New Zealand Travel Tips
New Zealand is a country of rare seismic beauty: glacial mountains, fast-flowing rivers, deep, clear lakes, hissing geysers and boiling mud. There are also abundant native forests, long, deserted beaches and a variety of fauna, such as the kiwi, endemic to its shores.
Any number of vigorous outdoor activities - tramping (hiking), skiing, rafting and, of course, that perennial favorite, bungy jumping - await the adventurous. You can swim with dolphins, gambol with newborn lambs, whale-watch or fish for trout.
Middle Earth, dreamed up by J.R.R Tolkien, is the hometown of the characters in The Lord of the Rings trilogy. Thanks to New Zealand film-maker Peter Jackson, Middle Earth came alive with ...
Auckland is New Zealand's largest city, set between two harbors of staggering beauty. Whether your passion is America's Cup sailing or relaxed harbor cruises, exploring the wilderness or shopping, ...
New Zealand is simply gorgeous. Lush rainforest, coastal walks, island cruises, snowfields, glowworm caves and bubbling mud – there's plenty to enjoy on a short trip from Auckland! Drive to the ...
Rotorua and the sacred waters of the Bay of Plenty lie just 230km (140 miles) southeast of Auckland in New Zealand’s North Island. This famously lively geothermal hot spot abounds with spurting ...
Christchurch is often described as the most English of New Zealand's cities. But for all its self-consciously inherited charm, it can hold its own as a thoroughly modern New Zealand city. Kiwi art ...
Travel through the rolling hill country of North Canterbury, enjoying the beauty of its rural pastoral scenes, to Kaikoura where the mountains meet the sea. Only three hours from Christchurch, ...
Hiking, bushwalking and trekking are called "tramping" in New Zealand, one of the top destinations in the world to strap on your walking boots and follow a trail. The country is crisscrossed ...
On New Zealand’s South Island, Aoraki (Mt. Cook) soars up to 3,750 meters (12,315 feet) over the country’s Southern Alps. Australasia’s highest mountain, it’s one of the most popular day trip ...
Coastal Otago, and its one major city, Dunedin, has, in typical New Zealand manner, attractions both urban and rural, offering you the chance to see New Zealand’s indie music heartland, while having ...
On an evening tour from Christchurch you are treated to a truly memorable cultural performance with a traditional Maori Concert consisting of action songs, poi dances and hakas. Take the ...
Trying to choose between adventure activities in Queenstown is like trying to choose a show on Broadway ; with so many options it can be difficult to know where to begin. Editor’s Note: This ...
Written by Emma, Australia, March 2012
For five days every autumn the Hamilton and Waikato region gears up for its annual Balloons over Waikato festival. Attracting balloonists from all over the world, the festival features dozens of hot ...
Written by Emma, Australia, January 2012
It comes as no surprise to see that the biggest events on Wellington’s calendar are those with an artistic flavour. Having said that, however, you can’t be a true New Zealander if you don’t love ...
More than just the largest city on New Zealand’s South Island , Christchurch
is also the perfect base for taking day trips to explore the Canterbury
countryside. Although it takes at least an ...
Written by Emma, Australia, May 2012
Today’s most common New Zealand
cuisine owes much to its British heritage. We’re talking stodgy staples
such as fish and chips, meat pies, hamburgers and meals containing meat
with two veg. ...
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