Places To Go
New Zealand is an amazing country with beautiful natural landscapes: fantastic mountains, steep fiords, pristine lakes, mountain rivers and active volcanoes. The islands fauna amazes the imagination; it is the true “Paradise of the Pacific”.
The largest and most populous city in New Zealand, Auckland combines a rich history and thriving contemporary culture in an abundance of museums, art galleries, and performance venues. Breathe deeply in the wealth of green spaces dotted around the cosmopolitan city, and head to the harbor to explore the main hub of activity and industry. Residents have a particular fondness for sailing, earning the city the nickname "City of Sails"; naturally, water sports and boat trips out into the Hauraki Gulf rank among the main Auckland attractions. With a major surge of modernization in recent years, Auckland boats some of the country's most spectacular architecture and an infrastructure befitting one of the world's most thriving urban areas.
The resort town of Taupo lies on the banks of Lake Taupo, the largest body of water in the whole of Australasia. Maori culture regards the lake as the beating heart of a fish (that fish being North Island), because of its volcanic activity and location at the island's center. A Taupo holiday naturally offers plenty in the way of lakeside activities, including ample trout fishing and a range of water sports. With its views of the water, surrounding forests and areas of geothermal activity, plus close proximity to ski centers, Taupo draws visitors year-round. Make this your base for exploring the scenery on the many well-maintained hiking and mountain bike routes.
Recovering from the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 was no easy task, but Christchurch has faced the challenges with aplomb. Employing wit, humor, and a modern perspective, the "Garden City" has reformed itself into a cultural center of the country, placing great emphasis on sustainability and eco-friendly development. Your tour of Christchurch will yield its traditional character as well, with vast gardens, peaceful rivers, and gorgeous views of the coast. A vibrant city filled with pop-up bars and restaurants, wildlife parks, and sports activities, Christchurch has retained its elegance and added a contemporary flair.
Head deep beneath the surface of the earth at Waitomo Caves, a village and cave system that draws both extreme sports enthusiasts and those wanting something a little more relaxed. Carved from the limestone by underground streams, the vast caves are laced by rivers far under the habitable land above. Stalactite and stalagmite formations make for great photos, but the highlight of your trip to Waitomo Caves is likely to be the constellations of glowworms illuminating these subterranean caverns. Waitomo Caves' small community offers lodgings, cafes, and restaurants for visitors. Don't miss the chance to explore above ground, too: take a horse trek through the lovely surrounding farmland, or make a visit to the local avian preserve to spot some of the land's rarest species.
With its history proudly stemming from the Scottish settlers who came here during the colonial era, Dunedin's streets are lined with well-preserved examples of Victorian and Edwardian architecture, while a new culture of nightlife and fine dining takes hold around them. Stunning views of the coastline abound, along with chances to spot some of the world's rarest wildlife, such as the northern royal albatross and the yellow-eyed penguin. Take a bike tour of Dunedin proper before heading out into the varied landscape, or soak up your surroundings on a leisurely walk. The wildlife and history of the "Edinburgh of the South" is all around you, however you wish to take it in.
Head to Waiheke Island, a place of white sandy beaches, palm trees, great wine, and relaxation, just 35 minutes off the coast of Auckland. Jump on a ferry, bringing your bike or car with you, and explore the welcoming, paradisaical island. Laze on the beach, or circle the coast in a boat, before sitting down at a winery tasting room and enjoying a locally produced vintage. Buses, taxis, and vehicle rental services make it easy to tour Waiheke Island, and a variety of accommodations let you extend your stay.
Kerikeri, the largest town in North-land New Zealand, is a popular tourist destination about three hours drive north of Auckland, and 80 km north of the northern region's largest city, Whangarei. It is often called the Cradle of the Nation, being the site of the first permanent mission station in the country, and it has some of the most historic buildings in the country.A rapidly expanding center of sub-tropical and allied horticulture, Kerikeri is in the Far North District of the North Island and lies at the western extremity of the Kerikeri Inlet, a northwestern arm of the Bay of Islands, where fresh water of the Kerikeri River enters the salty Pacific Ocean. A fast-growing community, the 2001 census showed the population of 4,878 was an increase of 16.3 percent over the 1996 figure, and the 2006 census tally of 5,856 was a further population growth of 20 percent, and at the 2013 census had increased by a further 11 percent to 6,507.The village was established by New Zealand's pioneering missionaries, who called it Gloucestertown, or Gloucester Town, but neither name endured. The Māori word Kerikeri was spelled and pronounced as Keddi Keddi or even Kiddee Kiddee, but the town's name is today generally pronounced Kerry Kerry but with a rolled r by Māori.
Glenorchy is a small settlement at the northern end of Lake Wakatipu in the South Island region of Otago, New Zealand. It is approximately 45km by road or boat from Queenstown, the nearest large town. There are several pubs, a café and a range of small shops in the town catering mainly to tourists but also to the small resident population. There is also a small airstrip which caters to small planes.The Dart River and Rees River flow into the head of Lake Wakatipu next to Glenorchy. Glenorchy was named after Glen Orchy in Argyll, Scotland. Glenorchy is a popular tourist spot, close to many tramping tracks. It lies near the borders of Mount Aspiring National Park and Fiordland National Park. The Routeburn Track, one of the New Zealand Great Walks can be accessed by passing through Glenorchy. Lesser known tracks such as the Greenstone and Caples Tracks and the Rees and Dart Tracks can also be accessed. Some of the activities that can be experienced in or near Glenorchy include: canyoning, fly fishing, jet boating, horse riding, kayaking, mountain biking, skiing, snowboarding, skydiving and boating. Just past the Glenorchy Golf Club is a circular public boardwalk which passes through the Glenorchy Lagoon and is a popular short walk for tourists and locals.
Whangarei is the northernmost city in New Zealand and the regional capital of North land Region. It is part of the Whangarei District, a local body created in 1989 to administer both the city proper and its hinterland from the former Whangarei City, Whangarei County and Hikurangi Town councils. The city population was estimated to be up from 47,000 in 2001. The wider Whangarei area had an estimated population of 85,900 in 2015.The Whangarei urban area is spread throughout the valleys of the surrounding area and has several suburbs: Kamo, Springs Flat, Tikipunga, Three Mile Bush, Otangarei, Mairtown, Regent, Kensington, and Whau Valley lie to the north of the city. South and west of the city center are Morningside, Raumanga, Maunu, Horahora, Woodhill, and the Avenues, and to the east are Riverside, Sherwood Rise, Onerahi, and Parihaka. The Māori iwi Ngāpuhi occupied Whangarei from the early 19th century, and the Te Parawhau hapū lived at the head of the harbour. Captain James Cook and the crew of the Endeavor were the first Europeans to contemplate the Whangarei Harbor entrance. On 15 November 1769 they caught about one hundred fish there which they classified as "bream" (probably snapper) prompting Cook to name the area Bream Bay.
Enjoy a heady holiday in Blenheim, the most populous town in the wine-growing region of Marlborough. Situated right in the middle of the rolling hillside vineyards, Blenheim serves as an excellent base for exploring the tastes and aromas of the region. Famous also for its fine dining culture, Blenheim boasts a range of restaurants and characterful accommodations, where rusticity dominates the aesthetic palate. Head out on a bicycle tour of the area to see it in its sun-soaked splendor.