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Luxury Lodge-Hopping in New Zealand

Luxury Lodge-Hopping in New Zealand

“Once seen by many as a destination for backpackers to hike, bike and bungee jump, New Zealand’s profile is changing,” Mark Jones writes in a Financial Times feature. “In 2014 the national tourist board…

Adventurer Captures NZ’s Untouched Beauty

Adventurer Captures NZ’s Untouched Beauty

Professional photographer, Belgian-born Johan Lolos, 28, travelled through New Zealand for one year exploring and photographing its beauty. His images have attracted more than 100,000 followers on Instagram. “After my year travelling in…

New Zealand’s Lavender Farms Inspiration for Novel

New Zealand’s Lavender Farms Inspiration for Novel

Research for her first novel Jakob’s Colours took British writer Lindsay Hawdon and her two young sons to the Land of the Long White Cloud and its fragrant lavender fields, reports the Independent. Hawdon writes…

Australian Travel Show Dedicates Episode to Capital

Australian Travel Show Dedicates Episode to Capital

Wellington’s “amazing culture, incredible creativity, and beautiful food” was recently showcased to one million Australians on Explore TV, which aired in January on Channel Nine across Australia. During an episode dedicated to Wellington,…

The 10 Most Instagrammed Places In New Zealand In 2015

The 10 Most Instagrammed Places In New Zealand In 2015

“New Zealand is basically just a country made entirely of absolute beauty. From the beaches to the glacial mountains, there’s nothing New Zealand can’t do,” writes Matt Whitehead in a Buzzfeed article…

Koekohe Beach and Slope Point Listed as Strange But Most Sublime Places

Koekohe Beach and Slope Point Listed as Strange But Most Sublime Places

Koekohe Beach and Slope Point on New Zealand’s South Island have been included in Conde Nast Traveller’s list ‘The Strangest Places on Earth (Are Also The Most Sublime)’. Koekohe Beach with its famous…

Cape Kidnappers and Hawkes Bay – A Scenic Wonderland for Foodies and Golfers

Cape Kidnappers and Hawkes Bay – A Scenic Wonderland for Foodies and Golfers

Hawke’s Bay is one of the hidden gems of New Zealand, according to Warren Smith in an article for The Daily Telegraph. Only a couple of days spent in the region with its…

Top 10 Adventure Things You Can Only Do in New Zealand

Top 10 Adventure Things You Can Only Do in New Zealand

David Whitley has collected the Top 10 Adventure Activities you can only do in New Zealand. Flying into a volcano: White Island is located 48km offshore from Whakatane in the Bay of Plenty and is…

5 Treasures of New Zealand’s South Island

5 Treasures of New Zealand’s South Island

Tourists often claim to have travelled the South Island after having spent a few days in the adventure capital Queenstown, according to Perzen Patel, who has travelled New Zealand extensively. She has collected her…

Christchurch an Absolute Delight

Christchurch an Absolute Delight

Disembarking in Christchurch after a TranzAlpine rail journey through “knockout” landscapes, Economic Times reporter Charukesi Ramaduri says that though there are signs of the devastating earthquake of 2011 everywhere, it is equally clear Christchurch…

Wellington Getaway

Wellington Getaway

“Like Melbournians, Wellingtonians take their food and drink culture extremely seriously. The city is said to have more restaurants, bars and cafes per capita than New York”, writes Jason Lim in an article for…

Triple Treat at Queen Charlotte Track

Triple Treat at Queen Charlotte Track

“There are many ways to enjoy New Zealand’s spectacular Queen Charlotte Track”, writes Justin Walker in an article on Australian Geographic. Walker himself walked the first part, pedalled the middle section and finished off…

48 Hours in Wellington

48 Hours in Wellington

“Creative, well caffeinated and culinarily blessed, Wellington is surprisingly compact” and “is packed with cool-as cafes, boutique food factories and exceptional restaurants,” writes Nikki Marshall in an article for The Guardian, in…

World’s Best Destinations for Every Kind of Personality

World’s Best Destinations for Every Kind of Personality

Queenstown, New Zealand is one of the destinations featured in an article on destinations for every kind of personalities. Queenstown, New Zealand for the daredevils: Regardless of the season there always are activities that feed…

