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TAKE A BREATHER IN KAIKOURA
The local marine life is happy to welcome you here, but there’s plenty of fun to be had on land too!
QUEENSTOWN WINTER WONDERLAND During the colder months, this spot is seriously in its element.
NZ PUBS New Zealand has many pubs calling for you to visit, we list some of our favourites.
14 MUSEUMS & GALLERIES
NELSON HAS IT ALL
The country’s museums and galleries care for more than 40 million items relating to New Zealand’s history.
With great food, wine, beers, scenery and so much more, there’s just no going past this awesome spot.
THE MIGHTY WAIKATO
27 MARVEL IN MARLBOROUGH
Located in the heart of the North Island, this region offers a mix of nature-based tourism, underground adventure and Middle-earth movie magic.
Always a delight, Marlborough is a gorgeous region to visit during winter and the famous wines are calling!
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Located on the North Island’s eastern coast, Hawke’s Bay is one of the country’s premier food and wine regions.
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Winter is a great time to visit the coolest little capital in the world and there are some pretty exciting events on the horizon.
There’s nothing like the West Coast, where options abound and every visitor’s whims are catered to.
The region delights as it moves into winter mode
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Welcome On Board It makes me very happy to be able to announce that Kaitaki, Interislander’s flagship passenger ferry, will be receiving a bit of a facelift this winter. Kaitaki is the largest passenger ferry in New Zealand and has not been refurbished since she arrived in New Zealand in 2005. It makes me very happy to be able to announce that Kaitaki, Interislander’s flagship passenger ferry, will be receiving a bit of a facelift this winter following the renewal of the ship’s lease to Interislander until 2017. Kaitaki is the largest passenger ferry in New Zealand and has not been refurbished since she arrived in New Zealand in 2005. The Kaitaki refurbishment project will include a revamp of the foodcourt area, the bar, the atrium and the toilets, as well as the passenger thoroughfare and shop on deck 8. In addition to creating a newer, fresher feel, the refurbishment will also open up areas and allow for greater flow through into other parts of the ship. The last two summers have been the busiest ever for Kaitaki, and with the growth in popularity of our Kaitaki Plus luxury lounge and anticipated future demand, we are confident we are making the right move in keeping the ship with Interislander and giving her a much needed makeover. Over our 50 years of operation, Interislander has seen huge innovation and change, and we are very excited about delivering a more modern and comfortable ship for our passengers. After all, we want to deliver a service that is renowned both for its beautiful scenery and for its customer experience.
Thomas Davis General Manager, Interislander
Kaitaki’s proposed new look foodcourt and bar
Interislander will be giving its flagship passenger ferry – the Kaitaki – a bit of a spruce up this winter. Following the recent decision to renew the lease for another four years until 2017, a refurbishment of the passenger areas on the ship will be completed when the ship goes into dry dock in August this year. “Kaitaki passenger spaces have had no refurbishment in the last seven years of the current charter, so the passenger spaces are definitely in need of a facelift,” says Interislander General Manager Thomas Davis. Kaitaki, which means ‘Challenger’ in Maori, is just shy of 182 metres in length (the equivalent to almost two rugby fields), and can carry 1650 passengers and 550 cars. “Kaitaki has been Interislander’s flagship since her arrival in 2005 and is the largest passenger ferry in New Zealand,” Mr Davis says. “With capacity for up to 60 trucks on each night sailing, and some trucks during daily passenger journeys, Kaitaki has
been relied upon to carry time sensitive deliveries between the North and South Island such as perishable goods, urgent courier shipments and retail products.” “She has served us very well over the last eight years.” The main scope of the work will include a revamp of the foodcourt area, the bar, the atrium and the toilets, as well as the passenger thoroughfare and shop on deck 8. Irish Company MJM Marine Ltd, which has had significant experience in ferry and cruise ship refurbishment work, will be leading the project, in partnership with Swedish company Figura who specialise in ferry passenger design. MJM Marine Limited has undertaken refurbishment work on cruise ships like Pacific Pearl, Saga Pearl and Celebrity Infinity, as well as Ro-Pax ferries like Stena Superfast. “Over the last couple of years, Kaitaki has been the busiest she has ever been during the peak summer period, and the Kaitaki Plus luxury lounge has continued to grow in popularity,” Mr Davis says. “ Interislander is really looking forward to being able to offer Kaitaki passengers a much fresher, more comfortable and modern travel experience following the completion of the refurbishment project in September.” 5 5
Free Interislander Travel Guide App Proving Popular Interislander customers are now able to convert their smartphones and tablets into an interactive audio tour guides thanks to our new free Travel Guide app. The app uses the GPS function in your mobile device to inform travellers about thousands of nearby points of historical and cultural interest as they travel throughout New Zealand, including across the Cook Strait. The iPhone and Android app provides tourists with locationbased local information in real time while they travel. Interislander Sales and Marketing Manager Gavin Rutherford says the app has been really well received. “It’s not just about Cook Strait - from Cape Reinga to Stewart Island there are over 1200 points of interest including local landmarks, scenic wonders, hidden gems and attractions, all of which are highlighted as you approach them,” says Mr Rutherford. “It’s a great resource for visitors to New Zealand as well as Kiwi road-trippers.” The app is powered by Tourism Radio, specialists in on-thego travel commentary. Hayden Braddock, Managing Director of Tourism Radio Travel Guides, says that the Travel App makes great use of the content that has been constantly added to since they started in 2008. “We have really tried to make sure we’ve done all we can to show off our beautiful country so nothing gets missed,” he says. “The app includes the history of each area, details of geography and native flora and fauna, Maori culture and even the best things to see and do, places to stay, wineries, restaurants and cafes.” One of the benefits of the app is that those driving can simply listen to local information without having to read any text. The app can even work offline so even in areas without 3G coverage, users are still able to hear relevant details of their current location. The app is updated monthly with new content and future updates will include social media integration allowing users to upload their own images and spread the word to their friends and family about their Kiwi experience. Mr Rutherford said the growth in use of smartphones and tablets while travelling has meant the early uptake of the app by both domestic and international visitors has been faster than expected. The app is available free from the Apple App Store and Google Play.
