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Visitors Get Up Close to Lions at Orana Park

Visitors Get Up Close to Lions at Orana Park

Christchurch’s Orana Wildlife Park is making headlines for its unique lion experience that takes visitors inside the lion enclosure for a close encounter with the big cats as they are fed. The difference? The…

Sky Tower Named One of Regions Top Towers

Sky Tower Named One of Regions Top Towers

Auckland’s Sky Tower has been named as one of the Asia Pacific’s top ten iconic observation towers by TripAdvisor, the world’s largest travel website. Coming in at number five on the list of famous…

New Zealand’s Friendly Airport

New Zealand’s Friendly Airport

Airports are often the least enjoyable part of travelling – while travellers want to enjoy every last moment of their holiday, there’s only so much an airport can offer. However according to Jaunted, Auckland…

Kauri Forests Charm Canadian Visitor

Kauri Forests Charm Canadian Visitor

Travelling through Northland on a ten-day tour of the country, National Post writer Maryam Siddiqi decides that ultimately, “the rugged west coast and its glittering green water” left the greatest impression on her. “As…

Long-Haul Visitor Numbers on the Up

Long-Haul Visitor Numbers on the Up

There has been a significant growth in the number of international visitors to New Zealand this year, with a 10 per cent rise in arrivals during the first half of 2013, compared to the…

Who Invented This Country?

Who Invented This Country?

New Zealand does not seem of this earth according to Outside Magazine contributing editor Peter Heller, who writes that it’s “like a kid asked a genie to make a world full of everything fun…

Tiptoe Through the Caves Amidst Light Fantastic

Tiptoe Through the Caves Amidst Light Fantastic

Waitomo’s wondrous underground labyrinth of caves has been forming over the last 30 million years. “In one of these caverns is a very special animal – one that has evolved to thrive in wind-free…

Wanaka Area Boasts Otherworldly Scenery

Wanaka Area Boasts Otherworldly Scenery

“‘If you’re walking up to Lake Crucible, then it’s a good grunt,” explains the lady checking us in for the Siberia Experience; one of the most spectacular ways of seeing the Southern…

New Zealand Tourism Up Thanks to Middle-Earth

New Zealand Tourism Up Thanks to Middle-Earth

New Zealand has seen a boast to its international tourism as a result of the first Hobbit film released in December 2012, says government agency Tourism New Zealand. Figures released by the agency this…

Signing Away Her Life and Giddy with Survival

Signing Away Her Life and Giddy with Survival

“It was beginning to feel as if New Zealand’s national emblem wasn’t the silver fern, but the disclaimer form,” Guardian correspondent Rebecca Nicholson writes on a recent backpacking adventure throughout the country….

Skimming Shallow Waters at Breathtaking Speed

Skimming Shallow Waters at Breathtaking Speed

“Shortly after the invention of the jet unit by New Zealander Bill Hamilton, the Melhop brothers started the world’s first commercial jet boating on the Shotover River in 1960,” Richard Irwin writes for the…

None of It Has Anything to Do with Orcs

None of It Has Anything to Do with Orcs

Auckland, home to a third of all New Zealanders, has recently welcomed a raft of bars, boutiques and restaurants that highlight locally made products, from excellent craft beer and wine to fashion and art,…

Record Heights over Franz Josef

Record Heights over Franz Josef

“With a 19,500-foot parachute jump over New Zealand’s scenic South Island … one of the highest commercial sky-dives in the world that doesn’t require customised planes and breathing equipment,” The Wall Street Journal’s Chris…

Looking on the Bright Side of Life

Looking on the Bright Side of Life

“The world’s most southerly capital city is a shining example of turning weaknesses into strengths,” David Whitley writes for Middle East newspaper The National. “Hemmed in between harbour and hills, Wellington simply doesn’t have…

One of the World’s Best Guided Tours

One of the World’s Best Guided Tours

Active Adventures New Zealand’s Five-Day ‘Kauri’ Essence of the North Island tour features in National Geographic Traveler’s eighth annual “50 of the World’s Best Guided Expeditions” list, which appears in the magazine’s May issue….

Best City in the World for Being Wild

Best City in the World for Being Wild

In Wellington, wildlife sightings are a part of daily life, thanks to the city’s green policies and development of countless parks, nature reserves and walking tracks, Adam Bray writes for CNN. Bray recommends a…

Bolthole for Bargain Hunters

Bolthole for Bargain Hunters

Kauri Cliffs Lodge in the Bay of Islands is home to billionaire American hedge fund manager, Julian Robertson, the founder of Tiger Asset Management. But according to investment strategist Tim Staermose, “you…

All Aboard on a Tech Trip

All Aboard on a Tech Trip

Setting out on a New Zealand adventure to test technology, travel and entertainment on the road, air and rail, Forbes contributor Andy Robertson aims to avoid insulating he and his family “from the thrill…

Change of Character

Change of Character

“Each city seems to have its own character and voice; each community has a completely different attitude to life,” Huffington Post freelancer Karen Edwards writes in a blog describing her recent trip….