Air New Zealand to Launch Direct Flights to Vietnam

Air New Zealand to Launch Direct Flights to Vietnam

“Air New Zealand has announced to launch direct flights to Ho Chi Minh City starting from next summer with three flights a week that aim to promote Vietnam tourism”, according to an article in…

New Zealand’s Best Remote Lodges

New Zealand’s Best Remote Lodges

“Best reached by helicopter, New Zealand’s latest luxury lodges promise wonderful cuisine, total tranquillity and the most spectacular scenery”, writes Tim Jepson in an article for The Telegraph. Wharekauhau Lodge: Prince William and…

New Zealand Ranked Eight Most Positive Country

New Zealand Ranked Eight Most Positive Country

New Zealand has been ranked the eighth most positive country for 2015 in a global index published by Daily Positive. “New Zealand announced the creation of a 620,000 km2 Ocean Sanctuary in the Kermadec region,…

New Zealand’s Great Walks on Google Street View

New Zealand’s Great Walks on Google Street View

“Google announced the addition of its new Street View imagery from New Zealand’s Great Walks on Thursday”, writes Michael De Waal-Montgomery in an article on VentureBeat. The update includes six of the nine famous New…

New Zealand Is the Ultimate Nature Adventure

New Zealand Is the Ultimate Nature Adventure

The main experience you are left awestruck with after a trip to New Zealand, according to the Huffington Post, is “the nature – the overwhelming force of the landscapes.” “New Zealand is one of the…

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,”…

How to Skip Winter Without Missing Ski Season: Travel to New Zealand

How to Skip Winter Without Missing Ski Season: Travel to New Zealand

“A land of tree roots and butterflies and sea cliffs: not only is New Zealand a volcanic dreamland, it’s also one of the safest and socially progressive countries in the world”, writes Emily Hill…

Waiheke Ranked Fourth Best Island

Waiheke Ranked Fourth Best Island

Waiheke has been ranked the fourth best island in the world outside of the U.S in the 2015 Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards. “A mix of Nantucket and Sonoma, with New Zealand charm,…

5 Unbelievable Day Hikes In New Zealand

5 Unbelievable Day Hikes In New Zealand

“New Zealand is home to some of the most rugged and stunning landscapes on the planet”, as reported in an article on The Huffington Post that lists five unbelievable day hikes in…

17 Stunning Spots In New Zealand

17 Stunning Spots In New Zealand

17 spots in New Zealand have been featured in a post on Buzzfeed as places that you will want to visit. 1. Lake Tekapo, McKenzie Country: “New Zealand’s highest peaks provide a beautiful backdrop to…

New Zealand’s Valley of the Trolls

New Zealand’s Valley of the Trolls

“On a hike across New Zealand’s Southern Alps, we find the kind of beauty fit for myths and legends”, writes Laura Dannen Redman in an article on Condé Nast Traveler. “We had sweat and…

Real Life ‘Lord of the Rings’ Locations

Real Life ‘Lord of the Rings’ Locations

In Peter Jackson’s “The Lord of the Rings” J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle Earth is “composed of dozens of incredible locations around New Zealand,” and “the natural beauty of New Zealand’s lush countryside and icy blue…

Golf’s Toughest Par 3

Golf’s Toughest Par 3

Possibly the world’s toughest par 3 – “a tiny green accessible only by helicopter nestled into mountainside overlooking the city of Queenstown” is 4,500ft high, writes Corey Charlton for The Daily Mail. Errand golf balls…

Top Ten Safest Countries Of The World

Top Ten Safest Countries Of The World

New Zealand has been ranked the safest country to travel to in a ranking by news portal ABC News Point. The ranking examined how people living in the respective countries thought about their safety…

New Zealand Ranked Highest for Experience in HSBC Expat Explorer Survey

New Zealand Ranked Highest for Experience in HSBC Expat Explorer Survey

New Zealand has been ranked highest for experience and second overall in HSBC’s Expat Explorer Survey, which helps people to compare countries across the globe focusing on three categories: economics, experience and…

