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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?

Travelling 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 around New Zealand?
Driving in 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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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 or walking and hiking tours, you can even choose a themed option such as a Middle Earth inspired driving holiday. […]

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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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Top 5 New Zealand Independent Tours

Whether you’re looking for a long weekend getaway or a three week sightseeing trip we have everything covered in our packages. Here is a list of our top 5 independent packages that will have everything you need to see in New Zealand pretty much covered. Our list includes options for visiting only one of the […]

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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 […]

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Top 10 Benefits that make a Guided Coach Holiday your Best Choice.

If you are the kind of person who wants to travel but doesn’t want to worry about anything other than “did I pack my passport?” then our guided coach options are just for you. Sit back, relax and soak up all that New Zealand has to offer when you travel with our coach providers to […]

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Some Amazing Options for South Island Driving Holidays

With 151,215 square kilometres to explore, there is almost limitless choice available for your New Zealand South Island driving holidays with Relaxing Journeys. You can even choose a themed South Island driving holiday.  Options like Boutique Eco Self Drives, Food and wine driving tours, walking and hiking themes and even a Middle Earth inspired driving […]

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New Zealand Trout Stalkers!

As an angler, if you’re very lucky, there is one day that outshines all others. One lucky couple had theirs here last week. Wayne and Vicki are from Melbourne and have just completed their fourth stay at Owen River Lodge. They learned to fly fish here on their first visit in October 2012, so you […]

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Christchurch Tram Up & Running!

Christchurch Trams are back running on their original loop through the city as of today. Post-earthquakes, the trams began operations on a shortened route last November and have carried over 100, 000 passengers. A year later the trams will now travel along their original pre-earthquake loop down Worcester Boulevard and along Rolleston Avenue, Armagh and […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Auckland Top 10 City – Lonely Planet

It’s official – Auckland’s one of the world’s best cities Lonely Planet has 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 and […]

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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 edited it slightly for brevity but it’s a very interesting read and useful for those thinking of […]

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Business Class on Wheels

Don’t get lost in the crowd, travel in style on a Grand Pacific Tours Ultimate Small Group Tour. The benefit of travelling in a small group is that every aspect of your New Zealand holiday is personal. With smaller numbers, travel is at a relaxed pace, with more free time to explore at leisure. You will travel onboard […]

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Largest Ever ‘Calving’ on Tasman Glacier

Largest ever ‘calving’ on Tasman Glacier Terminal Lake Aoraki Mount Cook National Park A major ‘calving’ event on the front face of New Zealand’s Tasman Glacier has created the largest-ever iceberg seen on the Tasman Glacier Terminal Lake. The calving – believed to have happened in the early hours of yesterday morning (Saturday, 23 February […]

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3 New 6 Night Cruises Launched

Island Escapes have just released 3 new small ship cruises around New Zealand for the 2013/2014 summer season! With only a few places left on summer 2013 departures, Island Escapes have released next seasons small ship cruises including the all new 7 Day Marlborough Wine & Whales. This small ship cruise includes the opportunity to view the whales at […]

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