylodge.co.nz •

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GORE ASURE OAKLEIGH MOTELS 70 Hokonui Dr, Gore P/F: +64 3 208 4863 E: info@oakleighmotel.co.nz www.oakleighmotel.co.nz 6 x 2-brm units, 3 x 1-brm units, spa bath unit, all with full cooking & in garden setting. 3 x new Executive Studio Units incl access units. 50+ SKY channels, FREE WIFI. Tariff: $130-$160, 1-2p seasonal, extra $25. G:TXZ\ DOLAMORE PARK CAMP 10km off SH 94, Gore to Lumsden Rd, Southland P: +64 3 208 6896 M: +64 27 292 4400 www.gorenz.com 10min to Gore. Unlimited tent sites, 22 power sites. Kitchen, shower facilities. Flush toilets. NO DOGS. Native forest tracks, 1 wheelchair access. Dump station. Playground, flying fox. Near ESZ\ mountain bike track. Tariff: $10pp (per night), child $2, under 5 free. ESPLANADE MOTELS 35 Railway Esplanade, Gore P: +64 3 208 0888 or 0800 28 50 50 E: info@esplanademotelsgore.co.nz www.esplanademotelsgore.co.nz Roomy 1, 2 & 3-brm units (sleep 2-6). Walk to park/tavern/trout rivers/playground. Excellent beds. Well heated. FREE WIFI. Ample off-road parking. Tariff: $135-$145 (1-2p), extra $15-$20. Large family unit. ES:TZ CHARLTON MOTEL 9 Charlton Rd, Gore P: +64 3 208 9733 E: charlton.motel@xtra.co.nz www.charltonmotel.co.nz Res: 0800 92 97 33 Spacious studio, 1 & 2-brm units. Fully equipped kitchens/ bathrooms. Digital flatscreen TV/SKY. FREE WIFI. Ample off-street parking. Breakfast EGS:TX available. Tariff: $110-$130 (1-2 persons), extra $15-$30. Peak/unit rates may apply.

LUMSDEN LUMSDEN MOTEL 7 Hero St, Lumsden, Southland P: +64 3 248 7418 E: lumsdenmotel@gmail.com  www.lumsdenmotel.co.nz Gateway to Southern Lakes/ Fiordland. On Around the Mountains Cycle Trail. BBQ/social area. Centre of Southland trout fishing. 5 x s/c units (sleep 1-5). Tariff: $130-$180 (1-5 persons) extra $20, seasonal. GS:TZ6

WINTON BELVEDERE BED & BREAKFAST 129 Great North Rd, Winton P: +64 3 236 9770 M: +64 27 630 4343 E: stay@belvederebnb.co.nz www.belvederebnb.co.nz Luxury accommodation at an unbeatable price. Historical home, newly renovated. Central heating. SKY TV. Queen-size beds, warm & EG:TXZ comfortable. Wake to a home-made breakfast. Tariff: $100-$150 per room.

KAKA POINT CARDNOS ACCOMMODATION 8 Marine Tce, Kaka Point, South Otago – The Catlins P: +64 3 412 8181 E: info@cardnos.co.nz www.cardnosaccommodation.co.nz Choice of self-contained apartment or studio unit, both with ensuite. Great views to ocean and Nugget Point Lighthouse. Centrally heated. TV, free WiFi. Close to EG:X6 restaurant, bar, shop and beach. Tariff: from $140. KAKA POINT CAMPING GROUND 39 Tarata St, Kaka Point P: +64 3 412 8801 M: +64 27 408 2774 www.kakapointcamping.co.nz Host: Denise Anderson Top of Catlins Coast, closest camping ground to Nugget Point Lighthouse 8km. Close patrolled beach/bushwalks/bowling club. Free WiFi. Tariff: (2p) cabin ES:T\6 $65, pwr site $38, tent site $35, child $5, no dogs.

