Recharge by the river

The view of the stunning Southern Alps is the real attraction.

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

One for the birds

Akaroa Harbour views extend from the nearby Woodills Track.

At dusk, the silvery notes of the native birds steal all the attention from the sweeping views.

A road trip to Southland

One of the ponds, planted with bog-loving plants, at Maple Glen.

Here are the top 20 spots for green-fingered visitors to Southland ahead of the Bluff Oyster Festival.

High-country hideaway

Take in the mountain views from a traditional musterers' hut.

Lake Heron is a glittering haven, which drains northwards into the Rakaia River.

5 Things...worth a look on Surf Highway 45

Mt Taranaki from Surf Highway 45.

There's plenty to see and do on this winding coastal route.

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