Page 1

ISSue 39 / autumn 2018

Our New Zealand Onboard Travel Magazine

Our Precious Land Connecting with this great land we call home

Yours to take home


Explore Nelson’s wine trail to discover family-owned wineries in one of New Zealand’s small but award-winning regions. 24 cellar doors surrounded by three national parks bring you world class wine in what could only be a Nelson Tasman surrounding. Mountains to beaches, Chardonnay to Pinot, Nelson is a memorable exploration of land, sea, sky and palate. Enjoy your wine with locally caught snapper or freshly shucked oysters and send a box of memories back home. From our vines to your tables.

Find wonderful. Find Nelson Wine. Discover more online at

O U R N Z I S N O W D I G I TA L ourn e wz e aland. parti c a .onlin e









The Mighty Kauri Coast


Subtropical Northland


Get a Taste of Auckland


20 Kai Time

What’s New in Ruapehu


Whanganui’s Natural Landscape

24 NZ Autumn


Hutt Valley – Lighting Up the Coast




Great Journeys of NZ Our Precious Land

Camping Kiwi Style

38 Art & Culture 42 Buy NZ Made 47 Accommodation


The Marlborough Wine Trail


Light is Everything in Nelson/Tasman


Kia ora Kaikōura

106 Discover Hanmer Springs


Welcome Onboard Services 8 Our Story 10 Share your Journeys 16 Interislander Plus 18 Share Your Journey 22 Improving Our Services 138 Onboard Maps 140 Motive Power 142 Onboard Souvenirs 144 Community Support 146 Puzzles 5 6

& North Canterbury

108 Charming Akaroa

& Banks Peninsula


Vibrant Canterbury


Stargazing in Mackenzie/Aoraki


West Coast Wilderness

125 Breathtaking Wanaka 130 Autumn Gold in Queenstown 136 Transport World & Dig This

Our New Zealand Magazine

#0urnewzealand #findtimeinterislander #nzbytrain

o u r n e w z ea l a n d . c o . n z cover photo: Redwood Forest Photo courtesy of Marta Kulesza



Patrick McElligott PO Box 2173, Washdyke, Timaru

Michelle Agnew PO Box 2173, Washdyke, Timaru P: 0274 664 384


Penny Thompson

Joanna May contributor


DISCLAIMER: Views expressed in the Our New Zealand magazine are not necessarily endorsed by the publisher. No responsibility is accepted by the publisher or the printer for the accuracy of information contained in the text or advertisements. Advertisements must comply with the relevant Trade Practices Act 1979. Responsibility for compliance with the act rests with the person, company or advertising agency submitting the advertisement. Neither the publisher nor the editor accepts responsibility for advertisements.

Robin Heyworth


o u r n e w z e a l a n d.c o. n z

Free app (QR Code Scan) available on itunes for iPhone and iPad.

Welcome onboard Te¯na ¯ koutou. Nau mai ki Aotearoa. I would like to extend a special welcome to our international visitors.

Kia Ora, and welcome to our Autumn issue. This is the season when the country pauses, and takes a breath. Behind us is the hurly burly of a sweltering summer. Ahead lie the chill delights of a Kiwi winter. The sun is still here but often the crowds are not. It’s a time for relaxing breaks amid golden leaves, a time to take the chance to explore the country at a leisurely pace. Collaborating with Te Papa in this issue, five locals give their takes on what Aotearoa (New Zealand) has to offer. The five are scattered across the length and breadth of Aotearoa and provide a diverse take on what it is to live, love and experience the country in different ways. The Great Journeys of New Zealand team helps visitors and locals alike to do this, whether it is the TranzAlpine, which has been showing passengers a spectacular view of the Southern Alps, the spine of the South Island, the Northern Explorer navigating the engineering marvel that is the Raurimu Spiral or travelling through the breath-taking Marlborough Sounds on one of our Interislander ferries.

Rail has played an important role in helping connect New Zealand for over 150 years, and it is important to us to contribute to both small and large communities where we can. In the coming months we are looking forward to the Hilux New Zealand Rural Games, and as the title of our main editorial suggests, we are proud to support those that conserve and protect our precious land and sea, such as The Marlborough Sounds Restoration Trust, Project Jonah and Sustainable Coastlines. This issue of Our New Zealand – which is free for you to take home – also contains details of the services we have to offer, including the Interislander Plus Lounge and of discounts on future travel. It’s never too early to start planning your next trip. In the meantime, enjoy your journey. It’s a pleasure to have you onboard today.

What makes all of our great journeys special are the people who work for us. They have a well-earned reputation for being open and friendly. For many of them, it’s more than just a job. Gary Kelly, a station assistant at Christchurch, is the embodiment of that. Gary has worked for KiwiRail and its predecessors for more than 50 years, first of all driving locomotives and now seeing passengers off and welcoming them back. Over that time he’s acquired many tales to tell, and in this issue he shares some of them with us. Gary is always ready to help, like all our staff, so please just ask if you want assistance with anything as you travel with us today.

PETER REIDY Chief Executive, KiwiRail

Autumn brings with it a promise of heartier food, when the salads of summer start to give way to dishes that boast root vegetables and seasonal fruits. For Kai Time, we’ve teamed up with Culprit’s owner and chef Kyle Street, to bring you a delicious recipe of Duck Squash Tortellini.

O U R N Z I S N O W D I G I TA L ourn e wz e aland. parti c a .onlin e


Onboard services Thanks for joining us and choosing to experience New Zealand with us. Please take a moment to familiarise yourself with the following information to help you have a safe and pleasant journey.


CAFE Our fully licensed cafe is open throughout the day with a great selection of snacks, meals and beverages to enjoy.





Toilets and accessible toilets are available onboard. Please refer to signage onboard to locate these or ask a friendly crew member for directions.

Our fully licensed café is open throughout the day with a great selection of snacks, meals and beverages to enjoy. A full menu is available in your seat pocket.

Toilets are located at the end of each carriage, and an accessible toilet is located in the café carriage.

v ie wi n g decks


Viewing decks are available on your journey. Please follow safety guidelines and ensure children are supervised when visiting the viewing deck.

We get excited about our sailings, and no doubt children do too. However please remember to supervise children at all times while onboard.

Your crew will advise when viewing decks are open throughout the journey. Please follow safety guidelines and ensure children are supervised when visiting the viewing deck.



Audio commentary is available at your seat in English and Mandarin. Headphones are provided for listening. A notification sound will indicate when commentary is about to commence.

Wi-Fi is available on all sailings! Travelling through some remote parts of the country means connectivity is patchy and sometimes not available.


Interislander is committed to reducing the impact our operations have on the environment, so support us by using one of our recycling stations onboard to dispose of rubbish or waste.


Please follow staff directions at all times. Posted throughout the ship are instructions on emergency signal and assembly station locations. Please take a moment to familiarise yourself these.


Make sure you look out for our provided power outlets on-board. Plug in, power-up.

your cre w

Our crew members are trained to make your journey as safe and as comfortable as possible, please let them know if you require any assistance.


To avoid injury use the hand rails at all times when using stairs. The doors can be heavy to open and close. No loitering in doorways and keep hands and limbs clear of frames.


com m entary


Our crew members are trained to make your journey as safe and comfortable as possible, please let them know if you require any assistance. Emergency help buttons are located in each carriage.


If you provided an email address when booking, a post-travel survey will make its way to your inbox. Your feedback is important to us.

o u r n e w z e a l a n d.c o. n z

K ids

Kids activity packs are available to purchase from the café. These fun zip-up packs include cards, colouring-in books, origami and other activities. These are all suitable for children aged 3-10.


Power outlets are available at each set of seats under the window near the floor. Plug in and power up.


Your safety is our first priority. Please read the safety card in your seat pocket, and pay close attention to instructions from your crew throughout the journey.


Now it’s time to sit back, relax, and enjoy the journey. Thanks for choosing to travel with us. We hope you enjoy your time on board.

O U R N Z I S N O W D I G I TA L ourn e wz e aland. parti c a .onlin e



KiwiRail connects New Zealand KiwiRail has been an important part of connecting New Zealand for more than 150 years. Although many know us for our freight services up and down the country, KiwiRail also provides nationwide infrastructure, property and tourism services. The tourism sector is New Zealand’s largest export earner, recently taking the number one spot ahead of the dairy sector, and attracts more than 3 million visitors annually. Australia remains the country’s number one source of visitor arrivals, with more than 1.3 million tourists crossing the Tasman, followed by China and the US. According to Tourism New Zealand, international visitors contribute more than $10.3 billion to the New Zealand economy.

The Coastal Pacific - which travels up the east coast of the South Island, past the breath-taking Kaikoura Ranges on one side and Pacific Ocean on the other - is featured 2nd in Lonely Planet’s Best Train Journeys You’ve Never Heard Of.

KiwiRail tourism is well-known for offering postcard-perfect scenery from every window, with internationally acclaimed scenic train and ferry routes that traverses some of the country’s most stunning landscapes.

Meanwhile the journey on the Interislander ferries, via the beautiful Marlborough Sounds, Cook Strait and Wellington and Picton Harbours, has been described as “one of the most beautiful ferry rides in the world”.

Our three scenic train journeys have received global recognition, with the TranzAlpine - which travels from Christchurch to Greymouth via farmland, forests and the Southern Alps - ranked 9th in the Luxury Travel Expert’s Top 10 Greatest Train Journeys in the World.

We offer passengers unique, must-do, world class experiences. From stunning scenery to award winning train carriages, we’re bringing the best of New Zealand to you.


The Northern Explorer - which runs through the heart of the North Island, via the Central Plateau’s three volcanic peaks - was recently nominated for the 2016 Holiday & Tours Specialist Award by the UK based Luxury Travel Guide.

o u r n e w z e a l a n d.c o. nz nz


Staff Profile

Gary Kelly Pelorus Jack – Our Guiding Dolphin The Interislander logo is inspired by the story of Pelorus Jack, the Risso’s dolphin that guided ships across the Cook Strait for 20 years. From 1888 through to around 1912, whether night or day, Jack would ride the bow waves, delighting passengers travelling between the North and South Islands. When someone fired a shot at Jack in 1904, the Governor General signed an order protecting the Risso’s dolphin, and postcards soon declared Pelorus Jack ‘The only fish in the world protected by an Act of Parliament.’ The last sighting of Jack, who it turns out may have been a Jill, was in 1912. Jack is not the only legendary dolphin in these parts. According to Māori history, the dolphin Tuhirangi guided Kupe, a Māori voyager, across the ocean to New Zealand, and through the outer Marlborough Sounds to the West Coast of the South Island.

Gary Kelly joined KiwiRail 56 years ago, and is a true train enthusiastic. He worked his way up to a locomotive engineer and retired briefly in 2009 for 8 and a half months before the love of the job and its people pulled him back. “I got bored! I don’t play golf and I don’t play bowls so I thought I’ve just got to go and do something. We’re left to our own devices and most of it is outdoor life. I just enjoy meeting people and the public” Gary currently spends his days as a Station Assistant at Christchurch Station. You’ll find Gary keeping the station in top shape working two shifts 6-10am and 3.30-7.30pm. His task list is diverse from cleaning and maintaining the grounds, to helping load or unload passengers luggage; Gary makes sure passengers have a great experience. He’s 74 and still doesn’t see himself giving it up anytime soon. Gary joined Kiwirail in March 1961 and spent 12 months as a labourer cleaning out stock and freezer wagons. He then went on to be a shunter at Addington Rail Yard before joining the Locomotive Branch in 1963. He was a “fireman” for 7 years (not the ones in the big red truck), and was responsible for keeping the fires going in the steam engines before sitting his second grade ticket in 1973. He then drove trains until his short lived retirement in 2009. Even with all that driving every birthday (or near enough) he still enjoys an annual train trip with a close group of friends on the TranzAlpine or Coastal Pacific. “The cab of a locomotive is the best office” His favourite memories of driving trains are of the regulars he would pass on his journeys through New Zealand. Up and down the country people would come out to wave out as they heard the train coming (or his toot), sometimes even in their dressing gowns and slippers! In his spare time he volunteers at the Weka Pass Railway, a 12.8km scenic excursion through the unique limestone beauty of Weka Pass in North Canterbury. It’s run by passionate volunteers who want to preserve New Zealand’s rail heritage. The historic rural railway uses vintage steam and dieselelectric locomotives which Gary is very familiar with. Now autumn has arrived Gary is looking forward to some cooler weather. He recommends you take the TranzAlpine this season to see the changing colours of the leaves – “it’s the only way to go”.

Top: Risso's Dolphin, by Uko Gorter Bottom: Interislander logo



see the best of new See the best ofzealand New Zealand

Discover the heart of New Zealand when you travel by train or ferry. There's a spectacular range ofthe scenery for you - rugged coastlines, rivers, toweringrange mountains, discover heart ofwaiting new zealand when you travel by train orwinding ferry. There’s a spectacular of scenery untouched alpine landscape andwinding the brilliant Marlborough Sounds. Watchalpine it alllandscape roll by with waiting for you – rugged coastlines, rivers, towering mountains, untouched and the brilliant MarlboroughThe Sounds. watch it all rollof byNew with Zealand. The Great Journeys of new zealand. Great Journeys We operate three unique train services across the North and South Islands; the Northern we operate three unique train services across northand andTranzAlpine. South Islands; the northern explorer, Explorer, Coastal Pacific coastal Pacific and Tranzalpine. Interislander is new zealand’s ferry service, linking the north and South Interislander Zealand's service, linking theaNorth Islands with up to Islands with upis toNew twelve crossings ferry per day. each journey offers uniqueand way South to experience new zealand. twelve crossings per a day. Each journey offers a unique way to experience New Zealand.


1 The Waikato River is the longest river in new zealand, running for 425 kilometres.

2 The Waitomo Caves is an ancient labyrinth of limestone caves featuring native new zealand glow worms. The word waitomo comes from wai meaning water and tomo meaning a sinkhole; it can be translated as water passing through a hole.

3 Raurimu Spiral, built in 1898, is a feat of civil engineering

that allows trains to conquer the 132 metre height difference between the whanganui river valley and the Volcanic Plateau. The train travels 6.8 kilometres which, in a straight line, is just two kilometres long.

4 Lake Taupo lies in a caldera caused by a huge volcanic

eruption. It has erupted 28 times in the last 27,000 years. The most recent eruption, in 180 ad, had an eruption column that turned the sky red over rome and china.

5 Mt Ruapehu, nearly half a million years old, is the highest

peak (2,797 metres) in the north Island and the only one with glaciers.

6 Mt Ngauruhoe (2,287 metres), erupted 45 times in the 20th century, most recently in 1977. Its Maori name means ‘throwing heated stones’.

7 Mt Tongariro (1,967 metres), is the lowest of the three central north Island volcanoes. Known as a truncated volcano, it has a number of separate peaks. Its only major active vent is ngauruhoe which is considered a separate mountain.

8 Mt Taranaki (2,518 metres), is a stratovolcano and one of

the most symmetrical volcanoes in the world. Because of its resemblance to Mt Fuji, Mt Taranaki was used as the backdrop for the movie The last Samurai.

9 The Tararua Ranges are created by the same uplifting process

that formed the Southern alps. Stretching 100 kilometres from the Manawatu Gorge to the rimutakas in the south, they are part of the ‘backbone’ of the north Island.

10 Kapiti Island, eight kilometres off the coast, is known today

as a rodent-free, bird and marine sanctuary. In earlier times, it was home to the great chief, Te rauparaha and later used as a whaling base when 2,000 people lived there.




15 The Canterbury Plains, at 750,000 hectares, are new zealand’s

largest area of flat land. The plains were formed over millions of years by rivers such as the waimakariri carrying material from the mountains and depositing it as the river flow decreases.

16 The Rakaia River is what is known as a braided river (these are rivers that carry large amounts of sediment). as it drops, the sediment and slope decreases and the river carves a myriad of channels into the riverbed (because water always looks for the easiest path downhill).

17 The ice-fed Waimakariri River is the largest of the north

canterbury rivers flowing for 151 kms from the Southern alps to the Pacific ocean.

18 at 920 metres, Arthur’s Pass is the highest of only three roads

crossing the Southern alps. First travelled by M¯aori in search of the precious west coast pounamu (greenstone), it was named after Sir arthur dudley dobson who led the first party of europeans across it in 1864.

19 Lake Brunner is the largest lake in the north-western South

Island. Known for its brown trout fishing, the lake empties into the arnold river which, in turn, flows into the Grey river.

20 Otira is the site of both the otira Tunnel and the otira Viaduct. when the otira Tunnel was finally completed in 1923 it was the longest railway tunnel in the British empire. remarkably, while most rail tunnels are level, the otira Tunnel has a gradient of 1 in 33.

21 Darfield is the main town between christchurch and the west

coast. It has a particular weather phenomenon where it often has an arch of cloud above it, caused by the condensation of water particles channelled upwards over the Southern alps.

22 The North-West ranges, comprising the Paparoa, Victoria

and north-west nelson ranges, are not as high as neighbouring mountains but do contain new zealand’s oldest sedimentary and volcanic rocks and its oldest fossils.

23 at 3,754 metres, Aoraki/Mt Cook is new zealand’s tallest mountain. The height was reduced by 10 metres when approximately 10 million cubic metres of rock and ice fell off the mountain on december 14th, 1991.

o u r n e w z e a l a n d.c o. n z







Total Journey 52 nautical miles (96 Kilometres)


Wellington – The capital city of new zealand, and second most populous urban area of new zealand with 398,300 residents. Famous for a vibrant creative culture fuelled by great food, wine, craft beer, coffee and events.




Cook Strait – Known to M¯aori as raukawa. named by captain cook but visited earlier by abel Tasman (who mistook it for an inlet) in 1642. The narrowest part is 22km wide.



Tory Channel – Surveyed by captain edward chaffers in august 1839 and named after his ship, the new zealand company’s survey vessel ‘Tory’. John Guard established a whaling station here in the 1820’s with his wife elizabeth.

LakE TauPO





mT TaRaNaki

mT NgauRuHOE



mT RuaPEHu


Queen Charlotte Sound – one of new zealand’s most popular holiday areas.



RauRimu sPiRaL




Picton –is a town in the Marlborough region of new zealand’s South Island. The town is located near the head of the Queen charlotte Sound and 25km north of Blenheim.

Ru aH





Ra ua aR


Ta R











sEddON TaPuaE-O-uENuku





d aN


waiau RivER

OTiRa aRTHuR’s Pass








waiPaRa RaNgiORa




waimakaRiRi RivER


LakE Pukaki

d g aR RaN aw a sE uR ikO




miNa HuRuNui RivER


23 LakE TEkaPO






aORaki/mT COOk







i kO


g aN




Rakaia RivER

baNks PENiNsuLa

RaNgiTaTa RivER


the Coastal Pacific is currently not operating due to earthquake damage to the rail track. we estimate that it will resume late 2018. 11 Lake Grassmere is a shallow lagoon sheltered from the open

sea by a barrier beach and sand dunes. Its high salinity, along with the warm, prevailing winds, makes it ideal for natural salt extraction. nearly half of new zealand’s domestic salt comes from here.

12 The Hikurangi Trench, just 1.6 kilometres off the coast of


Kaikoura, is a deep-sea trench formed in the subduction zone where one of the earth’s plates plunges under another. Between 1,000 and 2,000 metres deep, this trench is a rich source of marine life which makes it an attractive feeding ground for the sperm whale.


13 rising dramatically from the sea, the Inland Kaikoura Ranges

and Seaward Kaikoura ranges are parallel ranges formed along the alpine Fault. The Inland Kaikouras included the highest mountains in the country north of the aoraki/Mt cook region, the highest in this area being Tapuae-o-uenuku (2,884 metres).

14 The North Canterbury Plains are formed from moraine

gravels deposited by glaciers about three million years ago. The porous alluvial material combined with the drying northwesterly winds make the land very prone to drought.

o u r n e w z e a l a n d.c o. n z O U R N Z I S N O W Do I GuI TA L ourn e wz e aland. nz parti c a .onlin e

3 11


Simon Rasmussen explores his place in the film “My Place”, Te Papa, 2006 (Ref 374225)

New Zealand

Our precious land Our unique wilderness Since rising from the ocean 5 million years ago, Aotearoa (New Zealand) has grown up alone - a solitary land in a watery wilderness. Having heaved herself from beneath the waters, Aotearoa blossomed into an elegant land of unique beauty and diversity. The rugged peaks that first pierced the waves now tower majestically over us, with twenty-six of her summits reaching a breath-taking 3,000 metres or more. Her shapely body is rippled with powerful hills and 100,000km2 of mountains ranges. As she bathes, she provides 15,000km of sparkling coastline. She holds thirty-three giant lakes, nine of which exceed 100km2. She is home to precious glaciers, delicate fiords, steaming geothermal zones and abundant forests. During her 5 million years of isolation, Aotearoa has given birth to approximately 18,000 unique insects, 2000 unique species of plant, 174 unique species of bird and 40 unique species of freshwater fish. Aotearoa also harboured many ancient species as she sailed from Gondwana, including the magnificent kauri trees that rank amongst the biggest and oldest in the world, having barely changed in 190 million years. She also hosts the tuatara, a living fossil and the last survivor of the Sphenodontia family that has been roaming the Earth since the time of the dinosaurs. Incredibly, she has created all of this despite being almost entirely submerged as she travelled upon the continent of Zealandia from the ancient land of Gondwana.

Our living land When the first people arrived in Aotearoa 800 years ago, they discovered a land that was alive. Their observations and beliefs have


- by Robin Heyworth

echoed through time, captured within the myths and legends of Māori tradition. The Earth is our mother, Papatūānuku, they recall. The sky is our father, Ranginui. Whilst locked in a tight embrace and surrounded by the darkness of Te Pō, they gave birth to the mountains, lakes, forests, winds and seas. These, her primordial children, eventually became frustrated by Te Pō. Eventually, Tāne, the god of the forest, pushed Ranganui skyward to create Te Ao Marama, our world of light. From then, all life on earth was born from these mighty beings and, in this tradition, all things are connected. Aotearoa is now home to many people from many places, yet her beauty remains exposed. It is easy to feel the muscular hills of Papatūānuku embrace us and the towering mountains stand guard over us. We can hear the ancient trees whisper to us and we regularly have to shelter from the howling rage of Tāwhirimātea, the god of weather. Aotearoa is still very much alive.

Our place of treasures The story of Aotearoa’s life is retold within Wellington’s Te Papa Tongarewa Museum. Our iconic national museum covers everything about our land, its ancient legends and its modern human history. The museum’s name translates to “Our place of treasures” - and it really does contain the things that are special to us. One of the more intimate exhibits is a film called “My Place” that is found within the Blood, Earth Fire exhibition. The film explores our unique land through the eyes of everyday people. As each person takes us to their special place, our living, breathing, land is revealed.

o u r n e w z e a l a n d.c o. n z

The death of a sister Our “My Place” story begins with Pat Greenfield. Her place is the wild coast of Tongaporutu, north Taranaki, where Pat intended to photograph the timeless beauty of this ancient coastline. However, a dramatic event in 2003 made her realise that Tongaporutu was not being gently sculpted. Instead it was being pummelled and hammered by the relentless wind and waves. The dramatic event that she witnessed was the death of an immortal, a sister who was swept away overnight.

“When I first came, the third little sister out there, she was intact – that little stump out there. In September 2003 a massive storm took that out. We mourned the loss of her, she was like a family member.” The third little sister was a landmark – and a significant one at that. She was the farthest of three pillars of rock stranded in the sea after the soft grey papa and sandstone rock that bound them to the mainland had washed into the sea. These three pillars were named the Three Sisters and the death of the third sister to the raging sea was a cataclysmic event. For Pat, it was an enlightening experience. The mighty geological features of Tongaporutu beach were alive - and they could die. Since 2003, she has been photographing an 11km stretch, from Te Kawau Pa to Whitecliffs. She likens her photographic collection to a family album. In just 25 years, Pat has recorded geological generations come and go, with the birth of young and the death of old. Pat’s Tongaporutu family album not only features the tragically departed third sister, but also the birth of a new sister who was delivered during a storm in 2008. Today, you can once again visit Three Sisters, unaware that for five years they were only two. Dial back to the nineteenth century and you’ll find accounts of four sisters. This means the latest sister is actually the fifth in modern times. It seems that as one is swept away another is born. These sisters really are a living family.

“The coastline is eroding at a rate of two metres annually and this is what I’m trying to record” - Pat Greenfield

The astonishing rate of change at Tongaporutu beach contradicts our traditional view of our mighty Earth. When we look at our ancient shoreline, imposing hills and immense mountain ranges, it is easy to think our lives pass in the blink of Mother Nature’s eye. But these great beings can be changed in a few moments.

“On the nineteenth of September we had a massive storm. The barometer dropped to 964 and I’ve never seen it that low. The waves scared me, but what scared me more was how the whole cliff shuddered like it were an earthquake.” While standing on the cliffs with the waves crashing over her, Pat shares a sense of fragility with the Earth. She feels it tremble. She watches it be broken and torn. She is aware they may die together at any moment.

