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Christchurch

Following a devastating earthquake in 2011, Christchurch has proven itself a city of boundless energy and remarkable renewal. There’s a palpable grassroots, community-focussed atmosphere, where the gaps left by fallen buildings are filled with green spaces, pop-up events and art installations. This unique landscape, still imbued with European heritage and plenty of green walkways, is thriving; shops, cafes, bars and restaurants are brimming with locals and visitors alike, with one of the most welcoming atmospheres you can find.

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1-night stay at Ibis Hotel

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Go punting on the Avon River

Christchurch Botanic Gardens

Franz Josef

The small town of Franz Josef is the gateway to the beguiling glacier landscape that bears its name. The vast glacier itself is only accessible by helicopter, of which there are plenty in the town, departing regularly and offering incredible panorama. Tours also land on the glacier itself, with a chance to explore caves and crevasses on intrepid hikes. After exploring the glacier, don’t miss the thermal pools close to town for a spot of relaxation...

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1-night stay at Scenic Hotel

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Helicopter Glacier Tour

Franz Josef Glacier

Queenstown

New Zealand’s premiere adventure destination is a playground of thrills. Known as the home of bungee jumping, there’s plenty of adrenaline-junkie activities to throw yourself into; skydiving, canyon swinging, river rafting and skiing to name just a few. But if near-death experiences aren’t your thing, fear not. Day trips to the breathtaking landscapes of Fiordland and Milford Sound offer more relaxed excursions with vineyards to visit en route. Back on the shores of pretty Lake Wanaka, the town is buzzing with friendly locals and a diverse host of bars and restaurants.

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2-nights stay at Copthorne

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Go Bungy Jumping

‎Kawarau Bridge, Queenstown

Te Anau

Te Anau is the perfect base for exploring the surrounding Fiordland National Park. Bordering the eponymous lake, glacier-carved wilds await discovery. Close to cherished beauty spot Milford Sound, head out on the trails and explore deep cliffs, crashing waterfalls and stunning waterways. Kayaking complements this unique landscape, and after a long hike, the town has a good selection of great restaurants and cosy watering holes.

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1-night stay at Distinction Luxmore

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Milford Sound

Milford Sound

Dunedin

Packed with old-world charm and irresistibly vibrant thanks to its student population, Dunedin is both charming and captivating. Surrounded by dramatic hills, spend your days exploring the rugged coastline for a rare glimpse at the resident penguin colony at the Otago Peninsula. Outdoor adventures abound, best followed by an evening checking out Dunedin’s buzzing bar scene and great eateries.

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1-night stay at Scenic

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See the penguins

Otago Peninsula

Omarama

A sleepy stop off, Omarama is framed by a mountainous landscape perfect for long hikes. Sat in a basin, the lower ground is filled with lakes and pools, making for glorious views. This is a glider’s paradise, so if you’re feeling brave, don’t miss the chance to gently soar across this beautiful landscape.

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1-night stay at Heritage Gateway

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Soak under the stars

Omarama, Twizel

Christchurch

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1-night stay at Ibis Hotel

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Spot Hector's dolphins in Akaroa

Akaroa, Banks Peninsula

Picton

This picturesque seaside town is your gateway to the Marlborough Sounds, a sunken valley of jutting hills and mountains that rise above the sea. Sea kayaking, fishing tours, mountain biking and more are great ways to unpick this unique landscape. After a day of adventure, Picton offers a host of restaurants and bars, in a truly charming setting.

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1-night stay at Beachcomber

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Explore the Marlborough Sounds

Marlborough Sounds

Wellington

A big city with a small footprint, Wellington packs a punch in its diverse offerings and vibrant atmosphere. Slung along a pretty crescent bay, this university city mixes a youthful, creative spirit with esteemed museums and galleries, fine-dining scene and harbourside charms. Independent roasteries and microbreweries attract loyal devotees, but to live like a real local, don’t miss the chance to explore Miramar and Lyall Bay. Just outside of the city centre, these areas offer famed local eateries, gorgeous beaches and one tempting laid-back lifestyle.

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1-night stay at Travelodge

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Te Papa Museum of New Zealand

Wellington Waterfront

Rotorua

This charming town is a perfect base for unique cultural encounters and peculiar outdoor experiences. Head for Mitai Maori Village to glimpse war canoes gliding down rivers and bite into traditionally-prepared hangi. Further Maori experiences can be had Te Puia, where geysers rumble and myths and legends abound. Thermal pools and waterfalls, hot springs and technicolour sulphur lakes make for beguiling scenes and unique spa opportunities, for a truly relaxing escape.

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2-nights stay at Ibis Hotel

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Te Puia māori Village‎

Māori culture and geothermal wonders

Auckland

New Zealand's sprawling super-city, Auckland is a true melting pot of cultures. A large Polynesian and Asian population sets the tone for one fantastic dining scene, with delicious fusion restaurants to discover and buzzing foodie markets to explore. The harbourside offers sunset cocktails after boutique shopping in Britomart, with more designer stores in Ponsonby and Parnell ready to empty your coffers. Don’t miss the opportunity to escape the city by ferry, destination Waiheke Island. The journey is short but the experience a total contrast. Beautiful beaches mark an island filled with vineyards and restaurants, making for an unmissable day trip.

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1-night stay at VR Queen Street

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Wine tasting on Waiheke Island

Waiheke Island

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