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Interislander Onboard Magazine


PLUS The Qualmark Enviro Gold Award NZ Becomes a Winter Wonderland Methven - A Great Place to Stay, A Great Place to Play Southern Lakes Positively Wellington




ALL EQUIPMENT PROVIDED. FULL DAY, HALF DAY, ECO TOURS, HELI-HIKES, ICE CLIMBING. Join us and share the experience of a lifetime. We make a clear commitment to our trips being the most spectacular and rewarding available - achieved in comfort and safety. Next to the Allied Petrol Station in the main street of Franz Josef township.







There’s nothing like a West Coast winter, where options abound and every visitor’s whim is catered to.



Soak up all the fun there is to be had in Queenstown, with its mountain peaks, shimmering lakes and crisp alpine air – there’s no going past this town.

The country goes into overdrive as winter hots things up with crisp blue skies, steaming geothermal pools and vibrant fun festivals.





Whether it’s a special occasion, treating a loved one, or you simply need to get away from the stress of daily life, there’s no better way than to be pampered to the max.

With great food, wine, beers, scenery and so much more, there’s just no going past this awesome spot.



It’s a symbol you’d definitely recognise, but do you know what it actually means to carry the Qualmark logo? We investigate.



Located on the North Island’s eastern coast, Hawke’s Bay is arguably the country’s premier food and wine region – who can resist that?



A truly delightful gem, the majestic Wanganui River is waiting for you to experience its surroundings.



Winter is a great time to visit the coolest little capital in the world with food, film and craft festivals as well as superb shopping and boutique cinemas to boot.

31 Magnificent Marlborough Always a delight, Marlborough is a gorgeous region to visit during winter so come on, what are you waiting for?

Kick back, relax and take a breather in Kaikoura, where the local marine life is happy to welcome you.



Winter is a glorious time to visit Hanmer Springs, the popular alpine village and spa at the heart of Canterbury’s Hurunui district.



Offering the perfect escape no matter what your taste or budget, Methven is one seriously amazing holiday destination.

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EDITOR Bettina Maniatis



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More to the Journey


Brain Teasers


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Welcome On Board On the 13th August 1962 the first ferry to link the North and South Island started a once a day return service. In her first year of service, the Aramoana carried carried 207,000 passengers, 46,000 cars and 181,000 tonnes of freight. This year, Interislander celebrates 50 years of operation. Our three ferry’s - Kaitaki, Aratere and Arahura - now undertake around 5,500 sailings a year carrying around 785,000 passengers, 53,000 rail wagons, 73,000 trucks and 210,000 cars. We have come a long way in those 50 years and I doubt many New Zealanders can say they have not travelled with us at least once. Around 30 per cent of our passengers are international visitors which makes us an important part of showcasing New Zealand to the world. With the journey described as one of the most beautiful ferry rides in the world, half our job is already done but feedback tells us, our friendly customer experience is what sets us apart. Over 36 million people have travelled with Interislander since 1962 and we look forward to making New Zealanders’ and International visitors’ journeys between the islands an iconic Kiwi experience for many more years to come. While we are still planning our celebrations, we will be recognising turning 50 in a number of ways later in the year. Enjoy your trip with us today, we hope to see you again soon.

Thomas Davis General Manager, Interislander

Supporting Today’s and Tomorrow’s Rowing Stars

Earlier this year, we announced a major new partnership deal with Rowing New Zealand that offers great rates for any crews crossing the Strait for regattas in the North and South Island. “We are extremely proud to sponsor Rowing New Zealand and hope that the discounted travel on offer will help rowing crews and clubs to reach their destinations,” said Interislander General Manager Thomas Davis. “We have sponsored the Central Regional Performance Centre for some time now so the new deal is a logical extension of this.” “With the 39 strong New Zealand Olympic Rowing Team announced earlier this year, we are delighted to strengthen our affiliation with the organisation and we will be wishing the team all the best as they head to London later this year.” Mahé Drysdale is one of those athletes and with five world titles and countless major race wins under his belt, he is a gold hopeful. London 2012 will be Drysdale’s third Olympic regatta and he will be aiming to top the bronze medal he secured in Beijing. Mahé answers some questions about preparing for the Olympics and the upcoming World Rowing Cup event in Lucerne. Will preparation for London be any different than Beijing or even your usual routine with a major championship? No, I don’t think it will be hugely different. It is still all about going through the processes and doing everything correctly. I still have a lot of hard training to do but I am in a different space and very comfortable with that space. My career will come down to one race and it is all about making sure I am in the best possible shape I can be for that race and that nothing disrupts me on the way. The World Cups will be useful for me to try anything I want to try, and I am already confident of how I will tackle London and hopefully the race plan I will deliver will be good enough to win. Will it be the usual suspects you have to beat in London? Czech rower, Ondrej Synek is number one rival this year. He has

had the best of the last two years and is enjoying a good run so I expect him to be pretty good. And of course there’s Norwegian, Olaf Tufte. You cannot write him off at the big regattas as he knows how to win it on the big occasion and obviously has the last two Olympic titles in the bag. There are then guys like Alan Campbell on home water, and he will have to be watched for sure. Hacker is a dark horse as well but really, it’s the same thing I always say to people; ask me at 1,000 metres who my main rivals for the win are going to be! You just have to prepare yourself and be ready for whatever any of them can throw at you and that is exactly what I plan to be ready for. What are you looking forward to about this Olympic regatta? I suppose for me this is probably as close to a home Olympics as I will ever have. I have spent a lot of time in London and grew up there as a kid so it will be pretty special to be racing in front of what I consider to be like a home crowd. I will be a seasoned campaigner at that regatta and I don’t think there is anything that can be thrown at me that I will not be able to handle. What I have really enjoyed recently being part of the team is seeing some of the younger team members achieve success. What are your goals for the rest of the season pre-Olympics? If I was dreaming and planning the perfect scenario I would want to go through the whole season unbeaten. Whether that will be the case is largely irrelevant. There is only one race that matters. But I do want to go through those races building confidence, understanding where the other guys are and ensuring I am on track for London and right on the pace. Last year I felt comfortable with my build up even though I was beaten in Lucerne and I want to come out of the third World Cup in Munich just confident I am where I want to be. If that’s first, second or third, it doesn’t matter it’s how I race and how close the race was. Mahé Drysdale - On track, five world titles and still getting better. Thanks to OarSport New Zealand for supplying the interview copy and image. 5

More to the Journey

Sailing between Wellington and Picton, you could be forgiven for just looking at the awesome scenery. Yet there is history and highlights along the journey that no traveller would want to miss. From Wellington Harbour and Pencarrow Lighthouse to disused whale stations and flooded valleys, the Interislander journey also takes you on a trip through some of New Zealand’s history. We are featuring just one highlight in each issue of On Board magazine, but if you would like to get a better feel for all the sights, a map has been produced with information on dozens of features from Cook Strait and Wellington Harbour to the Marlborough Sounds. Large copies are mounted around the ferries, or you can purchase your own souvenir version from the Onboard shop.


You’re Going to Love Marlborough…

drop us a line Do you have a photo or story of a landmark on the Interislander journey? See Your Page on page 96 for information on how to send it to us and be in to win a travel reward.

New Zealand’s largest wine growing region is just a relaxing cruise away from Wellington. Marlborough’s high sunshine hours and stony fertile land produces plentiful and award-winning wines. While the region has become world renowned for its Sauvignon Blanc, a number of other varieties are grown there, particularly the aromatic whites – Riesling, Gewurztraminer, Pinot Gris and Chardonnay. Pinot Noir is the most common red grape grown in the region but some wineries grow Merlot, Malbec and Montepulciano. A number of wineries also produce sparkling and dessert wines. 

With the region now boasting over 160 registered wineries- over 40 of which have open cellar doors where you can taste and buy - there is no better time to take a trip to the region. Various wine tours are available or you can make your own way around the vines. For more information, visit


Outward Bound – Celebrating 50,000 Kiwis in 50 Years

Travelling With Us Just Got Even Better Enjoy the comfort of Premium Plus, our superior lounges on Kaitaki and Aratere.

Considered by many to be the ultimate “must do Kiwi experience”, in 2012 Outward Bound, like Interislander, will also celebrate 50 years of operation. This year Outward Bound would have delivered adventurebased personal development courses to over 54,000 New Zealanders of all ages. As the organisation has moved with the times, nearly 2,000 people attend Outward Bound annually and each gets to take away something special. While the core work of Outward Bound is developing young people under 27, over 30 per cent of participants are adults. New Zealand’s only Outward Bound School was established at Anakiwa, 25 minutes drive from Picton, in the Marlborough Sounds and opened by Governor General Lord Cobham on 1st September 1962. The link with Picton, and the Interislander, is particularly special. It is the assembly point for every Outward Bound course as students then sail across to Anakiwa, at which point they make their symbolic and memorable walk down the iconic jetty into the Outward Bound School. For as long as memory appears to serve, the mustering point has been the Interislander Terminal. Interislander passengers will also regularly see one of the three Outward Bound cutters at sail in the Sounds, where they are considered to be part of the scenery and warmly regarded by local boaties and yachties.  Internationally, of the 43 Outward Bound Schools, Anakiwa has long been regarded as “the most perfectly situated school in the world” in the setting of the Sounds. The question posed by the organisation is “Have you done your Outward Bound course yet?” It is both an invitation and a challenge. While it is a global organisation, the values are quintessentially kiwi of can-do, teamwork, and enjoyment. For many, Outward Bound is an experience that people can draw on throughout their lives. Courses run year round and those who face genuine financial hardship can access sponsorship assistance from a wide network of community organisations, legacies and trusts that can assist would-be students. So, have you done your Outward Bound course yet? For more information: For an enrolment pack, call 0800 OUTWARD (688 927) or for more details, visit 8

Premium Plus lounges are the most comfortable way to travel across the Cook Strait. For just $45 extra, you can travel in one of our elegant and exclusive lounges. In Premium Plus you’ll be treated to full, free access to a fantastic range of treats and services, including: • Hot meals, sweets and cereals • A selection of refreshing juices and soft drinks • Today’s major newspapers and your choice of the very latest New Zealand and international magazines • An inviting variety of the finest Dilmah teas, from English Breakfast to Rosehip & Hibiscus • Lattes, cappuccinos and espressos made with freshly ground coffee beans • Comfortable and spacious seating • Computers and wireless internet access so you can choose when to be in touch, and when to leave the world behind • A tempting line-up of local and imported beers • A selection of some of New Zealand’s finest wines • Wide-screen plasma TV showing Sky movies and sports channels Book your seat in Premium Plus today at our onboard shop. Premium Plus is restricted to those over 18 years of age.

“ Incomparable views, fabulous service and a great selection of food and beverages” Cas Carter, Tourism New Zealand



Pick a Peppers!




If golf is your game, then pack your clubs and tee off your holiday with Peppers Clearwater Resort, located seven minutes from Christchurch Airport. Set within hundreds of acres of rural beauty, the resort also boasts sports fields, tennis courts, a driving range and practice greens around the pristine trout filled lakes. Peppers Bluewater Resort is located near the shores of Lake Tekapo, a two and a half hour drive from Christchurch and Queenstown. Luxuriously appointed havens overlook the spectacular turquoise lake set amongst scenic mountains offering a stunning glacial escape. From mountain biking and horse riding to ice skating, tube rides and soaking in one of the hot pools at Tekapo Springs or skiing on one of the three ski fields in the region, you’ll find the perfect way to create magical family moments. Just a short stroll from Queenstown’s heart, Peppers Beacon is in the perfect position to enjoy New Zealand’s adventure capital. Most of the resort’s stylish apartments offer plenty of room to play after a day on the slopes. Situated across from the pristine Lake Wakatipu, grassy park and play area, you’ll find a picturesque backdrop for cherished family moments. If you have a taste for the finer things in life, indulge in one of Peppers’ exclusive retreats. Peppers Parehua is located a little more than an hour from Wellington in the charming village of Martinborough while Peppers on the Point offers a majestic lakeside mansion overlooking the sparkling waters of Lake Rotorua. With over 25 iconic destinations across New Zealand and Australia, you will find the same dedication and commitment to giving you the best holiday experience for cherished moments together.


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From the moment you arrive at a Peppers, the memories begin. Their superb collection of retreats, resorts and hotels around New Zealand provide the perfect base to discover all kinds of adventures and gourmet experiences.

Peppers Clearwater Resort

For more information: or to experience Peppers for yourself, call 0800 275 373 or visit


winter wonderland From June to August, crisp blue skies, steaming geothermal pools and vibrant festivals enliven the country from north to south. With ski season in full swing, both the North and South Islands have world-class ski fields set in spectacular scenery, but there’s just as much excitement off the slopes. Rotorua, in the central North Island, sizzles with relaxing, hot mineral pools, while in the South Island, Queenstown celebrates with a series of fun-filled winter festivals. New Zealand’s major cities - Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin - make great weekend breaks for designer shopping and world-class dining experiences.

All photos courtesy of the remarkables, Tony Harrington

In the North Island, the Ruapehu region has New Zealand’s largest ski fields. Volcanic Mt Ruapehu dominates the skyline of Tongariro National Park, a dual World Heritage Site recognised for its natural beauty and cultural significance. Running the length of the South Island, the Southern Alps have many public ski areas, and numerous private and club ski fields. Coronet Peak, in Queenstown, is New Zealand’s most popular field and Mt Hutt, in the Canterbury region, has one of the longest and most consistent seasons in the southern hemisphere.



Rest and Relaxation, or Exciting Exploration

WINTER DEAL Stay in a luxurious winter haven from $199 per night or stay 3 nights from $159 per night. Prices quoted are for a Hotel Room, subject to availability. Block-out dates may apply.

