Articles by Heather Hapeta

Safari with ‘Wings over Whales’ in Kaikoura

Safari with ‘Wings over Whales’ in Kaikoura December 30, 2010 | Things to Do | Read More
Kaikoura is the number one of New Zealand’s eco-marine activities: best of all it’s only two hours north of Christchurch. New Zealand Geographic called Kaikoura “A maritime Serengeti” and is world famous not only for whale watching, but giant albatross encounters and swimming with Dusky dolphins....

Top tips for driving in New Zealand

Top tips for driving in New Zealand December 29, 2010 | What's New | Read More
Pass school buses VERY slowly It’s always important to spend a little time on learning local road rules and regulations when you are in a different country. Here are some tips to get your  New Zealand road rules knowledge started. watch for Kiwi especialy at night A current driving license or...

Adopt a special teddy bear in Christchurch

Adopt a special teddy bear in Christchurch December 29, 2010 | Things to Do, What's New | Read More
Christchurch is the home of the beautiful, heirlooms of the future, Banksia Bears Rosalie Dixon is a world class teddy bear designer: all her bears are either limited editions or one-off designs. They are perfect for both the collector or, as a very special gift for a little person in your life. pretty...

City by bicycle for fun, tips and routes

City by bicycle for fun, tips and routes December 29, 2010 | What's New | Read More
Christchurch has many scenic, commuter and mountain bike routes for you to explore. Check with the local i-site to collect a brochure of maps Remember its compulsory to wear helmets in NZ – even if you are on a bike route or footpath.                  Basic rule – on a bike?...

Award winning Maori Tours

Award winning Maori Tours December 28, 2010 | What's New | Read More
The award -winning (the Best Cultural Activity in NZ 2009 2010) Maori Tours, Kaikoura, use family history to provide boutique tours which trace tribal history and explore belief’s about the medicinal properties of native plants. On the Kaikoura peninsula, overlooking the whale-feeding grounds,...

Annual Boxing Day seaside carnival

Annual Boxing Day seaside carnival December 23, 2010 | Events, What's New | Read More
The longest running event of its type in New Zealand, Timaru’s Caroline Bay Carnival, turns 100 this year. (Timaru is about 100k south of Christchurch so an easy drive – book your accommodation first) This much-loved summer-time carnival features all the usual fun of the fair: including the...

December 20, 2010 | What's New | Read More
Entrance to art gallery Two new things to check out at the Christchurch Art gallery ( Montreal St, city centre) :  the Brought to Light exhibition shows more than fifty new works: from a  nineteenth-century narrative painting and  Petrus van der Velden’s extraordinary The Dutch funeral and...

World Buskers Festival here in festival city, Christchurch

World Buskers Festival here in festival city, Christchurch December 17, 2010 | What's New | Read More
Organised pandemonium takes over  our city every January as locals and visitors of all ages flock to open-air inner-city malls, the cultural precinct to see the worlds’ very best busker talent: the award-winning World Buskers Festival. Belly laughs, amazement, admiration, and surprise fill our lives...

Christmas decorations for a fun souvenir or gift

Christmas decorations for a fun souvenir or gift December 10, 2010 | What's New | Read More
I always add a little Christmas decoration from the most countries I visit: perhaps you will find a kiwi ornament  here in Christchurch for your tree.  The shop is open all year.

Kiwi inventors are celebrated world-wide

Kiwi inventors are celebrated world-wide December 9, 2010 | Things to Do | Read More
We kiwi pride ourselves on our ingenuity and innovation and Christchurch has its share of them – either because they lived or studied here. Ernest Rutherford studied here: see his den at the Arts Centre The Hamilton Jet boat and the ski plane are examples of New Zealand inventions that embody the Kiwi...