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March 2018 tourist times team Editor   Scott Mullions   Ph: 0800 15 15 25   Mobile: 021 669 303

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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.

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The Cardboard Transitional Cathedral and was built after the original cathedral was damaged in an earthquake in February 2011.The Transitional Cathedral is located at 234 Hereford Street. An easy walk from the any point in the central city, the Cathedral sits at the southern end of Latimer Square, beside the future ‘Green Frame’.

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New Regent Street

The Chalice sculpture is located in Christchurch’s Cathedral Square. Chalice celebrates the new millennium and the 150th Anniversary of the founding of Christchurch and Canterbury by the Canterbury Association.

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.

Christchurch Gondola

Located in the Heathcote Valley, the Gondola offers a unique experience. With 360 degree breathtaking views of the Christchurch cityscape, Canterbury Plains and the stunning Southern Alps. The Summit Station at the top of Mt Cavendish has a café and shop, so you can sit back and relax and enjoy the spectacular views, you will also find the Time Tunnel ride, which is a dramatic reconstruction of the history of the region. Getting there is but a 15 minute drive from the central city, the Gondola Shuttle operates daily from outside the Canterbury Museum on Rolleston Avenue, or you can drive yourself to the Base Station of the Gondola where you will find plenty of parking. The Gondola is open daily from 10am – 5pm.

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.

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WHAT’S ON in March...

MARKETS 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.

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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.

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.

Canterbury Japan Day 2018

Riccarton Park Events Centre, Racecourse Rd, Sockburn, Christchurch Sunday 4 March 2018 9:30am – 4:30pm Admission: Free The seventh instalment of Canterbury Japan Day will be brought to you in 2018. The lucky 7th year theme is “The Japanese Summer”. The venue will be filled with decorations relating to “Tanabata” (the summer Star festival), a time honoured tradition in Japan. Indoors, we will have a wish-writing corner, later these wishes can be tied to a large “Tanabata” decoration on an outdoor display.

Ingham’s Lazy Sundays – Fiona Pears Christchurch Botanic Gardens, Rolleston Ave, Christchurch Sunday 4 March 2018 3:30pm – 5:00pm Admission: Free We’re extending the Ingham’s Lazy Sunday season! After the weather rained on our parade, we just couldn’t let the show go on without hearing Fiona Pears perform her amazing music. Join us on the first Sunday of March for the last Ingham’s Lazy Sunday session of 2018, where we’ve invited Fiona Pears to perform again after the poor weather forced us to postpone the event in February.

Weber Bros Circus - Adrenaline Tour Burnside Corner Memorial Ave & Russley Rd, Christchurch Wednesday 7 March 2018 7:30pm – 9:30pm Buy Tickets – +64272247287 After our six year world tour visiting, Australia, South Africa, Asia and Europe, Weber Bros Circus is back. Weber Bros Circus brings you an exciting new show ‘Adrenaline’ featuring, The Globe of Death, FMX, and the show stopping act The Human Canon! Plus a whole lot more exciting International Circus Acts. Weber Bros Circus has been a household name in New Zealand since the early 90’s and is back to re-live and re-create your favourite Circus memories. The Finest of Traditional Family Entertainment hold onto your seats for an extreme spectacle that will entertain family members of all ages.

James Blunt Horncastle Arena, Jack Hinton Dve, Addington, Christchurch Thursday 8 March 2018 7:30pm Buy Tickets – 0800842538 Buy Tickets – 0800842538 It is with great pleasure that Frontier Touring announce the return of British singer-songwriter James Blunt in March 2018, bringing his The Afterlove Tour down under. “It’s clear that Blunt is a born entertainer.” – The Independent, UK “A brilliant entertainer.” – The Telegraph, UK The chart-topping superstar will perform two special shows in Auckland and Christchurch.

White Ferns v West Indies, 2nd ODI Lincoln University, Cnr Ellesmere Junction Rd & Springs Rd, Lincoln, Selwyn Thursday 8 March 2018 11:00am – 7:00pm Admission: Free International Cricket is the epitome of the NZ summer experience. It’s what we do. It’s the dad catches in the crowd, the costumes, the immaculate field and that perfect pitch that we can only imagine having in our backyard.