Pat Greenfield from My Place, Te Papa, 2006 (Ref 276370)

Standing on the edge Simon Rasmussen, a BASE jumper from Wanaka, shares Pat’s sense of fragility. His place is high in the remote mountains of the Southern Alps where he seeks cliffs to leap from. Whilst venturing through this wilderness, Simon witnesses both the greatness and fragility of the Earth.

“Two weeks ago, this [glacier] was full and as we were coming across I saw a couple of holes - and then we came back a few days ago and it was all collapsed” Simon escapes to the mountains to feel the freedom of a world that belongs to the birds. But as he navigates his way, he knows his fate lies in Mother Natures hands. Land might slide, rocks might fall, ice might collapse and the river might sweep him away. He is never far from sharing his destiny with nature and over the years they have developed a bond of mutual protection. In return for his safety, Simon takes care of the world he travels through. Beyond hisremote wilderness, the mucky fingerprints of human hands are becoming increasingly evident. In response, Simon and his BASE jumping colleagues have developed a covenant to keep their wilderness pristine.

“We cherish this place like you wouldn’t believe. We try to look after it and not leave any signs that we’ve been here and really respect where we are” - Simon Rasmussen

Simon’s words echo an ancient principle. We must take care of our world, if it is to take care of us; and it is our duty to pass on a world that future generations can enjoy be proud of.

Creating a legacy When the first people arrived in Aotearoa, they came looking for a better future - both for themselves and the generations that would follow. Throughout centuries of settlement, Aotearoa has continued to offer and provide this security. She is a land of freedom and prosperity. A land that welcomes people and makes them feel at home. A place where they can build a lasting legacy for generations to come.

O U R N Z I S N O W D I G I TA L ourn e wz e aland. parti c a .onlin e



Rowley family station from My Place, Te Papa, 2006 (Ref 104665)

Gerry Watson from My Place, Te Papa, 2006 (Ref 456976)

The Rowley family of Wanaka are a typical example of settlers who came to Aotearoa seeking a better life and a better future. The Lake Hawea Station has passed through four generations since settlers John and Jesse Rowley took the pastural lease. Their daughter-in-law, Fiona, recounts their legacy in Te Papa’s My Place exhibition:

Returning to the forest

“The family took the station and settled here in 1912. The water for the homestead actually came from the spring half-a-mile up the gully and had to be carted in buckets by my mother-inlaw. As true pioneers, they started with nothing and had seven children who grew to adulthood on this place and some of them are still here today.” The Hawea Station is situated high above Lake Wanaka. It is a barren wilderness to most, but for the Rowley’s it is highly valuable pasture. Through generations of successful sheep farming, the Rowley’s have become custodians of this slice of New Zealand wilderness, protecting it from development and tourism and preserving its natural goodness for the next generation. Angus Rowley, one of the current generation, is determined to continue this legacy of safeguarding the land, even though the high-country lease has expired and the land will be shared with the public.

“Both my brother and myself are aware of the responsibility we have for this land… and we are keen to pass on the same values as we have to the public so that it can stay in the same condition for future generations to enjoy” - Angus Rowley

Although more than fifty percent of Aotearoa remains highly rural, with just two percent transformed into cities, suburbs and towns, we still need to protect our rural land and retain its value for future generations. Towns and cities may now be the heart of modern economy, but we mustn’t lose sight of the fact that it is our precious land that feeds, clothes and houses us.


One of our most precious areas of our land is the native forest. This is the place of Tāne-mahuta, the legendary figure who raised the sky to create the world. Within his forests, Tane provides our most precious resources: trees and plants. These simple commodities can provide canoes, fishing hooks, spears and nets for hunting; houses and huts for shelter; fruits and nuts for food; plants and herbs for medicines. Many Māori tribes still utilise the forest’s abundant resources and there is much we can learn from them, as Gerry Watson found out. Gerry was an unhappy Aucklander, stuck in one of life’s gruelling ruts. With neither penny nor hope, Gerry transformed his life by rediscovering the traditions of the forest.

“So, when I got to Torere I was 21. I lived here and existed from the bush until I was about 25. And the old people that were here, the ones who were sixty, eighty, ninety years of age, they were the ones that started to teach me the tikanga of the ngahere.” The “tikanga of the ngahere” is the “way of the bush” – an ancient forest lore that has been collected and passed down through timeless generations. It is a process of connecting with the spirit of the forest. Through this connection, the forest will take care of you, guide you, feed you and heal you.

“I was lucky enough to be taught all about medicinal plants. I was able to heal myself. I was able to reconnect through my whakapapa, through genealogy.” By returning to the forest, Gerry became reunited with his ancient family – his whakapapa – through which the forest and the plants are his distant relatives. Through his family connection, he learned to find and administer ancient bush medicines. These natural remedies have been used successfully within Māori communities for many centuries and are now gaining interest from modern scientists.

“We’ve had people with severe lacerations, blood poisoning and all sorts of things that we’ve healed in the bush. And the doctors haven’t been able to understand how they’ve been healed. That’s led directly to a number of community groups and health providers becoming interested in how rongoa Māori might be applied to Māori diabetes, which is a huge problem in our people – so the kaupapa is growing.” The kaupapa is a set of principles that determine what medical

o u r n e w z e a l a n d.c o. n z

action to take. They look at the precursors to an ailment, then seek to reverse the process that caused the illness through spiritual, meditative and medicinal practises. As Gerry says, modern medicine is increasingly interested in reinvigorating these natural remedies. But medicine is just a cog within a larger natural mechanism that we are part of. This message is bound within a concept called kaitiakitanga.

“I’ve raised my children on the principles of kaitiakitanga. Within that is a privilege and an obligation to be a guardian of te ao marama – the world of light. They carry the kaupapa” - Gerry Watson

Kaitiakitanga is particularly pertinent to us today. It teaches us to connect with the world around us, to understand its precious and delicate nature, to take on a responsibility to protect our environment. Future generations are depending on us to provide a successful legacy that they can pass on too.

Our common ground Māori teachings and culture feature prominently in our national identity. Our warm welcome and confidence owes much to Māori tradition. It is part of the beauty of New Zealand and what attracts many people here today. When it comes to our national identity, we are made up of three main cultures: Māori, European and Asian. We respect each other’s individual ancestry, but we have also developed a unique ‘Kiwi’ culture that we are all part of. No-one epitomises our unique blend of cultures more than the Mayor of Gisborne, Meng Foon. The son of Chinese immigrants, Meng Foon holds a traditional European local government office and is fluent in Māori language and culture. But it is his humble origins that have brought him succes.

“I grew up cutting cabbages on the Poverty Bay flats in Gisborne. My parents came from China back in 1947 and they bought a little cottage and part of the house was dirt floor – and that’s where we grew up.” Meng’s farming background is central to his story. In the fields, he became absorbed into Māori culture, learning the language and becoming part of the local whanau.

“I don’t think you can actually understand a people if you don’t actually know their language.” Meng’s knowledge and understanding of our individual cultures puts him in a unique position. He can communicate with us in the language we use. He understands what is culturally important to us. He can see what unites us all. But it’s Meng’s cultural ties with Gisborne’s Māori that is most striking.

“I became the Mayor in 2001. I was the only Māori speaking mayor in New Zealand then and it’s still the same at the present time.”

Meng Foon from My Place, Te Papa, 2006 (Ref 474190)

With his rural background, unpolished demeanour and colloquial language, Meng is a paragon of multiculturality and an excellent role model. His Mayoral position is based on genuine popularity and familiarity with local people and their concerns. But most importantly, he remains true to himself and his background, as one local recalls:

“When he does his whakapapa, he whakapapas back to the cabbage and the lettuces!” A whakapapa is a Māori recital of lineage, leading back through spiritual ancestry to a point of origin amongst the forests. Meng takes his spiritual lineage to a rather ungraceful origin amongst the cabbages. It is a canny way to include himself, while remaining true to his own ancestral ties and beliefs. It is a lesson in humility we should all take a leaf from. Meng unites ancient principles with modern pragmatism – and this is perhaps the true root of his success. While the Māori concept of kaitiakitanga looks to maintain an equilibrium of our natural environment, Meng seeks to add cultural unity to this in order to create a sustainable future.

“It is important to have the land available for future generations, it provides an economic base, it provides food on the table” - Meng Foon

Our precious land of Aotearoa is a land of cultural and natural beauty. It is a land that shapes us and teaches us. It is a land that has been a living home for millions of years and we have only just arrived. We are just temporary guests. And like all good guests, we should remember our manners and resect our host and leave her as we found her - natural, beautiful and alive.

To learn more about our living land, her remarkable formation and unique species, our ancient legends and modern history, visit Te Papa in Wellington

- Discover more at

O U R N Z I S N O W D I G I TA L ourn e wz e aland. parti c a .onlin e




Interislander Plus The perfect way to get the most out of your Cook Strait journey.

Regular customers and holidaymakers alike enjoy the comfort and added extras that Interislander Plus lounges provide. Upgrading is great value when you consider the inclusion of meals, drinks and comfortable seating. First and foremost for many, the lounges are restricted to passengers 18 years and over which many adults appreciate. (There are great areas set aside for kids elsewhere. Cabins are another good option for families.)

Comfortable lounge-style seating is a feature of each of the three lounges, although each has a unique character and layout. Crew are always on hand in the lounge to ensure that your journey is enjoyable. Looking for something to do? Plus lounges offer a good range of magazines and local newspapers. Wi-Fi is also included and available for most of the journey. Food and drink is included in the price of the lounge upgrade. The meals provided vary to suit the time of the sailing. For example, there’s a breakfast served on 9am sailings, followed by morning tea items. The evening sailings offer more substantial hot options. And look out for the warm scones with cream and jam – so simple yet so delicious! There are plenty of drink options to accompany your meal too, from tea and coffee and a range of cold fruit juices and ginger beer, to local beers and wines. There is a lot to like about Interislander Plus, it is a service both well-liked by customers, and well-worth considering on your next trip with us.



o u r n e w z e a l a n d.c o. nz nz

Experience it now

If you’re reading this on the ferry and wish to upgrade to Interislander Plus, please enquire at the on board shop.

O U R N Z I S N O W Do I GuI TA L ourn e wz e aland. nz parti c a .onlin e






SHARE YOUR JOURNEY One of the greatest things about travelling is sharing your adventure! With amazing views on all our journeys, we’re sure you’ll find something to snap, hashtag and share.

#FindTimeInterislander #NZbyTrain greatjourneysofnz @greatjourneysofnz @greatjourneysnz


















Trolley Takeover Kyle Street, co-founder and Chef at Auckland based eatery Culprit, has combined a love of Chinese style Dim Sum (or Yum Cha) and local New Zealand produce to bring us a new style of trolley dining that places emphasis on minimal food waste. Kyle discovered his passion for food at 17 when he got a part time job in a kitchen after studying, “the endless possibilities, the passion the chefs had for ingredients, the camaraderie in the kitchen, I loved all of it some much!” Now 17 years on, Street has never looked back. With greats such as Al Brown and Des Harris as mentors, and with time under his belt spent leading Brown’s reputable businesses, Depot and Fed Deli, it’s no wonder Street has put his own stamp on the Auckland food scene. Proudly owned and operated by Street and best friend Jordan Macdonald, Culprit’s food is honest, fun & delicious. They like to utilise secondary cuts and overlooked ingredients, with menus dictated by what’s in season and what local farmers and growers are excited about. It is their personal relationships with the farmers and growers that keep Culprit ahead of the game, “we meet these people through word of mouth or at farmers markets, there’s a small network of small producers that are shared, supported and passed amongst the restaurant scene here in Auckland”.


At Culprit we utilize every part of our ingredients, extracting maximum flavour wherever possible. This dish really showcases that way of cooking. Roast duck is our Culprit signature dish, and one of the most popular! For this recipe, we will roast the remaining bones and make a hearty broth using the old method of a ‘raft’ (egg whites and lean minced duck meat). Here I share a short cut where you can freeze and then defrost the stock through a sieve to give you a lovely clear broth. Bonus tip - you could make a chicken bone broth instead and have an equally delicious dish.

It’s not just the innovative use of sourced ingredients that have diners coming back for more. When travelling the states with cofounder Jordan they discovered Statebird Provisions, a restaurant in San Francisco that was shaking up the city with their service style. Heavily inspired by the yum cha experience (but without all the deep fried naughty food), they served food on trolleys and trays. The chef duo immediately loved the style, “we thought it paired well with our own style of eating; small bites, lots of it and sharing all the different flavours with friends.” The ambition doesn’t stop there. Kyle loves to collaborate, and plans to do more special guest chef “Trolley Takeovers”. The chef duo also have plans to open a new all day eatery called lowbrow later this year. Level 1, 12 Wyndham St, Auckland E: P: 09 377 5992


Book the Culprit Experience at

o u r n e w z e a l a n d.c o. n z

DUCK AND SQUASH FILLING 1/4 butternut squash 250gm cooked duck meat (confit is preferred) small handful parsley Pinch ground nutmeg Sea salt and black pepper

Method Place the 1/4 squash on a baking tray skin side down. Rub the squash with a little olive oil and season heavily with sea salt and black pepper. Roast at 170 degrees until very brown and soft. Allow to cool on the bench. Shred the cooked duck leg meat into a bowl. Scoop out the flesh of the cooked squash and add to the bowl. Combine with the parsley and a pinch of nutmeg and season again.


strain through a very fine sieve into a freezable container. Adjust Seasoning. You should have about 1 litre of Duck Bone Broth. Freeze the stock overnight, the next day place muslin or a clean kitchen towel over a sieve over a bowl, allow the frozen stock to defrost and drip through the sieve on the bench or fridge for a few hours.

THE DISH Duck and squash filling Wonton wrappers Duck bone broth Porcini or truffle oil Chives

Method First you need to roll the tortellini. Cut your wonton wrappers into large circles with a cookie cutter. Place a full teaspoon of duck squash filling in the centre. Brush half the circle lightly with beaten egg white. Fold over and press firmly together. You should now have a crescent shape. Bring the two points of crescent together and brush with a little egg white. Press together firmly to join, continue process.

DUCK BONE BROTH Bones from 2 ducks 1 carrot 1 onion 1 celery stick 1 teaspoon sea salt Small bunch of Thyme 2 bay leafs 1 teaspoon peppercorns 2 tablespoon cooking oil 2 ½ litre water

To serve

Method Preheat your oven to 200 fan bake. Peel and cut the vegetables into large chunks. Place all ingredients in a large bowl and toss to coat in the cooking oil. Roast on a baking tray until golden brown for 20-30 minutes. Place in a medium sized pot and cover with 2.5 litres of water. Bring to a simmer and cook on very low for 4 hours. Skim off any fat that has risen to the surface. Then

Warm the duck bone broth in a small pot, try not to boil as this may make the stock cloudy. Bring a medium pot of water to the boil, season well with rock or table salt until the water tastes a little salty. Drop the tortellini in one at a time and boil for 3 minutes. Drain well through a sieve. Sieve in glasses, or on a pasta plate, garnish with drops of truffle oil and freshly cut chives.

O U R N Z I S N O W D I G I TA L ourn e wz e aland. parti c a .onlin e


Replacing sleepers on the Hutt Valley line.

Ensuring a safe and comfortable journey From time to time during your Scenic Journey, the train may need to slow down or stop completely. Our on board staff will keep you informed of why this is happening but this article provides some more detail on why these delays may occur. Every day, KiwiRail’s Infrastructure and Engineering (I&E) teams are working on improving the 4,000km network on which our trains operate. The infrastructure itself is made up of not only the physical track but also signalling systems, traction (the overhead power lines), land formation like cuttings and embankments, along with the physical structures – like bridges, viaducts and tunnels. This entire infrastructure is owned, managed, repaired and upgraded by KiwiRail. As part of our continued focus on ensuring you enjoy a safe and comfortable journey, our I&E teams work on various worksites to improve the overall travel times and performance for both our passenger and freight trains and networks. Occasionally our KiwiRail services will pass through these active worksites and there are special protocols to follow to before the train is authorised to pass through these areas safely. One of these safety processes is a special indication board which verifies that all of the track maintenance staff is clear of the work area. Each worker has a personalised padlock which must be removed from the indication board - this proves that they have reported to the foreman and the padlocks’ absence from the board shows that all workers and their equipment are clear of the worksite and in a safe space. Once the board is totally empty, the foreman can be assured that the worksite is clear and safe and give clearance to the oncoming train that it is safe to proceed. 22

There are also very specific words and phrases that must be used over radio communications between the Locomotive Engineer (commonly known as a Train Driver) and the Worksite Safety Protector, in a very similar way that pilots communicate with air traffic controllers. Our service may stop while the Locomotive Engineer receives this authorisation and confirmation that the worksite is safe to pass through. These stops present you with a perfect opportunity to pop down to the on-board café or perhaps catch a glimpse of the action from the outdoor viewing deck. Interestingly, even the tracks themselves receive regular maintenance via the use of a rail grinding machine. The RR24M30A rail grinder is 51 metres in length and works the track at 5km/h, reshaping the rail head for optimal ride quality. Over time, the effect of steel wheels on steel track causes minute changes to the shape of the rail - if the rail isn’t the correct shape this increases fuel use and degrades the overall ride quality. When in use, the rail grinder produces a shower of sparks – and therefore needs to spray water in advance and after every pass from its 16000 litre tanks to mitigate the risk of trackside fire. There’s also a second rail vehicle which follows behind with an additional 4000 litres of water to extinguish any smouldering sleepers or vegetation. A giant vacuum removes and stores the dust from the grinding process for safe disposal back at the depot. KiwiRail is committed to safe rail operations throughout New Zealand and our maintenance teams work around the clock to continually improve our network. For more information about our Infrastructure and Engineering projects, please visit our website

o u r n e w z e a l a n d.c o. nz nz

O U R N Z I S N O W Do I GuI TA L ourn e wz e aland. nz parti c a .onlin e



Discover Autumn in New Zealand BY JO MAY Photo: Jay French, Mt Burke in Wanaka

Avoid the crowds, but still enjoy the sunshine – Autumn is a great time to travel in New Zealand. Whether you’re after arts or adventure, rural escapes or urban escapades, gourmet produce or world class wine, autumn is a fantastic time to explore New Zealand. The days are warm, but not too hot, the visitors are here, but not too many, and the options are endless, but we’ll help you choose a few. If you are in the north, don’t forget your togs, because the beaches are beautiful and the water balmy, in the long, lovely days of early autumn. It’s a great time to tick off a few must-dos, like detouring into Middle Earth via the Hobbiton Movie Set, featured in The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit films. Some of New Zealand’s best walks are best walked at this time of year too, with settled weather and fewer people, allowing you to take in the incredible landscapes of this country. Check out the Tongariro Crossing ( and add it to your bucket list. 24

As you head south you’ll see why this is such a stunning time to see New Zealand, as vineyards, orchards and parks in places like Hawke’s Bay gleam in gold and russet, the beautiful garb of autumn. It’s also a great time to visit our cities, including “the coolest little capital in the world”. Check out the spectacular displays at Te Papa and the spectacular birdlife at Zealandia. Alternatively, just wander the city to discover your own favourite corners. Keep an eye on the harbour, as orca and dolphins like this time of year too. If you love wine, there is no better time to visit than when the grapes are being harvested, and there’s a palpable buzz in the wine regions. Places like Marlborough are lit up at night, thanks to the light from wineries and harvesters working 24/7, and the scent of ferment wafts through the air. Take a cycle tour through the vines, to taste the ripe grapes, or visit a vineyard restaurant to try your favourite wines in the place they were made. The West Coast has a classic autumn event too, with the Hokitika Wild Foods Festival on in early March ( Brace yourself for a dazzling array of delicacies, from whitebait patties to huhu grubs. The coast also has a couple of fantastic

o u r n e w z e a l a n d.c o. n z


A round of golf in beautiful Queenstown

A walk through Zealandia, Wellington

Photo: Steve Gwaliasi. Hokitika Wild Foods festival

rides in the New Zealand Cycle Trail, Nga Haerenga (www.nzcycletrail. com), including the gnarly and stunning Old Ghost Road, for experienced mountain bikers, or the West Coast Wilderness Trail for a more relaxed ride. The quieter season makes this a wonderful time to explore these and other cycle trails. To see autumnal beauty at its best, you have to visit Central Otago, where wide blue skies and lakes meet golden hills and trees in a breath-taking combination. The folk in Wanaka and the Southern Lakes love this time of year so much, they have a festival to celebrate it. The Festival of Colour ( is a chance to indulge in music, drama and art while exploring a beautiful region in a beautiful season. At Easter, Wanaka’s skies are buzzing as Warbirds Over Wanaka International Airshow ( Experience over four days high-octane aviation excitement and help them celebrate their 30th anniversary at Wanaka Airport. Finally, at the bottom of the country at the end of autumn, you’ll find a great excuse to visit. Head to Bluff on the 26th of May for the Bluff Oyster and Food Festival ( for some of the freshest tastiest oysters you will ever taste, seasoned with the personalities of this tiny southern fishing town.

2018 Warbirds over Wanaka, Easter weekend

O U R N Z I S N O W D I G I TA L ourn e wz e aland. parti c a .onlin e



V i s i t i n g D u n e d i n? Don’t miss...

Wildlife Capital -Otago Peninsula

THE NATURAL WONDERS OF Otago Peninsula Visit the Royal Albatross Centre in Otago and discover the world’s only mainland breeding colony and only a short drive from Dunedin. The Royal Albatross Centre is owned and operated by the Otago Peninsula Trust, a charitable trust, whose objective is the protection and enhancement of the Otago Peninsula. For more information visit,

World’s only mainland Royal Albatross breeding colony

World’s smallest penguin in its natural habitat | 03 4780499

Enjoy the Comvita experience Join Comvita’s guided tour and discover the world of the honeybee and the wonder of nature’s intelligence. Explore the healing power of nature through New Zealand’s native plants, including Manuka. See the world through the eyes to the honeybee and learn how they share the gifts of nature with us. In the beehive immerse yourself in their world. Visit their Comvita retail store and cafe restore. Open 7 days in Paengaroa, Te Puke in the Bay of Plenty.

Get the COMVITA® EXPERIENCE • Guided Tour • • Comvita® Retail Store • • Cafe Restore •





23 Wilson Road South (Off SH33), Paengaroa, Te Puke Email: Phone: 0800 BEES BEES




o u r n e w z e a l a n d.c o. n z


Hobbiton movie set

Out of this world

Join then and experience the real Middle-earth™ at the Hobbiton Movie Set, where, in the heart of the Waikato region, you can step into the lush pastures of the Shire™, as seen in The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies. Fall in love with the Alexander family sheep farm, just as acclaimed director Sir Peter Jackson did, as you journey through the unequivocal beauty of the land, with the mighty Kaimai Ranges towering in the distance. Your guide will then escort you around the set, showing the intricate detailing, pointing out the most famous locations and explaining how the movie magic was made. You will be taken around the 12 acre set; past Hobbit Holes, the Mill and into the world-famous Green Dragon™ Inn, where you will be presented with a complimentary, exclusive beverage to conclude your own Middle-earth™ adventure.

Aon New Zealand We’re local. We live here.

Aon is the largest provider of insurance broking, risk management and HR consulting services both in New Zealand and globally. With over 800 staff in 76 offices nationwide, you’ll be sure to find us close to wherever you live. We pride ourselves on protecting all different kinds of Kiwis, from young families through to diverse businesses and farms. | 0800 266 276

O U R N Z I S N O W D I G I TA L ourn e wz e aland. parti c a .onlin e




L O R E O TA G O ’



Photo: Douglas Kelley

Discover and experience the places shaping our nation Landmarks Whenua Tohunga sites combine story-telling, culture and heritage with stunning landscapes. We’ve found the perfect settings for you to enjoy the great stories of Otago. With a visit to a Landmarks site, you’re guaranteed a great tale to share with your friends and family. The vivid landscapes of Otago provide a picture-perfect setting for stories of discovery, courage, entrepreneurship, and prosperity. Gold, pastoral farming and the railway were at the heart of Central Otago's early economy and many of the 12 Otago Landmarks sites reflect this.

This autumn, discover twelve historic sites that have helped shape our nation.

Visit picturesque Arrowtown amidst the golden colours of autumn to view both sides of the gold-rush coin. Explore the preserved avenue where wealthy banks and merchants traded in the mid-1800s, and delve into the nooks and crannies of the Chinese miners’ huts on the edge of town.

From the scenic Taieri Gorge railway to the picture-postcard gold rush settlement of Arrowtown, each landmark has been chosen to highlight a unique place or event in New Zealand’s

Then head east for a Wild West adventure, exploring the man-made landscape of the Bannockburn Sluicings. You’ll discover the spectacular cliffs and pinnacles scoured by 19th century miners in their search for gold.

history – made more spectacular in autumn as the trees, orchards and grapevines turn glorious gold. Look out for the brochure at any Otago i-SITE.

To experience the more opulent and gracious living of the past, visit heritage mansions like Olveston and Larnach Castle and discover their fascinating history, or Dunedin’s ornate railway station – one of the world’s finest.



Want more stories? You can find Landmarks in Northland, home to some of the earliest interactions between Māori and Pākehā – including the Waitangi Treaty Grounds, Kororipo Heritage Park and Rangihoua Heritage Park. These sites reflect the tensions and triumphs of two different cultures coming together, resulting in the birth of modern New Zealand.