Black Sox on Top of the World Again Not so long ago, a world title seemed a very distant dream for the Black Sox and particularly captain Rhys Casley. At this same stadium, but on the outside diamond, the NZ national men’s team had slumped to defeat in the plate final – so, not even the title game – of the prestigious Dean Schick Tournament, losing to Auckland club side Ramblers. It was just the latest in a run of losses to local clubs, as the Black Sox staggered towards the world tournament at North Harbour’s Rosedale Park in early March. As the team broke camp and headed home for a few days to regroup, Casley’s campaign seemed over. After surgery on a badly injured right shoulder, the second-baseman had been battling for fitness and this was supposed to be his chance to prove it. But he’d aggravated the problem making a routine throw to first base and with coach Eddie Kohlhase calling in a replacement player, Casley’s prospects didn’t look promising. Fast forward 14 days, almost to the hour, and Casley was standing at the plate, his side level 1-1 with Venezuela in the world championship final, having rallied from a run down early. In the bottom of the third inning, with team-mates Brad Rona and Dan Milne already on base, the skipper – playing as a designated player – drove a home run over the centrefield fence. “It’s all too surreal at the moment,” admitted Casley afterwards, with the trophy tucked until his wounded wing. “It hasn’t sunk in – it might take a couple of weeks.” Casley’s performance was also vindication for Kohlhase, who opted to keep his banged-up captain on the tournament roster, instead dropping rookie Jerome Haretuku in a controversial decision. “Rhys was our Captain Courageous,” said the coach. “He really shouldn’t have been here with that injury. It was a credit to the physios and medical staff that got him out there. What an outstanding player.” The result was also a triumph for pitcher Jeremy Manley, who had struggled almost as much as Casley with injury and poor form through the championship build-up. As the week wore on, the USbased speedster played himself into shape and gained confidence, appearing in four of the final five games to eventually emerge as the event’s Most Valuable Pitcher. “We’ve worked hard for this since 2009,” reflected Kohlhase. “The team has just believed, really. We stuck to our processes and systems, and I’m very proud of them.” Interislander are a proud sponsor of New Zealand Softball and the World Champion Black Sox.
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:
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:
600 cars on 3 decks
1780 lane metres
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.
4 x Sulzer Type: 8 ZAL 40S 5760kw each at 510 rpm
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Deck 7 7
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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.
Deck 5 8
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.
Aratere Plus Driver’s Driver’s Mess Room Accommodation
7 Pencarrow lounge
Access to Vehicle Deck MES
PAX lounge and 7 family area
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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Deck 8 3
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New Zealand Pubs New Zealand has a long history of brewing - from Captain Cook who brewed up the first beer in the 1770s to the establishment of the earliest pubs and breweries during 19th century colonial times. Many of the longest running establishments are still producing and selling popular brews across the counter, but over the past decade they’ve been supplemented by a boom in production and consumption of boutique beers.
New Zealand’s first liquor licence In the far north, the Duke of Marlborough Hotel at Russell, in the Bay of Islands, is New Zealand’s first licensed hotel and has been operating since 1827. The historic waterside property is a favourite destination for tourists and boaties and has recently undergone major refurbishment. The grand colonial building is in fact the fourth on the site - the three earlier hotels were all burned to the ground. But that’s not the only amazing NZ pub to visit whilst you’re here. In fact, we’ve compiled some of our favourite pubs from around the country – so do yourself a favour and pop in to any one of them; it’s an opportunity not to be missed. 12
TOP: Little Beer Quarter, Wellington BOTTOM: McCashins Brewery, Nelson
Little Beer Quarter is a cosy beer lover’s haven tucked away in the Edward Street precinct. With 14 rotating taps including two hand pulls, and over 100 bottled beers and ciders carefully selected by beer loving staff, there’s always something tasty, new or interesting to try. Match your beer to a meal created by passionate chef Leigh Bartosh and follow on with a session in the adjoining Cigarro with one of their many whiskeys or wines.
Bebemos is a South American inspired restaurant and boutique beer bar. Featuring a rotating selection of seven of New Zealand’s finest craft beer taps, one cider; two wines on tap plus a huge range of local and international bottled beers, ciders and wines, there’s something there for everyone. The menu has had rave reviews so head in and settle down with a coffee by the fire utilising the free Wi-Fi or head to the huge outdoor cabana area to soak up some sunshine.
Little Beer Quarter 6 Edward St, Wellington firstname.lastname@example.org
Bebemos 1 Hall Street, Newtown, Wellington www.bebemos.co.nz
A bar so authentically Irish, it’s as if it’s travelled 20,000km straight from the homeland and was just conveniently dropped in the heart of Auckland city centre on the corner of Queen and Wellesley Streets. Come experience our Hundred Thousand Welcomes CÉAD MÍLE FÁILTE With Great Craic, Atmosphere, Live Music & Food makes the Munster Inn a proper Genuine Irish Bar.
Munster Inn Irish Bar 1, Wellesley Street West, Auckland CBD www.munsterinn.co.nz
Experience a Taste of Europe in the Heart of Auckland!
The historic Rochdale Cider Factory in Stoke is the home of McCashin’s Brewery and Rochdale Cider is still brewed on site, along with Stoke Beer, Palaeo Water, Stoke Ginger Beer and Lemon Lime & Bitters. The Brewery is a ‘must visit’ while in Nelson, offering daily brewery tours, free tastings, a cafe, bottle store and bar.You can also make a day of it by checking out the Great Taste Trail as well, a popular walking and biking trail which runs behind the brewery.
Truly an experience like no other, Belgian Beer Cafes are renowned for delicious menus, welcoming atmospheres and a huge range of some of the most sought after beers including Westvleteren 12 - the best beer in the world!
660 Main Road, Stoke, Nelson 7011 T: 03 547 0329 www.mccashins.co.nz Open from 7am seven days Brewery Tours 11am and 2pm Mon-Sat - $10 per person
We recommend grabbing a spot by the fire or on one of their sunny decks with a frothing Belgian beer and sampling some of their world-renowned signature mussels, fresh from the Coromandel and served steaming in traditional pots. The Occidental Belgian Beer Cafe 6-8 Vulcan Lane, CBD T: 09 3006226
De Post Belgian Beer Cafe 466 Mt Eden Rd, Mt Eden T: 09 630 9330
De Fontein Belgian Beer Cafe 75-79 Tamaki Drive, Mission Bay T: 09 578 3327
MUSEUMS & GALLERIES
DISCOVERING New Zealand’s TREASURES New Zealand museums and galleries care for more than 40 million items relating to New Zealand’s history and contribute to our national identity. Generating in excess of 1000 public exhibitions and publications and attracting over 8 million visits each year, museums and galleries are currently ranked as the top attraction for New Zealand’s overseas visitors. There is unprecedented growth in the establishment and development of museum facilities and services in most regions of New Zealand. Around 3500 people are currently employed in New Zealand museums, and at least twice that number of volunteers. Total annual museum operating and capital expenditure is in excess of $300 million. New Zealand museums are actively focused on enriching their communities by enhancing the quality of their facilities, collections, programmes, products and services. Museums play a pivotal role in the national heritage, education, leisure, and tourism sectors, and they demonstrate and profile New Zealand’s innovation and leadership internationally. NZ Museums is a website dedicated to New Zealand museums and their collections with a directory of museum locations, opening hours and special events, as well as up to date news and events. From history, agriculture and military to open air, science and aviation, New Zealand has a museum to spark every interest. NZMuseums is the initiative of National Services Te Paerangi, a team at the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, in Wellington. This article is courtesy of www.museums-aotearoa.org.nz and www.nzmuseums.co.nz
For more information: To check it out for yourself, visit www.nzmuseums.co.nz
MUSEUMS & GALLERIES
Museum of Wellington City & Sea Discover stories of social, cultural and maritime history in Wellington’s city museum. Housed in the historic 1892 Bond Store on Wellington’s beautiful waterfront, explore the city’s intriguing history through the collection of precious objects and exhibitions complete with stunning technology. Highlights include A Millennium Ago, featuring a dramatic installation that uses holographic effects to tell Maori myths, a giant cinema screen that stretches up three floors and Jack’s Boathouse, an interactive wonderland for kids. The museum is open every day from 10am to 5pm with free entry. Visit www.museumswellington.org.nz for more information.
