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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 Holiday Itinerary

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 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 […]

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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, ignoring the do’s and don’ts you’ve […]

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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 […]

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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. 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 […]

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The Best Ways to Explore New Zealand’s Milford Sound

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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New Zealand Wine Tours

What’s your idea of paradise? Good friends, good times, venerable views and untouched beauty from horizon to horizon? Great food, better wines and everything at your fingertips? New Zealand wine country is considered the tour de force of viticulture in the Southern Hemisphere and you’ll soon see why. Although words aren’t enough to experience the […]

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Planning a Holiday in New Zealand

When planning a holiday to a foreign country, it’s difficult to know what to expect if you’ve never been. So here are some handy tips to help you get started, ensuring you’re not left in the lurch at the last minute. Passport First things first, and this is the most important. You NEED a valid […]

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What can Lord of the rings fans do in New Zealand?

Hobbits, Goblins, Elves… oh my! If you know Saruman from Sauron, and Galadriel from Glorfindel, your holiday destiny is clear. The heart of Middle Earth awaits, or as we non-mythical folk call it, New Zealand. Ancient, striking and beautiful around every bend, we’re not awestruck Peter Jackson chose Aotearoa as ground zero for his cinematic […]

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What can children do in Queenstown?

Travel with children in tow can feel like herding cats on the best days. They need to be entertained, challenged, stimulated and managed – there’s no lasting break for Mum and Dad, just the soothing sounds of little laughs and the occasional silence or two. Between packing their bags and sourcing the right snacks, parents […]

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How long does it actually take to drive New Zealand?

Driving holidays in New Zealand belong on every bucket list. Before you’re tempted to put in for annual leave and tell the kids, take a moment to understand the specifics and pleasures of this modern road-trip capital. The Land of the Long White Cloud is smaller than Australia, larger than England and minute compared to […]

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Deals For June

Everybody loves cheap holidays and these deals are cheap as chips!!!! Save hundreds by booking in June! Deals this hot will be selling out fast so be sure to get in first to secure your spot. Here’s a quick rundown on a few. 8 Day Northern Discovery Board a premium coach for an eight day tour […]

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South Island Driving Holidays

With 151,215 square kilometres to explore, there is almost limitless choice available for your New Zealand South Island driving holiday with Relaxing Journeys. You can choose from boutique Eco self-drives, food and wine driving tours, walking and hiking themes, you can even choose a themed option such as a Middle Earth inspired driving holiday. Relaxing […]

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New Zealand Food Experiences

New Zealand is an underrated paradise of food, festivals and flavours. We don’t use the word paradise lightly, as gastronomic connoisseurs land on the shores of the Long White Cloud, expectations set and stomachs rumbling – their reviews rarely fall below five stars for taste, service and atmosphere. Service and smiles abound, as the Maori […]

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Best Places to Visit in New Zealand

As there are hundreds of towns in New Zealand, and it’s hard to decide which are the best places to visit. Here you will find our list, from North to South to keep it simple, of the 10 best places to visit in New Zealand. Cape Reinga The very top of the North – locally […]

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