Paint and snack in North Canterbury

Paint and sip is becoming a popular activity choice in spurs of boredom. Yet, finding something beautiful that inspires creative expression when you need it often becomes the obstacle. Such awe-inspiring views can be found in scenic North Canterbury. However, this destination area requires a small distance to travel, so we introduce a road-trip-friendly alternative, […]

Hanmer Springs on two wheels

Low-impact, fun, and adventurous, biking is a great exercise alternative that is ideal when exploring or holidaying. With multiple bike tracks to suit all ages and abilities, and an invitingly picturesque village to cycle around, Hanmer Springs is even more so enjoyed on two wheels. Plan your tracks with the Hanmer Springs Mountain Bike Trail […]

Head to Hanmer: Hanmer Springs Attractions

Get set for action-packed family fun at Hanmer Springs Attractions these school holidays. There are exciting and family-friendly activities on offer to suit a range of ages, including jet boating, river rafting, bungy jumping and off-road buggy adventures. Plus, the latest addition is laser clay shooting, offering competitive fun for families. The team will guide […]

Hit the slopes in Hanmer

Beneath snow-capped trees and mountains, Hanmer Springs becomes an alpine winter wonderland this time of year. You will feel you have just stepped into the set of The Holiday, the cosy aura of Hanmer Springs and its picturesque backdrop, making the perfect setting for an alpine escape. Organise your own mid-winter Christmas, bringing along friends […]

Weekend getaway just up the coast: Sudima Kaikōura

Sudima Kaikōura, the new hotel on the captivating coast is the ingredient. Settled on the Esplanade, Kaikōura’s main waterfront street, the luxe 4.5-star haven captures the essence of this enchanting town. Prepare to be mesmerised with breathtaking views of the shimmering sea, picturesque coastline, and majestic mountains. Its prime location, just a stone’s throw away […]

Kaikoura: more than just whales

See From hundreds of seals residing on the rocky shores of Ohau Point and Point Kean, to the unique encounter of llama trekking. Visit the many interesting sights around Kaikōura as led by a tour guide, with your very own llama in tow. If you are keen on something a bit tamer, brush up on […]

Eyes on the fries: Makikihi Fries

Kiwis love their hot chips. From a classic fish and chip dinner to a late-night hot chip run, they are a staple across New Zealand. Consumers and businesses are always on the hunt for the perfect crunch and salty flavour to top the lists and satisfy that inevitable craving. The team at Canterbury’s Makikihi Fries […]

Waste not, want not: Gordon’s Pickles

Recycle, re-use, re-purpose. In these tight financial times many of us are looking for ways to eliminate waste and to repurpose materials. It is also surprising just what can be put to another use. How many of us are guilty of throwing away the juice or brine from a jar of pickled onions or gherkins? […]

12 hours in North Canterbury

Stave off the cold weather blues with a day trip dash to the charm of North Canterbury. Take it easy, enjoying the simple things in life, food and company. Morning Pack a picnic first, and plan to leave home around 8am. On the drive up, stop for a bite at one of the local culinary […]

Where to Wellington

Gardens galore, native wildlife, magical movie experiences, culinary excellence, boutique shopping, and trails to suit any exercise level. Wellington deserves more credit than simply its notorious wind. See Head to one of the many spots offering animal encounters or gorgeous gardens, such as Zealandia Te Māra a Tāne. These experiences often make a great day […]