The Colonial Cottage Museum Step back in time and experience colonial family life at the Colonial Cottage Museum. Built by William Wallis in 1858, the cottage typifies the elegant late-Georgian style of housing built in Wellington through to 1870. Inside, original furniture, wallpaper and precious objects from the family remain - their careful restoration showcasing the construction techniques and materials of the era. The original furniture, wallpaper and other items from the Wallis family give a sense that the family has just stepped out. The cottage is open weekends from 12pm to 4pm at the top of Willis Street (68 Nairn Street, Mount Cook). Charges apply. Visit www.museumswellington.org.nz for more information.
121 South Street, Feilding, MANAWATU OPEN 7 DAYS 10AM-4PM
www.coachhousemuseum.org Just 2 Hours Drive North of Wellington
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Still from Heavenly Creatures (1994) directed by Peter Jackson. Stills Collection; New Zealand Film Archive / Ngā Kaitiaki O Ngā Taonga Whitiāhua
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Collecting our past Protecting our future Connecting with our country
Remapping Cinema, Remaking History
The xivth Biennial conference of The Film and History Association of Australia and New Zealand. 27–30 November 2008, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand Keynote Speakers: Hamid Naficy & Noa Steimatsky
FREE ENTRY The Jonathan Dennis 2.6
Library The Jonathan Dennis Library is now open
ComeCome and discover New Zealand’s national archive of moving images. and discover New Zealand’s Nau national mai, haerearchive mai ki Ngā Kaitiaki Oimages. Ngā Taonga Whitiāhua. of moving
Nau mai, haere mai ki Ngā Kaitiaki O Ngā Taonga Whitiāhua.
Film Archive office hours: Monday to Friday, 9am–5pm
Exhibitions open: Monday to Friday, 9am–5pm Saturday, 4pm–6pm
Libraries open: Monday to Friday from noon–5pm (and by appointment)
Please ring 04 499 3456 for current listings or check the events calendar online.
Free Entry Please note screenings of films from outside the collection may have entry charges.
84 Taranaki St Te Aro, Wellington Phone: 04 384 7647 www.filmarchive.org.nz
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This reference library contains a wealth of film-related material including photographs, posters, publicity files, private papers and ephemera.
From Jake The Muss’s boots, to scrapbooks recording the introduction of “talkies” to Christchurch cinemas and posters from 1927 for The Te Kooti Trail, all this documentation material and more is now available to be viewed on the second floor of the Film Archive in Wellington.
Contact the Film Archive for more information. 84 Taranaki St, Te Aro, Wellington Ph: 04 3847647, information@ nzfa.org.nz www.filmarchive.org.nz
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HAMILTON / WAIKATO
THE MIGHTY WAIKATO Located in the heart of the North Island, the Hamilton and Waikato region offers a mix of nature-based tourism, underground adventure and Middle-earth movie magic. While the region is well-known for its summer activities many winter wonders also await visitors in the cooler months - from family-friendly native wildlife encounters to Hamilton city’s vibrant metropolitan hub and walking or cycling through the rolling hills and ancient bush-clad mountains that shape the landscape. Underground Adventure at Waitomo Caves If New Zealand’s world famous adventure tourism is on the agenda, the region boasts some of the country’s best. Millions of years in the making, the spectacular Waitomo Caves provide an underground experience unlike any other. Available all year round due to the consistent temperatures within the caves, exhilarating black water rafting, abseiling, zip-lining, high wire traversing and cave exploration will be a hit with any adrenalin junkie. Or a gentle boat ride through the subterranean wonderland of the caves is a more relaxed option that still boasts a magical experience under thousands of twinkling glowworms.
Middle Earth Movie Magic A slice of the ‘real Middle-earth’, as seen in the epic adaption of The Lord of the Rings movie trilogy, can be found amongst Matamata’s rolling countryside. The set was completely rebuilt for filming of The Hobbit movie trilogy and remains as a permanent set. Visitors can walk amongst the Hobbit holes and marvel at the details as they hear how movie magic was made on a 90 minute guided tour. Stop for a moment under the Party Tree, and pass by the mill before walking over the bridge to the newly opened Green Dragon Inn to complete the Middle-earth experience with a relaxing ale or ginger beer. The set is located on a working sheep and beef farm and, depending on the time of year, visitors can also feed and pat the pet lambs at The Shires Rest Café before their tour.
Indulgent Escapes Indulgent escapes to the region during the winter months are proving popular with New Zealanders and international visitors alike. Top golf courses, high-end fashion stores, river cruises and hot air balloon rides provide great ways to idle away the day, while a visit to the Te Aroha soda spring mineral spas will leave you completely rested and 16
riverfront location Experience the exceptional comfort and great value of Novotel and ibis Tainui Hamilton, located on the banks of the Waikato River. Both hotels are located in the city centre and offer, two restaurants, bars, conference facilities, fully equipped gymnasium, sauna and spa complex with massage therapies.
Novotel Tainui Hamilton 7 Alma Street, Hamilton Tel (07) 838 1366
ibis Tainui Hamilton 18 Alma Street, Hamilton Tel (07) 859 9200
LEFT: Waikato River, Hamilton City ABOVE: Te Parapara, Hamilton Gardens
rejuvenated. Unwind in boutique rural lodges or farmstays, enjoy sampling the number of gourmet restaurants and fine vineyards throughout the region or take in a concert or show in Hamilton city.
