1. Swim with the smallest dolphins in the world in
the pictureque Akaroa Harbour (the Hector's Dolphins).
2. Spend a day exploring Waiheke Island - it's beautiful beaches and quiet NZ village life.
3. Visit Milford Sounds, whether it be to hike or cruise by boat - it's magical.
4. Enjoy views from the top of Mount John Obsevatory above Lake Tekapo - the snowy peaks of the Southern Alps and Mount Cook.
5. Book on the Christchurch Bike Tour to see and hear about the city's future plans after the devastating earthquake in February 2010.
6. Visit the Punakaiki Pancake Rocks & Blowholes on the West Coast of the South Island.
7. Tour the vines (whether it be in Central Otago, Marlborough or the Hawkes Bay - there are plenty of options to sample some fine New Zealand wine!)
8. Enjoy a spot of lunch and great New Zealand roasted coffee at Bennetts of Mangawhai (far north).
9. Sandboarding at 90-mile beach (far north). If you are planning to make it all the way to Cape Reinga you will not regret it!
10. Jump from a plane in Taupo, with amazing views of the lake and surrounding mountains.
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The Complete History of Christchurch (abridged)
Date: Wednesday 1st - Sunday 19th February
Times: 2pm & 7pm performances
Where: Daffodil Lawn, Botanic Gardens
A light-hearted look at Christchurch – recent history, including the current earthquake situation, as well as right back to the colonists and Ngāi Tahu – all done in under 90 minutes.
The show will be performed by The Outwits, a well-known talented group made up of experienced performers: Greg Cooper, Jared Corbin and Andrew Ford. Mark Hadlow has also performed with The Outwits and has taken time out from his work on The Hobbit to direct this unique and inspiring performance as a way, along with the boys, of giving something back to the people of Christchurch.
For more information visit, http://www.summertimes.co.nz/Events/Com ... church.asp
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Christchurch Bike Tours have been included on page 10 of this new guide.
http://media.lonelyplanet.com/shop/pdfs ... zl16.1.pdf
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In the eyes of the judges, Air New Zealand was the best airline in the world in the past twelve months.
The ATW judges lauded Air New Zealand’s industry-leading innovation and motivation of its staff, which had resulted in exceptional performance across the airline in market position, customer service, fiscal management and operational safety.
They described Air New Zealand as an industry trendsetter in a number of areas including product innovation and social media.
Judges were also impressed with the airline’s environmental initiatives including its commitment to operating a very young and highly fuel efficient fleet.
Air New Zealand Chief Executive Officer Rob Fyfe, who will travel to Singapore next month to collect the award, said today’s announcement came as a huge thrill.
“Winning ATW Airline of the Year in 2010 was in my view one of the greatest accolades that had ever been bestowed on Air New Zealand - in our industry it’s equivalent to winning an Oscar. To pick up the award again this year is simply outstanding.”
For flights into Christchurch you can book with Air New Zealand by visiting, www.airnewzealand.co.nz
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We really enjoyed the christchurch bike tour and Jacky was a great guide. She really tailored her presentations for us as locals and the Australians on board too. I learned quite a bit. At all times we felt safe with her guidance through the dodgier areas where the roading and traffic flow wasn't as smoothe as it once was.
I will recommend this activity to anyone - visitors to Chch and locals. Well done you for keeping the business going through thick and thin...
Ps - I learnt about the tours after reading the Escape artice in The Press. It has also increased my reading of Escape too.
Keep up the great work!
Helen, Barbara and Ken
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