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Hagley Oval, South Hagley Park, Riccarton Ave, Christchurch Saturday 10 March 2018 11:00am – 6:00pm International Cricket is the epitome of the NZ summer experience. It’s what we do. It’s the dad catches in the crowd, the costumes, the immaculate field and that perfect pitch that we can only imagine having in our backyard.

Christchurch Lantern Festival

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.

Lincoln Farmers’ and Craft Market Cathedral Square, Cathedral Square, Christchurch Saturday 10 March 2018 6:00pm and Sunday 11 March 2018 6:00pm Admission: Free A celebration of Chinese culture, celebrating the Lunar New Year in the heart of Christchurch. Bring along your family and friends to experience Chinese culture through 400 vibrantly coloured lanterns. This free event is for everyone and features music, performance, dance, food and lanterns. Don’t miss one of Christchurch’s largest and most popular free events, now in the Avon River Precinct – connecting with Otakaro Avon River, Worcester Boulevard and Cathedral Square.

The Original Gypsy Fair – Est’d 1990

Friday Street Food Market Cathedral Square, Cathedral Square, Christchurch Friday 2 February 2018 11:00am – 9:00pm The Friday Street Food Market brings together the best food trucks, food stands from around the world and live entertainment, buskers and more! Features vendors (in no particular order): 5 Foot way, Adams Malaysian Style Noodles, Escarto Espresso, Horse Shack Food Co, Indian Express, Indos Loveat, Kung Fu Dumplings, Lettuce Eat, Liberty Dogs, Little German Kitchen, Lucky Ninja, Malaysia delights Street Food, Polka Ltd, Q-Cuisine Catering, Spring Potato, Tag Coffee, The intergalactic pizza company, The Vagabond Chefs, The Whole Hog, Transylvanian Delight - kürtos kalács/chimney cake, Yaki Soba, Yummy Treats and more!

Crown Heritage Hotel, 31 Talbot Street, Geraldine, South Canterbury Wednesday 14 March 2018 7:30pm General Admisssion: $25.00 Buy Tickets – 03 6939070 Geraldine Community Arts Council presents “Rado and Raybon Save the World” at The Heritage Crown Hotel. Leading comedians Nick Rado and Raybon Kan have separate slots in the first half of the show, then come together in the second to solve problems suggested by the audience.

Antique & Collectors Fair

Celtic Sports Centre, Cnr Craigie avenue and Browne Street, Timaru, South Canterbury Friday 16 March 2018 – Sunday 18 March 2018 Gold Coin Donation: $2.00 Quality antique fair presented by The Antique Fair Charitable Trust TACT (proudly supporting South Canterbury Hospice ). All items for sale including, vintage tools, quality china, crystal, art, glass & silver, clocks, linen, books, jewellery (vintage/modern), collectables, vintage and much more.

Christchurch Holi-Festival of Colours

North Hagley Park Events Village, Rolleston Ave, Christchurch Saturday 17 March 2018 10:00am – 4:00pm Admission: Free. Holi is all about celebrating the people of Christchurch. Cultural-fusion performances will showcase the many different cultures in our community, joining together for one big party. Holi is a day to forget your worries and connect with family and friends. Throw colours and dance to music from various DJs. Enjoy traditional Indian games, cultural performances and festive Holi delicacies.

Hanmer Springs 4 & 8 Hour MTB Race

Hanmer Springs Domain, Jacks Pass Rd, Hanmer Springs, Hurunui Saturday 17 March 2018 8:30am – 4:30pm This is a great mountain bike race for all to enjoy. The 4 & 8 hour race can be raced individually or in a team of up to 4 people. Perfect for corporate, family and friends teams. We also have a School Category, and a Super Junior Category aged 6-11. The Super Juniors race around the Heritage Forest in Hanmer Springs and the other classes race through a circuit on the other side. The tracks are fast and this is proving to be a great race.

Governors Bay Fete

Allandale Domain, Bamfords Rd, Allandale, Banks Peninsula, Christchurch District Sunday 18 March 2018 10:30am – 2:35pm Admission: Free Come along for a great family day out with some fun stalls including some delicious food, bouncy castle, grass sledging, etc. Every year we try and provide an interesting vintage car display. Our local Fire Brigade provides a fun and interactive display. The Fete raises money for the local community and we are also very lucky to have the Sumner Silver Band play as part of the Sunday Bandstand Programme.

