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CHRISTCHURCH! Christchurch is the largest city in the South Island. The first recorded settlers were the Maori and, in 1840, the first Europeans settled on the plains. In 1850, the first organised groups of English immigrants arrived on “the first four ships”, and they are said to be the city founders. In July, 1856, when land was set aside for the building of the cathedral in an area that would become the city centre, Christchurch was declared a city – the first in this new land. Christchurch is “The Garden City” at any time of the year and is celebrated each year with events such as the Festival of Flowers. Christchurch remains a thriving centre, the shopping is world class with many unique boutique stores and unique department stores in Merivale as well as large malls in the suburbs and most visitor activities are operating as usual. Christchurch is proud of its sporting prowess, with the importance of rugby and cricket being relevant reflections of the city’s past. Of course, Christchurch is just as proud of its world-class golf courses, alpine resorts just out of the city and the motor racing track at Ruapuna. Today the population of this exciting city is 340,000 – big enough to be a city with all the benefits of a large metropolis, but small enough to retain a friendly sense of community.

Christchurch Botanic Gardens

Located in the heart of the city, the Gardens were founded in 1863 when an English Oak Tree was planted to commemorate the marriage of Prince Albert to Princess Alexandra of Denmark.With more than 10 gardens, they are spread over 21 hectares and have variety of exotic and local plants of New Zealand plus a number of artworks dotted around.The gardens it is a place of peace and tranquility and is popular with locals and tourists alike. Opening at 7am daily. Entry is free.

Situated in the former University of Canterbury buildings. There are 23 heritage buildings, 2 of which are a category 1. Following the 2011 earthquake the complex was closed for major repairs, however a good portion has now been re-opened. Prior to the earthquake the centre had speciality shops, bars, cafes, restaurants, galleries, theaters and cinemas. The Court Theater is a professional theater company founded in 1971 and was based at the Arts Centre from 1976 to 2010. Now with a lot of the repairs complete business’ have been returning, as well as the weekend market which is open during the summer.

The Arts Centre Punting on the Avon

This iconic Christchurch activity is an absolute must if you are visiting the ‘Garden City’. A tranquil glide along the Avon River, taking in the beautiful Botanic Gardens and a city changing and growing amidst the rebuild. The tours are set aboard handcrafted flat-bottomed boats which are poled along by a skilled Punter in traditional Edwardian attire at the rear of the boat. This is a very eco-friendly way of relaxing and enjoying Christchurch from a different perspective. Summer or Winter the rides can be enjoyed as a group, or if you prefer private tours are also available. Open daily, you can view their website for the operating hours and other tours that may be of interest at

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SUMNER This popular seaside suberb has lots to offer any time of the year. Whether you like a leisurely walk on the beach or a bit of surfing, you can hang out with the many locals who also enjoy chilling at the beach. Exploring Cave Rock at low tide, and then climbing it is also a must especially for the kids and then a casual stroll along the promenade. There is plenty of great cafes and restaurants to choose from and if you fancy a bit of shopping you will not be disappointed as Sumner has a vast array of Boutique shops that will please even the most difficult shopper.

NEW BRIGHTON PIER The pier that stands today was opened in 1997, it replaced the original timber built one which was more British Traditional style and was only 700 ft long. Built of reinforced concrete it spans 980 ft long, making it the longest in Australasia. One of the more popular events on the pier is the Guy Fawkes Fireworks Display which is held every 5th November, which is attended by many of the locals.

MOUNTAIN BIKING Well known for its amazing bike trails across the country, ask anyone in Christchurch and they will tell you how fantastic the tracks are, and you will find a track to suit all abilities. If you don’t have a bike there are plenty of places you can hire. Mcleans Island: A 10.5 km easy riding track suitable for the whole family, its situated directly opposite Orana Park, so take a picnic and make a day of it. Bottle Lake Forest: Fun and varied, take it slow with the kids or go hard out, you choose. Port Hills: There are a number of tracks to choose from on the port hills, these would be the most popular as they are so central to Christchurch and it has some amazing tracks winding through the trees. But to name a few: Kennedys Bush, Godley Head, Worsley Spur, Traverse and Victoria Park.

SIGN OF THE KIWI Originally called Toll House, the Sign of the Kiwi is situated on Dyers Pass Rd between Christchurch and Govenors Bay. It was built in 1916-17 by Harry Ell as a staging post and opened as a tearoom and rest house. It is a category 1 heritage classification and is a popular destination for both tourists and locals, especially those who have just walked the popular Harry Ell track,road or mountain cyclists or even just those who want to take in the fantastic vistas. Closed after the 2011 earthquake, it has reopened once again as a café, and is a perfect stop off for whatever you might be doing.

New Regent Street Opened in 1932, New Regent St is Christchurch’s only complete heritage streetscape. With beautiful Spanish Mission Architecture and distinctive pastel colour scheme it is popular with both the locals and the tourists. Check out the exciting range of boutique shops, fudge, whiskey, jewellery and cafes, it has something for everyone. New Regent St is also on the Tram route, so if your tramming around the inner city make sure you jump off for a look round.

The Crossing The Crossing is Christchurchs newest retail precincts, so far 15 business’s have opened with more to come in 2019. So if you are wanting a little bit of retail therapy while in the city check out The Crossing, H & M, Country Road, Seed are just a few exciting stores to have opened with many eateries as well.

LYTTELTON (Ohinehou)

Lyttelton is a port town on the north shore of Lyttelton Harbour in Banks Peninsula. It was established as a landing point for Christchurch-bound seafarers, and is regarded as the Gateway to Canterbury. Lyttelton Harbour was discovered by passing European voyagers on 16 Febuary 1770 during the Endeavours first voyage to New Zealand. The port stil working and stopping point for cruise ships. However there is more to Lyttelton than the port, you will find some great eating establishments, boutique shopping and galleries and plenty o history. The Lyttelton Farmers Market is every Saturday from about 10am to 1pm, this is well worth a visit.

MARGARET MAHY PLAYGROUND Following the 2011 earthquake, the governments recovery plan was to have a city wide family playground as one of the elements of the East Frame. The playground opened on 22 December 2015 and is the largest in the Southern Hemisphere. The playground is named after New Zealands famous childrens author and it is said the playground is “ the place of childhood dreams”. Some of the highlights are the 4 meter wide slide, double flying fox and a climbing wall. There is also a water play area with water cannons and sprinklers and a splash pad. And for those with kids under 5 there is a separate fenced area. If you have kids then you will want to check this out....or your kids definetly will.


This is a great walk with stunning coastal views and WWII remains. The walk begins at the Taylors Mistake carpark, then make your way behind the beach to the start of the Pilgrims Way Coastal Track. On this track you will see where old cave dwellings used to be built into the hillside. Passing Bolder Bay the track climbs up to the headland and the historic Godley Head coastal defence battery. The Godley Battery Compound is currently closed due to earthquake damage but the track continues round and past the historic military buildings including the Battery Observation Posts located at the entrance to Lyttelton Harbour. Alternatively you can start this track from the Godley Head carpark which is located on Evans Pass Road.


CHRISTCHURCH STREET ART Post quake Christchurch has street art popping up all over the city, new and old buildings have international artists creating colourful murals. This has become so big that you can get a map of all the art and where to find them, walking around the city has changed from viewing the historic buildings to city gallery. Watch This Space:Christchurch Street Art, is an interactive map featuring a great selection of murals, some from the past as buildings have gone up and covered them now, but also from the present, plus information on the artist, inspiration and where to find the mural. Some of these art works won’t be around for long as the city build continues so make this one a priority.

