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Stewart Island and the Elusive Kiwi

Stewart Island and the Elusive Kiwi

“Tell a New Zealander that you’ve been to Rakiura/Stewart Island and chances are they’ll be envious, telling you they can’t wait to visit their wee third-largest island. After intros – kia ora, how ya…

Adventures for Absolutely Everyone

Adventures for Absolutely Everyone

“When people ask about my favourite countries to get away from the stresses of today’s contentious world, New Zealand is right up there, offering just about everything a traveller could want: vast stunning landscapes,…

WOW is WOW

WOW is WOW

“The idea, Suzie Moncrieff said, was to ‘take art off the wall and on to the human body’. From Moncrieff’s concept, WOW – World of Wearable…

Healing Mind, Body and Soul at Mahu Whenua

Healing Mind, Body and Soul at Mahu Whenua

Ridgeline Homestead and Eco Sanctuary Mahu Whenua near Wanaka “is one of the newer members of the Luxury Lodges of New Zealand.” Avi Melniker describes his experience of visiting the…

Stewart Island One of Business Insider’s Must Visit Islands

Stewart Island One of Business Insider’s Must Visit Islands

With the help of “some of the most influential travel bloggers and experts”, Business Insider Australia compiled a list of 100 breathtaking and memorable lesser-known islands”. New Zealand’s Stewart Island…

Mountaintops to the Deep Sea in the Milford Sound

Mountaintops to the Deep Sea in the Milford Sound

“Key Summit is one of many hiking trails – or as locals call them, tracks – that crisscross the South Island near Milford Sound, the green gemstone atop New Zealand’s wilderness crown,” Nevada-based Erin…

Exploring the Jurassic Park-Like Whanganui River

Exploring the Jurassic Park-Like Whanganui River

“Water is an oft-used metaphor for virtually everything: time, sex, death. But to New Zealanders it’s much more elemental – a connection forged when the first Polynesian migrants arrived in their seagoing waka a…

Seek Out Auckland’s Top Shopping Destinations

Seek Out Auckland’s Top Shopping Destinations

“New Zealand’s biggest city is booming, and so are its designer fashion and beauty boutiques – some of them destinations in themselves,” according to South China Morning Post correspondent Patty Huntington, who has the…

Be Charmed by Matakana

Be Charmed by Matakana

“As small villages go, the riverside village of Matakana has it all,” according to the Newcastle Herald’s Sue Preston. “Situated within the picturesque Matakana wine region with its boutique vineyards, olive groves and eateries,…

Airbnb Launches Experiences in New Zealand

Airbnb Launches Experiences in New Zealand

“Think foodie tours, special effects workshops, and Southern Lights photography sessions,” Condé Nast Traveler’s Meredith Carey writes. “Now, with more than 15,000 Experiences spread around the world, Airbnb is adding New Zealand to the…

New Zealand’s South Island Beckons

New Zealand’s South Island Beckons

“Called the ‘Edinburgh of the South,’ here is where travellers can see blue-eyed penguins and Jurassic trees, savour a unique beer culture and enjoy cool glacial valleys,” Lai Reeves writes for The Philippine Star….

NZ Features in Lonely Planet’s Ultimate Eatlist

NZ Features in Lonely Planet’s Ultimate Eatlist

Lonely Planet includes six New Zealand classics in its first ever ‘Ultimate Eatlist’, which has ranked the “world’s top 500 food experiences”. The travel guide asked the planet’s top chefs, food writers and its own…

New Bungy Experience Catapults Users to 60 mph in 1.5 Seconds

New Bungy Experience Catapults Users to 60 mph in 1.5 Seconds

“Adrenaline junkies can now be catapulted to 60mph in 1.5 seconds across a 500ft ravine thanks to an amazing world-first bungy experience,” writes Jennifer Newton in an article for The…

Wellington a Constantly Innovative Food Scene

Wellington a Constantly Innovative Food Scene

“In addition to being home to a wealth of parks, the national museum Te Papa and movie prop studio Weta Cave, not to mention charming harbour fronts and beaches, is a true food…