Metropolitan Vibe – Hamilton City The region’s main city of Hamilton is located on the banks of the Waikato River and its rich cultural mix and vibrant centre makes it a perfect place to experience the friendly Kiwi lifestyle all year round. The city’s nightlife is making a name for itself with sophisticated restaurants and eateries offering a variety of internationally inspired cuisine alongside delicious local kiwi fare. The south end of the central city is abuzz with wine bars, pubs, clubs and a casino, and Hamilton’s top hotels, motels and apartments cater for all types of accommodation needs. Exhibitions at the Waikato Museum tell the stories of the region, with a focus on Tainui culture and the significance the region holds for Maori, the arts, social history and science. A world of retail outlets also awaits shoppers, from high-street fashion and large shopping complexes, to funky local boutiques and unique homeware and gift shops. Culturally the city has an eclectic artistic community and the many galleries and exhibition centres around the region showcase a collection of art and sculpture. With popular events such as the Parachute Music Festival, the Balloons Over Waikato Festival and the National Agricultural Fieldays, among others, regularly featuring on the events calendar, there is no shortage of entertainment in this vibrant city.
Family Fun Family fun is also abundant in the region during winter. The Hamilton Zoo is home to over 600 native and exotic animals and visitors can experience an exciting “Eye-2Eye” behind the scenes animal encounter, while the SkyCity entertainment complex provides endless entertainment with tenpin bowling, laser tag and Timezone. Waikato Museum offers the perfect interactive indoor experiences for families with exhibitions such as Exscite: Interactive Science Gallery and Planet Warriors.
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ABOVE: Waikato River Trails
The Hamilton Gardens, Waitomo Caves, and Otorohanga Kiwi House are all also popular options for families along with free attractions such as visiting Bridal Veil Falls or the Blue Spring near Putaruru.
Wild West Coast On the stunning West Coast, the township of Raglan is known best as a premier surfing destination due to one of the longest left-hand breaks in the world at Manu Bay. However, Raglans strong artistic influence combined with unique galleries, artisan producers, seaside cafes, and its relaxed bohemian atmosphere and eco-friendly vibe also make it the perfect coastal retreat even in the cooler months.
The Great Outdoors – Walking and Cycling Keen to explore the great outdoors? The Hamilton and Waikato region offers a wealth of forest reserves and ancient volcanic ranges, all providing plenty of opportunities for short walks or longer treks as well as top-quality cycling trails. One of the most unique walking spots in the region is Sanctuary Mountain, a unique wildlife haven where endangered native species such as the kiwi, kaka and takahe are beginning to thrive behind the 47km pest-proof fence. Take a short stroll in the stunning southern enclosure or tackle the 5-6 hour hike over the mountain. Plus with three of the NZ Great Rides located in the region, cyclists are also spoilt for choice. The Hauraki Rail Trial takes in rolling farmland and the area’s rich gold mining history while the Waikato River Trails follows 100km of the Waikato River providing a variety of different grade tracks and picturesque scenery. The newly opened Pureora Timber Trail takes a different look at NZ’s timber history travelling through Pureora forest logging tramways, encountering spectacular spiral and wire swing bridges along the way. For more information: on what to see and do in the Hamilton and Waikato region, visit www.hamiltonwaikato.com. 18
HIGHLIGHTS OF HAWKE’S BAY With a climate that infuses the region’s award winning wine and gourmet food, Hawke’s Bay is on the North Island’s eastern coast and is a ‘must visit’ destination whilst in the country.
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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 awardwinning 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 wines 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. Hawke’s Bay also 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 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. For more information: on the Hawkes Bay region, visit www.hawkesbaynz.com.
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 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 regions 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’. 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.
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MOUTHWATERING WINTER EVENTS IN WELLINGTON As the nights get longer our cultural capital heats up. From June through August a series of exhibitions, performances and festivals turn Wellington’s winter into one long arts, entertainment and dining spectacular. The Wellington Jazz Festival on Cuba (6-8 Jun) brings hundreds of musicians to the city’s famous Cuba Quarter. As well as traditional to contemporary jazz, the festival ventures into soul, rhythm & blues, reggae, Latin and gospel. Major international acts include two-time Grammy winner Cassandra Wilson, whose signature smooth yet husky vocals saw her described by TIME Magazine as ‘America’s best singer’. Legendary Cuban pianist and bandleader Chucho Valdes also visits with his Afro-Cuban Messengers. Home-grown talent is well represented by the likes of super group Shogun Orchestra, (featuring members of Fat Freddy’s Drop, The Black Seeds, The Yoots and Twinset), and The Rodger Fox Jazz Orchestra, which celebrates turning 40 with an evening of big band revelry at The Opera House (8 Jun). Meanwhile, bars throughout the city come to life with smooth and funky sounds played live every evening from top local musos, trios and vocalists. Andrew Lloyd Webber fans rejoice as The Phantom of the Opera (13-30 Jun) finally comes to Wellington after thrilling audiences for over 25 years. This brand new Wellington Musical Theatre production features a stunning design making its international
debut. A mesmerising score full of unforgettable moments combines with breathtaking stage effects to bring this tragic love story to life at the historic St James Theatre. This is one of the most anticipated productions in a decade and likely to be a sell-out, so book early. Direct from the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, Warhol: Immortal (1 Jun – 25 Aug) arrives at Te Papa this winter. The exhibition features Warhol’s portraits of friends, celebrities, socialites, politicians, and rock stars across multiple media – paintings, MTV videos, experimental films, screen prints, drawings, and magazine covers. Finally, this August is one of the highlights of New Zealand’s culinary calendar. Now in its fifth year, Visa Wellington on a Plate (9-25 Aug) is a city-wide showcase of the regions finest producers, master chefs and dining experiences.
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Set in the heart of the city, Pravda is located in an elegant building with towering vaulted ceilings. The menu includes classic European dishes as you would expect of a busy modern bistro. Indulge in a scrumptious breakfast, lunch or dinner or simply enjoy a perfect coffee or glass of wine from Pravda’s extensive list.
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Wellington’s Oldest Suburb - thorndon Your first stop in Thorndon has to be the beautifully refurbished Parliament Buildings on the corner of Lambton Quay and Molesworth Street. The complex is made up of three architecturally distinctive buildings: the Edwardian neo-classical Parliament House, the Victorian Gothic Parliamentary Library and the unique 1970s-style Beehive building. Continuing with the architecture trail, Old St Paul’s at 34 Mulgrave Street is a fine example of 19th century gothic revival architecture adapted to colonial conditions and material. Constructed entirely from native timbers, the glowing interior is enhanced by stunning stained glass windows. No longer a parish church but still consecrated, Old St Paul’s remains a place of spiritual significance to many. For more on buildings, the Department of Conservation is great for information on open days at Government buildings. You can either contact the DOC Wellington Visitor Centre at 18 Manners Street or visit their website at www.doc.govt.nz. Literary fans will enjoy Katherine Mansfield Birthplace at 25 Tinakori Road. The childhood home of New Zealand’s most famous author reveals background for the enjoyment and understanding of a large part of her writing. Also be sure to set aside some time for art and antique shopping at Tinakori Road village.