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POUNAWEA MOTOR CAMP In The Catlins, Park Lane, Pounawea,

Owaka P: +64 3 415 8483 E: pounawea.motor.camp@xtra.co.nz www.catlins-nz.com/pounawea-motor-camp Res: 0800 122 854 Tent sites/cabins (sleep 6), modern amenities & kitchen, FREE WiFi. Beach/sea lions/bush walks/native birds. Kayaks/fishing/golf/playground. Tariff: (2p) tent/ pwr sites from $32, cabins from $40, C:RZ[6 children under 4 free. THOMAS’S CATLINS LODGE & CAMP GROUND Cnr Clark & Ryley Sts, Owaka, Catlins Coast P: +64 3 415 8333 M: 0274 158 333 E: stay@thomascatlins.co.nz www.thomascatlins.co.nz Museum/cafés 150m. Near Catlins attractions. Pets on request, communal facilities, free unltd WiFi. Tariff: from $16-$175, sites, budget, ensuite, 2-brm units. ESRT[6 M U ST DO’ s • LOW ER SOU TH I SLAND | 269


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WAIKAVA HARBOUR VIEW Waikawa, South Catlins P: +64 3 246 8866

E: waikawa@southcatlins.co.nz www.southcatlins.co.nz Choice of high quality lodge (sleeps 2-8), Toi Tois or Harakeke s/c cottages (each sleeps 2-4). Full kitchen and laundry facilities, central heating in lodge. Stunning harbour views, native bush setting, Curio Bay 6km. Limited free WiFi all rooms. Book direct from website. Tariff: from $100-$200 (double), extra person ES:TZ6 $30. See website for winter special deals June-August.

Roadservice 0800 500 222 or *222 from your mobile FLAT BATTERY? – 0800 500 222 or *222 from your mobile

Guides online Check out AA Traveller’s most recent travel guides – now live on Issuu.com. AA Traveller link: https://issuu.com/aatraveller Direct link: https://issuu.com/aatraveller/docs

CURIO BAY

A unique camping experience in coastal setting at Curio Bay, Catlins

45° stripes, evenly spaced, stripe width = gap width AA Yellow (15m 100y) and Motoring Accent yellow (25m 10 • Sheltered powered and nonpowered sites, with BBQ areas. • Brand new amenities, full kitchen, laundry, camp shop points.

• Café/Restaurant & Museum on site. • Free WiFi available (with conditions). • Tariff: from $15-$40 for 1-2 persons, extra $10.

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ANCHORAGE 52 Antrim St, Waikawa, Catlins Coast P: +64 3 246 8585 M: +64 27 278 9585 E: milkfarm@xtra.co.nz www.anchorage.co.nz Spectacular views over beautiful Waikawa Harbour. A substantial 3-brm upstairs unit & 2 fully s/c downstairs studio units. Quiet & peaceful, on Southern Scenic Route in heart of Catlins. Limited Free WiFi. Tariff: from $100-$150. ESTZ[6

Keeping your stuff safe Always lock your accommodation or vehicle and keep windows secure.

items, eg camera. You can do it online at www.snap.org.nz

Don’t leave valuables, maps, luggage, GPS devices or visitor brochures visible in parked campervans at any time, especially at scenic spots or trail heads.

Don’t leave bags, backpacks, wallets or cameras unattended in public places, especially at airports, railway stations or ferry terminals.

If there is a safety box in your campervan, use it to protect your valuables. Keep a record of the description and serial numbers of your valuable

Park your campervan overnight in a holiday park, Department of Conservation camping ground or other specially designated area. If in doubt, ask at the nearest i-SITE (official visitor information office).

INVERCARGILL

FREE

UNLIMITED WIFI • 13 ground-floor modern units, serviced daily, all with full kitchens • Well-appointed spacious units, offering a range of affordable, high-quality accommodation. From studio, 1 & 2-brm to exec/honeymoon, family & access units • Very close to Stadium Southland, Velodrome, hockey turf, Splash Palace & The Bill Richardson Transport World. CBD 1.5km • Super king-size beds in most units • LCD Lounge TVs / extra LCD TV in 1-brm units • Sky Guest Select decoder in every room • DVD players avail • Spa bath units avail • Charge-back facilities with restaurants • Meal delivery available • From $135

Reservations Freephone: 0508 388 829

388 Tay St, Invercargill Ph: +64 3 217 3881 Email: info@388taymotel.co.nz Visit: www.388taymotel.co.nz Hosts: Dianna & Keith McKenzie

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Invercargill TOP 10 Holiday Park

Situated in quiet rural surroundings, yet just a short five minute drive to the centre of town.