Known as the ‘adventure capital’ of New Zealand, Queenstown is a vibrant destination with a range of activities and attractions. Peppers Beacon Queenstown is the perfect base for visitors wanting to explore all that is on offer including tramping through national parks, scenic tours, bungy jumping, skiing, snowboarding and jet boat rides, to name only a few. If adventure is not your thing, Queenstown offers something for everyone whether it is sightseeing, pampering, shopping or indulgent food and wine that you are seeking. Situated on the pristine shores of Lake Wakatipu, with superb lake and mountain views, Peppers Beacon Queenstown is the perfect base for exploring this exciting year-round destination or simply relishing in the finer things in life. The stylish Peppers Beacon is located on New Zealand’s South Island, just a five minute stroll from the heart of Queenstown and a short 10 minute drive from Queenstown Airport. There are 12

four luxury accommodation styles to choose from including hotel rooms, two and three bedroom suites and a deluxe penthouse suite offering picturesque views of the lake and Remarkables Mountain Range. The stunning location provides a tranquil backdrop for rest and relaxation. You can prepare your own barbecue lunch or dinner in the manicured hotel courtyard. Alternatively, choose from over 100 fine dining or casual restaurants, cafes and bars in Queenstown offering a different culinary journey each evening. The team at Peppers Beacon Queenstown pride themselves on the personalised service and great range of local knowledge their staff provide. They endeavour to assist you as you explore this diverse destination and strive to guarantee that everyone leaves with the most memorable experience.

P: 03 441 0890 33 Lake Esplanade, Queenstown E:


Warm Up Your Winter with a Spa Sensation Get away from the chill of winter and pamper yourself with New Zealand spa and massage therapy complexes in abundance. As well as major spa centres, the day spa and luxury retreat movement has become huge in NZ in recent years. Now, in most NZ cities and towns, day spas offer tranquil havens in which visitors can destress, detox and refocus. Many of these spas are nestled in stunning surroundings that add to the relaxing atmosphere. Highly trained massage and beauty therapists pamper clients, sending them back out into the world relaxed and invigorated. Peaceful spa retreats in country settings combine yoga, meditation and cleansing rituals with breathtaking landscapes such

as rugged surf beaches, lush native forests and tranquil lakes or steamy geothermal wonderlands. Hell’s Gate and Wai Ora Spa is one such place. Between Rotorua and Whakatane, it is in an active thermal reserve and is one of the geothermal mud bath and spa complexs in NZ. It adds a touch of culture to spa and mud therapies, with its traditional Wai Ora massages that incorporate Miri Miri (Maori massage technique). At most spa centres, Lithos and Watsu therapies are popular treatments. Lithos uses heated and chilled rocks as therapeutic instruments to enhance and prolong the benefits of massage. The rocks are strategically placed on the body to prepare the muscles and tissues for treatment – providing a balancing or calming effect. Watsu is a gentle form of body therapy

performed in warm water, combining elements of massage, joint mobilisation, shiatsu, muscle stretching and dance. Watsu aids relaxation and can be effective for health conditions including injury, stress, chronic fatigue, anxiety, arthritis and headaches. Aix (aches) massage treatments are popular. Introduced to NZ from France in the early 1900s and named after the French spa town Aix-les-Bains, the treatment combines massage with jets of thermal water for a truly relaxing experience. With spa and massage treatments being so popular, most gyms now offer massage therapies as a profitable sideline as well. With such a huge range of options, the only problem is choosing where to go when you want to treat yourself and be pampered from head to toe.

Marlborough Day Spa - Pure indulgence

Aura Sunspa - Bay of Plenty

Exclusive award winning Marlborough Day Spa & Beauty is located in the heart of the wine industry on a beautiful rural setting. This brand new purposely built spa has a phenomenal atmosphere in a private location in the country with the glorious views of the Richmond Ranges. Here you will find the utmost professional and qualified team to give you the best professional service you deserve. Pure indulgence is easy to find at Marlborough Day Spa with a comprehensive selection of treatments ranging from appearance medicine to relaxing spa treatments. The lighting is muted, tranquil soft music playing and everything is designed to make you feel blanketed from the world at large, far removed from your worries and concerns.  The ultimate spa experience – where every expectation is met. Why not book your treatment today!

Relax and unwind as you step into Aura Sunspa, a well respected day spa in the heart of Tauranga city. Enjoy the friendliness of the therapists as they seek to give you the most professional and tranquil spa experience of your life. Treat yourself from a range of pampering options including facials, massage, body wraps, manicures and pedicures, or take advantage of the pre-prepared and well designed packages to soothe and calm both your body and senses. Also offered at Aura Sunspa are top class sunbeds, infra-red sauna, and hydrotherapy capsule. Enhance your eyes and brows with tinting and shaping, or maintain your waxing. Aura Sunspa prides itself on using only the best natural and organic products. The therapists are well qualified and experienced in all areas of beauty therapy and professionalism. A visit to Aura Sunspa is never forgotten.

10 Inkerman Street, Renwick, Marlborough P: 03 572 8478 (with online booking) E:

Experience it for yourself. 146 Devonport Road, Tauranga Bay of Plenty P: 07 579 5631 E: 13

Qualmark Enviro Gold

CATCH YOUR SALMON AND EAT IT TOO! If you love the taste of fresh salmon, and you rather like the idea of catching one yourself, combine the two with a visit to the Anatoki Salmon farm in Golden Bay. With a backdrop of tranquil native bush, Anatoki offers a relaxed fishing experience for all ages. Even if you’ve never fished before, it’s definitely worth having a go! All the gear you need is provided at no cost and there’s no entry fee. You only pay for what you catch and the staff will clean it at no cost. You can take it home or you can “dine in”. Your salmon will be smoked or cut into sashimi in just 10 minutes more. You can accompany your dish with salad or garlic bread and drinks from the fully licensed café. Feel the thrill @ Anatoki Salmon!. Open daily For more information: visit

Church Road is more than a wine, it’s a destination. A place where you can spend hour upon hour soaking in the atmosphere of one of New Zealand’s foremost wineries. Home of the legendary Tom McDonald wine cellar, New Zealand’s only wine museum, and award winning wines including the Church Road Reserve Cabernet Merlot 2009 – Champion Cabernet at the 2012 Royal Easter Show Wine awards and a Five Star review in the 2012 winter edition of Winestate. One visit and you’ll see why it’s the heart of the Hawke’s Bay. For more information, please call 06 844 2053 or visit 150 Church Road, Taradale, Napier, Hawke’s Bay. ENJOY CHURCH ROAD WINES RESPONSIBLY



Redcliffe Homestead offers luxury bed and breakfast accommodation in a newly renovated 1880’s villa in Hawke’s Bay. Enjoy the tranquil rural environment, just 2kms from the centre of Taradale with its wide variety of shopping, cafés and restaurants. At Redcliffe Homestead our aim is to provide you with a quality accommodation experience that is both economically viable and socially responsible, as we manage our impact on the environment by minimising waste, energy consumption, water usage and pollution. your hosts: Brian & Sue Calcinai 107 Springfield Road, Taradale, Napier P: +64 6 844 5684 free: 0800 355 978 E:

Qualmark Enviro Gold

qualmark Assuring quality throughout New Zealand

New Zealand tourism’s official quality assurance organisation, Qualmark operates as a service for the New Zealand tourism industry. Strongly supported by leading industry organisations, Qualmark is owned by the government organisation, Tourism New Zealand and the privately-owned New Zealand Automobile Association. Qualmark makes it easy for you to select high quality places to stay, things to do, and ways to get around because when you see a business displaying the Qualmark symbol, you can be assured that it is trustworthy and professional. Only tourism businesses that maintain the highest standards in all aspects of business practices and meet Qualmark’s comprehensive assessment criteria have earned the right to carry the Qualmark - New Zealand tourism’s official quality mark. In alignment with the New Zealand Tourism Strategy, Qualmark conducts independent quality assurance checks of tourism businesses to assist the New Zealand tourism industry in achieving its goal of enhancing the country’s reputation reputation as a world class visitor destination. Qualmark licenses allow businesses to use ‘tourism’s official quality mark’ ensuring international and domestic travellers can easily select high quality, professional and trustworthy tourism businesses. Qualmark quality marks are only awarded to qualifying tourism businesses reaching the high standard of quality assurance required by the Qualmark licensing system. Regardless of the type of operation, all Qualmark businesses have undergone a rigorous independent onsite assessment by a fully-trained assessor. Qualmark is continuing to respond to what visitors want when they come to New Zealand. There’s been a lot of debate recently around the world, within the tourism industry and in the media, over issues of climate change, global warming, “carbon footprints” and environmental issues. This intense focus has led to a shift in visitor expectations that relate directly to environmental aspects of their holiday. New Zealand is gifted with a stunning and diverse natural landscape, which is a key motivator for people wanting to come here. We all want to keep it that way (or make it even better), not just for today or tomorrow, but for the next generation of New Zealanders and future visitors to our country. Being a responsible business means having a balanced approach to economic,

environmental and social priorities. All Qualmark licensed businesses are measured for responsible tourism practices. Those businesses wanting to be specifically recognised for their sustainable tourism practices may be further assessed through the Qualmark Enviro Award. Businesses are awarded for meeting strict environmental and social criteria, with achievement levels of Gold, Silver and Bronze. Enviro Awards are determined through five key action areas: energy efficiency, water conservation, waste management, conservation initiatives and community activities. In addition to the requirements of the Enviro Bronze and Enviro Silver levels, an Enviro Gold recipient must show that significant initiatives are in place to mitigate major environmental impacts of the business under a “do no harm” principle. They must make significant contribution to at least one community and one conservation activity as well as show evidence that the business is taking a proactive role and is an exemplary advocate of responsible tourism. “For each step up the Enviro ladder, from Bronze to Silver then Gold, more is demanded of the business,” said Qualmark General Manager, Tim Keeling. “The Enviro criteria is strict and the assessments rigorous and demanding. “We applaud every Qualmark licence holder who takes up the challenge to support sustainable tourism practices and good environmental management through the Enviro Awards.” More than 1000 businesses have achieved Enviro Award status – recognising their commitment to Qualmark’s responsible tourism criteria and environmental practices. Interislander is Qualmark endorsed Visitor Transport and also have an Enviro Silver rating. Tranz Scenic is also Qualmark endorsed Visitor Transport and have an Enviro Bronze Rating.



Auckland, The Lifestyle City

Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki

Ranked one of the best in the world Imagine a vibrant urban culture where everyone lives within half an hour of secluded beautiful beaches, hiking trails and a dozen enchanted holiday islands. With a lively calendar of events and a year full of festivals, Auckland’s people love life and celebration. Add a sunny climate, a background rhythm of Polynesian culture and a passion for outstanding food, wine and shopping - you’re beginning to get the picture of Auckland. Auckland’s blend of islands, ancient rainforest, Polynesian culture, glistening harbours and a modern city environment creates an unbelievable lifestyle, as evidenced by Auckland’s fifth ranking on the William M Mercer scale of global lifestyle cities. Adjacent to the spectacular Hauraki Gulf, which encompasses more than 50 islands, Auckland provides visitors with many wonderful experiences unique to New Zealand. Within easy reach of downtown Auckland is Waiheke Island with fabulous beaches, Pacific Rim dining and wineries. An easy one-hour hike to the summit of volcanic Rangitoto Island is rewarded with breathtaking views of the Hauraki Gulf and Auckland city skyline. The city itself is modern and vibrant; the largest city in the country and home to more than one million people. Auckland is also recognised as the largest Polynesian city in the world. It boasts the tallest tower in the southern hemisphere - the Sky Tower, the largest factory shopping complex in Australasia and a range of leading family attractions.

Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki is home to New Zealand’s largest visual arts collection. The restored and expanded gallery is one of the oldest and most beautiful buildings in the country. Enjoy the dynamic Home AKL exhibition (7 Jul – 7 Oct) that presents a mix of contemporary and traditional artworks by New Zealand’s Pacific artists. Consider the artwork finalists of the country’s most prestigious art award in the Walters Prize 2012 (4 Aug – 4 Nov). With four art-filled floors, a café, gallery shop, auditorium and more than 800 artworks on display, there is plenty to see. The gallery has an extensive showcase of New Zealand art, dating from the earliest European encounters with Maori through to contemporary New Zealand art, including newly commissioned works. There is more than art on offer with free activities for everyone, from amusing talks to creative projects and art trails the whole family can enjoy.

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New Zealand’s largest and most inspiring visual arts experience. Opening hours Open daily 10am – 5pm except Christmas Day


hawke’s bay

Hello Hawke’s Bay! Hawke’s Bay, on the North Island’s eastern coast, has some of New Zealand’s highest sunshine hours a climate that infuses the region’s award-winning wine and gourmet food. Arguably New Zealand’s premier food and wine region, Hawke’s Bay is a foodie’s heaven any time of year - stocked with fresh produce, fine wine and gourmet dining destinations as proven by the recently aired New Zealand Masterchef episode and Masterclass (filmed in Hawke’s Bay at Elephant Hill Restaurant & Winery and the Black Barn River Lodge Retreat). Regional food highlights - a wide variety of fresh produce and artisan products - feature on the food trail. The easily navigated gate-to-gate trail takes visitors to meet producers and sample local flavours. The Hawke’s Bay Farmers’ Markets sell local food and produce. On Saturdays in Napier and Sundays in Hastings, shoppers can buy fresh produce and delicacies direct from growers and producers. The Hawke’s Bay wine region covers several sub regions, for example the Gimblett Gravels and Te Awanga, each

known for particular wine styles. Hawke’s Bay is best known for award-winning reds, but white varieties such as chardonnay are also receiving recognition. With 42 of 70-plus vineyards offering cellar door experiences, there are many opportunities to enjoy Hawke’s Bay wine in either heritage or ultra modern surroundings. Many wineries have restaurants or alfresco dining, while vineyard cycle tours take advantage of a relatively flat landscape and pleasant climate. The reputation for fine wine, gourmet food and high sunshine hours makes the Hawke’s Bay region a luxury getaway destination. The Farm at Cape Kidnappers is an award winning luxury lodge with a worldclass golf course on a 6,000 acre sheep and cattle farm. Some vineyards offer private boutique accommodation in the vines, and there’s a growing list of private lodges and boutique cottages for rent, as well as a full range of hotel, motel and bed & breakfast properties. Early morning hot air balloon flights cross the patchwork fields of orchards, vineyards, farms, and wide open spaces

of Hastings District fringed by mountains and sea. Private helicopters fly to vineyards for exclusive lunch and wine tasting sessions, or into remote spots for wilderness adventures like trout fishing and rafting. Napier is the Art Deco capital of the southern hemisphere. Rebuilt following the devastating 1931 earthquake and in the height of the Art Deco era, Napier has a huge variety and concentration of Art Deco buildings. Each February, thousands of people converge on Napier for Art Deco Weekend - a lively celebration of Art Deco architecture and culture. Year-round daily Art Deco walking tours in the city centre show visitors the unique 1930s architecture and tell Napier’s story. Vintage car tours visit other famous Art Deco landmarks beyond the city centre. Hawke’s Bay has a community of internationally and nationally recognised artists who display their work in home studios and galleries. An art guide covers 50 galleries and studios where visitors can meet artists in their creative environment and discover New Zealand art. Central Hawke’s Bay is an ideal stop 17


Experience the ultimate combination of classic elegance and history to modern luxury and design.

