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.
It’s a public holiday in Queenstown for big people but not for the schools - so the neighbourhood is stunningly quiet. I have settled down to my first day of the blog4NZ festival with a three egg omelet, a cup of tea, Bob Dylan blasting out the stereo and a...
The blog4NZ festival is set to be a social media first as the world’s travel bloggers get together to a world first by producing hundreds and hundreds of pieces of travel content telling the world how great a place New Zealand is to travel.
Home of the Phantom of the Opera Before Andrew Lloyd Weber and others left their indelible marks on The Phantom of the Opera, the original story was written by Gaston Leroux and was inspired by the national opera house, L’ Opera Garnier.