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  • Downtown Christchurch

    Christchurch Favorites

    - The city centre features a huge new steel sculpture, an oversized bunch of wheat, higher than the surrounding high-rise buildings. Its name is "Flour Power". (August/September 2008) The square at the corner of High and Colombo Streets is now called Stewart Plaza (in the strange attempt to make the centre more flash and posh and luxurious...),...

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  • Lake Wakatipu

    Queenstown Favorites

    Lake Wakatipu is the South Island’s second largest lake after Lake Te Anau. It is Z-shaped, has a total length of 77 kilometres, and covers 293 square kilometres. It is surrounded by steeply rising mountains. Ice-age glaciers carved it out. The deepest point is 378 metres. The lake has a natural rock dam, lying at Kingston at the southern end of...

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  • The Octagon

    Dunedin Favorites

    The Octagon is the central "square" [actually and obviously an octagon] in the centre of the city. It is well laid out with a nice covered walkway alongside the road thru the middle. A variety of people hang out here, from students, to vagrants to diners and tourists. There are a few eateries around the perimeter, cafés and restaurants and...

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  • Otago

    South Island Favorites

    Cadrona Pass can be a fantastic driving expierience, but be aware, some parts are still gravel and hard to judge when driving to fast...but end of the year 2006 some adventure will have been taken out, all will be sealed road by then just driving is fun

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  • Architecture

    Christchurch Favorites

    - This impressive stately building with its classical ornamentation is located right behind Christchurch Cathedral, and opposite the Press buidling and Cathedral Junction. It was designed in 1909 (and built from 1911 to 1913) to accommodate many of the Government Departments in Christchurch. It was used for this purpose for 70 years. Although it...

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  • Jetboat Rides

    Queenstown Favorites

    Although a little "touristy", I think most visitors to Queenstown should try out one of their famous Jetboat rides, because it offers its passengers a safe way to enjoy the sights offered by the various rivers in Queenstown, while still getting your adrenalin going. It was especially fun when your guide do a sudden "Hamilton Maneuver" when you...

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  • Canterbury

    South Island Favorites

    Otira Gorge has became more easier to travel.the old Road gone,a new Viaduct build,finish and opend last Autum. It is now a breeze driving through to the West Coast..thank god for that. but actually I will miss the old adventure drive..never knew how it would pan out around the bend..rocks fallen on the Road or right in front of the car.geh, never...

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  • Currency Exchange

    Christchurch Favorites

    Here's your view of the ANZ currency exchange, while comfortably ensconced on their couch. Yellow, orange, green - what a colour scheme... I guess you could call it 'funky' but those words aren't often used when describing banks!

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  • West Coast

    South Island Favorites

    through Arthur's Pass and the Otira Gorge Road, looks so benign, doens't it? But drive carefully and don't get distracted....drive on to the most charming small Town on the West Coast..Hokitika, its a lovely spot with charming People, good food and the Pounamu Factory, where you can buy all your gift for the loved ones at home. Pounamu is New...

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  • Bridge of Remembrance

    Christchurch Favorites

    The bridge of Remebrance is just that, a momument to all soldiers who went to war in the various theatres of war last centuary. This includes both World Wars won by the British with the help of our little island nation and our close neighbours, Australia. No matter what goes on in our world, the stupidity of some nations continues to confound...

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  • Beautiful flowers

    Christchurch Favorites

    Floral Clock On reserve in Victoria Square south west of Town Hall adjoining amphitheatre Floral Clock presented to the citizens of Christchurch by Calder Mackay Co Ltd in 1953. Two bronze plaques set into wall at base This clock look tidy every single day

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  • View from the top

    Christchurch Favorites

    Christchurch is a very flat city. You get a real sense of this from the air when you are on your way out. The city is squished up against the port hills with homes covering much of their lower slopes. There are two main beaches being Brighton and Sumner with Sumner by far the nicer of the two. There's also Taylor's Mistake over the hill from...

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  • Hagley Park

    Christchurch Favorites

    When the first settlers from England arrived at Lyttelton in 1850, they brought with them the gardening traditions of that country. It was just 13 years after their arrival that the initial plans were made to form the present Botanical Gardens. On 9th July 1863, the first tree was planted in the grounds to comemmorate the marriage of Prince Albert...

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  • Millennium Chalice

    Christchurch Favorites

    I was very amused by the negative reaction many Cantabrians have towards the Millennium Chalice in Cathedral Square. This modern piece of sculpture is suitably celebratory in its style and to me is a great piece of modern art. Gee, it would look good oat the end of Princes Wharf in Auckland! The chalice offsets the Cathedral really nicely and does...

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  • Port Hills

    Christchurch Favorites

    The Summit Road, drive it or bike it or take a bus then walk it. Breathtaking views over Christchurch City, the Southern Alps, Pegasus Bay, Lyttleton Harbour and the Banks Peninsula - often all from the same vantage point. Don't miss it.

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  • John Britten, son of Christchurch.

    Christchurch Favorites

    John Britten, inventor extraordinaire. Christchurch is the home of the Britten motorcyle. It has a revolutionary motor, quite different to the conventional and previous styles. This motorcycle goes very fast and blitzed all other makes in the Superbike class. Unfortunately John Britten died at an early age of cancer. His staff continue his...

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  • "Pavlova"

    Ohhhhhhh this pie is so delicious!!!! I have lost my tongue!Local people call it "Pavalova" and have been wondered with my pronunciation this russian surname - "Pavlova".Long time ago, at the beginning of 20-th centery, the great russian ballerina Anna Pavlova visited New Zealand and this wonderful dessert was made for her.... Now it has her name.

