12 Hours in Timaru

Mural painted on side of building in Timaru.
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.

5 Neat Mackenzie Activities and Where to Treat Yourself Afterwards

Aoraki Mt Cook on a sunny day.
South Canterbury

The scenic Mackenzie Region is filled with a multitude of activities and experiences. The stunning landscapes of vast plains, snow covered mountaintops and glimmering turquoise lakes create a picture perfect backdrop to these outdoor activities; all which are complemented by the region's ever growing quality hospitality offerings.

A Beginner’s Guide to Matariki Stargazing: Where To Look for Whetū in Aotearoa

An image of night sky filled with stars at Dark Sky Project.

Matariki marks the arrival of a treasured cluster of whetū (stars) in the winter sky.

Best Off-The-Beaten-Path Honeymoon Destinations In New Zealand

Skyscape accommodation in Twizel.

Kick-start your marriage with five-star memories.

Get to Know the Culinary Curiosities of South Canterbury

Gin being poured into a shot glass at Humdinger Gin Distillery.
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.

Get to Know the Town of ... Fairlie

A sculpture of a man and his dog.
Perhaps the cutest little town in the Mackenzie District, Fairlie is that perfect stop-over spot on your journey through South Canterbury, as well as a destination in its own right. Surrounded by rolling hills and snow-capped mountains, there’s a fairy tale sense in the air of Fairlie.

Get to Know the Town of ... Geraldine

A streetscape in Geraldine.
South Canterbury

World-renowned as the hometown of Barker’s, makers of jam, preserves, chutneys, sauces and more, Geraldine is a name familiar to many. A picture perfect country town, sitting prettily in the heart of South Canterbury on the banks of the trickling Waihi River. Huge, exotic trees line the surrounding town area, as do the lush, green foothills of the Southern Alps.

Get to Know the Town of ... Timaru

An old building in Timaru on a sunny day.
South Canterbury

The Riviera of the South, Timaru, is a South Canterbury east coast town well worth getting to know. The second largest city of the region, Timaru has so much to offer visitors that it’s pure madness not to have it on your must-visit-list.

Get to Know the Town of ... Twizel

The Twizel shops on an overcast day.
South Canterbury

Purpose built in the 1960s to house workers involved in the Upper Waitaki Power Scheme, these days Twizel is a hub for all things outdoors. Located oh-so-close to Aoraki / Mt Cook National park and the Mackenzie basin, this hydro-town is the perfect base for a variety of experiences.

Ode to Long Lunches

People having a long lunch at Tussock Hill Vineyard, Christchurch.

Is there anything more satisfying than a lingering long lunch?

Recline and unwind: NZ's independent cinema experiences

The pink and black exterior of The Mayfair in Kaikoura.
Picture this, it’s Friday night, you’re settling into your favourite reclining lounger, a glass of wine in hand and the opening credits are beginning on the screen in front of you. Sure this situation could be in your living room at home but why not amp up the cosiness vibes and treat yourself to a trip to your local independent cinema.

The Road to MacKenzie Region: A Guide to Geraldine and Fairlie

The hills around Fairlie, New Zealand.

Who doesn’t love a good old-fashioned day trip?

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.

We've Done the Hard Yards to Bring You the Best Boutiques and Galleries of South Canterbury

Interior view of Dead2b.
South Canterbury

The finest galleries and boutiques dotted around South Canterbury.