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10 reasons to love Lake Tekapo

You may have heard of it, but how well do you really know Lake Tekapo? - More

Craft Beer In NZ

Independent brewers around the country are creating an astonishing array of flavoursome craft beers - here's a guide to garden bars and other great spots to drink a unique beer. Cheers. - More

First Time Family Ski Holidays

Want to make your family holiday instantly exciting? Just add snow! If you're taking your tribe to the mountains for the first time, run your eye over our hints to get the most out of your time on the slopes. - More

Golf Courses around New Zealand

From world-famous, championship courses to quirky nine-holers, here's our pick of golf courses to head to on holiday. - More

The fish are still biting!

Bookabach spoke to legendary fisherman Captain Bucko in the Bay of Islands about fishing in NZ through the colder months. - More

Children’s Attractions Around NZ

Childhood memories of good times at the bach can last forever. With a bit of planning your family holiday can be just as memorable. - More

Christchurch City

An historic garden city built on the river Avon - and now undergoing something of a post-quake Renaissance. We suggest mixing a little of the old with the new. - More

Mt Cook

Australasia's highest mountain - More

Lake Tekapo

A turquoise-coloured lake below star-studded night skies - More


NZ's only French settlement, on the gorgeous Akaroa Harbour, home of the Hector's dolphin. Surround yourself with history, colonial architecture, delightful gardens, gourmet dining and more. - More


Wildlife encounters galore, from swimming with dolphins to whale watching - More

Hanmer Springs

A tranquil alpine village, ski area and thermal resort - More

High altitude holidays

The skifields open early in June. Are you ready? - More

Snow guide: Canterbury

This is the country's most diverse ski region, guaranteeing a huge variety of terrain. - More

Explore NZ by bike

22 great trails currently make up Nga Haerenga, the New Zealand Cycle Trail, a national project to build a network of world class rides. Here's our list of excellent tracks and mountain biking destinations in Godzone. - More

Great New Zealand train rides

Take in the sights by rail! Trains are a green alternative to travelling by car, and give a glimpse into the country's history, and backcountry scenery. - More