The nearby Wellington Botanic Garden features over 26 hectares of views, exotic forests, native bush and colourful floral displays and gardens. Visit the Duck Pond, Begonia House, awardwinning Lady Norwood Rose Garden and the historic Bolton Street Memorial Park, where many of Wellington city’s pioneers are buried. The gardens open daily from dawn until dusk and entry is free. Visitors to Thorndon can also check out the National Library and Archives New Zealand, where you can see the original Treaty of Waitangi. Finish up your day at one of New Zealand’s oldest public houses, The Thistle Inn at 3 Mulgrave Street, established in 1840. It offers casual bistro dining for both lunch and dinner.
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ESCAPE WINTER IN ABEL TASMAN NATIONAL PARK Interislander and TranzScenic Discounts Welcoming visitors to the region since 1841, the Wilson family know how you can make the most of plentiful sunshine during the cooler months in Abel Tasman National Park. Cruises depart daily from Kaiteriteri at 9.30 am, returning at 4.10 pm, providing a full range of walking and guided sea kayaking options with coach transfers from/to Nelson and Motueka. Let them whisk you into the park. Choose a beach stop with walking option from 30 minutes to 4 hours. Book a full day or half-day guided sea kayak trip - it’s your choice. Wilsons have special low season guided kayak trips designed to make the most of winter sunshine and conditions on the day. No experience is necessary and they supply all kayaking gear. If you can’t decide what to do, call the friendly, expert reservations team so they can help you plan your ideal day in the park. Travel for as little as $34 to transfer into the park. Browse the full range of options on the website, then call the friendly reservations team and ask about the Interislander/TranzScenic discount. For more information: Check the website at www.AbelTasman.co.nz or call 0800 ABELTAS (223 582).
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Tick it off the Bucket List Nelson /Tasman
How often do you find yourself saying: “One day I’ll visit Farewell Spit or walk the Abel Tasman National Park”? We all have a bucket list; it’s just about finding the time in your busy schedule to start organising and ticking it off. There is no time like now and nowhere with as much variety on offer as Nelson Tasman. Winter sees Nelson shine, surrounded by snow-capped mountain tops, some of New Zealand’s calmest weather and crisp clear days. Bucket list options: The Heaphy Track - try the longest of New Zealand’s nine ‘Great Walks’ at 78.4km, the Heaphy Track. It takes about four to six days to walk and is open to experienced mountain-bikers in the winter months too. Ride time is between two to three days. Trampers with moderate fitness and limited experience will enjoy this well formed, marked and bridged track. The Heaphy is located in the Kahurangi National Park at the north-west corner of the South Island in diverse landscape from beautiful beech forest to expansive tussock grasslands. Farewell Spit –believe it or not this 35km nature reserve, bird sanctuary and wetland of international importance is more strictly protected than a national park, with vehicle access granted only to supervised tours. Farewell Spit Eco Tours takes you to Cape Farewell, the South Island’s most northern point and Fossil Point, where old fossils expose themselves. Later in the trip you will visit
Farewell Spit Lighthouse, with a century’s old lighthouse keeper’s residence and other historic buildings as well as climb a sandhill at Mullet Channel to witness breath-taking views of the intertidal plain. The Abel Tasman National Park - stroll along the golden sand beaches in the picturesque Abel Tasman National Park, New Zealand’s smallest and most visited national park. Discover hidden coves and stunning scenery by land or sea kayak. Or choose a more relaxing option and admire native forest and NZ Fur Seals on-board Wilson’s Abel Tasman Vista Cruise or other charters – perfect for the whole family. Skydive – Feel the excitement with Skydive Abel Tasman as you fall 16,500ft over paradise. 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 person and perform manoeuvres they will capture and you can enjoy for a lifetime. Top off your bucket list and ride the longest flying fox (1.6kms) in New Zealand on The Skywire at Happy Valley Adventures in Nelson or venture past Murchison to discover NZ’s longest swing bridge (110m). For the more active hire a bike and leisurely cycle ‘Tasman’s Great Taste Trail’, including a ferry ride from Rabbit Island to Mapua. If its creative art you’re into check out The World of WearableArt and Classic Cars Museum where you will be drawn to the intricate detail of the amazing garments and immersed in the glitz and glamour of yesteryear among classic cars. Tick tick tick… 25
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WHAT’S ON The Nelson Tasman region has a fabulous array of events coming up over winter. The Laughing Samoans – Fobulous - 1 June Comedy duo Eteuati Ete and Tofiga Fepuleai bring your favourite Laughing Samoans characters to Nelson’s historic Theatre Royal. Ceol Aneas Irish Festival Highlight Concert - 2 June This concert is the highlight of the Ceol Aneas Traditional Irish Music Festival with international musicians, festival guests and tutors performing. Founders Book Fair - 1 - 9 June Now in its 25th 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 - 7 & 9 June A free fun day out for the whole family – harness racing plus family entertainment including face painting, balloons and movies. The Nelson Giants - 8, 15, 22 June & 6 July The Fico Finance Nelson Giants basketball team compete with other provincial teams and experience the passion of the home crowd. The Nelson Winter Music Festival - 19 July – 4 August 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.
Discover Farewell Spit Nature Reserve Farewell Spit – Onetahua (the Maori name meaning “heaped up sand) – Nature Reserve is a bird sanctuary and wetland of international importance and a truly a must visit for anyone in the area.
The reserve is around 35km long with public access restricted to the first 4km. Believe it or not, it’s more strictly protected than a national park with vehicle access granted only to supervised tours. So, when it comes to tours why not go with the best - Farewell Spit Eco Tours. What makes them truly special is the their passion to help to raise public awareness of the precious ecosystem so vital for migratory birds and it is through sharing the experience of the tours that they aim to do this. In fact, Farewell Spit Eco Tours is 26
one of the founding businesses of the Nelson Sustainable Tourism Charter whose aim is to continually improve and promote the environmental, social, cultural and economic sustainability of tourism businesses in the region. The Farewell Spit Eco Tour is one of the most popular of the tours offered and departs from Collingwood visiting Cape Farewell, the South Island’s most northern point; Fossil Point, where old fossils expose themselves among the rocks and sea life abounds in rock pools nearby; the Farewell Spit Lighthouse, where you can explore around the historic buildings and enjoy the refreshments provided in the century old lighthouse keeper’s residence; and you even get to climb to the top of a sand hill at Mullet Channel to witness breathtaking panoramic views of the intertidal plain. Chat with the friendly guides who are passionate about the history and ecology of Farewell Spit and very knowledgeable on the wildlife. Committed to ensuring you get the most from your trip, they will talk on the history of Puponga, New Zealand’s first Radar Station and much more. Alternatively, take a Gannet colony tour or a wader watch tour to view the summer home of over 90 species of birds including waders, Bar Tailed godwits, knots, curlews, whimbrels and turnstones.
