Dine Around the World At Palmerston North’s Best Eateries
Fill Your Cup With Hamilton's Best Creative Boutiques and Galleries
This is one sure-fire way to soak up the city's artistic energy.
Dial-Up Summer With 10 Of The Best Things To Do In Hamilton
If there’s one way to make our favourite season even better, this is it.
Get to Know the Culinary Curiosities of South Canterbury
While famous for its sheep runs and hardy shepherds, South Canterbury has far more to offer than farming and vast plains. The picturesque landscape of the region is filled with fertile soil and fittingly home to a huge number of innovative producers and makers of consumable goodness.
Taranaki for the Summer
Choose to run, rave or rev around Taranaki this summer.
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
Amberley & Waipara
Excellent coffee, excellent wine, and excellent food abound in North Canterbury's Amberley and Waipara. Add breathtaking views, easy driving, and friendly people to the mix and 12 hours in this region will fly by.
Tāmaki Makaurau: an isthmus dwarfed by two almighty harbours, Manukau to the south and Waitematā to the north. It’s no surprise, Auckland is nicknamed the “City of Sails”, with its abundance of boats (and ocean) seen in every direction. There are many reasons why 1.5 million people call this place home. With a diverse culture, bustling food and drink scene, beaches, and 48 dormant volcanoes to keep things interesting, Auckland is as cosmopolitan as they come. Here’s how to spend the day in the biggest city in Aotearoa.
Dramatic landscapes and enchanting seasons abound in Central Otago. Enjoy a slice of it in 12 hours.
Christchurch is home to top of the line retail, quality eating and drinking establishments, and plenty of activities to nourish body and soul. So whether you’re treating yourself, exploring the rebuilding city, or simply after a fresh take of the city, Christchurch is forever full of surprises.
Dunedin, which is Celtic for Edinburgh, is the fifth largest city in the world in terms of geographical size. Home to the University of Otago, the only breeding colony of Northern Royal Albatross, the steepest street in the world, the only authentic Chinese garden in the Southern Hemisphere, the first public art gallery in the country, and more, ‘Dunners’ is a spectacular city. With friendly people and food and drink that showcases the very best of what the bountiful region has to offer, you'll find yourself wishing you had more time.
Fill your day getting amongst the finest places to eat, drink, and shop in Tairāwhiti Gisborne.
Lovers of sport, great food, and wine make up the population of people who have a palpable sense of loyalty to their city, Hamilton.
If you have an appetite for rich culture and relish sampling local food and wine, Hastings and the Hawke's Bay district are bursting with flavour in all aspects.
A quaint township in Hastings, Havelock North punches well above its weight when it comes to eating, drinking, and shopping. Looking for things to do in Havelock North? We have you covered with this 12-hour guide.
Make the most of your flying visit to Timaru with our 12 hour guide, which will have you sipping the best coffee, nipping into intriguing boutiques and galleries, learning about the ancient practice of Māori rock art and filling up on the best food in town. The locals refer to their petite town as the Riviera of the South, and while it’s all a bit of tongue-in-cheek fun, there is definitely something to this statement. The stunning Caroline Bay and harbour and the easy walking township filled with historical buildings and plenty to pique your interest, make this underdog of the east coast a place well worth visiting. Whether you make Timaru your main destination or stop en-route North or South, make sure you take some time to get to know this gem of a town.
Make the most of your time in Invercargill, one of the southernmost cities in the world. Known for top notch hospitality, cheese rolls and rolling green hills, Invercargill features the very best of Southland cuisine, culture, fashion, design, art and entertainment. You’ll need to use your time wisely to get a sampling of it all.
Think you can't experience a taste of Kaikōura in 12 hours? We can prove you wrong. We’ve gathered a neat package of activities, delicious food, scenic spots, and great entertainment that can all be squeezed within a day trip to this seaside town.
If you've got a day trip to Marlborough planned, we've got you covered with our 12-hour guide. From eating and drinking to shopping and exploring, our guide will make sure you get the best out of your trip.
Experience the unique city centre of Napier, reminiscent of a 1930s movie set with its Art Deco elements, for a day trip. Take a stroll down the streets bursting with fashion, art, and eateries.
The best of art and food collide in coastal New Plymouth. Enjoy world-class art, culture, and cuisine in a seaside setting, with a backdrop of mountain views, all in our 12-hour day trip guide to New Plymouth.
Ōamaru is more than meets the eye. While Steampunk is this Waitaki town’s usual calling card there’s also a host of local food and drink to try, native wildlife to discover, inventive art to enjoy and friendly locals to meet. We've rounded up a day trip guide for when you have 12 hours or less, but we suggest you come back with more time.
Toss any preconceptions you might have, there is A LOT to do in Palmerston North. If you like food, drink, art, shopping, and friendly people, you’ve come to the right place. While you won’t be able to fit all the great places into just one day, this guide will lead you to some of the very best bits. Each spot offers something different, but they all have one thing in common - the owners, proprietors, chefs, artists, curators, shopkeepers, and staff take pride in their work and are excellent ambassadors for Palmerston North.
If you're visiting Porirua for a day trip, we have the best things to see, eat and do in 12 hours in this Wellington suburb.
Casual beachy vibes, good people, good food are what make Raglan what it is. A township with a penchant for zero waste and keeping New Zealand beautiful, follow our guide to make the most of your day trip.
If you haven’t got long in this beautiful geothermal town, then it pays to plan your visit so you know exactly what hot spots to head to first.
When you only have 12 hours somewhere you want to hit the best places first, right? Here’s our guide to the coolest spots in Tauranga.
A place where every house in town seems to have a million-dollar view, you'll find endless activities to fill 12 hours in Wānaka.
Wellington is well-known for its quirky, colourful streets, its love of fashion and events, and its bustling hospitality scene. Here's how to spend 12 hours in the capital city.
A wonderfully quiet place, Whanganui’s charm is in the pretty streets where there’s no rush to find a park or feel frazzled by traffic. There’s no need to drive far here anyway, so join the locals sipping coffee on street corners, and find some of the most acclaimed art in the country at the numerous galleries.
Score The Inside Scoop On New Zealand’s Best Ice Cream And Gelato Spots
CHC Institutions We Love
Still going strong after 10 plus years, and there's a whole multitude of reasons why.
Shop Feel-Good Fits With 11 Sustainable NZ Clothing Brands
This is feel-good clothing in more than one way.
48 hour Guide to Nelson Tasman
Get Your Foodie Fix At Hamilton’s Best Healthy Eateries
Sink a superfood smoothie or smash back a vegan feast as you eat your way around the ‘Tron’s wholesome food scene.
New and Notable
A pint-sized pub has been created in honour of Paddy McNaughton. In the early 1800s, he was shipped halfway around the world for stealing an orange. Paddy would feel right at home here in the 21st-century rendition of an old Irish alehouse, and not just because it’s his namesake.
Mr T's Baked Goods & Eatery
DEVàL’s story is one of family, tragedy and triumph.
La Voute, French for "The Vault" certainly lives up to its name. While the showroom for this vintage furniture and homewares shop may be a little off the beaten path, it only makes the underground space feel even more transportive.
Heading out of the city centre and into the suburbs, you’ll pass by many a corner store, visible from multiple approaches and stocked with essential items.
Tucked away in the elegant corridors of The Tannery, you’ll...
Eliza's Manor is a luxury lodge hidden in the heart of Christchurch. Providing outstanding accommodation and dining from the restaurateurs behind Miro.
The Yellow Door Café
One of the latest additions to Timaru’s café scene, The Yellow Door at the high end of Stafford Street is hard to miss.
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