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Troup Drive, Addington, Christchurch 8011, New Zealand

Between the rugged coastline of the Banks Peninsula and the snowcapped peaks of the Southern Alps, the Canterbury Plains, formed by mountain rivers, make up one of New Zealand's most fertile regions. The aerial view of the patchwork of green farms...

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76-100 Cashel St, Christchurch Central, Christchurch 8011, New Zealand
Like the Cardboard Cathedral, the Re:START shopping mall has become a symbol of Christchurch's rebirth following the 2011 earthquake. Made up of dozens of shipping containers, the mall features retailers that sell goods ranging from books to New...
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61 Beach Rd, Akaroa 7520, New Zealand
Go beyond whale-watching and snorkeling and get in the water with wild dolphins in their natural habitat. Akaroa is the only place you can see and swim with a Hector's dolphin, a member of the smallest and rarest species of the marine mammal....
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38 Orchard Rd, Christchurch Airport, Christchurch 8052, New Zealand
Ever dreamed of an expedition to Antarctica? Come close during your trip to New Zealand: The Christchurch region served as the base for British explorer Robert Falcon Scott's voyages to the South Pole in the early 20th century, and it currently...
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276 Paua Bay Rd, Akaroa 7583, New Zealand
Get a sheep's-eye view of the Banks Peninsula when you visit a hill country farm. Learn about the history of sheep farming in New Zealand and about life on a modern farm. You can also watch a sheep-shearing demonstration and see bossy sheepdogs in...
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68 Rue Balguerie, Akaroa 7520, New Zealand
Step inside the creative and whimsical world of artist Josie Martin, whose home and garden are open to the public as well as to B&B guests. The grand house dates back to 1880 and is embellished with the artist's colorful surprises inside and out,...
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1146 Okains Bay Rd, Okains Bay 7583, New Zealand
Learn about the history of early New Zealand settlers, both Maori and European, at this museum set in a collection of varied colonial buildings. Exhibits include 19th-century flutes, firearms dating back to 1620 and an extensive collection of waka...
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71 Rue Lavaud, Akaroa 7520, New Zealand
Akaroa is distinct in New Zealand for having a strong French influence in addition to the more usual British one. Discover why at the Akaroa Museum, set in the charming Langlois-Eteveneaux Cottage. Built in the 1840s, it is one of the oldest...
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French Farm 7582, New Zealand
Take New Zealand's stellar wine grapes and add a soupçon of French flair, and the resulting wine is practically guaranteed to be delicious. French Peak Wines are produced just outside Akaroa, where the original French settlers first planted their...
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Less than an hour from Christchurch, the spectacle of the Waimakariri River Gorge awaits. The icy river flows from the Southern Alps, making for pristine water and scenic mountain views. Opt for a jetboat ride, or if you prefer to stay dry, a...
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Akaroa's landmark lighthouse was moved to its present location in 1980, but was erected a hundred years earlier at Akaroa Heads (which is now served by an automated light). Nearby, the Garden of Tane is worth a few minutes or a few hours spent...
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5207 Christchurch Akaroa Rd, Little River 7591, Canterbury 7591, New Zealand
Hilltop Tavern, on the Banks Peninsula between Akaroa and Christchurch, has stunning views and friendly neighbor goats vying to share your meal. The menu, mostly pub favorites plus gourmet wood-fired pizza, also emphasizes local fish. The tavern...
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40E Rue Lavaud, Akaroa 7520, New Zealand
For the best steaming cup of café in French Akaroa, head to the Peninsula General Store. The Peninsula is the place to shop for locally made, organic and specialty foods, including gluten-free items. They also bake fresh European-style breads for...
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71 Beach Rd, Akaroa 7520, New Zealand
One of Akaroa's best spots for high-quality seasonal food and stellar harbor views, the Trading Rooms is upscale without being stuffy or pretentious. The menu skews to French and European bistro classics, with local ingredients such as Canterbury...
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41 Rue Lavaud, Akaroa 7520, New Zealand
With its French influence, heritage architecture and seaside location, Akaroa has many charms, but the crowds of summer visitors aren't among them. Escape into the Brasserie's garden for coffee, dessert or a full meal. The menu is full of bistro...
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5807 Christchurch Akaroa Rd, Duvauchelle 7582, New Zealand
Barrys Bay has been making cheese by hand since 1895, and while the current factory is from the 1950s, not much else has changed since the original cheddars were produced. Cheese making season runs from about October to May, as the milk used comes...
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6 Church St, Akaroa 7520, New Zealand
Fire & Ice sells a wide variety of gemstones, crystals and pearls in unique settings, as well as their own blends of essential oils, making a visit to the store a pleasant sensory experience. The tempting array of jewelry is bound to contain a...
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7 Church St, Akaroa 7520, New Zealand
New Zealanders know that merino wool is one of the best fabrics for its softness, durability, versatility and easy care, and this Akaroa shop has more choices of merino clothing and accessories than you can shake a sheep at. Wrap yourself in New...
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57 Beach Rd, Akaroa 7542, New Zealand
There's nothing between the terrace at Bully Hayes and views of glorious Akaroa Harbour except for a few picturesque trees that frame the panorama. If you can tear your eyes away from that, pay attention to the menu: The robust breakfast options...