Marlborough The ultimate in AprĂ¨s Ski For many, winter conjures up romantic images of snow covered mountains, beautiful people gathered around a blazing fire with a glass of red wine in hand and comfort food galore. Live the dream in Marlborough minus the wet soggy stuff.
Brancott Estate Heritage Centre
Situated at the top of the South Island on the east coast, Marlborough has been blessed with a temperate year round climate. The perfect environment for growing New Zealand’s most celebrated wine varietal Sauvignon Blanc, juicy Greenshell™ Mussels and salmon not to mention the pure joy of the scenic beauty of the intricate winding waterways of the Marlborough Sounds, which make up 20 per cent of the country’s coastline. The frenetic pace of summer has given way to a more relaxed vibe, the nip in the air is more than compensated for with an abundance of clear blue skies and sunshine. The days whilst undeniably shorter are the perfect conditions for guilt-free relaxation such as breakfast in bed at a luxury lodge in the Marlborough Sounds or amongst the vines. Unlike other wine regions, most of Marlborough’s winery cellar doors are open all year round making for a relaxed atmosphere further enhanced by some splendid dining opportunities. The floor to ceiling windows of the Brancott Estate Heritage Centre perched high on a hill offer panoramic views of the surrounding vineyards and on a clear day (of which there are many) all the way to Wellington in the North Island. Head Chef Sander’s seasonal menu
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is sophisticated comfort food at its finest, best enjoyed at leisure with a glass of the 2011 Forgotten Valley Pinot Noir, available exclusively at the cellar door. Yes there is no denying that on a crisp winter’s day there is nothing quite like a glass or two of red wine and Marlborough delivers in this too, with elegant and sophisticated fruit driven pinot noirs. For those who are seriously into their reds Hans Herzog Estate and Fromm Winery are well worth a visit. One cannot live on fine wine alone and Marlborough has more than its fair share of dining options. From gourmet pies, stunningly fresh fish and chips right through to refined Michelin style fare, Marlborough has it all. When nothing but a beer will do, award winning local brewers Renaissance, Moa and No. 8 Wired are a match made in heaven. Like most things in life food and wine always tastes better when you have earned it. The Queen Charlotte Track is a 70km track that winds over the ridgeline of the Marlborough Sounds from Ship Cove to Anakiwa and offers stunning views as you make your way through native bush. The track has just been named a Great Ride on the New Zealand Cycle Trail. What makes the Queen Charlotte so special is that your luggage can be transported ahead of you, and there is a variety of accommodation available along the trail, from basic camp ground to luxury lodge. From a four day experience to a half day excursion, the choice is yours. The Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre is a museum with a difference. The spectacular Knights of the Sky exhibition features aircraft and stories of the Great War brought to life in magnificent dioramas created by Sir Peter Jackson’s Wingnut Films and Weta Workshop. Situated only minutes from central Blenheim, Omaka is located alongside the Omaka Aerodrome offering opportunities for scenic flights and vintage biplane joyrides. For those whose winter holiday is not complete without a snow fix, the Southern Alps of the South Island are host to a number of superb ski resorts. One of the most beautiful and best value is the Rainbow Ski Area near St Arnaud, high in the north of this great mountain chain. The wide un-crowded slopes and well groomed trails provide superb terrain for beginners and intermediates while advanced skiers can challenge themselves in the high powder runs and chutes. Snowboarders love the varied terrain, jumps, bumps and drops. Best yet is the fact Rainbow is only a 90 minute drive from Blenheim. Who says you can’t have your cake and eat it too? You are going to Love Marlborough in winter too! To find out more, visit www.lovemarlborough.co.nz and remember not only does wine taste better in a glass; it also tastes better in Marlborough. 29
Kaikoura’s Land Activities Kaikoura provides an unforgettable location to enjoy New Zealand’s relaxing and exhilarating land-based activities.
European history can be traced back to 1770 when Captain Cook first mapped the peninsula. The first shore whaling station was established there in 1843. Visit Fyffe House, Kaikoura’s first European house and learn about Kaikoura’s history. The Kaikoura Museum also offers an insight into life in early Kaikoura – visit the museum on Ludstone Road. Kaikoura has a rich history and culture. Maori heritage is reflected in the name Kaikoura. Tama ki Te Rangi arrived in the area many hundreds of years ago and was tired and hungry. He found an abundance of crayfish and named the area “Te Ahi Kaikoura a Tama Ki Te Rangi” – the fire that cooked the crayfish of Tama ki Te Rangi. You can take a tour with the local Maori tours and learn about Kaikoura’s indigenous culture. Kaikoura’s land-based activities include quad biking, farm parks and mountain luge. Alternatively, visitors can explore the countryside on foot, horseback, hire a bike, take an off-road adventure, visit the farm parks, visit the winery, stroll through the lavender farm or treat themselves at the day spa. Those who enjoy walking and hiking will find plenty of options -ranging from short strolls to multi-day hikes. Of course, the whole coastline is available for exploring and won’t cost you a cent. Activities for the whole family include a choice of two farm parks where you can enjoy meeting a range of farm animals or more exotic pets. Visit the Maori leap cave, see stalactites, stalagmites, straws and limestone flow. Guided tours are suitable for all ages and weather conditions. Discover the secret just beyond Kaikoura’s highway. Did you know Kaikoura is only one hour’s drive to Mt Lyford Ski Field? Stay over and take in the mountains to the sea in one day. With so much on offer, Kaikoura is the unforgettable winter retreat destination. From short breaks to a whole week exploring, make sure you make the time to experience Kaikoura.
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Winter is a great time to kayak with Kaikoura’s Marine Life as you are guaranteed to paddle with Fur Seals and have chance encounters with Dusky Dolphins. This is also the time of the year you get to paddle under snow capped mountains while staying warm and dry in the GORE-TEX dry pants and jacket that we provide. 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.
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SPRINGFIELD VISITOR INFORMATION BURO & STATION 73 CAFÉ
With a rich and fascinating history, Canterbury Museum is a ‘must-visit’ for anyone heading to Christchurch. Located on Rolleston Avenue at the end of Worcester Boulevard by the Botanic Gardens, just over 500 metres from Cathedral Square, Canterbury Museum will have every member of the family in awe with its world class collections and artefacts. Highlights of the museum include the world’s greatest collection of artefacts from the heroic age of discovery in Antarctica, the Māori collections in the Iwi Tawhito and Ngā Taonga galleries, and the quirky kiwiana of Fred & Myrtle’s Paua Shell House at Canterbury Museum.
