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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Kahurangi National Park is the second largest in New Zealand and a great variety of native animals and plants live here.
A great variety of native animals and plants live in this vast national park, the second largest in New Zealand. 'Kahurangi' itself means 'treasured possession', and with a huge range of native bird species, subtropical rainforest, and complex geological formations, it is easy to understand why.
A highlight of the park is the spectacular Heaphy Track, a four to six day independent walking track traversing tussock high country, rainforest, river valley and coast.
Other key activities are kayaking or rafting in the wild rivers, fishing for trout in the Karamea, or caving adventures inside Mount Owen. The Kahurangi National Park can be accessed from Motueka, but there are also shorter trails leading from Karamea, Takaka and Murchison.
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