Tag Archives: Lonely Planet

Dig This an Invercargill Playground for Adults

Dig This an Invercargill Playground for Adults

“A New Zealand attraction has just opened that will allow you to rip, push and pull to your heart’s content using heavy machinery. Dig This Invercargill is  first heavy equipment playground, and while it…

Teen Plans to Open Elephant Sanctuary in Thailand

Teen Plans to Open Elephant Sanctuary in Thailand

Jack Lanting, from Hamilton, was eight years old when he fell in love with Lily, a rescue elephant he met at the Elephant Nature Park in Northern Thailand while on a trip with his…

Taranaki One of Lonely Planet’s Top Regions 2017

Taranaki One of Lonely Planet’s Top Regions 2017

Taranaki has been named as one of the Top Regions to visit in 2017 in Lonely Planet’s annual Best in Travel ranking. “The joke goes that most travellers who reach Taranaki have just…

The Best of Taranaki

The Best of Taranaki

“Tucked away on the central west coast of New Zealand’s North Island, the Taranaki region is both overlooked and under-appreciated. But for more intrepid travellers, the area dubbed ‘the ‘Naki’ is definitely worth a…

New Zealand’s Best Walks

New Zealand’s Best Walks

Two New Zealand walks – the Tongariro Alpine Crossing and  the Rees-Dart Track -have been featured in a Lonely Planet article on Australia’s and New Zealand’s best free walks. New Zealand’s Tongariro Alpine…

The Best of Waiheke Island

The Best of Waiheke Island

On Waiheke Island “old-school beach shacks share the same stunning views as architect-designed mansions, and their millionaire inhabitants are usually indistinguishable from the vineyard workers and retired hippies who all call this island home,”…

Queenstown’s Fergburger – One of Lonely Planet’s Best Burgers

Queenstown’s Fergburger – One of Lonely Planet’s Best Burgers

Queenstown’s Fergburger has been named one of the planet’s best burger experiences in a ranking published by Lonely Planet. According to Lonely Planet “Queenstown’s funky Fergburger serves protein-heavy fodder to fuel you up for any…

One of the Most Gay-Friendly Places to Stay on Earth

One of the Most Gay-Friendly Places to Stay on Earth

New Zealand is one of the top three most gay-friendly travel destinations, according to Lonely Planet. In 1998, New Zealand was the first country to adopt the label of ‘Gay/Lesbian Friendly’ when referring to…

Lonely Planet’s Top Eight Must-See NZ Port Destinations

Lonely Planet’s Top Eight Must-See NZ Port Destinations

In an extract from Lonely Planet New Zealand, Charles Rawlings-Way describes the country’s top eight must-see port destinations. “Paris may be the city of love, but Auckland is the city of many lovers, according to…

On the Hippie Trail with Lonely Planet’s Founders

On the Hippie Trail with Lonely Planet’s Founders

The journey that spawned publishing empire, Lonely Planet founders Tony and Maureen Wheeler’s trek from London to Australia via the hippy trail in 1972, has taken the first step on a new odyssey –…

New Zealand Features in Lonely Planet Best in Travel 2014 Lists

New Zealand Features in Lonely Planet Best in Travel 2014 Lists

Two New Zealand destinations have made their way into two Lonely Planet Top Ten list,s part of Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2014. Auckland features in the top ten cities in the world to…

On The Road

On The Road

New Zealand’s five best alternative road trips are included in a Lonely Planet feature this month. From a Caitlins penguin drive to Auckland’s newest winemaking area east of Warkworth, author Brett Atkinson recommends experiencing…

Charming Mixture

Charming Mixture

Lonely Planet’s 16th New Zealand edition praises Wellington’s “compact and vibrant” CBD for its artsy mix of theatres, galleries, boutiques, museums and a “cocktail- and caffeine-fuelled hospitality scene” that fairly “fizzes and pops among…

Fully-Booked And Beautiful

Fully-Booked And Beautiful

“Why if the is so fully-booked, expensive, and logistically unfriendly, would so many people choose to trek it?” asks Gadling blogger Kyle Ellison. “Because, to put it simply, it might actually be…