The pla ces that


tell our

pla ces

By exploring our Landmarks, you’ll find the connections between the stories, land and people of Aotearoa New Zealand.


tha t te

ll o



Continue your rail adventures and enjoy the beautiful pastoral landscapes along the Otago Central Rail Trail. Cycle, stop, eat and quench your thirst in the small, hospitable towns and sleep in the farm-stays, hotels and cottages along the route.

ur s

tor ie


For a full list and overview of Landmarks Whenua Tohunga visit: o u r n e w z e a l a n d.c o. n z


The best way to experience snow Visiting New Zealand this winter? If you have a trip planned and are looking to try something different then try this exciting option below. If you can walk, you can snowshoe... Our high performance slim-line snowshoes make navigating snowcovered terrain effortless, opening up huge possibilities for exploring the winter wilderness. If you can walk you can snowshoe - it's that easy! Experience the serenity of the spectacular alpine environment around Queenstown this winter 'floating' across the snow in an unspoiled winter wonderland. If you've never tried snowshoeing before, now is the time to give it a go. No experience is required and we supply all the gear you need for a safe and comfortable trip to the mountains. Snowshoeing is a non-technical alternative to skiing or snowboarding; almost anyone can do it with minimal instruction or practice and it enables greater access to the landscapes beyond the ski fields.


As with all our guided walks, we keep our group sizes small and take a flexible approach to ensure we can accommodate everyone's abilities, we have a range of snowshoe trips to suit everyone. Snowplay is ideal for families and those new to snow with less focus on walking and more emphasis on having fun in the white stuff. Our popular Snowshoe Adventure is a half day trip with a little more walking involved and a gradual climb of 200m to make the most of the spectacular mountain scenery. For a truly exhilarating alpine experience nothing beats our Heli Snowshoe. Just minutes from Queenstown, yet incredibly remote, your guide will lead you through the breath taking winter landscape of this untouched paradise on the ultimate snowshoe journey. We also offer privately guided snowshoe trips that can be specifically tailored for your needs. Easier trips at your own pace or a more challenging excursion, just let us know what you're up for and we can tailor a bespoke snowshoe experience just for you. We're passionate about sharing our local knowledge as well as our guiding skills, so while you're enjoying the winter landscape your guide will provide insights on the geology and history of the area and other points of interest along the way. Our snowshoe season runs from early June until late October (snow dependent).

Explore more of the mountain on a guided Snowshoe Adventure • Access incredible vistas without queuing for lifts • Hassle free: all snowshoe equipment provided • Experienced alpine guide to help you all the way • Return transport to Queenstown

Book Now! 0800 832 226

O U R N Z I S N O W D I G I TA L ourn e wz e aland. parti c a .onlin e



Haere mai - Welcome

Photo: Chris Williams

Māori culture and values infuse the unique New Zealand lifestyle. New Zealand's Māori culture is an integral part of Kiwi life and adds a unique, dynamic experience for visitors. Māori are the tangata whenua, the indigenous people, of New Zealand. They came here more than 1000 years ago from their mythical Polynesian homeland of Hawaiki. Visitors to New Zealand are presented with diverse opportunities to experience Māori culture first-hand in many parts of the country. You can experience Māori culture by visiting a marae with an organised tour, watching a carving or weaving demonstration or learning about fascinating myths and legends from passionate Māori guides. Whakarewarewa, in Rotorua is a living Māori village and offers guided tours, cultural performances and traditional Māori food. Traditional Māori customs still play a big part in the lives of many modern Māori in New Zealand and are an intrinsic part of Kiwi culture for New Zealanders. Nothing arouses the passion of Kiwis like the haka as the All Blacks go through their pre-game challenge; nothing chills like the spine-tingling emotion upon hearing a karakia (prayer). Any visit to New Zealand is bound to provide an encounter with this country’s unique Māori culture. An encounter that will allow you to experience a culture rich in traditions passed on from generation to generation.


o u r n e w z e a l a n d.c o. n z



Around the camp fire Camping in New Zealand is a popular pastime. As a land of the outdoors, it's not surprising that a night under canvas is a preferred accommodation option.


O U R N Z I S N O W D I G I TA L ourn e wz e aland. parti c a .onlin e

Narrows Park, Waikato


There are few greater pleasures than sitting around a campfire on a clear-skied evening listening to waves breaking or gurgling rivers. In New Zealand you can go tenting in the magnificent wilderness of one of the National Parks. Or drive around the coast and talk to the locals - you may even get access to gorgeous, unspoilt, quiet beaches. There are hundreds of campsites in the most spectacular parts of the country but if you fancy freedom camping, remember to read the rules first. Visit If you want to be closer to the comforts of civilization, there are many holiday parks that you can stay at with full amenities and lots of activities to content the most restive of children. Holiday parks are equipped to please a wide range of people for a minimal cost and most have attractive landscaped settings, often beside a beach or lake. Holiday parks provide sites for tents, caravans and campervans and many also have simple cabins, self-contained motel units and backpackers' lodges. If you're setting up camp or parking a motorhome, you can choose a powered or non-powered site. Easy access to a shared kitchen and bathroom facilities is always part of the deal. Families are attracted to holiday parks that have play areas, heated swimming pools, trampolines and barbecues. Often, you'll also have the use of a dining area and a comfortable TV lounge.

Check out the free CamperMate and Campable apps to find campsites, toilets and waste stations.

About TOP 10 TOP 10 Holiday Parks have, for over 30 years, set the standard for New Zealand Holiday Parks (camping grounds / motor camps), so you can be assured of great value for money and beautiful clean facilities. Kiwis have a tradition of staying in camping grounds and no holiday memories are complete without experiencing one of their great Parks. Their New Zealand Holiday Parks offer fully integrated accommodation options, from motels and self contained units through to cabins, tent and powered sites (caravans, motorhomes, campervans, RVs and winniebagoes). All their Parks are in unique park-like settings, offering you breathing space, with children’s play facilities, BBQ and safe indoor and outdoor recreational areas. To better communicate what you can expect on arrival and to better cater for your varying expectations, needs and budgets, there are now TOP 10 Holiday Parks in three categories: Premium, Superior and Classic. This offers greater clarity and helps you (our visitors) understand the range of facilities and amenities that are on offer in each location like heated swimming pools, kid relevant stuff, wifi and more. Visit for further information.

Foxton Beach TOP 10 Holiday Park Sunny Foxton Beach is 5km west of Foxton, and approximately 90 minutes north of Wellington. Just 5 minutes off State Highway 1, Foxton Beach Top 10 Holiday Park is a convenient, quiet place to stay & an ideal stopover if you're going to or from the Interislander ferry.

Foxton Beach TOP 10 Holiday Park 0508 232 243 1 Pinewood Road Foxton Beach, Foxton

Situated in a quiet location by the Manawatu River Estuary and provides you with a relaxing setting that will help you unwind. Motels | Units | Cabins | Sites • Playground • Jumping Pillow • BBQ • TV & Games Room • Onsite Shop • WiFI

Foxton Beach TOP 10 Holiday Park is situated in a quiet location by the Manawatu River Estuary and provides you with a relaxing setting that will help you unwind. Spread out over 4 hectares this gives you plenty of choices to put up your tent or caravan/campervan or choose one of their cabins for more convenience. Spend days lazing on the sands at the beach, go for beach or river walks, swimming, sea and river fishing, bird watching or exploring the many local attractions in Foxton. Then in the evenings sit back and relax, take in the ambience of the setting sun over the Tasman Sea or enjoy a meal at local cafes or restaurants.

o u r n e w z e a l a n d.c o. n z


Geraldine TOP 10 Holiday Park In the South Island, the Geraldine Top 10 is a popular spot for campers seeking a taste of small town New Zealand, perhaps on their way to Queenstown or Mount Cook. Nestled at the foot of the rugged Southern Alps, Geraldine is the perfect place for a break. The team welcome you to Geraldine TOP 10 Holiday Park and Motel which is the only Holiday Park accommodation situated in the heart of this unique boutique town. Geraldine TOP 10 is in a prime location in the centre of the town, just step out the back gate to find many shops to browse and places to eat. Just across the road is the Geraldine domain which has a playground and outdoor pool to keep the kids entertained. With a variety of sleeping options on offer, the Geraldine Top 10 Holiday Park and Motel caters for virtually every style, budget and preference. From motels to cosy self-contained units and cabins to parkland spots for your tent, with ample parking at your site.

Geraldine TOP 10 Holiday Park The only Holiday Park accommodation situated in the heart of this unique boutique town. Motels | Units | Cabins | Sites • Tranquil park setting • 2 Minute walk to Town • Bike & Kart Hire • BBQ Area • BMX Track • Playground • WiFi

0800 393 693 39 Hislop Street Geraldine

Blue Lake TOP 10 Holiday Park Blue Lake TOP 10 Holiday Park is a well established holiday park with a wonderful location within an easy 10 minute drive to Rotorua. Situated alongside the Whakarewarewa Forest with great mountain bike trails and walking tracks, they have over 14 acres of well-maintained grounds set in a tranquil native bush setting. The Blue Lake with its clear water is a great spot for boating, water skiing, kayaking, swimming or simply relaxing. With nearly 180 sites, many powered there are opportunities for camping and motorhomes to have a site next to native bush and a good range of facilities. For those not into camping, there is a range of accommodation for every budget!

Blue Lake TOP 10 Holiday Park Nestled on the edge of the beautiful Blue Lake only 10 minutes from the centre of Rotorua we have over 14 acres of well-maintained grounds set in a tranquil native bush setting. Motels | Units | Cabins | Sites BBQ Area • Children’s Playground • WiFi • Hot Tub • Jumping Pillow • Games Room • Kayak Hire

0800 808 292 723 Tarawera Road Rotorua

O U R N Z I S N O W D I G I TA L ourn e wz e aland. parti c a .onlin e



Tahuna Beach Kiwi Holiday Park & Motel By the beach, in the sun in sunny Nelson, Tahuna Beach Holiday Park has hosted great holidays for over eight decades. Their beautiful park is set in 54 acres of park like grounds adjacent to Nelson’s famous Tahuna Beach. Tahuna Beach Kiwi Holiday Park & Motel has the most comprehensive range of accommodation from camping sites and cabins to studios and self-contained units. They offer accommodation within walking distance to the beautiful Tahunanui Beach, restaurants and playgrounds. Self-catering and self-contained accommodation, through to budget accommodation and sites for campers, rvs, caravaners and backpackers. On site they offer the following; • café & store • email/internet • BBQ areas • Sky TV lounge • babies bathroom • playgrounds • mini golf • jumping pillow • go cart hire • bicycle and E-bike hire • laundries, kitchens and lounges Whether you are experiencing a kiwi holiday camping in a motorhome, rv, caravan, tent or budget cabins, there is a range to suit all. If you choose to have a kiwi holiday in a self-contained unit, they have plenty of choice and only a stone’s throw from the sea.


o u r n e w z e a l a n d.c o. n z


Punting on the Avon, a Christchurch MUST DO

Christchurch TOP 10 Holiday Park Camping can bring you to the city as well, and the Christchurch TOP 10 is the perfect way to rediscover the Garden City and the wonderful new corners that have emerged since the February 2011 earthquakes changed the cityscape. Christchurch TOP 10 Holiday Park - formerly known as Meadow Park, is Christchurch accommodation at its best - the home away from home for guests from all over New Zealand, Australia and the world. Located on the outskirts of central Christchurch, Christchurch TOP 10 Holiday Park is the largest accommodation provider in the city, offering the best selection of accommodation options. The accommodation they provide ranges from fully equipped motel rooms through to cabins, powered motorhome sites and tent sites. Their spacious grounds provide plenty of room for campervans and tent sites, and they have powered and non-powered options depending on your requirements. Guests have access to shared bathroom and cooking facilities if needed. They welcome campervan travellers who have picked up their vehicles in Christchurch after an overseas flight to spend their first and last nights with them. Guests have access to shared bathroom and cooking facilities if needed. Other facilities in the park include camp kitchens, playgrounds, jumping pillows, BBQs, chess set, heated indoor swimming pool with water slide and more.

O U R N Z I S N O W D I G I TA L ourn e wz e aland. parti c a .onlin e

Christchurch TOP 10 Holiday Park Christchurch’s premier Holiday Park, located just 15 minutes drive from the Airport or City Centre. Motels | Units | Cabins | Sites • Jumping Pillow • Playground • Heated Spa & Pool • BBQ Area • Free WiFi • Games/TV Room • SKY TV • Indoor kids zone 0800 396 323 39 Meadow Street Papanui, Christchurch


Hot Water Beach TOP 10 Holiday Park A visit to New Zealand is not complete without soaking in a hot pool you have created with your own hands - at the world renowned Hot Water Beach - voted one of the Top 10 beaches in the world by Lonely Planet Travel Guide! Hot Water Beach TOP 10 is a family owned and operated Holiday Park, located just 700 metres from one of the top surf beaches on the stunning Coromandel Peninsula. Their holiday park accommodation has a wide range of choices to satisfy the needs of all travellers. From their deluxe family villas, deluxe villas, ensuite villas, two or three bedroom motel, ensuite units, deluxe cabins, standard cabins, backpacker lodge, through to powered and non powered sites. Most of their well-sheltered sites are 10m x 10m, so there is plenty of room for all your camping gear even the boat! They have got a great range of on-site facilities, and they are within walking distance from the cafes and art shops. Hot Water Beach Top 10 is a proud winner of the 2017 Hauraki-Coromandel Business Award for Tourism. Hot Water Beach, bring a spade!

Hot Water Beach TOP 10 Holiday Park Coromandel Peninsula

Hot Water Beach TOP 10 Holiday Park is within walking distance from the hot springs on Hot Water Beach. Family owned and operated, our holiday park offers a full range of accommodation options and large sheltered powered and non-powered sites in a natural bushsetting with its own microclimate.

0800 246 823 790 Hot Water Beach Rd, Whitianga

• Spacious kitchen • Modern bathrooms with hot showers • BBQ • SKY TV • Laundry • Wifi + internet kiosk • Go-Kart and Bike hire • Park shop • Recycling facilities • Waste dump • Spade hire • Surfboard hire • Bouncing pillow • Table tennis • Basketball court • Chess set Please mention Interislander2018 to claim your free spade


o u r n e w z e a l a n d.c o. n z


Motels | Units | Cabins | Sites


Narrows Camp & Events Book in the best time away with your community group, school, church or family at Narrows Park in the Waikato and get a classic kiwi camp experience. Narrows is a non profit organisation with a focus on youth leadership development, so every group booking at Narrows goes towards furthering the mission of equipping youth to step up and lead well in community. They host and cater for groups of up to 350 people who combine all of their accommodation options including a marae style experience sleeping in the halls. They currently have 120 cabin beds plus powered sites and acres of camping. Narrows runs a commercial kitchen and offers three domestic kitchens as well.

There is a main hall capable of holding 300 youth or 250 adults who like a bit more elbow room. There is also the Camp 2 hall and Chapel which can each hold between 80 - 120 people plus a few other outdoor spaces that can be used for small group break outs or alternative meeting spaces. They offer simple accommodation offering a cosy bunk room with a beauty of a heater for winter, windows for summer and linen for hire. It will take you back to those great days of being a kid and having a sleepover with all your mates. There is plenty of space for the whole range of powered campers, buses and vans with around 26 sites available. Enjoy acres of tenting space high on the banks of New Zealand's longest river. All of this on 27 acres of rural land on the edge of Hamilton City.

O U R N Z I S N O W D I G I TA L ourn e wz e aland. parti c a .onlin e



Discover the arts around New Zealand BY JO MAY


For a totally unique Kiwi experience, immerse yourself in the local arts and culture. New Zealand may be a young country, but the diverse wealth of MÄ ori culture, performing arts, literature, museums and art galleries will leave even the most fervent arts and culture buffs completely satisfied. Our museums and galleries care for more than 40 million items relating to our history and contribute to our national identity. Generating more than 1000 public exhibitions and publications and attracting over 8 million visits each year, museums and galleries are a top attraction for overseas visitors. 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 and education.

Pataka - Art + Culture, Porrirua

There are also more than 460 museums around the country, many doubling as art galleries, ranging from specialist regional and private collections to the impressive National Museum Te Papa Tongarewa, in Wellington. New Zealand artists and their works are receiving increasing recognition on the international stage. Galleries around New Zealand hold exhibitions that feature the works of nationally and internationally acclaimed artists, as well as fresh, new talent. Historical artworks are mostly held in the collections of the larger museums and public libraries in the main cities. Auckland Museum

The Glenbrook Vintage Railway A nostalgic 15 km return trip back in time through the beautiful rural Franklin countryside, aboard our lovingly restored vintage steam train. During your 1 hour round trip to Victoria Avenue, Waiuku and back, the train will pause at Pukeoware Depot for passengers to view locomotives and other rolling stock under overhaul or restoration.

atest Oupnesr myoss& R a d n u d SSun aoylsidays licPH ublic * Pub& aam ys 1 1 i l Ho dto o t m 11a 0pm 33..330pm

You can break your journey and visit historic Waiuku , then catch the next train back to Glenbrook station. Last train of the day departs Waiuku at 3.30 pm. Train operate Sundays and most public holidays from Labour Weekend (late October) to Queens Birthday weekend (early June). For more information, visit


Check thewebsite reviews onfor Checkout our running days

O U R N Z I S N O W D I G I TA L ourn e wz e aland. parti c a .onlin e



Olveston Historic Home A ‘must visit’ for lovers of arts and culture; Olveston offers a unique glimpse into the extraordinary lives of one of Dunedin prominent Edwardian families. Olveston was the home of businessman, collector and philanthropist David Theomin. Designed by the English architect, Sir Ernest George, Olveston was built with every modern convenience including central heating, a gas generator for electricity, a shower in each bathroom and heated towel rails, an internal telephone system and service lift. The house was also lavishly furnished with exotic artefacts, prized artworks, antiques, carpets, ceramics, statues and weaponry purchased from around the world. Olveston was inherited by the Theomin’s daughter Dorothy in 1933. Continuing the family tradition of philanthropy, Dorothy supported many of the artistic and community causes championed by her parents including Dunedin Public Art Gallery and the Plunket Society. Following Dorothy’s death in 1966, it was discovered that Olveston, complete with the original contents, was gifted to the people of Dunedin. Visiting Olveston is by guided tour only. For more information, visit

Claphams National Clock Museum Whangarei’s world-famous clock museum is home to over 1600 clocks and timepieces, making it the largest collection of clocks in the Southern Hemisphere.

Come & see our world-famous collection Guided tours available Open 7 days 9am-5pm Claphams National Clock Museum Town Basin, Dent St, Whangarei

Tel: 09 438 3993

Gifts Clocks

Many Whangarei locals recall with fondness and a chuckle, the inventor, entertainer and practical joker who was Archibald Clapham – or Archie, as he was more commonly known. Archie’s personal collection of around 400 clocks once took up most of his family home. Yorkshire-born Archie, who moved to New Zealand in 1903, was well-known for happily opening his doors to those who wanted to come and see his collection. Known for his quirky character and sense of humour, Archie’s favourite clocks were the ones that did something unexpected, and made people laugh. Archie’s fun-loving spirit still remains with his unique collection today, at the purpose-built Claphams National Clock Museum in Whangarei’s Town Basin. In 1961, Archie sold his clocks to the local Council for a nominal sum, effectively gifting his amazing collection to the community he had adopted. The collection has grown to encompass many rare and notable exhibits, which you can now enjoy alongside Archie’s old favourites. From mind-boggling backwards clocks, to antique French dancing girl clocks, and even clocks that make the tea – there’s something to amuse every curious and carefree mind at Claphams Clock Museum.

Souvenirs Watches o u r n e w z e a l a n d.c o. nz nz



Whether it’s blustery and cold outside or a warm sunny day, the Maritime Museum is the perfect place to spend a couple of hours exploring New Zealand’s rich maritime history. Get out on the sea and take advantage of the daily sailing trips on one of the heritage vessels to see the city skyline from the beautiful Waitematā Harbour,or wander the depths of the galleries - all right on Auckland’s bustling Viaduct waterfront precinct. The museum holds an extensive range of nautical and historical pieces that represent New Zealand maritime history, from the earliest Polynesian arrivals and their seagoing vessels right through to modern day yachting triumphs including the remarkable and inspiring story of Sir Peter Blake. Visitors can immerse themselves in the experience of an 1840s journey to New Zealand inside the rocking cabin and explore a typical 1950s Kiwi seaside bach and shop. Some of the fascinating historic treasures on display include Rewa, a coastal trading vessel built in 1880, artefacts washed ashore from New Zealand’s worst shipwreck - the HMS Orpheus and the kauri motorboat Nautilus, used during World War I to ferry wounded soldiers in the English Channel. Until April 29th you can also explore the temporary exhibition Knot Touch, an installation that invites visitors to touch and play with the objects. Using netting, rope and a range of maritime knots, the exhibition delivers a tactile and interactive experience.

O U R N Z I S N O W D I G I TA L ourn e wz e aland. parti c a .onlin e



Experiencing NZ Made It’s not a secret to many that New Zealand is known for it’s sheep. We could once claim 22 sheep for every person in New Zealand, now that’s been shorn down to fewer than six. Sheep still play a vital role in New Zealand’s economy and culture, and in a world of synthetic fibres, New Zealand wool is pretty hard to beat for quality. As a natural and renewable fibre, the technical characteristics of wool are unmatched. It’s durable, breathable, insulating and versatile. Woollen products will keep you protected from the elements as wool acclimatises to the surroundings. It is also known for its safer qualities, with a higher ignition threshold than other fibres and has naturally high UV protection. New Zealand is particularly renowned for its Merino product, a resilient breed of sheep that thrives in New Zealand’s South Island high country, producing soft, fine wool that keeps the animal cool in the Summer and warm in the Winter. Due to the wool’s anti-bacterial properties and it’s ability to absorb moisture while still insulating; merino garments will remain fresh and odour-free for days, whether you’re walking the streets of a city in a suit or a dress, or if you’re off adventuring in the great outdoors.


Merino can be blended with possum fur, and while possums are a protected species in Australia, they’re a huge pest in New Zealand so there’s plenty of the natural fur to go around. New Zealand is also home to a thriving alpaca industry. Alpaca fibre is soft against the skin so makes fantastic garments and homeware products. To complete the experience, there are some great Alpaca farms to visit across the country where you can pick up goods made from the very alpacas you’re visiting. The applications of wool are widespread, from clothing and accessories, such as suits, jerseys, socks and scarves, to homeware such as duvets, throws, blankets, rugs, carpet and home insulation. One trend that started sweeping the world last year was ‘extreme knitting’, why knit with ordinary wool yarn when you can supersize with oversized yarn and giant knitting needles? The chunky knit pieces have been worn by celebrities across the globe and Kiwis were at the forefront of the movement. So bundle up and accessorise with New Zealand wool. There are some great Kiwis out there doing great things with the wool that nature has provided. Look out for the Kiwi trademark on woollen products to identify the products that have been manufactured in New Zealand, for fully authentic New Zealand Made items.

o u r n e w z e a l a n d.c o. n z

buy nz made

Va l l e y H o n e y


Mountain Valley Honey Mountain Valley Honey is a family owned and operated business that specialises in bringing you quality honey in a range of delicious flavours. Mountain Valley Honey brings you award winning golden honey which has been collected from the beautiful Marlborough Sounds, Mt Richmond Ranges and Whangamoa areas. The hives are situated in rural sites where the bees have a wide variety of floral sources. Each year Mountain Valley Honey enjoy a varied harvest which can include Manuka, Native Bush, Clover, Honeydew, Kamahi and Autumn Gold. Mountain Valley Honey have a strong focus on maintaining the natural quality of their honey. Their raw honey is not flash-heated, refined or pasteurized. The result is a rich, golden honey that retains its original goodness and flavour for you to enjoy. As honey producers, they have extensive experience and knowledge in raising bees, harvesting and marketing honey and associated products. They manage each stage of the process from bee to you. They invite you to try our range of honeys and are confident you will be delighted with the experience.


Paua World A great place to discover authentic New Zealand Made jewellery and souvenirs is Paua World in Carterton, Wairarapa. Not only a retail store, paua World is a full experience of New Zealand’s unique shell, where you can learn about the life of paua through a short film and witness the factory in action, seeing the paua being shaped and polished. There is also a playground outside - a bonus if you are travelling with kids. You’ll learn paua isn’t just a pretty shell for jewellery and souvenirs as Māori used the shell for tools, it’s an important fisheries resource for traditional Kiwi fare such as paua fritters and it’s also used in New Zealand art. Paua remains an important aspect of New Zealand culture.