Relax and indulge at a boutique hotel with timeless charm and genuine personalised service. photoS: Hawke’s Bay Tourism


ABOVE: The Dome and Arch, Marine Parade, Napier


Relax. Enjoy. Rejuvenate.

16 luxury rooms Airconditioned FREE Internet Quiet central location 50+ SKY channels Close to all Hawke’s Bay attractions 393 Gloucester Street Taradale, Napier Reservations: 0508 22 55 42


A homely rural residence standing on an elevated terrace overlooking sweeping vineyards, glistening sea and the spectacular Hawkes Bay coastline. We offer a unique opportunity for a peaceful, relaxed and very private environment. Ideal for family holidays, corporate retreats and memorable special occasions such as weddings and family occasions. Situated in a premier wine region noted for its internationally acclaimed wines,cuisine and ambiance, the spacious homestead graces a 1,000 acre farm, a lovely pool, two grass tennis courts and expansive gardens.

when heading up the Classic New Zealand Wine Trail to Napier or Hastings from the south. Beautiful historic homesteads, wind-swept beaches and fabulous trout fishing abound in idyllic rural settings. Stop at the Visitor Centre in Waipukurau for on the spot information and directions to the world’s longest place name - Taumata­whakatangihanga­ koauau­ot­ amatea­turi­pukakapiki­ maunga­horo­nuku­pokai­whenua­ kitanatahu. On the Pacific Coast Highway to the north, travellers can take in the wonders of northern Hawke’s Bay. The Lake Waikaremoana Great Walk (located in the south-west corner of the 212,673 hectare Te Urewera National Park) is a 46 kilometre three to four day tramping track which follows the shore of the lake for most of its length. It is one of a network of great walks managed by the DOC (Department of Conservation) throughout New Zealand.

Cape Estate, 34 Gordon Rd, Te Awanga Hawkes Bay | Ph: 06 875 0337

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Winter in Wanganui Winter in Wanganui is magical, full of friendly smiles and authentic adventures. Not only can you wander amongst what was once described as the “Rhine of New Zealand” but the central city shopping area has been revitalized in keeping with the early style of the city. Retailers in Victoria Avenue and adjacent streets have restored and preserved many of the buildings that reflect Wanganui’s rich history. The heart of the city is home to the Whanganui Regional Museum, remarkable Sarjeant Art Gallery, Royal Wanganui Opera House, and Queen’s Park where both the Davis Central City and Alexander Heritage and Research Libraries are located, along with Wanganui’s own War Memorial Conference & Convention Centre. While in the central area, visitors can include a walk around Wanganui’s early commercial centre and the riverfront boardwalk. Many of the buildings on the route have both architectural interest and fascinating histories. Flowing from mountains to sea, the Whanganui River cuts through the city and is key to the region’s history and existence. Starting at Mt Tongariro, the Whanganui River is among the most scenic in the world and is surrounded by the Whangaui National Park. Take a guided canoe trip to the upper reaches, jet boat ride or experience a truly unique maritime heritage cruise aboard New Zealand’s last paddle steamer, PS ‘Waimarie’. Over the winter months there are also plenty of special events for all ages.

TOP: The beautiful and serene Wanganui River. ABOVE: The wonderful Sarjeant Gallery. A must visit. Admission is FREE Koha/Donations are very welcome!

Early May sees Glass Art Workshops, while Chronicle Glass is open daily for a visit and regularly holds introductory glass workshops all year. The War Memorial Centre is hosting the 9th annual Christian Youth Conference in July while Operatunity regularly performs to a packed house throughout their performance season. Wanganui is proud to host TechEx 2012 from July 20 to 22, where people and businesses will be able to experience what opportunities the rollout of Ultrafast Broadband 19


• Air conditioned • 26 suites includes, studios, 1 bedroom spa units and 2 bedroom family units • 50+ Sky Channels - Sky decoder in every room • Modern decor, opened 2009 • Kristy’s Cafe onsite • Conference/ Function venue - 2-80 delgates • 2011 Winner - People’s Choice Awards - Best Nationwide Motel • Qualmark 4+ Star and EnviroBronze • Member of Host Accommodation • BBQ area, Playground, Gym with Massage Chair 151 London Street, Wanganui T: 06 345 8668 E: Reservations: 0800 151 London |

mean to them. September sees the Festival of Cultures take to the streets in a celebration of the region’s multicultural heritage. Most who have not visited in a while will comment when they get there that they did not realise how beautiful this district is. Around Wanganui residents proudly say “it’s all about lifestyle” as they are able to enjoy the benefits the proximity to the sea brings while only being a short trip through the scenic Parapara Highway to the Central Plateau should you be tempted by the high adrenaline of skiing or snowboarding. For more information:

Wanganui - for your weekend getaway. Freephone 0800 926 426,


Wellington/Hutt City

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The Hutt Valley continues the lower North Island’s enormous and varied network of artists and galleries with stories of famous writers; Katherine Mansfield and James K Baxter, and the world-class Dowse Art Museum. Jackson Street, Petone’s Gallery Mile Retaining its 1930s architecture, the whole street is listed with the New Zealand Historic Places Trust as a place of national significance. Check out Te Puna Wai Ora, the public artwork which is a free artesian water spring. There are particularly good galleries at Williams and Oyster but best of all, Jackson Street is filled with unique shops, funky cafes and restaurants.

The Eastern Bays Days Bay and Eastbourne are the main seaside villages across the harbour from Wellington. It is highly recommended to catch the ferry across from Wellington to Days Bay and spend the day walking this upmarket seaside escape. Recommended are visits to gift store Kevin + Ruby (ask how the shop was named), Van Helden Gallery and Southlight Studios. The i-SITE Visitor Centre has a self guided Katherine Mansfield tour brochure which takes in some inspirational settings for her works. While you’re there it’s hard to go past lunch, brunch or dinner overlooking the harbour at Cobar or Chocolate Dayz Café in Days Bay.

Central Hutt City The local Maori, Te Atiawa, welcomed the first settlers from the New Zealand Company out of England when they arrived on the shores of Petone in 1840. The modern home of Te Atiawa is on a real working Marae at Waiwhetu. The Hetet family represent generations of artists who have their work on display in galleries around the world. At the Marae you can see their wonderful traditional and contemporary artworks on display at Maori Treasures. The Dowse Art Museum is arguably the best contemporary gallery in New Zealand and sits as a centrepiece of Hutt City. Check out their exhibitions on the calendar.

WHAT’S ON in june Dowse Art Museum Laings Road, Lower Hutt Opening hours: Monday to Friday 10.00am - 4.30pm Saturday and Sunday 10.00am - 5.00pm Len Castle: A Tribute 12 May – 19 August 2012 The life and work of New Zealand’s most significant potter Len Castle, featuring his stunning volcanic and geological-inspired forms. Free. Dynasty: Works by Octavia Cook 28 July – 21 October 2012 Auckland jeweller Octavia Cook’s fictitious jewellery company reflects dramas in her family and catches us off guard, setting colour photocopies in sterling silver and pure gold chains made from acrylic. Free. Lynley Dodd: A Retrospective 21 July – 28 October 2012 Original sketches and drawings from the 5 million books sold worldwide, Dame Lynley Dodd’s Hairy Maclary comes home to the Hutt. Free. Nuku Tewhatewha Ongoing exhibition This nationally significant Pataka (Māori store house, usually for food) was commissioned by paramount chief Wi Tako Ngatata of Te Atiawa and carved in the 1850s as a sign of support for Kīngitanga, or the Māori King Movement. It is one of only seven Pataka built around the North Island as ‘Pillars of the Kingdom’, and the only one to survive. Free.

Just a 15 minute drive from from Wellington on SH2 or by train or Airport Flyer which departs every 15 minutes. A ferry trip across to the Eastern Bays of the Hutt Valley is also a must do.

Hutt City i-SITE Visitor Centre The Pavilion
25 Laings Rd, Lower Hutt
 Ph: 04 560 4715

TOP LEFT: Ben Buchanan installation RIGHT: Len Castle, Bowl Alkaline Spring, 2000, Len Castle, Bowl with Lava Red Glaze, 2000





Celebrate Matariki and the Southern Skies in our digital planetarium and amazing interactive exhibition. OPEN FROM 10AM DAILY T E W

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Located in Wellington Botanic Garden, 2 minutes from the top of the Cable Car.


Looking for that special chocolate or sweet treat from Germany? Look no further!

Since 2006 we are New Zealand’s best source for authentic German treats such as: Milka, Ferrero, Ritter Sport, Haribo and many more. Check out also our large selection of RUF baking goods, mustards, condiments, pickles, Badedas and more.

• Wellington is the world’s southernmost capital. • Wellington city is on an active earthquake fault, and the modern city is mostly built on reclaimed land. • Lambton Quay - the main shopping street - follows the original 1840 shoreline. • Wellington’s distinctive Beehive building - in the Parliamentary precinct - was reputedly designed during dinner on the back of a napkin. • New York city temporarily sprang up in Seaview, on Wellington’s harbour fringe, for the King Kong film set. • Most Wellington residents live within 3km of the sea.


Warm Up in Wellington As the weather cools, Wellington heats up. With food, film and craft festivals plus superb shopping and boutique cinemas to boot, Wellington’s sure to knock your socks off with its winter holiday wonder. Five Ways to Beat the Winter Blues in Wellington.

by a string of smaller festivals through the year, including World Cinema Showcase and Italian, French and German film festivals.

Visa Wellington On a Plate


New Zealand’s largest and tastiest culinary festival, Visa Wellington On a Plate, is set to serve good times and great deals from the 10th to the 26th August. The festival centrepiece is DINE Wellington, a fortnight where 109 of the region’s finest eateries are offering lunchtime set menus and delectable dinner deals. This year will also see the return of the popular battle of the burger, Burger Wellington, and the new Visa Wellington On a Plate Award for the menu most reflecting the culinary capital’s flavour. The festival promises a schedule of events set to make your mouth water and your mind boggle. From hands-on workshops to banquets, cocktails and gastronomic treats, Visa Wellington On a Plate has enough to whet even the largest and most adventurous appetite. Craft beer fans will be hopping to the capital for Beervana (17th to 18th August), while the final weekend is best for those with a sweet tooth courtesy of the popular NZ Chocolate Festival (24th to 26th August). Said to have more bars, restaurants and cafes per capita than New York, New Zealand’s capital of cool is a culinary heaven for travellers following their nose and taste buds. The region’s cuisine is centred on simple and fresh flavours served with class. As you’d expect of a city wrapped around a harbour, seafood is a feature; while wine lists feature New Zealand’s best. Get your knives and forks out for a feast of experiences to please every palate and budget at, and be sure to go back for seconds.

New Zealand International Film Festival The New Zealand International Film Festival will return to Wellington from the 27th July to 12th August in 2012. This annual film event is a cultural highlight of the Wellington winter and screens an impressive array of the latest and best films direct from the international stage, as well as world premieres of quality New Zealand films. The festival admits some 154 film-goers per 1000 residents; more than double the per capita rate of Auckland and three times that seen at the Toronto International Film Festival. The New Zealand International Film Festival is complemented

Learn the skills and crafts of previous generations in today’s context at this festival celebrating beautiful and creative things. From the 2nd to 3rd June you can explore and extend your creative potential with Handmade. This year’s programme features 80 different activities across a variety of crafts. From lace making for beginners and handstitched jewellery to soap made simply and preserving curds and cordials, there’s something for everyone.

Sensational Shopping Treat yourself to a new winter wardrobe hot off the heels of Wellington’s first Fashion Week. All the hottest New Zealand and international designers are represented in the capital city, as well as bustling markets and vintage boutiques where you’ll find plenty of unique pieces full of character. Wellington is a treasure trove of shops, so be sure to check out Cuba, Willis, Victoria, Wakefield and Featherston Streets and of course the Golden Mile, Lambton Quay. And for the ultimate shopping experience, stop by Kirkcaldie & Stains department store. Their friendly commissionaire ushers you into a retail mecca established in 1863. All class.

Beautiful Boutique Cinemas Warm up this winter in one of Wellington’s beautiful boutique cinemas. The 1930s-style Roxy Cinema in Miramar captures the magic of a trip to the movies back in the old days. The Roxy is set in the heart of Wellington’s filmmaking hub and its owners are a mix of Oscar-winning film creatives and world class hospitality professionals. Film buffs will also love Penthouse Cinema, Empire Cinema and Embassy Theatre which hosted the world premiere of The Lord of the Rings – The Return of the King.

