Bottoms Up ... 9 of the Best South Island Pubs

A wooden bar with green downlights where there are 4 beers on tap.
Pack up the car, gather a group of mates and most importantly designate a sober driver… it’s time to embark on a tour of the South Island.

A Beginner’s Guide to the Southern Alps (for the Non-Outdoorsy Types)

Looking towards the snow covered mountains of the New Zealand southern alps on a sunny day.
The Southern Alps are celebrated around the world for their beauty. With incredible walks, tramps, skiing and outdoor adventures abound, it can feel like an adventurer’s paradise. However, if you prefer to enjoy the views in comfort, the Southern Alps still have plenty to offer. 

A Foodie's Guide to Queenstown and Wānaka

Close up of Cheese Burger and Fries

It’s easy to mention the great outdoors when talking about Queenstown and Wānaka, but what about the incredible food scene? All that adventuring requires some serious fuel and these two Lakes District towns do not disappoint.

11 Craft Beer Destinations To Add To Your South Island Getaway

A staff member pulling a pint of craft beer behind the counter at B.Effect in Wanaka.

Few things top the feeling of sampling a local craft beer while on holiday. Lucky for you, the South Island is brimming with places to get your small-batch fix.

New Zealand’s Top Bakeries to Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth

Worker behind cabinet serving almond croissant onto plate using tongs.

Carb lovers rejoice, we’ve scoured the country for the best baked goods establishments aka bakeries! No sourdough loaf, flaky almond croissant or pillowy brioche doughnut has been left unturned in this quest.

Follow the Crumbs ... 9 NZ Pâtisseries Worth Knowing

Pembroke Patisserie's cabinet filled with yummy treats
Walking into a pâtisserie is an experience that can overwhelm your senses - in the best way possible.

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.

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.

Forget the Chocolate Eggs, Let’s Hunt For The Best Hot Cross Buns

A big tray of hot cross buns from Volare, Hamilton.

It’s that time of year; hot cross bun season and we’re all about it.

An Ode to Long, Lingering Lunches Across New Zealand

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

Is there anything more satisfying than a lingering long lunch?

Written in the Green Grocer stars.

Close up of Jesse Herbert standing inside Freshlink Grocer.

Jesse Herbert knew from age 18 that he would become a Green Grocer – no question. Fast forward to now, he is the proud owner of Freshlink Grocer and co-owner of Dripping Bowl food trailer – two Wānaka institutions bursting full of heart and bringing the good food to the people. We caught up with Jesse to hear about his journey…

Tour Your Tastebuds Around Wānaka's Flourishing Food and Drink Scene

Someone holding tray of freshly baked pastries.
Wānaka is full of local food and drink entrepreneurs ready to bring you the region’s bounty.

Score The Inside Scoop On New Zealand’s Best Ice Cream And Gelato Spots

Two ice creams in holder at Utopia Ice, Christchurch.
Because ice cream is categorically the best thing about summer.

Load up Your Tote Bag at Wānaka's Best Independent Boutiques

Interior view of The Workroom, Wānaka.

Immerse yourself in Wānaka's creative shopping scene.

9 Best Independent New Zealand Florists to Celebrate Spring

Close up of a bouquet.

Are you ready for a fresh bunch of blooms as we head into Spring? Here's where to go for your floral fix.

How To Spend a Snowy Weekend in Wānaka

Tree in the Lake Wānaka with snowy mountains in the background. Photograph by Casey Horner.

Wānaka's winter appeal doesn’t stop on the hill. The Otago town offers more than meets the eye.

Shhh, We've Discovered New Zealand’s Best Hidden Laneways

David Bowie mural on Hannah's Laneway in Wellington.

Go beyond the guidebooks and explore our favourite secret laneways. You won't regret it.

Beyond the Eggs Bene, Here's Where to Get Your Brunch Fix in Wānaka

Barista making coffee at Wee Tart.
With plenty of beautiful fit-outs, premium roasted coffee and health-and earth-conscious brunch places, you’re sure to find the one that suits you.

Sip Your Way Through Our Guide To Kiwi-Made Spirits

Cardrona Distillery looking out to the mountains.

From specialty gin to artisan whiskey, amp up your next cocktail party with our curated selection of homegrown spirits.

Master Thoughtful Gifting with Our Wānaka Holiday Shopping Guide

Man looking at shirts at 47 Frocks.

Wānaka is so much more than a tree in a lake, and whether you’re a local or stopping by on your roadie this summer you’ll be spoiled by the options for activities and gift giving this holiday season.

A Conversation with Jayden Klinac of For The Better Good

Jayden Kilnac looking to camera outside a glass house.
Meet Jayden Klinac, the face behind For The Better Good, a New Zealand company producing non-toxic, compostable beverage bottles made from plants, not oil.

Impress Your Tastebuds with Wānaka's 7 Most Delicious Dishes

Food on plates at Kika in Wanaka.

It’s important to get a taste of whatever town you’re visiting, and the best way to do that is to simply get out and about and sit yourself down at some of the neatest restaurants in town.

Distilling Dreams Into Reality

Desiree and Ash outside Cardrona Distillery.
A chance meeting and a set of two dreams combined led Desiree and Ash to the creation of Cardrona Distillery. The first of its kind in the area, the copious amounts of work the duo have put in is starting to pay off in a very big way.

The Workroom Caravan

Anna Begg of the Workroom Caravan with two other women.
If you have a wedding, hen-do, birthday party, or any other kind of outdoor celebration planned in Wānaka, contact Anna Begg to hire The Caravan, a mobile bar complete with vintage design and smiley staff.

12 Hours Wānaka

People sitting outside Kai Whakapai.
The neatest things to see, eat, and do.

Back Blocks

The Back Blocks of Wānaka.
You’d be silly to think all the beauty in Wānaka resides on the lakefront, take a short jaunt out of town to discover Back Blocks. Some of the best in the business lie beyond the lake, featuring brew bars, preserved fruits, and French restaurants. Nicknamed the ‘Back Blocks’ of Wānaka, this neighbourhood is home to a faultlessly friendly bunch of brewers, growers, and foodies. The quiet and pristine area is favoured by locals when the township gets busy over the holiday period, and visitors will revel in the spaciousness of it all. When you're finished gaping at mountain views, pull up a chair and dine at some of the best eateries in town where the service is immaculate and the wine is grown in the backyard.

The Beer Man - B.Effect

A photo of James Hay.
It’s not uncommon for James Hay to look around a restaurant and see who’s drinking beer. That’s because as the sole owner/operator of B’Effect brewing company, it’s important to know what’s filling the glasses of local drinkers.

Good Bread Takes Time

A photo of Ruth Heath.
Taking the humble sandwich to a whole new level, Ruth and partner Jeremy have taken things (quite literally) into their own hands when it comes to supplying real loaves with real nutritional value.