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NZ Herald, 5 Jan, 2021

Go NZ: Five regions with the best swimming holes for summer

Looking to cool off this summer? Escape the city, and the crowds for the beaches and lakes of the Hurunui region.

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Lorna Thornber, Stuff Jan 13 2021

Under-the-radar small towns and remote tracks - some of your favourite summer holiday finds

Hanmer Springs, Mt Lyford and the wineries of the Waipara Valley pull in most of the tourists in the area, leaving those in wee Waiau to enjoy their holidays in peace. It’s so far off most visitors’ radar that even the local motor camp asks why you should bother sticking around – its slogan: “Why not Waiau?”.

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NZ Herald, 12 Jan 2021

Ask the experts: Regional tourism's rising stars

Tim Loughnan, owner of Energy Jet explains what his favourite thing to see, do, or visit in Hurunui?

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Sarah Bennett, NZ Herald 27 Dec, 2020

20 classic Kiwi campsites to stay this summer

It's time to look ahead to the summer camping adventure so here are just some of the prime places, writes Sarah Bennett
New Zealand's campgrounds will have an extra special vibe this summer, as we load up the chilly bins, bikes and kayaks, head to the beach or bush, and settle in for some R 'n' R after the challenging year we've all had. The fact that we can camp up as usual with our fellow Kiwis is bordering on a miracle, of course.

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Jennifer Parkes from Backyard Travel Family, Stuff, 7 Jan 2021

Eight South Island walks to take the kids on

What better way to explore everything that the South Island has to offer, than to take a walk in some of New Zealand's most beautiful landscapes?

Have you checked out the Forest Amble Walk in Hanmer Springs?

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Brook Sabin, Stuff 20 Dec 2020

Country calendar: The 50 best outdoor adventures to try this summer

The borders are closed and we have the country to ourselves, but where should we go?

Brook Sabin took a 100-day road trip around Aotearoa in a Hyundai Kona EV. Along the way he mapped out 50 of the best adventures to experience over the summer months.

Hanmer Springs was a favourite, particularly Conical Thrill.

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Stuff, 8 Nov 2020

Explore a different side of Canterbury, Kaikoura and Hurunui

Some of New Zealand's most incredible sights and experiences are hidden throughout Canterbury. There's Kaikōura, where mountains drop straight into a wild ocean, bursting with marine life. Further south, discover relaxation and luxury with wineries in North Canterbury. Keep going and you'll reach Ōtautahi Christchurch, known for its culture, delicious cuisine and riverside attractions.

Intrigued yet? See the best of this southern gem with our guide to exploring Canterbury by air, foot, water or wheels.

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Emma Dangerfield

Raise a glass to North Canterbury's wine region

North Canterbury vineyards The Crater Rim, Mount Brown Estates and Waiata have won five gold medals between them at this year’s New World Wine Awards, including two for 2019 pinot noir.

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Serving Through The Grapevine with 27Seconds

Latitude Magazine ISSUE 73 Oct-Nov 2020

Subtle, young and sweet; an apt description of the 27seconds wine label and the spirit behind it. Since 2017, Alanna and Pete Chapman have been cultivating a quality range of wine for the Canterbury community, with 100 per cent of the profits from their toils going to a global cause.

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Mike Yardley spend a couple of days exploring our amazing backyard

Holiday in the Heartland

Mike Yardley, Publish Date Sat, 19 Sep 2020, 11:05AM

Nestled between Kaikoura and North Canterbury, the Hurunui District embodies the very best attributes of the New Zealand heartland. It’s a region loaded with unexpected scenic surprises, lip-smacking food and beverage and distinctive outdoorsy adventure. From Christchurch, I pointed the car north to the wine region of Waipara, which doubles as the southern entrance into the Hurunui. Just 50 minutes drive from the Garden City, treat yourself to some salubrious vine time, sampling the boutique wine region’s produce and art. Just before the turnoff from SH1 onto SH7, a bountiful pocket of Waipara goodness parades along George’s Road, on the south bank of the Waipara River.

