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Christchurch

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1256,2655,205

Akaroa

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248,595,11

Kaikoura

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210,699,45

Arthur's Pass National Park

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86,317,0

Lyttelton

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Timaru

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53,140,12

Lake Tekapo

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76,292,2

Mount Cook National Park

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37,157,0

Twizel

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31,96,8

Hanmer Springs

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44,101,19

Methven

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42,47,7

Kaiapoi

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48,86,0

New Brighton

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39,96,1

Mount Cook

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Le Bons Bay

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11,15,0

Omarama

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9,46,4

Lake Ohau

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17,35,0

Ashburton

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14,17,10

Lake Pukaki

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5,39,0

Rakaia Gorge

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9,15,0

Kekerengu

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10,20,0

Hororata

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3,5,0

Glentunnel

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0,10,0

Geraldine

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9,39,2

Sumner

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17,30,0

Christchurch

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  • City Center

    Christchurch Things to Do

    Our time in Christchurch was limited to a day and a half as we were leaving Christchurch in the afternoon for a flight to Sydney.With this in mind decided that a easy way of seeing something of Christchurch was on a bus tour,useing the classic 1960's open top bus.You have a choice of a 1 hour or a 3 hour tour.The tour comes with an excellent...

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  • Copthorne Hotel Commodore Christchurch...

    Christchurch Hotels

    Prior to the earthquakes, I have always stayed in town at some renowned hotel chains. When I was...

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  • Dux de Lux

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    Christchurch Restaurants

    Update 21 November 2012 The Dux de Lux is back - somehow: It is now the Dux Dine (because the name Dux de Luxe will be kept for the hoped-for re-opening of the legendary place at its original site at the Arts Centre) and located at 28 Riccarton Road. As at the original Dux you will also get a good selection of vegetarian food and fresh seafood....

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Akaroa

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Kaikoura

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  • Divine homemade food

    Kaikoura Restaurants

    Poppy's cafe in Kaikoura has sublime homemade food. The quiche was packed with goodness and came with an awesome tomato relish for $5.Followed this up with a divine cookie cheesecake for $6.50.Friendly service and a bright small seating area.They also do huge ice cream cones.

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  • Maxtons On The Shore

    Kaikoura Hotels

    Reading the brochures of Maxtons you would expect beach or at least lovely mountain views but from...

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  • Great spot on the coast

    Kaikoura Restaurants

    The Store is a cafe about 60km north of kaikoura, right on the beach overlooking incredible blue sea. Tea and coffee was $8. It was busy on a Tuesday and probably a well known stop off point on the road up and down from picton.They have a lovely garden which is huge and croquet and others games like noughts and crosses for the kids. On a sunny day...

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Arthur's Pass National Park

  • Castle Hill

    Arthur's Pass National Park Things to Do

    Look familiar? Castle Hill was the site of the battle scens in the movie 'Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe'. It is in a privately owned station on the road from Christchurch across Arthur's Pass. It is a popular spot for 'bouldering' - climging over the huge limestone boulders. Limestone from this region was used in the...

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  • The road from Arthur's Pass to the West

    Arthur's Pass National Park Things to Do

    On leaving Arthur's Pass State Highway 73 runs through Otira Gorge over the Otira Viaduct. After climbing down from the mountains you have a choice.Follow SH 73 along the Taramakau River to Kamara Junction and the intersection with SH 6 along the West coast. ORTake the turn to the right into Lake Brunner Road which takes you past picturesque Lake...

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  • Otira Viaduct Lookout

    Arthur's Pass National Park Things to Do

    After leaving Arhtur's Pass township traveling west there is a lookout on the left. From here you can get a great view of the Otira Gorge and the new viaduct. What an amazing piece of engineering. It takes much time off the journey for big trucks and is much safer.The lookout is also a favourite haunt of the cheeky mountain parrot - the Kea. He...

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Lyttelton

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  • Historic Town Walk is a thing of the...

    Lyttelton Things to Do

    Update 2013You can still walk the streets of Lyttelton and pass the sites I had described in the tip below - but instead of the beautiful historic buildings you will find mostly empty sites. Nearly all big old buildings have been demolished in the meantime. One exception: at the site of the Holy Trinity Anglican Church in Winchester Street you will...

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  • No more time-check at the Timeball...

    Lyttelton Things to Do

    Update April 2011 - Update 2013Unfortunately the Timeball Station that had just been renovated was terribly damaged in the 22 February 2011 earthquake and even worse in June 2011. So instead of being dismantled and restored at some point, the beautiful mini-castle-like building was demolished. However, efforts are being made to fund the...

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  • The lost beauty of the Harbour Lights

    Lyttelton Things to Do

    Update 2013The Harbour Lights Theatre has been one of the historic buildings that have been demolished soon after the February 2011 earthquake. All you can see there right now is an empty space :-( Although it sits intriguingly on busy London Street you cannot just visit or have a coffee at the Harbour Light Theatre - although it is a licensed...

