Amy Shields’ South Island
Collected by Amy Shields
1 New Regent St, Christchurch Central, Christchurch 8011, New Zealand
Caffeine Laboratory has all the third-wave coffee shop trappings (locally roasted beans, passion fruit doughnuts). But there are splashes of New Zealand too: the long black (double espresso with hot water) and a sandwich made with bubble and...
Truman Track, Paparoa National Park 7871, New Zealand
At the end of this 15 minute trail through native bush is a spectacular beach with a water carved limestone wall and waterfall. The hike is just 3km north of the Punakaiki Visitor Centre near the famous Punakaiki Pancake Rocks. Be sure to check...
Lake Matheson, West Coast 7886, New Zealand
Lake Matheson is a magical little spot near Fox Glacier. It's a great place to take a walk at sunset, before enjoying dinner and some local wine at the Matheson Cafe. On a clear day, the reflection in the lake proudly displays all the reasons to...
Fox Glacier 7886, New Zealand
A drive down the West Coast of the South Island of New Zealand wouldn't be complete with a stop at Fox Glacier. It's just a short 10 minute walk with potentially a river crossing or two out to the closest point you can go without a guide. One of...
Lake Mapourika, West Coast 7886, New Zealand
While Franz Josef Glacier is impressive and definitely warrants being explored on its own or from the skies, nearby sits the magnificent Lake Mapourika. In the morning it sits so still, its reflection is like a mirror of the towering glaciers and...
6 Aranui Rd, Best Island, Mapua 7005, New Zealand
If your fish & chips aren't wrapped in paper, don't even bother. The Smokehouse Cafe serves up a heap of fish & chips, some of the best I've ever had. Swing by the small town of Mapua on a Saturday and enjoy a day of dining by the sea. The...
Botanical Hill, Nelson 7010, New Zealand
In Nelson, a town known for its mellow beach culture and perfect proximity to the Abel Tasman National Park, there’s one find that’s hiding just a wee bit inland. Within their Botanical Gardens (where one of the first rugby games was played in New...