Opening Hours 8:30-5:00pm Monday - Friday 9:00 -5:00pm Weekends and Public Holidays P: 06 379 4247

O U R N Z I S N O W D I G I TA L ourn e wz e aland. parti c a .onlin e








O U R N Z I S N O W D I G I TA L ourn e wz e aland. parti c a .onlin e

buy nz made

NEW ZEALAND MERINO The Merino Story was born from the tent at the Wanaka A & P Show and now has stores in many convenient locations throughout New Zealand. Their stores are all different and are set up to meet the needs of the locality they are sited in. They have lovely friendly staff who are passionate about the product and are always keen to help their customers find what they are looking for. If they don't have a particular style in store they will work hard at trying to find it for you. The stores are full of lovely merino in gorgeous colours which feature their favourite long cardigan, their stunning but practical merino dress, an incredible cape and a great range of basics. Their stores carry the most extensive range of merino possum garments for men and ladies from a wide range of great New Zealand manufacturers such as Native World, Snowy Peak, Lothlorian, and Noble Wilde. Even better still all these brands in their stores, carry a fantastic store discount of 15% off all merino possum garments - making these garments affordable. The Merino Story produces very high-quality merino - Made in New Zealand - that lasts and lasts. Their range stands out as featuring the most gorgeous colours and at fantastic prices. At present they are struggling to keep up with the demand and are continuously working at keeping sizes in the stores. They also

stock lovely ranges of merino from Bay Road, Koko Road and Jual featuring the excellent and versatile range of Brass Monkeys for men. This range stands out for its quality, its price and its practical use for the working man. Come on in and visit one of their stores situated in Huntly, Tirau, Hinds, Timaru, Fairlie, Lake Tekapo, Wanaka, Gore and Milton.


ff a 15% o Possum o Merin ment. a g r

Specialising in New Zealand Made Merino and Merino Possum. Gorgeous colours and great selection of styles in store. NORTH ISLAND

Riverhaven 160 Great South Rd, Huntly, Waikato 07 828 7013

THE MERINO STORY - Tirau The Merino Story now open in The Sheep, Tirau


Tirau The Sheep 61 - 63 Main Street 07 883 1584

19 Peters Street Main Road, Hinds 03 303 7621

299 Stafford Street Timaru 03 688 7329

State Highway 8 Lake Tekapo 03 680 6656

Main Street Fairlie 03 685 6292

63 Brownston St Wanaka 03 443 5660 46

o u r n e w z e a l a n d.c o. n z

86 Union Street Milton 03 4174511

72 Main Street Gore, Southland 03 208 0310


Our Autumn Accommodation Picks

From the top of the North Island to the bottom of the South, make the most of New Zealand’s picturesque holiday destinations and while you are at it, check out some of this season’s top accommodation spots. Coromandel Marina Park Apartments

Coromandel Tangiaro Kiwi Retreat

Napier Ballina Motel

Adjacent to the picturesque Whitianga Marina, and conveniently located just a two minute walk from the local shopping centre, the Marina Park Apartments are a contemporary design and perfect for a luxury stay in the Coromandel region.

Tangiaro Kiwi Retreat is situated within 850 acres of beautiful native New Zealand bush in Port Charles - an hour’s drive north of Coromandel Town. The Tangiaro stream flows through the property, and the Retreat has beautiful chalets, a restaurant/café/bar and is the perfect place for your wedding, honeymoon or a relaxing retreat.

The small size allows them to focus on those important little details and provide personal service to ensure that your stay is both a relaxing and memorable experience. All their spacious rooms are air-conditioned (to provide some relief from Hawke's Bay's high summer temperatures and warmth in winter), and furnished to a high standard.

The Retreat offers one, two and threebedroom chalets all fully appointed and designed with comfort in mind. The café is open from 10am to 5pm and the restaurant is open from 5pm until 9pm.

Centrally located in Taradale midway between Napier and Hastings city centres – ensures that you are close to all of Hawke's Bay's diverse range of activities and attractions.

Each of their 1, 2 and 3 bedroom apartments are fully self-catering with spacious open plan living, fully equipped kitchen and laundry. Each apartment has a generous balcony with a pleasant outlook. Views of the marina, the estuary, rural or urban vary according to the location of each apartment in the complex. 84 Albert Street, Whitianga, The Coromandel T: 07 866 0599 E:

Adjacent to the picturesque Whitianga Marina, and conveniently located just a two minute walk from the local shopping centre, our contemporary designed apartments are perfect for a quality stay in the Coromandel region. P. 07 8660599 E. 84 Albert Street, Whitianga Marina Park Apartments

1299 Port Charles Road, RD 4, The Coromandel T: 07 866 6614 E:

393 Gloucester Street, Taradale, Napier T: 06 845 0648 E:

Accommodation, Restaurant Weddings, Functions Nestled within 800 acres of native bush we have 13 fully self-contained Chalets’ – one, two and three bedroom options. With your personal onsite massage therapist available by appointment & private outdoor bush spa pools, this is the perfect place to relax and rejuvenate.

1299 Port Charles Road, RD 4, Coromandel 3584 E: P: 0800TANGIARO or 07 8666614

16 luxury rooms Airconditioned FREE Unlimited Internet Quiet central location 50+ SKY channels Close to all Hawke’s Bay attractions 393 Gloucester Street Taradale, Napier Reservations: 0508 22 55 42 O U R N Z I S N O W D I G I TA L ourn e wz e aland. parti c a .onlin e



TAUPO Colonial Lodge Motel The charming and peaceful Colonial Lodge Motel offers spacious studios and apartments in the heart of the North Island. Guests can enjoy relaxing strolls alongside the scenic shores of Lake Taupo.Enjoy the beauty of Taupo and the attractive surroundings and the warm hospitality at Colonial Lodge Motel. They are situated opposite one of the most popular swimming beaches in Taupo. With four apartments and eight studio suites containing double spa baths, LCD TV's with Sky TV, free wifi Internet, kitchens you will feel right at home. The studios and apartments are quiet, without any road noises, making them suitable for Corporate or Free Independent Travellers wishing to have a quiet night’s rest and a peaceful stay. They have been built to capture the warm sun in winter and to keep cool during the summer months. Guest laundry is available and complimentary. Continental/ cooked breakfast is available delivered to suites for an additional fee. There is safe storage for bikes and skis during your stay. The lakefront is just a short stroll as is the main shopping area and restaurants. Colonial Lodge Motel is the place to stay for all seasons and it is all about the location. They are a hidden treasure by Lake Taupo.

134 Lake Terrace, Taupo T: 07 378 9846 E:

o u r n e w z e a l a n d.c o. nz nz

The Mighty Kauri Coast Kauri Forests, fresh waters lakes, thousands of acres of sand dunes, coastlines both inner and outer harbour, kumara (sweet potato), world class artists, stunning scenery, volcanic peaks to climb, adventures to have – there is so much to experience and enjoy during your stay on the Kauri Coast region of Northland.


The Woodturners Studio

Visit Rick Taylor’s studio and marvel at the stunning Ancient Kauri bowls, platters, hollow pots, pens, clocks and more. Woodturning tuition, tools, blanks also available. Touch, smell & experience the best Ancient Kauri in New Zealand. 4 Murdoch St on State Highway 12, Dargaville P: 09 439 4975 E:

Travel only 1.5 hours north-west of Auckland on the Twin Coast Discovery Highway turn left off State Highway 1 at the Brynderwyn junction on to State Highway 12 and you can start your Kauri Coast adventure.


Climb the pointed peak of Tokatoka, a 20 minutes climb and the more rounded peak of Maungaraho, a 45 minutes more challenging climb where there are ropes and ladders to assist your climb. On arrival in Dargaville make the Dargaville and Kauri Coast Visitor Information Centre.

Take time out to absorb the fascinating stories of the Kauri Coast. Māori, Maritime and Pioneer displays. Open every day from 9am (except Christmas Day)

Adjacent to the Visitor Information Centre is the studio of world famous wood turner Rick Taylor, The Woodturners Kauri Gallery and Studio where you will see top quality ancient kauri bowls, platters and other works of art he has turned from the amazing Ancient Kauri wood which he sourced from swampland on the Kauri Coast. He also offers woodturning tuition if you would like to start a new hobby and you can also purchase slabs/bowl blanks/pen blanks etc to take home. Posting service available for your purchases.

Harding Park 32 Mt Wesley Coast Road, Dargaville P: 09 439 7555 E:

follow us on facebook


Just behind The Woodturners Kauri Gallery and Studio is the Dargaville Park Over - an ideal stopover spot if you are traveling in a self-contained motorhome, campervan, RV etc. All weather sites with river views and on the Historic River Walk route. Very reasonably priced at only $15 per van ($13.50 for NZMCA). Power available. Make sure you visit Bindy Lavender in Dargaville. Lavender is beautiful, bee friendly and full of healing powers. It has been used for thousands of years in homes around the World. Wander through the lavender fields and take some tranquility away with you. Plants, essentail oils, natural products and gifts available from the gift shop. Make time to visit the Dargaville Museum at Harding Park just on the outskirts of Dargaville. Great views of the Northern Wairoa River and the Rainbow Warrior Masts can be seen. Explore the many interesting displays, the replica Kauri gum digger’s camp, the maritime, pioneer and Māori exhibits in the Museum. See the pre Māori waka (canoe)

Wander around and investigate the lavender fields which have around 20 varieties of Lavender, rosemary and Damask roses. Take some tranquility away with you by visiting the shop which has oil, plants and other gifts 93 Beach Road, Dargaville Ph 021 2937332 E:

Baylys Beach Holiday Park

Explore the west coast beach of Baylys Beach which is part of Ripiro Beach. Stay at the Baylys Beach Motor Camp where there is a full range of accommodation options to choose from. Tent and campervan sites, cabins and fully self contained cottages. Walk on the beach, play a round of golf, catch a fish or dine at the local cafe. Sunset View Lodge at Baylys Beach has spectacular views of the Tasman Sea and surrounding rural countryside. Luxury accommodation offered in one of the six units, all with ensuite, fridge, microwave, plasma TV. Relax on the deck or in the pool, watch the rolling surf, enjoy a drink in the guest lounge and marvel at a spectacular sunset Kauri Coast – explore the magnificent kauri trees in the Waipoua Kauri Forest and Trounson Kauri Park – don’t miss Tane Mahuta the largest kauri tree, do a guided night walk in the kauri forest, maybe a guided tour to the Kaipara Lighthouse or a walk along NZ longest drivable beach – Ripiro Beach, swim in the fresh water Kai Iwi Lakes, play a round of golf, take a flying lesson, a wood turning lesson or art lesson, or just relax. Produce Market in Dargaville Thursday afternoons from noon till 4pm. There is so much natural beauty on the Kauri Coast – and it doesn’t cost a lot of money to enjoy. See you soon.

Campervan Parking with waste and water

O U R N Z I S N O W D I G I TA L ourn e wz e aland. parti c a .onlin e

Explore the west coast. Accommodation to fit all budgets, tent & power sites, ensuite cabins & cottages. Handy to beach, golf course, cafes. Quad bike hire, fishing, surfing, horse riding. 24 Seaview Rd, Baylys Beach P: 09 439 6349 or 0800 229597 E:


Luxury accommodation offered in one of the six modern units, all with ensuite, fridge, microwave, plasma TV. Relax on the deck or in the pool, watch the rolling surf, enjoy a drink in the guest lounge. Continental breakfast included. 7 Alcemene Lane, Baylys Beach E: P: 0210537577


Subtropical Northland BY JO MAY Northland is a vast area with over 1700km of coastline with a great deal to explore. Northland is known for its diverse natural beauty that includes a mixture of white-sand beaches, forests of giant Kauri trees, picturesque islands and huge sand dunes. The ‘Winterless North’ is home to a subtropical climate yearround, making it easy to enjoy the many unique coastal attractions on offer. Don’t miss the Bay of Islands, where you'll find beautiful Urupukapuka Island and the maritime adventure playground of Russell’s Tapeka Point. If you’re interested in visiting ancient Kauri Forests, head to Trounson Kauri Forest or Waipoua Forest. The latter is home to the mighty Tane Mahuta, or Lord of the Forest – this majestic Kauri tree is over two thousand years old; with a girth of 13.8m and height of 51m.

The city by the sea – Whangarei The city of Whangarei is an excellent place to relax into the laid back Northland lifestyle. Watch the boats as you relax at a quayside café. Head for the summit of Mount Parahaki, the highest point in the city. It was once the site of the largest Māori Pa (fortified village) in New Zealand. The excavations are still


visible and interpretation of the area is provided at the site, which can be accessed by a pleasant walk through native forest from the summit. Quayside at the town basin is a sophisticated yet leisurely centre for eating and entertainment. Modern landscaping blends perfectly with colonial architecture to create a gathering place for locals, visitors and yachties from all over the world. As well as stylish cafes and restaurants, there are museums, art galleries and specialty shops. Tuatara Design Store stocks authentic Māori taonga, art from local Northland and NZ talent, fashion, furniture, eco-range, from sublime to quirky, from priceless to gold coin to unique gifts for every budget. At Whangarei Falls, you can see the waterfall that’s often called the ‘most photogenic waterfall in New Zealand’. Drive further to Whangarei Heads and the Bream Head Scenic Reserve for outstanding walks and panoramic coastal and harbour views.

o u r n e w z e a l a n d.c o. n z


Waterfront accommodation in Paihia Just an hour’s drive from Whangarei is the Kingsgate Hotel Autolodge Paihia. Perfectly positioned on the waterfront with stunning views of the brilliant blue-green sea, this hotel is the ideal base from which you can explore the 144 islands in Bay of Islands. Also known as the 'Jewel of the magnificent Bay of Islands', Paihia is an aquatic playground.

Kiwi North Museum, Kiwi House & Heritage Park Visit the nocturnal Kiwi House & see their resident kiwi foraging for food as they would in the wild. Learn about Kiwi conservation, spot our native gecko and tuatara. The Whangarei Museum is home to nationally significant Taonga (Māori treasure), early settler displays and changing exhibitions. The Clarke Homestead, built in 1886 & lived in by the Clarke family until the 1980’s, is a museum in itself, displaying the family’s treasures through the generations. Other heritage buildings on site include the first Women’s Jail, Jane Mander’s Study, Oruaiti Chapel (made from a single Kauri log & believed to be New Zealand’s smallest church) & Riponui Pah School House. The site also features a gift store and ice creams, cold drinks and packaged snacks are available at visitor reception; campervan sites are also available to NZMCA members.

Featuring 100 rooms and 13 waterfront suites, the hotel also offers amenities including a swimming pool, an indoor spa, and games room. Dine in McKenzie's Restaurant & Bar where waterfront views accompany your meals. Delight in gorgeous views over the bay at Paihia View Point, hike to the breath-taking Haruru Falls, or swim with playful dolphins on one of the many tours. Enjoy a slower pace of life right here.



EXPLORE Northland’s unique natural history and heritage with us. • Northland’s ONLY captive Kiwi viewing plus Tuatara, Gecko & more. • Taonga Maori – treasured korowai (cloak), jewellery, weapons and tools. • Changing exhibitions in the Whangarei Museum • Relax and revive in our beautiful grounds.

“ An exceptionally special experience and a privilege for anyone to see”. Trip Advisor

• Close to quality cafes & only 6km from city centre. • Something for everyone in this very special place! Open daily 10am to 4pm. • Closed 25th & 26th Dec only.

S E E K IW I H E R E !

FROM TEA TOWELS, AND TSHIRTS, TO TREASURED HEIRLOOMS - TAONGA! Everything we offer is made in New Zealand by hand or by design. Over 250 Artists! Visit our store/gallery in central Whangarei, or shop online: Yes, we can post it to you!* * terms & conditions apply

Gate 1, 500 SH 14, Maunu, Whangarei, Northland P: 09 4389630

TUATARA DESIGN STORE 29 Bank St, Whangarei

P. 09 430 0121


O U R N Z I S N O W D I G I TA L ourn e wz e aland. parti c a .onlin e

Quote OUR NZ for special rates Subject to availability. Not available during school holidays ,public holidays or in conjunction with other offers.

KINGSGATE HOTEL AUTOLODGE, PAIHIA 104 Marsden Rd, Paihia 0247 T 09 402 7416 F +64 9 402 8348 E 51



Get a taste of Auckland BY JO MAY Rated as the third most liveable city in the world, Auckland is a place where vibrant city style and spectacular landscapes go hand in hand. Imagine an urban environment where everyone lives within half an hour of beautiful beaches, hiking trails and a dozen enchanting holiday islands. Add a sunny climate, a background rhythm of Polynesian culture and a passion for outstanding food, wine and shopping, and you’re beginning to get the picture of Auckland, New Zealand, our largest and most diverse city. More than just a city, Auckland is a whole region full of things to see and do. Best of all, with so many experiences close by it’s easy to hop from one adventure to the next.

Top picks • Enjoy great food and wine by the water’s edge at the Viaduct Harbour overlooking an impressive backdrop of superyachts. The Viaduct is the perfect setting for a casual lunch with a glass of wine or in the evening, an elegant evening dinner. • Discover a different side of Auckland’s harbours and Hauraki Gulf. Join a guided sunset kayak tour to Rangitoto Island and see the city lights from the summit or take a dinner or overnight cruise around the Waitemata Harbour and the gulf islands. 52

• Head up the Sky Tower in the glass-fronted lift and see the city lights from the tallest man-made structure in New Zealand. Dine at Auckland’s only 360-degree revolving restaurant or take in the amazing views of the sunset from the observation platforms. • Explore four floors of exhibitions from seven centuries of art at Auckland Art Gallery – Toi o Tāmaki – the building itself is an award-winning piece of architecture. Discover more than 1000 taonga (treasures) at the Auckland Museum – the largest collection in New Zealand (and the world). From small precious artefacts to an original full-size marae (meeting house) and waka (canoe), this is a fascinating glimpse into early Māori culture. Or trace the country’s maritime history at New Zealand Maritime Museum. • A trip to Waiheke Island is a must do for art lovers. Visit the islands galleries, sculpture parks and artist studios, and relax with lunch at a spectacular property. Waiheke is also home to a number of wineries and vineyards. Join a guided tour for tastings of award-winning wines and relax over a delicious vineyard lunch. • Get up close to hundreds of native and exotic animals at Auckland Zoo, take an underwater journey through Kelly Tarlton’s SEA LIFE Aquarium, walk through the tropical butterfly house at Butterfly Creek, or go whale and dolphin spotting in the Hauraki Gulf.

o u r n e w z e a l a n d.c o. n z


See the world the bugs built!

The brilliant blockbuster science exhibition Bug Lab, created by New Zealand’s worldfamous Te Papa museum and Academy Award-winning Weta Workshop, is now showing at Auckland Zoo. A spectacularly immersive and interactive experience for all ages combining science, art, music and technology, Bug Lab features giant scale bug models within four magical chambers, and offers visitors the unique opportunity to learn from the genius of bugs. Among some of this wildlife exhibition’s stars are the orchid mantis, Japanese honey bee, New Zealand’s own ranger dragonfly – an amazing aeronaut and incredible hunter, and the jewel wasp – a genius killer brain surgeon and totally devoted mum. Co-creator and Weta Workshop CEO and co-founder Sir Richard Taylor, says “for 450 million years, bugs have been getting smarter”.

Photo: Kate Whitley

“From brain surgery to team work to the power of flight – they really can do it all. Now they’re sharing their genius to help humans make the world a better place.” Auckland Zoo is hosting Bug Lab until late August (its final showing in Aotearoa before it tours overseas for many years) and has created a stunning new multipurpose 1,000 square metre indoor venue to house it. Along with the exhibition, the Zoo is celebrating bugs, their super powers and starring roles in nature across the Zoo with specialist keepers giving visitors the opportunity to get up-close and personal with some genius live bugs. TICKETS: Visit the Bug Lab exhibition only, or extend your Auckland Zoo experience by getting a great-value Bug Lab/Zoo visit combo ticket.

Book online at or get your tickets on arrival.

Book online at

O U R N Z I S N O W D I G I TA L ourn e wz e aland. parti c a .onlin e




What’s new, Ruapehu? New places to see, new people to meet – it seems the North Island’s centre of adventure just gets better every year. Whether you’re a first-timer or frequent visitor, you’ll find the Ruapehu region fresh, edgy and exciting. Discover Our Greater Outdoors at Welcome to Waiouru i-SITE

The last straw at the Powderhorn Chateau

If you’re driving along the Desert Road (SH1), you’ll easily spot the splendid new i-SITE visitor information centre in Waiouru.

There are changes afoot in Ohakune, too. The legendary Powderhorn Hotel is under new management, with Ben Scarf and partner Antika Wood taking over from Ben’s parents Annie and Paul after 28 years.

Opened in late 2017, the i-SITE occupies the striking new entrance foyer at the National Army Museum. Open daily, it joins Ohakune, Whakapapa and Taumarunui i-SITEs in providing expert travel advice and bookings for the Ruapehu region and nationwide. The museum’s revamp has also seen the addition of a large gallery space for changing exhibitions, as well as a refreshed new look for the shop.


Located at the Junction end of town with all its rustic, railway charm, the Powderkeg restaurant launched in 1989 and expanded to offer accommodation in 1994. A true New Zealand tourism icon, it’s an atmospheric, fun hub from ski season right through summer. Among many nearby attractions are Mt Ruapehu’s two ski fields, Tongariro National Park walking tracks, and the Mountains to Sea Cycle Trail.

o u r n e w z e a l a n d.c o. nz nz


Whakapapa’s chairlifts on the up Winter snows will soon transform Ruapehu into a glorious white world of epic skiing, snowboarding and sightseeing. In total, Mt Ruapehu’s two ski areas blanket around 1000ha of terrain, with Whakapapa the country’s biggest, and Turoa offering the highest lift with a whopping 722m vertical descent. Whakapapa’s Far West T-Bar – accessing some of the best advanced terrain – is getting a complete upgrade this year, and builds on the addition of the Rangatira Express Quad and Delta Express lifts in the last two seasons. Add in a brand-spanking new snow groomer, and the scene is set for some awesome action on the slopes.

Raetihi ramps up Within a stone’s throw of Tongariro and Whanganui National Parks, the wee town of Raetihi is a terrific base for adventures throughout the region including skiing, the Whanganui Journey, Mountains to Sea Cycle Trail and Tongariro Alpine Crossing. The town is thriving. A welcome addition is the Makotuku River Walkway, a relaxing, wheelchair accessible path featuring native bush, a swimming hole and glowworms.

There are ambitious improvement plans for the Powderhorn, with environmental sustainability a focus. Plastic straws are out the door, while more free-range and organic produce is in along with biodegradable cleaning products. ‘Our focus is on improvements that help not only us, but our visitors and the wider community,’ says Antika.

Nearby is Raetihi Holiday Park, also on the rise. Managers Rebecca Mead and Ben Adam have seen visitor numbers swell from 90 to 1300 per month since 2008, enabling them to continually improve the park. The opening of a new amenities block in the coming months signals an exciting new milestone. Rebecca and Ben also run Whanganui River Canoes, growing each year, too, thanks to the region’s increasing popularity. ‘The Te Araroa Trail is bringing us many more visitors, and they love breaking up their walk with kayaking or cycling alongside the Whanganui River,’ says Rebecca.

O U R N Z I S N O W D I G I TA L ourn e wz e aland. parti c a .onlin e


Whanganui is big enough to AUCKLAND entertain and small enough to keep it real. Enjoy arts, music, the landscape and our rich heritage. Spend a weekend.



o u r n e w z e a l a n d.c o. n z


Visit Whanganui this Autumn BY JO MAY Whanganui is surrounded by mountains, Mount Taranaki, Mount Ruapehu and Mount Tongariro, a beautiful natural landscape, dramatic west coast beaches and unspoilt native bush for tramping and wilderness trips. Their vibrant community prides itself on its parks and reserves, cycle and walk ways and an abundance of creativity. Don’t be surprised to find an immediate sense of connection, an unexpected little slice of heaven, and real New Zealand authenticity. Located on the West Coast of New Zealand’s North Island and home to approximately 43,000 people, Whanganui (sometimes spelt Wanganui) sits at the junction of State Highways 3 and 4. Only a 2 ½ hour drive north from New Zealand’s capital city Wellington, an hour and a half from Mount Ruapehu and Mount Tongariro or an hour flight from Auckland. Most of the city lies on the northwestern bank of the historically significant Te Awa o Whanganui – the Whanganui River. The longest navigable river in New Zealand and once known as the Rhine of New Zealand, the Whanganui River has shaped the history of the city and its people. The Whanganui River, Te Awa o Whanganui, is the longest navigable river in New Zealand and an Integral part of their district, shaping the development, settlement and history of both early Māori and European settlers. It is also one of a few rivers in the world that has status as a legal entity. For a real adventure Whanganui River Canoes take you down on the majestic river. They offer a variety of trips from freedom hire to fully catered. With the best guides and equipment this will be an amazing experience on the Whanganui River. For more information, visit

The town’s history is obvious – curious and traditional architecture stands out and you’re immediately aware of the old buildings lining a pretty main street. A grand old lady is the Royal Wanganui Opera House located not far from a modernist Whanganui War Memorial Centre. The Durie Hill Underground Elevator and Memorial Tower gives you a glimpse of what’s changed, numerous marae and the taonga (treasures) in the Whanganui Regional Museum hold a unique and spiritual history of the tangata whenua (people of this land). Aspire to the stars at the Ward Observatory or be happily grounded amongst Whanganui’s sense of living history. The Durie Hill Elevator was built in 1919 to provide residents of the hilly garden suburb an easier way home from the growing city. A long and slightly spooky pedestrian tunnel takes you to the elevator where you’re welcomed aboard for the 66 metre ride – up, up and away… In the early days it was just a shilling for a child and another shilling for your bicycle as well. As you shake and wobble to the top keep in mind the spectacular panoramic views you and those early residents will share, and a little relief at not having to march up the 355 steps instead.

