The Banks Track in Akaroa describes itself as a feast for the senses, a feed for the soul and a feat for the spirit. But the heart is the story of how the landowners have tirelessly dedicated themselves to regenerating the land ravaged for its resources, back to its natural state.
Just a few hours’ drive from Christchurch, the beauty of the Mackenzie is easily accessible for a long weekend getaway or a week-long family holiday. The main thing is to allow plenty of time to explore and discover all the hidden treasures and adventures, large and small, that are on offer.
For 28 years, Christchurch’s landmark Pavilions Hotel has been a central part of the lives of the Horncastle family, and each generation who has worked there has put their own stamp on the fabric of the business. Through good times and bad; earthquakes and each rumbling aftershock; celebrations, tragedy, grief and recovery; the grand building has stood strong and has become a part of the family in its own right.
Rich with various natural beauties and opportunities for leisure, Kaikōura’s pristine landscape fits the picturesque South Island dream of any intrepid traveller. Whether you are exploring it as a family, on a couple’s weekend away, or even on your lonesome, you will have no trouble finding company amongst the local wildlife and bustling tourist scene.
In the far north of Finland, traditional culture meets modern life in a beautiful landscape that switches dramatically between seasons.
Bhante Henepola Gunaratana stated, ‘The you that goes in one side of the experience is not the same you that comes out the other.’ Silently channelling that mantra, we took the plunge, into hot and cold, to the edges of our comfort zones.