Market On the Front Lawn

Love Light Soy Candles, 280 Hasketts Rd, Yaldhurst, Christchurch Sunday 18 March 2018 10:00am – 2:00pm Market on The Front Lawn - Where we buy and sell the things we love! Come and enjoy a market with a difference! A market where there is plenty of room, friendly people and fresh country air! Come and enjoy our fresh coffee, bread, fudge, honey with Dorothy’s Pop Up Tearooms!

Big Country (Scotland)

The Foundry, 90 Ilam Rd, Ilam, Christchurch Wednesday 21 March 2018 8:00pm – 11:55pm General Admission: $69.90 Buy Tickets – 0800 111 999 80s Celtic rockers Big Country make a triumphant return to perform ‘The Crossing’ plus a special encore of greatest hits! Get ready for all your Big Country favourites – ‘In A Big Country’, ‘Fields of Fire’, ‘Chance’, ‘Wonderland’, ‘Look Away’ plus more!

Rangiora Festival of Colour

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Lincoln Library, Corner Gerald Street and Lyttelton Street, Lincoln, Selwyn Saturdays 2017 10:00am – 1:00pm Come and soak in the country life at this friendly, popular community market in the picturesque township of Lincoln. Browse the many varied stalls at our weekly markets - local seasonal fruit, vegetables and herbs, Artisan breads, pastries, slices and cakes, European sweet treats, gluten and dairy free cookies, gourmet pies, wine, honey, awardwinning cheeses, olive oil, hazelnut products, fudges, sauces and preserves, eco products, flowers and plants, children’s clothing, candles, distinctive jewellery, lavender, handmade hats and clothes, scarves, pottery, woodcraft, fabric toys & gifts, handmade cushions, garden art, unique artwork and cards etc. A genuine Farmers’ Market with a fantastic community spirit! Join in the fun at our regular themed community events.

Rado & Raybon Save the World!

Te Karoro Karoro Reserve , Marine Parade, South Brighton, Christchurch Saturday 10 March 2018 9:00am and Sunday 11 March 2018 9:00am Admission: Free For over quarter of a century The Original Gypsy Fair has been travelling NZ and we will be back in Canterbury, at the Awesome Te Karoro Karoro Reserve, next to the South Brighton Surf Club for our twenty-fifth fair of the 2017–2018 season.

Victoria Park, Percival St, Rangiora, Waimakariri Saturday 24 March 2018 10:00am – 4:00pm T-Shirt & Colour Pack : $25.00 T Shirt and Colours Mega Pack : $35.00 0800 BUY TIX (289 849)The Rangiora Festival of Colour 2018. ***To purchase T Shirts (limited numbers), or throwing Colours, click on the “Buy Tickets” button. Entry to the Festival is Free!*** It is inspired in part by the traditional Indian Festival of Colour that is celebrated worldwide. People throw vibrant colours, play traditional games and enjoy performances, music and food with family and friends.

The Great New Zealand Easter Egg Hunt

Ferrymead Heritage Park, 50 Ferrymead Park Drive, Ferrymead, Christchurch Sunday 1 April 2018 8:00am – 8:30am Participant : $25.00 Adult - Non-Participant: $15.00 Senior/Student - Non-Participant : $12.50 Children of all ages will enjoy being part of our first “The Great New Zealand Easter Egg Hunt”. Take all the work out of Easter Egg giving and bring your little ones down to Ferrymead Heritage Park to have fun hunting for Easter treats. very participant will make their own Easter basket, then be given a map to find the Easter Egg Stations where they can collect their treats.

Weka Pass Railway

North Canterbury Wine and Food Festival Glenmark Domain, Church Road & Glenmark Drive, Waipara, Hurunui Sunday 11 March 2018 10:30am – 5:00pm Sober Driver: $15.00 Earlybird (R18): $25.00 Adult (R18): $30.00 Child (17 and under): $0.00 Set under the oaks in Glenmark Domain is the coolest little wine festival in the country. North Canterbury Wine & Food Festival 2018 will be one to remember. Join us on Sunday 11 March to enjoy an eclectic range of food stalls, a diverse selection of North Canterbury wine, quality live music and family friendly entertainment.