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  • The retirement home

    I have been wondered NZ hight living standard... In particular with that retirement home in Cristchurch. I am afreid I'll never see the same in Russia....

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  • Churches

    There is a real freedom of conscience in NZ.... I have seen more than 7 kinds of churches and a couple of Masonic lodge ...

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  • Gunn's Camp: www.gunnscamp.org..nz

    Rustic camp site near the start of the Hollyford Trail, with a collection of cabins used by workers who built the road to Milford Sound in the 1930s. Started by Davey Gunn, an NZder with an amazing sense of humour! ;-) I really enjoyed the experience :-) You can also walk to the start of the Hollyford Trail near the camp, to see it.. and there's a...

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  • Franz and Fox Glacier

    These two villages are so similar and only 30 minutes apart so I am writing about them together. We stayed at Fox but our two visits to Franz Josef pretty well showed us they were similar. Tiny places with many times the amount of accommodation and eateries they should have. Of course things are somewhat expensive but if you are keen on spending...

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  • Queenstown

    My fiance loved Queenstown because there was so much to do there. He is right of course and if you have the money the sky is the limit. I must admit I was expecting a larger city and was surprised about the lack of normal shopping available. Sure there were lots of tourist shops and even some up market ones but when it came to boring old groceries...

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  • Sheep sheep sheep

    It is a well known fact that there are more sheep than people in New Zealand.There are many farm places for locals and tourists. You can feed bottles of milk to lambs. You can see dogs sheepherding in action. You can see shearing of wool off a sheep. Incredible to have the wool come off in one piece without a nick on the pink naked skin of the...

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  • Cadrona Pass over Kawarau Gorge

    Cadrona Pass can be a fantastic driving expierience, but be aware, some parts are still gravel and hard to judge when driving to fast...but end of the year 2006 some adventure will have been taken out, all will be sealed road by then just driving is fun

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  • Lake Wakatipu

    from Christchurch around 5-6hours roadtrip to Lake Wakatipu..Queenstown, in Sunshine or Snowtime (Skiseason) at the Remarkablesrealy a remarkable countryside, Lord of the Rings have been filmed here, so you will be spoiled by Nature I feel blessed, living here!:-))

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  • Hokitika

    through Arthur's Pass and the Otira Gorge Road, looks so benign, doens't it? But drive carefully and don't get distracted....drive on to the most charming small Town on the West Coast..Hokitika, its a lovely spot with charming People, good food and the Pounamu Factory, where you can buy all your gift for the loved ones at home. Pounamu is New...

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  • Small towns with history.

    There are many small settlements, not even classed as towns, where you can find examples of our history. I reiterate that New Zealand is a very young country so our European civilisation history doesn't go back very far.If you drive hwy 73 > 77 out of Christchurch and head towards Mt Hutt, you pass through this tiny settlement called...

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  • West Coast treasures.

    On the West Coast, just south of Westport, there is a place called Punakaiki. Here you can see these wonderful pancake rock formations and blowholes at Dolomite Point.There is a 15 minute walk from the carpark around the rocks, which is well worth the effort and time. The Visitors Centre for Paparoa National Park and Punakaiki Rocks is here, pay...

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  • Kaikoura Whale watching..

    Kaikoura Whale watching..you can arrive on Highway 1 or by Train,or Bus from Picton..Christchurch the speciality of the Township...Crayfish

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  • See the Southern Alps.

    If you can take the trip up to Mt Cook and see the mountain beauty. From Lake Tekapo head south towards Twizel and turn up Hwy 80 at the base of Lake Pukaki. The photo shows the road leading up to Mt Cook which can be seen on the horizon. Mt Cook at 3754 metres is New Zealand's highest peak.

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  • Bank

    hm....You could say that I am from a wild place... but i have never seen this method a service....:))

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  • Slope Point

    Slope Point is the most southern point of the South Island, famous for its windswept landscape and spectacular cliffs. The point, located 14 kilometres southeast of Takanui, was named in 1870 by an early settler, J O'Brien.

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  • Purakanui Falls

    Purakauni Falls is a 20 metre waterfall descending over three broad terraces. The falls are set in beech forest about 19 kilometres southeast of Nugget Point.

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  • Nugget Point

    Nugget Point is located 4 kilometres south of Nugget Bay. This rocky 11 kilometre long headland is a breeding area for gannets, sooty shearwaters, shags and yellow-eyed penguins. Fur seals and sea lions also gather below the historic lighthouse, built in 1869. The point is named after the cluster of rocks scattered about its base, referred to by...

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  • Curio Bay

    Located 20 kilometres southeast of Tokanui, Curio Bay is a forest of fossilised tree-trunks, some with their root systems intact, extending about 13 kilometres down the coast. The 160 million-year-old forest dates back to the Middle Jurassic Age and is only visible at low tide. Over time, silica has replaced the wood of the trees, leaving them...

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  • The Catlins

    The Catlins is a beautiful wilderness area encompassing forests, rivers and dramatic coastline and with wildlife including Hector dolphins, Hooker sea lions, fur seals and yellow-eyed penguins. Native birds include bell birds, gannets, fantails, herons, oystercatchers, tui and yellowheads. Numerous walks access many of the Catlin area's...

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  • Rata Trees at Otira Gorge

    Otira Gorge has became more easier to travel.the old Road gone,a new Viaduct build,finish and opend last Autum. It is now a breeze driving through to the West Coast..thank god for that. but actually I will miss the old adventure drive..never knew how it would pan out around the bend..rocks fallen on the Road or right in front of the car.geh, never...

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