Canterbury Off The Beaten Path

  • Small but lovely: St. Kentigern.
    Small but lovely: St. Kentigern.
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  • Banks Peninsula's landscape in the windows.
    Banks Peninsula's landscape in the...
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  • Angie at the top
    Angie at the top
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Canterbury Off The Beaten Path

  • Port Hills

    Christchurch Off The Beaten Path

    Gethsemane Gardens If you would like to visit a wildly romantic garden with a Christian theme, then this is it! St. Cecilia Chapel is an enchanting little trellis structure in the heart of Gethsemane Gardens. High on a hill and close to heaven, the chapel overlooks the Pacific Ocean. Romantic pathways lead you through the gardens, which have a...

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  • Lake Tekapo

    Christchurch Off The Beaten Path

    New Zealand's most famous sheep stealer, James McKenzie owned a dog named Friday. Both the Mackenzie County and the pass are named after him. McKenzie was apprehended at the Mackenzie Pass by an overseer for the Rhodes Brothers at Levels Station. His dog Friday drove approximately one thousand sheep towards Burkes Pass in 1855 from Levels Station....

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  • Lyttelton

    Christchurch Off The Beaten Path

    and lots of charm. With its brightly painted houses tumbling down the steep hills and narrow stairs to go up and down, Lyttelton reminded me of the Chilean port of Valparaiso way across the other side of the Pacific. Whilst still the busiest commercial port and deepest harbour on the South Island, like its Chilean counterpart, Lyttelton has seen...

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  • New Brighton Pier..

    Christchurch Off The Beaten Path

    The pier was built originally in 1894 and was demolished in 1964. $4 million was raised by the council and community funds to build a new pier, and in 1987 it was opened. You can get good views of the ocean at the end, though on a nice weekend day a lot of people will fish from it, and if you dont like the smell of fish and blood then you might...

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  • Akaroa

    Christchurch Off The Beaten Path

    Akaroa was orginally set up by the French in their attempt to claim the local area for King & country. While the original 63 French settlers were at sea, sailing towards what they believed was a small piece of France in the South Pacific NZ Governor William Hobson despatched Capt Stanley, on "HMS Britomart", with an English flag. Soon after...

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  • Sumner

    Christchurch Off The Beaten Path

    We wanted to go to the cinema on our last night in Christchurch but the film we wanted to see was only showing at one place - Hollywood Masters in Sumner. "Where's that?" we asked. "Right across town" - the reply. "It'll take you half an hour to get there from here!" So off we set for Sumner - and we were so glad that we had. What a charming...

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  • Arthur's Pass

    Christchurch Off The Beaten Path

    We booked a tour with Motorcyclesnewzealand.co.nz The route: Christchurch, Arthur's Pass, Portsmouth, Havelock, Kaikaroa, Hanmer Springs back to Christchurch Good roads, Great guide. Comfortable lodgings, Superb views! We saw the south new zealand that most tourists do not see.

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  • Orana Wildlife Park Set on 80...

    Christchurch Off The Beaten Path

    Orana Wildlife Park Set on 80 hectares of land within the McLeans Island recreational area, 18 kilometres or about 30 minutes drive from Christchurch's Cathedral Square, Orana Park has been designed with the emphasis on natural settings for the animals. Here you can view them close-up, with few fences, wire or cages. Because of the importance the...

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  • Methven

    Christchurch Off The Beaten Path

    Not exactly off the beaten track but close to Christchurch is the town of Methven (about 1.5 hours drive). Methven is the gateway to the Famous Mt Hutt ski field, the highst in the Southern Hemisphere. Mt Hutt sits high on the eastern rim of New Zealand's awesome Southern Alps. With a stunning backdrop of range after range of snowclad peaks and...

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  • Hermitage Hotel

    Christchurch Off The Beaten Path

    Mount Cook National Park is where you will find New Zealand's tallest mountain, Mt Cook (or Aoraki). The area also has the largest glacier in the country, Tasman Glacier. At the foot of the mountain is Mt Cook village and is the starting point for several hiking trails. The Maori name, Aoraki, means Sky Father and Mt Cook stands at 3,755 making...

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  • Lewis Pass & Hanmer Spring

    in between the high Country and the flat country.....Lewis Pass, a great roadtrip to the West Coast, Westport and the Pancakes.have a stop in Hanmer Springs, take a dip in the Hot Pools, halfway to the pass.at the turn off, which is marked..around an other 12km, passing the Bungy Bridge of the Hurunui River. for me it is always a welcome...

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  • Follow the Fantails on Mt. Somers Walks

    The area around Mt. Somers breathes a kind of freedom. It is the end of farmland and forestry, you do not have to climb over fences all the time. Wonderful!There is one big tramping tour on a subalpine walkway around the mountain. It passes abandoned coal mines, Maori rock drawings, volcanic formations and a deep canyon. You should absolutely have...

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  • Feel like the Lord of the Rings at...

    There are two ways to get the Lord of the Rings feeling: either you join a guided 4WD tour or you chose the cost-free but more active DIY tour. The latter can be a little bit tricky because you have to wade through some arms of the braided Rangitata River. So always go in shorts and walking sandals and it would be handy to have a stick to measure...

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  • On Scenic Route 72 to Edoras and other...

    The Inland Scenic Route 72 leads from Amberley to Timaru through rural New Zealand and is a non-stressful alternative to busy SH 1. If you ignore the northern part which is not really spectacular, it is a great way to get from Christchurch to Lake Tekapo. From Chch head to West Coast on SH 73, turn left onto SH 72 in Darfield.The first must-stop...

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  • The Breathtaking Clay Cliffs of Omarama

    Perhaps I have passed the sign ten times, perhaps fifteen or even twenty times. I have seen and photographed them from the State Highway, and thought, well, some day I will take the turn and have a closer look. Had I known what would expect me I would have made the detour from State Highway 7, between Twizel and Omarama, ages ago. Just the other...

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  • Lake Taylor: Great as a road-trip and...

    If you want to get an idea of a rough New Zealand road trip into the middle of nowhere, this is a great place to go to. We often take our bikes - which are totally dusty when we finally arrive at Lake Taylor and make our mountainbike tour to Lake Sumner. This first leads through low bush landscape along Lake Taylor, and then through fantastic...

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  • A Lonesome Road Trip: Rakaia Gorge to...

    This spectacular fine-weather road trip on a dusty gravel road leads through lonesome and dry landscape which has a lot of similarities with the MacKenzie Country further south. There are signs of life, though, some black bulls in the distance, sometimes another car, but most of the 40 to 50 km trip you are alone and can enjoy the sounds of...

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  • High Country

    huge Stations where manly Sheep are farmed in the High Countryfine Treeks right beside or through the Farms...permission of passage has to be taken out, which is almost always granted. for overnite stay is possible and little,basic huts can be rented out. the huts are maintained by D.O.C. Department of Conservation, look them up andgo to the...

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  • Mount Olympus "The Playground of the...

    Mount Olympus isn't a Big Commercial Ski Resort. The roads aren't well maintained, there are no chairlifts (Nut-Crackers), no shops. Instead the journey for the unprepared goes a little like this:Crumbling, winding mountain roads that are no wider than your car - short, steep inclines then short steeper declines on loose gravel ending in sharp...

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  • flat Country

    fertile Land for grazing Stock like Cattle and Sheep. when ever you drive through Canterbury, you will be amazed how flat, fertil and lush the paddocks look,especialy when you come from Australia.maybe that is not so interesting, but when you hire a car or Campervan, that's what you see

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