Picasso and pinot noir go hand in hand at Christchurch's only Paint 'n' Sip studio, started last August by fun-loving American Amanda Anthony.
"This is no ordinary tramp."
The 52-kilometre Hump Ridge Track is no ordinary venture into the wild. The experience includes packed lunches, three-course meals and king-size beds.
Waipara Hills will host the last Winery Tour concert of the summer this Saturday. Former Cantabrian Anika Moa is excited to line up with Dave Dobbyn and Don McGlashan.
Travel: Collingwood turns out to be the perfect base to explore beautiful golden bay.
Jo Nixon-Sparkes and husband Paul are into all things retro, this extends to their 1954 Auckland Caravan Club caravan, Kitty, and family trips up the coast.
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.
Wonderful Waimate, where the sheep and wallabies roam, is just the place for a short city break.
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".
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.
Crater, Godley, Bridle - Which one is best?
The Port Hills offer a bird's eye view across the expansive Canterbury Plains to the Southern Alps.
With Mackenzie Country on our doorstep, it's easy to spontaneously hop in the car and head south for a short break.
Methven sleeps through the warmer months, but once the first snow falls, it comes alive for winter.
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.
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.
Tired of the big smoke? Just an hour from Christchurch, Mt Somers is the perfect starting point for a Mid-Canterbury adventure.
Yearning to go native, Avenues editor Yvonne Martin heads to the Catlins on a mini-break.
The popular seaside suburb has picked itself up, dusted off the earthquake debris and is welcoming visitors again.
A weekend in Waipara.
Joanna Davis finds the best thing to do at Tory Lodge in the Marlborough Sounds is to follow instructions: relax, unwind, indulge.
Superb skiing, followed by a reviving stay in an alpine retreat, is on offer not far from Christchurch.