New Zealand’s Otago Beautiful in Fall

New Zealand’s Otago Beautiful in Fall

New Zealand’s Otago has been featured in German magazine RP Online as one of ten destinations that are well worth a visit in fall. In fall Otago is even more beautiful and its vast…

5 Stunning South Island Must See’s

5 Stunning South Island Must See’s

“When it comes to the most spectacular natural wonders of the world, New Zealand undoubtedly belongs to the world’s most stunning destinations”, according to Veru and Petra – two travellers’, who share their New…

Murchison’s Never-Ending Fire

Murchison’s Never-Ending Fire

A seemingly typical clear and swift South Island river, the Blackwater has one unmistakable trait: the water carries a whiff of kerosene. It’s faint, but it was enough to give the Blackwater its name,…

New Zealand Voted Best Destination for Solo Travelers

New Zealand Voted Best Destination for Solo Travelers

New Zealand has been ranked the best destination for solo travellers on a list created by Travel and Leisure. Safety and the ability to connect to people and culture while travelling are…

Three Million Reasons to Celebrate Tourism’s Value to New Zealand

Three Million Reasons to Celebrate Tourism’s Value to New Zealand

Over three million visitors have travelled to New Zealand in the year ending July 2015, according to data released by Statistics New Zealand. The 7.3 % per cent increase of visitor numbers is good news for…

New Zealand Kicks off Record Cruise Season

New Zealand Kicks off Record Cruise Season

New Zealand is expecting its biggest cruise season with 267,800 passengers in 2015-16. According to Cruise New Zealand the summer season has already begun with the arrival of Sea Princess in Auckland. “The next two…

Otahuna Wins Andrew Harper’s 2015 Reader’s Choice Awards

Otahuna Wins Andrew Harper’s 2015 Reader’s Choice Awards

Otahuna Lodge in Tai Tapu, New Zealand has been voted the world’s Top International Hideaway by readers of one of the world’s most influential luxury travel reader’s polls, Andrew Harper’s…

Casting for the Elusive Mr Brown on Ruakituri River

Casting for the Elusive Mr Brown on Ruakituri River

“As we cut through the clouds in the small Bay Heliwork chopper, the sky opens to a stunning view of Hawkes Bay and the legendary Ruakituri River where the elusive ‘Mr Brown’…

Is this New Zealand’s Best Ever Ski Season?

Is this New Zealand’s Best Ever Ski Season?

After a phenomenal start to the season and continuing snowfalls, both Coronet Peak and Mt Hutt ski resorts in New Zealand may stay open longer than the usual. Ordinarily the season runs from mid-June…

12 Things To Do in Queenstown

12 Things To Do in Queenstown

Queenstown offers “an incredible mix of gorgeous views, great food, fun outdoor activities, and more” writes Geoffrey Morrison for Forbes Magazine. The article collates the Top 12 things to do in the…

Quirky Places and Travel Hacks: New Zealand

Quirky Places and Travel Hacks: New Zealand

Lifehacker has picked five top quirky places and travel hacks for travel in New Zealand so you will explore “New Zealand like you’ve been there a thousand times – even if it’s your first…

New Zealand Cities Make Condé Nast List of Friendliest Cities

New Zealand Cities Make Condé Nast List of Friendliest Cities

Queenstown has been ranked as third friendliest city in Condé Nast Traveller’s ‘The 2015 Friendliest and Unfriendliest Cities in the World’ ranking. Auckland has been ranked ninth friendliest city. Queenstown is “the birthplace of adventure…

Tourism New Zealand Claims Top Honours at US Tourism Awards

Tourism New Zealand Claims Top Honours at US Tourism Awards

Tourism New Zealand has been named Tourism Board of the Year 2015 by U.S. luxury travel network Virtuoso. The winners were selected by Virtuoso’s community of luxury travel advisors. Chief Executive Kevin Bowler said the…

53M Views for All Blacks Men In Black Airline Safety Video

53M Views for All Blacks Men In Black Airline Safety Video

Air New Zealand’s new safety video, shown on all domestic and international flights, is featuring the New Zealand All Blacks, who have teamed up with former rugby rivals in the Man In Black-themed safety…

