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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Happily located in the heart of the world-renowned Marlborough wine region, Blenheim is the place to pick up a delectable bottle of sauvignon blanc, perhaps from one of the most famous vineyards of all: Cloudy Bay.
Happily located in the heart of the world-renowned Marlborough wine region, this is the place to pick up a delectable bottle of sauvignon blanc or three, perhaps from one of the most famous vineyards of all: Cloudy Bay.
The town itself offers little in the way of attractions, or attractiveness for that matter, but step out into the countryside and you will be rewarded with endless rows of vines heavy with grapes, open cellar doors revealing myriad vintage wines, and restaurants featuring incredible cuisine. Heaven.
The excellence of its local produce constitutes a large part of the very essence of the Marlborough region. With world-class vineyards and bountiful seafood as just two prime examples, this is a gourmet-lover’s delight.
Taking a cookery course, or just simply taking a tour of one of the top restaurant kitchens, is both inspiring and fun. Learn how the local ingredients are used to create top class dishes!
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