The scenic drive from Christchurch to Akaroa, New Zealand
18 Aug 2020

The Scenic Drive from Christchurch to Akaroa

One of the best day trips from Christchurch involves a scenic drive through Banks Peninsula to Akaroa, an old town with a strong French influence. I won’t be talking much about Akaroa here (I’ve written heaps about it already) – the drive there requires a post of its own! Keep

13 Aug 2020

15 of the Best Things to Do in Akaroa

If you’re looking for a compact tourist town full of historic sights, awesome short walks and waters teeming with dolphins, you’ll want to add Akaroa to your New Zealand itinerary. Akaroa is most famous for its French influence, but there are heaps of other fun things to do in Akaroa.

Akaroa Dolphins cruise, Banks Peninsula, New Zealand
09 Aug 2020

A Dolphin Spotting Cruise with Akaroa Dolphins

One of the main reasons to visit Akaroa is the chance to get face to face (from the comfort of a boat) with tiny hectors dolphins. We were lucky to see around a dozen of the cute little creatures on our voyage, as well as some great scenery and even

02 Aug 2020

19 of the Best Things to Do in Christchurch: Beaches, Walks and the City Centre

A visit to Christchurch will likely never be the most memorable part of your trip to New Zealand. You’ll almost definitely end up there at some point on your travels around the South Island though, and there are plenty of fun things to do in Christchurch including some nice beaches,

Avon River, Christchurch, New Zealand
28 Jul 2020

Walking by the Avon River, Christchurch

One of the best things to do in Christchurch is free and easy to do – a walk by the Avon River! The Avon River winds its way through the heart of Christchurch and there is heaps to see along the way, including the Antigua Boat Sheds, the Christchurch Botanic

Little High Eatery
20 Jul 2020

Little High Eatery: A Cool Place to Eat in Christchurch

If you’re planning a trip to New Zealand’s South Island, chances are you won’t be spending that much time in the big cities (well, big cities for NZ, they’re still pretty small). You will pass through places like Christchurch, Dunedin (which is actually really great) and Nelson though, which gives

13 Jul 2020

The Southern Alps: Where Are the Best Views of New Zealand Mountains?

The Southern Alps, a mountain range which runs down most of the length of New Zealand’s South Island, is the place to go if you want to see stunning views of New Zealand mountains. They’re often reflected in calm lakes and there are countless hikes, viewpoints and scenic roads where

09 Jul 2020

Walking the Historic Streets of Akaroa

There are plenty of cute small towns on New Zealand’s South Island, but Akaroa stands out from the crowd by being the only one with a big French influence. Akaroa was founded by French settlers in 1840 and although it wasn’t “French” for very long, it still retains a certain

06 Jul 2020

Governors Bay and Diamond Harbour, Christchurch

If you’re looking for a fun, easy and very scenic day out from Christchurch I highly recommend the drive out to Governors Bay and Diamond Harbour. These two places, and some spots in between, are ideal for pretty much anyone and it makes for a far easier alternative to driving

02 Jul 2020

Carew Falls and Lake Brunner, West Coast

Carew Falls, close to Lake Brunner on the West Coast of New Zealand’s South Island, is pretty off the beaten path. It’s a slight detour from wherever you’re probably heading, but that’s part of the charm. It’s one of the best waterfalls on the West Coast and the drive around