Only 68kms west of Christchurch, Springfield not only has the magnificent Torlesse Range as a backdrop but is also a wonderful stop. 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. The Springfield Railway Station houses the Station73 Café and Springfield Information Bureau. It’s also your booking office for the Tranz Alpine 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 Tranz Alpine muffins – a big hit with all who try them!
For more information: visit www.canterburymuseum.com
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Savour a Winter Lunch in Waipara By Jocelyn Johnstone
Pegasus Bay Winery
Lazy summer afternoons spent outdoors at Waipara’s wineries and cafes give way soon to cosy indoor settings as the region moves into winter mode. Long lunches are still to be enjoyed in this beautiful valley, but instead of sunshine, they will most likely be eaten in front of a roaring open fire, in a stylish warm interior with great ambience, some really tasty hot food off new winter menus warding off the frosty bite outside. You can probably walk in anywhere mid-week, but it’s advisable to book if you’re planning a weekend lunch. Pegasus Bay, awarded New Zealand’s best winery restaurant by Cuisine for the fifth consecutive year, loves the change of season, and Edward Donaldson, its marketing manager, says the food reflects the move, as much as possible gathered from their own garden. Pegasus Bay’s “feasting menu” for groups, is a popular choice when the temperatures drop. “It’s a two or three course option, with four different entrees, three different mains, and four desserts and it is a great casual, interactive way of dining which people really enjoy,” Edward says. Shared dishes, like the Pegasus Platter for two, are always popular, but every dish on the menu is designed as both a meal for an individual, but also suitable for sharing.
Wine lovers will discover between five and 10 vintages of each variety on offer and also an older vintage and a current vintage available “by the glass.” Or you can select a half glass of each – for example a 2001 Riesling and a 2010 Riesling, which allows for some great discussion and comparisons. The Tasting Room and Cellar Door is open from 10am to 5pm daily and the restaurant from 12pm to 5pm every day. At Mud House Winery and Café there’s a mouth-watering Osso Buco – Mud House-style using venison shanks – on the new winter menu, and a chicken stack with mushrooms, pesto and camembert to tempt, plus winter desserts like Sticky Date Pudding and Chocolate Tortes. Jenny Anderson, manager, says they’ve just released the Equinox range, their Waipara Hills Premium range, just the thing to accompany a fabulous lunch in a splendidly grand setting. Mud House is open seven days a week from 10am to 5pm, and there’s a wonderful fireplace roaring out a welcome for guests as they arrive. The stylish Black Estate, only six months old, has become “a really busy place” according to Penelope Naish, marketing manager. Open from Thursday to Mondays from 10am to 5pm, 35
they’ve moved to a more substantial menu, whenever possible using fresh ingredients – organic or spray free spray - harvested locally. “We’ve got a simple short menu, with starters, entrées, mains and desserts, but we still have cheeseboards and charcuterie boards,” Penelope says. “We want people to come and have a really lovely winter meal and enjoy the beautiful view over the vineyard down the valley and across to the main divide beyond.” There is always coffee and cake available, too if you’re pulling off the road to take a closer look at one of Waipara’s newer destinations. Luncheon guests can enjoy a complimentary wine tasting. Waipara Springs welcomes the colder months, offering lunch by the fire and an earlier opening time, (10am to 4pm) perfect for brunch – anyone for Eggs Benedict with hollandaise sauce or French Toast? Dee Atkinson, marketing manager, says other daily specials include Soup of the Day with Homemade Bread and Gourmet Pizza. Lighter meals include Homemade Quiche with Salad, and Chicken Terrine with Chutney and Crackers. Greek Chicken Souvlaki and a daily specials board provide more hearty fare. “We have Devonshire tea for group bookings of 10 or more, available until 3.30pm on weekdays, and we will have theme nights, starting at $25 a person for two courses,” Dee says. “Those coming up include Best of British, Asian Flavours and Indian.” TOP: The Mud House Winery and Café retail space BOTTOM: Black Estate, Omihi, Waipara
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Situated in Lake Tekapo in the heart of NZ’s South Island, Earth and Sky is a local business with friendly and knowledgeable staff offering visitors excellent day time and nighttime tours. The daytime tours are conducted around Mount John Observatory, and the nighttime stargazing tours are at Mount John and Cowan’s Observatory. If you’re in the region, we highly recommend taking the opportunity to go on one of these tours as the Mackenzie District is renowned for the clarity of its sky thanks to the lack of light pollution. It was even declared a gold-level International Dark Sky Reserve last year. See the southern stars and transient phenomena such as aurorae, meteor showers and the zodiacal light. What’s more, if you wish to capture a permanent record of the night sky, Earth and Sky can help with astrophotography too.
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Located at Aoraki Mount Cook Alpine Village in the South Island of New Zealand, the Hermitage Hotel gives you the pick from premium hotel rooms, motel units or cozy chalets whilst you experience any of the surrounding world-class experiences such as journeying through amazing glacial valleys to taking in a bird’s eye view with a scenic flight. The main Hermitage Hotel has a range of room types and all 164 rooms have ensuites, tea and coffee making facilities, satellite TV, IDD telephones and fridges. Additionally, wireless internet is available in all hotel rooms, motels and chalets.
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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 large enough to be 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 heli skiing country and sitting under Mt Hutt - one of New Zealand’s largest and most popular ski fields, Methven is a snow sports 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 ten years and under FREE travel, FREE accommodation and FREE meals when accompanied by a paying adult. Kids ten and under also receive FREE skiing at Mt Hutt. For a full list of participating businesses and all the info visit www.kids4free.co.nz. Mt Hutt makes skiing with the family hassle free and a whole lot of fun! It is an easy 35 min drive from Methven, where you will find dedicated learning facilities - suitable for all abilities and all day supervised kids programmed 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. 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.
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Brown or Blue! As you pull into Methven Mt Hutt Village and stand at the cross roads of the two main streets (one fittingly named Main Street!), you’ll see two pubs on opposite corners. One of them is Blue, the other Brown. “We’re pretty inventive here in Methven with our business names,” laughed Karyn Heald Robertson from The Blue & Brown Pub. “At least you won’t be confused about which pub is which!” On one hand, the pubs have their similarities: both are beautiful historic buildings and both have bars, great food and accommodation. And on the other hand, they have their own personalities. The Brown is more mature and family oriented, but certainly likes to liven up after the kids have gone to bed. The Blue prefers things a little louder and a bit faster with patrons loving the outdoor area – direct sun, mountain views and plenty of veranda spots to relax. It prides itself as one of the top live music venues in Canterbury. So, whichever colour you prefer, pop in, have a drink, and measure them up for yourself.
