Slow Travel in New Zealand
“To really get to know New Zealand, you have to do less and take in more,” according to an article in Canada Free Press. “If you want a rush, there’s no place better on the planet. But if you want to get off the bus, smell the native flowers and eat kai (food) fresh from the river or bush, you will be the richer for it.”
Fly-fishing may be the ultimate slow sport and according to the article “there is no better place for mindfulness than standing in the Tongariro River, stalking a thumping great trout.” The historic town of Turangi is the trout-fishing capital of the world. Lake Taupo and Lochy River on the South Island also are popular fishing destinations.
As part of the Kai Waho Experience “Tom Loughlin, of the Tuwharetoa iwi (tribe), takes visitors on authentic cultural experiences focusing on food, culture and tikanga (customs) of the sub-alpine wilderness.” This is truly in the backblocks of New Zealand.
Blue Duck Station, an eco-resort surrounded by the ancient forests of the Whanganui National Park in the Central Plateau’s Ruapehu District is just as secluded. Guests can enjoy nature and immerse themselves in the everyday life of the farm.
The Ultimate Slow Train
Forgotten World Adventures is the ultimate slow train, which runs from Okahukura in the Central Plateau, to Whangamomona. Visitors can drive over the tracks in self-driven rail carts.
The Whanganui River is one of New Zealand’s most beautiful waterways. Taking a trip on one of the river dories is perfect for those who don’t want to paddle their own canoes. Trips last from three to five days, starting from Taumarunui, Ohinepani or Whakahoro and finishing at Pipiriki.
With long walks, short walks, steep walks and deep walks New Zealand is a walking person’s happy place.
“Everything’s close in New Zealand, from dramatic natural landscapes to vibrant cities. You set the pace – from outdoor adventures, to cultural connections, or pure relaxation. And it’s safe, friendly and easy to get around.”
Article Source: Canada Free Press, May 2, 2016
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