Auckland and Stand Up Paddling a Perfect Match

Auckland and Stand Up Paddling a Perfect Match

Auckland has been named one of the world’s top eight paddling hubs by readers of the UK’s SUP magazine. “Take one look at New Zealand’s largest city on a map and it’s no surprise that…

New Zealand is Paradise Says Actor James Nesbitt

New Zealand is Paradise Says Actor James Nesbitt

Northern Irish actor James Nesbitt, who played the dwarf Bofur in Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit trilogy, recalls partying with Berliners, the best dish he’s ever had, and how he discovered paradise in New Zealand. “…

New Zealand’s Unique New Accommodation

New Zealand’s Unique New Accommodation

“New Zealand has several new unique stays available for guests looking for something in nature and a bit out of the ordinary,” the Canada Free Press reports, recommending Clifton Glamping…

Get a Taste of Authentic Māori Cuisine

Get a Taste of Authentic Māori Cuisine

“There is much on the food platter in New Zealand, thanks to its historical influences. The meals are a fabulous amalgamation of New American cuisine, Southeast Asian, East Asian, and South Asian culinary traditions,”…

On an Art Tour of the North Island

On an Art Tour of the North Island

New Zealand’s art scene is vibrant, moving, astute, and gnaws at your consciousness, with a strong connection to history and place. And it’s everywhere, from Auckland’s dozens of small commercial spaces to major galleries in…

Blanket Bay Built for Outdoor Lovers

Blanket Bay Built for Outdoor Lovers

New Zealand luxury lodge Blanket Bay has been featured in USA Today as one of 13 beautiful lakeside hotels around the world. Alisha Prakash reports. “With hiking,…

Waiheke One of the Best Islands

Waiheke One of the Best Islands

Waiheke Island has been ranked the fifth best island in the world in this year’s World’s Best Awards survey, which asks Travel + Leisure readers to  “weigh in on travel experiences around the globe.”…

Hollyford Track in NZ One of Best Walking Holidays

Hollyford Track in NZ One of Best Walking Holidays

New Zealand’s Hollyford Track has been featured as one of the best guided walking holidays in the world in an article in the Evening Standard. “The Hollyford…

Where to See Aurora Australis in NZ

Where to See Aurora Australis in NZ

Away from the main cities, New Zealand’s “velvety black skies are a milky swirl of celestial galaxies story,” writes Kate Springer in an article for CNN. “And then there’s the…

Maori Hāngi in Rotorua One of World’s Top Experiences

Maori Hāngi in Rotorua One of World’s Top Experiences

A Maori Hāngi in Rotorua has been recognized as one of the world’s best experiences in TripAdvisor’s Travelers’ Choice Awards for Experiences. Travel Daily News reports. “Experiences are often the highlight…

Taranaki One of the Most Underrated Destinations

Taranaki One of the Most Underrated Destinations

New Zealand’s Taranaki has been featured in INSIDER as one of the 40 most underrated travel destinations worldwide alongside other places including Bergen in Norway and Hobart in Australia. “Situated between Auckland and Wellington on…

Is Dunedin New Zealand’s Most Underrated City?

Is Dunedin New Zealand’s Most Underrated City?

Despite its low profile, Dunedin has a quiet, understated cool,” writes Lilit Marcus in an article on CNN.  “As a university town, it is full of inexpensive eats, street art,…

Cycle NZ from Alps to Ocean

Cycle NZ from Alps to Ocean

In response to popular demand, cycling holiday specialist Adventure South NZ has created a new Alps to Ocean Cycle trail itinerary for those wanting to cycle the entire trail, start…

How Wanaka Became NZ’s New Adventure Capital

How Wanaka Became NZ’s New Adventure Capital

With its bungee jumps, giant swings, jet boats and ski fields, Queenstown isn’t known as the adventure capital of the world for nothing. Until recently, nearby Wanaka was typically likened to a more low-key…

