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World’s Rarest Travel Books Auctioned

World’s Rarest Travel Books Auctioned

In a September Sotheby’s auction in London, some 400 books of explorers and travellers, scientists and sailors, botanists and big-game hunters were put up for auction, including a first edition of the official account…

Glass-Box Glamping in Kaikoura

Glass-Box Glamping in Kaikoura

“Spring has sprung in New Zealand. Still a bit too chilly for full-blown summer camping, now’s the season to test the waters with a bit of glass-box glamping,” writes Jacqui Gibson in an article…

Destination Tauranga for Surreal Kayak Adventures

Destination Tauranga for Surreal Kayak Adventures

“In New Zealand, there are many places to see glowworms and also many places to paddle a kayak. These two experiences, already lovely on their own, merge for a surreal adventure in Tauranga,” Straits…

Ten Must See Places in Auckland

Ten Must See Places in Auckland

Most travellers coming to New Zealand arrive in Auckland – New Zealand’s largest city with a population of 1.5 million.  Auckland lies between two oceans – the Pacific Ocean and the Tasman Sea –…

Toast of Taranaki

Toast of Taranaki

Arts, culture, hiking and fine dining abound in New Plymouth, on the west coast of New Zealand. The Australian’s Jane Nicholls recommends some highlights. “New Plymouth is festooned in festivals, including the world music festival…

Mt Doom, Ski Fields and Bike Redemption

Mt Doom, Ski Fields and Bike Redemption

A scenic North Island train journey takes in the dramatic landscape, the Whakapapa ski fields – and an unexpected two-wheeled catharsis for Guardian journalist Lucy Clark. “When you haven’t been on a bicycle for four…

New Zealand’s 10 Most Desirable Airbnb Getaways

New Zealand’s 10 Most Desirable Airbnb Getaways

Airbnb have revealed their most wished-for holiday homes in New Zealand with listings including a truck with a sea view, a city centre loft apartment and romantic bush chalet, Emilia Mazza writes for the…

New Zealand Ranked Third Most Beautiful Country

New Zealand Ranked Third Most Beautiful Country

New Zealand has been voted the third most beautiful country in the world in a Rough Guides ranking. Scotland was voted the most stunning place in the world, followed by…

New Zealand Wine Tourism Figures Soar

New Zealand Wine Tourism Figures Soar

Wine tourism in New Zealand has grown strongly and one in four visitors now go to a vineyard or winery during their visit, according to new figures published by trade body NZ Winegrowers. The organisation…

Where to Wine, Dine and Caffeinate in Wellington

Where to Wine, Dine and Caffeinate in Wellington

“When I first moved to New Zealand , I accidentally landed in Wellington and stayed for almost a year,” American travel blogger Liz Carlson, aka the Young Adventuress, writes. “Chill vibes, a cool creative…

Must Do Travel Destinations in New Zealand

Must Do Travel Destinations in New Zealand

“This summer I took an epic vacation in New Zealand,” award-winning blogger and traveller Lia Miller (pictured centre) writes in a three-part series for the Huffington Post. “To say that New Zealand is gorgeous…

Sofitel Viaduct Harbour “A Quirky Affair”

Sofitel Viaduct Harbour “A Quirky Affair”

Sofitel’s “stylistic marriage of Parisian salon and Pacific meeting house is just out of earshot from the bars and restaurants of the Viaduct Harbour’s busy end. It is a quirky affair that elevates the…

New Zealand’s Disabled-Friendly Adventures

New Zealand’s Disabled-Friendly Adventures

A quick flick around the internet will confirm that travellers with disabilities can enjoy adventure activities in New Zealand – from leaping out of planes and exploring the rainforest canopy to jet boating in…

Hotels to Cross Off  Your Bucket List

Hotels to Cross Off Your Bucket List

Annandale and Eichardt’s Private Hotel have been featured in an article in the Toronto Star, which showcases “five dreamy suites, villas and penthouses to cross off your travel bucket list.”