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Newstalk ZB resident traveler Mike Yardley has been checking out heartland Hurunui

Heartland Hurunui

Newstalk ZB, Publish Date Sat, 19 Sep 2020, 11:50AM

Take a listen and learn more about his trip to the Hurunui District.

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Cheviot farmer Vince Daly reveals his favourite North Canterbury spots to visit - Gore Bay, the Hurunui River mouth and Manuka Bay.

Favourite places: Gore Bay

Otago Daily Times, 8 Sep 2020

What I love most about Gore Bay is it is like stepping back in time to the 1970s and ’80s. It is untouched, with no commercial buildings, and is a small community with plenty to offer visitors.

You can get back to nature, and enjoy swimming and fishing at a safe beach sheltered by the surrounding hills. It has two good camping grounds, traditional baches and a few permanent homes and is in easy distance to other good fishing spots. It is close to Cheviot for supplies, walkways and cycle trails.

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31 July 2020

Often touted as the South Island’s best-kept secret, the Hurunui District boasts more than you could ever imagine possible – and it’s all on our doorstep. Whether it’s a day trip or an extended excursion, you can enjoy all the region has to offer at your very own pace.

Home to some of the most diverse land formations in New Zealand, the region is naturally a stand-out for local wine. ‘The coolest little wine region in the country’ has highly varied and interesting soil types, which have offered up concentrated and expressive wines. Hurunui is known for its Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Riesling. The 90 vineyards in the area are mostly independently owned by local families.

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Wine, wellness & whales: Discovering Hurunui, Kaikōura and Ōtautahi Christchurch

Stuff 19 Jul 2020

There's a place in the South Island that draws nature lovers, wellness warriors, shopaholics and adventure seekers alike to its doorstep. A place where shopping, nightlife and award-winning wineries coexist with thriving artistic communities, magical wildlife and indulgent thermal pools.

There's something for everyone all year round in Ōtautahi Christchurch and surrounds. Here's our guide on how to make the most of your stay in the South Island's base camp for exploration The Garden City, Kaikōura and Hurunui.

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Purepods, Canterbury: Escape to an adults-only star pod

Stuff, 22 May 2020

This year has been full-on - to put it mildly. It's only May, but feels like November.

Many of us are likely in need of an off-grid escape; a place to turn off the phone and be entirely in the moment. And I have the perfect solution.

How about an adults-only luxury glass box, under the Milky Way, with your significant other?

They are called PurePods; these Kiwi-designed glass boxes have gained media attention around the world. Pre-Covid-19, securing a night in one could be a little tricky - they were a favourite with overseas travellers. But, of course, that's all changed.

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Lorna Thornber

The real must-dos in South Island cities, towns and regions

Stuff 21 May 2020

We and the rest of the world know the South Island's a stunner with enough to keep us occupied across its 151,215 square kilometres for a lifetime.

Well-promoted attractions aside though, it can be hard to work out the quintessential thing to do in each city, town or region; the must-do experience that best encapsulates the essence of the place or its people.

We've asked our mates at regional tourism boards and councils to help us compile a list of the one thing you should not leave cities, towns and regions around the South and Stewart islands without doing.

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Justine Tyerman

Ebiking stunning South Island trail

Stuff April 18 2020

When we first started ebiking a few years ago, we were faced with 'why-don't-you-get-a-real-bike-you-wuss' insults. My super-fit husband Chris, aka Hyperactive Hubby (HH), was also the butt of unkind jokes about his manhood. But it's water off our high-vis back these days.

When it comes to holidays, HH would much rather we engaged in active outdoor pursuits like ebiking than having to relax on a beach or, worse still, hang out in cities, museums, shops and cafes. He'd endure any amount of ridicule to escape such 'punishment'.

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The Hurunui District – Something for Everyone

ISSUE 67 Oct-Nov 2019

The Hurunui District is one of eight districts that make up the Canterbury region, slotted like a jagged puzzle piece between the Alps and the wild beaches of the East Coast. With a varied and fascinating offering there is plenty to discover – no matter what kind of traveller you are

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Hurunui District Top Spots

ISSUE 67 Oct-Nov 2019

With something for everyone we take a closer look at some of the fabulous eateries, accommodation options and shops found in the Hurunui.

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