Wilderness and world-class wines make the bountiful Marlborough region the perfect place for an escape.
Superb skiing, followed by a reviving stay in an alpine retreat, is on offer not far from Christchurch.
Even on a grey and rainy day, this beauty of this glacial lake is hard to beat.
This retreat is set among the scenic valley of the Hurunui River. Pack for stargazing, roaming and a soak in the outdoor tub.
At dusk, the silvery notes of the native birds steal all the attention from the sweeping views.
Lake Heron is a glittering haven, which drains northwards into the Rakaia River.
Heavenly views, fine food, luxury accommodation and a peninsula to roam is all part of the Annandale experience.
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.
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.
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.
The popular seaside suburb has picked itself up, dusted off the earthquake debris and is welcoming visitors again.
Yearning to go native, Avenues editor Yvonne Martin heads to the Catlins on a mini-break.
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.
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.
The port town of promise
Kate Preece heads through the tunnel and finds more than enough to encourage a return trip.
A day-trip of food, shopping and wave watching
Pattie Pegler heads to Amberley for shopping, lunch and some wave-watching.
Forget your worries in a hot pool
Geoff Collett finds the best place to relax is a mere two hours from the city,
Christchurch Arts Festival event
Soul diva Bella Kalolo is returning home as part of the Christchurch Arts Festival.
What's there now and what's on the way.
Addington has become one of the city's most vibrant and exciting neighbourhoods.
Eat. Drink. Shop. Enjoy.
Ilam is a difficult suburb to define, but there's no doubt it's much more than a student zone.
The musician's favourite places and memories
In Christchurch for an upcoming show, Dave Dobbyn shares his views of our city.
Yvonne Martin develops a taste for Oxford.
An industrial suburb staging a comeback
Working-class history meets international style in a suburb staging a comeback.
Q&A with a local foodie
Waltham resident and celebrity chef Richard Till is keeping up with the city's changes.
Your guide to Sydenham
From the rubble rises a new, exciting Sydenham.
Eat. Drink. Shop.
Tucked between Madras St and Hills Rd, a small, rectangular suburb is a land of plenty.
Eat. Drink. Shop.
There are plenty of reasons to stop in Ferrymead, be it for dinner, a dip in the water or a trip back in time.
Eat. Drink. Shop.
Kate Preece lifts the lid on Riccarton - a precinct that offers so much more than a mall.
There's a full line-up of entertainment to make the season even sweeter. Here are five of the best.
Our team pounded the streets to find eateries providing more for less.
Kate Preece catches up with songwriter and vocalist Barnaby Weir.
A self-confessed coffee fiend, Joanna Davis embraces her inner barista.
Not one to turn down a brew, Sara Bunny enjoys a night of beer tasting at Pomeroy's.
Keen dancer Karin O'Donnell tries out some new moves at a salsa class.
Kate Preece spends an afternoon touring Dan Carter's home turf in Southbridge.