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.
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.
A Q&A with boy band Moorhouse's Brock Ashby.
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.
The port town of promise
Kate Preece heads through the tunnel and finds more than enough to encourage a return trip.
Forget your worries in a hot pool
Geoff Collett finds the best place to relax is a mere two hours from the city,
A day-trip of food, shopping and wave watching
Pattie Pegler heads to Amberley for shopping, lunch and some wave-watching.
Christchurch Arts Festival event
Soul diva Bella Kalolo is returning home as part of the Christchurch Arts Festival.