0800 521 039 77 McIvor Road Invercargill 2019

Motels | Units | Cabins | Sites • Spacious peaceful setting • Children’s Playground • BBQ Area • TV Room • WiFi • Tour booking desk

Queens Park Motels

Unlimited FREE WiFi

• Off the main roads • QUIET • Walk through our back gate into Queens Park • Close to Southern Cross Hospital, Club Southland & Southland Boys High School • 3-6min drive to inner city, Rugby Park, Stadium Southland & Velodrome, Splash Palace, airport, restaurants and Rowena Jackson Retirement Village • Ideal for families, couples, large sporting & cultural groups • Clean, tidy studio, 1-brm, 6 x 2-brm family units, self-contained for families and business • Children’s playground & park next door • Airport pick-up by arrangement/car storage for Stewart Island travellers

85 Alice St, Invercargill • Ph: +64 3 214 4504 M: +64 27 786 8627 Email: quietstay@queensparkmotels.co.nz

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Tariff: $125-$150 (1-2 persons), extra $20, under 12yrs $15, under 5yrs free seasonal/corporate rates.

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Unlimited

FREE Wi-Fi

Need a great place to stay? Then our motel ticks many of the right boxes. Stay in one of our warm double-glazed 1 or 2-bedroom units. We offer unlimited WiFi. Netflix available in all units. Our quality accommodation offers a range of options for the leisure or corporate traveller. Ideally located on main North Rd, only 4.5km to town. Tariff: $100-$150. Corporate/family rates.

444 North Rd, Invercargill • P: +64 3 215 7552 • Res: 0800 22 82 74 E: bookings@bavarianmotel.co.nz • www.bavarianmotel.co.nz

RESERVATIONS ONLY: 0800 888 234

www.birchwoodmanor.co.nz

• Closest to the city centre • Supermarket 50m • Cafés, restaurants & theatre 500m • Southern Institute of Technology & Workingmen’s Club 200m • Centrally heated rooms • Spa units • SKY 50+ channels • FREE WIFI • Off-street parking • Airport 4min drive • Tariff: Studios from $140, corporate & group rates available

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CENTRAL CITY CAMPING PARK 209 Tweed St, Invercargill

P/F: +64 3 214 2226 E: info@invercargillcamping.co.nz  Res: 0508 CAMPING  (226 746) www.invercargillcamping.co.nz Great kitchen, showers, laundry. Comfy lounge. ALL SUPER CLEAN. FREE 500MB WiFi. Tariff: unpowered: sgl $20, dbl $37, powered: sgl $22, dbl $40, extras $18pp. Child under 2yr free, 2-15yr $10. Cabins: sgl from $44, dbl from $62. Ensuite S:TX[6 cabins: sgl from $86, dbl from $107.

COLONIAL MOTEL 143 Mary St, Invercargill P: +64 3 217 6119 E: colonial-invercargill@xtra.co.nz www.colonial-motel.co.nz Res: 0800 367 265 Newly refurbished 1 & 2-brm self-contained unit. Quiet, private, north-facing. Great for families. UNLIMITED FREE WiFi. Smart TVs. Full kitchen facilities. Guest laundry. Free on-site parking. Close to town/Queens Park/ info centre/aquatic centre, Stadium & Transport World. GS:TX Tariff: $120-$165 (2 persons). 274 | M U S T D O ’ S • L O W E R S OUTH IS LA N D


