Reasons to Visit
This small nation has established a name for fabulous wineries, many internationally acclaimed. Whilst most will point connoisseurs to the Marlborough region for the finest vintages, Hawkes Bay and Martinborough should not be ignored. A trip here would not be complete without trying the local 'fush 'n' chups' or traditional Maori fare either.
For a small country, New Zealand incorporates landscapes as diverse as they come. Mountains, volcanoes, beaches, lakes, fiords, valleys and caves - to the everyday traveller these remarkable sights are other-worldly. Both the North and South islands share many common features, but are also wonderfully contrasting.
It's not necessary to throw yourself off a suspended platform in order to fully experience New Zealand. Alternative options include air safaris over White Island, heli-hiking the Fox and Franz Josef glaciers and wilderness cruises in Milford and Doubful Sounds.
New Zealanders are proud of their Maori roots. Maori song, dance and mythology are prevalent, towns are adorned with carvings and rooms are dressed in flax weavings. Most physical locations also have Maori names with literal translations such as Waimakariri River (Cold water river).
The 'outdoors' perception of New Zealanders is not something consciously cultivated; with such a plentitude of mountains, beaches, fiords lakes and forests on their doorstep it is simply a way of life.
New Zealand has wonderful roads - scenic, safe and, especially on the South Island, largely empty. They even drive on the left and some of the most scenic routes are waymarked. There are car hire stations at all of New Zealand's airports.
There are so many excellent hikes - or 'tramps' as the locals call them - in New Zealand that it is sometimes difficult to know which one to select. We feature several of the country's 'great walks' which can easily be incorportated into any itinerary.
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Set in a beautiful location with views over the Bronte Peninsula, Atholwood offers luxury accommodation to suit all tastes.
Atholwood is a new property that was purposely designed to make the most of the views over the Bronte Peninsula. There are two guest suites within the main lodge, a separate apartment next to the main house, and a self-contained cottage in the grounds, offering luxury accommodation to suit all tastes. The in-house rooms are spacious and elegant, with en suite facilities and private balconies. The Cowdrey apartment has the addition of a fully equipped kitchen, contemporary dining area and comfortable lounge suite. The cottage can house up to six people, and enjoys its own patio, garden and barbecue area.
The property is set within 2.2 acres of landscaped gardens and the abundance of outside decking offers guests the opportunity to relax outside and still enjoy seclusion and privacy. There is also a salt water pool and hot tub, a great place to unwind after a long journey.
Renowned as a vibrant arts and crafts centre, Nelson is a bright and active place with a near perfect climate. Relaxed and laid-back, it’s easy to forget that it is South Island’s second largest city.
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