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Historical Thorndon …Discover its past Thorndon has been at the centre of the development of Wellington since the earliest days of colonisation by the New Zealand Company in the 1840s. It was developed as the place of residence of Governors, Prime Ministers, Cabinet Ministers, Members of Parliament, officials and staff of government departments. Members of Parliament would travel to Wellington and lodge in hotels and boarding houses in the vicinity of Parliament for the duration of Parliament before returning to their families and businesses. The region developed into a mixture of large and gracious dwellings for the wealthy, more closely packed housing for the less well-off, together with cottages such as those in the vicinity of upper Tinakori Road. Pressure on land meant that many town acres were subdivided and housing constructed on small plots. During the twentieth century, the character of Thorndon gradually changed. Urban transport and suburban housing development meant that people could live further away from work. Politicians now went home to their electorates at weekends and public servants were able to take advantage of newer housing stock further afield. Thorndon’s gracious past gradually faded as its impressive dwellings were used as hostels or subdivided into flats and boarding houses and as its housing became increasingly elderly. At the same time, as its continued existence came under threat, people became more aware of the heritage value of Thorndon

and its environs. There are more Category 1 Historic Places Trust registered buildings in Thorndon than in any other urban area in New Zealand. A range of historic buildings and sites can be seen in Thorndon: Katherine Mansfield Birthplace; elegant and impressive houses in Hobson Street; Old St Paul’s; Bishopscourt; the Thistle Inn, Shepherd’s Arms and Shamrock pubs; cottages in Ascot Terrace and associated narrow streets and lanes; Premier House; the Parliamentary Library Building and Parliament House; Government Buildings; Turnbull House, the Bolton Street Memorial Park.

Open Mon–Fri 9 am–5 pm

Visit key areas of the historic Parliament Buildings. Enjoy your free 1 hour guided tour by specially trained staff. The tour operates everyday, on the hour, from the Beehive. Weekdays: 10am-4pm. Saturdays and most public holidays: 10am-3pm. Sundays: 11am-3pm. Tour route/times subject to change. Please arrive 15 minutes before the hour. Gift shop open Parliament Buildings, Molesworth Street, Wellington P: 04 817 9503 F: 04 817 6743 E:

Old St Paul’s Breathtakingly Beautiful! Wellington’s famous…Old St Paul’s. Stunning architecture and a place of living history. Old St Paul’s is one of New Zealand’s greatest heritage places, and one of the best examples of timber Gothic Revival architecture in the world. A ‘must-see’ experience on your visit to Wellington. Guided tours every hour. 7 Days 9:30am – 5pm Closed Christmas Day and for short periods during special functions. 34 Mulgrave Street, Thorndon, Wellington T: 04 473 6722 E:

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Guided tours

Visit New Zealand’s grandest wooden building Come and see the building that looks like a stone palace, but is in fact made entirely of timber

To find out more about open days at Government Buildings, contact the DOC Wellington Visitor Centre: 18 Manners St, Wellington 04 384 7770 24


the Wairarapa Wairarapa, in New Zealand’s southern North Island, is a premium wine destination, renowned for Kiwi hospitality and a laid-back lifestyle. The region is a weekend favourite for fine food and wine lovers, or nature trips. Wairarapa - renowned for producing high quality pinot noir - is at the heart of the Classic New Zealand Wine Trail. Many vineyards are within walking distance of Martinborough village so visitors can stroll or cycle between wineries. The Wairarapa region has many boutique accommodation options, and a vibrant café and dining scene. Artisan food producers offer a range of delicacies from gourmet bread, to chocolate, cheese and olive oil. Martinborough and Greytown - both renowned for their artisan food producers - are popular destinations for foodies looking for a restaurant or café, or a food and wine tour that goes behind the scenes to meet producers and sample local produce. For more information:

Copthorne: RELAX & EXPLORE Central to all the region’s attractions and events, this country resort is the ideal base for any stay in the Wairarapa. Whether you are a lover of nature and the outdoors, if you yearn for adventure, prefer a more cultural experience, or if you just want to soak up some of New Zealand’s best Pinot Noir, the Copthorne Solway Park provides both a luxurious and practical base from which to explore the region’s highlights. Set on 10 hectares of landscaped grounds and native bush, the resort is home to numerous on-site facilities, making any stay there so comfortable, it’s hard to get away! A refurbished indoor pool, fitness centre, squash court, café and golf driving range are the latest additions to the hotel’s facilities, adding to two other restaurants and bars, an outdoor pool, private spa pool, tennis and beach volleyball courts. Add to that its wireless broadband access throughout, free parking and a campervan waste station on-site, it really is an essential stop-over for any New Zealand road trip. For more information or to book, freephone 0800 SOLWAY, email:, or visit

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Just an hour from Wellington in the heart of the Classic New Zealand Wine Trail 10 hectares of country luxury:

• 3 restaurants & bars on-site • Wireless Broadband throughout • Golf driving range • Swimming & spa pools • Tennis & squash • Beach volleyball & bushwalk • Free parking • Campervan waste station on-site

Central to visitor attractions:

• Pukaha Mount Bruce National Wildlife Centre (20 mins) • Masterton iSite, The Woolshed, Aratoi (5 mins) • Greytown (15 mins) • Martinborough wine village (30mins) • Castlepoint & Riversdale beaches (45 mins) • Tui Brewery (45 mins)

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Abel Tasman Skydive Once you have been dressed in your jumpsuit and harness fitted, you’ll meet your tandem master and board the plane. After take-off enjoy a scenic flight with stunning views as you climb to altitude. Take in the stunning sights of snow-capped mountains, golden beaches and turquoise oceans. Your tandem master, whilst calming any nerves, will distract you pointing out Mount Taranaki, Golden Bay and the magnificent Southern Alps all the way to Mount Cook. At altitude, the aircraft door opens and the fun starts! Experience up to 70 seconds of adrenaline fuelled freefall over Abel Tasman, taking in both views of the North and South Islands, as you descend, interact with your camera man and perform manoeuvres for your camera person to capture. At 5,000ft, your parachute will open and you can take a deep breath, enjoy the scenery and relax a little as you gently descend to the landing area. Under canopy, your tandem master will show you the spectacular sights of the region. As you come into land and scream with sheer exhilaration, be greeted by the ground crew, have your photo taken with your tandem master and then race to greet your spectating friends and family!

194 Cable Bay Rd, Nelson Free Ph: 0800 157 300 Local Ph: 545 0304

World-renowned New Zealand art glass and glass jewellery by glass artists Ola & Marie Höglund Handmade and mouth-blown in Nelson from molten silica sand

Visitors welcome to Höglund Art Glass Studio Gallery OPEN DAILY 10am - 5pm 52 Lansdowne Road, Appleby, NELSON Ph 03 544 6500 (only 5 mins drive from Richmond or 20 mins from Nelson)


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Nelson Tasman

The sunshine’s here…all year

As the colder months fast approach us, why not hold onto the last bit of warmth in New Zealand’s sunshine capital. Consider winter cancelled as you stroll along the golden sand beaches in the picturesque Abel Tasman National Park, recently voted number one on the AA 101 Must Do’s in NZ. You could go one step further and try one of New Zealand’s ‘Great Walks’, the Heaphy Track, open to mountain-bikers in the winter months too. The Heaphy is located west of the region in the diverse landscape of the Kahurangi National Park. Moving south to the alpine ranges of the Nelson Lakes National Park is Lake Angelus. Just ask a seasoned walker about a favourite New Zealand track and the response will probably be this one. If world renowned is what you’re looking for then take a side track off the 80km Travers Sabine Circuit to the crystal clear Blue Lake, deemed the clearest fresh water in the world. Tranquil beech forests, clear rushing streams and 2000 metre high majestic mountains, great for the adventurous hiker.


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Add to your winter wish list a journey to Mapua Wharf along the treasured “Ruby Coast Scenic Route”, then venture further to Motueka, the gateway to the Abel Tasman. Enjoy the sunshine in a wonderful relaxed atmosphere of village cafes, vineyards and breweries or purchase an exclusive piece of art reflecting life, the landscape and our culture. Drive back to Nelson, the birthplace of the World of Wearable Art event and check out the museum where you will experience a visual feast of two distinctively different original collections. You will be immediately drawn to the intricate detail of amazing garments that feature in the WearableArt Gallery and be amazed as you immerse yourself in the glitz and glamour of yesteryear at the Classic Cars Museum. With more than 300 artists from painters and sculptors to glass blowers and jewellers, writers and theatre buffs, you will quickly discover why Nelson Tasman is crowned the creative arts capital of New Zealand. Quickly emerging as New Zealand’s newest culinary tourism destination, Nelson Tasman is for serious foodies and culinary artisans. The region has an abundance of local flavours, sun-kissed


fruit, farm-fresh and organic produce and succulent seafood. Live like a local and try a few flavours of craft beer from one of the 11 boutique craft breweries. To attain a qualification in Italian Cuisine, visit and search for ‘hospitality and cookery’. Here you will find information on the 30 hour qualification “Certificate in Italian Gastronomy” from Academia Barilla, Parma, Italy. Next course intake is October 2012. Adventure activities are also on the menu. Nelson Tasman is one of the top cycling centres in New Zealand, with an abundance of rides suitable for all ages and skill levels. For the recreational rider, hire a bike and leisurely cycle ‘Tasman’s Great Taste Trail’, including a ferry ride from Rabbit Island to Mapua. Mountain biking enthusiasts should try the 38km Dun Mountain Trail which follows the route of New Zealand’s first railway (1862) as it winds through forest before crossing an alpine mineral belt and descending past Maitai Dam along the Maitai River and back into Nelson. Why not bring the whole family and enjoy being hands on with great sea kayaking, quad biking, skydiving, horseback riding


Nelson Tasman’s Top 10! • Three spectacular national parks; Abel Tasman National Park, Kahurangi National Park, Nelson Lakes National Park • One of world’s best fly fishing destinations • One of the top ten white water destinations in the world • Plan a cycling adventure on the Dun Mountain Trail, around the Cycleway trails or at Rabbit Island • Creative arts capital of NZ • Craft brewery capital of NZ , sample a local brew at one of the 11 boutique craft breweries • NZ’s newest culinary tourism destination • 25 wineries producing award-winning wines • Walk to the summit of the Centre of New Zealand for views over the city and to Tasman Bay, and the mountains beyond • Join the locals as they buzz around the vibrant Nelson Saturday Morning Market for fresh produce, art, crafts, fashion, food, jewellery and more

or the longest flying fox (1.6kms) in New Zealand at Skywire in Nelson. Venture just past Murchison to discover New Zealand’s longest swing bridge (110m) or a rafting adventure on the rushing waters of the Buller River. Spend a day in Golden Bay experiencing a myriad of natural attractions such as Te Waikoropupu Springs, Farewell Spit and the Grove Scenic Reserve. ‘Lord of the Rings’ and soon to be ‘The Hobbit’ fans should take the opportunity and fly to the entrance of the mines of Moria on Mt Owen, spectacular from the birds-eye view of a helicopter. Highly recommended! Nelson Tasman has an accommodation style to suit all travellers. Enjoy a unique night away at a luxury eco lodge, secluded high end bed and breakfast or one of the city’s centrally located hotels, superb motels or get back to basics and book a chalet at a local holiday park. Start the break on a charter flight or gourmet sailing experience on a catamaran or luxury sail yacht. Be it flat tack exploring or flat out relaxing, there’s something in Nelson for everyone.

For more information about the region’s offerings, visit and don’t forget to check out the great video library. For a fabulous array of events coming up, also check out

Gnome Away From Home 17 – 19 August

WHAT’S ON The Nelson Tasman region has a fabulous array of events coming up over winter. Check out the suggestions below, or visit for hundreds more! Ceol Aneas 1 – 4 June New Zealand’s premiere Irish music festival, Ceol Aneas (Ke-ol an-ass) featuring workshops, concerts and ceilis. Founders Book Fair 2 - 10 June Now in its 24th year, the fair attracts over 10,000 people each year, offering a huge variety of second-hand books, DVDs, tapes, records and puzzles for sale. Nelson Harness Racing - Winter Cup Festival 8 and 10 June A free fun day out for the whole family – harness racing plus family entertainment including face painting and balloons. The Firework Makers Daughter 8 - 16 June Theatre Alive and Body in Space bring you this wondrous story from the author of The Golden Compass performed in Nelson’s historic Theatre Royal. Escape from Tane’s Forest 30 June Annual trail running event based in and around the stunning Brook Waimarama Sanctuary near Nelson. The Nelson Winter Music Festival 7 – 22 July A two-week festival featuring local, national and international artists catering for all music lovers, from classical to cabaret to comedy to jazz to dance. Art Expo Nelson 28 – 29 July A two-day exhibition showcasing 100 regional and South Island artists and providing an immense selection of artistic media in one place, all under one roof and all for sale. Good Vibes 13 - 19 August New Zealand’s largest annual skydiving event attracts over 100 skydivers and provides spectacular entertainment for spectators. Gnome Away From Home 17 – 19 August A gnome-filled weekend of activities in Golden Bay including gnome games, a quiz night and a trip to Farewell Spit lighthouse.



Moutere Inn

New Zealand’s Oldest Pub

Located in Upper Moutere, around 30 minutes west of Nelson, the Moutere Inn is this country’s oldest pub in its original building. The founder of this little piece of history was Cordt Bensemann, who moved his family to Upper Moutere in 1850 and began construction on the building the same year, completing it in 1853. Cordt Bensemann built the Moutere Inn to last and the lack of change at the Inn during the last 160 years is quite remarkable. Very few buildings and the businesses in them from this era survive virtually untouched and even fewer pubs. The Inn offers simple accommodation and a growing list of regular events. Favourites include regular showcases of styles of beer or particular breweries, local and overseas bands, and a well patronised Folk Music Evening on the first Thursday of each month.

The World of WearableArt™ and Classic Cars Museum

Experience a creative and visual feast that defies description. Firmly established as an iconic Nelson visitor attraction, the World of WearableArt™ and Classic Cars Museum houses two distinctly different collections. Each year, hundreds of individuals are driven to transform an idea into reality, by designing a Brancott Estate World of WearableArt™ entry. Each garment embodies hours of energy, skill and mind bending creativity. Discover and truly appreciate this detail up close in the WearableArt™ Gallery, with over 60 garments from around the globe on display to wondrous effect using theatrical lighting, music and movement. There will be something new to captivate everyone. In the adjoining Classic Cars gallery, motoring enthusiasts can marvel over approximately 40 beautifully restored and original condition classic cars and motorcycles. The car collection represents years of passionate sourcing from around the world and New Zealand and is one of Australasia’s largest private collections. An optional extra for car-lovers is the Classic Collection, an additional area displaying a further 70 classic vehicles from the collection, including several undergoing restoration. Both galleries change exhibitions twice a year, ensuring a fresh experience for all. A museum visit is not complete without trying ‘one of the best muffins in Nelson’ and a delicious coffee at the café, or looking at the creative selection of art in the Museum Shop and Reflections Art Gallery.