Cycling Through Spectacular

Cycling Through Spectacular

It’s a stunning experience to pedal 310 kilometres of the Alps 2 Ocean trail from New Zealand’s highest peak to the Pacific Ocean, writes Andrew Bain for The Sydney Morning Herald. “Alps 2 Ocean…

We Love Visitors

We Love Visitors

New Zealand, along with Iceland, has been judged the world’s friendliest nation for tourists, according to the “Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Report” released by the World Economic Forum, which ranked 140…

Focus on Liveability

Focus on Liveability

Auckland inspires strong feelings in the editor-in-chief of Monocle magazine, Tyler Brûlé. “Dear Auckland,” Brûlé writes, “I realise it’s less than 96 hours since we parted company but I can’t stop thinking about the…

Flipping out in a Biplane

Flipping out in a Biplane

“New Zealand offers just about every adventure activity you can think of – and many more you’ve likely never even considered,” Elissa Richard writes for Yahoo News Singapore. “Ever wanted to be a pilot? Or…

Get Off the Beaten Track

Get Off the Beaten Track

New Zealand travel specialist for Condé Nast Traveler, South Island-based Jean-Michel Jefferson, offers video tips for trips throughout the country and insights into recent tourism trends. “We’re seeing much more family and multigenerational travel,”…

Amongst the World’s Best

Amongst the World’s Best

Three New Zealand hotels are included in the 2013 Travel + Leisure compendium of the top-rated 500 hotels around the globe with The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs taking the No 16 spot…

Much More than a Film Set

Much More than a Film Set

“There’s so much to this beachy, mountainous, rugby-enthused nation ,” Laura Morrison writes for CNN Travel. Morrison suggests ten other reasons why New Zealand is worth a visit, including for the coffee, for…

Real Romantic Treats

Real Romantic Treats

The romantic Kokohuia retreat in Hokianga is one of six New Zealand lodges recommended in Britain’s Independent newspaper. “This off-grid B&B opened above a scenic swathe of Hokianga Harbour a year…

Sky Tower to Join St. Paddy’s Day Festivities

Sky Tower to Join St. Paddy’s Day Festivities

The Auckland Sky Tower will go green on St Patricks Day, March 17 2013, says the Daily Mail. The ‘greening’ has been organised by the Irish Tourist Board to promote Ireland’s tourism. Other world…

Greetings from New Zealand

Greetings from New Zealand

In the column “Postcard, from New Zealand”, originally appearing in The San Francisco Chronicle on 8 February 1966, American travel writer Stanton Delaplane said: “I must say the country is much improved for the…

Shucks, it’s a Hit

Shucks, it’s a Hit

Waiheke Island’s The Oyster Inn, “is a charming project that opened late last year, set up by Andrew Glenn and Jonathan Rutherfurd Best,” Simon Farrell-Green writes for Monocle in an article about “How to:…

Big Beauty in Small Town

Big Beauty in Small Town

Queenstown is one of the world’s top 10 best small towns, according to Ben Groundwater of The Sydney Morning Herald. “It’s got all of the adrenalin-charged clichés you can think of,…

Touring about Canvases

Touring about Canvases

Queenstown artist Alice Blackley runs Art Adventures, a tour company that takes visitors about the resort town’s galleries and studios. The Washington Post’s Michael Kaminer joins in for a day out. “A…

Cycling Holidays Transformed

Cycling Holidays Transformed

By the end of 2012, 10 of the 20 tracks making up the 2340km New Zealand Cycle Trail were open to riders, with the remainder scheduled for completion by the end of 2013. Veteran…

Everyone’ll be Here Next Year

Everyone’ll be Here Next Year

Waiheke Island is included in the prestigious New York Times’ “46 Places to Go in 2013”, featuring at No 35 under the title, “A homegrown arts scene beckons from down under”. “Long home 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…

Retro Ads Bank On Paradise

Retro Ads Bank On Paradise

Five vintage New Zealand travel advertisements feature in Jaunted this week. Among them the ‘Fly TEAL’ ad, which “pushes the airline’s popular Coral Route, which once flew passengers to the tropical South Pacific Islands…

Capital Freebie Tourism Activities

Capital Freebie Tourism Activities

“Whether you’re a fan making a pilgrimage to the city where the films were made, or you have no interest whatsoever in dwarfs and goblins, there’s plenty to do in Wellington. For free,”…

