Land of the Long White Cloud
New Zealand s famous for its breathtaking, sprawling landscapes which are a wonder to behold, and regarded as one of the number one destinations in the world for adventure tourism and outdoor activities. But it’s also gaining a worldwide reputation for great wines and fascinating Maori culture.
New Zealand is made up of two main islands and a number of smaller islands, located near the centre of the water hemisphere. If it’s amazing scenery you crave then New Zealand has it all. Within a day or two’s drive you can see spectacular glaciers, picturesque fiords, rugged mountains, vast plains, rolling hills, subtropical forests, a volcanic plateau, and miles of coastline with sandy beaches. Much of these landscapes are protected by National Parks with thousands of kilometres of walks and trails opening their beauty to the public. There is something in New Zealand for everyone.
New Zealand knows all the moods of the sea. On the east coast the Pacific Ocean plays along bays and beaches where white sand, surf and calm harbors provides enormous scope for fun. On the coast the Tasman rocks and long, soulful stretches of black sand.
If you’re an ocean-loving person, there are road journeys that will keep you in touch with the sea every step of the way. Northland has the Twin Coast Discovery Highway, a touring route that includes both the east and west coasts. In the far south, the trip along the Catlins coast is famously photogenic. Taranaki’s Surf Highway 45 is a west coast experience for people who want to find some of the best surf breaks in the country.
Padding along the turquoise channels and streams of the Dart River in a Funyak (inflatable canoe) is a fun, unique way to explore dramatic. Mount Aspiring National Park. The scenery here was featured in the Lord of the Rings films – so keep a lookout for Hobbits!
A bseiling, or rappelling, is an adventure activity suitable for all skill levels. Get a thrill rappelling down a rock face, waterfall or even into a cave!
Controlled descent is an enthralling way to interact with the landscape. And the great thing about abseiling is that it’s easy to lean. After a few lessons, you’ll be slipping down the rope like a master. In some cases, abseiling is a mode of transport – a way to reach an unknown to drop 100 metres down a hug tomo (hole) in the earth to reach the Lost World.
Other adventures are focused on the trip down, like abseiling waterfall in Egmont National Park or descending the rung way on Queenstown Hill.As well as the high-adrenalin activities (such as bungee jumping) that the country is so famous for , there are endless walking tracks, cycling trails, jet boat journeys and scenic flights to really excite and immerse the active traveler. Giant sperm whales predominate in the seas off Kaikoura, as do playful dusky dolphins. Take a light aircraft or boat-based guided trip for a fascinating view of these enigmatic marine mammals.
New Zealand is a food lover’s paradise. Vineyards stretch throughout every region, chefs put playful local twists on fine cuisine and festivals serve up taste sensations with a side of local music. The Hawkes Bay. Martinborough and Marlborough and Central Otago are signature New Zealand wine regions; explore your pick of 120 vineyards by driving the Classic New Zealand Wine Trail. If you’re after a really thorough wine tour, add West Auckland, Gisborne, Canterbury to your itinerary.
Most wineries are open for tasting, and many have fine restaurants onsite. There are plenty of bicycle and chauffeur-driven wine tours too – a great way to take in the full spectrum of local flavours. Our internationally acclaimed varieties include Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and the Bordeaux (Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot blends)
New Zealand food goes way beyond fish and barbeques – chefs have developed a distinct Pacific Rim cuisine. Expect to indulge in plenty of seafood (like greenlipped mussels, crayfish (Iobster), Bluff oysters and fresh fish), award winning cheeses and of course the famous New Zealand. You should also expect a laidback, friendly atmosphere you est.
New Zealand’s Maori culture is an integral part of Kiwi life and adds a unique, dynamic experience for visitors.
Maori are the tangata whenua, the indigenous people, of New Zealand. They came to New Zealand more than 1000 years ago from their mythical Polynesian homeland of Hawaiki. Today Maori make up 14% of the population and their history, language and traditions are central to news Zealand’s identity. There would be few New Zealanders who do not recognize common Maori terms and phrases. You’ll probably pick a few up yourself. Experience traditional dance performances, art exhibitions, hear the legends and learn about the elaborate and intricate Maori tribal tattoos.
So if you’re looking for breathtaking views, incredible wildlife and adventure or simply a place to relax and take it easy in wonderful surroundings New Zealand has something for everyone, the perfect destination for you and all the family.