O U R N Z I S N O W D I G I TA L ourn e wz e aland. parti c a .onlin e



Looking out over the city, bridge, Whanganui River and out to the sea, you feel on top of the world with Whanganui and more stretched out before you. On a crystal clear day you can see the South Island, Mount Ruapehu and Mount Taranaki and wonder at what early travellers felt! If you’re willing to tackle the task, the Memorial Tower stands adjacent with a spiral of another 176 steps giving an even greater sense of circling in the sky. This tower is a real testament to the builders of the time and is an official Wanganui Memorial to those who died in the First World War. Constructed of cemented marine sandstone containing shell fragments (simply called shellrock) from a nearby quarry it is a solid reminder of the hardships and tragedies experienced for early pioneers. Thirty-three metres high, the rock is estimated to be more than 2 million years old.

Every weekend their riverbank hums with people visiting the local markets. Chill out and have an easy brunch, pick up some fresh fruit and vegetables and a few of the local delicacies. Hunt for a special memento or discover a unique piece of retro art that you didn’t know you were dying for. Rain or shine the markets are always on and buzzing with local history and stories. There is a story around every corner. Take your time. Relax in the river city.

Artistic and creative in all the arts from an early age, Whanganui still weaves significant ties with artists, art collections, music and performance associations and clubs. In March every year, 300 and more resident artists open over 70 studios to welcome and encourage visitors. Roam, be delighted, amazed, inspired and intrigued by the longest list of eclectic, modern and traditional mediums of painting, drawing, print making, jewellery, glass art, mixed media, sculpture, pottery and ceramics. You won’t miss out at other times of the year as several galleries and studios are always open and nicely within walking distance of the River Traders and Whanganui Farmers Market.

Whanganui River Canoes for your next adventure on this majestic river. We offer a range of trips, from freedom hire to fully catered. We have the best equipment and guides on the Whanganui River.

ARTISTS OPEN STUDIOS WHANGANUI In late March, visit over 60 studios and galleries and over 150 artists studios with outstanding examples in glass, furniture, printmaking, ceramic, jewellery and painting. It’s the best trail in New Zealand with high numbers of glass artists and studios nestled along the banks of the serene Whanganui river, or hidden in the hills in a huge old brick kiln. Great art, great prices and great experiences – The best showcase of many art events in Whanganui! For dates and more information visit, For dates and more information visit,

Our base is the Raetihi Holiday Park and we would love to welcome you for your stay in the Whanganui/Ruapehu Region. We are in the perfect spot, halfway between Auckland and Wellington, and close to the train station in Ohakune. We offer cabin accommodation, powered sites and tent sites, with lovely communal facilities. Book with us now for your stay in Summer, and at the same time we can book you for you our Whanganui River Canoe trips, jet boating on the Whanganui, Mountain Biking, or stay with us before and after your hike on Tongariro. We offer multiple shuttles to many of the FREE NIGHT adventures in area - right from our door! CAMPING BOOKINGS ARE ESSENTIAL.

Mention this ad when booking a 3-5 day Canoe Trip and receive ONE FREE NIGHT CAMPING AT THE RAETIHI HOLIDAY PARK (non powered tent site)

P. 0800 40 88 88 | E.


o u r n e w z e a l a n d.c o. n z


the perfect destination BY JO MAY Wellington is famous for its vibrant creative culture fuelled by coffee, great food, craft beer and a calendar of year-round events. Come and experience for yourself what makes Wellington the coolest little capital in the world.

O U R N Z I S N O W D I G I TA L ourn e wz e aland. parti c a .onlin e




A compact city alive with excitement and energy, matched with the warmth and walkability of a village. Meet the meerkats, kiwis and cave trolls on the same day. Paddle on the harbour in the morning, mountain bike in the afternoon. Whether it’s a weekend or a week, Wellington will hold your attention. The downtown area is compact, so restaurants, cafes, hotels, attractions and transport are all within walking distance – in fact, walking is the best way to explore the city. Stroll the streets and laneways and check out the city’s growing collection of street art. Wander the delectable trail down Hannahs Laneway, head to the buzz of the Night Markets on Cuba Street, and join the eclectic crowd at one of the craft beer bars. Make your way along Cuba Street and down to the Wellington waterfront, a popular destination for locals and tourists alike. Many activities are based around the waterfront: cruise the harbour, follow the sculpture trail, ride an electric bike, swim at the golden sand beach at Oriental Bay and grab a scoop of gelato from one of local ice cream parlours. The stunning waterfront is also home to Te Papa, our bold and innovative national museum. Te Papa lets you experience the nation's art, culture and science, all in one breath-taking waterfront location. Better still, general admission is free! Said to have more bars and restaurants per capita than New York, New Zealand’s culinary capital is widely celebrated for its good taste. Wellington offers the best of both worlds, with award-winning cuisine and acclaimed regional wine to match. Wellington is also known as the craft beer capital, and for good reason. Home to daring and crafty brewers, plenty of beer bars and the country's most exciting beer festival, hop heads are well catered for in Wellington. Head to the Ghuznee precinct to check out some of Wellington’s best craft beer brew bars. Discover why Wellington is at the heart of New Zealand's filmmaking industry with Weta Studio Tours. Join the Weta Cave Workshop Tour to see the practical effects crafted for The Lord of the Rings and Avatar or visit a real shooting stage in the Miniatures Stage Tour of Thunderbirds Are Go.

CHARLEY NOBLE is Wellington’s central city Eatery and Bar offering contemporary casual dining built around fresh ingredients and our wood and charcoal fired grill. In a bustling dynamic dining room you can choose from our extensive menu with the assurance that everything is prepared from scratch by hand by our dedicated kitchen team. Charley Noble prides itself as a Wellington institution at the vibrant heart of our capital city.

P. 04 282 0205 Huddart Parker Bldg 1 Post Office Sq, WELLINGTON


o u r n e w z e a l a n d.c o. nz nz


Celebrating our culture capital This autumn Wellington is celebrating with a calendar packed with arts, culture and outdoor festivals for everyone. There’s a couple of street festivals, a cutting-edge arts festival and a festival of the quirky and unexpected. There’s a nighttime festival of light artworks, a festival of hot air ballooning and music festivals to suit all tastes from jazz to rock to dub. Come discover it all for yourself and join in the celebrations! Aotearoa’s leading celebration of cutting-edge arts, the New Zealand Festival (23 February–18 March) fills Wellington’s streets, theatres and laneways with the best arts and artists from around the world. This muchanticipated festival offers experiences for everyone with world-class theatre, dance, music and so much more.

Whitebait is Wellington and New Zealand’s iconic destination for elegant seasonal and ingredient focussed cooking highlighting the best of our oceans. Chef James Pask’s signature ‘Story of our Seas’ tasting menu uses refined contemporary technique to valorise the quality and diversity of the bountiful produce available to us. Whitebait’s wine list is carefully curated to complement our menu, selecting the best sustainably grown and hand crafted wines from New Zealand and further afield. From Whitebait’s luxurious dining room you look out across the Marina and Harbour to the Skyline of the central city, the perfect location to enjoy the best Wellington has to offer.

Clyde Quay Wharf P. 04 385 8555

O U R N Z I S N O W D I G I TA L ourn e wz e aland. parti c a .onlin e



The Wairarapa Balloon Festival (29 March–2 April) is a magical event for the whole family. Don’t miss the Trust House Night Glow (31 March) featuring tethered balloons lighting up the night sky in a dazzling display set to music.


o u r n e w z e a l a n d.c o. n z


The annual New Zealand Fringe Festival (2–24 March) features over 1,100 artists from around New Zealand and the world. The craziest, most vibrant and bizarre time in the city, The Fringe celebrates the Wellington spirit of getting out there and having fun. Join the thousands of happy people at the Newtown Festival (4 March) a street festival that celebrates the lively diversity of one of Wellington’s most eclectic and creative suburbs. Enjoy live music and street theatre, delicious food and wonderful crafts in the heart of Newtown at this free day-long celebration for all the family. Te Papa’s new art gallery Toi Art (opens 17 March) will have more art on show than ever before. There’ll be two floors full of exhibitions, featuring newly commissioned artworks and works from the national collection. Our Toi Art pick: Check out the free events planned for the opening weekend (17–18 March) including artist talks, workshops, music, dance, performance, and a special open late on Saturday night with some great New Zealand musicians. CubaDupa (24–25 March) is New Zealand’s largest street festival on ‘New Zealand’s coolest street’. Celebrate the end of summer in Wellington style with a dazzling line-up of international and homegrown musical acts, interactive street theatre, outdoor art projects and eats and drinks from Welly’s best eating and drinking establishments. Our CubaDupa pick: Ever seen a street opera set in space with a steampunk aesthetic? The Eagle has Landed presented in associated with NZ Opera is your chance to tick this one off your bucket list! And don’t miss the ultimate in fast fine food as acclaimed Cuba Street restaurant Logan Brown serves up legendary paua fritters at their street stall.

O U R N Z I S N O W D I G I TA L ourn e wz e aland. parti c a .onlin e



Open 7 days

Discover Wairarapa’s unique experience Quality gifts, NZ Greenstone & Jewellery Souvenirs direct from on site factory Factory tours during workdays Short information DVD

54 Kent St, Carterton 06 379 4247

Mud Cycles Experience Wellingtons best adventure activity! Mountain biking & bike hire. We also design rides catering for all levels. Options range from easy sightseeing adventures through to advanced technical trails for the thrill seekers!



Our Lux pick: Treat the kids and the young at heart to some glow-in-the-dark gelato made by Wellington's Gelissimo Gelato.

The Wairarapa Balloon Festival (29 March–2 April) is a magical event for the whole family. Don’t miss the Trust House Night Glow (31 March) featuring tethered balloons lighting up the night sky in a dazzling display set to music. Rock, sway and boogie along to New Zealand’s best music on Wellington’s waterfront at Jim Beam Homegrown (7 April). New Zealand’s biggest celebration of homegrown local music, this is the perfect opportunity to discover new Kiwi bands or reconnect with some of your favourites.

KARORI 424 Karori Rd, Karori P: 04 476 4961 E:

New Zealand’s largest light festival, LUX Light Festival (18–27 May) turns the city’s laneways and waterfront into a spectacle of interactive light art. Free and fun for all, cosy up in some warm layers and have a ball exploring the city by neon light.

CITY Trek Global Backpackers 9 O'Reily Ave 0800 TO TREK (0800 86 87 35)

Our Lux pick: Treat the kids and the young at heart to some glow-in-the-dark gelato made by Wellington's Gelissimo Gelato. From a sold-out crowd to a cosy booth for two, music lovers and musicians alike come out to play at Wellington Jazz Festival (6–10 June). Featuring the magical live sound of some of music’s finest national and international artists, the Jazz Fest is a high note on Aotearoa’s music calendar. o u r n e w z e a l a n d.c o. n z


walk 10 min op of et from th le Car the Cab

Your local Wellington craft beer bar with outstanding food and live music. Get away from the city and feel right at home… Pop in for a drink. We have eight craft beers on tap as well as a great section of bottled craft. Stay for a meal. It’s pub grub, but not as you know it. Our original tapas, mains and desserts are far from your average bar food fare, with an emphasis on quality and taste. LOVE SOME LOCAL MUSIC? Our Sunday Session is world famous in Wellington! We showcase local bands live every Sunday from 3pm-5pm with no cover charge.

04 475 8380 87 Upland Rd, Kelburn, Wellington


Eating out in Wellington is always a celebration. Said to have more bars and restaurants per capita than New York, our culinary capital caters for everything (and everyone) from quick bites to long nights.

Our picks this autumn are: Kelburn Village Pub Your local craft beer bar, with outstanding food and live music! Their courtyard looks out onto hills sprinkled with cabbage trees and cottages, and inside is as warm and welcoming as your own living room. Get away from the city and feel right at home at the Kelburn Village Pub Charley Noble Eatery & Bar See the latest dishes, cocktails and trends in the kitchen at Charley Noble. Charley Noble is named after the smokestack on the old sailing ships kitchen galleys. They use fire in a different way - aging their meat and cooking it over fire pits to give it a wonderful taste. Enjoy a state of the art bar with new and traditional cocktails, a brilliant wine list and even a raw bar.

Experience the best of Wellington with a cruise on the city’s unique Harbour Ferry Service Wellington looks stunning from the harbour. With the fresh sea breeze and friendly crew at your side who would miss soaking up this priceless experience from the comfort of one of two Dominion Post Ferries


Whitebait Whitebait celebrates the best seasonal, local produce and New Zealand seafood – they focus on the freshest ingredients, cooked simply, using their Josper charcoal fired oven. The only embellishments are provided naturally – with a relaxing interior and spectacular views across the Wellington Waterfront. Whitebait is the 2015 winner of Cuisine’s “Good Food” Best New Restaurant in New Zealand, and winner of 1 Hat in 2015, 2016 and 2017. Havana Bar & Restaurant A Cuban oasis in Wellington. Havana is a cocktail bar and exotic tapa's restaurant nestled in colourful historic cottages. The award-winning cocktail bar and restaurant serving a diverse range of Spanish inspired tapas and seasonal plates. The food is designed to be shared amongst compadres. Havana Bar is a unique urban oasis preserved and nestled amongst an array of high rise neighbours. O U R N Z I S N O W D I G I TA L ourn e wz e aland. parti c a .onlin e


P: 04 499 1282 65


o u r n e w z e a l a n d.c o. n z


Stay Quest on Thorndon Quest on Thorndon serviced apartment style hotel rooms offer guests a relaxed and comfortable Pipitea Wellington accommodation experience perfect for short or long stays. Quest on Thorndon is located a short walk from Westpac Trust Stadium and minutes from Queens Wharf Events Centre/TBS Bank Arena, Courtney Place and major shopping area, Botanical Gardens, Wellington CBD and Te Papa Museum of New Zealand. Hotel Waterloo & Backpackers Hotel Waterloo & Backpackers (formerly known as Downtown Backpackers) is 4 star backpacker accommodation in the heart of Wellington. They are the only budget accommodation located within easy walking distance from both the bus and train terminals and the Interislander ferry. The property is located directly opposite the Wellington train station terminal. Park Hotel Centrally located for work or play, Park Hotel is a contemporary 4 star hotel with everything you need for an enjoyable and comfortable stay in the capital city. Whether you’re there for business or to getaway, for a while or just a night, they want you to experience a little of what this ‘coolest little capital’ has to offer. If shopping is where your heart is, step outside the hotel door to David Jones across the street. Some of the city’s best cafés, bars and restaurants are just a short stroll from the hotel and many of Wellington’s favourite attractions – Te Papa, the Cable Car, City Gallery and the waterfront – are all close by. Their modern, tailored city living meets nature with timber touches found throughout, with each room named after a bird that calls New Zealand.

Park Hotel

r to ou Pop in Coffee ity Grav and grab kiosk lf a hot e yours nk. dri


QUEST ON THORNDON 61-63 THORNDON QUAY, WELLINGTON E: T: 04 333 0007 or 0800 895 134

O U R N Z I S N O W D I G I TA L ourn e wz e aland. parti c a .onlin e



6 best things to do in Wellington this autumn • Caffeinate yourself from one end of Wellington’s iconic street to the other with a Cuba Street coffee crawl. • Take the Cable Car to the Wellington Botanic Garden to admire the views over the city and kick up the autumn fallen leaves. • Find your favourite piece of street art as you explore Wellington’s quirky and colourful laneways, full of hidden gems for the finding. • Experience Twilight at Zealandia as the sanctuary transforms from day to night during this special guided experience and perhaps even experience the first sounds of the nocturnal birds, such as kiwi and ruru (morepork) as they wake.


• Walk through the town belt to the top of Mt Victoria (‘Mt Vic’ to the locals) and check out the jaw-dropping views across the city and harbour. • Head to one of Wellington’s Night Markets and feast al fresco on some of our city’s most delicious street eats. Check out for more things you can discover in the capital!


EXPLORE THE SOUTHERN SKIES Part of Experience Wellington. Principal Funder Wellington City Council.

Supporting local artists and designers EVERY SATURDAY FROM 10AM - 4PM Take home a unique piece of Wellington and enjoy our International “street food”. Undercover in Frank Kitts Park 68

o u r n e w z e a l a n d.c o. n z


enjoy AUTHENTIC WELLINGTON FILMMAKING EXPERIENCES WITH WETA STUDIO TOURS Weta Studio Tours is your gateway to filmmaking experiences in Wellington, New Zealand. Join us on a journey from Middle-earth to Tracy Island and beyond, to get up close to incredible props, weapons, costumes, creatures, vehicles, and models. Join our Weta Cave Workshop Tour to see the practical effects crafted for The Lord of the Rings and Avatar, check out amazing miniatures with our Miniatures Stage Tour: Thunderbirds Are Go, or choose from our range of premium and group options. Visit us


EPIC STUFF MADE HERE Hotel Waterloo & Backpackers has a different feel to that of other budget accommodation properties in Wellington and New Zealand. Most of our rooms offer ensuite bathrooms and rooms with shared facilities share with a maximum of one other room.

YOU CAN’T MISS US The Hotel greets you as soon as you enter Wellington, whether you come by rail, by sea, or by road.

We have the right room type to accommodate everyone, from school groups, individuals, golden age travellers, backpackers, families and business travellers who come to Wellington for one of the many events. Try our on-site café located in the old hotel’s ballroom or whip up your own creation in our fully equipped 24 hour operating guest kitchen. 1 Bunny Street,Wellington 0800 BAKPAK (0800 225 725)


O U R N Z I S N O W D I G I TA L ourn e wz e aland. parti c a .onlin e



Lighting up the coast On the journey through the entrance to Wellington Harbour you’ll see three lighthouses – including New Zealand's first permanent light house first lit in 1859. All three add up to a great day trip out along the rugged and spectacular south coast of the Lower Hutt and Wainuiomata.


o u r n e w z e a l a n d.c o. nz nz



Relax, unwind and enjoy a home away from away (We do all the work). Nested in approx one acre of native bush and gardens, Tranquility Homestay B&B is the ideal getaway with all the trimmings of an awesome holiday - AND we are PET FRIENDLY. Transport available to Pick Up or Drop off enquire availability of this. Use our peaceful B&B as your base to explore the Wairarapa, Kapiti, Hutt Valley and the rest of the Wellington region. Great walking tracks and we are on the cycle trail. We are located in Upper Hutt, just off SH2, turn off to Staglands and only 1.3km down the Akatarawa Road on your right is Tranquility Homestay B&B awaiting your arrival. Approximately 20 minutes from the Interislander Ferry.

136 Akatarawa Road, Birchville, Upper Hutt P: 0800 270787 or 04 5266948 As early as 1842 a temporary beacon was erected on Pencarrow Head and for added safety New Zealand's first light house was erected on New Year’s Day, 1 January 1859. New Zealand's only female lighthouse keeper, Mary Jane Bennett, maintained the lighthouse from its inaugural lighting until she moved back to England in 1865 – together with a family of five children!



Despite the beacon, the coast remained dangerous to shipping in the early years of the harbour and up to 21 wrecks have been recorded on the Pencarrow Coast. This was hampered by regular fog in the early years that meant the hilltop lighthouse was not visible and so a second lighthouse was built in 1906 – and is still used today. The hull of the SS Paiaka lies on the beach just past the lighthouse – that beached just months before this second light was built. Explore this histroy by starting with a cruise over from Wellington CBD on the easy East By West ferry ride to Days Bay. Book ahead with The Boat Shed and you can pick up a bike to cruise around the picturesque seaside villages and cafes before getting to the coastal trail. Or simply drive up to the Bike Shed Pencarrow at the road end and hop on a bike – they’ll give your own bike a tune up before you set off. A return ride to the Pencarrow lighthouses will take around 2 hours – or a 4 hour walk. While this is an easy trail, plenty of food, water, warm clothes and sun protection are required as there are no facilities and little shelter on the way. Walk up to the trail to the top lighthouse and read the stories as you walk of life in the 1860’s. Not far past the lighthouses are the nationally important wetland lakes Kohangapiripiri and Kohangatera which were once tidal inlets. Over time earthquakes have raised the foreshore and created a barrier to the sea. The lakes now support wetland vegetation and precious birdlife. Baring Head lighthouse further around the coast was commissioned in 1935 and its beacon can be seen 18km out to sea as today’s main approach light to Wellington. It took over from the original Pencarrow light. Accessible from Wainuiomata Coast Road the regional park is a popular spot for hang-gliding, bouldering and diving. Can you spot it on the Interislander ferry crossing? O U R N Z I S N O W D I G I TA L ourn e wz e aland. parti c a .onlin e

The Hawks Inn is a Qualmark 4 star rated motel with 16 well equipped 1 and 2 bedroom units, with self-catering kitchens, comfortable beds and a friendly atmosphere. All bathrooms are equipped with hairdryers and some bathrooms have spa baths. Accommodation at Hawk’s Inn Motel is large and spacious, ideal for Wellington business visitors, families and groups. The central courtyard of the motel has a fully fenced pool and spa pool which guests can relax in at the end of a busy day. All rooms have SKY TV and Freeview with complimentary wireless internet. There is ample off street free parking available at the front and back of the motel.

T: 0800 500 838 E: 704-706 Fergusson Drive, Elderslea, Upper Hutt Wellington

www.hawksinnm ote l .co.n z 71


The three lighthouses are just one slice of the outdoor haven trails just 15 minutes up the road from Wellington City. Hop on a train, bus or ferry to explore gorgeous seaside villages, stunning coast, nature escapes, boutique shopping strips, local craft beer and your next fix from five local coffee roasters. Lower Hutt is a special place that New Zealand’s first organised European settlers made home. Learn about the unique cultural history and more of New Zealand’s firsts in Petone – with stories found at the Petone Settlers Museum. It’s here on the northern shores of Wellington Harbour at Petone that the Remutaka Cycle Trail starts, offering a multi-day ride around the Remutaka Range along river-side trails, historic rail trails and the dramatic coastline to Orongorongo River. Beneath it all is a unique geological landscape visibly shaped by millennia of seismic upheaval. The first section of the trail runs along the banks of the Hutt River, through parkland on the fairly easy grade sealed and gravel paths of the popular Hutt River Trail. With the population centres of Lower Hutt and Upper Hutt nearby, it's an ideal casual ride, either as day one of the entire cycle trail or a ride by itself. Petone offers a great spot to grab a good night’s sleep and fuel up for the ride before setting off. Stop in for some of our local essentials for your picnic at On Trays global food emporium – an Aladdin’s Cave of foodie treats and The Chocolate Story handmade chocolates for a mid-ride pick-me-up and a taste of Italy from La Bella Italia. As you get further up from the trail

stop off at award-winning classic kiwi goodness of Sweet Vanilla Kitchen. On your way through our neighbourhoods up the river valley, a real must do is savouring the smooth creamy taste of family-run Zany Zeus. They’re award winning artisan organic cheese makers and you might say they’re even better icecream makers! Park up your bike and reward yourself with gourmet cheeses and cultured products and that are popular for locals stock up on. E-bikes are becoming more and more common and they’re a great way of keeping the hills easy and enjoying gentle rides between meal stops and homestays along the trail. Hire one from Green Jersey to conquer the valley’s bush-clad trails with ease. The Te Whiti Riser trail offers views over Wellington Harbour and the Hutt Valley up a gentle consistent hill-side trail. FOR MORE INFORMATION visit for more great ways to escape this autumn.

Artisan Cheesemaker producing quality Organic Dairy Products. To view our extensive range visit MUST TRY:

VISIT OUR SHOP 149 Randwick Road Moera, Lower Hutt 04 589 7316 Wholesale Orders/Inquiries: 04 939 0123


Scarlett Johansson says she has found the best chocolate cake in the world, in Lower Hutt. The international star has recently spent six months in New Zealand filming her new movie Ghost in the Shell. “There was this incredible place in Wellington called Zany Zeus that had the best piece of chocolate cake I've had in my entire life.”

o u r n e w z e a l a n d.c o. n z



Autumn’s in the air

Marlborough is beautiful all year round, however walking in the forest or getting a vineyard view is particularly impressive during autumn. With the sunshine hours still clinging on from summer, the temperature starts to cool off a bit, yet it’s still comfortable to tackle some of the hiking and biking.


