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From vast mountain ranges to rugged coastlines, primeval forests to unspoilt beaches, New Zealand’s South Island (Te Waipounamu – the waters of greenstone) invites you on an unforgettable journey. Experience the warmth of this remarkable land through the stories and culture of its indigenous people.

The Hurunui is a diverse collective of townships and rural settlements, making it an ideal region to explore rural New Zealand by road. Heading north from Christchurch, the Alpine Pacific Touring Route gives your 450kms of unforgettable experiences.

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The port city of Tīmaru is built on rolling hills created from the lava flows of an extinct volcano. With a population of 29,000 it is the second largest city in Canterbury – a thriving commercial centre, holiday resort, and home to the world-famous Denheath Custard Squares.

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Set in rolling countryside on the south bank of the stunning Waikouaiti River estuary is the tranquil, seaside town of Karitāne, a well-kept secret among east coast locals.

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Awarua (Bluff)

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Home of the world-famous Bluff oyster, the small coastal town of Bluff is the pearl of the south. Awarua, meaning ‘two channels’, is the Māori name for Bluff Harbour, referring to the two bodies of water that make up the entire harbour.

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Rakiura (Stewart Island)

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Stewart Island’s original name, Te Punga o te Waka a Maui (The Anchor of Maui’s Canoe), positions it at the heart of Māori mythology. According to legend, Maui fished up the North Island from his canoe (the South Island), which was anchored by Stewart Island. The more commonly known Māori name, Rakiura, refers to its famous glowing skies which can be enjoyed at sunset or via a glimpse of the southern lights, aurora australis.

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Hokitika is a gateway to the beautiful West Coast of New Zealand. An untamed natural wilderness spanning 600km of lowland forest, wild windswept beaches, rugged mountains and sacred rivers.

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