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Travel Deals of the Week: Go Behind the Scenes of Akaroa

A popular playground in the summer, Akaroa is just as pretty - and certainly more peaceful - in the winter.

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A popular playground in the summer, Akaroa is just as pretty – and certainly more peaceful – in the winter.

Get off the beaten track where other tourists don’t go in New Zealand’s only former French colony. Seventh-generation local Marie Haley runs guided nature and history tours between significant sites in and around the quaint village of Akaroa, and you can currently save 10% on private tours.

This week around Garden City, you can also save on a helicopter wine tour and an overnight stay at a luxury lodge.

Read on to find out more.

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Behind the scenes Akaroa

Venture beyond Akaroa’s main draw on this private tour with The Seventh Generation. Learn about the rich history of the beautiful area, from the geological origins of the Banks Peninsula, from Maori exploration and settlement to the arrival of European settlers. Tours can be tailored to personal interests. Save 10% using promo code “PRIVATE10” when booking.

To book: theseventhgeneration.org

Between the vines

Black Estate has been named one of the top 100 wineries in the world.

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Black Estate has been named one of the top 100 wineries in the world.

Save 20% on a Helicopter Winery Tour from Christchurch. The five-hour experience with GCH Aviation will take you straight to the door of four tasting rooms in the North Canterbury wine region. Includes tastings and transportation to wines like George Road Wines, Greystone Wines, Black Estate and Waipara Hills Wines for $640 per person.

To book: christchurchnz.com/explore/deals

Eliza’s extravaganza

Eliza's Manor, Christchurch, is run as a luxury boutique hotel with eight suites.

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Eliza’s Manor, Christchurch, is run as a luxury boutique hotel with eight suites.

Pay $390 per couple for one night in the Deluxe King Room at boutique Christchurch Lodge, Eliza’s Manor. The property is conveniently located on Bealey Avenue, within walking distance of some of the city’s best attractions. Eliza’s Extravagance package includes a bottle of champagne upon arrival and breakfast.

To book: elizas.co.nz

remote high country

Molesworth Station is New Zealand's largest farm.

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Molesworth Station is New Zealand’s largest farm.

Visit some of New Zealand’s most remote locations on this high country resort tour. The short guided tour between Molesworth, Rainbow and Middlehurst resorts includes five nights of accommodation, plus visits to Tennyson Lake, Hanmer Springs Hot Pools and Iron Ridge Quarry Sculpture Park. Starting at $2639. Use until April 2023.

To book: travel-booking.stuff.co.nz

Stay safe: New Zealand is currently under Covid-19 restrictions. Follow the instructions on covid19.govt.nz.