Christchurch is now a smart-looking city while Queenstown has lost all of its lustre, writes veteran author and former Cantabrian Bruce Ansley in a new book.
Several South Island and Canterbury destinations have made the Lonely Planet's Ultimate Travel List of "500 unmissable global travel experiences".
Additional funding may be required to try and recover creditor claims in the liquidation of budget travel agent STA Travel, which shut down owing more than $11 million.
It is a bittersweet moment for Kiwi travellers as the NZ passport takes the top spot in the world's power rankings.
A Christchurch woman has been fined after Biosecurity New Zealand border staff discovered hundreds of seeds concealed in the lining of her suitcase.
An Air New Zealand pilot has been "reminded of the correct procedure" after inviting an "intoxicated" female passenger to travel in the cockpit on a flight to Nelson.
The new northbound on-ramp from Halswell Junction Rd in Christchurch is part of a $195m major roading hub on the Southern Motorway - but it is not working for some motorists.
NZTA has stepped in after authorised vehicle inspectors like Autosafe in Christchurch became concerned with the number of illegal seatbelt repairs they were seeing.
STA Travel has been using NZ customers' deposits for overseas holidays to cover company wages and office rent.
As we are making great strides to see more of our own backyards, we asked people from around the South Island to tell us about their favourite places.
Shawn McAvinue says as he and his wife leave their children with her parents in Dunedin and head off for a weekend in Waitaki.
A South Island woman's cancelled flights were quickly refunded by her airline, but the money went to a travel agency that has now filed for insolvency.
The travel agency firm has already lost half of its 1200-strong workforce due to the Covid pandemic - now more job losses look likely.