O U R N Z I S N O W D I G I TA L ourn e wz e aland. parti c a .onlin e



During autumn the trails and tracks offer the best views of the stunning colours and scenery with brilliant hues of yellow, gold and orange, all set against a sky that seems far too blue to be true. Long, still days lend themselves to the great outdoors – making it the perfect time of year to hike or explore a cycle trail. Head out on a water taxi, cruise along the Marlborough Sounds to complete one of the many sections to choose from on the Queen Charlotte Track. Start at the historic Ship Cove and begin your walk or bike to Furneaux Lodge, enjoy the view through breaks in the bush where the stunning scenery with the colours of the blue water and autumnal coloured bush line meet in contrast. End the day with a well-deserved beverage and hot meal at Furneaux Lodge while waiting for the water taxi to return for you. No matter your preference, whether it’s between 30 minutes and three hours, short walks are everywhere and easily fit into travel itineraries. For something a little longer, day hikes of 4 hours to 8 hours offer an amazing array of landscapes. If cycling grabs your attention then why not challenge yourself with the biggest one-day cycle event in the South Island; the Forrest GrapeRide. Held in Marlborough on Saturday 7 April for its 14th year it will take you from the vines of the Wairau plain to the picturesque port of Picton then through 42km of incredible Marlborough Sounds scenery including the scenic Queen Charlotte Drive, to the Greenshell™Mussel capital of 74

Havelock then back to Forrest Estate in Renwick where the fun and relaxation awaits. There are also options of 101km and 202km. After the race join the festivities including the grape crush, where riders crush grapes Portuguese style to produce the ‘Hundred Virgins’ wine and sample the first vintage of the Hundred Virgins Rose. There are plenty of other ways other than finishing the GrapeRide to sample the first vintage of Marlborough wines.

o u r n e w z e a l a n d.c o. n z


The story of Aviation

Since opening in 2006, visitors to the Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre have been swept up in the world of magnificent men (and women) and their flying machines. The story of aviation during World War One and now, World War Two has captivated thousands of visitors of all ages. Knights of the Sky (WW1) the original exhibition, belongs to Sir Peter Jackson, a long-time aviation enthusiast and a collector since the age of 11 years. It was his generosity that was integral in bringing the exhibition to life, in a series of movie-set like displays using the creative talents of WingNut Films and mannequins by Weta Workshop. The exhibition consists of a mixture of original aircraft and replicas, some of which hang from the ceiling while another, balances precariously in the branches of a tree where it crashed after being shot down. Below, two pilots shake hands in the snow as foot soldiers stand guard and warily inspect the damage. The memorabilia in this exhibition are mind-blowing and highlights include; the flying suit of America's highest scoring ace Eddie Rickenbacker, the dress uniform of France's top ace Rene Fonck and items belonging to Germany's the Red Baron, Manfred Von Richthofen. The latter was shot down in France and on display is the Iron cross cut from the side of his plane on that fateful day in which the top ace of WW1 lost his life. Dangerous Skies is the new WW2 exhibition and has been receiving great reviews. Half the machines on display are flyable and immediately recognisable to all, even just by name. Who hasn't heard of a Spitfire or a Kittyhawk? The Stalingrad Experience is an immersive experience that is both entertaining and chillingly thought provoking. One of the most important battles in WW2 it was a victory for the Russians but saw tremendous loss of life. Not just for history or aviation buffs, make sure you visit the Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre. Open daily until 5pm daily. For more information, visit



Open 7 days until 5pm, 79 Aerodrome Rd, Blenheim, 7272. PH: 03 579 1305 O U R N Z I S N O W D I G I TA L ourn e wz e aland. parti c a .onlin e


Picton TOP 10 Holiday Park Ideally situated to take advantage of all the area has to offer. Motels | Units | Cabins | Sites • BBQ Area • Playground • Summer heated pool & spa • WiFi • Walking distance to town • TV room with SKY TV 0800 521 009 70-78 Waikawa Road, Picton

Saint Clair Vineyard Half Marathon


Tell us you saw this advert and you will receive a free house beer, wine, coffee or juice with any main meal. 7 DAYS 8AM TILL LATE CAFECORTADO.CO.NZ P: 03 573 5630 Corner of High St & London Quay Picton Waterfront


Autumn provides the winemakers with ideal conditions to produce award winning wines and is a great time of year for you to be the first to taste the vintage. Stop by the Picton, Blenheim or Havelock i-SITE to pick up a Marlborough Wine Trail map and book yourself on a guided tour or choose to do a self-drive tour; with over 30 cellar doors to choose from. Many of the cellar doors are in close proximity making it easy to pedal around the cellar doors of your choice by bike with the fresh air sweeping past your face. If you would prefer to sit back and relax then jump on a wine tour with a guide by vehicle or by bike and let your taste buds be fulfilled and your wine knowledge become far more extensive. Sip on award-winning wine and stop along the way for a leisurely lunch at a winery restaurant amongst the golden vines to enjoy the local delicacies and soaking up the array of colours of the vines beside you. Visit during autumn to experience the beauty of the region and enter into the most unique, social and picturesque half marathon in NZ – the Saint Clair Vineyard Marathon on Saturday 12th May. The off-road journey is through the vibrant colours of the autumnal vineyards of Marlborough. Every twist and turn has been designed to amaze and delight you and help you reach the finish line with a smile. Be sure to book a long weekend as Feast Marlborough – a four-day food adventure within the seafood, wine and gourmet province of New Zealand, will be showcasing the best of what Marlborough has to offer, coinciding with the Saint Clair Vineyard Half Marathon from 10 – 13 May. From the centre of town to the Sounds enjoy wine, relax or celebrate with your food guide of Feast Marlborough. If your interest is more water based activities, NZ’s marine playground the Marlborough Sounds encompasses 1,500km of winding coastline, bays, beaches and native forest. It is a place of incredible natural beauty and a place that needs to be seen to be believed. Grab your fishing or diving gear and gather yourself a feast of fresh seafood. If you’d rather stay above the water take a scenic cruise, spot the local wildlife, taste seafood straight from the source of the Marlborough Sounds paired with a Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc on a seafood cruise along the sheltered waters – there are plenty of options. o u r n e w z e a l a n d.c o. n z



Another way to relish Marlborough’s delicacy is head to Havelock’s annual Mussel Festival which made history in 2016, when a world mussel shucking record was broken hacking open 100 steamed mussels in just under two minutes. Come to this year’s festival and see another potential record broken and enjoy the live entertainment including headline act The Black Seeds, take some tips from Kiwi chef Nadia Lim during her cooking demonstrations. Enjoy the delicious food, fine local beer and wine and of course seafood and let the KidsZone keep the wee ones busy. Bus transport will be available from Blenheim, Nelson, Picton, Rai Valley and Canvastown so transport is sorted. Kids under 12 are free so come and join us for the whole day of family fun on Saturday 17 March. There are plenty of activities waiting in Marlborough for you so grab your camera and visit Marlborough this autumn! Visit

Mistletoe Bay Eco Village is located at the head of Onahau Bay in the spectacular Marlborough Sounds. Environmental sustainability is at the core of the resort’s ethos & objectives. Our resort offers eight whare (cabins) which comes with a commercial kitchen & bbq courtyard area, 2 bedroom self-contained cottage, self-contained lodge and over 40 camp sites which comes with kitchen facilities & modern showers for $2. The perfect destination for a family holiday or a day trip all nestled amongst pristine native bush in a secluded bay. ENQUIRE ABOUT OUR

WEDDING PACKAGES Queen Charlotte Sound, RD 2, Picton E: / P: 03 5734048 O U R N Z I S N O W D I G I TA L ourn e wz e aland. parti c a .onlin e




Blue Pearls Isn’t it time you spoilt someone special? Brereton Manufacturing Jewellers - original house of New Zealand blue pearls. Don’t miss the opportunity to see our master jeweller at work.

Must do’s in Marlborough Kayaking the Sounds

Cruise or kayak in the Marlborough Sounds, join a mail boat tour, see where our seafood grows, visit a wildlife sanctuary or swim with dolphins.

Omaka Aviation Heritage centre

Journey through the world class Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre, home to Warbirds of WWI & WWII including Sir Peter Jackson’s own collection and mannequins by Weta Workshop.

Relax at a retreat

Stay at a lodging amongst the vines near Blenheim, or in a secluded bay on the water’s edge in the Marlborough Sounds.

Picton Foreshore

Wander through the vibrant port town of Picton. Discover the region’s maritime offerings & history complemented by cafés, galleries, boutique shops and walking/cycling trails.

Walk the Queen Charlotte Track

Walk or mountain bike the Queen Charlotte Track, soaking up stunning views of the Marlborough Sounds while your luggage is boated to your accommodation each day.

Leisurely lunch at a cellar door restaurant

Indulge in a leisurely lunch at a winery restaurant and spend the day visiting cellar doors to sample Marlborough’s wines amid the vines that grew them.

Experience the Awatere Valley

Discover the landscape and history of Molesworth Station, New Zealand’s largest high-country farm, covering almost half a million acres.

Discover the Sounds

Tucked in beside beautiful wetlands, gorgeous native bush, and the Kenepuru, Mahau and Pelorus Sounds, take a visit to Havelock, the Greenshell™ Mussel capital of the world.

Get active

Bike or walk a plethora of trails including Mount Richmond Forest Park, Wither Hills Farm Park, Victoria Domain and many more.

2 London Quay, Picton Ph/Fax: 03 5737 351 e: 78

Enjoy the view

Get a birds-eye view of Marlborough’s expansive landscape with a scenic flight by helicopter or vintage biplane.

o u r n e w z e a l a n d.c o. n z


Underwater Observatory at Lochmara Lodge See the Marlborough Sounds from a whole new perspective. Join them under the sea in their exciting new underwater observatory. Feed the fascinating stingrays and be delighted by NZ marine life in their seaside touch tank. See the stunning Marlborough Sounds from a whole new perspective! The vessel is permanently moored at Lochmara and there is plenty of standing room and windows on both sides. A few of the species you may see are carpet sharks, stingrays, crayfish, blue cod, tarakihi, conga eels and diving shags. Fully guided tours by their qualified marine staff run approximately 40 minutes so you will be well informed and entertained by their passionate fully qualified guides. Guided tours by their fully qualified marine guides. Lochhmara Lodge offers accommodation, waterfront café, hand feeding native Kakarikis, flying fox, bush walks and art trails. Also, from the lodge you have access to the beautiful Queen Charlotte Track.

Underwater Observatory – guided daily tours and stingray feeding.

Discover the spirit of the Marlborough Sounds. • Waterfront café/restaurant with water views and a fire on cooler nights • Accommodation with water views • Day trips from $50.00 plus Dinner Cruise options • Discover native birds, geckos and eels

Freephone: 0800 562 462 E:

• Beach, hammocks, FREE kayaks • Art shop and art trail to explore • Access to the Queen Charlotte Track • Safe swimming beach • Indulge in our luxurious baths for two

Mmm... The ultimate chocolate experience!

THE MUSSEL CAPITAL OF THE WORLD in the heart of Havelock, Marlborough

VIEWING AND TASTING! A visit to the Makana Boutique Chocolate Factory is an experience not to be missed. Come watch us make our tantalising confections and taste a few samples - complimentary, of course. Makana - the ultimate chocolate experience! Guaranteed fresh Marlborough mussels harvested in local waters, fresh and live to our door all year round. With the influence of our Italian Head Chef there are also a variety of seafood and non-seafood dishes, vegetarian and children’s options. Our menu has been carefully matched with local Marlborough wines. We are easy to find – just look for the giant pot of mussels on the roof.

73 Main Rd, Havelock, Marlborough. Ph: 03 574 2824

Hand-made chocolates and other natural temptations CNR RAPAURA & O’DWYER’S ROADS, BLENHEIM

Opening hours: 9-5.30pm daily Freephone 0800 MAKANA or visit ONLY 3 MINUTES FROM SPRING CREEK ALONG RAPAURA RD

O U R N Z I S N O W D I G I TA L ourn e wz e aland. parti c a .onlin e



New Zealand's Multigem at Stunning Seaside Gems What if the gold miners of the late 1800’s knew that some of the rocks they were tossing aside, were far more precious and rare, than the gold that many gave their lives to find? The Goodletite form of Multigem is the only gemstone in the world that can be found in no other place but the West Coast of New Zealand's South Island. The Gem is composed of Ruby, Sapphire and Tourmaline crystals in Emerald green Fuchsite. Exclusive to Seaside Gems in Picton. Individual one off pieces of stunning Multigem jewellery, are made by Seaside Gems’ team of designers and jewellers. The company also stocks New Zealand’s finest hand blown glass and other beautifully hand crafted items. For more information check out Seaside Gems facebook page, call us on 03 573 8151 or email us at 80

o u r n e w z e a l a n d.c o. n z


O U R N Z I S N O W D I G I TA L ourn e wz e aland. parti c a .onlin e



A perfect Marlborough day BY JO MAY

o u r n e w z e a l a n d.c o. n z


Drinking Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc anywhere in the world is a pleasure. Drinking it amid the soils and vines that grew it is a lifelong memory. Marlborough’s cool climate Sauvignon Blanc took the world by storm nearly 40 years ago, and hasn’t been out of the spotlight since, dazzling consumers and critics with its zing and zest, wearing aromas and flavour profiles that are unique to this beautiful place. Nearly 80% of New Zealand’s wine production comes from Marlborough, and that flagship variety accounts for more than 85% of the region’s wine. However, this province is about far than its Sauvignon Blanc, with beautiful Pinot Noir grown on gentle slopes, along with Chardonnay, Riesling, Pinot Gris, Rosé and Gewürztraminer, each of them showcasing the region’s unique soils and climate. There are delectable bubbles, made in the Méthode Traditionnelle, divine blends, and a multitude of styles to explore, including barrel aged Sauvignon Blanc, fermented with native yeasts. Cellar door tour guides talk of visitors arriving as “brand fans”, devoted to the few Sauvignon Blanc labels they have loved at home, and keen to taste those and others like them. However, they frequently leave laden with Riesling or Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir or Rosé, having tasted and loved the other varieties that Marlborough does so well. The region’s winemakers and viticulturists also look to the subtleties of the province - selecting their grapes from the Wairau, Awatere or Southern Valleys - to create wines that speak not just of Marlborough, but also of its sub regions. The Awatere Valley, for example, bordered by the Pacific Ocean, a mountain range and arid high country farms, offers cold, dry and harsh conditions with rich rewards, creating wines that are worth the effort.

Different pockets of soil or climate offer different attributes to wine, and its makers are constantly searching for the ideal combination, in order to bottle a taste of this paradise. And paradise it is. With world famous wines, sublime produce, stunning landscapes and some of the highest sunshine hours in the country, Marlborough has all the ingredients for an incredible wine experience. The perfect Marlborough day might be cycling through vineyards to reach your chosen cellar doors, perhaps meeting the people that grow the wine, and learning about the soil and vines along the way. You can choose from a guided cycle tour or a bike rental, and take it slow through this beautiful wine country. There are also plenty of van wine tours, if biking does not spin your wheels. Your perfect Marlborough day might be visiting boutique producers with hand-tended vines, and talking to them about their passion, or visiting some of the world’s best-known wine names, to find out what all the fuss is about. You might choose one varietal, and explore its different expressions, or do a cellar or vineyard tour, for a deeper exploration of what makes Marlborough wine so good. Or it might be lunch at a vineyard restaurant, set amid the vines and winery responsible for the wine you love, eating clams, salmon, crayfish or mussels harvested from Marlborough’s waterways. The perfect day could be visiting vineyards and cellar doors in the Wairau, Waihopai, Awatere and Omaka Valleys, in order to understand the unique place of each sub region in Marlborough’s rich wine story.

O U R N Z I S N O W D I G I TA L ourn e wz e aland. parti c a .onlin e



Yealands Family Wines

Lawsons Dry Hills

Established in Marlborough’s Awatere Valley, at the north-eastern tip of New Zealand’s South Island and amongst some of the region’s toughest viticultural conditions, the story of Yealands Family Wines was always going to be one of thinking differently.

When you combine more than 20 years’ experience with an inquisitive spirit, the result is a perfect balance of knowledge and innovation. These two traits can be found in every bottle of Lawson’s Dry Hills wine – wonderful, top quality fruit from our carefully nurtured vineyards transformed into imminently drinkable wines using modern winemaking techniques.

On 08.08.08, having completed the enormous task of sculpting his vast rolling terroir from behind the wheel of his digger, Peter Yealands opened the landmark Yealands Estate Winery. Peter shared his vision to become the world’s most sustainable wine producer, he already knew that the only way to craft truly beautiful, award-winning wines was in partnership with nature, and that compromising his deeply-rooted sustainability values was simply not an option. Today his philosophy holds true and forms the basis of their approach to winemaking. With designed-in sustainability features and cutting-edge SMART green technology, it was the first in the world to be carboNZeroCertTM from inception. Yealands is a world leader in sustainable winegrowing. Yealands Family Wines quickly became synonymous with bespoke premium quality wine. Within eight vintages, the talented team has won 25 trophies and more than 1,200 awards and counting!

The dedicated bunch of people that make up our small team at Lawson’s Dry Hills are very ‘hands on’, living and breathing every part of the viticultural and winemaking process. They do a lot of talking and tasting before pouring their shared inspiration into every bottle. The resulting wines offer an authentic expression of the place and the grape variety they are made from together with a certain special something that they believe can only come from passion. The combination of elements that go into each of their wines is a winning formula. They have lost count of all their gold medals – the certificates cover the walls in their cellar door while the shelves are buckling with the weight of all their trophies – both local and overseas.


o u r n e w z e a l a n d.c o. n z


Spy Valley Wines

Hunter’s Wines

Spy Valley Wines is so named for its proximity to an international satellite communications monitoring station (GSCB) in the Waihopai Valley...a Spy base.

Hunter’s Wines are recognised as one of the pioneers of the Marlborough wine industry and one of New Zealand’s bestknown family owned wineries. Established by Irishman, the late Ernie Hunter in 1979, the company is now headed by Jane Hunter, CNZM, OBE.

The family owned winery in Marlborough produces nine varieties of grapes which are grown over 400 acres of vineyard estates to produce premium quality fruit for Spay Valley Wines. Not befitting the world of espionage, Spy Valley's wine has demanded global attention the wine has been called "impossible to ignore" and the company among "the planet's 20 most notable new producers". Their modern fully integrated winemaking facility and their passion for excellence guarantees that they consistently produce globally acclaimed award-winning wines. A long list of accolades adorns the walls of their award-winning winery – even, in fact, awards for the architecture of the building itself. Fine accolades, but you be the judge. For the ultimate Spy Valley experience, visit them at their base in Marlborough’s Waihopai Valley.

Some 30 years on, Jane is the most awarded women in the New Zealand wine industry with an impressive set of accolades, including an O.B.E and was made a Companion to the New Zealand Order of Merit. In 2016, Jane received the Wolf Blass AM Award in Canberra, Australia, and the Wine Marlborough Lifetime Achievement Award. Jane is backed by a talented team and three generations of family. After winning immediate acclaim in 1986, now with more than 200 gold medals, 40 trophies and innumerable international awards and accolades later, Hunter’s wines are still breaking new ground.

Join their knowledgeable tasting room hosts in their award winning architectural setting. Enjoy complimentary tastings of Spy Valley’s finest amid their stunning landscape. Why not bring a picnic and enjoy the view and of course the wine!

Hunter’s famous Sauvignon Blanc and many more wines are available to taste at the Cellar Door. d. An artist studio graces the property where you can meet the artist, Clarry Neame, and see him painting. Don’t forget to wander through the beautiful native garden that is home to native and endangered plants, as well as New Zealand native birds such as the Tui.

O U R N Z I S N O W D I G I TA L ourn e wz e aland. parti c a .onlin e



Cloudy Bay Vineyards

Cloudy Bay Vineyard

Established in 1985, Cloudy Bay Vineyards is situated in the Wairau Valley in Marlborough. Cloudy Bay welcomes visitors to their cellar door with a unique menu of tasting options. The spacious cellar door is located at the winery itself on Jacksons Road, in the heart of the Marlborough wine region. Look for the street side sign of Cloudy Bay's iconic label. An open fire beckons in winter and, on those classic sunny Marlborough days, the over-sized doors slide back to enhance the strong sense of place. The Cellar Door offers light lunches of local seasonal cuisine within its outdoor wine lounge. Enjoy a glass of Cloudy Bay wine in the expansive courtyard‌ amidst the natural elements that inspired it. Plan to stay awhile; relax and unwind in Cloudy Bay's unique hanging egg chairs or on their oversized couches. Feeling active, challenge a friend to a game of petanque or croquet. An exclusive range of Cloudy Bay merchandise is available for purchase at the cellar door. The Cloudy Bay winemaking team is constantly exploring new ideas and styles. At the Cellar Door, they try to have exclusive and limited release wines included in the tasting range. Large format bottles are also available for purchase - a perfect way to impress your host at a dinner party!

Johanneshof Cellars Johanneshof Cellars is an artisan boutique winery established in 1991 in Marlborough. They are renowned worldwide for producing multi award winning wines and some outstanding spirits- with a range which encompasses Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc, aromatic whites, home grown Pinot Noir, classic Methode Traditionnelle and spirits such as Brandy and Grappa. One of their flagship wines - the Johanneshof Cellars' Gewurztraminer is consistently awarded gold medals annually, and their wines feature on some of the most exclusive wine lists around the world.

Cellar Door | Native Garden |Â Resident Artist


o u r n e w z e a l a n d.c o. n z


Rock Ferry Wines

Saint Clair Family Estate

Rock Ferry Wines are proud producers of world-class certified organic wines from vineyards in Marlborough and Central Otago. Their philosophy is to make real wines which speak of their home; to express the pure distinct flavours from their organic estate vineyards.

Saint Clair Family Estate is proud to be a Marlborough family owned winery. From 1994 when wines from their first vintage all won medals including gold, the name Saint Clair has been synonymous with quality and its award-winning record continues today.

Visit the cellar door and cafĂŠ and enjoy a seasonal inspired menu along with their range of organic wines in warm spaces next to open fire or on their sunny veranda.

Visit the Saint Clair Vineyard Kitchen and enjoy the sunny courtyard which offers outdoor dining with some dining options amongst the vines. On a cooler day an extended veranda section can ensure customers continue to have the vineyard feel while being sheltered from the elements through extensive floor to ceiling glass sliding doors.

Open wide and say

CAFE & CELLAR DOOR Open Daily 10:00am - 4:30pm LUNCH SERVED between 11:30am - 3:00pm Bookings recommended for dining

ahh! Come and visit the award winning Saint Clair Vineyard Kitchen

O P E NI NG H O URS 9:00am to 5:00pm (1 November to 30 April) 11:00am to 4:00pm (1 May to 31 October)

Summer Hours: Tues - Sun 10am to 4pm Tours through Underground Cellar by booking only

80 Hammerichs Road, Blenheim P: 03 579 6431 E: O U R N Z I S N O W D I G I TA L ourn e wz e aland. parti c a .onlin e

Open 7 days a week Selmes Road Rapaura Marlborough

Bookings Recommended Freephone 0800 317 319



Toi Toi Wines Nothing beats enjoying an exceptional wine with friends and that is what Toi Toi is all about! Toi Toi Wine delivers exceptional quality wines from their regional vineyards - the best vineyards in the best NZ wine regions - only Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Gris from Marlborough, Pinot Noir from Central Otago and Chardonnay from Gisborne. New Zealand is renowned for many things, foremost among them is its pristine environment and the relationship between the people, the land and their wines. Toi Toi takes its cue from these relationships; creating wines with flavour, body and character that are perfect for every occasion. Toi Toi wines are "Inspired by Nature". Even their name comes from nature; Toi Toi (pronounced Toy Toy) is a graceful native flowering grass that is quintessential New Zealand. Just like grape vines, Toi Toi have adapted to New Zealand's awe inspiring, diverse sub-regional climates – providing inspiration for their winemaking. Toi Toi Wines protect their environment - all their wines are sustainably grown and certified through Sustainable Winegrowing NZ. Toi Toi Wines are dedicated to making you superb quality wine.


Eco friendly, cost effective and without a doubt, possibly the most fun you will ever have on a bike! Self-guided bike-hire to visit the cellar doors of your choice.

Bottles of water & helmets provided, plus friendly advice

Wine Tours by bike

Go at your own pace, without the pressure of keeping up with others, with an emergency backup service if you need us.

Choose from one of our: Single cruisers Tandem cruisers Cruiser trikes, or Our NEW 4-wheel roadsters

What better way to see the beautiful Marlborough wine region than to leisurely cycle through the superb countryside on a stunning Marlborough day.