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YARROW MOTEL 165 Yarrow St, Invercargill P: +64 3 218 2797 E: yarrowmotel@xtra.co.nz www.yarrowmotel.co.nz Res: 0800 927 769 8 ground-floor units, quiet locn. 5 studios (1 spa unit), 2 x 1-brm, 1 x 2-brm, 1 x 3-brm house. 500m to town Centre, Queens Park, hospital. 2km to stadium, velodrome, Splash Palace. Airport transfers. Tariff: $115-$180 (1-2p), $20 extra, $15 child under 15, under 2yrs free. GS:TZ[ Corp/group rates avail. FREE WiFi. AMBLE ON INN HOLIDAY PARK 145 Chesney St, Invercargill P: +64 3 216 5214 M: +64 27 434 2510 www.ambleoninn.co.nz Gateway to Catlins Southern Scenic Route. Info Centre 5km. Peaceful & rural. Accessible toilet/shower. Communal kitchen. TV in units. FREE WiFi allocation. Tariff: Std cabins from $55, Studios from ES:TX[ $130, 2-brm s/c units from $150, Sites from $40 (1-2 persons). ASHLAR MOTEL 81 Queens Dr, Invercargill P: +64 3 217 9093 E: info@ashlarmotel.co.nz www.ashlarmotel.co.nz Res: 0800 274 527 7min walk to Rugby Park Stadium, 5min drive to Stadium Southland & Queens Park Golf Course, 10min drive to airport. Svcd apartments, fullyequipped kitchen, flatscreen TV with satellite channels. Free WiFi & free on-site parking. GS:T[6 BEACH ROAD HOLIDAY PARK 375 Dunns Rd P: +64 3 213 0400 www.beachroadholidaypark.co.nz 6ha nature reserve at Sandy Pt Domain. Oreti Beach 2km. Plenty of nature walks and wildlife. Tariff: (1-2 adults) tourist flat $80, ensuite $70, cabin $50, extra $13, under 14yrs $10. Tent site $14 sgle/$28 dbl, under 14yrs $6. Power site $20 sgle/$30 dble, extra $14, under 14yrs $7. ES:T\[

ROADSERVICE - 0800 500 222 or *222 from your mobile phone or aa.co.nz/roadservice EDENDALE EDENDALE MOTEL 9 Morton St, Edendale P/F: +64 3 206 6890  www.mltgore.co.nz E: pioneer.tavern@xtra.co.nz 6 x aptmt-style motel rooms, 1-brm, warm, ground-floor units. Queen-size beds. Full kitchen. Laundry. Quality furnishings & linen. Serviced daily. Internet avail. Sky TV in bar. Ask about bar meals. SRTZ`6 Tariff: $110 single, $130 twin/double, $20 extra.

BLUFF BLUFF CAMPING GROUND 21 Gregory St (off Marine Pde), Bluff P: +64 27 626 2018 E: procter01@xtra.co.nz www.bluffcampingground.co.nz For your stop-off to Stewart Island. Hard & grass powered sites. Centrally located. Kitchen & dining area with deck & harbourside views. Showers & laundry. Children’s playground. Waste S:T\[ station. Unlimited WiFi. An ideal base for shark-cage diving.

New Zealand’s fantastic! Wish you were here with us! For inspiration and Kiwi holiday ideas 101MustDos.co.nz STEWART ISLAND

www.stewartislandflights.com Stewart Island Flights offer multiple scheduled flights daily - Invercargill to Halfmoon Bay (Oban) return. 20min flight. Courtesy shuttle from airport to township. • Fly direct to Mason Bay (Kiwi Spotting), Doughboy Bay, West Ruggedy beach. • Ask about our day trip activity packages and bus tours • Coast to Coast fly/trek/boat wilderness adventure • Exclusive guided kiwi viewing tours (1.5 - 2 hour trip)

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TOP LEFT: Lake Manapouri © Getty Images RIGHT: Tramping in Tuatapere Hump Ridge Track © Southland Tourism BOTTOM: Cosy Nook, Riverton © AATP

RIVERTON This is well worth the 30-minute drive from Invercargill. Almost 200-yearsold, Riverton is one of the earliest European settlements in New Zealand. There’s no better place to get to know its rich history than at the local Te Hīkoi South Journey Heritage Museum. It features authentic life-size displays revealing how the Māori and European ancestors adapted to survive on nature’s edge

LAKE MANAPŌURI Often described as ‘The loveliest of all lakes’, Lake Manapōuri is located in Fiordland National Park. Its cluster of 33 small islands each plays their part

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in enriching the beauty of the area. The second deepest lake in New Zealand, it has a giant hydropower station that you can see through pre-arranged tours. Explore this awe-inspiring area by sea kayak or cruise boat.

