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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Te Anau Lodge is a charming, traditional property located on the edge of town with a landscaped garden that offers views of both the lake and surrounding mountains.
This homely, historic lodge has been created from a mid twentieth century convent, which was moved to Te Anau in 2003. The interior retains the native wood and character of the original building with the benefit of modern fixtures and fittings. All the rooms are individual, but each has en suite facilities and two feature spa baths. The furniture is simple and traditional in style, with country bed linens to match, and all rooms have added touches such as heated towel rails and de-mist mirrors. The guest library has an open fire for cool evenings, a TV/DVD player and a guest computer. The landscaped gardens afford views of both the lake and surrounding mountains and although the property is set peacefully on the edge of town, it is only a 25 minute walk to the shops and restaurants, and ten minutes to the lakefront.
Lake Te Anau is New Zealand’s second largest lake, and enjoys a wonderful location on the edge of Fiordland National Park. You can cross the lake to visit glow-worm caves, or drive to Manapouri.
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