FREE shuttle from Blenheim & Renwick to save a long 10km bike ride from Blenheim or risk drinking and driving

Also kids bikes, trailers, tow-alongs and seats (free of charge)

A choice of three tour times (10am, 11am, 12pm) or by arrangement if arriving after 12pm – just call us on 021 432 276

Your Hosts: Steve & Jo Hill, Hillsfield House, 33 Blicks Rd, Renwick, Marlborough P: 03 572 7954 M: 021 432 276 E: Check out our TripAdvisor page for reviews



Wine Tours by Bike, Marlborough's premier vineyard bike tour company, is located in Renwick, the heart of the Marlborough Wine Region, which boasts the greatest concentration of cellar doors in the country. With flat sealed roads, bike paths and short distances between the cellar doors, time out among the vineyards can be enjoyed by young and old alike, whether you are travelling by yourself, a couple or a group. Steve and Jo are your friendly and experienced hosts who are there to help you plan your route so that you make the most of your precious time. You will have the freedom to choose the cellar doors that cater to your individual taste, and being self-guided, your day will be very much your own without the pressure of keeping up with others.

o u r n e w z e a l a n d.c o. n z



CHALLENGES MORE EXPENSIVE WINES O U R N Z I S N O W D I G I TA L ourn e wz e aland. parti c a .onlin e



Let Nelson Tasman light up your Autumn and Winter As we enjoy the last golden days of summer and anticipate the autumn and winter to come, light is everything. o u r n e w z e a l a n d.c o. nz nz

Photo: Ana Galloway. Artist: John Baxter.

nelson tasman

“The demand from the artists shows just how much they love performing in Nelson Tasman. This year will also be very exciting with a huge variety of performers and something to offer for everyone who attends.” the festival dates have been extended this year, always a great endorsement for any festival. “This year’s submissions range from stand-up comedy to drama to children’s shows to local history, and even a show produced by a youth and acted by adults,” says Nelson Fringe Festival Director, Laura Irish. “We have such a variety of returning audience favourites and new exciting acts in the programme for Nelson locals and visitors to feast their eyes on.” The festival will run from 27 April – 6 May at The Refinery Art Space and Ghostlight Theatre – a new central city venue that has opened and flourished since last year’s festival. Photo: John-Paul Pochin

Nelson Tasman is synonymous with light. Our region has the highest number of sunshine hours in New Zealand – but it’s the quality of light in autumn and winter that also makes us special. Photographers know this. That’s why people share so many wonderful images of our region. But it’s not only natural light that illuminates Nelson Tasman in the middle of the year. Nelson Tasman’s arts and artisan community are out in force providing extraordinary events during the winter months. The Nelson Fringe Festival taking place at the end of April is set to be Nelson Tasman's best and biggest Fringe Festival to date. A record number of 45 shows and 15 workshops will take place over 10 days. Due to the huge demand from performance companies

“The demand from the artists shows just how much they love performing in Nelson Tasman. This year will also be very exciting with a huge variety of performers and something to offer for everyone who attends.” The Nelson Fringe Festival programme will be launched in March. Light Nelson celebrates the magic and wonder of light in midwinter. It’s a free event that invites everyone to take an evening stroll through an illuminated utopia that stretches throughout Nelson’s historic Queens Gardens, past The Suter Art Gallery, through Albion Square and onto the adjacent NMIT campus. Light Nelson is the perfect opportunity to let the kids stay up late, get rugged up against the cold, and be awed, delighted, and enchanted by more than 70 installations, ranging from the most delicate of twinkling lights, to massive projections on the sides of buildings.

O U R N Z I S N O W D I G I TA L ourn e wz e aland. parti c a .onlin e




Close to beaches and National Parks. Beside Cycle Trail. Walk to Vineyards, arts and crafts. 15 minutes to Nelson and airport. Golden Bay only 1 hour drive.

13 spacious comfortable self-catering studio, one & two bedroom units. Accessible, executive and spa bath options. Most rooms have scenic outlooks from their sun drenched patio or balcony over the adjoining park to the ranges of the Kahurangi Park. 42 Gladstone Road, Richmond, Nelson Freephone: 0800 161 212 P: 03 544 2264 E:

And let’s not forget skiing! Rainbow Ski Field is a great day trip from Nelson and provides plenty of family fun.

Wakatu Lodge, Nelson, provides private rooms with shared kitchen and bathroom facilities. Situated close to the hospital, 5 minutes drive from town, twenty minute walk. Suited to budget conscious travellers; $55.00 single, $80.00 twin or double. Family room sleeps 5, $155. Enquiries welcome for larger groups.

Light Nelson was started in 2013 by an artists’ collective as a means of bringing people together to create something much bigger than could be imagined by any individual. The event is a collaboration of art, science, and technology. This is exemplified in the diversity of the works themselves, from the simplest of light reflections in water, to cutting-edge high-tech installations, as well as a select number of performance-based works that really bring the precinct alive. Most importantly, Light Nelson remains very much as a community event, with works by local practicing artists, school children, community groups and designers, alongside a select number of national and international guest artists. Light Nelson 2018 is set to attract an anticipated audience of up to 60,000 people over five nights between 6–10 July.

is Mention th a ive ad and rece ur FREE 24 ho data unlimited et rn te in voucher.

125-127 Waimea Rd, Nelson M: 027 3634 299 P: 03 5458444

“It’s so incredible that Light Nelson has become such a celebrated event in such a short time,” says Project Manager Sophie Kelly. “We’re absolutely thrilled at the community support, and the way the event continues to grow and evolve. We can’t wait to present this year’s light installations, and to see the joy they bring to so many people.” Light Nelson is an irresistible mix of a garden walk on the clear dark night of winter, with magic moments of illusion, beauty, interaction and fun. Uniquely Nelson’s Feast for the Senses in July and August offers visual, musical, and culinary treats. 92

o u r n e w z e a l a n d.c o. n z

nelson tasman

Photo: Doug


Marahau is a sunny valley located just one hour from Nelson. We have many activities on our doorstep, you can kayak the Abel Tasman National Park, enjoy a leisurely wine trail, take a water taxi cruise into the National Park, or ride horses on the beach. ...the choice is yours!

Cabins, Powered Sites, Tent Sites. 100 acres of bush and farm walks. Natural swimming holes and camping equipment hire Marahau - Abel Tasman National Park P: 03 527 8288 E:


The annual Moveable Feast, from 18 July – 22 August, is a real highlight of the Feast for the Senses event. This stylish ‘progressive dinner’ event allows diners to move from restaurant to restaurant over a three-hour period, starting with an entrée and complimentary drink, moving to a second venue for their main, and finishing with dessert and coffee at a third restaurant. Surprise entertainment is on offer on each night to delight diners and showcase talented local musicians and performers. Each week has a different dining theme. Participating restaurants are still being finalised but the list is sure to include some of Nelson City’s best dining venues. “It’s a great opportunity for people to meet new friends,” says Uniquely Nelson’s Simon Duffy. “We know of people who met each other during a Moveable Feast evening three years ago who come back to Nelson each year to meet up again at the event. Last year 500 people attended the Moveable Feast evenings and this year we’re anticipating those numbers to grow significantly.” During Feast for the Senses, Nelson City retail windows light up and take on a life of their own with illuminated installations from local artists. In 2017, nearly 30 retail premises featured displays in this ‘feast of light’. As anyone who lives in Nelson Tasman will tell you, our typical autumn and winter day is crisp and sunny. It’s the perfect weather for wandering around the Nelson Saturday

Explore the northern Abel Tasman and Farewell Spit. • Continental breakfast and WIFI always FREE • Across the street from Pohara Beach in spectacular, secluded Golden Bay. • 10mins from Takaka township. • 10 en-suite rooms with luxurious down bedding and SkyTV. • Saltwater swimming pool and hot tub. • Licensed Dining Room and Cocktail Lounge. P: 03 525 7998 E:

O U R N Z I S N O W D I G I TA L ourn e wz e aland. parti c a .onlin e



Market and for enjoying our stunning natural landscapes and outdoor activities. Skydiving on a cloudless winter day is fantastic. The Abel Tasman Coastal Track, Heaphy Track, Nelson Lakes and Kahurangi National Park are all beautiful places to be during the winter months. Clear, sunny days provide great walking conditions underfoot without the heat of summer (ideal conditions for uphill sections with a pack on your back!). And let’s not forget skiing! Rainbow Ski Field is a great day trip from Nelson and provides plenty of family fun. As we all know, getting enough sunshine during the winter is important for everyone’s sense of wellbeing. So get your fill of mood-lifting sunshine, light up your autumn and winter, and book a trip to Nelson Tasman. Photo: Camille Stoddart


World renowned art glass and glass jewellery by glass artists Ola & Marie Höglund. NELSON 52 Lansdowne Road, Appleby, Richmond (25 mins from Nelson) CENTRAL OTAGO 1767 Luggate-Cromwell Rd, off State Highway 6 between Cromwell and Wanaka (50 mins from Queenstown) 94

o u r n e w z e a l a n d.c o. n z


What’s on in Nelson Tasman Kaiteriteri Gold Half Marathon and 10k

Motueka Kai Fest

10 March

8 April

Summer Tango in the Queens Gardens

Regional Biodiversity Festival

10 March

Race Unity Day

15 April

Jaws Enduro at Kaiteriteri Mountain Bike park

18 March, Victory Square Park

22–23 April

Nelson Beer Week

Isel Twilight Market


Nelson Heritage Festival

NZ Ocean Swim Series – The Big Tahuna

Nelson Fringe Festival

Mapua Easter Fair

Light Nelson

17–25 March, visit for a list of events 24 March

every Thursday until the end of April

9–22 April

31 March 1 April

27 April – 6 May visit for more details 6–10 July

Wairua Warrior

Feast for the Senses Moveable Feast

7 April

18–22 August



Stay in a boutique hotel room, only $189 per night including breakfast for two.

FOR A CHANGE IN DIRECTION - G E T A W AY TO N E L S O N! The Grand Mercure provides all the comforts you could wish for The Monaco Kitchen, health & beauty spa, hairdresser, pool, gym, boutique jeweller and conference facilities.

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

6 Point Road, Monaco, Nelson I P 03 547 8233 I Free parking Free WI-FI

O U R N Z I S N O W D I G I TA L ourn e wz e aland. parti c a .onlin e



The woman at the head of Sprig & Fern knows more about New Zealand’s beer industry than most. We talk to Tracy Banner about the brews business. You’ve been dubbed the 'Mother of New Zealand Brewing'. Where did it all begin for you? Tracy explains “Even though I didn’t enjoy school in the UK I always did well especially in language and science. I applied to be a lab technician in a brewery at the age of 16. I then went onto other positions in other departments in the 500-staffed brewery including in the main laboratory, then into microbiological lab, then onto packaging lab and so on”. Tracy goes onto say “following the brewery closure I then carried on into a new role for a different brewery in the Product

Improvement team before going into Quality Assurance.” Moving forward Tracy says “looking for a lifestyle change, my husband and I decided to apply for residency to move to NZ. I picked up a job pretty much as soon as I landed with Lion in Auckland in Technical Services. After a year we decided Auckland wasn’t the city we had moved for, so the decision was to move to sunny Nelson. I carried on my career with McCashins as a brewer for MAC’s for 5 years. Lion who had brought McCashins then asked me to run Speights in Dunedin. I was there for 2 years but Nelson was always home. Lion created a new role for me as National Quality Manager for MAC’s in Nelson. Lion then closed the brewery, so I took redundancy and decided to be a mum. It wasn’t long until I had a meeting with a shareholder of Tasman Brewing in Richmond in 2009 and my husband and I brought into the business. Some months later the brewery changed its name to Sprig & Fern. My husband and I have had full ownership since late 2013.

What are the biggest changes you have seen? Tracy says “for me, the biggest changes are the number of women drinking beer these days. Going back a number of years or so when you went out for a meal, the waiter handed the women a wine list.” Tracy goes onto say “it’s what staff were trained to do – men drink beer and women drink wine mentality. These days women are drinking pints of IPA’s and Stouts”.

Holiday and Wellness Experience Kaiteriteri

Be our guest... ...tucked away amongst the bush with panoramic views of Kaiteriteri beach and estuary and close to the Abel Tasman National Park, Kimi Ora Eco Resort offers a place of peace, seclusion and everything you need to relax and unwind. Try one of our package deals starting from just $75pp for our Day Stay Massage Package or from $249 for 2 for our Overnight Massage Package to experience all that Kimi Ora Eco Resort has to offer.

Kimi Ora Eco Resort 99 Martin Farm Road, Kaiteriteri P: 0508 KIMIORA (5464672) E:


o u r n e w z e a l a n d.c o. n z


Sprig & Fern is going strong, with 12 core beers, two ciders and regular limited releases. What’s the recipe for success? “Consistency, quality, well made and drinkable is the recipe for success”.

What’s your favourite hop and beer right now? “I am loving our new East Coast IPA which went on tap 1st February. It has an amazing aroma and flavour, with fruit and citrus notes. I love making things stylistically correct so in this case we used Mosaic hops from the US.” she says.

There are 10 owner-operated Sprig & Fern taverns in New Zealand and yours won Best Bar in New Zealand in 2012. What makes great pub? “For me you have to have a good feel, and ambience, and customer service must be great. You can train someone to pour a beer or make a pizza, but you can’t train a person’s personality. We offer good products and for this we absolutely have the best staff. They are our greatest asset and we have a wonderful team.” Tracy goes onto say “Winning the Best Bar was so meaningful for me and it was a huge accolade.”

What’s behind the recent Sprig & Fern rebrand? Tracy says “Our labelling has always been black and white with a white picket fence. When in Dunedin I was at a bar with 12 taps to choose from. Sprig & Fern was the first and the last and in between other brands stood out due to the colourful labelling. This was a ‘wake up’ moment for me so we engaged an agency to redesign our brand. It took 10 months, but it needed to be right, to last the distance. We then chose two words for each craft beer such as Crisp & Refreshing -Pilsner or Fresh and Earthy – IPA and so on. We also have installed a new Italian bottling line which does pet’s and glass.”

O U R N Z I S N O W D I G I TA L ourn e wz e aland. parti c a .onlin e


Brancott Estate Cellar Door & Restaurant is Marlborough’s premium wine destination and offers breath-taking views of the Brancott Vineyard and Marlborough’s wine growing region. Located on the Brancott Vineyard, home of Marlborough’s first Sauvignon Blanc plantings, the architecturally designed, award winning Brancott Estate Cellar Door & Restaurant integrates seamlessly into the existing natural landscape. Here visitors can enjoy tasting a range of delicious Brancott Estate wines and indulge in fresh regional cuisine expertly paired with Brancott wines. From lunch with the girls to private birthday dinners, a romantic bite to eat or a corporate function; Brancott Estate can accommodate any occasion. Each

180 Brancott Road Blenheim

03 520 6975

season brings a new richness and depth to the spectacular location so there is always something to see. The Brancott Estate Cellar Door & Restaurant boasts an indoor restaurant with seating for 60 and an external dining terrace with seating for 12. A private room with spectacular views can cater for up to 20 guests for a boardroom meeting, exclusive lunch, dinner or wine tasting event. The Brancott Estate Cellar Door & Restaurant is a Qualmark endorsed visitor activity and has received Gold accreditation.




Kia ora from Kaikōura Kaikōura’s new seabed along SH1 keeps on giving gifts

O U R N Z I S N O W D I G I TA L ourn e wz e aland. parti c a .onlin e



Looking for a place to discover whales, dolphins, seals and view amazing albatross and coastal birds? Looking for changes in the uplifted seabed along the east coastline of the South Island? Then look no further than the quaint seaside township of Kaikōura. Kaikōura is a place like nowhere else in the world - where mountains spectacularly meet the sea, magnificent marine and wildlife abounds, and exciting adventures and fascinating Māori and European history await you. Sperm whales are the most famous residents here, living with dusky dolphins, fur seals, albatross and other coastal birds There's something captivating to see year-round. As well as these residents, migrating species such as the rare Hector's dolphins, common dolphins, humpback whales and orca are frequent visitors as the seasons change. You can experience this marine life from a boat, plane, helicopter or by sea kayak.

What’s State Highway 1 Road Like? To travel to Kaikōura drive State Highway 1 (SH1) from Picton follow the coastal route to Kaikōura and onwards to Christchurch. There’s ongoing roadworks along the road throughout 2018 so we recommend you allow 5 ½ hours travel time for your journey. If you’ve travelled the road before, you’ll see some great changes and improvements to the road and bridges. There are a number of 30km, 50km and 80km zones along the 25km area between Clarence-Kaikōura and the 14km zone between Peketa Beach-Goose Bay. Please note, these two zones are closed at night. i.e. open for traffic from 7.00am-8.30pm. As


a result of these restrictions and closures, there is NO FREEDOM CAMPING and there are limited areas to pullover to take photos. Also, sadly there is no seal viewing at Ohau Point as this area is still under construction. Locals and tourism operators are hearing positive stories from drivers about how much better shape the SH1 road is in than expected and how much improved the road is. In the future, there will be dedicated pull-over areas for photos and hopefully a new seal viewing north of the original Ohau Point seal viewing area. The Department of Conservation and North Canterbury Transport Infrastructure Recovery ‘seal teams’ have done an amazing job to protect the seal habitats.

o u r n e w z e a l a n d.c o. n z


New Zealand’s Ultimate Year Round Marine Experience

Freephone 0800 655 121 O U R N Z I S N O W D I G I TA L ourn e wz e aland. parti c a .onlin e



Photo: Bare Kiwi

New Photography Opportunities There have been some remarkable changes to the landscape and the foreshore. The seabed has been uplifted between two-five meters in certain areas and this has created new and fascinating discoveries and photo opportunities. The best place to see the uplifted seabed for photos is along the Kaikōura Esplanade as you make your way towards the Point Kean seal colony (4km from town). When you get near the Pier Hotel area, at low tide you’ll some amazing cylindrical rock formations. Travel around the corner to Fyffe House and you’ll find some incredible whitish looking rock formations which are great for photos. To view the enormity of the uplifted seabed, when you get to the Point Kean seal colony carpark, walk three minutes uphill to the viewing areas. The new seabed is astonishing and has become the newest, best, MUST DO thing to do in Kaikōura. At low tide you can now walk out 1km towards the ocean. There are two seal colonies on this part of the seabed. At the left side of the carpark is the ‘retirement village’ where older seals lie and enjoy being fat and lazy. Towards the right-hand side of the rocks across the channel on the new uplifted seabed is the new ‘teenage hangout’ for young seals.


If you have the time, we highly recommend you doing the one-hour one-way Kaikōura Peninsula Walk to South Bay. As you make your way across the ridge you’ll see more examples of where the seabed has lifted. Walk thirty minutes along the top of the ridge and then take the stairs to the lower coastal track to Whalers Bay. On the lower track you’ll see coastal birds and more seals as you walk back to Point Kean. Don’t forget to drive around to the South Bay Reserve and walk back up the Peninsula track for another thirty minutes. Again, you’ll see astounding new formations and may spot a few kayakers and stand-up paddleboarders as well. To get really up close to see the remarkable new foreshore and seals, consider doing a sea kayak trip. You won’t regret it. For more information visit Facebook: KaikouraNZ Instagram: KaikouraNZ

o u r n e w z e a l a n d.c o. n z


Kaikoura Kayaks autumn marine life encounters Autumn 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 and Blue Penguins. 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 marine life, go fishing, hire your own kayak or up skill your paddling through a kayak school – it’s all available to you at Kaikoura Kayaks. Stay warm and dry in your enclosed stable double sea kayak with the Kokatat paddle jacket, spray skirt and wetsuit booty’s that they provide. Dry bags are also available for camera’s. The Kayak Store is stocked with top of the range gear and equipment that includes spray decks, paddles, buoyancy vests, dry tops and much more.

Swimming with and watching Kaikoura’s Dusky Dolphins!

For the nature lovers, the curious New Zealand Fur Seals, Dusky Dolphins and Blue Penguins are only a few paddle strokes away. Kaikoura Kayak’s qualified local guides would love to introduce them to you around the Kaikoura Peninsula. Kaikoura Kayak’s hassle free, halfday, eco friendly tours offer a safe, enjoyable and interactive experience with little effort and a whole lot of good fun - suitable for all ages and abilities, operating year round. Families most welcome. Kaikoura’s Original Kayak Operator Est 1998 For more information or to book, free phone 0800 452 456 or Book online

Enter the world of the dusky dolphin and experience the grace and beauty of the most acrobatic and interactive of all dolphin species.

Kaikoura is regarded as the best place in the world to see seabirds. Get up close to albatross and many other ocean-going bird species found close to shore.

THESE WORLD-CLASS TOURS ARE IN HIGH DEMAND. BOOK WELL IN ADVANCE ! Sensational food, divine coffee at our beachfront Café. Quality jewellery, clothing, art and much more in our Gift Shop and Gallery!

96 Esplanade, Kaikoura, NZ. Phone (03) 319 6777 Freephone 0800 733 365 O U R N Z I S N O W D I G I TA L ourn e wz e aland. parti c a .onlin e



Kaikōura Museum The museum offers a modern and relaxed environment with a contemporary and fun approach to telling the stories of Kaikōura’s natural, social and cultural journey. Displays include excellent exhibits of natural history, Māori taonga, colonial life, whaling, surfing and memorabilia from Kaikōura's past. They also offer research facilities for historians or those wanting to find out more about their family history. A unique museum with some exceptional displays and very knowledge staff, the Kaikōura Museum is a must see during your time in in the district. The museum is open daily from 10am – 5pm and is located in Kaikōura’s West End, opposite the iSITE.

New Normal The Kaikōura Earthquake Exhibition New Normal is a long-term exhibition that looks at the impacts of the 2016 Kaikōura earthquake on the people, their landscape and their natural environment. It also includes over 40 individual ‘mini exhibitions’ contributed by the Kaikōura Community which help tell the many stories that have unfolded since this historic event.

The Kaikoura Earthquake Exhibition

Open long-term until

Dec 2018 Open daily 10am - 5pm 96 West End Kaikoura


o u r n e w z e a l a n d.c o. n z


Kaikōura is back!

From the Editor, Jo May

This was my first time back to Kaikōura after the November 2016 earthquake.

I was looking forward to this mini-break away during the summer holiday season and it was so worthwhile.

Firstly, the drive south was incredible, and it was amazing to see the seabed changed so much. I have travelled this route since a small child and very familiar with the scenery. Words can not describe the incredible changes to the landscape – it is simply something you must see with your own eyes!

Arriving on a beautiful Saturday afternoon and seeing the town overflowing with holidaymakers, tourists and locals was great to see. These businesses have struggled so much, and it was fantastic to see that finally they were back in business and the town was buzzing with activity.

STAY Editors Pick Our accommodation for the night was the fantastic Waves Apartments situated at 78 The Esplanade. This was luxury accommodation in the heart of Kaikōura. Offering sea and mountain views that were breathtakingly beautiful. You may be even lucky to view whales and dolphins swim from your balcony! Each apartment has 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and a fully equipped kitchen opening out to a spacious dining and living room. Large glass doors open for outdoor dining on a large private balcony with views to the sea. Each apartment has free WiFi, DVD player, stereo system, air conditioning, full laundry and SKY TV for guest entertainment. They also offer secure parking, private outdoor spa. I recommend taking a relaxing walk along the beach (right across the road) or a 5 minute walk to the town centre. 78 The Esplanade, Kaikōura T: +64 22 0895 233 E:

Eat Editors pick ZEPHYR

Off the beaten track The Kaikōura Seafood BBQ

You can enjoy award winning café style food or fine evening dining in Kaikōura anytime and my visit was no exception.

The Kaikōura Seafood BBQ offers you outdoor roadside dining in it's simplest form with a beach BBQ and is situated just 1/2 kilometre north of the KaikōuraSeal Colony.

At Zephyr Restaurant you can enjoy contemporary New Zealand cuisine from locally sourced ingredients, with top wine on offer, all in a stylish, modern restaurant in downtown Kaikōura. Open for evening dining, Corrina & Richard Allan offer amazing hospitality in one of the most scenic towns in New Zealand. Highly recommend! 40 West End, Kaikōura T: + 64 3 319 6999 E:

They offer crayfish meals, garlic scallops, paua fritters, whitebait fritters, crayfish fritters, grilled fish, mussels, salmon & seafood chowder. Seafood platters are also available. Everything comes served with either rice & salad or in a sandwich for under $10 excluding the Crayfish meals! Crayfish is priced according to their weight, so they start from about $35+ for a whole or you can chose a half. There are cold drinks available excluding alcohol. The BBQ is open every day (weather permitting) from 11am – 7pm and until 3pm on Saturdays. Eftpos is available (no credit) and prices start from $5.00.

O U R N Z I S N O W D I G I TA L ourn e wz e aland. parti c a .onlin e


North canterbury

Adventure & Relaxation in Hanmer Springs Hanmer Springs is a picturesque village surrounded by mountains and forests just 90 minutes’ easy drive from Christchurch.

BY JO MAY With crisp alpine air, Hanmer Springs has a relaxed ambience that is hard to describe. It is genuinely a place that feels a world away from anywhere, but with all the comforts of home. As soon as you arrive and see the mini-golf courses on the main street and the crazy four wheeled bikes (complete with baby seats) cruising, you know why this has long been a favourite holiday spot for the whole family. The most popular attraction is Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools and Spa. This award-winning complex has something for everyone. You can sit and soak in famous, mineral-filled waters (including the adults-only AquaTherapy Pools which has spouts and jets to massage away aches and pains) or let off some steam in the large activity pools and on the waterslides. Don’t miss the SuperBowl, the South Island’s only aquatic thrill ride. An independent analysis has shown the famous thermal waters are rich in minerals that have therapeutic benefits. These include sodium (which can help the symptoms of arthritis), sulphur (which can relieve skin conditions) and silica (known for its anti-ageing properties). Other family-friendly spots include Hanmer Springs Animal Park where you can hand-feed wallabies, the mini-golf courses, the maze, or the village itself which is lined with quality boutiques, high-end fashion stores, and superb eateries. Those wanting to relax and indulge are well catered for in Hanmer Springs with an enormous range of spa and wellness services.


