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Yes, we love Christchurch, but sometimes even a dedicated local has to take a holiday. Check here for ideas and inspiration about travel destinations around New Zealand and around the world.

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Cityscape hits up some of the world’s most famous film destinations. The world’s coming here to stand in front of all those gorgeous, green backdrops from the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit – so assuming you’ve ticked a few of the Rings locations off already, here are a few hot overseas destinations for feeling like a Hollywood hero. PETRA, JORDAN – It’s hard to forget the moment when Indiana Jones arrives at the temple of the Holy Grail in The Last Crusade, and almost equally hard to believe you can have the same experience yourself in Petra, arriving by donkey (you probably won’t find any centuries-old knights, though).   PHUKET, THAILAND – The gorgeous vistas of Thailand have popped up in plenty of films, including James Bond entries and notably in Danny Boyle’s The Beach. Head to Ko Phi Phi Lee beach, dig your toes in the sand and...
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The city that never sleeps, the Paris of South America and birthplace of the tango are all apt descriptors of Argentina’s bustling, hyper-kinetic capital Buenos Aires. With so much happening (and literally at all hours of the day) you’re likely to be whisked off your feet, but wherever in the city your adventure takes you, there’s no doubting you’ll fall under its exotic charms. It’s as if BA has taken the best parts of your favourite places and smashed them together: discover the shopper’s paradise of trendy Palermo Soho’s boutique-lined streets, gape in wonder at the architectural delights, spanning old world art-nouveau to Italian Renaissance (be sure to check out Confitería Del Molino and Palacio Barolo and its wacky back story), and sample the famous Argentine asado (BBQ – vegetarians beware: meat, and plenty of it, is the order of the day here, where the grilling of beef is treated...
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Forget airplane food, jetlag and your own personal experience of 'Border Patrol', this summer take a 'staycation' at right here in Christchurch at The George Hotel! Stay for a night and you'll soon find out why it took out the award for 'New Zealand's #1 City Hotel' in Travel + Leisure's World's Best Awards 2012. A one-to-one staff to guest ratio ensures peerless service – and there are two award-winning restaurants to choose from. Special packages are currently available for a night in a Premium Executive room and breakfast at 50 Bistro. Call for the day's best rate [p. 03 379 4560, www.thegeorge.com]....