One-of-a-Kind NZ Accommodations

One-of-a-Kind NZ Accommodations

“New Zealand is a unique destination that’s home to epic alpine scenery, glacial lakes, lush forests, beaches and fiords, not to mention home to the set of Middle Earth,” writes Chelsea Davis for

Power of Nature at Wai-O-Tapu Geothermal Park

Power of Nature at Wai-O-Tapu Geothermal Park

“A visit to the sacred hot springs of the Wai-O-Tapu Geothermal Park will make you feel like you are in an entirely different world,” writes Anoop Menon in an article…

Four Ways to Discover the Wild Side of Middle Earth

Four Ways to Discover the Wild Side of Middle Earth

“Long before director Peter Jackson selected his home country as the filming location for The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogy, New Zealand was known for its raw wild beauty,” writes Debbie…

Adventure Calls in Queenstown

Adventure Calls in Queenstown

“On the balcony of our lovely suite at the Heritage Queenstown, with its front-row views across Lake Wakatipu, I watch and wait as the morning light slowly washes the vast razorback range beyond in…

Finding renewal in New Zealand’s Birthplace

Finding renewal in New Zealand’s Birthplace

“The cultural history distinctive and beautiful region at the far northern edge of the North Island – from the kauri forests to the Waitangi Treaty Grounds, from the colonial buildings and whaling…

Where the Locals Go in Wellington

Where the Locals Go in Wellington

From boutique shopping to cable car rides and all the best food in between, the National Geographic finds out how Wellingtonians take advantage of the capital city. “Wellingtonians go where the wind takes them,” Carrie…

8 Ways to Find Auckland’s Pulse

8 Ways to Find Auckland’s Pulse

There’s plenty to do in Auckland, New Zealand, which is situated “between two harbours, Waitemata to the north and Manukau to the south.” An article on Women’s Magazine Femina’s website recommends…

Ten Top Outdoor Adventures in New Zealand

Ten Top Outdoor Adventures in New Zealand

New Zealand is virtually synonymous with vast tracts of unspoiled nature that provides everything from ski slopes to big waves. CNN pick the best of the best wild places, including Auckland’s west coast beaches,…

Bryce Dallas Howard Named Tourism NZ Brand Ambassador

Bryce Dallas Howard Named Tourism NZ Brand Ambassador

Pete’s Dragon and Jurassic World star “Bryce Dallas Howard is spreading her love for New Zealand as the country’s newest tourism voice in the United States,” as reported in an article on

Air New Zealand’s New Safety Video Stars Katie Holmes & Cuba Gooding Jr.

Air New Zealand’s New Safety Video Stars Katie Holmes & Cuba Gooding Jr.

“Air New Zealand has ruled the flight safety video game for years, with films starring Hobbits, Richard Simmons, the All Blacks and famous seniors. But the airline just debuted its most surreal creation to…

Secret Swims with Karen Walker on Waiheke

Secret Swims with Karen Walker on Waiheke

Designer and native New Zealander Karen Walker, who spends her holidays on Waiheke Island, gives Condé Nast Traveler her “summer hit list” for the magazine’s weekly edition of Summer Fridays – a weekly series…

New Zealand’s Beauty Unmatched

New Zealand’s Beauty Unmatched

An American college lecturer travels with his wife to New Zealand and found that “while beauty is in the eye of the beholder,” he “found New Zealand to be the most beautiful country” he…

Napier an Art Deco Delight of Design and Dining

Napier an Art Deco Delight of Design and Dining

The devastating 1931 earthquake is responsible for Napier being reborn as a town of fine designs and dining. The Australian’s Caroline Gladstone pays a visit to explore the best of the city, and its…

Why New Zealand Is Your Favourite Country

Why New Zealand Is Your Favourite Country

“It sounds like fake news: ‘There’s a guy near Christchurch, he’s exporting compressed New Zealand air to China. In a canister. With a mask.’ But when I check it out later, I find it’s…

Rere Rockslide

Rere Rockslide

Rere Rockslide, “just outside the city of Gisborne in New Zealand is an amazing water ride that is not connected to any kind of theme park. It is purely a result of the natural…