Inspiring A City’s Renaissance

Inspiring A City’s Renaissance

Christchurch, “New Zealand’s bravest and most resilient communities … is re-emerging as one of most exciting cities,” according to Lonely Planet author Brett Atkinson. “If you’re heading to the South Island, definitely…

A really good time

A really good time

In an extract from the 21-published Lonely Planet title Discover New Zealand, which highlights the very best the country has to offer, the guide says: “You probably already know how ludicrously photogenic New Zealand…

Coolest Little Capital

Coolest Little Capital

Wellington has been named the ‘Coolest Little Capital City’ in the world by Lonely Planet. The Lonely Planet Best In Travel 211 also named Wellington as the fourth best city in the world to…

Cycling the Peninsula

Cycling the Peninsula

The Otago Peninsula was recently included in a Lonely Planet list of the world’s top ten cycling routes, alongside the San Juan Islands in Washington, The Luberon and Mont Ventoux in Provence and…

Beautiful or Else

Beautiful or Else

“In New Zealand some things are taken very seriously and some are not. Sport is serious. Politics is not. Lifestyle is serious; religion less so,” explains Joanna Norris for Abu Dhabi’s English-language newspaper The…

Six Spots Bluelisted

Six Spots Bluelisted

Six NZ tourist attractions made Lonely Planet’s 2008 Bluelist, an annual collection of the world’s “hottest trends, destinations, journeys and experiences.” Jetboating Queenstown’s Shotover River is featured as one of the great river trips,…

Wellington: City on the Rise

Wellington: City on the Rise

Wellington has been named one of 10 world cities “on the rise” by the editors of Lonely Planet. The capital is described as “one of the world’s cold-yet-cultural cities … more beautiful than Seattle or Melbourne” in…

Another Webby for Edge

Another Webby for Edge

Exponents Tourism NZ’s consumer website newzealand.com, designed by Shift, has won the Webby award for best tourism website in the world for a second time. Known as the Oscars of the internet,…

Best Western

Best Western

Leading US travel site, Frommer’s, featured a lengthy write-up on the South Island’s spectacular west coast – “where there’s more to see and do than there are residents.” The writer’s comprehensive holiday includes a…

From Wilderness to Café Culture

From Wilderness to Café Culture

NZ features in a Lonely Planet dream itinerary compiled exclusively for the Observer. “NZ’s wild side is wonderful, especially the South Island’s rugged west coast, but it’s great to return to Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch where cafe…

Top Five Twice-over

Top Five Twice-over

In a Lonely Planet poll conducted in early December, NZ was voted fourth most popular future destination and fourth favourite place already visited. The exhaustive survey drew nearly 20,000 respondents from 167 different countries.

The People’s Choice

The People’s Choice

Aotearoa earned its second consecutive “Top Destination for the Coming Year” award in the annual poll of Lonely Planet staff around the world. According to global travel editor, Don George, for one country to top the poll…

Off the Beaten Track

Off the Beaten Track

NZ is one of 30 “hot spots for switched on travellers” recommended by Lonely Planet for 2004. To avoid the inevitable horde of Rings fans, LP suggests taking the Pacific Coast Highway down the Coromandel Peninsula, stopping…

Whistle-stop NZ

Whistle-stop NZ

Lonely Planet experts offer Brits-in-need a two week itinerary of NZ. Reader response: “A two week(!) trip to NZ? We’re UK bird-watchers who have just spent three months there. It’s far too short a time…”

NZ: Lonely Planet Hot Spot 2003

NZ: Lonely Planet Hot Spot 2003

Proving that NZ is not only destination of choice for Louis Vuitton carrying America’s Cup acolytes, Lonely Planet, bible of the young and Birkenstocked, picks NZ as the grand winner in its annual survey of hot spots….

Canterbrian Miss October

Canterbrian Miss October

NZ takes out the October slot of  Lonely Planet‘s year planner for 2003. “Take one of the world’s great train journeys, the Tranzalpine, across the southern alps the varied scenery takes in the Canterbury Plains,…

Edge of a Lonely Planet

Edge of a Lonely Planet

“New Zealand values its independence and is not afraid to take on the world,” states the latest Lonely Planet, labelling New Zealand the place for adventure, coffee and wide open spaces.