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Around the Bays

Banks pen

Banks Peninsula is the ultimate summer playground, with its secluded bays, rolling farmland and starry skies. Explore for a day or, better still, check out these interesting places to stay.

Waimate. Why not?

Waimate

Wonderful Waimate, where the sheep and wallabies roam, is just the place for a short city break.

Travel: Exploring Peel Forest

Waikonini

You know you are leaving the city far behind by the driving instructions from the host: "Past a timber mill, up a shingle road, through a ford, past a hay shed on the left and over a bridge".

Travel: An overnight stay in Kaikoura

Kaikoura

While whale watching and swimming with dolphins are high on the to-do list for many visitors to Kaikoura, there's also dry land to explore.

Christchurch's top walks

Crater, Godley, Bridle - Which one is best?

Lyttelton

The Port Hills offer a bird's eye view across the expansive Canterbury Plains to the Southern Alps.

Mackenzie mini-break

Tekapo

With Mackenzie Country on our doorstep, it's easy to spontaneously hop in the car and head south for a short break.

Call of the mountains

Mt Hutt

Methven sleeps through the warmer months, but once the first snow falls, it comes alive for winter.

Wine time in Marlborough

Wine trail

Sick of the rain, Margaret Agnew turns to the wineries for shelter. She joins the trail of international tourists sniffing out a good sauvignon blanc.

A day trip to Cheviot

Cheviot

Kim Newth takes the road north to discover a charming country town with fascinating local history and a tempting lineup of art, antiques and artisan foods.

Canterbury's rural playground

Mt Somers

Tired of the big smoke? Just an hour from Christchurch, Mt Somers is the perfect starting point for a Mid-Canterbury adventure.

Where the wild things are: A visit to the Catlins

Yearning to go native, Avenues editor Yvonne Martin heads to the Catlins on a mini-break.

The surfs up in Sumner

Sumner

The popular seaside suburb has picked itself up, dusted off the earthquake debris and is welcoming visitors again.

Wine and dine

Waipara

A weekend in Waipara.

Off the beaten track

Sounds

Joanna Davis finds the best thing to do at Tory Lodge in the Marlborough Sounds is to follow instructions: relax, unwind, indulge.

Planning a picnic?

Check out these top spots for an outdoor feast

Get the basket packed and enjoy some fun in the sun at these perfect picnic spots.

Home, sweet home

A Q&A with boy band Moorhouse's Brock Ashby.

Brock

Life has been jammed on fast forward since Brock Ashby, 19, of boy band Moorhouse appeared on X Factor NZ this year. He is recording a debut album, modelling and singing in Christchurch's Christmas in the Park.

What to do in Lyttelton

The port town of promise

Henry Trading

Kate Preece heads through the tunnel and finds more than enough to encourage a return trip.

Maruia Springs getaway

Forget your worries in a hot pool

Maruia Springs

Geoff Collett finds the best place to relax is a mere two hours from the city,

Amberley in a day

A day-trip of food, shopping and wave watching

Amberley

Pattie Pegler heads to Amberley for shopping, lunch and some wave-watching.

Bella Kalolo is set to light up the stage

Christchurch Arts Festival event

Bella Kalolo

Soul diva Bella Kalolo is returning home as part of the Christchurch Arts Festival.

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