5 Reasons to Visit Bay Of Islands New Zealand

5 Reasons to Visit Bay Of Islands New Zealand

There are plenty of activities – both adrenaline-filled and calm – in New Zealand’s Bay of Islands – “an area rich in history and culture” with beautiful surroundings. Carley Olley writes about her favourites…

New Plymouth Firmly on the Cultural Map

New Plymouth Firmly on the Cultural Map

“ Lye’s story might well have slipped into obscurity had his 18,000-item archive not ended up in a small seaside city on the west coast of New Zealand’s North Island,” Nigel Tisdall writes for…

Vine Old Time On Waiheke Island

Vine Old Time On Waiheke Island

“(Waiheke Island) has its own microclimate – it’s drier and warmer than Auckland, 20km away – which is why it’s so good at growing grapes and attracting thousands of day-trippers,” Katrina Lolley writes for…

Why New Zealand is an Amazing Paddling Destination

Why New Zealand is an Amazing Paddling Destination

One of the best ways to see the country is from the water, and standing up, according to photographer and paddler New Zealand-based Scotsman Johny Cook writing for SUP magazine. “All of my …

Hotelier Chris Parkin’s Artistic Legacy

Hotelier Chris Parkin’s Artistic Legacy

Michael Tuffery’s Pisupo Lua Afe (Corned Beef 2000) “nattily doubles as a barbecue and is part of a large collection of contemporary art amassed over a quarter of a century by business identity Chris…

Seven Foods You Must Try in New Zealand

Seven Foods You Must Try in New Zealand

Travel specialist Alexandra Stewart moved to Singapore in 2015. One year later, the former creative director and deputy chair of Skope Industries (a successful manufacturing company founded by Stewart’s father) went on to launch…

Wellington Takes Top Spot In Quality-Of-Life Ranking

Wellington Takes Top Spot In Quality-Of-Life Ranking

“Forget London, New York or Tokyo, for a better quality of life you should go to Wellington, Edinburgh or Vienna,” writes Conor Sullivan in an article for The Financial Times….

Rugged Landscapes Beguile Malaysian Photographer

Rugged Landscapes Beguile Malaysian Photographer

A photographic exhibition of New Zealand’s “majestic” landscapes is on show in Kuala Lumpur. The “Aspiring New Zealand” collection was taken by award-winning photographer Malaysian Jeffry Lim during a family holiday in the country…

An Offbeat Vacation Experience

An Offbeat Vacation Experience

“Often overshadowed by its sophisticated neighbours, like buzzing-city Auckland, picturesque Hamilton frequently gets neglected. But this city – that has long been a centre of dairy farming, on the banks of the Waikato River…

Helena Bay Lodge On Hot List 2017

Helena Bay Lodge On Hot List 2017

Helena Bay Lodge in Northland, New Zealand has been cited on Condé Nast Traveler’s Best New Hotels List 2017. The magazine’s editors “vetted hundreds of recently…

Sleep Under the Stars in PurePods

Sleep Under the Stars in PurePods

PurePods are four free-standing glass houses set in open clearing on private farm land in the South Island. There’s no carpet, curtains, or traditional ceiling (it’s made of glass), and…

Wanderlust, NZ Retreats One of the Best Surf & Yoga Destinations

Wanderlust, NZ Retreats One of the Best Surf & Yoga Destinations

Wanderlust in Raglan has been cited in a Travelers Today article listing the world’s best surfing and yoga destinations. “If you want some girl time with your friends and families, visit the all-female surf and…

Mahana – Condé Nast Traveller’s Dig of the Week

Mahana – Condé Nast Traveller’s Dig of the Week

Mahana in Nelson – “a modern mansion on a working winery with delicious food and a compelling private art collection”, has been featured in Condé Nast Traveller’s weekly series of…

That Wanaka Tree a Social Media Sensation

That Wanaka Tree a Social Media Sensation

A crack willow tree, believed to have grown from an old fence post, has been photographed tens of thousands of times, with queues of photographers routinely forming on the lake’s shore to capture its…

