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
In the heartland of the West Coast, the Fox and Franz Josef glaciers pour down from the mountains to the pounding surf of the Tasman Coast - nowhere else in the world, at this latitude, have glaciers advanced so close to the sea.
Conveniently located near to the local cafes, restaurants and shops of Franz Josef, 58 On Cron Motel's rooms are self-contained with kitchen facilities, allowing you the freedom to self-cater.
The Bella Vista Motel is only ten minutes drive away from New Zealand's spectacular Franz Josef Glacier, and offers contemporary and comfortable, family and studio rooms.
Nestled in a quiet country setting with stunning mountain and native bush views, Glenfern Villas is an ideal base for exploring the glacier region.
Misty Peaks is a boutique bed and breakfast property offering friendly Kiwi hospitality and dramatic views of Mounts Cook, Tasman, and the surrounding countryside.
Ideally located for visiting the hot springs and glaciers, Te Waonui Forest Retreat is at the cutting edge of sustainable, comfortable accommodation.
At the cutting edge of sustainable, comfortable accommodation, great care has been taken at the Te Waonui Forest Retreat to not only respect and preserve the environment around the hotel, but also to incorporate the rainforest within the hotel's design.
Te Weheka Inn is centrally located in the heart of the Fox Glacier township. It offers good sized rooms, all of which have their own balcony and views of the hills.
Located in the countryside, on the outskirts of Franz Josef township, Westwood Lodge is ideally placed for visits to Fox and Franz Josef glaciers, Lake Matheson and Gillespie beach.
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