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Distinctive slumbers

If the regional rebuild has demonstrated anything, it’s the innovation and determination of its habitants, as out of the box concepts, creations and contraptions come to life.



It’s certainly evident in the range of unique accommodations in greater Canterbury. From luxury tree houses to glass pods and grain silos, this is what sweet dreams are truly made of. There are luxury treehouses just north of Kaikoura. In the city, a former prison now houses award-winning accommodation. In Little River, some clever creators have converted old grain silos into innovative apartments.

In Banks Peninsula you will find a hostel of ‘wooden tents’. There’s also plenty of glamping – that’s glamorous camping – options and woodburners and bathrooms ensure this is a year-round activity. There are an increasing number of ‘pods’ across Canterbury; glass eco-cabins which enable you to sleep surrounded by nature. You’ll find some snug little dome-shaped pods in Mt Lyford with proper lighting and heating.


Penguins making memories: Oamaru Blue Penguin Colony

If you’ve ever wanted to captivate your child’s imagination and inspire them to pursue wildlife conservation, make the Oamaru Blue Penguin Colony your next family adventure.



You and your family can observe blue penguins in a specially designed viewing room which house ten nesting boxes. In between penguin viewings, you’ll learn about the blue penguin and the monitoring, research, and rehabilitation programmes conducted at the facility.

Nocturnally active on land, you can watch rafts of blue penguins come ashore after booking an evening viewing for you and the family.

Although your child will learn about the smallest species of penguin, your child will also broaden their horizon and consider life unlike their own. Your visit also funds the various programmes which take place at the facility.

For more information on viewing packages visit To request a same-day booking or a ‘penguin forecast’, phone 03 433 1195.


Akaroa Adventure

Akaroa Adventure

High profile athletes throughout the country are preparing to descend on Akaroa from 10-17 March as preparations for the action-packed adventure race GODZone ramp up in the region.


Akaroa Adventure


It’s the first time the non-stop seven-day expedition-style race, the largest of its kind globally and widely regarded as the best – has been held in the region with the eighth chapter attracting a significant number of teams with high profile multisport backgrounds.

Pre and post-race activities focused around the beautiful coastal township which will also play host to the event finish line. In true GODZone style, the location of the start line will remain secret until just before the race kicks off. The only hint given at this stage is that the start location will be a long way from Akaroa!


Akaroa Adventure

With 70 teams across three racing categories including the full course 600km Pure event and shorter formatted 500km Pursuit and Prime events, the field is expected to take anywhere between five and seven days to complete the journey.
The teams will navigate their own way around the course using a variety of multisport disciplines including mountain biking, trekking, kayaking and pack rafting.

“Competitors don’t know where or when they will receive the race maps but suffice to say there’s plenty of conjecture as to where it might go,” GODZone Race Director Adam Fairmaid says.  “Canterbury is an incredibly diverse region with a lot of contrast from braided and meandering rivers to big, technical mountain ranges. It should be a spectacular race with some interesting twists and turns along the way.”