Nothing Beats a Life-Affirming NZ Holiday

Nothing Beats a Life-Affirming NZ Holiday

The Daily Mail’s travel editor Mark Palmer kicked off his eight-day tour in and around Queenstown, admiring Lake Wakatipu, then taking in the World Heritage Site Matukituki Valley where Lord Of The Rings was…

Baldwin Street an Ever Instagrammed Steep

Baldwin Street an Ever Instagrammed Steep

“If you find yourself near Dunedin anytime soon, put on your most comfortable walking shoes and head to Baldwin Street for a seriously trippy Instagram opportunity,” Travel + Leisure journalist Nina Ruggiero recommends. “Baldwin…

Wellington Gets the Scarlett Johansson Effect

Wellington Gets the Scarlett Johansson Effect

Ghost in the Shell star Scarlett Johansson, who spent several months in Wellington filming the classic eighties sci-fi remake, says the capital is one of the best cities she has worked in. In a press…

Pasifika Festival Enlightens US Student

Pasifika Festival Enlightens US Student

American university student Hailey Tucker questioned her own cultural identity when she attended Auckland’s recent Pasifika Festival. “As much as studying abroad has taught me about the South Pacific and specifically New Zealand, I have…

Aurora Australis Tourists See Lights of Their Life

Aurora Australis Tourists See Lights of Their Life

The first commercial flight to view the Aurora Australis landed in Dunedin, with 130 star-struck passengers sharing the experience on social media. TVNZ reporter Mark Hathaway, who was onboard the Air New Zealand flight,…

Tourists Outnumber Hotel Rooms

Tourists Outnumber Hotel Rooms

With 3.5 million short-term arrivals last year – 480,000 more than had been projected only two years earlier – a hotel shortage may end up harming New Zealand’s biggest foreign exchange earner, according to a…

Inside NZ’s $10,000-Per-Night Penthouse

Inside NZ’s $10,000-Per-Night Penthouse

“Since New Zealand’s mid-1800s gold rush, Eichardt’s Private Hotel has been a fixture of Queentown’s downtown waterfront. Last October, the iconic property added an eye-catching new wing with its modern Eichardt’s Building, the crown…

Moeraki Boulders Should Be On Your Bucket List

Moeraki Boulders Should Be On Your Bucket List

For many, traveling to New Zealand is a dream trip. “The Moeraki Boulders—perfectly rounded and smooth boulders that scatter the South Island’s Koekohe Beach” are one of the island’s “unique natural wonders you don’t…

Whanganui River First In The World To Be Given Legal Human Status

Whanganui River First In The World To Be Given Legal Human Status

Whanganui River “in New Zealand has become the first in the world to be granted the same legal rights as a person”, as reported on the BBC. “Long revered by New Zealand’s Maori…

Remote Luxury Lodges on the Very Edge

Remote Luxury Lodges on the Very Edge

For those of us who can’t build a billion-dollar bolt-hole like director James Cameron or investor Julian Robertson, a stay at one of New Zealand’s luxury lodges sprinkled throughout the North Island’s most stunning…

Wellington Ranked #2 in List of Cleanest Capital Cities

Wellington Ranked #2 in List of Cleanest Capital Cities

Wellington has been ranked the second cleanest capital city on earth in a ranking published in The Telegraph following a report published by the World Health Organisation (WHO) that “suggested pollution now poses a greater…

Hobbit Holes To Be Recreated by Glamping Firm

Hobbit Holes To Be Recreated by Glamping Firm

A corner of JRR Tolkien’s Middle Earth will be recreated at Craighead Howff, near Braco in Scotland after a glamping firm was given the green light to build two underground holiday huts,…

Auckland: New Zealand’s City of 50 Volcanoes

Auckland: New Zealand’s City of 50 Volcanoes

“Sprawling between both coasts of the North Island, New Zealand’s largest city is known as the “city of sails” for the yachts that occupy its harbors. But Auckland could just as easily be dubbed…