Dramatic Ocean Views from the Olive House

Dramatic Ocean Views from the Olive House

“If you are looking for an opulent getaway that shows off New Zealand’s epic landscapes, a former olive press building has now been converted into a luxury lodge with 360-degree views of the Kaikoura…

Fiordland – “Intricate Web of Glacier-Carved Waterways”

Fiordland – “Intricate Web of Glacier-Carved Waterways”

New Zealand’s Fiordland National Park has been featured in a Forbes article which highlights “some of the most popular parks in the world.” Duncan Madden reports. “Like much of its native…

Wanderlust-Inspiring Luxury New Zealand Hotels

Wanderlust-Inspiring Luxury New Zealand Hotels

“With its unparalleled natural beauty, innovative culinary scene, and unique luxury accommodation, there is no mystery as to why New Zealand has become the destination of choice for some of the world’s most discerning…

Chasing Waves on a 13,000km Motorbike Trip

Chasing Waves on a 13,000km Motorbike Trip

In March, Byron Bay friends Torren Martyn and Ishka Folkwell travelled throughout New Zealand on motorbikes looking for the country’s best surf spots. Surfer magazine caught up with the pair for a synopsis of…

Heli-Biking in New Zealand is Epic

Heli-Biking in New Zealand is Epic

“A thick layer of fog makes the scene that much more intense as the helicopter touches down. One by one, each mountain biker jogs away from the helicopter. One by one, the bikes are…

Great Barrier Island Has Star Quality

Great Barrier Island Has Star Quality

The off-grid Great Barrier Island, 90km off the coast of Auckland, is a Dark Sky Sanctuary ideal for star gazing – and the views by day are heavenly too. The Observer’s Chris Hall looks…

Moeraki Boulders Make for Ever-Changing Photo Op

Moeraki Boulders Make for Ever-Changing Photo Op

An image of Otago’s Moeraki Boulders has featured in the Minneapolis Star Tribune’s online version. “Folklore is storied with mystical explanations, but it is believed the coast has been eroded…

Athlete’s Guide to New Zealand

Athlete’s Guide to New Zealand

Adventurer and now New Zealand-based athlete Luke Yates, “newly enamoured with the country”, explains why the Land of the Long White Cloud is perfectly suited for endurance adventures in an article for IRONMAN. “Mythical stories…

Wellington’s Paddy the Wanderer Forever Loved

Wellington’s Paddy the Wanderer Forever Loved

Wellington’s waterfront memorial to the “well-loved, well-travelled wharf dog” Paddy the Wanderer is included in online travel guide, Atlas Obscura. “Paddy the Wanderer was an Airedale Terrier who roamed the streets of Wellington,…

Piha Beach One of the Most Instagrammed Beaches

Piha Beach One of the Most Instagrammed Beaches

Piha Beach has been identified as one of the most Instagrammed beaches (#21) in the Asia Pacific Region in a list compiled by travel company Globehunters.

Take Stargazing to New Heights in New Zealand

Take Stargazing to New Heights in New Zealand

“The universe is back in fashion. Perhaps it’s because light pollution on the increase as white LED streetlights across ever-expanding cities, but there seems to be a growing interest in astro-tourism,” writes Jamie Carter…

How to Follow in the Royal Family’s Footsteps in NZ

How to Follow in the Royal Family’s Footsteps in NZ

“With the world’s latest royal nuptials almost upon us, we look at how normal folk can get a little regal in New Zealand – one place where they’re rumoured to be honeymooning,” Vogue Australia…

Getting Close to Perfect on the North Island

Getting Close to Perfect on the North Island

“Countless travellers fantasise about New Zealand as a place untouched by much of the world’s bustle and strain,” Jim Farber writes for the New York Daily News. Farber tours the North Island to see…

North Island Home to World Class Golf Courses

North Island Home to World Class Golf Courses

New Zealand’s North Island is one of the most scenic destinations on the planet. And its rolling hills and clifftops have become home to some world-class golf courses. Golf Australia’s Michael Jones heads over…

