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Art classes with a twist

Paint and Sip

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.

Luxury tramping in Southland

"This is no ordinary tramp."

Hump Ridge Track

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.

Final stop on the Winery Tour

Anika Moa

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.

Good as gold

Golden Bay

Travel: Collingwood turns out to be the perfect base to explore beautiful golden bay.

The finest vintage

Caravan

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.

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.

Recharge by the river

This retreat is set among the scenic valley of the Hurunui River. Pack for stargazing, roaming and a soak in the outdoor tub.

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