Guides

Whether you're here for a flying visit or planning on setting up camp for a while, we’ve put all the neat spots you need to see New Zealand in one easy place so you can spend less time wandering the streets and more time eating, drinking, shopping and exploring at the neatest in town.

Guides

12 Hours Palmerston North

People sitting at high tops in a brick brewery building.

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.

A Road Trip Guide to Akaroa

Looking out towards the water.

Akaroa is simply picture-postcard. The harbour town is perched on one of the dozens of inlets on Banks Peninsula. Found just an hour and twenty minutes drive from Christchurch, Akaroa has fast become a popular and charming location to visit in the region. As Aotearoa’s only French settlement, the town exudes a certain je ne sai quois with colourful history, great food, quaint accommodation, and stunning scenery. No surprise really that the rare Hector dolphin decided to call this place home too.

12 hours Auckland

People walking outside St Kevin's Arcade in Auckland.

Tāmaki Makaurau: Auckland is an isthmus dwarfed by two almighty harbours, Manukau to the south and Waitematā to the north. It’s no surprise, that Auckland is nicknamed the “City of Sails”, with its abundance of boats (and ocean) that can be seen in every direction. Boats aside, there are many reasons why 1.5 million people call this place home. With a diverse culture, a 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.

48 hour Guide to Nelson Tasman

Art mural inside Bloom, Moetueka, Tasman.

Known as a hub for creatives and growers, an enviable number of sunshine days per annum, and glorious beaches and national parks to explore, Nelson Tasman is a favourite holiday destination for many. But if you don’t have more than a couple of days up your sleeve, it’s still possible to cram in many of the best experiences the region has to offer. A visit of any length to the sunshine capital of Aotearoa will leave you feeling recharged. With our guide at hand, you’ll be able to relax while ticking off some of the highlights around town.

Your Christchurch Foodie Guide - Home Edition

Pantry items for sale at Akaroa Butchery.

Whether you’re looking to treat your friends to a bountiful dinner party or yourself to something sweet, Christchurch can fill all your foodie desires. With incredible farmland surrounding the city and local makers, bakers, and tasters, there’s plenty to find around here. While there’s a good night out to be had in Christchurch, we’re quite fond of filling our pantries and hampers with local goodies, enjoying some delicious food at home. 

A Day Guide to Dunedin Arts and Architecture

Buildings in the Warehouse Precinct in Dunedin.

Dunedin is a city rich in history and culture. It’s a place where creativity is abundant and old and new are celebrated - with both impressive and iconic architectural designs, and quirky modern gems dotted throughout the town.

12 Hours Dunedin

The Dunedin Railway Station.

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. 

Guide to Auckland Cafés and How to Brunch Best

Guests dining inside Bestie Cafe in Auckland.

As one of the best places in the world to enjoy coffee and breakfast, Sunday brunch is practically a religion for Aucklanders. There’s a great café in every neighbourhood, so brunch is a great way to explore the lengths of the city. We scoured the city for the best places to grab a late morning or early afternoon bite, no matter where you’re looking to go. While some stick with the classics and some mix it up, they all do a great cuppa and a lovely atmosphere.