Places in South Island
Welcome to a vibrant city in transition, coping creatively with the aftermath of NZ’s second-worst natural disaster. Traditionally the most English of NZ cities, Christchurch's heritage heart was all but hollowed out following the 2010 and 2011 earthquakes that left 186 people dead.
The West Coast
Hemmed in by the wild Tasman Sea and the Southern Alps, the West Coast is like nowhere else in New Zealand. The far extremities of the coast have a remote, end-of-the-road feel, from sleepy Karamea surrounded by farms butting up against Kahurangi National Park, to the southern end of State Hwy 6, gateway to New Zealand's World Heritage areas.
Tours and activities
Tips and articles
Bottoms up: New Zealand's top 10 country pubs
With a shed load of rural settlements and a penchant for a cold pint, it’s no wonder New Zealand does a great line in country pubs. Here’s a thirst-quenching selection of pretty spots to imbibe the amber nectar...
New Zealand’s Middle Earth: behind the scenes of The Hobbit
A land of snow-capped peaks, primeval forests and glacier-carved river valleys, New Zealand seemed destined to play a starring role in Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings films...
Queenstown in New Zealand is renowned internationally as an adventure tourism hotspot, but there are also less adrenaline-fuelled activities to be enjoyed amid beautiful Central Otago scenery...
Christchurch revival: why New Zealand's comeback city is a must-see for 2013
What a difference a year makes. Late last year, Lonely Planet was on the ground in Christchurch uncovering new restaurants, cafes, bars and attractions in the quake-damaged city...