Get Back To Nature with NZ Walking Tours

Get Back To Nature with NZ Walking Tours

“If you live in a concrete jungle inundated with constant noise, pollution, too many people and not enough trees, or are simply feeling the urge to get back to nature” –“a trip to New…

New Zealand in Time-Lapse

New Zealand in Time-Lapse

New Zealand’s striking and incredibly diverse landscape has helped it become the setting for many famed film series that include the Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit, Travel + Leisure magazine reports, and…

Escape to Nature in Cosy Pods in New Zealand

Escape to Nature in Cosy Pods in New Zealand

“Travellers seeking a mix of rustic, unspoilt charm and relaxation with a touch of luxury” should consider travelling to Te Wepu Intrepid Pods in New Zealand, writes James Gabriel Martin…

Beautiful Wellington Not Short on Great Food

Beautiful Wellington Not Short on Great Food

“Home is where the heart is, and Wellington has my heart – with its harbour, skies and hills, it’s just so beautiful,” London-based chef Margot Henderson tells the Financial Times in a piece about…

Hidden Gems in New Zealand

Hidden Gems in New Zealand

“Who doesn’t know about the picturesque beauty in New Zealand,” writes Ruchika Kher in an article for Times Now. Kher believes that the real fun of travelling lies in finding…

Remote Corner of NZ “Straight Out of Your Favorite Fantasy Film”

Remote Corner of NZ “Straight Out of Your Favorite Fantasy Film”

“You may not know it, but the scenery of New Zealand’s South Island has become famous, thanks to films like the Lord of the Rings trilogy and Wolverine,” writes Carrie Miller in an article…

36 Hours in Auckland

36 Hours in Auckland

“The construction cranes that pierce the Auckland skyline are a visual indication of the growth New Zealand’s largest city is experiencing,” writes Elaine Glusac in an article in The New York Times. Auckland…

Why You Should Visit New Zealand

Why You Should Visit New Zealand

“Chances are you’ve met a kiwi or two and you’ve probably seen Lord of the Rings—the country’s friendly population and breathtaking natural beauty is reason enough to visit. But if you still need convincing,…

Move Over Norway and Behold Fiordland

Move Over Norway and Behold Fiordland

“If you’ve never heard of this national park, on New Zealand’s South Island, then you won’t know that it’s one of earth’s most staggeringly jaw-dropping wildernesses,” the Britain’s Daily Mail reports. The publication features…

NZ Trail Huts Provide Shelter, Conversation and Community

NZ Trail Huts Provide Shelter, Conversation and Community

“I wouldn’t have guessed that backcountry huts would become a focal point of my travels in New Zealand. Sixteen years later, I had come for the forests of Lothlorien, the peaks of the Misty…

Rotorua the Southern Hemisphere’s Yellowstone

Rotorua the Southern Hemisphere’s Yellowstone

“The Rotorua region, one of the world’s most geothermally active areas, is the Southern Hemisphere’s take on Yellowstone – minus bison, bears and backed-up crowds,” journalist M.L. Lyke writes for The Washington Post. “Gases and…

See If You Can Pronounce This Place Name

See If You Can Pronounce This Place Name

“Every world traveller knows the struggles of trying to fit into a foreign country’s culture. It requires remembering local customs, practicing appropriate etiquette, and (perhaps the most challenging) learning to speak like a local….

How to Honeymoon in New Zealand

How to Honeymoon in New Zealand

Wanting to take their time soaking in jagged mountains, rolling pastures, steep fjords, pristine lakes, raging rivers and scenic beaches, Indonesians Gwen Winarno and Yudha Budhisurya took a road trip in New Zealand while…

While Away the Weekend in Auckland and Northland

While Away the Weekend in Auckland and Northland

From breathtaking golf courses to pristine waterways, there are many amazing ways to enjoy New Zealand’s northernmost tip, Tourism New Zealand promotes in gallery format on Britain’s Guardian news site. “Legendary underwater explorer Jacques Cousteau…