Nestled in the Christchurch suburb of Somerfield this Italian restaurant is well worth the visit if you are in the region. Great authentic food in a lovely relaxed atmosphere ,and with the red checkered table cloths you could just imagine yourself in a small Italian restaurant in Italy. Trip Advisor has some fantastic reviews from very happy customers, so make sure this is on your list. Open Wednesday-Sunday 5pm-9pm 8 Somerfield St, Somerfield, Christchurch Phone: (03) 337 9424

With old restaurants and cafes re-opening and new restaurants opening, Christchurch can once again offer locals and visitors extensive choice in dining options.

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North South Holiday Park Set in tree-lined grounds North South Holiday Park offers a variety of accommodation options to suit all needs and budgets. With just a 5 minute drive from the airport and all the major campervan rental depots it is your perfect choice. The park has a great range of facilities, including an outdoor swimming pool for the summer season, a children’s playground, pedal bikes for hire, an extensive DVD collection for those colder days plus much more. The team have expert knowledge on local must do attractions and activities so you will feel right at home at North South Holiday Park.

Christchurch Top 10

530 Sawyers Arms Road, Christchurch Phone: +64 3 359 5993 Email: The Closest Holiday Park to Christchurch Airport!

Christchurch Top 10 Holiday Park is located in the north of Christchurch with convenient access to buses and the northern route out of the City, only 5 kms from the Square and 8kms to the airport. A full range of accommodation includes cabins, motels, self-contained units for couples, families and groups, tent and van sites. Facilities include Spa pools, indoor pool, games room gym and adventure playground, as well as email/wireless, jumping pillow, trampoline, 3 and 4 wheel bikes for hire. Phone 0800 396-323.


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WHAT’S ON in July MARKETS Friday Street Food Market

Mt Pleasant Farmers Market

Mt Pleasant Community Centre, 3 McCormacks Bay Road, Christchurch Saturdays 9:30am – 12:30pm Mt Pleasant Farmers market is very much a local market with a great vibe and delicious food for sale including fresh fruit & vegetables, eggs, fresh fish, pastries, cakes and breads, flowers, deli goods, plants & herbs, small goods, great coffee & music. The market operates from 9:30am to 12:30pm every Saturday.

Ferrymead Night Market

Cathedral Square, Cathedral Square, Christchurch Every Friday fromt 11:00am – 8:00pm The Friday Street Food Market brings together the best food trucks, food stands from around the world and live entertainment, buskers and more!

Every Sunday RICCARTON PARK MARKET Riccarton Racecourse, 146 Racecourse Road Chch. The biggest market of its kind in New Zealand, held every Sunday from 9am to 2pm rain or shine. Everything from Fruit and Vegetables, second hand goods, plants and a huge variety of food and drinks with live music, a great place to visit.

Every Weekend NELSON MARKET & MONTY’S SUNDAY MARKET Saturdays & Sundays 8am - 1pm, Montogomery Square Nelson. Recycled treasures, Brunch cafe style, a variety of stalls.

Ferrymead Heritage Park, 50 Ferrymead Park Drive, Ferrymead, Christchurch. Saturday 6th July 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm. Gold Coin Donations. Please bring extra cash as there are no ATM’s around. Come along, get your family and enjoy an evening of amazing food, beautiful crafts and gorgeous music. Have a ride on the train or the tram and also enjoy old times cinema in our theatre for $2 each.


NASDA Theatre, 130 Madras Street, Christchurch Sunday 7 July 2019 7:00pm – 9:00pm General Admission: $12.50 Showbiz Christchurch presents the return to classic Way Off Broadway. The informal open mic concert of musical theatre songs we all enjoy so much returns in its ‘classic’ format on Sunday 7 July at 7pm! There will be something old, plenty new, all songs borrowed and at least one song blue! You’ll be treated to songs you may not have heard before; songs from shows that have become main fare for W.O.B performers; and classics from much loved older shows. Something for every musical theatre lover.

Seaside Market New Brighton Pedestrian Mall, Brighton Mall, New Brighton, Christchurch City Saturdays 10am - 2pm Every Saturday, New Brighton’s pedestrian mall is filled with colour and creativity! Come down to the seaside and enjoy, live entertainment, great food, fresh produce, arts, crafts, jewellery and more. There’s also a bouncy castle and free face-painting for the littlies. Lyttelton Farmers Market

Arts Centre Makete (Market) The Bedford, 2A Waterman Way, Ferrymead, Christchurch Saturday 6 July 2019 8:00pm – 12:00am Early Bird: $33.75 ($30.00 + $3.75 fees) General Admission: $38.88 ($35.00 + $3.88 fees) Before heading off to the U.S, Australia, Europe and South America, Katchafire will be on the road again in Aotearoa for their annual winter tour - this time with a different twist! All north island shows will be as a part of the “Good Vibes Festival” featuring Katchafire, L.A.B, 1814, Tomorrow People, Paua, General Fiyah, Latasha Lee, Josh Wawa, Lion Rezz plus DJs. There are seven shows and each one is a huge arena affair! Make sure you look out for this amazing line up coming to Napier, Gisborne, Tauranga, Auckland, Porirua, Hamilton and Tokoroa.

City of Souls London Street Lyttelton London Street Lyttelton, Lyttelton

Every Saturday from 10am to 1pm, on London Street

Stallholders with fresh fruit and vegetables, free range eggs, bread, meat, fish, cheese, juices, herbs and plants sell at the market every week. Local bands play every Saturday at the market and we run special events several times a year alongside our festivals, birthday and christmas.

Kaiapoi Farmers Market Morgan Williams Reserve, Charles St, Kaiapoi, Waimakariri Every Saturday 2018 9:00am – 12:30pm A regular farmers market which includes fresh local vegetables and fruit, free range eggs, vegetable plants, grasses, bedding plants, and crafts. The market runs rain or shine on Saturday mornings. At casual friendly market with knowledgeable stall holders. The Kaiapoi Farmers Market is a community-based not-for-profit market held throughout the year in scenic Kaiapoi, North Canterbury.

Shabby Chic Market Day Rochester Villa, 21 Connal St, Woolston, Christchurch Sunday 7th July 2019 11:00am – 3:00pm Heaving Trestles with Vintage items, linens, clothes, costumes, jewels, collectables, retro, Kitsch and kitchen, antiques, craft works, furniture, restored, revamped and recycled items. books, toys, art, homewares, Bric a Brac and assorted fancies - All in The Shabby Chic theme... 5 Rooms to Explore inside The Historic Rochester Villa... Devonshire Teas in the Chilled Out Courtyard accompanied by Sweet Sounds, Conversations, Bubbles to Blow, Ice Lollies, a Pixie Hut and other Treats. Artisan Breads and Pastries, Old School Baking, Exotic Baking, Plants and Produce and much more. Inside and Outside The Rochester Villa. Look for the Signs off Ferry Road and Rutherford Street Corner...

Way Off Broadway

Club Tavern, 441 Colombo St, Christchurch Saturday 6 July 2019 8:00pm Auckland’s post-alternative rock kings, City Of Souls, will headline shows in Wellington, Auckland and Christchurch this July with support from Melbourne-bred progressive alternative rock juggernaut, Circles. The tour then travels to Australia for Circles’ headline shows with City Of Souls in Sydney, Adelaide, Melbourne, Brisbane, and Perth. With each band’s recent performances at PROGFEST 2019 completely breathtaking, this is a tour you definitely do not want to miss! City Of Souls, New Zealand’s six-piece premier alternative-progressive outfit, have just signed internationally to Australian record label Wild Thing Records, as well as UK/EU bookings to Artery Global. They recently released their very first taste of new music - with their new single ‘Wolf’, and its stellar accompanying music video.

