• Waimakariri River

    Waimakariri River, Canterbury, New Zealand .

    The Waimakariri River is one of the largest rivers in Canterbury, on the eastern coast of New Zealand's South Island. It flows for 151 kilometres (94 mi) in a generally southeastward direction from the Southern Alps across the Canterbury Plains to the Pacific Ocean.

    The river rises on the eastern flanks of the Southern Alps, eight kilometres southwest of Arthur's Pass. For much of its upper reaches, the river is braided, with wide shingle beds. As the river approaches the Canterbury Plains, it passes through a belt of mountains, and is forced into a narrow canyon (the Waimakariri Gorge), before reverting to its braided form for its passage across the plains. It enters the Pacific north of Christchurch, near the town of Kaiapoi.

    Instead of being unoccupied Crown land as are most New Zealand river beds, the bed of the Waimakariri River is vested in the Canterbury Regional Council (Environment Canterbury).

  • Christchurch Airport

    Christchurch Airport, Christchurch, New Zealand .

    Christchurch Airport (IATA: CHC, ICAO: NZCH) is the main airport that serves Christchurch, New Zealand. It is located 12 kilometres (7.5 mi) to the northwest of the city centre, in the suburb of Harewood. Christchurch (Harewood) Airport officially opened on 18 May 1940[4] and became New Zealand's first international airport on 16 December 1950. It is the second busiest airport in New Zealand after Auckland by both annual passengers and aircraft movements. Christchurch and Auckland are the only two airports in New Zealand that regularly handle Boeing 747 and Airbus A380 aircraft. The airport is curfew free operating 24 hours a day.

    The prevailing wind in Christchurch is from the north-east and to a lesser extent from the south-west, but the city is also affected by Canterbury's nor'wester foehn wind. As a result, the airport has two perpendicular runways: a 3,288 metres (10,787 ft) primary runway (02/20) oriented with the north-easterly and south-westerly prevailing winds, and a 1,741 metres (5,712 ft) secondary runway (11/29) oriented for use during nor'westers. The airport also has a third grass runway, parallel to the primary runway, for use by general aviation. To serve an increasing number of passengers, the airport has completed construction of a major terminal upgrade. The new construction's primary wing opened in 2011 and the upgrade was completed in 2013.

  • Orana Wildlife Park

    793 McLeans Island Road, McLeans Island, Christchurch, New Zealand .

    Set in 80 hectares within 15 minutes’ drive of Christchurch Airport, Orana Wildlife Park provides the ultimate animal adventure. We get you up close and personal with the animals.

    Imagine hand feeding a majestic giraffeeye balling the magnificent white rhinomeeting New Zealand’s national icon, the kiwi or travelling through the Lion Reserve!

    Orana is internationally renowned for its involvement in zoo-based breeding programmes for endangered exotic and native species. When you visit, you are supporting our conservation work.

    There is something to entertain people of all ages, for the entire day, at Orana Wildlife Park!

    The Park is home to New Zealand's only gorillas.

  • Clearwater Golf Course

    Clearwater Avenue, Christchurch .

    A ten minute walk away or five minute drive from Northwood Motor Lodge

    With its glistening spring-fed lakes, Clearwater lives up to its name, providing a lush oasis that offers a golfing escape and a change of pace that few destinations can match.

    The Clearwater 18 hole Golf Course has proven itself as a venue for international professional golf over 13 consecutive years, yet it offers a rewarding experience to all visitors from the six tee choices.


  • Willowbank Wildlife Reserve

    60 Hussey Road, Harewood Christchurch 8051 .

    Just 5 minutes drive from Northwood Motor Lodge!

    Close encounters of the ‘wildlife kind’ are a Willowbank trademark. Meet New Zealand’s Big 5 with the Kiwi, the cheeky Kea, the ancient Tuatara, our bush parrot the Kaka and the very rare Takahe. Feed the wild eels and make friends with the livestock breeds unique to New Zealand. Listen to the kiwi as it forages by your feet.

  • He Puna Taimoana

    195 Marine Parade, New Brighton, Christchurch, New Zealand .

    A twenty minute drive from Northwood Motor Lodge.

    At He Puna Taimoana you can enjoy stunning ocean views while soaking in our five luxurious hot pools. Plus, relax and recover in our plunge pool, steam room and experience beachside views from the sauna.