Open 7 days, 10am - 5pm (except Christmas Day) Cadillac Way off Quarantine Rd, Nelson. P: 03 547 4573 30


Live the Dream The locals know that the Abel Tasman coast enjoys mild temperatures year round, so let Wilsons Abel Tasman introduce you to the tranquillity of the spectacular coast in the cooler months. Welcoming visitors since 1841, the Wilson family can help you find the ideal holiday in the country’s finest coastal national park, yearround. Choose from a boat cruise experience of two hours, to a fiveday guided kayak and walk.  Stay onboard the Vista Cruise for the most relaxing way to experience the spectacular coast with cafe, bar and the best views from comfortable seating around tables on upper and lower decks. The front loading ramp makes beach transfers fast, safe and comfortable if you want to disembark so you can go for a walk anywhere from 10 minutes to six hours! Book a guided sea kayaking day trip to explore the best kayaking territory in the heart of the park, or take a half-day paddle to famous “Split Apple Rock”. In the cooler months, the Vista Cruise makes one trip per day into the park, departing from Kaiteriteri at 9.30 am and returning at 3.45 pm. This allows a full range of walking, sea kayaking and beach stop options as well as a delicious Barbecue Cruise option that makes the most of the winter sunshine. If you stay outside the park boundaries, in the Nelson or Motueka regions, you can travel from Kaiteriteri each day into the park with speed and style aboard the Vista Cruise for as little as $49 per day (3-Day Explorer Pass).  Live the dream on an all-inclusive holiday staying overnight at the Wilson’s Beachfront Lodges within the park: Meadowbank Homestead – Awaroa and Torrent Bay Lodge. So get to Nelson, Motueka or Kaiteriteri this winter - Wilsons Abel Tasman will take care of you from there.

One call all options: 0800 223 582, or check the website at


Marvel in Marlborough Need to get away from it all but only have a couple of days to spare? Can’t decide whether you want to get out and experience nature or sit in front of a fire with a good glass of wine? Why not do it all! Marlborough is a stunning short cruise away from Wellington aboard one of Interislander’s three ships, making it easily accessible from the North Island for a short winter break.

Marlborough’s frosty mornings give way to clear days making it the perfect time to explore the region at your leisure, whether you want to get out on the water, walk the Queen Charlotte Track, sample the regions renowned wine and food, hit the slopes or absorb history, art or culture at one of the world class facilities. The Marlborough Sounds’ winding waterways, sheltered bays and ancient untouched forest are home to the famous Queen Charlotte Track. This iconic trail attracts visitors with its stunning ridgeline views over the Marlborough Sounds. The complete 31


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track is 71km with most sections being able to be accessed by water transfer for day or half day walks or it can be completed as a 3 to 5 day trip. A unique feature of the Queen Charlotte Track is the comfort in which it can be completed. Finish the day at a luxurious lodge where stunning food matched with Marlborough wines will invigorate you for the following day’s activities. Calm winter days give the perfect opportunity to experience the Marlborough Sounds on the water. The Magic Mailboat runs out of Picton 364 days a year and offers a perfect way to visit the Queen Charlotte Sound while learning about the areas unique history and meeting some of the locals as you drop off their mail. Why not relax with Cougar Line on a lunch time cruise to one of the many lodges throughout the Sounds where you can absorb


the beautiful views, in comfortable surroundings while dining on freshly caught seafood. If hitting the slopes is your preferred winter activity, than make sure you take the kids to Marlborough - under sevens ski for free at Rainbow Ski Field. Set on the St Arnaud Road, an hour’s drive from Blenheim, this club field is known for its training runs so if your dreams of being a ski bunny have never been fulfilled, this is definitely the place for you. After a day getting active on the slopes, there will be no better reward than a warming glass of Marlborough Pinot Noir at your accommodation. If relaxing is more your style than a winter’s day, focusing on Marlborough’s award winning wines is for you. Choose from over 40 wineries with cellar doors and compare wines from throughout


Visit New Zealand’s Most Awarded Winery

Villa Maria Estate

ABOVE: Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre

the region from boutique family producers to well recognised names, maybe even meet the winemakers. Rest over lunch in a vineyard café and end your day in a fine dining restaurant where the food perfectly complements the wine. If you prefer to stay indoors then head to one of Marlborough’s artist studios – modern art, sculpture, jewellery, and pottery studios and the Millennium Art Gallery provide temptations of a different nature. Be inspired by the heroes of World War One aviation at the Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre made possible by Peter Jackson and Weta Workshop. For something a little different, visit Picton’s Ecoworld Aquarium, home to a variety of New Zealand marine live, tuataras and blue penguins.

Wine Tastings & Wine Shop Open 7 days Villa Maria Estate Marlborough Cnr Paynters & New Renwick Roads, Fairhall, Blenheim Ph (03) 520 8470 |

For more information: visit or call their local travel specialists on 0800 777 181.

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Villa Maria’s Marlborough Winery

in the heart of Marlborough’s Golden Mile

Whilst in Marlborough, be sure to pop into Villa Maria’s state-ofthe art winery, located near Marlborough’s central vineyard area, a short drive from Blenheim airport. The winery crushes all grapes harvested in Marlborough, the majority of which is Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir, but also Riesling, Pinot Gris and Chardonnay. Villa Maria’s Marlborough Cellar Door is open 7 days for wine tastings and sales so head over to sample the beautiful award winning drops. Villa Maria can also arrange winery tours by appointment from Monday to Friday. To book or for more information, please contact the winery. Corner of Paynters & New Renwick Roads, Fairhall, Blenheim P: 03 520 8470 E:

Book at • 03 572 5094 visit Picton or Blenheim iSite to make a booking 190 Rapaura Road • Blenheim • Marlborough 33




Experience Kaikoura’s Winter Magic

From the snow covered mountains to the sparkling ocean, prepare to be dazzled by Kaikoura this winter The Kaikoura District contains some of the country’s most breathtaking scenery with a mix of stunning coastline, dramatic peninsula and some of the South Island’s highest mountains. Kaikoura is the most northern district in the Canterbury region located on the east coast of the South Island. It is a 2.5 hour drive from Christchurch, a 2 hour drive from Picton or an easy train ride away on the Coastal Pacific. A unique ocean environment provides a home to an astonishing variety of marine life. Kaikoura is New Zealand’s leading eco-tourism destination with marine based operators, cultural experiences and historic attractions along with a mix of both relaxing and exhilarating land-based activities. Kaikoura’s coastal waters are home to an amazing array of marine mammals and birdlife. Perhaps the most famous residents who can be seen on virtually a daily basis are sperm whales who share this part of the Pacific Ocean with dusky dolphins, fur seals and albatross - to name but a few. As well as these residents who can be viewed year round, migrating species such as the rare

Hector’s Dolphins, Humpback Whales and Orca are frequent visitors. You can experience this marine life from a boat, plane or helicopter. If you want to get even closer, you can even swim with the dolphins in their ocean playground. Explore some of Kaikoura’s excellent dive sites and surf breaks or take time to discover the coast by kayak. Back on dry land, you will discover that Kaikoura offers a fantastic range of activities ranging from the energetic to the relaxing - including quad biking, luge, horse-trekking, Maori cultural tour and an Art Trail. Take a scenic flight by helicopter or plane for some of the best views in the country. Mt Lyford ski field is just a short hour’s drive from Kaikoura – the perfect place for a day’s skiing or boarding. If you enjoy walking, you will find plenty of options ranging from short strolls to more adventurous tramping. The Peninsula walkway is a stunning circular walk providing some of the best views of the ocean, mountains and township. Check with the Department of Conservation ( for detailed information about maps, tracks and weather forecasts. Kaikoura has a wide range of accommodation from budget to luxury - backpackers, motels, self-catering options, B&Bs, lodges




and campgrounds. Accommodation is located throughout the District - centre of town, out in the countryside or right beside the sea. For more information, pick up a copy of the Kaikoura visitor guide which is available from i-SITE Visitor Centres around the country and onboard Interislander ferries. You can also go to or visit the friendly knowledgeable staff at Kaikoura i-SITE Visitor Centre - 03 319 5641, email


In Kaikoura, it’s no secret that the marine life outnumbers the humans so why not meet some of the locals of the ocean world. Whether you want to paddle with sea life, go kayak fishing, hire your own boat or up skill your paddling through a kayak school – it’s all available to you at Kaikoura Kayaks. Their Kayak Store is stocked with top of the range gear and you can even shop online. For the nature lovers, the curious New Zealand Fur Seals and Dusky Dolphins are only a few strokes away and Kaikoura Kayak’s local guides would love to introduce them to you around the Kaikoura Peninsula. Kaikoura Kayak’s hassle free half day eco friendly tours offer a safe, enjoyable and interactive trip with little effort and a whole lot of good fun - suitable for all ages and abilities and operating year round. For more information: or to book, free phone 0800 452 456 or visit


Winter: Alpine Pacific Triangle By Patrick Smith

If you want to see some of the best of the South Island’s vibrant Hurunui region, drive the Alpine Pacific Triangle, a scenic touring loop that ticks all the boxes: rugged coastline and wildlife, snow-capped mountains and scenic valleys, vineyards and award-winning wineries, thermal pools and alpine playgrounds. The three corners of the triangle are: Kaikoura (north), Waipara (south) and the spa town of Hanmer Springs (west). Driving south from Picton, you’ll find Kaikoura on State Highway 1 (SH1). A one-time whaling port, Kaikoura is now famous for its whale-watching trips and encounters with playful Dusky Dolphins, New Zealand Fur Seals and seabirds. Here, snowcapped mountains drop down to the coast and lend the town a unique perspective. As its Maori name suggests (kai: to eat, koura: crayfish), Kaikoura is also known for its seafood, especially crayfish, and you can indulge in this delicacy at several local eateries and roadside vans. For more on Kaikoura, see page 35. The main road south hugs the rocky coast before heading inland through rolling farmland. The Triangle’s eastern border takes in unspoilt beach settlements like Gore Bay, which lies on a scenic tourist loop off SH1 between Cheviot and Domett. Cheviot is a good place to stop for coffee or a meal at one of several cafés, or to browse galleries. 38

Further south, the Waipara Valley is a booming wine region whose wines regularly win awards, especially Rieslings and Pinot Noirs. There’s a recognised wine trail around Waipara. However, some cellar doors close in winter, so its pays to pick up a Waipara Wine Trail brochure at an iSITE Visitor Centre or check out the Waipara Wine Growers website ( for details. Waipara has 24 wineries and some offer food as well as wine tastings. For lunch, try the award-winning restaurant at Pegasus Bay Winery, 3km off the main road (bookings a must), Mud House Winery & Café on the main road, or Waipara Springs Winery & Café. Wine has put Waipara on the map, but the area has other attractions, including a fascinating sculpture park at Iron Ridge Quarry (Ram Paddock Rd) and a vintage steam engine offering sedate rides into the past (first and third Sundays of the month) through the weird limestone formations of Weka Pass. For more on Waipara, see page 40. Hanmer Springs, meanwhile, has long been famous for its mineral hot pools, which, along with a world-class spa, are particularly popular during the cold winter months. This alpine village has grown rapidly in recent years and now offers a wide range of outdoor activities, as well as top-class accommodation, eateries, bars and shopping. Skiers and snowboarders can get their winter fix at the nearby ski field of Hanmer Springs. Mount Lyford is another uncrowded field. It’s on SH70, the road back to Kaikoura.


Skiing in the Hurunui District Hanmer Springs Ski Area

Mt Lyford Alpine Resort

The Friendly Field

New Zealand’s Sunniest Snow Resort

Hanmer Springs Ski Area is a friendly, fun and spacious ski area just 20km from the alpine resort town of Hanmer Springs. There are a variety of groomed runs and off piste to choose from, for all ages and stages of ski and snowboard ability. Slopes can be viewed from the lounge in the Day Lodge so spectators don’t miss out and a brand new beginner’s tow is in place for the 2012 season.

Mt Lyford Alpine Resort is situated 140km north of Christchurch. The resort is considered New Zealand’s first true alpine development, ideal for recreation and leisure. It’s an excellent place to ski or ride, and has a wide range of terrain and facilities for all abilities. The rolling terrain at Mt Lyford creates ideal slopes for all those learning and developing their ski or snowboard ability. The Wild Ride Terrain Park has been developed with a natural terrain chute leading into jumps, kickers and rails to cater for snowboarders and skiers alike. For those not skiing or riding, there is an area dedicated to snow tubing. The sunny Terako Day Lodge & Chamois Cafe has views of the entire mountain. Carving skis, snowboards and tube hire is available and the Alpine Coaching School offers lessons for beginners to experts.

Facilities • • • •

Ski/snowboard hire available on field or in the village. Ski/snowboard instruction available, both group and private lessons. Hot drinks, canned drinks and snacks are available. Accommodation is inexpensive, warm and comfortable backpacker style.

Ski Area • • • • • • •

Terrain - 10% Beginner, 60% Intermediate, 30% Advanced. Ideal for – beginner to advanced. Tows – 1 long poma (807m), 1 nutcracker rope tow, 1 beginners fixed grip rope tow Elevation - 1769m Ski Terrain – 52ha Vertical - 310m Terrain Park - Natural hits, tables pushed up on request, talk to the staff!

Highlights • • • • •

Brand new beginners fixed grip rope tow for 2012 Easy poma Great to learn to ride a nutcracker Great for first timers, beginners, families and the serious powderhounds Mixture of groomed and off-piste

Accommodation Self catering backpacker accommodation is available, bring your own sleeping bags. To wake up in the morning, up the field, is a fantastic sunrise experience.