The Arts Centre Te Matatiki Toi Ora, 2 Worcester Boulevard, Christchurch Sunday 7 July 2019 10:00am – 3:00pm At The Arts Centre Makete you’ll find local artisans showcasing their quality, handmade goods – arts and crafts, freshly made delicacies and more. Set against the backdrop of the historical Arts Centre Te Matatiki Toi Ora, the market offers a relaxing Sunday shopping experience in the heart of the city. This makete is proudly supported by Christchurch City Council through the Enliven Places Projects Fund.

The Early Early Late Show - KidsFest 2019 Court Theatre, Bernard St, Addington, ChristchurchSunday 7 July 2019 4:00pm All Tickets: $13.00 Buy Tickets – 03 963 0870 or 0800 333 100 You loved this family-friendly favourite so much that we’ve decided to bring it back – monthly! A previous highlight on the KidsFest calendar, The Early Early Late Show is now being performed on the first Sunday of every month, bringing the fun and chaos of Scared Scriptless to an all-ages audience.

Weka Pass Railway

Open Floor Dance Night - Winter Edition A Rolling Stone, 579 Colombo St, Christchurch Saturday 6 July 2019 7:00pm – 10:00pm Like an ‘open mic’ night but just for dancers! This casual event is the perfect place to try out a new routine or to build up performance experience. All styles are welcome, come along and show us what you’ve been working on, then stick around to see some fabulous dance from other local performers and meet fellow dance enthusiasts.

Kidzone at The Arcade From noon till six pm it is Kidzone at the arcade. Bring the kids down and challenge them to the games you used to play at Wizards, Pennys and The Dog House. Retro Games, Pinball, Pool, Milkshakes, Burgers, Fish and Chips! One dollar per token, one token per game, come push play!

Waipara Glenmark Station, 113 Glenmark Drive, Waipara, Hurunui Sunday 7th, 14th, 21st July 2019 11:30am – 2:00pm Only 50 min from central Christchurch, the Weka Pass Railway is a historic rural railway using both vintage steam and diesel-electric locomotives out of Waipara, North Canterbury. Take a train ride on one of the public operating days, on the 1st and 3rd Sunday of each month, most Sundays in January and most public holidays. Perfect for a break on a trip to Hanmer Springs, Kaikora or while visiting the Waipara wine region. Trains will usually be hauled by 1909 built “A” Class “Pacific” steam locomotive number 428. During exceptional fire risk in summer months, “A428” may be replaced with a vintage diesel locomotive. For the latest details on operating days please visit the Weka Pass Railway website.

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Welles Street Winter Fest

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Welles Street, 44 Welles Street, Christchurch Monday 8 July 2019 – Sunday 14 July 2019 11:00am – 11:00pm Admission: Free While it’s tempting to spend the duration of winter inside, it’s far more fun to head out into the world for a little food, shopping and good times. Welles Street is making the most of the single-digit temperatures with Apre Ski-style set-ups, hearty comfort food and plenty of mulled wine. Cheek out the week long line up below! Monday 8th July - Opening Night Wrap up and wander into Welles Street to kick it all off with: Winter Fest Food Special: $15 Steak + Chips Happy Hour Mulled Wine, Cider & Hot Toddies 5pm – 7pm Tuesday 9th July - Cheesy Trivia Register a team online at and be in to win great prizes! with Happy Hour 5pm – 7pm and fondue available all night. Ideal for perfect for nippy conditions.Our recipe combines Swiss cheeses (Emmental and Gruyere) with kirsch (a clear fruit brandy), white wine, garlic and a secret ingredient, all served together in one delightful warm pot Grab to share for two – or get a team together and join on in with the evenings Trivia night kicking off from 7:30pm with great spot prizes!

Isaac Theatre Royal, 145 Gloucester St, Christchurch Tuesday 9 July 2019 7:30pm – 10:00pm Adult: $15.00 Buy Tickets – 0800842538 Bring out The Gimp and celebrate the 25th anniversary of Quentin Tarantino’s Oscar-winning masterpiece, Pulp Fiction! A pair of low-rent hit men, Vincent Vega (John Travolta) and Jules Winnfield (Samuel L. Jackson), are sent out to collect a stolen briefcase for their mob boss employer, Marsellus Wallace (Ving Rhames). Having proven himself worthy, Wallace then entrusts Vincent to entertain his wife, Mia (Uma Thurman), while he is out of town. Meanwhile, Wallace has paid off aging boxer Butch Coolidge (Bruce Willis) to throw his next fight. The lives of these wildly entertaining characters intertwine with unexpected consequences… Coinciding with the release of Tarantino’s new movie, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, out this July, we take a twist and a step back in time and celebrate one of his most iconic films in the most iconic Christchurch venue… so dust off those one liners, bring a fiver for a shake and expect your Royale with cheese!

The Princess and the Frog (and the Robber!) - KidsFest 2019 Court Theatre, Bernard St, Addington, Christchurch Wednesday 10 July 2019 11:00am All Tickets: $10.00 Buy Tickets – 03 963 0870 or 0800 333 100 Princess Lillian is home alone in her parents’ castle… until she meets a talkative frog in the palace pond! There’s no way a princess will ever be friends with a stinky frog - ew! - but then someone breaks into the castle!


Blue Smoke, 3 Garlands Road, Woolston, Christchurch Thursday 11 July 2019 7:00pm *Dead Favours to the line-up for Christchurch. Villainy are gearing up to hit the road in July for their first headlining tour in two years. After selling out the South Island leg of the tour, they’re adding a new date in Christchurch to cater to demand and upgrading their Dunedin show. The Kiwi rockers are also pleased to announce Dead Favours will be joining them on all shows and, in Auckland they’re teaming up with Smokefreerockquest to give one lucky band the chance to open for them at the iconic Powerstation. See below for more details.

John Davis & The Cicadas (ex-Folk Implosion) Darkroom, 336 St Asaph Street, Christchurch Thursday 11 July 2019 9:00pm – 12:00am John Davis was half of Folk Implosion in the ‘90’s and now records and tours on his own and with a band of rotating characters based in Durham, NC, USA. This tour of New Zealand and Australia will consist of duo shows with John on guitar and electronics, and Rob Chamberlain on drums and electronics. Sets will mix material from John’s Shrimper records solo catalogue (both old and recent), and material drawn from the Folk Implosion archive of the ‘90’s. For more information and to hear recent work visit and Records will be available for sale, including a new instrumental release Gnawing On the Bone, which features cover art by Dunedin’s Alastair Galbraith.

Exceptional views of Christchurch and Lyttelton Harbour plus great coffee and food! - Only 10minutes from the city!

This historical building is located at the top of Dyers Pass Road, built in 1916-17 by Harry Ell as a staging post and opened as a tearoom and rest house. This lovely building is classed by Heritage New Zealand as a Catergory 1 Historic Place. After earthquake repairs the Sign of the Kiwi re-opened on 23rd January 2017, this wonderful café boasts charm and history and is a great place to hang out and take in the panoramic views overlooking the city and Southern Alps on one side and on the other the harbour. The Sign of the Kiwi Café is a hot spot for a number of people who not only want to enjoy great food with a view, but also for mountain bikers, road cyclists and people out enjoying the numerous tracks in the area. The Port Hills offer a number of great walking tracks, the Crater Rim runs the length of the Port Hills from Godley head to Gebbies Pass, following the hills around the northern side of Lyttleton Harbour which is a flooded volcanic crater. The views take in the harbour, peninsula, plains and Southern Alps, and are outstanding. Sections of this track can be picked up at different points depending on physical fitness.