TUATAPERE This historic sawmill town lies 87km northwest of Invercargill and 9km inland from Te Waewae Bay. It is also a gateway to Fiordland National Park and the famous Hump Ridge and Waitutu tracks. Within reach of world-class jet boating and hiking, it will introduce you to the surrounding wilderness like the striking Blue Cliffs Beach.


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TE ANAU Perched on the shores of Lake Te Anau, the eponymous town is quite the treasure trove of geological phenomena. From a limestone grotto of glowworms and an underground waterfall in the local caves to its beautiful glacial lake – the largest in the South Island. ake Te Anau is unquestionably a highlight. With the main body of the lake running northsouth and three arms stretching out from the western side – North Fiord, Middle Fiord and South Fiord – its commanding presence is enhanced only by the majestic mountains and majestic forest set to the west, and the sweeping countryside to the east. Among the many, many things to do here, a cruise on the lake is essential. The town of Te Anau has a lot appeal though; prepare to spend time here.

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Accessible from Te Anau via Milford Road, Milford Sound is a fixture on most tourists ‘to do’ lists. Its unsurpassed natural beauty will leave you reeling. From cruising, kayaking and snorkelling to scenic flights and sailing, you will have plenty of opportunities to appreciate its ethereal beauty.

> Mitre Peak > Cruise the Sounds > Kayaking > Scenic flights > Underwater observatory > Milford Track TOP: Milford Sound © Destination Fiordland LEFT: Cruise in Milford Sound © Sue Lovell

itre Peak is one of the most photographed peaks in the country. It has five summits, the highest of which is 1683m from the water. Climbing the peak demands experience and skill; you can more easily marvel at Mitre Peak from the comfort of a cruise through Milford Sound. Another special attraction here is the Milford Sounds Underwater Observatory, the only one of its kind in New Zealand. You can descend 10.4m below the surface to check out sponges, sea stars, horse mussels, diverse fish life and even rare black coral.

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NATURE More than 1.2 million hectares in size, Fiordland National Park transcends diverse environments, from mountains and lakes to fiords and rainforest. ABOVE: Routeburn Track © Miles Holden BELOW: Kayaking in Doubtful Sound © Rob Suisted

FIORDLAND NATIONAL PARK VISITOR CENTRE Use the visitor’s centre in Te Anau to plan trips, sort hunting permits, book walks and get real-time info on tracks, roads and weather. With its powerful waterfalls and water-sculpted rock shapes, THE CHASM is a must-do in Fiordland National Park. This walk is off the Milford Road, about halfway between Milford Sound and the

Homer Tunnel, which is also a mustsee. It’s only 400m return via the same track and takes no more than 20 minutes.

FIORDLAND CINEMA This boutique cinema in Te Anau shows the full spectrum of film, from arthouse to Hollywood blockbusters. Enjoy a platter and vino while you sink back into the plush chairs of this award-winning attraction.

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ISOLATED SPLENDOUR Doubtful Sound is also located in Fiordland. This secluded spot is only accessible by water across Lake Manapōuri. Similar to its smaller but more famous sibling Milford Sound, magical, isolated Doubtful Sound is truly incredible Your experience will stay with you for life. The same activities as Milford Sound are on the agenda, but highlights are mind-blowing: Browne Falls is 619m high and Helena Falls is 220m. Its playmates are bottlenose dolphins, fur seals and Fiordland crested penguins. Doubtful Sound boasts a dynamic landscape, glistening rainforests populated with perching plants, ground ferns and podocarp and pristine inky-coloured waters. It is also home to a designated marine reserve known as The Gut. Measuring 93ha, it is teeming with wildlife. M U ST DO’ s • LOW ER SOU TH I SLAND | 281


TRIP 5 LOWER SOUTH ISLAND COLAC BAY COLAC BAY TAVERN & HOLIDAY PARK 15 Colac Bay Rd, Colac Bay, Riverton P: +64 3 234 8399 E: wazzabevin@gmail.com www.colacbay.co.nz 8km west of Riverton in quiet seaside village. Power/tent sites, backpackers, heated cabins. Lounge, kitchen, laundry, BBQ, bistro meals, free WiFi, on-site tavern. GSJ:T` Comfortable/friendly. Beach 5min walk. Tariff: $17-$70.