Location and Access From the Hanmer Springs village, take the Clarence Valley Road up over Jack’s Pass, turn left when you get to the river and in another few minutes you come to St James Station. Turn left up the ski field road. This is an alpine road with associated conditions so please always check the ski report for road conditions and follow the instructions. Carry chains and be prepared to fit them. If you are unfamiliar with driving in alpine access roads, 4WD is recommended or alternatively a shuttle runs daily from Hanmer Springs Village. Contact Hanmer Springs Adventure Centre (phone: 03 315 7233.)

P: 027 434 1806 in season or snow report ph: 03 383 8888 E: Check out all events this year at

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Terako Day Lodge & Chamois Café – shelter from the sun or cold, food and beverages available for purchase. Ski and Snowboard Hire – hire equipment to fit all ages. Ski and Snowboard Instruction – never-ever packages. Groups lessons $20pp min 4 persons, and private lessons $60pp.

Ski Area • Terrain – 30% Beginner, 40% Intermediate, 30% Advanced • Ideal for – Beginner to Advanced • Lifts – 1 Rope Tow, 1 T-Bar, 2 Platters, 1 Learners Fixed Grip • Elevation – 1750m • Vertical – 350m • Terrain Park – Wild Ride Terrain Park (kickers, rails) plus natural terrain • Grooming – All main learner and intermediate runs groomed daily

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Adult - $70 Student - $55 with I.D High School - $30 Primary (6-u13yrs) - $20 Under 6yrs – Free Over 70yrs – Free Half day rates also available from 12:30pm

Snow Reports or Mt Lyford Snowphone (03 366 1220)

P: +64 3 315 6178, 0274 330 999, 0274 710 717 F: +64 3 315 6158 E: 39



LEFT: A relaxing lunch at Pegasus Bay Winery. The restaurant was awarded NZ’s best winery restaurant for its 4th consecutive year. ABOVE: Harvest time at Greystone Wines

It’s a booming wine region – the fastest growing of the country in fact – and just over half an hour’s drive north of Christchurch… this is Waipara Valley. With about 80 vineyards covering over 1,200 hectare of plantings, this beautiful little region and its recognised wine trail is sure to set any wine enthusiast’s tongue wagging. Although renowned for its award winning Rieslings and Pinot Noirs, it’s worth mentioning that the Pinot Gris, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blancs are also excellent varieties. Of course, you’ll simply have to sample them to see what all the fuss is about.

The secret to the amazing wines is the Waipara Valley’s location. Sheltered by the Teviotdale hills from the chill of the easterly winds, the region is open to the warmer north west winds with the three sites - valley floor, hill slopes or river terraces – providing varieties in the soil. It’s these varieties which give the vineyards their unique character and of course result in the different wine styles. In the cooler months, some of the cellar doors of the region close so it’s worth picking up a Waipara Wine Trail brochure at an iSITE Visitor Centre or check out the Waipara Wine Growers website ( for details.

Greystone Wines Greystone Wines is located in the fast growing award winning Waipara Valley. Home of New Zealands’ Winestate Winemaker of the Year 2011, our team of dedicated viticulturists and winemakers share a love of the land that inspires the creation of exceptional wine. Our unique climate and limestone soils provide us with the ability to produce a wine made without compromise. Cellar Door is open 7 days a week from 11am-4pm daily. We have a wide range of our Greystone and Muddy Water Wine available for tasting. Nestled just off the SH1 with stunning surrounding views of the valley we look forward to your visit.

Contact Jacinda 033146100


Spring into Springfield And let the Station 73 Café’s famous muffins warm you up this winter! Only 68kms west of Christchurch, Springfield not only has the magnificent Torlesse Range as a backdrop but is also a wonderful stop before and after your journey on either the TranzAlpine Train (if you are doing the day return trip) or your journey over the Great Alpine Highway SH73 through to Arthur’s Pass and onto the West Coast. With a growth of accommodation places, cafes and activities it is becoming a destination in its own right and is your last stop before you head up over the alpine passes. Once a coal town with two mines open during the 1870s, Springfield boasted seven shops and a Bank of New Zealand. The railway arrived in Springfield in 1880 so the township is steeped with history! The Springfield Railway Station houses the Station73 Café and Springfield Information Buro – opened in June 2003 - with photos and memorabilia of the good old days. It’s also your booking office for the TranzAlpine Train Journey or information for the Great Alpine Highway SH73 road conditions and general information on the region! The café is also home to the famous TranzAlpine muffins – a big hit with all who try them! They’re baked fresh each day for the train the good old fashion way, homebaked. Specialties are the blueberry, mixed berry and cream or for the chocolate fan, you can’t go past the raspberry and white chocolate muffin.  There are also slices, scones, excellent coffee and plenty of other refreshments to stock up on before your exploration of this magnificent region.


Springfield Railway Station, King Street, Springfield Canterbury – Open Daily from 8.30am

Friendly, helpful service for local knowledge and bookings for activities, accommodation, tours/transport including daily Tranz Alpine Train Journey. Enjoy a coffee; taste our famous homemade baking including the famous Tranz Alpine Muffins; browse our retail area or railway photos and memorabilia. Enjoy our magnificent views of the Torlesse Range!! P: 03 3184000 E:

For more information:

Arthurs Chalet HOTEL

relax, enjoy and unwind...


2 for 1 Deal Get 2 nights PLUS a light breakfast for the price of 1 night – $125! (Midweek deal only, May to August 2012)

Free wireless for guests in bar and restaurant area, and free Pool in bar • Right next to Devil’s punchbowl falls, close to walks and ski fields. • Located only 150 meters from Arthur’s Pass railway station. • Free pick-up service for Tranz Alpine passengers with early room check-in. • Campervan‘s welcome, we offer great value meals and a roaring fire.

131 West Coast Road, Arthur’s Pass Village, SH 73 P: 03 318 9276 | Reservations Freephone 0800 676 884 41


amazing space METHVEN

PHOTO: Tony Harrington



THE BLUE PUB - WORLD FAMOUS IN NZ... This iconic pub is well known as the place to be after a big day hiking, shing, jet boating or playing golf. The sunny verandah and views of the mountains are hard to beat - there is bet than settling down on nothing better the verandah enjoying a cold beer with some friends and reeecting on the day's adventure.

Tranquil yet exhilarating, relaxing yet vibrant, Methven offers a perfect escape no matter what your taste or budget. Just one hour from Christchurch on Inland Scenic Route 72, this alpine-themed village nestled close to the Southern Alps is small enough to be friendly and personal yet larger enough to make an amazing holiday destination. Arrive early winter and Methven is already buzzing with international faces as the ski season gets underway. Within close distance of nine Canterbury ski fields, some of the world’s finest heliskiing country and sitting under Mt Hutt - one of New Zealand’s largest and most popular ski fields - Methven is a snowsports magnet. Dig out your winter woollies and pack for adventure. “Kids 4 Free” at Mt Hutt and Methven village means families can make this year the winter wonderland holiday of a lifetime. Mt Hutt and Methven businesses are offering every child 10 years and under FREE travel, FREE accommodation and FREE meals when accompanied by a paying adult. Kids 10 and under also receive FREE skiing at Mt Hutt. For a full list of participating businesses and all the info, visit Mt Hutt makes skiing with the family hassle free and a whole lot of fun! It is an easy 35 minute drive from Methven, where you will find dedicated learning facilities suitable for all abilities and all day supervised kids programmes for 2 years upwards. Don’t forget Mt Hutt is one of the largest and highest ski areas in the South Island, which means varied terrain for beginner through to expert. With the new “Kids 4 Free” programme there really is no excuse not to have a winter holiday at Mt Hutt/Methven.

Once you have recharged the mind, the body will need to be charged up so try our excellent food, either in the Restaurant, outside on the verandah or just pull up a stool at the bar and enjoy the friendly atmosphere.

If it’s entertainment you are looking for, then you’ve found it. The Blue likes to think that it's one of Canterbury's major live venues for music and many renowned artists have played here. Check out our website gig guide to see wh what’s coming up!


BAR - RESTAURANT - FUNCTION CENTRE ACCOMMODATION Barkers Road, Methven, New Zealand / 03 302 8046


e catch phrase "your true country pub" is very apt as this is indeed a classic New Zealand country pub. Warm in atmosphere and welcome, you will feel right at home from the mi minute you walk in the door.

- Newly renovated bars - Clean comfortable beds - Delicious Food - Family friendly Restaurant - Restaurant Quality Takeaways - Bottle Store

ABOVE: Summit Six chairlift Mt Hutt

Food - Glorious - Food e restaurant menu has been spruced up for the summer season with new additions featuring local produce and still has some of the old favourites including Roast of the Day, 300gm Aged Rump Steak and our Famous Brown Pub Hoki .


Cnr Main Street & Forest Drive Methven, Mt Hutt Village, NZ P (03) 302 8045 F (03) 302 8085 E W

If you’re not a skier or snowboarder, there are still plenty of reasons to visit Methven during winter. The town and surrounding district caters for those seeking a more tranquil, country experience. Rent a car and within 10 minutes you are driving through farmland. Walk to the edge of town within 20 minutes or hire a bike for a ride in the countryside. Relax at the end of the day with a massage or spa treatment or sample a brew at a local pub while gazing on snow capped mountains. Venture into the Southern Alps for fly fishing or tramping, either unaccompanied or with local guides. Nearby mountains offer great walking opportunities or try ice skating at Staveley’s outdoor rink. Step it up a gear with a high octane skydive, jet boat ride, hot air balloon or helicopter flights. Dine out at one of the dozen or so local eateries or venture a little further afield to boutique restaurants in the foothills. Choose from sumptuous 5 Star accommodations through to budget options. For a small village, Methven presents all the choices of a city with resorts, luxury B&Bs, motels, backpackers and camping grounds. Methven – space to stay, space to play.


Aoraki Mount Cook


Home of the only Mt Glacier Sea Kayaking in NZ! There’s no more exciting way to experience the magnificence of Aoraki Mount Cook National Park than by sea kayak where at over 750 metres above sea level, you can become part of the environment, paddle beneath towering glaciated mountains and view the majestic glaciers and summit of the mighty Aoraki Mount Cook (New Zealand’s highest mountain at 3754 metres). Why not leave the crowds behind with Mt Glacier Sea Kayaks where you’ll explore the nooks and crannies of the glacier lakes, getting up close and personal with a variety of wildlife and icebergs. All the trips are fully guided with the company’s guides having a vast knowledge of the area as well as all its inhabitants and trips to suit all levels of kayakers from beginners to very experienced. In fact, Mt Glacier Sea Kayaks are the only glacier sea kayaking company in New Zealand, so they aim to provide you with the best possible outdoor experience naturally. Sea kayak into pristine glacial bays surrounded by glacial ice where you may be able to sea kayak near to or even touch icebergs. Experience the beauty and peaceful nature of this quiet zone of Aoraki/Mt Cook. Listen to avalanches thundering off the slopes of Mt Sefton from a safe distance – there are some seriously fantastic photographic opportunities.

For Glacier Kayaking, Alpine Ascents, Tasman Glacier Skiing, Heliskiing and Mountaineering. For more information phone 03 435 1890.

THE BEAUTIFUL Lake Tekapo Located in the centre of the South Island of New Zealand and at the heart of Mackenzie District, Lake Tekapo is surrounded by a vast basin of golden tussock grass and is famous for its unique turquoise colour which is the result of finely ground rock in its glacial melted waters. Lake Tekapo’s geographical central location is protected from rough coastal weather by the Southern Alps in the west and the Two Thumb Ranges in the east. One of the ‘must sees’ while in the region is the Church of the Good Shepard, built to the glory of God as a memorial to the pioneers of the Mackenzie Country – it’s truly a spectacular sight. The surrounding mountains and the three main contributing rivers of the Macauley, Godley and Cass valleys offer grand panoramic views and many opportunities for outdoor pursuits such as fishing, kayaking and hiking. Lake Tekapo’s main village is situated at the southern outlet of the lake and, although small, is flourishing and provides needs for many of the region’s visitors including dining and other services.

EXPLORE THE WONDERS OF THE SOUTHERN SKY AT THE UNIVERSITY OF CANTERBURY MT JOHN OBSERVATORY BY DAY – Drive or hike to the summit of Mt John for amazing views, coffee or lunch at the Astro Cafe. Take a tour of the Observatory, see a star and learn about the Mackenzie Country. SUNSET TOURS – The best of all - day, dusk and night skies to view. MT JOHN OBSERVATORY TOURS – Join us for our famous Stargazing Tour. We provide transport, equipment and guidance. All you need to bring are keen eyes, warm clothes and a desire to see, learn and BOOKING IS ADVISED experience! Navigate your way around the Southern Sky using telescopes, binoculars, and the naked For more details call 03 680 6960 or email: info@earthandsky eye, we will show you amazing sights. Learn about neighbouring stars and galaxies.




Possum Skins & Possum Skin Products, Wide range of Possum Merino clothing & accessories, Manuka Honey, Lanolin & Manuka Honey skincare products, Sheepskins plus general souvenirs.

• Fox Glacier is 13km long and moves at approximately 10 times the speed of other valley glaciers around the world. • Fox Glacier’s nevé (snow accumulation area) is 36 sq km bigger than the South Island’s main city, Christchurch. • West Coast is 600km long - about the same distance between Auckland and Wellington - making it the longest region in New Zealand. • West Coast has five national parks and one world heritage site. • In August 1888, Reefton became the first southern hemisphere town to have electric street lighting.

Santana, 5 Tahutahi Road, Haast Phone 03 7500791 Email


UNIQUE LOCATION ON THE BEACH AND IN THE CENTRE OF HOKITIKA Full service hotel with comfortable street front to modern, luxury beachfront rooms. Restaurant, café, bar on site. Easy walking distance to beach, artisan galleries, service shops, iSITE, heritage trail and much more. SPECIAL RATE Oceanview Room with two cooked breakfast for $119 incl. GST

This rate is based on 2 persons (third person rate applies of $30 incl. GST and the breakfast is not included for this person). Bonus deal kids under 12 eat free for breakfast. Limit 2 kids. Rate is valid from 1 June to 31 August 2012. Subject to availability. | 0800 WILD BEACH (945 3232)


Ride the steam train, pan for gold and watch the holographic show.