An absolute must do if you are visiting Christchurch, this location covers all the essentials… food, views, history and exercise!

Hours: Monday to Friday 8:30am - 4pm Saturday & Sunday 8:30am - 5pm Phone 03 329 9966 Located at the top of Dyers Pass Road and Summit Road where they intersect, 1700 Summit Road, CHRISTCHURCH.

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Four New Devils for Orana wildlife park

Kaiapoi Comedy The Port and Eagle Brew Pub, 184 Williams St, Kaiapoi, Waimakariri Thursday 11 July 2019 7:00pm – 10:00pm For far too long Kaiapoi has sat watching, whilst just up the road CBD citizens have been treated to comedy show after comedy show. Finally it’s time to bring regularly comedy to the North! Come join us for a mix of newer and more seasoned comics, giving you their best stuff to try win some of that sweet sweet prize money!

Baynk The Foundry, 90 Ilam Rd, Ilam, Christchurch Friday 12 July 2019 8:30pm R18 General Admission: $34.90 New Zealand’s electronic music wunderkind BAYNK has today announced a tour across Australia and New Zealand which sees the young producer bring his effortlessly smooth sound and dynamic live show to his home country.

There’s Something Dark In the Water

Turanga Central Library, 60 Cathedral Square, Christchurch Thursday 18 July 2019 3:00pm – 4:00pm As part of KidsFest, come along to an interactive book launch for Ringlet and the Day the Oceans Stopped presented by author Felicity Williams and her shoal of merkid helpers. Step into a sparkling interactive underwater world created by set designer Julian Southgate and Canvas Bag Drama School. Come dressed-up as an anemone, a sea witch, a crab, a sharky-fin boy or just your everyday merkid, or find something to wear when you arrive. There’ll be face painting, nail painting, QuiverVision colouring, dancing, dress-up prizes and more!

Canterbury Red Devils vs Dunedin Thunder

Epicenta’s Amy Winehouse Tribute Concert Ara Music Arts, Corner Madras and High St, Christchurch Friday 12 July 2019 6:10pm – 7:00pm Door sales only Amy Winehouse Tribute Concert – Keep Music Live. Three years ago, North Canterbury Musicians - Kevin Frewer, his daughter Celine Graham (vocals) and Roger Hanson formed a covers trio Epicenta. The band plays a wide variety of styles including popular songs from the Late singer Amy Winehouse.

Retro Rhythm

Four young Tasmanian devils arrived in Christchurch last week. The yet to be named one-year-old males were transferred to Orana from the Devils@ Cradle sanctuary, located at Cradle Mountain Tasmania, as part of the Save the Tasmanian Devil (STDP) Ambassador Programme for these endangered carnivorous marsupials. Orana first joined STDP in 2014. Manager of Exotic Species, Rachael Mason, says: “We are extremely excited to welcome the new boys. They have enjoyed exploring their new home. Two of the animals are half-brothers and they are the biggest of the animals, the other two are noticeably smaller and rather cute.” “It is an absolute privilege for Orana to be involved in the Ambassador Programme. The arrival of four new devils, housed next to our two elderly animals, means Orana is well placed to educate visitors on the plight of these magnificent marsupials for years to come” adds Rachael. Devils@Cradle’s Managing Director, Wade Anthony, accompanied the animals, bred at his facility, to Christchurch: “These young sub-adult devils were born at our sanctuary in 2018, they are just on 1 year old and are in great condition. They have travelled well and I know they will settle in to a happy and healthy life here at Orana because Christchurch (the South Island) has a very similar climate and vegetation to Tasmania and Orana has a wonderful facility constructed specifically for devils. We decided against naming these boys as we would like to provide the kiwi team with the pleasure of naming their new animals.” Tasmanian devils are the world’s largest surviving carnivorous marsupials. These nocturnal animals live for approximately 5-7 years in captivity. Sadly, devils are classified as endangered mainly due a rare contagious cancer called Devil Facial Tumour Disease (DFTD). The fatal disease has led to a population decline of over 60%, though this statistic is up to 90% in some regions of Tasmania. The main aim of the STDP is to investigate the disease, determine management options to ensure the survival of devils and secure a captive insurance population of healthy, genetically robust animals for release to the wild. Orana fulfils an important role as part of the Ambassador Programme by raising public awareness of the issues facing devils. Tasmanian Devil Ambassador Program Coordinator, David Schaap, says: “The Tasmanian Devil Ambassador Program focusses on sending our iconic and endangered devils to world-class zoos with a commitment to education and conservation. We proudly continue our friendship with Orana Wildlife Park and the people of New Zealand’. “Orana also supports the Programme by generating funds for devils in the wild. We have contributed towards radio collars to monitor wild devils and for the installation of innovative devices that help prevent devils becoming roadkill” concludes Rachael.

Visitors will have the chance to meet the delightful new devils this week.

A Rolling Stone, 579 Colombo St, Christchurch Friday 12 July 2019 8:00pm – 11:00pm Admission: Free Motown, Northern Soul, ‘50’s’ to 60’s R&B and authentic Rock’n’Roll. All the best vintage dance tracks from Ruth Brown to James Brown. See Facebook group: Rockabilly, Vintage Soul, ‘50’s Rock’n’Roll Christchurch for sample tracks and videos. Good sized dance floor. Central location.

Pop-up Globe NZ Tour Isaac Theatre Royal, 145 Gloucester St, Christchurch Friday 12 July 2019 7:30pm – 10:00pm C Reserve: $19.00 B Reserve: $49.00 A Reserve: $79.00 Premium: $99.00 After playing to over 600,000 people across Australasia in just three years, Auckland’s smash-hit sensation Pop-up Globe hits the road in New Zealand for the first time, taking their critically-acclaimed productions of Shakespeare’s Hamlet and Measure for Measure to theatres around the nation.

Pink Floyd Tribute (Comfortably Numb) Hornby Workingmen’s Club, 17 Carmen Road, Hornby, Christchurch Saturday 13 July 2019 8:00pm – 10:45pm Admission: $28.62 ($25.00 + $3.62 fees) C & R Entertainment present to you “Comfortably Numb” New Zealand’s premier Pink Floyd tribute show, performed by Hawkes Bay band ”Revival“ With decades of combined experience behind them, an impressive list of International artist’s individual members of the band have supported over the years such as Billy Ocean, Ronan Keating, Leo Sayer, Mel C the band has dedicated themselves to reproducing the sound of “Pink Floyd”.

Devils at the Crossroads - Christchurch Show A Rolling Stone, 579 Colombo St, Christchurch Saturday 13 July 2019 7:30pm – 10:30pm General Admission: $28.62 ($25.00 + $3.62 fees) Celtic soul blues icon Isabella (Izzy) Miller Bell Aka Ma Bell brings together a superb line up of independent South Island Urban Folk & Country Blues legends for a mid-winter celebration of the blues in its many forms. From the deep Mississippi Delta through New Orleans, Chicago and Nashville Ma Bell & Guests leave no stone unturned in what promises to be a sizzling hot night of blues in fifty deadly nightshades.