Jackson’s Capital Effect

Jackson’s Capital Effect

“No part of New Zealand has been more changed by Jackson’s movies, and by the growing film-production industry they sparked here, than the city of Wellington,” Michael Joseph Gross writes in the December…

New Zealand: ‘It really is Paradise’ Says Bollywood’s Vidya Balan

New Zealand: ‘It really is Paradise’ Says Bollywood’s Vidya Balan

Vidya Balan, one of Bollywood’s biggest superstars, rates New Zealand as her favourite place. She spoke to Filmfare, India’s leading film magazine, about her trip and shared some of her New Zealand photos with…

New Zealand’s Yellowstone

New Zealand’s Yellowstone

“When I read about Rotorua’s Lady Knox Geyser that erupts at 10:15 every morning, I knew this was something I wouldn’t see in Yellowstone,” Pat Bellinghausen writes for the Missoulian. “While Lady Knox erupts…

Top Travel Spots

Top Travel Spots

Wellington Airport and the pensioners at Auckland Airport feature in this year’s ‘Monocle Travel Top 50’ list. Wellington International Airport sits at No 14 as the ‘Best New Air Terminal’. “Gehry-esque in ambition and…

Adventure for Real

Adventure for Real

“You could go to New Zealand just for the golf and not be disappointed – in fact, it might turn out to be the most memorable golf trip you’ll ever experience,” Stephen Szurlej writes…

Catch Yourself a River Prawn

Catch Yourself a River Prawn

“Hurl yourself out of a plane, swim in a lake that’s bigger than Singapore and catch Malaysian prawns,” Joleen Lunjew writes for The Malaysia Star. “Welcome to the Great Lake Taupo.” “What’s so great…

Hop, Skip and a Jump

Hop, Skip and a Jump

“The sea is never more than a few miles away on Waiheke,” Jonathan Hutchison writes for The New York Times. “West is Oneroa, a small township with cafeterias and shops selling clothes, crafts and,…

Blooms and Bohemians

Blooms and Bohemians

“Wellington long ago shed its staid, bureaucratic image, though you’ll still find plenty of ‘the suits,’ as they are affectionately called, around the beehive-shaped Parliament Building and New Zealand Stock Exchange,” Katherine Rodeghier writes…

Cycling Through History

Cycling Through History

The 317km Mountain to Sea Trail begins on the slopes of Mt Ruapehu, passes through two national parks (Tongariro and Whanganui), includes a jet-boat ride down the Whanganui River, and ends at the Tasman…

Heaven on Earth

Heaven on Earth

“In the northwest corner of New Zealand – where craggy Pacific Ocean bluffs offer a panoramic view of the Cavalli Islands, sheep and cattle roam freely, and gently rolling hills are blanketed with thick…

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…

Paddling Out in Raglan

Paddling Out in Raglan

Raglan, 50 kilometres west of Hamilton, “is your archetypal surf town, with annual surf contests, a busy surf school and a bohemian buzz reminiscent of the 1960s,” Kerry van der Jagt writes for The Age….

Finding the Middle of Nowhere

Finding the Middle of Nowhere

For those looking for an off-the-beaten-path excursion in New Zealand, Emily Dayton of the San Diego Reader recommends visiting Lake Tekapo. “The small town is a cluster of homes and motels at the south…

Instead of Adrenalin

Instead of Adrenalin

New Zealand’s less extreme tourism activities provide the Gadling’s Meg Nesterov with plenty to do for a trip throughout the country in which she finds out “why Auckland is worth more than a stopover,…

Exhaling for Beauty

Exhaling for Beauty

Day one of this Daily Mail reporter’s romantic honeymoon in New Zealand and he and his wife are about to throw ourselves out of a light aircraft at 16,000ft. “Mrs Foy, bless her, is…

Wonder for Yourself

Wonder for Yourself

“It’s difficult to describe the wonder of Milford Sound,” an ‘Escape’ reporter writes for The Australian. “It’s probably best that someone puts a photograph in front of you. Words can’t do it justice. Even…

On a Humane Scale

On a Humane Scale

“New Zealand is everything that people say it is – friendly, beautiful and proportionally urbane,” American teacher Michael Nesset writes for the Minneapolis Star Tribune. Nesset, who spent “Spring Break 2012,” travelling the country…

Being Herself Like Nowhere Else

Being Herself Like Nowhere Else

Ever since a teenage backpacking trip through New Zealand – “one of the best times in my life” – Australian model Miranda Kerr has wanted to return. Beginning last December, Kerr, 29, got her…

Visiting the Fabulous

Visiting the Fabulous

“Middle-earth may be mythical, but so too is New Zealand,” Mark Johanson writes for International Business Traveler. “The only difference is you can visit the latter. It’s a place where glaciers carve paths through…