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Our Essential 3 Free South Island Must See’s

Holidays cost money. It’s an inescapable fact of travel, whether you’re pinning down the best prices for flights and accommodation or sampling the tastiest eats your selected region has to offer, you and your hard-earned savings will part ways somewhere. Unlike many other global destinations, however, New Zealand comes pre-loaded with a singular and definitive […]

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Weather-Wise: What Should You Pack for Your New Zealand Holiday

Don’t let second-hand stories sway you, the best weather in New Zealand isn’t restricted to a specific season, as the ever-changing climate shakes out once-in-a-lifetime activities as well as point-and-shoot sights with each mercurial variation. Something for everyone is the unofficial watch-word of Aotearoa, appealing to a broad range of travel styles, plans and itineraries. […]

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The North Island’s Best Day Walks

New Zealand is one of the most walkable nations in the world. Every year, thousands of intrepid travellers 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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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4 New Zealand Shore Excursions to Enjoy this Year

New Zealand cruising is fast becoming an essential bucket-list entry on every globe-trotters mind. There’s something about a sea-bound trip, the freedom, the food, the togas… it’s a unique experience, appealing to people who love their accommodation, dining and entertainment options all in one place. Although you’re not forced to leave the boat when the […]

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Authentic Aotearoa: 4 Ways to Experience the Local Culture

What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you think of New Zealand? Snow-capped peaks; chains of mountain ranges, volcanos and expansive national parks waiting to be discovered; wine regions, extreme sports and a wilderness experience that leaves one suffused in wonder… a cultural awakening, inexplicable and indescribable. What makes New Zealand special though, […]

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Top 4 Things to Love about Self-Drive Holidays
Driving in New Zealand

Sometimes, you just need to travel your way. Itineraries are inspirational, advice can be helpful, and insight is always welcome, but really, when you break it down… you need to get away from the voices and opinions. A holiday is about you. Self-drive tours are experiencing a surge in popularity, as places like New Zealand […]

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3 Reasons You Should Book the Hole in the Rock Cruise

Imagine a paradise removed from the fumes of busy streets, where man-made sound is scarce, besides the gentle hum of a boat-engine and the shuffle of cameras leaving busting day-packs. Welcome to the Bay of Islands. Although you’ll be sorely tempted to stay on dry-land, exploring the cosy corners of Paihia and savouring a gorgeous, […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Heart Stopper Alert: Why You Should Visit Skippers Canyon

You’ve seen pretty. You’re done with pretty. And while New Zealand comes out swinging with plenty of pretty to talk about at length, it’s not what you’ll ultimately remember about Skippers Canyon. You want adventure. You need teeth-chattering, spine-nudging activities that will send your stomach sky-high, chasing your smile before falling back to earth with […]

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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 […]

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Off the Beaten Track Holidays: Spotlight on the Taranaki Region

Put away the guide books and leave the well-travelled highways behind, it’s time to submerge your sense of adventure in a New Zealand off the beaten track getaway. Rated as the number two Best in Travel 2017 destination by intrepid publishers Lonely Planet, the Taranaki Region is an unsung hero waiting to be praised loudly […]

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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 […]

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4 Wellington Must-Dos for Your New Zealand Holiday Itinerary
View of Wellington

Wellington – or Welly to the locals – is wonderfully cosmopolitan without buying into the big-city vibe and too busy service. Friendly, warm and delicious, the foodie and wine scene here is brimming with potential taste sensations and small business surprises, keeping its promise to wow and delight from the moment you arrive at the […]

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4 New Zealand North Island Day Trips You Should Take in Your Spare Time
Auckland Harbour Cruise

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 […]

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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. Let us help you out. Commuting […]

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The Do’s and Don’ts for a New Zealand Holiday
Queen Charlotte Track

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 […]

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

The land down under is expansive, beautiful, diverse and… well, home. You want to go on 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 […]

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The Best Ways to Explore New Zealand’s Milford Sound
Milford Sound Nature Cruise

You’ve probably heard of Milford Sound or seen a few snaps in passing – it’s nothing short of magnificent, or so you’ve heard, as friends and family emphasise the rising joy of seeing the vast rock walls and tumbling waterfalls for the first time. Hanging onto the South Island’s west coast, there’s no right way […]

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