Soaked Oats Sludge Pop Tour Blue Smoke, 3 Garlands Road, Woolston, Christchurch Saturday 13 July 2019 8:00pm – 12:00am Early Bird: $15.00 Pre-sales: $20.00 Door sales: $30.00 This July indie sludge-pop rockers Soaked Oats return to cities across New Zealand in celebration of the release of their new EP ‘Sludge Pop’, out June 14th via Australian indie label Dot Dash Records. This show comes hot on the heels of the band touring in the UK (including an appearance well-renowned UK festival ‘The Great Escape’) and Australia. Soaked Oats are a young four-piece band hailing from Dunedin, New Zealand who have been described as “a southern stew of Kurt Vile with a good shake of Kevin Morby and Mac DeMarco”. Since forming in 2017, Soaked Oats have come to notoriety for writing songs about stoned fruit (‘Avocado Aficionado’, ‘I’m a Peach’), and have become known for endearing live performances showcasing the bands penchant for joyous songwriting and high energy showss “There’s something infectious about their sound; it’s happy, it’s relaxed and a little bit cheeky.” - Pilerats

Alpine Ice Sports Centre, 495 Brougham Street, Opawa , Christchurch Saturday 20 July 2019 4:30pm and Sunday 21 July 2019 4:30pm Adult: $23.00 ($20.00 + $3.00 fees) Child (U16): $14.35 ($14.00 + $0.35 fees) Family (2A+2C or 1A+3C): $59.38 ($55.00 + $4.38 fees) Come see the Canterbury Red Devils burn up the score sheet when they try to dethrone the Dunedin Thunder during the New Zealand Ice Hockey League final home round at the Alpine Ice in Christchurch. You have seen ice hockey on TV, now you get to see it live and up close for less than a trip to the movies. The Red Devils invite you to support us with voices, cheering on the players as they take on the rivals from Dunedin. It is a weekend of action not to be missed!

Waimakariri Winter Festival

Blake Street Car Park 5 Blake Street, Rangiora, Canterbury Sunday 21 July 2019 9:00am – 4:00pm Admission: Free Join us at the 4th annual Waimakariri Winter Festival where almost all the activities are free! Food, Music, Ice Sculptures, Market Stalls, Buskers, Bouncy Castles, Big Screen Movie, Animal Farm, Virtual Reality... and much, much more! Experience the best of North Canterbury at this year’s action-packed Winter Festival. There is plenty to enjoy for the whole family - a full-day town festival with delicious food, great music, activities galore and a farmers market full of stalls. Like many things in Canterbury, the Winter Festival was born out of the earthquakes. Our little country town has undergone quite the transformation and we started this event in 2016 to celebrate the new-look Rangiora. Us North Canterbury folk know how to throw a good party and the Festival has now become an annual event to showcase what’s on offer in our colourful town.

New Zealand Opera: The Barber of Seville

Isaac Theatre Royal, 145 Gloucester St, Christchurch Thursday 1 August 2019 7:30pm – 10:00pm One of the craziest operatic comedies ever written. Rossini’s razor-sharp musical wit delivers in riotous technicolour. Dashing Count Almaviva is in love with the feisty young Rosina. But her guardian, Dr Bartolo, is determined to marry her himself. Cue Figaro – also known as The Barber of Seville – with a series of hare-brained schemes, one of which just might work.

The Father

Court Theatre, Bernard St, Addington, Christchurch Saturday 3 August 2019 7:30pm Buy Tickets – 03 963 0870 or 0800 333 100 There is a woman in Andre’s flat claiming to be his daughter. But Anne lives in London now… Doesn’t she? And Andre lives in Paris... Doesn’t he? And where has Anne’s sister, Elsie gone? Don’t tell him she’s dead. She isn’t… Is she? An international sensation, The Father is the most acclaimed new play of the decade, smashing our misconceptions of time, memory and dementia in this profoundly moving and darkly comic masterpiece.

Sons of Zion

The Good Home , 2a Waterman Place, Ferrymead, Christchurch Saturday 3 August 2019 8:00pm Sons of Zion are without question one of Aotearoa’s favourite live acts and this August, they’re taking their new live show on the road.

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“Visit Supa Karts Indoor Go Karting Track for your daily adrenaline dose, and high octane fun” Open 12pm - 6pm Monday - Thursday 12pm - 8pm on Fridays Open 10am - 8pm Saturday and 10am - 6pm on Sundays

Corner of Buchan & Byron Street, Sydenham, Christchurch PH (+64) 03 374 9425 Email:

CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE 'WILDLIFE KIND' Close encounters of the ‘wildlife kind’ are a Willowbank trademark. Meet New Zealand’s Big 5 with the Kiwi, the cheeky Kea, the ancient Tuatara, our bush parrot the Kaka and the very rare Takahe. Feed the wild eels and make friends with the livestock breeds unique to New Zealand. Listen to the kiwi as it forages by your feet. Embark on a journey through the history of New Zealand. See the impact of introduced species in ‘Wild NZ’ meet old livestock breeds in ‘Heritage NZ’. Experience native wildlife in ‘Natural NZ’ and share our hope for their future. Relax and enjoy your experience in conservation. Willowbank is a place close to both Christchurch city and the airport where culture and conservation combine. The Ko Tane Maori Culture Group perform within Willowbank and through them you will learn the relationship between Maori, culture, wildlife and conservation to give a real “Kiwi” experience.

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OPEN DAILY 10.00am - 4.30pm Heathcote 50 Ferrymead Park Dr, h urc tch Chris Phone: (03) 384 1970

errymead Park features an early 1900s (Edwardian) township, with exhibits such as houses, picture theatre, school classroom, church, jail, railway station, lodge hall, post office, printers, tobacconist, general store, lawyer’s office and more. There is also a large array of heritage museums and displays that are often open for viewing, particularly on Sundays. These museums are owned and operated by individual societies. Their own volunteer workers restore and display their collections, such as tractors, fire engines, aeroplanes, trams, trains, theatrical operations, mini rail, model trains, radios, photography and much more. Steam Sunday, (2nd Sunday of the Month) includes UNLIMITED Steam Train and Tram rides.

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EXCITING ENCOUNTERS at ORANA WILDLIFE PARK  Experience the ultimate animal adventure at Christchurch’s Orana Wildlife Park. See New Zealand’s only gorillas! Get up close and personal with a range of animals: hand feed giraffe, meet rhino ‘face-to-face’, observe kiwi – NZ’s national icon and travel through the Lion Habitat (costs and conditions apply). Scheduled feed presentations enable visitors to enjoy the antics of monkeys, meerkats, cheetah, Tasmanian devils, tigers and much more. Two walk-through native bird aviaries provide close encounters with kea and a wide range of New Zealand birds, visitors can pet friendly domestic animals in the farmyard and view a comprehensive collection of native reptiles including the pre-historic tuatara. It’s a full day of fun at Orana Wildlife Park. When you visit, you are directly supporting our conservation work with threatened native and exotic animal species.

For more information on these exciting encounters, visit


793 McLeans Island Road, Christchurch (15 minutes drive from Christchurch Airport) Open daily 10am - 5pm (last admission 4pm). Ph: 03 359 7109

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Little River Little River is an idyllic town approximately 45 minutes from Christchurch on SH75, the road to Akaroa. It is a popular stop off for people wanting to visit the café and art gallery but also has the historic Little River Railway Station which now houses a museum with displays focusing on the local history. It has some great walks, the Manaia Native Habitat you can experience native bush and birds in the heart of the Banks Peninsula. With walks through 18 acres, they range from a 10 minute walk to an hour which includes boardwalks and stunning views of the surrounding valley. The Little River Rail Trail opened in 2006 and is a 44km walkway/cycleway that follows the route of the old 19th century railway line. It starts in the Christchurch suburb of Hornby and continues along the shores of Lake Ellesmere (Te Waihora), Lake Forsyth (Te Roto o Wairewa) and ending at Little River. It offers magnificent views of the Southern Alps, pristine lakes and birdlife, even some significant natural, cultural and historical sites.