Christchurch 10km Walk/Run Series Sumner Beach, Esplanade, Sumner, Christchurch Sunday 11 March 2018 7:00am – 10:00am 1 Event - Early Bird: $60.00 Take part in the full series, or just 1 event.The series just wouldn’t be complete without the opportunity to beat your previous times. From Godley Head taking in the views and completing the final dash into Sumner.

Waipara Glenmark Station, 113 Glenmark Drive, Waipara When: Sun 4 March 2018, 11:30am–2:00pm Sun 18 March 2018, 11:30am–2:00pm Sun Sun 1 Apr 2018, 11:30am–2:00pm, Sun 2 Apr 2018, 11:30am–2:00pm Ticket Information: Adult Return: $30.00 Child Return: $12.00 Family Return: $70.00The The Weka Pass Railway is a historic rural railway using both vintage steam and diesel-electric locomotives on 12.8 km of scenic line through the unique limestone beauty of the Weka Pass out of Waipara, North Canterbury.

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Christchurch SUMNER


LYTTELTON (Ohinehou)

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.

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.

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 still 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 of history. The Lyttelton Farmers Market is every Saturday from about 10am to 1pm, this is well worth a visit.




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.

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.

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.

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.

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.


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.

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Christchurch Dining & Cafe Guide Christchurch has a wide variety of restaurants and cafes to choose from whether its fine or casual dining.

“With old restaurants and cafes re-opening and new restaurants opening, Christchurch can once again offer locals and visitors extensive choice in dining options. Here are a some great options to choose from”



The Redwood We offer a family friendly and welcoming place for the Christchurch community and visitors to Christchurch. We hope that people will socialise, have fun and celebrate in the restaurant and the bars. Our goal is to provide an environment that encourages rich learning experiences and meaningful connections in our function room. We also provide comfortable, convenient, affordable accommodation and refreshments to travellers and special interest groups. Within The Redwood complex you will find: Sequoia Restaurant – a buffet restaurant Accommodation The Styx Room – a function room, ideal for events like conferences, education days, birthday and wedding celebrations The Canterbury Bar

The Pedal Pusher

340 Main North Road, Redwood, Christchurch phone 352 9165 Freephone: 08004REDWOOD

Everyone needs a place to escape. Somewhere to pull up, unwind and let the world roll on by. And we say there’s no better spot than The Pedal Pusher. So get on your bike, come on in and let us treat you to a fine beverage, tasty fare and the friendliest welcome in town. See you soon.

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ACCOMMODATION TRAVELLER’S SERVICES Local travellers’ services and information; making sure you have all the local knowledge to make the most of your travels.

USEFUL CONTACT INFORMATION EMERGENCY CALLS Medical Assistance • Moorhouse Medical Centre • Moorhouse Pharmacy Christchurch Bus Info AA Tourism Services Highway Reports (calls cost) Weatherline (calls cost) Snowphone (Winter)

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Christchurch Top 10 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.


Christchurch International Airport is open for international visitors arriving from overseas and transiting further in New Zealand. Passengers are advised to confirm check-in times and flight details with their airlines. The latest information is at Parking and wireless internet is available at the airport.

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Ph +64 3 366 7830

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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 Train Sundays, (1st Sunday of the Month, UNLIMITED 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



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.

Willowbank Wildlife Reserve 60 Hussey Road, Christchurch t. 64 3 60 HUSSEY RD, HAREWOOD, CHCH. Ph +64 3 359 6226 Email:

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about akaroa

A picturesque 90 minute drive from Christchurch lies Akaroa, a charming French-inspired village cradled in the arms of an ancient volcano. Take in sweeping harbour views and see the outer bays from a hilltop vantage point. In the village itself, spend a leisurely day exploring boutique shops, an antique museum, galleries and gourmet eateries, or swim with the rare Hector’s dolphin. There is plenty of accommodation available in the hotels/motels, backpackers & B&B’s and an extensive range of these can be found on The road to Akaroa is open and clear and transport is flowing. Akaroa is open and ready to welcome visitors.


  The population early last century numbered in the thousands, with people mainly employed in timber milling and farming. A major local industry was the harvesting and threshing of cocksfoot.   Today the population of the area is approximately 1000 people, with many moving into the area for the rural country lifestyle.



