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7 South Island Road Trips to Add to Your Bucket List

View of Milford Sound in South Island, New Zealand.
Fill up the tank; a South Island road trip adventure awaits.

Nathan Ingram from Fiksate shares his guide to Ōtautahi

Nathan and Jen Ingram standing in front of an artwork in their gallery, Fiksate.
Christchurch & Canterbury
Christchurch gallery owners, Nathan and Jen Ingram, have invigorated the urban art scene with their stylish gallery space, Fiksate. We caught up with Nathan who told us how the couple like to spend time in Ōtautahi with their son, Frank. It's a mix of their favourite places to eat, drink and relax in the city as well an unexpected art discovery.  

Eat Your Way to Wellness in Christchurch

Interior view of Barefoot Eatery with people dining amongst the green plants.
Christchurch & Canterbury
First things first, we are not your guru and neither is Tony (iykyk). However, what we do promote is partaking in daily practices that encourage a sense of thriving.  Wellness gets bandied around a lot these days. It's open to a plethora of interpretations and frankly, it can be exhausting keeping up. We’ve tried to keep our Wellness Series simple by breaking it down into bite-size sections and highlighting a bunch of places we like to search out in Christchurch when the cup needs filling up. Namaste folks.    

Celebrating A Decade of Six Barrel Soda Co.

Joe Slatter holding two gold ballons with the numbers 1-0.
On 2nd May, Six Barrel Soda Co. will celebrate 10 years. We chatted to Joe Slater, Co-Founder and Managing Director, about how he feels to be celebrating a decade making these utterly delicious drinks.

Seven Vegetarian Spots to Travel for this Meat Free May

Waiter holding two vegan dishes at Hillside Kitchen in Wellington.

Challenge yourself and go Meat Free this May. The planet, the animals and your body will thank you for it.

We celebrate the neat restaurants, cafes, shops, and galleries around New Zealand. Whether you're a local or visiting you'll find something on Neat Places to tickle your fancy.

12 Hour City Itineraries


8 Café and Restaurant Interiors that will set your heart aflutter in Ōtautahi

Interior view of gin gin feature green and pink contrast archway.
Forget Pinterest, head to these Christchurch spots for major mood board inspo.

Yeshe Dawa's Auckland

Yeshe in her kitchen stirring dough.

I’m the owner of The Midnight Baker, a gluten-free bakery in Maungawhau (Mt Eden). I’ve lived in Tāmaki Makaurau for 10 years now. I love food and engaging with where it comes from and how it’s grown.

Christina van Bohemen's Auckland

Christina smiling to camera.

I am an architect living in central Auckland. I moved to Auckland in 1996 and have witnessed huge changes in the city’s urban built character that make it a more complementary fit with our beautiful natural environment.

Miriama Grace Smith's Wellington

Miriama looking to camera.

I am a Māori artist based in Wellington. I dabble in a few different areas within the creative arts, as a curator, muralist, illustrator, fashion designer and film art and wardrobe director.

Tick Off Your Reading List At New Zealand’s Independent Bookshops

Bookcase jam packed with books at The Last Chapter, Wānaka.

Support local and score a good read? You don't have to tell us twice.

New and Notable

Mt Fyffe Distillery

Mt Fyffe Distillery exterior in Kaikōura.
Place Kaikōura

On the foothills of Mt Fyffe, Kaikōura, you’ll stumble across one of New Zealand’s smallest nano gin distilleries, Mt Fyffe Distillery.

The Store Kekerengu

Staircase leading up to the entry of The Store Kekerengu, Kaikōura.
Place Kaikōura
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A top stop spot on the drive from Kaikōura to Marlborough, The Store Kekerengu provides some of the best cafe scenery and incomparable sea views.


Exterior of Belén, Wellington.
Place Wellington
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The vision for Wellington bakery Belén was simple: to prove there are no limits to what can be created with plants.

Bonobo Café

Man holding burger and chips at Bonobo, Christchurch.
Place Christchurch & Canterbury
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Bonobo: a benevolent primate, a trip-hop artist and more recently a plant-based cuisine destination in the seaside suburb of Sumner.


Exterior view of Pilgrim in Christchurch.
Place Christchurch & Canterbury
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A tenacious stand alone espresso bar and café, Pilgrim has become a central city favourite amongst its regulars and central city workers that come and go for the...

The Old Vicarage

Exterior of The Old Vicarage, Christchurch.
Place Christchurch & Canterbury
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The Old Vicarage is exactly that, the former home of the Vicars from St Mary’s Church in Halswell.

General Post

Interior view of shop General Post, Christchurch.
Place Christchurch & Canterbury
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You’ll find a few golden nuggets interspersed around Tai Tapu, and General Post is one of them.


Sandwich on a wooden bench top at Fred's, Wellington.
Place Wellington
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Wellington loves a little food bar and a small but punchy Cuba Street shop simply named Fred's might just be the hottest place in town to grab a sandwich.

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