The Giants House

The Giants House is a historic Akaroa house with terraced gardens, sculptures and mosaic garden. All original artworks created by the very talented owner/artist, Josie Martin. The house was built in 1880 and was the first bank managers house in Akaroa. Grand in size, proportion and features, this elegant house was designed and decorated in the French style and has been converted into a Bed & Breakfast. Just a few minutes walk from the centre of Akaroa, The Giants House has been awarded Garden of International Significance, Trip Advisor – Award of Excellence and is also recommended by Lonely Planet. Romantic and secluded, this amazing garden will have you in awe at every turn, it is unique and something that people of all ages will enjoy, a must do attraction if you are in Akaroa.

68 Rue Balguerie Akaroa

What to do

Akaroa is a charming French settlement on Banks Peninsula, it is situated on the south east side of the magnificent Akaroa Harbour. Founded in 1840 by French settlers, it is Canterbury’s oldest town. The French associations are very evident in its street names and also in the names of some of the Cafes, Restaurants and other business’s, but also the gorgeous historic cottages and beautifully maintained gardens overflowing with roses. Once a fishing and farm service town, it now serves mainly tourists and holidaymakers and being only an 90 minute drive from Christchurch it is very popular with those wanting to escape the city for some rest and relaxation. With an excellent range of boutique shops you won’t have any problems finding that special something and then enjoying some of the fine fare that the restaurants and cafes have on offer. Akaroa has a great range of accommodation options depending on your budget, style, or location, choose from B&Bs, backpackers, ottages, hotels, lodges motels and much more.

What’s on in July Exhibition at the Little River Gallery Saturday, June 29, 2019 to Wednesday, July 24, 2019 Exhibition at the Little River Gallery. We invite you to view the exhibition of ‘Matariki Hunga Nui’, Matariki of many people, a celebration of togetherness, remembrance and gratitude.

Akaroa Cine Cafe Akaroa’s boutique cinema is a great cinema experience. With sumptuous, luxurious and plush seating with a table for your coffee or glass of wine and the best of art, foreign, classic and new films. For a list of movies showing right now, go to the pdf, visit their web site or phone 03 304 8898. The cafe opens at 10am and films start at approx 12pm. Selwyn Ave, Akaroa Email Phone 03 304 8898

Akaroa Art Gallery Events Saturday, July 20, 2019 The Akaroa Art Gallery (previously the ‘Orion Powerhouse Gallery’) comes to life in the warmer months when Akaroa is full of visitors and holiday-makers. The gallery hosts exhibitions featuring artists from Banks Peninsula and beyond, many of national and international recognition. Saturday 20 July – 12 to 1 pm Lunchtime piano recital – Gabriel Hope. ixture of classical and modern.

Pohatu Penguins

Pohatu is home to the largest Australasian Little Penguin (Korora) colony on mainland New Zealand. Francis and Shireen Helps have worked for 30 years protecting these beautiful creatures and their tours offer a rare and wonderful opportunity to learn about them and also to get up close and personal. Because of the sensitive wildlife habitat only guided groups are taken into the breeding colony. Optimal viewing is in the evening, as the sun sets the Little Penguins return to shore after a day of hunting. Pohatu offers a variety of tour options, the Penguin Colony, Sea Kayaking or 4WD Scenic Nature Tours. Overnight accommodation options are also available.

Explore the beautiful bays, there are multiple to choose from. Akaroa waters are home to the world’s smallest dolphin, the Hectors is classed as “nationally endangered” with a population of around 10,000, Banks Peninsula hosts roughly 1000 of these. To view these amazing creatures or many others which call Akaroa Harbour home, you can take one of a number of boat cruises available or explore at your leisure by sea kayak, guided tours are also available . A great way to see the stunning scenery Akaroa and Banks Peninsula has to offer is by some of the great walking tracks, short or long, around the township or the surrounding hills and bays. To check out what walks are available, how far and how long they are check out the website, it also has a lot of other useful information which may come in handy. For those wanting to immerse themselves in the local history of the Banks Peninsula, the Akaroa Museum has an extensive collection which varies from archives, archaeology and art to zoology, however the main focus is on social and cultural history. The museum is open 7 days a week and entrance is free.

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About Hanmer Springs

This alpine spa village is the ideal holiday destination especially for those wanting to avoid the Canterbury easterly winds. Nestled between rivers and mountains, Hanmer Springs has plenty on offer for those wanting to experience the outdoors, well away from the hustle and bustle of city life. Hanmer Springs offers freshwater fishing, mountain biking, bungy jumping, jet Boating, or a quiet game of golf. Free and at your door-step are over 50 kilometres of walking tracks, ranging from short half hour jaunts to half and full-day tramps. The great outdoors at Hanmer Springs has something for everyone, and for every budget!

Mountain Biking

Hanmer Springs is a great place for a bit of Mountain Biking with all abilities catered for. The trail network in Hanmer Springs comprises over 30 kilometres of purpose built cross country trails catering to all levels of ability, from easy and intermediate to advanced and expert. Each of the trails are fairly short but are are easily linked to provide numerous customised rides to suit your riding style and ability. All easy and intermediate trails are dual direction trails and add further variety to the circuits. Trail maps available from the Hanmer Springs i-site and are essential to get the most out of your ride. You can hire a bike as well from the Hanmer springs Adventure Centre, 20 Conical Hill Road, Hanmer Springs.

Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools & Spa

  Come rain or shine, the hot pools at the Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools & Spa are always warm and crystal clear. A year-round destination, each season brings with it a new experience and plenty of choice for all.   The Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools & Spa is the ideal destination for the whole family. Just a 90-minute drive from Christchurch, the hot pools have been a key South Island attraction for over 125 years.   Those seeking a more relaxing time can take a dip in one of 12 hot pools, where the temperatures range from 33 to 42 degrees Celsius. The combination of geothermal water and fresh alpine air are great for soothing away aches and pains. Private pools, a sauna/steam room and a 25-metre freshwater heated pool, are also available.   For ultimate indulgence visit the Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools & Spa, the perfect opportunity to unwind and be pampered at the Thermal Pools, Health, Body and Mind centre. A wide range of massage and beauty treatments are offered, including Swiss sports massage, mud treatments and body wraps.

What To Do Hanmer Springs Animal Park

Hanmer Springs Animal Park (formally Wai ariki Farm Park) is situated on 2 acres of park land with panoramic mountain views. Animals are displayed in a clean, tranquil environment where people can touch and hand feed the animals. The hands-on experience with the animals which will charm adults and children alike. Animals to see include Red/Wapiti deer, Nubian & Angora goats, emus, donkeys, various breeds of sheep, Tibetan yak, alpacas & llamas, rabbits, ducks, chooks and more!

For excitement and pure relaxation in an alpine atmosphere

St James Cycle Trail

Length: 64 – 90 km Time: 6 hours to 2 days Grade: sections of grade 3, 4, and 5

ALPINE GOLFING Games can be played all year round with spectacular scenery to enjoy: changing leaves in the autumn, colourful flowers in bloom in the spring, snow-capped mountains in the winter and sunny temperatures perfect for summer.