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ENJOY A WEST COAST WINTER By Chris Birt For many creatures in our natural world, winter means hibernation. But thanks to technological advances in protective clothing, we humans do not have to enter such a state of inertia. And when it comes to winter, there is no place in Aotearoa New Zealand where the air is more crisp, the colours more pronounced and the scenery more spectacular than on the West Coast of the Southern Alps. But be warned, trying to speed through this region at the pace set by Formula One ace Michael Schumacher is not recommended, nor desirable. Unlike most of New Zealand, the pace of life here remains a constant – in low gear! The Coasters, as they are universally known, do not retire to the couch and watch the telly. Life, they believe, is to be lived and thus winter is just another season to be savoured. On my most recent winter excursion to this long thing sliver of land sandwiched between the wild crashing waves of the Tasman Sea and the towering, majestic mountains that form the backbone of the South Island, one of my great misconceptions was remedied. I now know that it does not rain cats and dogs for all of the winter on the West Coast. It must be said that when it rains in these parts, it really rains. But unlike other parts of the South Island, the Coast’s weather conditions are almost sub-tropical in effect. The National Institute of Water and Atmospherics in fact reports that the West Coast has more sunshine hours annually than Auckland! Armed with this new-found knowledge and some quality clothing to be put on and taken off as conditions change – the
layered effect which is highly recommended to anyone travelling in New Zealand – I venture into a region which boasts hundreds of different things to see, experience and enjoy as the mantle of winter takes hold. The snowfalls that blanket the Southern Alps to the east provide picture-postcard scenery, settling on the vast swath of beech forest that stretches from one end of this wild region to the other. My advice - take spare memory cards for your camera or smartphone because at the end of the day, a download will be essential. Despite a previous journey over to The Coast on the TranzAlpine, I opt to do so again, based on the belief that every excursion will provide something new. And after another rail trip through the Alps, I’m convinced I’ve made the right choice. Last time my TranzAlpine experience was at the start of summer. But now winter is settling in and hard frosts having taken hold. The surge of invigoration that comes from breathing in crisp, cold air has to be experienced to be believed. The compulsory stop at Arthur’s Pass is different too. The settlement may be familiar, but the attire of my fellow travellers, and the type of luggage they are transporting, has changed. Shorts and tee-shirts are nowhere to be seen, with snow sports now firmly top of mind for this hardy bunch. Heading past Moana, on the shores of the magical Lake Brunner, my anticipation builds, with the first sights of the great ocean – the Big Ditch as Kiwis affectionately call it –coming into view. Now I know that I am on The Coast, and that four days of adventures, interesting activities and entertainment are about to unfold. An evening in Greymouth, at the very end of the river of that name, is always illuminating, assisted in no small part by what has 41
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become a ritualistic pilgrimage to the Monteith brewery. Established in 1868 at the peak of the gold-mining era, this historic establishment is going strong and I find out, yet again, so is the beer it produces! My intentions of this trip centre around the attractions and activities in the centre and southern end of the Coast, taking in the newly-established treetop walkway at Hokitika and the twin glaciers, then onward to Haast. Any visit to the West Coast must include a visit to Shantytown, just off the main coastal highway just 10 minutes or so south of Greymouth. Set in 200 hectares of rainforest, this heritage park boasts a fascinating historic precinct, the chance to pan for gold, ride a steam train and a wide range of activities that can easily return adults to their childhood days. For younger folk, it’s an enthralling world, delivered in the true tradition of The Coast. Just over half an hour by car to the south is the West Coast Treetop Walk and Café, but I don’t rush this part of the journey, stopping often as State Highway 6 hugs the coast, presenting one coastal vista after another. The braided rivers flowing from the Southern Alps also offer photo opportunities by the bucketful and every such scene must be captured for prosperity, of course! Just south of Hokitika stands one of the Coast’s newest visitor attractions, and one of its most spectacular. Opened less than a year ago, the $7.7 million treetop walk provides an exhilarating adventure, 20 metres up into the rimu and kamahi forest. Gently swaying in time with the ancient trees that surround it, this 450 metre long steel structure takes me into another rare part of our natural world. The views from the central tower over Lake Mahinapua to the west and to the Alps in the east are nothing short of breathtaking. Just beyond the treetop walk, the state highway diverts inland and both Franz Josef and Fox glaciers beckon. Long-time favoured haunts with visitors to this region, the two glaciers depict a time in the evolution of the world when ice ruled supreme. The magnificence of these giant ice packs is beyond words and each of the glacier settlements provides a range of accommodation and activities suited to any budget, and any duration. My time at Franz Josef, and the next day at Fox, require hours of downloads, but memories like this simply must not be lost. Like all good things, this renewed association with this enticing, exciting region has, once again, come to an end. The Gates of Haast and my onward journey to Wanaka beckon, but it’s hard to have regrets after four spectacular days on the West Coast of the Southern Alps. It’s been a leisurely trip and I depart this land with the thought that one or two days here would simply have not done justice – to the place, or its warm, welcoming and unpretentious people.
QUEENSTOWN, A WINTER PARADISE Queenstown transforms into a winter paradise each year, attracting snow sports enthusiasts from around the world with its stunning alpine scenery, crisp bluesky 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. 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 worldclass golf courses, scenic walking and biking trails, award-winning Central Otago wineries, luxury spas, and plenty of boutique shopping and galleries.
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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Fiordland – Our Southern Winter Wonderland Our journey in Fiordland begins in the quaint town of Te Anau, nestled along a lake by the same name. The town has about 3,500 year round inhabitants, but the population can swell to more than 10,000 during the peak summer months as tourists and holidaymakers from around the world flock to Fiordland. In winter, however, the flow of visitors recedes, handing the traveller the opportunity to savour Te Anau’s immense charm with fewer companions. Although Te Anau is quieter in winter, much of the town remains open for business. The first thing that struck us about Te Anau was the breadth of dining options available. After a fantastic meal, we took a leisurely sunset stroll along the lake. The panorama of the snow-capped mountains opposite a clear lake was splendid. We absorbed the serenity of the surroundings and simply paused for a moment to reflect on nature’s beauty. The hustle and bustle of the city was another world amidst such idyllic settings. The following morning, we departed for Milford Sound to sail on one of the highly acclaimed Milford Sound cruises. The day was sunny, but breezy. The cold air exuded freshness as it had rained earlier in the morning. Our ship sailed out past iconic Mitre Peak, a towering mile-high mountain that dramatically rises straight out of the water. Along the fiords, we also saw numerous waterfalls thanks to Fiordland’s staggering amount of rain, averaging over six metres per year! Despite the fact that you may well need a hat and coat when holidaying in Fiordland in winter, the region remains a terrific place to visit during the quieter winter months. The region is spellbindingly beautiful and has countless winter activities that make it a fabulous destination in itself. The southern winter wonderland of Fiordland certainly proved the highlight of our South Island journey and our only regret was not having more time to spend in this extraordinary region.
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