Visit our recently opened interactiVe dispatch & Garlick foundry

Rutherglen Road, Paroa (10km South of Greymouth). Open 7 days 8.30am - 5.00pm. Phone 03 762 6634


The West Coast of the Southern Alps The West Coast of the Southern Alps is an adventure and outdoor wonderland that can only be described as spectacular with activities to suit everyone’s taste.



Relax and unwind in a tranquil, peaceful rainforest setting just 300 meters to village centre and directly opposite the glacier hot pools.

STAY 2 NIGHTS OR MORE AND GET 10% OFF YOUR ROOM RATE PLUS receive a free 50MB wireless internet voucher included.

• One of N.Z.’s most scenic icons - a photographer’s paradise! • Award winning cafe with unsurpassed mountain views • Contemporary New Zealand Gift Shop specialising in N.Z. made products

Offer from 1st May 2012 till 31 August 2012 Phone 0800 662 766 and quote 10@58 to get the above special.

• Don’t miss the opportunity to walk, shop & dine at this magnificent location

58 Cron Street, PO Box 90, Franz Josef Ph: 03 752 0627 Freephone: 0800 662 766 E:

Lake Matheson Rd Fox GLacieR, Ph: 03 7510 878 www.LakeMatheson.coM

This discount is only available from here and cannot be used in conjunction with other discounts or vouchers and is for the period stated only).

It’s time to check out the amazing West Coast of the South Island where there’s something for everyone! From Haast, the whitebait capital of NZ, through the Glaciers in the south and north to stunning Karamea, there’s so much to see & do on the Coast. Enjoy a glimpse of the past at our iconic Shantytown, experience the amazing Coast Rd scenery & world famous Punakaiki Pancake Rocks or indulge in a true slice of the West Coast mining history by going inland to visit the iconic Blackball Hilton & bustling township of Reefton. All this and so much more is right here waiting for you!

With over 50 buses available we can move any group, big or small, anytime, anywhere!

Travelling in other parts of New Zealand? Check out our website for contact details of your nearest branch.

PO BOX 478 Greymouth P: 03 768 2222 F: 03 768 6722 E:


Lake Matheson, recently named one of the world’s most beautiful lakes.



During winter months, the warmer currents of the Tasman Sea make the West Coast’s temperatures relatively mild compared to other parts of the South Island. Outside the summer months, visitor numbers are low, which makes this an ideal time for travellers who want to really connect with the local culture and explore this spectacular, memorable and distinctive region in depth. The region is also becoming widely known for its world class artists and crafts people. The dramatic landscapes attract a growing number of creative people who value a lifestyle that is becoming increasingly hard to find in more populated areas. It is also home to an extensive jade (greenstone, pounamu) industry with talented carvers creating a wide range of items and jewellery to suit the most discerning customer. Other creative mediums include driftwood, natural fibres and precious minerals that have evolved to give the region a distinctive style that is becoming world renowned. The West Coast is also home to some of New Zealand’s scenic and natural icons like the limestone arches at Oparara, the pancake rocks and blow holes at Punakaiki, the Coast Road described by Lonely Planet as one of the top 10 coastal drives in the world, the heritage village at Shantytown, the awesome TranzAlpine rail journey, Monteiths and Westland breweries, New Zealand’s only White Heron (Kotuku) breeding colony, Rowi the world’s rarest kiwi, the awesome Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers and the spectacular ‘Gates of Haast.’ Take time out to meet the ‘coasters’, a friendly and often opinionated group of people who have been part of the pioneering spirit of the West Coast and have some great stories to tell. The West Coast has always been New Zealand’s pioneer frontier, its cultural ‘heartland’, and like other such places around the world it

has generated its fair share of legends and stories. The region is populated by only 33,000 coasters who have chosen the slightly isolated region and have developed a distinctive culture of their own, where self reliance and hospitality are as strong today as they were 100 years ago. The human history of the West Coast is particularly rich. First came Maori seeking pounamu (jade) at its sole sources in New Zealand, and then gold fever in the 1860s brought Europeans, many of whom stayed on to start farming, forestry, fishing and tourism businesses. Today, you’ll find museums, heritage sites, historic buildings, fine food and cuisine, a range of accommodation to suit all budgets and first class guides who can add to your enjoyment of the West Coast’s hundreds of natural, historic and adventure experiences. The West Coast is a land before time. Many parts of the region serve as time capsules to show us what our country looked like before humans arrived 1000 years ago. Within this 600 kilometre long swathe of Eden , no wider than 70 kilometres at any point, the mountains look closer, the lakes clearer, the rivers larger and faster and the forests more lush than anywhere else in the country. Not surprisingly, given its rich environmental heritage, the West Coast of the Southern Alps boasts five of New Zealand’s 14 national parks; Kahurangi, Paparoa, Arthur’s Pass, Westland and Mt Aspiring along with Te Wahi Pounamu the South West World Heritage area. Days can be spent exploring the region. A visit to the West Coast of the Southern Alps is to experience a journey not a destination. We recommend at least three days there so plan your itinerary accordingly travelling from Karamea to Haast with many stops along the way.

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imagine yourself here and your cares a million miles away GLACIER HOT POOLS

The Glacier Hot Pools are six hours drive from Christchurch.

Brand new to Franz Josef Glacier, with 3 invitingly warm public pools, 3 secluded private pools, and onsite massage all nestled amidst the rugged West Coast rainforest.

Franz Josef Glacier | West Coast | Freephone: 0800 044 044 |

west coast

West Coast Wonder Ruby Rock

The West Coast holds what is perhaps New Zealand’s most precious natural wonder, Ruby Rock. Goodletite or Ruby Rock as it’s branded by master gem cutter, Gerry Commandeur is New Zealand’s only precious stone and cannot be found anywhere in the world other than Westland, New Zealand. After its discovery, which caused a mini ruby rush in Westland at the time, its fame quickly slipped into the historical textbooks. Ruby Rock contains real Ruby, Sapphire and Tourmaline crystals in an emerald green mother rock, which is Fuchsite. Ruby Rock has a wealth of rich colours, with a pink to purplish-red and blue core contrasting with its emerald green mantle -all of which make it desirable for its beauty as well as its rarity. It is more rare than diamond, and no one has located the exact source of Ruby Rock in the Southern Alps since its original discovery, compounding the desirability of this gemstone. It was the lure of Ruby Rock that drew Gerry to Hokitika over a decade ago. He moved from Havelock, Marlborough after he was shown a sample of the precious stone by a greenstone carver. He set up shop and began to buy all the raw material he could from fellow locals who had found pieces in the area’s old goldmines. The original gold miners of the coast were completely unaware of Ruby Rock’s value and would often cast it aside while they worked the region for their yellow quarry. Ruby Rock being an unusually heavy, dense rock was generally picked up as a curiosity more than realisation of its value. The stone has now been given its due credit; 2009 saw the inclusion of Ruby Rock in Gemstones of the World, the reference book widely regarded as the bible for gem and jewellery enthusiasts and experts. Travellers visiting the south island’s West Coast can see this gem for themselves. Gerry Commandeur’s Ruby Rock Gallery is situated just two blocks west, towards the beach, off Highway 6 at 21 Tancred Street in Hokitika. The gallery features ever-changing jewellery pieces crafted from this exquisite and rare New Zealand gemstone and is a ‘must visit’ for all discovering the West Coast.

The Ruby Rock Gallery 21 Tancred Street, Hokitika Westland P: 03 755 7448 You can now buy NZ Ruby Rock at Seaside Gems in Picton 12 London Quay, Picton P: 03 573 8151 E:



Lake Wanaka To ski or not to ski. Is that a question? Yes, according to surprised and delighted journalist Kaz Wel, who discovered there’s a great deal more to winter than sliding on brilliant snow, in Lake Wanaka. The first piece of writing I ever produced in primary school was a description of a sunny winter’s day; “The sky is blue, the water is clear and the mountains are white.” I got a little silver star for that, but I never expected to be plagiarised and upstaged by whoever designed Lake Wanaka. In fairness though, they also added; “the temperatures in the daytimes are positively balmy; the only sound on the hills is the whirr of ski-lifts and whoops of snow fans in action; the sunsets are like orange treacle slowly draining over the rugged peaks and it’s all wrapped up in a woodsmoke-scented ribbon of fun and relaxation in equal measure…” I reckon that would have got me the gold star. Poetry aside though, while winters in heaps of other countries are glum affairs, full of grey hues and day-long chills, Lake Wanaka manages to pull off way more than its fair share of glorious days. National Geographic reckons it’s one of the world’s 25 best ski For the widest range of accommodation in Wanaka, including towns and they know a thing or three about the planet. apartments, villas and holiday houses, contact our expert But also, there’s the atmosphere of the town itself by day and team or check our website. night where a wide selection of bars, restaurants and cafés lets you We also offer activity bookings and advice. choose a vibe and settle in for the evening, while out the window, the lake ripples quietly in the moonlight. P: +64 3 443 0045 | E: For all the golfers out there, Lake Wanaka Golf Club is a must where the course is plenty challenging and magnanimously forgiving into the bargain, but even on your worst day U-FLY WANAKA out the views put everything back into perspective. After that, I was booked on a wine tour that saw me sampling not only a wonderful vineyard’s output at Rippon, but getting there and back in possibly the quirkiest motor vehicle ever designed, the peasant-powered Citroen 2CV! Back in town that evening the little stores were buzzing with shoppers Incredible Scenic Flight attracted by genuinely unique goods PLUS your chance to fly the plane. including everything from designer fashions to local artworks to outdoor FUN EASY SAFE equipment. ”The best thing ”WOW - it’s so ”So incredibly I’ve done in NZ EASY! Anyone can smooth and I couldn’t help chuckling with - and the best do it! Awesome, comfortable. Just minutes from the Wanaka township this photos too!“ awesome, awesome“ I loved it“ nostalgia for that primary school fabulous purpose built lodge, on a 2 acre moment as I made some story notes site has all day sun with stunning panoramic in my little book. views of the lake and mountains. “The sky was blue, the mountains We can cater for groups (10), families or were white, the lake was clear…” and couples. Choose from either our luxury this time as I looked out at the night 1 bedroom, 2 bedroom or 3 bedroom apartments or a B&B option is available in ”It’s so easy! Awesome experience. I can’t believe sky I got a million silver stars for my I’ve actually flown a plane myself!” our hosted accommodation. efforts.

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With mountain peaks as far as the eye can see, shimmering lakes, and crisp alpine air, Queenstown is quite simply a place of pure inspiration. Whether you have an appetite for adventure and the mountains or are more at home tracking down a delicious meal and fine wine, this cosmopolitan four season, lake and alpine resort, provides the perfect mix of action and relaxation for an unforgettable holiday. Queenstown transforms into a winter paradise each year, attracting snow sports enthusiasts from around the world with its stunning alpine scenery, crisp blue-sky days and easy access to some of New Zealand’s finest skiing. The region’s ski fields start opening from early June, and a good season runs well into October. Six diverse ski fields are between a 25-minute to 1½ hour drive and offer a range of terrain suitable for all levels of skiers and snowboarders. Backcountry heli skiing is the ultimate freeriding and

freeskiing experience for powderhounds. If you’re keen to tick some things off your bucket list then Queenstown is the place to do it. There’s a huge range of year-round high-octane thrills operating like bungy jumping, jet boating, skydiving, canyon swinging, paragliding and four-wheel-drive adventures to get your adrenaline pumping. Or for a more relaxed pace, there are world-class golf courses, scenic walking and biking trails, award-winning Central Otago wineries, luxury spas, and plenty of boutique shopping and galleries. When it comes to eating out and the après-ski scene, Queenstown may be small but it packs a huge bite! Innovative and award-winning cafés and restaurants offer cuisine to please every palate, from the discerning connoisseur to a group looking for a fun, relaxed meal. Nightlife is busy and vibrant with an eclectic mix of stylish bars and sophisticated clubs, Kiwi pubs and late night hot spots.

Queenstown’s most memorable dining experience A pioneering landmark from the 1860s, Gantleys is a charming stone building set on two acres of landscaped gardens with stunning mountain scenery. Gantleys offers contemporary New Zealand cuisine using fresh, regional produce and has New Zealand’s most Awarded Wine list. Gantleys is certainly worth a visit. Just 10 minutes from Queenstown.

“ Dining at Gantleys was one of the highlights of my trip to Queenstown. Along with the wonderful service, stunning gardens and the gorgeous wines (and there were certainly plenty to choose from), the food was second to none. Piping hot, cooked to perfection and cutting through my steak, it may as well have been butter. If you’re heading to the region, I encourage you to pop into this little gem of Queenstown – you won’t be disappointed and you’ll most likely find it’ll be your highlight too.” Bettina Maniatis, Editor, Onboard Magazine

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03 442 8999




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The American Express Queenstown Winter Festival 22 June to 1 July 2012

Located on the lakefront right in the centre of Queenstown. It offers boutique dorms (six beds maximum), double and twin rooms. Every room has it’s own ensuite, as well as LCD TV and fridge. Fresh, contemporary style with space to play and space to relax.

Six Bed Dorms – from $26.00 p/p p/n Four Bed Dorms – from $32.00 p/p p/n Double/Twin Rooms – from $90.00 p/n Queen Rooms – from $110.00 p/n

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Winter is one of the best times of year to visit Queenstown as you can see the landscape in all its glory and experience its electric atmosphere is during the American Express Queenstown Winter Festival. Dubbed the Southern Hemisphere’s biggest winter party, the multi award-winning festival is a highlight of Queenstown’s event calendar and attracts an estimated 45,000 people to celebrate the official start of the resort’s winter season. The festival sports a reputation for being fun, outrageous and a must for locals and visitors alike. New international events this year include the New Zealand movie premiere of ‘Ice Age 4: Continental Drift’ and a rare performance from New Zealand comedic export, Flight of the Conchords (Oscar winner Bret McKenzie and co-star Jermaine Clement). Festival-goers will also get the chance to be part of a live studio audience for TV3’s infamous ‘7 Days’ comedy satire show which will be pre-recorded at Queenstown’s Memorial Hall and broadcast to the nation.


