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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New Zealand & the South Pacific
Jutting north into the Pacific Ocean, the Coromandel Peninsula features two beautiful but contrasting coastlines. It encompasses pretty seaside townships and hidden bays that feel serenely remote despite their close proximity to Auckland.
Hahei Horizon Bed and Breakfast is a lovely property with friendly hosts, tucked amongst native trees on the hill overlooking the beautiful beach at Hahei.
Waihi Beach Lodge is a great bed and breakfast situated on the eastern side of the Coromandel Peninsula. It offers peace and quiet with secluded deck areas and sea views from most of its rooms.
970 Lonely Bay Lodge offers luxury boutique accommodation in Cooks Beach, Whitianga
Set amongst an acre of lovely gardens, mature trees and a swimming pool, Brenton Lodge offers panoramic views of Whangamata and sea views encompassing the outlying islands.
Colleith Lodge offers relaxation, privacy and comfort in a beautiful setting on the Coromandel Peninsula.
Artists and sculptors, Willem and Carla van de Veen have adapted their crafts to build the incredible Manawa Ridge lodge, with its 360 degree views over stunning countryside to the Pacific Ocean beyond.
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