Places to eat


  Little River, approximately 45 minutes drive from Christchurch on Banks Peninsula, is on State Highway 75 to Akaroa, a major South Island tourist destination.   Little River is a great place to visit for walks and mountain biking, and is a busy stop over with its Cafe, Art Gallery, Craft Station and Museum.  The Christchurch-Little River Rail Trail, a very popular cycling and walking track that opened in 2006, largely follows the course of the old Little River Branch Railway.  At Little River Campground/Manaia Native Habitat in Okuti Valley you can experience walks through native bush, native birds and the scary slippery mudslides.   The beach at Birdlings Flat with its Gemstone and Fossil Museum is a worthwhile stop for fishing and fossicking.



little river

  Akaroa, with it’s own beautiful bays and harbour, French and English history has an enormous range of activities to keep you busy for days. In Flea bay you will find the largest little penguin colony on mainland New Zealand. Akaroa waters are home to the rarest and smallest marine dolphin and all around you will find fantastic sea kayaking in spectacular surroundings.   There are cruises, sail boats, cycle tours, mail runs, and an excellent range of walking tracks. Don’t miss seeing the Hector’s dolphins and other special wildlife on a harbour cruise.   Akaroa is rich in Arts and Crafts which starts with a must see visit to the ‘Little River Art Gallery’ as you drive through Little River, with many unique crafts shops in Akaroa.   You will love the shopping in Akaroa where you can walk from one end to the other in 15 minutes, with some exquisite local boutiques.   There is so much to see and do in Akaroa that you will need more than a day trip!   Visit for everything you need to know.


what to do

Akaroa Fish & Chips

Excellent Fish and chips, and in a great location Open daily 11.00am until 8.30pm approx 59 Beach Road, Akaroa

Bully Hayes

Open daily for Breakfast Lunch and Dinner, great food with an excellent view of Akaroa Harbour. 57 Beach Road, Akaroa

The Little Bistro

The Little Bistro serves hearty, locally sourced, seasonal meals in a fantastic atmosphere. With a view over the green to the sea and hills of Akaroa 33 Rue Lavaud, Akaroa

L’Escargot Rouge-Deli to Go

Open every day from 8.00am on Beach Road on the main waterfront. They French style Breakfast with a large selection of sweet and savoury items to suit all tastes, Great coffee, juices and wine to takeaway. We have “Le Parisien” Breakfasts, Baguettes, Croissants, Pain au Chocolat 67 Beach road





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  Waikari is at the northern end of the Weka Pass vintage railway amongst intriguing limestone outcrops of which Frog Rock protruding over SH7 is most prominent. View ancient drawings set into the limestone as well as stunning vistas on the Weka Pass Walkway. From Waikari Village Green, The Waikari Walkway follows the old railway track behind Waikari village to Hawarden. Waikari is renowned for Maori cave artwork and the Waikari Walkway provides access to the Maori rock drawings in the Weka Pass Reserve.







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!

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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!






St James Cycle Trail

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


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.


Embark on the journey of a lifetime with Hanmer Springs Helicopters- one of New Zealand’s leading tourist flight and commercial helicopter services company.


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For excitement and pure relaxation in an alpine atmosphere

Mountainbiking Hurunui i-SITE Visitor Centre Amuri Avenue, Hanmer Springs For all your accommodation, activity and transport bookings Phone 03 315 0020 • 0800 442 663 • Fax 03 315 0021 OPEN DAILY FROM 10am

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.

North Canterbury


Kaiapoi is a picturesque river town which won the NZ Most Beautiful Town Award in 2009. It is easily accessed from the Northern Motorway, State Highway 1, just 20 minutes north of Christchurch. Kaiapoi Farmers Market Come and select locally grown or produced food in a relaxed and welcoming environment. Every Saturday 9am til 12noon. Rain or shine. Traditionally made European breads and pastries, local Rockford Pork, David’s fresh veggies, Saw Heng’s amazing baking, Faye’s organic salad mix & more...,free range eggs, cooked breakfast bacon sandwiches, veggie plants and perennials and when in season: apples, pears, apricots, tomatoes, mushrooms, asparagus,capsicum and strawberries.



Rangiora is a vibrant town near Christchurch, with a strong sense of community and offering an attractive quality of life in its semi rural setting. There is a great range of Rangiora accommodation ranging from motels, bed and breakfast, farm stays to holiday parks. There is also a good selection of Rangiora activities, both in and out of town. Activities include golf, horse riding, jet boating and museums.