RIVERTON RIVERTON BEACH GETAWAY 29-31 Palmerston St, Riverton M: +64 21 444 128 E: info@rivertonaccommodation.co.nz www.rivertonaccommodation.nz 3 warm, comfortable self-contained units. 5min walk to town, harbour, beach & Fiordland souvenir shop. Tariff: from $130 (2 persons), extra E:XZ[6 person $15, child $7. RIVERTON HOLIDAY PARK 43 Richard St, Riverton P: +64 3 234 8132 www.rivertonholidaypark.co.nz Res: 0800 234 8132 Large recreation room, library, kitchen. Sweeping ocean views. Tariff: 18 sites $20-$32, 1-2p, under 12 $5, under 5 free. 2 ensuite/studios $100, 1-2p. New cosy cabins ESTZ[6 $65. On-site caravans $55-$85 dble.

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Main Manapouri/Te Anau Highway FREEPHONE: 0800 896 262 PH: +64 3 249 6652 www.manapouri.com

• FREE WiFi • Guest Laundry • Luggage Storage • FREE Long-stay Parking • Free Chilled Storage • Fishing & Hunting Groups • Bottle Store • Historic Bar • Family Café • SKY TV in the Bar • Courtesy Coach available • FREE Tourist Information & Booking Agents

MANAPOURI MOTELS & HOLIDAY PARK 86 Cathedral Dr, PO Box 3, Manapouri P: +64 3 249 6624 E: stay@manapourimotels.co.nz www.manapourimotels.co.nz Uncrowded! Character buildings, incredible views. Walk to lake. Tariff: studio $120-$130, 1/2/3-brm $120-$170, std cabin $75, kitchen ES:T\[ cabin $85, tent/power sites $22-$47, 2p.

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TE ANAU

Te Anau TOP 10 Holiday Park

Te Anau’s most central holiday park and camping ground offering quiet spacious accommodation for all budgets.

0800 867 003 15 Luxmore Drive Te Anau 2019

Arran Motel 64 Quintin Drive Te Anau Ph: +64 3 249 8826

Motels | Units | Cabins | Sites • Kangaroo Jumper & playground • BBQ area • TV Lounge with log fire • Large communal facilities • Free tour booking desk

• 2min walk to lakefront. • 7 modern studios, 6 x 1 & 2-brm units. Queen-size and single beds. • Tour bookings • Kepler Track transfers. • 1 & 2-bedroom units have kitchenettes • Serviced daily. • Pet-friendly • Luggage and car storage. • Biker-friendly • Secure lock-up. • Close to Department of Conservation. Tariff: $100-$450 (1-2 persons). Seasonal rates. • Hosts: Melodie & Mark Witham

Reservations: 0800 666 911

Email: stay@arranmotel.co.nz • www.arranmotel.co.nz

FREE WiFi, Public Toilets, Off-Street Car Parking, Bureau de Change and Overseas Postage Available

The Hollyford Café The Hollyford Café Mundell’s Cafe & Restaurant – one of the best cafes in town. Great selection of hot and cold cabinet food.