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Timaru

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  • Visit the Aigantighe Art Gallery

    Timaru Things to Do

    For a start you would surely be interested to know how to pronounce Aigantighe, am I right?Well, it is: “Egg and Tie”.The word is Scottish Gaelic and means: at home.The Scottish name of this Edwardian house refers to the first owners who were born in Scotland and made Timaru their new home. Aigantighe was built in 1908 as the retirement home of...

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  • Ashley Motor Lodge

    Timaru Hotels

    95-99 King Street, Timaru, New Zealand

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

  • The Aviary

    Timaru Things to Do

    Down in the park area, adjacent to the botanical gardens is the Timaru Aviary.It is a small domed enclosure with many exotic birds. There may be some local New Zealand birds, but most are imported. There are parrots, wood birds, ducks, egrets, etc.The fenced enclosure has some segregated cages to isolate some birds, yet many are free flying in the...

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Lake Tekapo

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  • Don't Buy UniversalMail New Zealand...

    Lake Tekapo Tourist Traps

    The UniversalMail New Zealand Stamps on my postcards were covered by white stickers of Singapore Post. And can not be removed.I bought the stamps because they look beautiful, but the service they offered is to cover the stamps. Sad.------They do offer beautiful stamps, in expensive price, it is ok. BUT!Their stamps will not let your postcards...

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  • Three Rivers Lodge

    Lake Tekapo Hotels

    Upon arrival we had a warm welcome from the owner, Joanne.Our room which was at the front of the...

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  • Cook your own meat on the stonegrill.

    Lake Tekapo Restaurants

    Stopped here for lunch on our way into Lake Tekapo, and as we were impressed with the meal and the service decided to book a table for dinner that night.When we arrived in the evening it was busy,so glad we had booked.From our table we could see Lake Tekapo and the mountains, which were changing colour as the sun set.Free parking close by. The...

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Mount Cook National Park

  • Flying in to Mt Cook

    Mount Cook National Park Transportation

    You can get in to Mt Cook by plane or helicopter, weather permitting of course.As well as getting in and out, you can take a scenic flight, either in a helicopter or even a skiplane to the glacier. The skiplanes sometimes land on the glacier if the weather allows.The Airport is situated right up the Mt Cook Road (Hwy 80), past the lake, by the...

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  • Meet the Kaki (Black Stilt) in and...

    Mount Cook National Park Things to Do

    Kaki (Black Stilt) are one of the world's most critically endangered birds and the world's most endangered wading bird. In 2005 there were only 55 adults left in the wild. The Mackenzie Basin - from Lake Tekapo in the north to Omarama in the south - is the heart of Kaki country. If you are lucky you can spot kaki in the wider area around Twizel:...

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  • Bus Connections to Mt. Cook Village

    Mount Cook National Park Transportation

    -Public transport to Mt. Cook Village is a bit tricky.Only one of the big bus companies services Mt. Cook - this is Intercity/Newmans. BUT: You can also use Kiwi Explorer, Magic Bus, etc. etc., get off at Twizel or Lake Tekapo, and from there travel to Mt. Cook Village by the local shuttle service, named Cook Connection.The Cook Connection runs...

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Twizel

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  • Lake Pukaki

    Twizel Things to Do

    Lake Pukaki is one of three parallel lakes running north south from the Southern Alps. It is the largest of the three (the others are Lake Tekapo and Lake Ohau). All are glacier lakes and the glacial flour gives them that distinctive blue colour.Lake Pukaki is fed by the Tasman River from the waters of the Tasman and Hooker Glaciers. It is part of...

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  • Best Western Aspen Court

    Twizel Hotels

    10 Mackenzie Drive Twizel None

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

  • Aoraki Visitor Centre

    Twizel Things to Do

    The visitor centre at Mt Cook/Aoraki is quite amazing. It is full of imformation about the area including Maori history, wildlife, climbing history and the mountains. There are examples of Maori art and some beautiful stained glass windows featuring flora and fauna of the area. There is also a well stocked shop.

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Hanmer Springs

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  • Hanmer Half Marathon

    Hanmer Springs Sports & Outdoors

    The Hanmer Half is a fairly hilly run that starts at the Recreation Ground and finishes at the Hanmer school. The run starts with 2km up Clarence Valley Road and then moves onto forest roads before going back onto a main road. Next are some private tracks before coming back out of the forest, over a couple of fords (ie through 2 streams), some tree...

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  • Settlers Motel

    Hanmer Springs Hotels

    6 Leamington Street, Hanmer Springs, 7334, New Zealand

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

  • Go for a walk

    Hanmer Springs Things to Do

    Hanmer has a wealth of tracks to go for a walk and enjoy the local flora & fauna. Most are located on the north side of Hanmer with some steep paths up Conical Hill. You can purchase a map of the local tracks from the information centre located beside the Hot Pools so you'll be sure to know where to go (and hopefully where you are when you get...