Settling in over a Beer at Hobbiton’s Green Dragon

Settling in over a Beer at Hobbiton’s Green Dragon

“In New Zealand, even a nondescript cutting in the woods can lead somewhere extraordinary. That magnetic pull to see what’s around the next bend, whether sparkling glacier or primeval forest, is my favourite thing…

Is This Heaven on Earth? Amateur Photographer Captures Breathtaking Images of New Zealand’s South Island

Is This Heaven on Earth? Amateur Photographer Captures Breathtaking Images of New Zealand’s South Island

Antony Harrison, an amateur photographer has described New Zealand’s South Island as his favourite place on earth after travelling around the world for the past 14 years. The man from Manchester only began shooting with…

Conquering the World’s Steepest Street in Dunedin

Conquering the World’s Steepest Street in Dunedin

“As I trudge, sweating and red-faced, up the world’s steepest street I decide that cameras sometimes help people tell fibs”, writes Chris Pritchard for The Daily Telegraph. Dunedin’s Baldwin Street is listed in…

New Zealand’s South Island Offers Great Walks

New Zealand’s South Island Offers Great Walks

New Zealand’s Great Walks are highly regulated by the Department of Conservation, which maintains the trails, checking for hiking passes and staffing the huts for nightly educational talks. Popular walks include the world-famous Milford…

Walking in the Realm of the Giants

Walking in the Realm of the Giants

If New Zealand is famous for something, then it’s for nature, begins a German Lonely Planet Traveller magazine feature. The best way to experience the landscape, the publication recommends, is by hiking the Routeburn…

Blanket Bay Lodge a Hidden Getaway

Blanket Bay Lodge a Hidden Getaway

If you’re looking for the perfect getaway this winter, you should look no further than New Zealand’s best luxury lodge on the north edge of the stunning Lake Whakatipu at Blanket Bay. Blanket Bay is…

New Zealand Seventh Most Respected Country

New Zealand Seventh Most Respected Country

New Zealand has been ranked as the seventh most respected country in the 2015 RepTrak Survey conducted by the Reputation Institute, which examines how countries are perceived across the globe. 55 nations were…

Six Picturesque Places in New Zealand You Must Visit

Six Picturesque Places in New Zealand You Must Visit

The Indian Express has featured six breathtaking places in New Zealand “you will absolutely love (…) if you are a nature lover”. 1. Sutherland Falls – New Zealand’s largest waterfall in Milford Sound 2. The Kepler…

New Zealand Attractions Named in the 2015 TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Awards

New Zealand Attractions Named in the 2015 TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Awards

A number of New Zealand attractions including the amusement parks Splash Planet and Rainbow’s End have been recognised in the TripAdvisor  2015 Travelers’ Choice Awards. Hawke’s Bay’s water park Splash Planet has been…

Twenty-Six Reasons NZ is the World’s Best To Visit

Twenty-Six Reasons NZ is the World’s Best To Visit

Once again, New Zealand has topped the Telegraph Travel awards as the world’s best place to visit; the publication offers up 26 reasons why. “First and most importantly, it looks amazing. Douglas Adams, the author…

Pavlova & Rivesaltes by Air France

Pavlova & Rivesaltes by Air France

Air France’s June inflight magazine travels “to the end of the earth with this delicious New Zealand dessert:  A meringue that’s crisp on the outside and soft in the middle, topped with divine crème…

Picturesque Doesn’t Begin to Describe Minaret

Picturesque Doesn’t Begin to Describe Minaret

Matt Wallis is one of four brothers who own Minaret Station, a working farm at Lake Wanaka with a luxurious alpine lodge for tourists and accessible only by helicopter, Katarina Kroslakova writes for the…

New Zealand – Bucket List Destination: 6 Ways to Travel on a Budget

New Zealand – Bucket List Destination: 6 Ways to Travel on a Budget

“The sweeping mountain vistas, stunning beaches, vibrant cities and hospitable locals make New Zealand a bucket list travel destination for many”, writes Claire Volkman for the Huffington Post. Getting to New Zealand and staying there…