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TRIP 5 LOWER SOUTH ISLAND LAKEFRONT LODGE TE ANAU

Cnr Lakefront Dr & Mokoroa St, Te Anau P: +64 3 249 7728  Res: 0800 525 337 www. lakefrontlodgeteanau.com Superb ground-floor dble SPA, 1-brm & studio units. Upmarket complex for business or pleasure. Close to shops & restaurants. All units have kitchens. Free tour desk & storage. Free Sky GS:TXZ

PARKLANDS MOTEL 16 Mokoroa St, Te Anau P: +64 3 249 7240  

Res: 0800 PARKLAND (727 552)  E: info@parklandsmotel.nz www.parklandsmotel.nz 6 x 1-brm kitchen units, 2 family units & 12 studio units. Queen-size beds & ensuite bathroom with shower & toilet. Overlooks park. 300m walk to shops & restaurants. Free WiFi. Tariff: (2p) $95-$160. Extra person/ child $10-$20. 10% discount on Direct ES:TX\ Bookings.

RADFORDS ON THE LAKE 56 Lakefront Dr, Te Anau

P: +64 3 249 9186 E: info@radfordsonthelake.co.nz www.radfordsonthelake.co.nz Res: 0800 782 972 5-star lakefront accommodation. Spacious, luxuriously appointed apartments. Mountain & lake views. Near shops. Tours arranged. Perfect base to explore Milford Sound, Doubtful Sound, wider Fiordland National Park. Tariff: $259-$639 (2-4p), extra $30. Seasonal specials. ADEN MOTEL 57-59 Quintin Dr, Te Anau P: +64 3 249 7748  Res: 0800 11 66 44 E: info@adenmotel.co.nz www.adenmotel.co.nz Unique motel with a relaxing, Kiwiana feel. Affordable studio, 1 & 2-brm units with kitchen. FREE WiFi. Lakefront 50m, 10min stroll to cafés & retail shops. Tour bookings GS:T\[ arranged. Check website for best rates. EDGEWATER TE ANAU MOTEL 52 Lakefront Dr, Te Anau P: +64 3 249 7258 www. edgewater.net.nz Res: 0800 433 439 Friendly family operated motel on lakefront. 1 or 2-brm Superior or Standard rooms. FREE BBQ. FREE WiFi in room. FREE bike hire. 300m to town centre. S:TXZ6 Tariff: $120-$350 (seasonal/group rates). FIORDLAND GREAT VIEWS HOLIDAY PARK 129 Te Anau Milford Hwy, Te Anau P: 0508 346 735 www.stayfiordland.co.nz Eco-friendly family park, luxury toilet/shower with underfloor heating. Free Kepler Track shuttle & car storage while walking track. Spa, sauna. Free WiFi (data limit applies). Tariff: $19-$195. ES:T\6 Qualmark rated Bronze 4-star+. FIORDLAND LAKEVIEW APARTMENTS & MOTEL 42 Lakefront Dr, Te Anau P: +64 3 249 7546 E: info@fiordlandlakeview.co.nz www.fiordlandlakeview.co.nz On the shore of South Island’s largest lake. 10min scenic walk to town centre, restaurants. Panoramic views over Lake Te Anau. Great selection of apts with new luxury apts opening Oct this year. Tariff: $170-$550. E:TX6 TE ANAU LAKEVIEW KIWI HOLIDAY PARK 77 Manapouri Te Anau Hwy, Te Anau P: +64 3 249 7457 or 0800 483 262 www.teanau.info Spacious lakeside holiday park. 10min walk to town centre. Spa pool. Range of rooms & motorhome/sleeper van sites with lake or park views. Free WiFi, maps, info & bookings. ES:T6 Qualmark 4-star plus. Tariff: $18-$300. BIRCHWOOD COTTAGES 208 Milford Rd, Te Anau P: +64 3 249 9368 E: birchwoodcottages@xtra.co.nz www.birchwoodcottages.co.nz Res: 0800 247 249 Self-contained accommodation amongst Birch trees, 5min walk to town centre, perfect place to stay for a Milford Sound visit, superb views of ES:X\6 mountains, open-plan lounge, modern kitchen, private deck, Qualmark rated 4.5-star.

