Category: Inside New Zealand

The North Island’s Best Day Walks

New Zealand is one of the most walkable nations in the world. Every year, thousands of intrepid travelers pack their bags and lace-up their all-terrain shoes to explore the hidden pockets and reaches of this green-as-far-as-the-eye-can-see paradise. The best bit? No snakes, creepies or crawlies to ruin your adventure mood. The North Island is a […]

Read More
5 Reasons to Visit Tongariro National Park

Do you have an appetite for a raw experience? A wilderness New Zealand holiday awaits. Tongariro National Park promises expansive, life-changing experiences across its huge 79,596 hectares of sparkling lakes, jagged mountain ranges, white-water rivers and valleys of golden grass. Haven’t heard of it? Maybe you’ve seen the name, but never really thought about the […]

Read More
Walk and Kayak: Explore Abel Tasman National Park like a Local

Perched on the northern end of New Zealand’s South Island, Abel Tasman National Park has all the splendour of Milford Sound… without the crowds. A stone’s throw away from the cellar doors of the Marlborough wine region, this pint-sized national park – the smallest in New Zealand – packs more punch than you’d expect. From […]

Read More
Have you considered self-driving New Zealand’s Southern Scenic Route?

New Zealand? You’ve been there, seen it and done it all… right? There are no more surprises beyond the sails of Auckland, the holes of Hobbiton, the soaring sounds and the countless other wonders you’ve packed into a couple of holidays… except the Southern Scenic Route. Even experienced travellers overlook this wandersome wilderness extraganvanza, beginning […]

Read More
Limited holiday time? Which island should you visit? The North or The South?

You’re due for a holiday. You’ve been working hard, thinking too much and running yourself ragged for other people – it will be good to take care of yourself for a change. Sadly, time is limited and you’re not quite sure where to start to make the best of it. Where should you go? What […]

Read More
South Island Adventures: Explore the Wonders of Punakaiki

Escape to the salt-water paradise of coastal Punakaiki, an underrated hub with a rugged charm, packed with curiosities and activities for every age group to enjoy. Located four hours north-west of Christchurch, this gateway getaway serves as basecamp for avid explorers, laid-back families, adventurous couples and anybody seeking a holiday less frantic than those found […]

Read More
Everything you need to know about hiking in New Zealand.

New Zealand has a network of over 500 incredible hiking trails which meander their way through the great kiwi countryside, connecting the most dramatic mountains, rain forests, river valleys and glacier fields. It has always been a long-time favourite destination for day walks, trekking and multi day guided hikes due to the country’s vast variety […]

Read More
4 North Island Day Trips You Should Take in Your Spare Time

Your New Zealand holiday is waiting for you, filled with things to do, sights to see and friendly folk to meet along the way… it’s easy to get lost in a schedule, but escapes like these are all about freedom. Set aside a day or two to live spontaneously in the gorgeous North, and play […]

Read More
The Do’s and Don’ts of a Motorhome Holiday

You’ve been counting down to this day. The first week, fortnight or month in a while you’ve had to call your own, but you’re not sure where or how to start planning for a New Zealand holiday with a difference… a quick Google of motorhome holidays doesn’t reveal much, ignoring the do’s and don’ts you’ve […]

Read More
The Do’s and Don’ts for a New Zealand Holiday

New Zealand – A land of mountains, snowfields, caves, glow-worms and vast wonders, it’s hard to believe anybody would take such a magnificent place for granted. While the do’s are easy enough – and we’ll solidify five of our very own below – figuring out the no-no’s of such a laid back destination is no […]

Read More
Leave Australia Behind: Your Guide to Taking a Short Break in New Zealand

The land down under is expansive, beautiful, diverse and… well, home. Home doesn’t compare to a short overseas jaunt, preferably somewhere spectacular, away from familiar streets and accents. Sometimes you need to get away, throw up your hands and live a little elsewhere, even if it’s for two to five days. But how easy is […]

Read More
Lose Yourself in New Zealand Adventure

Calling All Thrill Seekers! Do you like to step out of your comfort zone, push yourself to your limits or experience something completely different and out of the ordinary? Then New Zealand is the one stop location to engage in anything and everything. Renowned for its own uniqueness New Zealand has topped the leaderboard in tourism […]

Read More
Things are looking up for Christchurch

Lonely Planet listed Christchurch as one of the top 10 cities to visit in 2013 and the City was listed as number 2 on the New York Times’ “52 Places to Go in 2014” which is wonderful for a city recovering from the effects of a devastating earthquake in 2011. I (Frances) re-visited in June […]

Read More
Solitude at the Bay of Many Coves

On a recent trip from Wellington to Christchurch, via Marlborough I was lucky enough to spend one night at the Bay of Many Coves Resort in the Marlborough Sounds. I arrived in Picton just ahead of a wet and windy weather front and while waiting for my water taxi, I watched the dark clouds descend […]

Read More
Auckland Top 10 City – Lonely Planet

It’s official – Auckland’s one of the world’s best cities Lonely Planet has just named Auckland as one of the world’s Top 10 Cities for 2014 in its ‘Best in Travel’ guide. Auckland made the list alongside Paris, Zurich, Shanghai and Vancouver. The Top 10 Cities were independently nominated by more than 500 Lonely Planet authors […]

Read More
A Month in Paradise

On the 5th of February 2013 Nigel and Lida Wilson from the US decided to travel for 32 days around New Zealand on our  “Month in Paradise” self drive itinerary. Customised to suit, on their return they emailed through their feedback. We’ve received detailed feedback from past clients but at 6000+ words this one takes first prize! I’ve […]

Read More
New Zealand Returns as the Home of Middle-Earth

Fans of Middle-earth had their first taste of the stunning New Zealand scenery that will be featured in the upcoming film The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey today, with the first trailer previewing the December 2012 theatrical release. The soaring mountains, lakes, rivers and plains that first caught the attention of the movie-going public in The […]

Read More
Positive Signs Emerging From Christchurch

A new day spa has opened in Christchurch in what many are interpreting as a sign of confidence in the city’s ability to recover from last month’s quake. The new Linden Leaves Day Spa is the first of its kind in New Zealand and has opened in the Chateau on the Park hotel, opposite Hagley […]

Read More
Blog4NZ

Blog4NZ is a grass-roots effort on the part of the international travel blogging community to promote all that is good about travel in New Zealand, Canterbury and Christchurch. It is a worldwide blogging event that is running from the 21st to 23nd of March — the one-month anniversary of the quake. Following the devastating earthquake […]

Read More
The Hobbit Begins Filming

Production has commenced in Wellington, New Zealand, on “The Hobbit,” filmmaker Peter Jackson’s two film adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s widely read masterpiece. “The Hobbit” is set in Middle-earth 60 years before Tolkien’s “The Lord of the Rings,” which Jackson and his filmmaking team brought to the big screen in the blockbuster trilogy that culminated with […]

Read More
Christchurch Earthquake Update

To all our clients currently visiting New Zealand, and to those that have planned an upcoming trip – no need to worry! Relaxing Journeys is operating as per usual and we have not been affected personally as our offices are located in Auckland & Australia.  We’d like to thank those clients that have emailed or contacted us to express […]

Read More

Newsletter Signup

Sign up now to stay up to date with our latest promotions, exclusive special offers and NZ travel tips.

Categories

Archives