Formerly a mining town, Reefton was heavily reliant on gold and coal. Thanks to the creativity of people like Patsy, the town has been revitalised and Kiwis have a new reason to visit this historic destination. For a town that’s nearly 150 years old, Reefton has aged well and continues to draw crowds from across New Zealand.
If you're wanting to experience winter in New Zealand, you'll have to go further south than Christchurch. Accustomed to full-scale, snow-globe, frostbitten winters back home, it's almost a relief to see the snow-capped Southern Alps, even from a distance. So, when an invite to stay at Isolation Bay came through, you'd better believe this Canadian [...]
Nowhere in Auckland has as many excellent eateries, quality cafés and beautiful boutiques as Ponsonby. The affluent suburb is synonymous with style and one would be remiss to visit the City of Sails without spending some time here. When I was studying in Auckland, I dreamt of renting a small villa in Ponsonby amongst the [...]
Access to some of the country's most spectacular regions is one of the reasons Nick and I moved to Christchurch. With Banks Peninsula on our doorstep, the drive to Akaroa is a winding wonderland of sights. Stop at Hilltop Tavern for a coffee or quick bite before carrying on down the road. The views are [...]
The scenic drive to Hanmer Springs is a mere 90 minutes north of Christchurch. Perfect for a weekend away, the resort town is popular amongst Cantabrians and international visitors. I had yet to visit Hanmer despite having resided in Christchurch for almost two years. Nick's birthday weekend was a great excuse to treat ourselves to a [...]
As New Zealand's adventure capital, Queenstown is on everybody's travel bucket list. On my first visit in April 2009, my friends and I decided it was a good idea to go bungy jumping, sky diving, white water rafting, jet boating, luging and for a helicopter ride - in one weekend alone! We also tried Fergburger, visited a multitude [...]
Having visited Queenstown a handful of times, I still marvel at the drive down from Christchurch. The Canterbury plains swiftly disappear to reveal rolling hills and turquoise, azure lakes. With so many changes in scenery, the drive never becomes stagnant. Many a tourist flies into Christchurch from the North Island, ready to journey south. And so, why [...]