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Kaikoura Kaikoura /kaɪˈkɔrə/ (Māori: Te Ahi Kaikōura a Tama ki te Rangi) is a town on the east coast of the South Island of New Zealand. It is located on State Highway 1, 180 km north of Christchurch. The name Kaikoura means ‘meal of crayfish’ (kai - food/meal, kōura - crayfish) and the crayfish industry still plays a role in the economy of the region. However Kaikoura has now become a popular tourist destination, mainly for whale watching (the sperm whale watching is perhaps the best and most developed in the world) and swimming with or near dolphins. There is also a large and readily observed colony of southern fur seals at the eastern edge of the town. At low tide, better viewing of the seals can be had as the ocean gives way to a rocky base which is easily navigable by foot for quite some distance.

Whalewatch Kaikoura


Kaikoura has a wide range of accomodation from campgrounds and backpackers, hostels through to bed and breakfasts, farm-stays, self-contained units, lodges, motels and motels.


The Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway

This a good walk for those who don’t have as much time. Observe seals and seabirds, explore historic pā and whaling sites and enjoy clifftop views of the sea and mountains. Suitable for families, the whole walkway takes around three hours but theres is a range of shorter tracks as well. It juts from the rugged east coast of the South Island, with a backdrop of steep mountains, snow-capped in winter. Wildlife includes whales, dolphins, seals, birds and crayfish. There are lots of information panels along the walkway explains the rich history, geology, animals and plants that make the area so great.

There are some restaurants and cafes in Kaikoura, check out the main street and you will something that suits, fish and chips in Kaikoura are always a winner.

Seal Colony

Whale Watch is located in the small coastal town of Kaikoura. Towering snow-covered peaks fall to the ocean here, while just offshore a deep undersea canyon attracts an extraordinary abundance of marine life, the most famous being the Giant Sperm Whale.

There is a Seal Colony just a few minutes’ drive from the Kaikoura town centre Park your car and view the seals in their natural habitat, with a backdrop of the Kaikoura mountains and coastline. The New Zealand Fur seal is a common sight around Kaikoura throughout the year a small breeding colony scattered along the peninsula coastline. The seal population is predominantly male. It’s advised for your own safety to refrain from disturbing the seals. 10 metres is the recommended distance near the car park and 20 metres along the rest of the coastline.


Whale Watch is New Zealand’s only marine-based whale watching company offering visitors an exciting up-close encounter with the Giant Sperm Whale at all times of the year. Our 95% success rate means we guarantee an 80% refund if your tour does not see a whale.


Designed especially for whale watching, our modern catamarans are equipped with engines that minimise underwater noise and toilets that never pollute the sea. The main passenger cabin is enclosed and outside decks offer great viewing and photo opportunities. Spacious air-conditioned interiors are fitted with comfortable seating while large plasma screens display our award-winning marine wildlife animations. Whale Watch is committed to providing a quality whale watching experience while carefully managing the use of a rare natural resource. As a Maori-owned company, Whale Watch cherishes the twin values of hospitality to visitors and reverence for the natural world. It is a philosophy that embraces people, the land, the sea and all living things as one. Freephone 0800 655 121

Kaikoura Kayaks

- your winter paddling destination Kayaking in winter is just as rewarding as summer as you get to paddle under the Seaward Kaikoura snow-capped mountains and enjoy the tranquility! Keep nice and cosy in your enclosed kayak as we provide GORE-TEX dry pants, paddle jackets, booties and gloves making your experience even more enjoyable and memorable. Explore the Kaikoura coastline in our fast and stable sea kayaks, keep an eye out for the Little Blue Penguin, Dusky Dolphins, the mighty Albatross and of course the NZ Fur Seal’s washing themselves, twirling around in the water and flocking on the rocks. No experience is required our professional guides will teach you everything you need to know. Why we love winter paddling....... Adventure: Winter is New Zealand’s fastest growing season for travelers to take their adventure trip of a lifetime, and the reasons why are simple. No crowds:Kayaking in the winter months often mean longer periods of fine calm weather and fewer people are out on the water – there’s nothing like the illusion of having a whole ocean to yourself. Stunning Scenery: Snow-capped mountains make an even more dramatic backdrop while paddling around the rugged Kaikoura Peninsula, it’s breath taking! Abundance of Marine life: Winter does not deter the marine life of Kaikoura, in fact the NZ Fur Seals are busier than ever, often seen eating Octopus and play fighting around the coastline. Keep an eye out for the Humpback Whales that migrate up the coastline annually between the months of May to August. Kaikoura Kayaks is the only kayaking operator in New Zealand with a Department of Conservation Permit to view Whales. We look forward to showing you Kaikoura’s winter wonderland - join us now for your 1/2 day Seal Kayaking winter adventure! Guided tours operate daily at 8:30am & 12:30pm.

“Quite Simply - the best kayaking tour in the country”

0800 452 456

19 Killarney Street, Kaikoura, New Zealand Freephone 0800 452 456 Phone International +64 21 462889

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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.

Albatross Encounter Kaikoura is regarded as the best place in the world to see seabirds. Get up close to albatross and many other pelagic (ocean going) species of bird found close to shore along the Kaikoura coast.


Sensational food, divine coffee at our Café on the beachfront. Quality jewellery, clothing, art and much more in our Gift Shop and Gallery! Free Wifi and plenty of parking.

96 Esplanade, Kaikoura Freephone 0800 733 365

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Geraldine is a small picturesque town about 140km South of Christchurch. Originally called Talbot Forest, it was renamed Fitzgerald in 1857 after its first superintendent of Canterbury James Edward Fitzgerald, and then changed to Geraldine which was the Fitzgeralds family name in Ireland. The scenery in this part of the country is outstanding and the laid back relaxed attitude of the locals give this town so much charm you won’t want to leave. The Rangitata, Orari and Waihi rivers all flow through the area and offer some great water sports that should not be missed, white water rafting, kayaking and canyoning are just a few. Or if you prefer to expolore on foot, Peel Forest, Pioneer Park and Talbot Forest have some lovely walks through native bush while listening to the local birdsong. This place has something for everyone, so if museums are your thing, they have them too, just pop into the local i-Site and they can point you in the right direction.

The Country Cafe

Open 7 days a week, you will find the Country Café in the Four Peaks Plaza on Talbot St. Good hearty country style food which has been sourced from the best local produce and wines in Geraldine. For those who are also gluten intolerant, no problem, they cater for that also. The coffee will not disappoint either, it is roasted on site every 3 days for maximum freshness! It has a relaxed environment suitable for the whole family or just with friends. This is a great spot to stop off while visiting or just passing through.



Peel Forest and Scenic Reserve

Peel Forest has a variety of walks available, which range from easy to advanced and duration from 1 hour return to up to 7 hours return. The flora and fauna are abundant in this reserve, the three largest trees in Peel Forest belong to the family Podocarpaceae, a very ancient family going back more than 100 million years. Peel Forest is accessed from Rangitata Gorge Road and from Blandstone Rd. Always check the weather before you go as the climate of the highcountry areas of Peel Forest is quite different to that of the lowlands. More information can be found on the Department of Conservation website.

Kakahu Lime Kiln


The hilltop by tramline to the Kiln, where it was put between layers of wood and burned. It was then used for buildings and agriculture. You can drive right to the Kiln as it is situated on the side of the road, plus it is the starting point to a great walk to the Pinnacle Rock.