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Methven

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  • Big Al’s Snow Sports – Just bring your...

    Methven Sports & Outdoors

    This is the prime ski and snowboard rental shop in Methven, and they also do repairs and hire clothes and accessories. And, of course, they also sell all the stuff in the shop. Their slogan sounds very promising:“We hire almost everything, just bring your underwear and we can get you sliding.”The rental skis ranges from executive range for...

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  • Terrace Downs High Country Resort...

    Methven Hotels

    RD 2 Darfield, Coleridge Road, Rakaia Gorge, Methv

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Solo

  • Skiing at Mt. Hutt

    Methven Things to Do

    Mt. Hutt - 2188 metres high - is a prime skiing location of the South Island, just a one and half hour’s drive from Christchurch, The skifields are at an elevation of 1550 metres. Perhaps surprisingly, its season normally is longer than at the skifields around New Zealand's prime wintersport location, Queenstown. But the mountains are not higher...

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Kaiapoi

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  • The Old Railway Station

    Kaiapoi Things to Do

    We headed east, and inspected the old railway station, only to find out that it is exactly the place to go to if you want to cruise the river – because the Visitor Centre is located in this historic building. The Railway Station was built by an architect named George Troup and was opened on 5 February 1904. It replaced an older building from 1872....

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  • Jacob’s Bakery

    Kaiapoi Things to Do

    Some of the cafés we had passed earlier were still closed, another one did not look too terribly appealing. So the choice was not big yet when we were up for a coffee. But Jacob’s Bakery looked very appealing, so we popped in there.We did not only buy coffees which were very nice, but also gave some of the bakeware a try. Funnily enough, the shop...

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  • Laundry & Internet - a good Combination

    Kaiapoi Things to Do

    Next to the Fellowship you find a place you might really be looking for, and I think it is a great idea to combine a laundry with an internet site. While your clothes are washed or dried, you can check your email or write your VT tips about Kaiapoi ;-))) As of October 2010, 28.5 minutes (yes, really!) broadband internet access cost NZ$ 2.You need...

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New Brighton

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  • di mare Water Front Restaurant

    New Brighton Restaurants

    di mare is a cafe where you could have a cup of coffee and enjoy the sea breeze at the pier.You could have an awesom view of the ocean and borrow a book from the library to read.If you are hungry, just order some finger food or snack from their wide selection on their menu.

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  • Point Break Backpackers & Cafe

    New Brighton Hotels

    99 Seaview Road, Cnr Beresford & Union Roads, New Brighton, 8007, New Zealand

    Satisfaction: Poor

    Good for: Families

  • come and see us

    New Brighton Off The Beaten Path

    we ..Rozehill and I hang out at this place, 'the 19th hole' Cafe.....or at the Beach Cafe,having a good Latte and yarn, walking the Dog around QEII...Stadium and the Golfcourse...sooo..if you in Christchurch, why not join us, give us an email.

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Mount Cook

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  • Great Organic food

    Mount Cook Restaurants

    A great atmosphere with lots of natural timer and climbing artefacts. Open fires add to the snug feeling.Much of he food offered is organic or naturally processed.The view of Mt Cook from the huge picture window is spectacular. I had a Mountaineer Burger which was your basic hamburger with the lot but the bacon was naturally cured without...

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  • The Hermitage Hotel

    Mount Cook Hotels

    The hotel is an an awesome spot and givee you the feeling of insiginificance with the mountains to...

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  • Hillary Centre

    Mount Cook Things to Do

    Sir Edmund Hillary is famous for his ascent of Mt Everest being, with the assistance of his Sherpa, Tensing Norgay, the first person to set foot on the summit. Hillary learned his love of snow and ice and climbing in New Zealand and started his career as a climber on the slopes of Mt Cook. He has also crossed Antarctica via the South Pole.In his...

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Le Bons Bay

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  • Untouched by Time

    Le Bons Bay Favorites

    Well, well, well, stumbled across le Bons Bay site when seeking information on Akaroa. I get the impression that the place hasn't changed too much since the '50s. We lived in Christchurch from 1950 to 1955, during that time we spent many holidays at Le Bons Bay in a friend's batch. Few other people were around in those days. I remember the beach,...

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  • Beware high tide - river crossing

    Le Bons Bay Warnings and Dangers

    On an exploration/fishing trip to the end of the beach and across the river we fished off the jetty, the tide came in and there was no way we could return (2 small children) until the tide went out. Luckily we had matches, built a small fire and cooked the fish we had caught.

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  • The old homestead

    Le Bons Bay Things to Do

    This homestead as it is now but is rather historical because it used to be the hub of a thriving small community until 1937, this property was the old cheese factory for the Le Bons Bay.Now it has been brought back to life in the form of the SECRET GARDEN roadside tea and coffee house.Open in fine weather to the public10.00 to 16.00

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