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MILFORD SOUND

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0800 744 633 mitrepeak.com KNOBS FLAT ACCOMMODATION 6178 Te Anau-Milford Hwy, SH 94, Fiordland P: +64 3 249 9122 E: info@knobsflat.co.nz  www.knobsflat.co.nz Halfway between Te Anau & Milford Sound. Great views, warm/comfortable. Self-contained studios: shower/ toilet, gas-top cooking facilities & small gas grill. Tent/campervan sites & facilities. Tariff: $150-$180 s/c studios. Tent/campervan $20pp, child $10. ESTZ Looking for NZ holiday ideas? Check out the 101 Must-Do’s for Kiwis 101MustDos.co.nz M U ST DO’ s • LOW ER SOU TH I SLAND | 285


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TRIP 6

Start the day at

Te Anau

Te Anau to Kingston via SH 94 & SH 96 1hr 26min, 126km

Aerial view of Queenstown © Destination Queenstown SH 6 Queenstown to Kingston © Destination Queenstown

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riginally conceived by the people of Tūātapere in 1985 when they decided to formally share the perfection of this path with visitors, the Southern Scenic Route has admirers from all over the world. Head south on SH 94 through The Key, Fiordland’s gateway, to charming Mossburn. From here, you’ll make your way north through flat, lush green fields and stop at Athol on SH 6, where you can enjoy the sight of raw New Zealand beauty. Kingston is up next, your last pretty pit stop before your final stop in Queenstown, a drive with views of The Remarkables mountain range. As you approach Queenstown, the road winds around the soft curves of shimmering Lake Wakatipu.

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Kingston to Queenstown via SH 6 43min, 47.1km

The Southern Scenic Route is extremely scenic with a photogenic mix of lush green forest, majestic mountain ranges and sparkling lakes.


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Stretch out this journey with breaks at lookout points, picnic sites and to take short walks. In KINGSTON, you’ll find short walks that provide wonderful views of Lake Wakatipu. MAVORA LAKE which you access BETWEEN MOSSBURN AND TE ANAU has short and long tracks to enjoy, including the 2-hour 30-minute SOUTH MAVORA LAKE WALKING TRACK. Take a lunch break in MOSSBURN and stop for a coffee in ATHOL which is halfway between Lumsden and Queenstown. M U ST DO’ s • LOW ER SOU TH I SLAND | 287


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HIGHLIGHTS

White Hill Wind Farm, Mossburn © Getty Images

MOSSBURN A small town in Southland, 59km east of Te Anau and 113km south of Queenstown, Mossburn is New Zealand’s deer capital and the home of its first deer farm. Early colonial history has a strong place here with a number of the quaint B&Bs providing stays in authentic heritage quarters. Fertile waters are ideal for fishing with the nearby Ōreti River a highly regarded spot for catching brown trout. TIny WAIKAIA in northern Southland, snug between the Black Umbrella and Garvie Mountain ranges, has a major surprise: a

new museum. Switzers Museum features historic exhibitions about gold, Chinese miners and farming and shares stories of the town’s military history along with locals’ memories. Well worth a visit!

KINGSTON Perched on the southern tip of Lake Wakatipu and on the border of Otago and Southland, historical Kingston is a starting point for the 175km Around the Mountains Cycle Trail, one of New Zealand’s favourite bike rides. Cyclists – and walkers – can follow the route of the famous Kingston Flyer railway.

MOSSBURN

MOSSBURN COUNTRY PARK 333 Mossburn Five Rivers Rd,

Mossburn P: +64 3 248 6444 www.mossburncountrypark.co.nz Midpoint between Queenstown and Te Anau. Beautiful, peaceful campground set amongst 28 acres of farmland. Tame farm animals to feed by hand. Central to major Southland fishing rivers. Close to Cycle Trail. Hot showers and clean toilets. 7 lovely country cabins and plentiful power and ES:TZ[ tent sites. WiFi allocation. Tariff: $18-$75.

WAIKAIA WILLOWDENE LODGE 44 Willington St  (PO Box 45), Waikaia P/F: +64 3 202 7872 E: willowdene674@gmail.com Golf, brown trout fishing. Beech forest walks from Piano Flat, to Canton gold-mining trails & on to Garvie Mountains. Explore historical sites. 1 queen & 3 twin rooms. Guest bathroom. Free WiFi. Tariff: CEG:TZ $90-$100 (2 persons), incl breakfast. Discounts available.

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