Waikuku is an idyllic beachside settlement near to Christchurch, that has space for children to play and families and friends to gather. Here, the Ashley River meets the sea and has the largest, least modified estuary in Canterbury, which has outstanding value to birdlife. Waikuku Beach and the Ashley River mouth area are popular spots for fishing, camping, family gatherings, surfing and swimming.


Oxford is just 45 minutes drive west of Christchurch on Inland Scenic Route 72. It is nestled near the foothills of the Southern Alps and offers many recreation and leisure activities. There is a real sense of an English village atmosphere and genuine warmth about the people that you meet in Oxford. Oxford Farmers Markett The Oxford Farmers Market, Sunday mornings 9am 12noon, is an authentic Farmers’ Market where the seller is the producer. A wide range of meats, fruit, vegetables, baking, preserves, breakfast and coffee from more than 25 stalls. Eftpos available. Make Oxford a destination visit on a Sunday morning and check out our cafes, markets, museums and other attractions under the backdrop of the Southern Alps.....only 40 minutes from Christchurch.

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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.


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.

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 thers 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.

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

Enjoy the kayaking adventure of a lifetime in Kaikoura! Catch up with the local fur seals, blue penguins and dusky dolphins as they duck and dive around the scenic Kaikoura coastline. From our guided seal kayaking, family kayaking and Sunset kayak tours to hiring stand up paddleboards or sit on top kayaks, our qualified instructors are trained professionals who can skilfully guide you with comprehensive safety procedures and paddling techniques to keep you safe and dry. Hire your own kayak or if you want to upskill first take a course at our highly respected Kayak School. It’s the perfect family experience where you can explore and discover the magnificent marine life that Kaikoura offers. Take in the breathtaking scenery of the peninsula with the sheer cliff faces, craggy rocks and mountain tops while you leisurely paddle around the coastline or ride the surf in the fresh summer breeze that comes off the Pacific Ocean while enjoying the marine life close up! For an enjoyable eco-friendly watertight aquatic experience, you can trust Kaikoura Kayaks to make it one that you’ll remember for a lifetime!

“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!

Albatross Encounter Kaikoura is regarded as the best place in the world to see seabirds.

Enter the world of the dusky dolphin and experience the grace and beauty of the most acrobatic and interactive of all dolphin species.


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 is place of 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 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

Located in the Canterbury town of Geraldine the Vintage 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 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.

Explore the wonders of the southern sky with


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

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.

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

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:


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.

Burkes Pass is named after Michael John Burke, a graduate of Dublin University, who discovered the passageway leading into the Mackenzie Country in 1855. This was an alternative route to the Mackenzie Pass which the notorious sheep stealer, James Mackenzie, had used to take his sheep into the Otago goldfields.

A dray track was cut through Burkes Pass in 1857-58. Settlers and bullock teams soon found The Long Cutting was the easier of the two passageways to negotiate, becoming the main thoroughfare for travellers in to the Mackenzie, a vast land known by Maori for its plentiful supply of wekas on the plains and eels in the streams and lakes. With travel slow and arduous, the need for a resting place for weary travellers soon became evident. A town, first known as Cabbage Tree Creek, then Clulee, and finally Burkes Pass, sprang up around the hotel that was built in . For more than half a century a colourful cavalcade passed through the town, Burkes Pass becoming the social, business, and sporting centre for the Mackenzie Country pioneers. Its heyday was 1890 to 1910 when there was a population of 143 and a three-teacher school. Now Burkes Pass is home to two restored cob cottages and still standing is St. Patrick’s Church, built in 1871.

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.

Church of the good Shepard, Tek

Aoraki Mount Cook

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. On your South Island adventure Aoraki Mount Cook is a MUST SEE destination.


Omarama is a small rural town in the Mackenzie Country at the head of the Waitaki Valley, 30 kilometres south of Twizel and 100 kilometres south of Mount Cook, an ideal place to stop on your journey between Queenstown/Wanaka and Christchurch.

Omarama is Maori for “Place of Light”, it is a world famous gliding location where you can take scenic glider or bi-plane flights into the Southern Alps, have a high country farm experience, soak in the view and unwind in the fresh mountain water in the Hot Tubs or enjoy tasty fresh food and great coffee. Omarama is a must stop on your southern journey.


Touristtimes Canterbury March 2018