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Hobbies New Zealand may be a country of two halves but, when it comes to special interest holidays, it is anything but half-hearted, says Jo Gardner

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ew Zealand’s varied topography provides the perfect habitat for nature, the perfect playground for adrenaline junkies and the most succulent bounty for foodies. And with new product coming on stream all the time, there has never been a better time to sell the country to the niche markets.

For food & drink lovers Put the diet on hold: Kiwis absolutely love their food and it’s easy to help your clients taste their way around the country. Book-end each day with a cup of coffee at a cool café and a craft beer at a local brewery; in between, there are street vendors, farmers’ markets, waterside dining, vineyards, top-notch restaurants, cooking courses and food festivals. For lunch, Auckland Harbour is hard to beat, or try some street food in Wellington’s hip Cuba Quarter. Celebrating an occasion? Many of New Zealand’s fine dining restaurants can be found in luxury lodges in remote (and frankly stunning) locations. Imagine arriving by helicopter and dining in front of dramatic snow-capped mountains. When it comes to produce, the vast coastline (all 14,000 kms of it) can only mean one thing: seafood… tuck into green-

lipped mussels, scallops, crayfish or oysters during a casual lunch or posh dinner. Not a seafood lover? Try the succulent New Zealand lamb. There are more wineries in the country than you can shake a grape at - try the crisp, fresh Sauvignon Blanc or the light Pinot Noir at a pretty vineyard, before buying some to take home. For a complementary snack, dairy farming New Zealand has many award-winning cheese varieties, including blues, vintages and cream soft cheeses. With its inventive menu of fine dining using traditional Maori cooking techniques (in a pit under the ground), Wellington’s newest restaurant, Haikai, is already a hit.

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Where to stay HAWKE’S BAY is a large wine region near Napier with vineyards, cellar doors, accommodation and places to eat and drink. Fans of stylish period architecture should set up camp at Omaruni Valley, a great base for touring the vineyards and within easy reach of the Art Deco town of Napier. (hawkesbaynz.com) Book it: Bridge & Wickers (bridgeandwickers.co.uk) has a 19-day self-drive New Zealand Food & Wine Odyssey tour from £3,375pp including flights, car

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