Explore New Zealand

Explore New Zealand

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New Zealand

new-zealandNew Zealanders – or Kiwis, as affectionately known (after our native bird), are known for their warmth and hospitality, as well as their “can-do anything” attitude, which proves to be invaluable whether you decide to be pampered on holiday, or adventure is your vice.On arrival in New Zealand you will be made to feel welcome immediately. A great start to any vacation.

Located in the Pacific Ocean, New Zealand is made up of 2 main islands, the North Island and the South Island.  Being a relatively small country and easy to get around, you will find that you can visit most of the major sights of both islands over a 2 week vacation period.  Travel between the islands by ferry is a quick trip filled with beautiful scenery – a must to see.Whether you are interested in Whale Watching, Big Game Fishing for Marlin, Bungy Jumping, Kayaking, White-Water Rafting, Skiing, Snowboarding, visiting the thermal areas, Surfing, golf, Sightseeing, Swimming with the Dolphins or relaxing and sampling our world renowned wines New Zealand has it on offer to you.

New Zealand – Aotearoa – The land of the long white cloud.

Come and Explore New Zealand with us.

 

The North of the North

Auckland, Northland, Bay of Islands

Bay of IslandsAuckland offers all the urban experiences you’d expect from a city on the international map.   It also offers the unique feature of being set on two fantastic harbours, offering a playground for water acitivities, and the chance to experience some great island adventures only a short ferry ride from the central city.  Heading north from Auckland, outstanding attractions abound!  The Bay of Islands features over 144 islands, so recreational opportunities are plentiful.  Try sailing, diving, game fishing or even swim with the dolphins.  Or perhaps choose to sit back and relax in one of the many harbours, take in some golf, or visit Tane Mahuta, the worlds oldest Kauri tree, more than 2000 years old!  Whatever your choice the North of the North can offer something for all.

Central and Eastern North Island

Rotorua, Taupo, Waikato, Waitomo, Mt Ruapehu, Coromandel, Hawke’s Bay

Eastern North IslandCome face to face with some of earths most awesome forces; stand on the crater of a seething volcano, watch boiling mud pools, geysers and volcanic landscapes.  Between all of this is rolling green pasture, beaches and bush. Ski or snowboard on New Zealand’s largest ski field, Whakapapa, on the slopes of Mt Ruapehu; Experience some culture of the Maori, the indigenous people of New Zealand, and be enthralled by their legends of heros, villans and adventurers. For those modern day adventurers try bungy jumping, white water rafting, skydiving or blackwater rafting in the mystic Waitomo Caves.  Take advantage of the pristine waters of Lake Taupo for some watersports.  Visit Napier and see its Art Deco architecture or sample some of the regions fine wines.

Lower North Island

Wellington, Manawatu, Taranaki, Wairarapa

WellingtonWellington’s sophisticated culture makes it a truly inspiring urban environment, opportunities abound to enjoy some retail therapy, relax at one of many cafes and bars or take in some performing arts, which the city is famous for.  Also a must see is Te Papa the museum of New Zealand, with its intensive collection of artefacts reflecting New Zealand culture as well as having an international influence.  Venture out of Wellington, and you will find unspoilt beauty of bush, coastline and mountains.  Taranaki and Manawatu offer some truly undiscovered areas where you may well be the only person on a beach.

The Top of the South

Picton, Marlborough Sounds, Nelson, Blenhiem

PictonThis region boasts some true treasures.  A great place to relax, take in some water sports, go on a glorious coastal bush walk or simply sit back in pictureque surroundings and sip a quality local wine.  Picton is the gateway to the South, being the dock for the Interisland Ferry from Wellington.  From Picton you may chose to take a water taxi to one of the many bays of the Marlborough Sounds.  Accessible only by boat there are many resorts and lodges where ‘getting away from it all’ is entirely true.  Nelson carries on this theme, with many beaches in the Abel Tasman National Park accessed only by boat.  The brilliant surroundings of the Nelson area is reflected by the number of artists who flock to live there and take their inspiration from the beautiful surroundings; stop a while to enjoy some of the many art and craft stalls that are abundant in the area.  Blenheim is famous for its fine wines and great food, what better way to end a day of exploring!

 

The West Coast

Westport, Greymouth, Hokitika, Punakaiki, Fox Glacier, Franz Josef Glacier, Haast

Fox GlacierSit back and cruise for a while, the lifestlye is very relaxed on the West Coast.  A region of beauty and history, the West Coast has many scenic attractions and adventures are plentiful.  The West Coast is an area of rugged, wild coastline and high peaked mountains, dense native forest and ancient glaciers.  The area is rich in history, ghost towns from the mining booms of the past are abundant.  The Glaciers in the southern part of the coast are a popular feature, offering a real life example of how the mountains of the area were formed.  Greymouth is the main township of the Coast, and is also the end point of the Tranzalpine train journey, a spectacular 4 hour journey through the heart of the Southern Alps, rated as one of the top five rail journeys in the world!

 

Canterbury and the East Coast

Christchurch, Kaikoura, Hanmer Springs, Akaroa, Mt Cook, Lake Tekapo, Timaru, Oamaru

ChristchurchChristchurch is a city which offers the visitor an outstanding travel experience.  The city is rich in old fashioned kiwi hospitality  and offers a holiday experience for everyone.  While the city offers all the experiences one would expect, the surrounding hinterland offers adventure plus!  A great day excursion is a visit to the French settlement villiage of Akaroa, situated in a sheltered bay on Banks Peninsula.  Take a harbour cruise, some retail therapy in the local craft shops or a coffee and snack at a cafe on the beach front.  North of Christchurch is Kaikoura, famous for its popular whale watching excursions.  You can swim with the dolphins and seals and view the majestic Albatross in their natural environment.  Hanmer Springs, located 1 1/2 hours from Christchurch, is an alpine villiage offering two extremes.  For the ‘adrenalin high’ there is bungy jumping and white water rafting and for the more subdued holidaymaker there is Hanmer’s most famous feature, the Thermal Reserve hotpools which are the perfect place to sit and relax.  Heading into Southern Canterbury are the beautiful mountain and lake contrasts of Lake Tekapo and Mt Cook.  Both offer great recreational opportunites and great places to stay with fantastic views; perfect photograph opportunities there.

 

Adventure South

Queenstown, Wanaka, Te Anau, Fiordland, Dunedin, Caitlins, Stewart Island

QueenstownThe southern part of the South Island is one of the most diverse and beautiful environments in New Zealand. Queenstown is renowned for its ‘adventure tourism’, you can do anything from jumping out of a plane to jumping off a bridge, riding raging rapids to riding extreme ski slopes.  For the more relaxed person there are options to cruise the serene Lake Wakitipu or simply take in some of the top retail spots.  Wanaka is more relaxed and a less cosmopolitian equivalent, still offering all the adventure or relaxation required!  Te Anau acts as a gateway to the spectacular Fiordland World Heritage Park, which features the famous Milford Sound.  A day trip to Milford Sound is popular with all travellers, and is an experience which is truely memorable.  Dunedin is the main city in the southern area, and city of classical architecture and spectaular coastal scenery.  A ‘must see’ is Larnach Castle, New Zealand’s only castle, rich in history and ghosts!  From Dunedin a trip along the Catlins Coast is a remarkable experience.  An area rich in native forest and lush farm land, the Catlins is remote enough to leave you feeling like the only person for miles, yet accessible enough to include in any travel itinerary.  For those with a little extra time, a trip to Stewart Island reveals a true hidden paradise.  New Zealand’s third island is often forgotten by international travellers but life on the island is a true ‘kiwi’ experience for those who have the time to visit.

 

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