What better way to explore the diverse regions of New Zealand than by following a garden itinerary? With a must-see list of our best open-to-the-public gardens - especially the privately-owned ones - the route for any holiday ramble falls happily into place.
At the Speight’s Brewery, malted barley, sugar, hops and pure spring water are blended, heated and brewed to make one of New Zealand’s best loved beverages. This is where the art of beer making, with a good dollop of science on the side has created award winning beers for over...
As a sailor, the albatross is almost a mythical bird. I have seen them at sea, and when they appear on the horizon their strength and size never fails to impress. The albatross colony at Taiaroa Head (Pukekura) is on a Nature Reserve managed by the Department of Conservation.
History, culture, politics… it’s all alive and well in New Zealand’s capital city of Wellington. Whether you’re looking to get a taste of how this South Pacific nation’s government works, hoping to learn a bit about New Zealand’s history, or just up for strolling around to see some really cool...
Waiatoto River Safari’s is based out of Hannah’s Clearing, just south of Haast Township. This is New Zealand’s only ’Alps to the Coast’ jet boat ride and it really is a safari. Jimmy, our driver, took us 23 kilometres up the Waitoto into the West Coast wilderness.
The drive up the Oparara Valley, just north of the Karamea Township, goes past the old MacCallum’s sawmill site and follows a gravel logging road through regenerating bush. Bill Jackson who works for the Oparara Valley Trust was our guide for the Honeycomb Hill Cave Tour.
Doing anything up the Whataroa Valley is an adventure into “splendid isolation”. It is one of the largest valleys on the West Coast of the South Island and has a rich agricultural and mining history. Rafting the Whataroa River is easily the best white water day trip in New Zealand,...
If you are visiting the Hawke's Bay of New Zealand, check out Gannet Beach Adventures for a big day out to visit the southern hemispheres only land based gannet colony at Cape Kidnappers. So much fun and excitement, and with wonderful viewing of gannets up close.
A classic book works like a balm to take the mind off aching legs. A bent for history eases the struggle of walking head-on into a howling northwest wind. And even a vague curiosity about modern movie-making helps bear the weight of sodden boots and socks.
I love the South Island tourism company of Fox Glacier Guides because they have the most amazing guides who are real mountain people from all over the world. Lizzy was the lead guide on our 2 ½ hour Flying Fox Heli-Hike.