Geraldine Vintage Car and Machinery Museum Located in the Canterbury town of Geraldine the Vintage Great food & coffee 76F Talbot Street Geraldine Phone 03 693 8090 @thecountrycafegeraldine

Geraldine Farmers Market St Mary’s Church, 63 Talbot St, Geraldine, South Canterbury Saturday’s 9:00am – 1:00pm Geraldine farmers market hold at St Mary’s Church From October through to April, Saturday Mornings 9am to 1pm. Come have a cuppa and cake, listen to local buskers or get your Veggie and Fruit in season, browse the other stalls... enjoy the atmosphere.

The Alpaca Centre

Talbot Forest Scenic Reserve

Talbot Forest has some great short walks suitable for families. It is a 5 minute walk from the center of Geraldine and it offers four easy, shady walks of around 5-10 minutes each. Picnic facilities and toilets are also available. The Totara Track connects with the Tripp Street picnic area and next to the track stands the largest Totara Tree in the reserve estimated at around 800 years old. Other tracks to consider are Kahikatea Track, Reservoir Track and Matai Track.

The Alpaca Centre offers and extensive range of high quality Alpaca, Possum and Merino wool garments and products, as well as a large range of beautiful gifts and souvenirs. The perfect place to find that special gift for yourself or someone else. It is located in the heart of Geraldine in the Four Peaks Plaza on Talbot St. If you want to check out this store before you get to Geraldine you will find them on Facebook and they also have a website you can browse their finery and even purchase if you desire.

76D Talbot Street, Geraldine (next door to the Barkers Shop) Ph: (03) 693 7363 0800 425722

Car & Machinery Museum displays over 2000 exhibits which include vintage cars, tractors and farm machinery, one being a 1929 Spartan Biplane. Some of these exhibits cannot be viewed anywhere else in the world so are very unique to the museum. This museum is the finest of its type in the Southern Hemisphere and well worth the visit. You will find it at 178 Talbot St in Geraldine and it is open 9.30 – 4.00pm daily. Admission charges apply, children are free.


Vintage Car and Machinery Museum

One of the finest collections of Vintage and Veteran Cars, Tractors and Machinery in the Southern Hemisphere Open 9:30 - 4:00pm daily

Admission charges apply - Children FREE 178 Talbot Street, Geraldine Ph: 03 693 8756 Find us on Facebook

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Alpaca Products Merino & Possum Merino Products Hand Crafted NZ Made Giftware Skincare & Manuka Honey Geraldine Alpaca Centre

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Lake tekapo - Mt Cook - Omarama Lake Tekapo Lake Tekapo is the second-largest of three roughly parallel lakes running north–south along the northern edge of the Mackenzie Basin in the South Island of New Zealand (the others are Lake Pukaki and Lake Ohau). It covers an area of 83 square kilometres (32 sq mi), and is at an altitude of 700 metres (2,300 ft) above sea level.   The lake is fed at its northern end by the braided Godley River, which has its source in the Southern Alps to the north. The lake is a popular tourist destination, and several resort hotels are located at the township of Lake Tekapo at the lake’s southern end. The Lake Tekapo Regional Park, administered by Environment Canterbury, is located on the southern shore of the lake.

Aoraki Mount Cook

New Zealand has long since been famous for it mountain peaks and for the men and women who climb them. The most well known of which being New Zealander Sir Edmund Hilary, the first person to successfully conquer the world highest peak Mount Everest. There could be no peak more inspiring for climbers than New Zealand’s highest mountain, Aoraki Mount Cook, at 3754 meters, it is dazzling, yet it is only one of the 27 mountains in this alpine backbone which peak that together create the famous Southern Alps. Aoraki Mount Cook National Park was formally established 1953 from reserves that were established as early as 1887 to protect the area’s significant vegetation and landscape. Today the park is recognised as one of the finest mountaineering areas in the world, for both experienced and novice climbers. The Aoraki Mount Cook National Park is 70,696 hectares with glaciers cover 40% of it’s area. With climbing, hiking, kayaking and skiing options available within the park you will find an activity that will suit your fitness and expectations. Aoraki Mount Cook village lies deep within the Aoraki Mount Cook National Park and is surrounded by the silent splendour of the Southern Alps. You can enjoy; 4WD safaris, boating on the glacier lakes, horse treks, fishing, scenic flights with snow landings and numerous walks and hikes. There is also a range of accommodation options from backpacker to hotel in the village.

Church of the Good Shepherd, - Lake Tekapo

Omarama (Place of Light)

Omarama is a small township at the southern end of the Mackenzie Basin, it is a junction point for SH8 and SH83. Primarily a rural service centre for farmers and other residents, but in recent years it has become more popular for those with a keen interest in gliding as Omarama is a world famous gliding location, flights are available with experienced local pilots who will introduce you to the stunning, rugged, high-country district from above. But wait…that’s not all, Omarama has a range of activities which is drawing people in to explore, the Clay Cliffs are just 10 km west, these natural rock formations are tall pinnacles separated by narrow ravines and are made up of layers of gravel and silt which were originally formed from ancient glaciers over a million years ago, these are definitely a must do. For the keen angler, this stunning location offers a number of great spots which have high trout numbers. Professional guides can get you the optimal fishing experience with their knowledge of the area and experience, although a guide is not essential it can make the whole experience more rewarding. Some of the other attractions available in or near Omarama are the Lake Ohau Forest, this has plenty of tracks around the lake for walking or mountain biking, great for summer or winter, more information can be found on the Department of Conservation website www.doc.govt. nz. You can also learn about the high-country farming, watch sheep shearing shows and sheep dog demonstations. Omarama has something for everyone so make this one of your stops on your journey.

On your South Island adventure Aoraki Mount Cook is a MUST SEE destination. New Zealand’s highest peak was named Mt Cook (after the British explorer Captain James Cook) by Captain Stokes of the survey ship HMS Acheron. It is called Aoraki (or Aorangi, ao meaning land, rangi meaning sky or heavens) by the Maori.

Clay Cliffs - Omarama

Burkes Pass

Burkes Pass is a mountain pass and small town on State Highway 8 at the entrance to the Mackenzie Country in South Canterbury, New Zealand. Located on one of the main tourist routes between Christchurch, Queenstown and Te Anau it’s an ideal halfway stop.

Aoraki - Mount Cook Explore the wonders of the southern sky with


at Mt John Observatory - high above the breathtaking landscape of Lake Tekapo

Enjoy lunch with an unparalleled view of Alpine lakes and mountains at the summit of Mt John, at the Astro Cafe

p: 03 680 6960

The Waitaki Vally

Keep your eye on the sky

  Explore the wonders of the Southern Sky at the Mt John Observatory high above the breathtaking landscape of Lake Tekapo.   BY DAY – Drive/hike to the summit of Mt John for amazing views. Enjoy a great coffee and lunch at the Astro Cafe. Take a day tour of the Observatory, visit New Zealand’s largest telescope the 1.8m MOA, use a solar scope and learn about the Mackenzie Country environment. BY NIGHT – Take the family on a Twilight/ Dusk tour for an educational visit to a working observatory with stargazing as weather permits. Mt John tours, let trained astronomy guides give you an insight to the functions of the observatory, stargaze using powerful telescopes as skies permit. Cowan’s Hill tours, at a private observatory in a sheltered and dark sky area close to Lake Tekapo, shortened tour at reduced price viewing the same stars. Earth and Sky, P O Box 112, Lake Tekapo. Phone: 03 680 6960. Fax: 03 680 6950. Email: Website:

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