The Delight that is Dunedin Add it to your itinerary Not only is it the perfect place for keen wildlife enthusiasts who want to experience some of the best wildlife viewing in the world, but add to that an impressive array of heritage architecture as well as world class fashion designers and you’re beginning to get an idea of the fantastic offerings of Dunedin. The Otago Peninsula stretches along the southern edge of Dunedin’s harbour. The Peninsula, within sight of the cityscape, is home to the only mainland breeding colony of the Royal Albatross. The observatory at Taiaora Head Royal Albatross Centre provides a unique opportunity to view the albatross in their natural environment. Underneath the Albatross Centre lies the tunnels of Fort Taiaroa, established over 100 years ago to counter the threat of invasion from Russia. The Observation Post overlooks part of the albatross colony, and the fort is now a museum. Visitors are fortunate to view the only Armstrong Disappearing Gun of its type in the world, still in its original gun pit. Adding to a unique wildlife experience, the Otago Peninsula is also home to the world’s rarest penguin, the Yellow-eyed Penguin or Hoiho (its Maori name) which means “noise shouter” unique to the South Island. The Yellow-eyed Penguin Conservation Reserve, “Penguin Place”, has a unique set of tunnels, hides and tracks set up to view these fascinating creatures as they go about their everyday life. The “Penguin Place” also houses a penguin hospital. Dunedin boasts the largest concentration of Victorian and Edwardian architecture in New Zealand. From the iconic Larnach

Castle to the various churches in the city, there are fine examples of heritage architecture around every corner. The Flemishrenaissance style Dunedin Railway Station is one of the grandest stations in the world and it is said to be the most photographed building in New Zealand. The University of Otago, New Zealand’s first university, with its distinctive clock tower, is a perfect example of how the old has been blended superbly with the new. Add to this the abundance of grand old houses and you really do have a city of historic significance. The Dunedin fashion scene has become increasingly apparent in recent years. iD Dunedin Fashion Week in March continues to grow and is now an established event on New Zealand’s style calendar. With worldwide media attention, iD Dunedin Fashion Week provides great exposure for local designers. Dunedin is a vibrant city with world class wildlife viewing right on its back door step. The architectural heritage is unparalleled in New Zealand and with its stylish fashion industry and café culture, Dunedin is a city that has to be added to every itinerary.


Real Fiordland Unchanged and unforgetable since time began

A day trip just isn’t enough Your overnight cruise on Doubtful Sound takes you to a world where dolphins play, penguins bustle, seals sleep off their night hunt... and peace and quiet reign supreme.

But theres a whole lot more. Your crew gathers fresh lobster for dinner from the fiord floor, and you fish for your own delicacies to add to the seafood courses.

A small flotilla of kayaks lets everyone plot a personal voyage amid waterfalls and tree-clad peaks, while premium cabins offer the comforts and privacy of home through the starstudded flat calm night.

You could almost feel sorry for the people who rushed it...

Wake up to Doubtful Sound With Fiordland Expeditions

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Fiordland Expeditions By Lyn Brewer “I don’t know why they keep this a secret, Doubtful Sound is the most stunning place in the world! The world!” Well yes, it was the end of a superb trip and the American gentleman sounding like a repetitive hype machine was almost in tears at leaving the boat, Tutoko II - but he wasn’t the only one. Doubtful Sound isn’t actually a secret - it’s on the map and everything - it just hides in the shadows of the massive marketing machine that puts Milford Sound on every New Zealand visitor’s lips - and that’s a real shame for them. Where Milford is compact, almost a boutique fiord, more or less packed with cruise boats and an airport, and accessed by a road with an unseasonally regular attraction for snow, Doubtful is the total opposite. At two easy, picturesque hours drive from Queenstown; roughly 10 times larger than Milford and with only a handful of tourism concessions, Doubtful puts the ‘wild’ in wilderness and the ‘quiet’ in “isn’t it incredibly quiet here?” Run by the Abernethy family, Fiordland Expeditions has made a masterpiece out of seeing Doubtful Sound properly. It’s a multi-activity trip where you can enjoy the serene glide across Lake Manapouri; the breathtaking scenic rumble across the Wilmot Pass; close-ups of seals, penguins and, pretty regularly, dolphins. Fiordland Expeditions’ skippers are natural hosts with gentle southern wit and an innate ability to keep you entertained without invading your space or going into a song and dance routine. The Abernethys have created an easy atmosphere of comfort

and relaxation, and a feeling like you’re part of the family yourself. Everybody on my trip tapped into it the moment we left the jetty and looking at the bulging visitors’ book, that’s par for the course. “I don’t know why you’d waste all day driving just to go on a two-hour day-cruise when you can switch off completely and do it properly,” the American gentleman said as he hugged the skipper goodbye. “This is what this place was made for, and this boat’s the only way to see it - I’ll be telling everybody. Everybody!” This time his eyes were definitely moist. Definitely.

Kayak through Milford Sound With Rosco’s Milford Kayaks

To explore Milford Sound in a truly unique and exhilarating way, definitely give sea kayaking a go. According to the Lonely Planet, it’s the best way to discover Milford Sound and we have to agree there’s nothing like feeling the spray of the waterfalls as they tumble from hundreds of metres above. Plus, it’s the closest you’ll get to the seals, penguins and dolphins – any wildlife enthusiast’s dream come true. Running 365 days a year, Rosco’s Milford Kayaks offers a number of different sea kayaking adventures and you definitely don’t have to be an experience paddler to give it a go. With quality sea kayaks that have foot operated rudders, Rosco’s Milford Kayaks provide you with all the specialist paddling gear including buoyancy aid, spray skirt, spray jacket, thermals, fleece and special gloves as well as an all important dry bag for your camera. For more information:

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Kaitaki means ‘Challenger’ in Maori. She is the largest ferry in New Zealand waters, with room for up to 1600 passengers and features a wide range of passenger lounges and amenities on three decks. Built:

Deck 7

Holland, 1995

Flag: British


Shop – Eftpos facilities, phone cards, magazines, confectionary and souvenirs. Buy your movie tickets and Kaitaki Plus tickets here. A free kid’s activity book is available on request.


Family Lounge – This lounge is a great place for parents to relax with their children and watch TV, cartoons or play video games.

Crew: 60 Passenger Capacity:


Car Capacity:

600 cars on 3 decks

Trailer Capacity:

1780 lane metres

Gross Tonnage:



Café Olivetto – Choose from espresso coffees, ice creams and café style food.


Kaitaki Plus Lounge – This exclusive lounge offers free Wi-Fi internet, newspapers, magazines as well as complimentary beers, wines, tea & coffee. Cooked breakfast ex Wellington and a hot lunch ex Picton. Tickets can be purchased from the terminal or on board shop.

Length: 181.6m Breadth: 23.4m

Deck 8


20.5 knots

Main Engines:

4 x Sulzer Type: 8 ZAL 40S 5760kw each at 510 rpm

Power Generators:

2 x Stork Wartsila developing 1340kw each


2 x Aft ME driven shaft alternators developing 2200kw each

Nurseries – Four cabins with cots & a separate toilet are available for families traveling with infants. A baby changing facility is located in the foyer on Deck 7.


Recliner Seating

iSite – Make holiday plans and bookings onboard at the Interislander i-Site on Deck 7. Open daily (except Christmas Day) from 7.45 am – 4.35pm.


Cabins – Passenger cabins with en suite available to hire. Enquire at shop on Deck 7.

1 x Emergency Alternator developing 240kw

Bow Thrusters:

2 x electric driven KaMeWa CPP thrusts developing 1500kw each


2 x High lift flap type Hinze rudders


Food Court – Mouth-watering selection


of light snacks and hot meals. Hot breakfast served up to 10.30am. Hot meals 5 available from 10.45am, includes a dish of the day, fish & chips, curry and roast meal. Beverages include filter coffee, tea, juice, soft drinks, beer and wine. 7

Lookout Atrium – The “Lookout” offers café style seating with great views.


Luggage Lockers


Karori Rip Bar - Relaxed atmosphere, serving espresso coffee, local wines, beers and spirits. A selection of snacks is available at peak times. The Karori Rip bar features wide screen plasma TV’s and there are often local bands performing.

10 Lookout Atrium – The ‘Lookout” offers café style seating with great views. 11 Luggage Lockers

Deck 2 Play Area (Little Pirates Mess Room) A play area for kids aged 3 -10 is located on deck 2. Lights snacks are available to purchase and parents can enjoy an espresso coffee while supervising their children. Children’s books are also available to hire. Movie Theatres Relax and view a movie in one of our two movie theatres on Deck 2. Tickets can be purchased from the shop on Deck 7.

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Karori Rip Bar – Relaxed atmosphere, serving 4 beers, and spirits. espresso coffee & local wines, A selection of foods is available at peak times. The Karori Rip Bar features wide screen plasma TVs and there are often local bands performing.

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Food Court – Mouth watering selection of light snacks and hot meals. Hot breakfast available ex Wellington. Take away open from 10.30 am. Hot lunch available ex Picton Beverages include filter coffee, tea, juice, soft drinks, beer & wine.

Main outside viewing deck. Smoking is permitted on Deck 7 portside & Deck 10.

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No. 1 Truck Stop 78

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ARATERE Built: Flag: Length: Beam: Speed: Gross Tonnage: Loaded Draft: Cargo Capacity:

Spain 1998 New Zealand 183.5 metres 20.3 metres 19.5 knots (36 kph) 17,816 tonnes 5.75 metres 28 rail wagons, (1,700 tonnes) 30 trucks (800 tonnes) Or 230 cars(160 tonnes) Crew: 31 Passengers: 670 Fuel: Heavy Marine Diesel, Consumption 35 litres per minute Engines: Four Wartsila 8L32 of 3680 KW Each coupled to ABB alternators Of 3,300 volts at 50Hz Plus two Wartsila 8L20 of 1600 KW Each Propellers: Fixed pitch. Diameter 4.42 metres


meaning QUICKPATH Deck 4

Twin Ulstein high lift rudders Capable of independent operation Brown Brothers folding fin Sailor MF, HF and VHF Radio Tranceivers Norcontrol Inmarasat C Satellite Transceiver ZM11 2 x life boats (Capacity 220) 2 x Rescue Boats 8 x Rafts (Capacity 600 persons)

Stabilisers: Communications: Call sign: Survival Craft:


Bar – Situated at the bow of the ship this lounge offers great views and a social atmosphere. Includes a bar to satisfy your thirst and to provide snacks.


Food Court – for a mouth watering selection of snacks, sandwiches, hot & cold meals and a variety of beverages.


Movie Theatre – Relax and enjoy a movie in our movie theatre. Tickets can be purchased from the shop.


Shop – Eftpos facilities, phone cards, magazines, confectionary, a selection of breads & cakes, espresso coffee and souvenirs. Aratere Plus tickets available here.


Play Area – Moby’s play area, cartoon channel, nursery and family seating.


Video Games – Situated near the play area to entertain older children.


Passenger Lounge

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Aratere Plus – this exclusive lounge offers free WiFi internet access, newspapers and magazines as well as complimentary beers, wines, tea , coffee and a selection of snacks and hot meals (during certain sailings). Aratere Plus can be purchased at the terminal or the on board shop.


Observation Decks (4, 5 & 6) – Decks and seating areas from which to enjoy the magnificent views of Wellington harbour, Cook Strait and The Marlborough Sounds.

10 Pencarrow Lounge – Relax in the comfort of this lounge.


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Deck 5



Aratere Plus Driver’s Driver’s Mess Room Accommodation


7 Pencarrow lounge


Access to Vehicle Deck MES

Deck 4


PAX lounge and 7 family area


Passenger Entry/Exit



Muster Stations


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ARAHURA Built: Flag: Cost to build: Engines:

Denmark 1983 New Zealand $45 million 4 Wartsila Vaasa 12V32, 4mw diesel Engines each coupled to a GEC 3800kw generator Propulsion: 4 GEC 3600kw electric motors Driving 2 KaMeWa controllable Pitch propellers Bow Thrusters: KaMeWa controllable pitch. Diameter 3.6 meters. Weight: 7.8 tonnes Stabilisers: Sperry Gyro Fin. Length: 148 metres Draught: 5.55 metres Gross tonnage: 13,621 Tonnes Loaded displacement: 9,300 Loaded Draft: 5.55 metres Cargo Capacity: Rail Wagons : 60 Road Vehicles: 125 Trucks: 12

meaning PATHWAY TO DAWN Deck 7

Decks Below passenger decks: Deck 1 / 2 : Machinery spaces Deck 3 / 4: Rail Deck Deck 5 / 6: Vehicle Deck & crew accommodation Service Speed: 20 knots (35.5 km / hour) Fuel Capacity: 450, 000 litres Heavy Marine Diesel Crew: 45 Passenger Capacity: 550 Survival Craft: 4 x 66 Lifeboat 2 x MES (250 pax each) 1 x F.R.C


Children’s Corner – Play area, cartoon channel, nursery & family seating.


Food Court – A mouth watering selection of snacks, sandwiches, hot and cold meals and a variety of beverages.


Observation Decks ( Deck 8) – Open decks and seating areas from which to enjoy the magnificent views on offer.


Shop and Information – Eftpos facilities, phone cards and souvenirs. Buy your movie tickets here. The Cove tickets also available to purchase.


Movie Theatre – Catch a movie. Tickets & snacks available from the shop.


External Seating (Deck 8)


Timezone – Video games for older children.


The Cove – Private lounge available for passengers over 18 years of age. Complimentary tea, coffee and magazines. A work station available for use and Wi-Fi internet access. Tickets can be purchased from the shop.


Queen Charlotte Café & Bar (Deck 8) – This lounge offers great views and a social atmosphere.

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