The Spa, and Artisan Spa both offer the ultimate in relaxation and rejuvenation, with dozens of sublime beauty therapies, tailored massage treatments, and pampering spa services to leave you feeling divine. For adventure seekers, there’s plenty of activities to unleash your inner adrenaline junky, from bungy-jumping to jet boating, quad bikes to four wheel driving, and of course a variety of whiteknuckle mountain bike rides. One of the best things about Hanmer Springs is how easy it is to escape into nature. The hills and forests around the village have an enormous network of trails – both walking and mountain biking – suited to all abilities, from elementary to epic! The best place to start is either online (see or at the i-SITE information centre next to Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools and Spa. The centre’s staff will be able to guide you to the ideal trail for you and there are signs outside where you can get an overview of what’s on offer. You can hire mountain bikes in the village so don’t worry if you’ve left your wheels at home. Conical Hill is probably the most popular walking track – its path zig zags up to a small pavilion with spectacular 360-degree panoramic views. If you fancy a quieter stroll, then the grounds of Queen Mary Hospital make great exploring.

o u r n e w z e a l a n d.c o. n z


Discover Three Llamas On your way towards Christchurch why not indulge in a speciality coffee in Woodend.

And after it all, there’s no better way to reward yourself than with another dip in the famous mineral-rich waters of Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools and Spa. They look forward to welcoming you here soon. For more information on activities and spa treatments. Visit hanmersprings. or call Hanmer Springs i-SITE on 0800 4 HANMER, or 0800 443 662.

At Three Llamas Gourmet Coffee they are a little bit different. Their coffee is proudly Peruvian. In fact their coffee only comes from a small mountainous region in Northern Perú, recognised for its exceptional and distinctive high quality coffee. You will see their coffee selection is so good it doesn’t need to be blended with coffees from other countries. That’s right, they don’t do blends; no confusion, just the finest Arabica coffee from the best growing region in Perú. You can come in and enjoy an excellent espresso, grab a bite to eat and buy your choice of freshly roasted specialty coffee beans from their wide selection on offer… may even be able to watch them when they are roasting! Three Llamas Gourmet Coffee is situated on the Main North Road, Woodend and only 25 km from Christchurch.

The best place to

Relax together

searching f or that

perfect coffee?

F��s��y��o��t�� ��a��, ��p��s�� ��f��e, f��s��f��d��n��m��e…

65A Main North Road, Woodend (Opposite the BP station) www. thre e l l a m a s co f f ee. c o m

Nelson Kaikoura

Hanmer Springs




South Island

0800 4 HANMER Open seven days O U R N Z I S N O W D I G I TA L ourn e wz e aland. parti c a .onlin e



Discover Charming Akaroa & Banks Peninsula BY JO MAY Photo:

A journey around this beautiful peninsula will reward you with picturesque vistas at every turn, a thriving artisan culture and a marine environment teaming with wildlife. Come and immerse yourself in the alluring French character of Akaroa township – a seaside retreat just 90 minutes from Christchurch. Banks Peninsula is made up of two extinct volcanos and the coves and bays offer a variety and adventure. A picturesque 90 minute drive from Christchurch lies Akaroa, a charming French inspired village that’s well known as a romantic getaway or family break. Rich in colonial history as well as recreational and sightseeing opportunities, Akaroa offers a full range of holiday activities for all. Visitors can enjoy harbour cruises to see Hector’s dolphins, fur seals, little blue penguins and bird life. Cafes open onto the streets and harbour promenades, and boutique art and craft shops and galleries show off superb local artworks.

The Art gallery at Little River is simply unique and a ‘must see’. The gallery is intriguing and hosts New Zealand art, painting, jewellery, sculpture and exquisite giftware. For something uniquely different and perhaps the only accommodation of its kind in the world is Silostay in Little River. Converted from a humble grain silo this innovative, stylish and enviro friendly type of accommodation will prove to be out of this world.

Little River The gateway to Banks Peninsula is the quaint town of Little River. Little River is approximately 30 minutes’ drive from Akaroa and 45 minutes’ drive from Christchurch. It is on State Highway 75, which links Christchurch and Akaroa. Little River is a great place to visit for walks and mountain biking, and is a very popular stop over for its cafe and art gallery. The town is the end (or the start) of the easy 50km Little River Cycle Trail. The Christchurch to Little River Rail Trail mostly follows the route of a 19th century railway line between Hornby and Little River, and passes through Prebbleton, Lincoln, Motukarara and Birdlings Flat.


o u r n e w z e a l a n d.c o. n z

STAY a little different Bespoke, innovative and stylish - utilising sustainable products, local resources and talent; the humble grain silo has been converted into uniquely luxurious, modern serviced apartments, located in the heart of Little River.


Converted from humble grain silo to innovative, stylish, enviro friendly accommodation. Within your self-contained luxuriously comfortable silo the aim is to provide a welcoming & embracing experience to nourish mind, body & spirit. A unique experience, the only accommodation of its kind in the world! Cutting edge, bespoke design, the industrial theme of the downstairs kitchen surrenders to a sumptuous 1st floor bedroom & balcony, ascending a sculptural steel staircase. Explore Banks Peninsula-secluded bays, stolen vistas, abundant wildlife, gourmet treats. 4+ Stars.



SH 75, Little River, Canterbury P: (03) 325 1977 E:

Akaroa: Home of the Original Blue Pearl

Blue Pearl Gallery Akaroa Harbour Wharf, Akaroa 7520 P: 03 304 7262 E: Blue Pearl Gallery

O U R N Z I S N O W D I G I TA L ourn e wz e aland. parti c a .onlin e




Vibrant Canterbury BY JO MAY Christchurch is a vibrant, energetic city where urban regeneration, creativity and innovation thrive. Picture amazing street art, innovative projects, a booming hospitality scene and state-ofthe-art architecture that is changing the way the city looks, feels and functions – all the while staying true to its heritage and traditional English feel. Take time to explore the city by double-decker bus, vintage bicycle, gondola, tram or classic Edwardian punt – or grab your walking shoes and discover bars, eateries and an eclectic mix of boutique shops by foot.

Autumn is the perfect time to cruise Christchurch by bike

Home to some of the best cycle ways in the country, Christchurch is leading the charge for all things two wheeled. Cycle throughout the city and you’ll be hard pressed to find somewhere that doesn’t cater (or in the planning) for bikes. You can rent for the day or bring your own/ Get your helmet on, your bell at the ready and head out to some of the best haunts in or just out of the city centre.

Rollickin Gelato

Based in the most beautiful street in New Zealand Rollickin Gelato have recently opened their doors on New Regent Street. Salted 110

caramel, coconut surprise, lemon sorbet, double chocolate. And for an extra few cents you can fill your waffle cone full of chocolate so once the ice cream is done you still have a delicious last bite right to the very end. Beautiful art work adorn the walls and you can settle into their vintage couches and watch the rest of the hustle and bustle in the street outside.

Christchurch Art Gallery and Arts Centre

A mere seven minute ride along some of the gleaming new bike paths in the city are two spaces ripe for all your art gallery needs. More than half of the Arts Centre has now been restored and there’s boutique shops, galleries and food outlets to satisfy after all that art! Christchurch Art Gallery is just across the road and is literally bursting with new exhibitions that change monthly. Look up before you enter and see the huge Ronnie Van Hout hand on

o u r n e w z e a l a n d.c o. nz nz


top of the roof! There’s also a large shop and free WiFi so you can let the world see your photos online from the gallery.

The Tannery

A slightly longer ride out of the city centre (around 30 mins) is The Tannery. A boutique shopping emporium which started it’s life as a 19th Century Industrial precinct and is now home to many small beautiful businesses from all over New Zealand. An absolute must do whilst in Christchurch you’ll find a brewery, cafes, fashion, homewares, florists and more. Filled with owner-operated businesses you can take the time to stop and chat with creatives actually at work in their own small spaces.

Don't have a bike?

Don't worry, Christchurch has some really awesome places to you can rent one from...

Action Bicycle Club

Owners Charlotte & Ken will ensure you've got the coolest gear to be turning heads next time you pedal out the door. With the friendliest service in town, check out their seriously cool store at 8 Walker Street, Central Christchurch. Visit

Vintage Peddler

For visitors & locals who enjoy the "finer bikes in life. "The Vintage Peddler is Christchurch’s home of vintage bicycles and an eclectic bunch of cycle enthusiasts. Visit them at 7/75 Peterborough Street. Visit www.

O U R N Z I S N O W D I G I TA L ourn e wz e aland. parti c a .onlin e



The coolest fun in town

Ashford Craft Shop and Knitcola Stitchery

The International Antarctic Centre, just beside Christchurch International Airport, offers an interactive experience of all the chill and adventure of the frozen continent, and the chance to see little blue penguins up close at the Penguin Encounter.

Down the road from Christchurch is Ashburton - a large town that serves the surrounding farming district. Here you will find Ashford Craft Shop (also known as Knitcola) which is 100% New Zealand owned and operated by Nicola and Niki Bota since 2010. Ashford Craft Shop and Knitcola Stitchery is the ultimate destination for ‘One Stop’ shopping for all your fibre craft needs and the home of the world-famous Ashford spinning wheels and weaving looms. A place for spinning dreams….. Nestled in the Ashford Village, situated at 427 West Street, State Highway One, Ashburton and open 7 days. They offer you a great shopping environment by either visiting them or shopping online.







. On north/south bypass. Airport 8min, city 15min . 13 sunny ground floor studio and 1 brm units

ARCADIA MOTEL Comfortable, spacious affordable accommodation

. Plus standalone, 3 bedroom, fully equipped townhouse with dishwasher, full size fridge/ freezer, own laundry, 2 toilets (sleeps 8). Set in large park like grounds . FREE wireless internet . LCD TVs with Sky Guest Select 50 + channels . Adjacent to Groynes reserve with walkways, picnic areas etc, Rosebank Café and Function Centre . Close to Peppers Clearwater Golf Resort, Orana Park, Willowbank & Antarctic Centre


• Units with full kitchens • Units with baths and showers

• Family sized units • Disabled access unit

Step in and indulge in New Zealand’s finest yarn store.

. Winner of 2015 Community Pride Garden Award

• Free internet available • Pet friendly motel


Loads of Campervan parking




• Spacious and tranquil park setting with ample parking

. Guest BBQ, children’s playground, trampoline, Petanque

a l ra t e s a


FREEPHONE 0800 272 2342 564 Ferry Rd, Woolston, ChCh E: 112

170 Johns Road, Christchurch P: 03 323 8224 / Reservations: 0800 468 444 E: o u r n e w z e a l a n d.c o. n z

Ashford Craft Shop Ashford Village, SH1 427 West Street Ashburton P. 0800 274 3673 P. 03 308 9085 E:


Stargazing the Night Sky Nestled in the Southern Alps, Aoraki/Mount Cook Mackenzie region is a dazzling part of the world.


Photo: Julian Apse

Aoraki Mackenzie is a gold-rated dark sky reserve, in recognition of the quality of the almost light-pollution-free skies of the Mackenzie Basin. The Mackenzie Basin, in the South Island of New Zealand, and includes Aoraki Mt Cook National Park and the villages of Lake Tekapo, Twizel and Mt Cook.

Astro-tourism in the Mackenzie Basin Dark, clear skies; unique celestial features and otherworldly landscapes make stargazing in New Zealand a breathtakingly magical experience. Here you can experience unforgettable stargazing in a recognised International Dark Sky Reserve, the largest reserve of this type worldwide.

Window to the Universe Join Earth & Sky for an Observatory tour, not only can they show you the amazing southern night sky from their two stargazing location’s but they will take you on a journey of discovery, learning and intrigue – a place where you will look, listen and learn about our incredible universe and where perhaps you will find yourself contemplating and evaluating their values of this planet we all call home. Tekapo’s Earth and Sky Ltd, which works closely with the University of Canterbury and Mt John, runs several day and night tours at the observatory. Experienced guides take visitors through an introduction and exploration of the night sky via hands-on experience of telescopes, astro-photography and the summit-top cafe.

O U R N Z I S N O W D I G I TA L ourn e wz e aland. parti c a .onlin e



ALL EQUIPMENT PROVIDED A RANGE OF TRIPS AVAILABLE HELI HIKE OPTIONS The magnificent Franz Josef Glacier is widely regarded as the gem of New Zealand’s West Coast Glaciers. Join us and share the experience of a lifetime. We give you the opportunity to explore the most spectacular glacier environment available to the general public, offering a range of glacier hiking tours to suit all levels of fitness and ability.

FREEPHONE 0800 GUIDES o u r n e w z e a l a n d.c o. n z

Six places you don't want to miss on the coast with the most Creating a travel itinerary for a region you’ve never visited before can be incredible fun. Equally it can be acutely frustrating. As CHRIS BIRT reports, the best place to start is with the foundations, especially when the untamed natural wilderness of the West Coast is involved.

O U R N Z I S N O W D I G I TA L ourn e wz e aland. parti c a .onlin e

west coast


west coast

The issue, as always, is not what to include during a visit to the longest and thinnest region within Aotearoa New Zealand, but what to miss out. There is such a myriad of natural attractions, activities and adventures to be had on the West Coast that an entire lifetime could be spent experiencing them all. Using building blocks, just as with the foundations of any structure, is a pretty useful mechanism for getting the most out of what is, for most, an adventure governed by time constraints. Getting to the zone - the wilderness zone that is - is relatively simple. Travel by road can be achieved from the north, the east or the south. A range of regional air services operate year-round and for those wishing to partake of Life in the Slow Train, KiwiRail’s TranzAlpine experience is not to be missed. It is, undisputedly, one of the world’s great scenic rail journeys. 116

Autumn is a lovely time of the year to visit the West Coast. The peak summer crowds have begun to dissipate, operators start to offer special deals and the temperatures are usually as good as any in the Land of the Long White Cloud, otherwise known as Aotearoa New Zealand. When planning a visit to the West Coast it’s worth remembering two things. The first is that this is not a journey that ought to be rushed. The pace of life in these parts is infinitely slower than in many other parts of the country, as the locals will confirm. So, plan your itinerary with this in mind. The second important message is that for many travellers, one visit will be not enough to see and experience everything this long thin ribbon of deep green and aqua blue has to offer. While it’s difficult to rank one attraction or activity in one of the fast-growing visitor destinations in New Zealand above another,

o u r n e w z e a l a n d.c o. n z


O U R N Z I S N O W D I G I TA L ourn e wz e aland. parti c a .onlin e

there are several that ought to feature highly in the creation of a travel itinerary for the West Coast. Visits to the pancake rocks at Punakaiki, the Oparara Basin, Lake Brunner, the Hokitika gorge, the twin glaciers of Fox and Franz Josef and the riverside township of Haast are a must when it comes to laying the foundations for an interesting, illuminating and informative tour to a region which while remote is extremely well-serviced from a visitor perspective. In the north of the region, 20 kilometres from the small historic coastal settlement of Karamea, is a natural subterranean feature that is becoming a must-see destination for intrepid travellers from around the globe. The Oparara Arches honeycomb caves, contained within the Kahurangi National Park, are easily accessed by walkers, cavers and other nature lovers. These vast caverns, carved into 35 million year old limestone walls by the incessant movement of water, are a spectacle to behold. The work of the Oparara River can be seen in the intriguing complex of caves, arches and channels, with so many hues of colour, especially around the entrances where unique ferns and algae flourish. Not far to the south, the sheer power of the Tasman Sea - this vast ocean stretches all the way from Australia’s eastern seaboard before it crashes, literally, into the West Coast of the South Island - is best experienced at Punakaiki. In this idyllic spot, just south of Greymouth, millions of years of wave action have carved stunning designs from the limestone cliff faces. The surging seas launch themselves skywards through blow holes, especially at high tide when the Tasman plays to its audience to its fullest effect. Punakaiki is headquarters to an array of operators who provide a warm welcome to those wanting to embark on horse treks through ancient rainforest, canoeing



enjoy a ne-hour


Rd, tes

Experience life with the birds high in the ancient Rimu and Kamahi tree canopy. Easy access for all to enjoy along a steel platform 20 metres high and over 450 metres long. A great adventure to do on a rainy day, then relax and recharge in the licensed cafĂŠ

1128 Woodstock Rimu Road (just 15 minutes south of Hokitika off SH6) P: 0508 Treetops or 03 755 5052 E: follow us on facebook & twitter Westcoast Treetop Walk & Cafe

118 o u r n e w z e a l a n d.c o. n z

west coast

or freshwater fishing. But for those wanting a more sedate experience, there’s also horse and wagon rides, star-gazing and tours to the petrel colony nearby. Then there’s the kilometre after kilometre of untouched, sweeping beaches, many of them uncluttered by human presence. Punakaiki certainly isn’t a place that should be driven through, at speed, on a journey to somewhere else. To do this would diminish its status as one of the most amazing natural playgrounds to be found anywhere on the planet today. Just inland of the coast is the West Coast’s largest lake, and perhaps its most scenic. Surrounded by native forest, Lake Brunner is certainly one of the true gems of a region which is jampacked with such natural wilderness delights. An overnight stay at the lake edge - the little town of Moana can be accessed from the TranzAlpine as it stops there daily - can’t be recommended too highly. A myriad of walks amid pristine nature, water-based activities, some of the best trout fishing this country can offer or just chilling out are all reason to stop over in this magical spot. The Hokitika River gorge, spanned by a swing bridge that provides a bird’s eye view of what must be the most dazzling blue waters on the planet, is another attraction to be added to the bucket list, and then ticked off. It’s very easy to whittle away hours in this movie-set location, literally, so leave enough time while in the planning stages. This out of world experience will not disappoint.

This river gorge is one of the West Coast’s hidden gems, often bypassed by travellers as they hug the highway down the coastline. On a postcard it looks superb, with its turquoise waters leaping off the page. But the real deal is even more stunning. Located just 33 kilometres from the little town of Hokitika, this river gorge really is a must-see attraction for anyone delving








DAILY TOURS AT: 11.30am - 3pm - 4.30pm - 6pm Monteith’s Brewing Co. 60 Herbert street, Greymouth • Tel: 03 768 4149 • Email: •

O U R N Z I S N O W D I G I TA L ourn e wz e aland. parti c a .onlin e

into this region’s inner world. The short walk from the carpark is enveloped in ancient forest and at no time at all the gorge itself comes into view. It really is a sight to behold, a sheer ravine surrounded by lush native rainforest and vivid gently-flowing waters. Another location that offers a myriad of adventures is located in the southern part of the region is known as Glacier Country, the home to twin walls of ice that creep down the valley floors and edge toward the Tasman Sea. At Franz Josef and Fox, millions of tonnes of ice have carved valleys from the surrounding rock over millennia. Jagged peaks of ice thrust skyward from these creeping ice flows, creating a vast adventure playground for all those who venture onto their slippery slopes. This lost world is so spectacular and remote that UNESCO has designated it a World Heritage Area. The twin glaciers are giant creeping walls of ice that appear to jut their way to the Heavens in places, large chunks wedged against even larger chunks. Formed over hundreds of millions of years, they look like vast rugged peaks, at the same time providing an understanding of how minute, and insignificant, the human form is by comparison.

New Zealand’s own Kea. Dubbed the Clown of the Alps, this bird is heralded as the world’s most intelligent bird. It’s also heralded as the cheekiest. A permanent resident of New Zealand’s mountains (and the world's only alpine parrot).

Both Fox and Franz Josef glaciers are the locations of small, intimate alpine villages and are the perfect base from which to launch expeditions onto the ice walls that dominate this landscape, to the nearby lakes with their mirror-image waters and to the coast, just a hop, skip and jump to the west.


The stunning Beachfront Hotel is located in central Hokitika on the West Coast offering wide range of quality accommodation, full dining, bar, conference and event facilities. The accommodation comprises of three different categories; from comfortable street front Driftwood Standard rooms to fully refurbished Driftwood Superior rooms, to modern and luxury Ocean View rooms with an uninterrupted view of Tasman Sea, all just steps from the beach. Ocean View Restaurant elevated above the beach, offers a magnificent view of the Tasman Sea. Only a stone’s throw away from a stunning West Coast beach, it’s close to the town’s restaurants, cafes, shops and charming craft galleries featuring jade, wood, gold, ruby, rock and precious metals.

Step back in time and discover a

recreated gold rush village. Over 30 shops and buildings to explore plus Steam Train ride, Sluice demonstrations, Gold panning tutorials and old time photographs. Lots of family fun! Onsite café and licenced bar, postal services and free wifi. Rutherglen Road, Paroa (10km South of Greymouth). Open 7 days 8.30am - 5.00pm. Phone 03 762 6634


STAY. RELAX. 111 Revell Street, Hokitika, West Coast |

o u r n e w z e a l a n d.c o. n z

Freephone: 0800 400 344

west coast

Witness the puzzle of huge valleys of ice that extend well below the snowline, almost to the sea. Here the ice age is still underway.

Raring to go explore the glaciers, tramping, biking, kayaking or fishing? Or just sit and soak in nature—literally in the Glacier Hot Pools or on the deck, listening to birdsong or the sound of rain, with a book in hand and a cuppa within reach? Come Happy Hour, stroll over to one of the watering holes for a brew and a bite to eat and chat with the friendly locals. Franz Josef offers all this and more.

40 Cron Street, Franz Josef  +64 3 752 0001  0800 437 269

Stay at Punga Grove Motel & Suites or 58 on Cron Motel, both ideally situated, near to all the shops and restaurants, with spacious, comfortable studios and family apartments, all with fully equipped kitchenettes to whip up simple meals for the kids. Complimentary tea, plunger coffee, wi-fi and Sky 50+ channels. What more can you ask?

O U R N Z I S N O W D I G I TA L ourn e wz e aland. parti c a .onlin e

58 Cron Street, Franz Josef  +64 3 752 0627  0800 662 766 


west coast

Franz Josef Glacier

Any journey through the West Coast will carry travellers through the Gates of Haast, a spectacular area where the main highway to, or from, Wanaka snakes its way along the edge of the river of that name. The small township of Haast, on the banks of a river that starts way up in the alps before entering the Tasman Sea in this place, is also a great place for a stopover, preferably for a few days. This hamlet is synonymous with whitebait, that tiny translucent young of five different fish species. Sampling a fritter, or pattie as some prefer to call it, provides a melt-in-the-mouth experience that is to die for. Watching veteran whitebaiters weaving their magic on the riverbanks is a form of entertainment in itself when the season moves from low gear to fever pitch, as it does later in the year. It would be easy to assume that the West Coast of the Southern Alps consists of these six iconic attractions alone, but to do so would be to make a mistake. There is a whole lot more beneath the dramatic, distinctive landscape than meets the eye. History and heritage, abrupt alpine and coastal landscapes and some of the most hospitable people on Earth today make this very special region of New Zealand what it is. No matter where one goes in this untamed natural wilderness area, there’s adventure, entertainment and excitement to be found, around every corner and on every hill top. But the secret is to leave enough time to explore this region and its secrets - many of them hidden from public gaze. A few days will suffice if travel time is limited, but to get the Most from The Coast, a longer stay is recommended. But there’s also opportunity to make repeated visits, savouring each distinctive part of this natural world at leisure. As the old adage portrays, when in Rome ‌.


o u r n e w z e a l a n d.c o. n z



Discover the Glaciers in the Southern Alps of South Island By Jo May New Zealand contains many stunning glaciers, most located near the Main Divide in the Southern Alps in the South Island. The Fox and Franz Josef glaciers – some of New Zealand’s largest and most-visited – descend down from the Southern Alps. Seeing ancient rivers of ice descending past emerald green rainforest is a sight you'll never forget. Witness the puzzle of huge valleys of ice that extend well below the snowline, almost to the sea. Here the ice age is still underway.

Easy to access While glaciers around the world are retreating, the Fox and Franz Josef glaciers still flow almost to sea level. The temperate climate at this low altitude means these glaciers are among the most convenient to visit in the world. Easy walks to the foot of the glaciers pass along ancient river valleys with steep sides bearing gigantic horizontal scars from when the glaciers have retreated and advanced over millennia. When you stand close to the foot of these glaciers, their sheer enormity is very humbling. Facts Here are some facts to help you get the picture: Over its 13 kilometre length, the Fox glacier plummets 2,600 metres from high in the Southern Alps. It is fed by four alpine glaciers that receive around 30 metres of snowfall each year. The snow is compacted at the top of the glacier into blue ice hundreds of metres deep. This ice slides downhill to the more level river valley below, where it is still 300 metres thick. The movement is lubricated by ice that melts under pressure between the glacier and the steep valley floor. This effect, combined with the high snowfall feeding the top of the glacier, means the Fox and Franz Josef Glaciers flow around ten times faster than most valley glaciers. Shelving in the valley floor deep beneath the glacier causes cracking, upheaval and deep ravines in the glacier surface, creating a dramatic and potentially dangerous frozen landscape. Surface melting occurs throughout the lower altitudes, feeding the frigid rivers that flow out the rocky ravines and on through temperate rainforests to the Tasman Sea.

Visiting the glaciers Professional guides lead journeys onto the ice and offer trips to suit all fitness levels, budgets and time frames. Or treat yourself to a scenic helicopter or ski plane flight where they take you up to where the glaciers begin. O U R N Z I S N O W D I G I TA L ourn e wz e aland. parti c a .onlin e


imagine yourself here... and your cares a million miles away private pools massage & beauty treatments main pools

Cron Street Franz Josef Glacier 0800 044 044

Breathtaking Wanaka Located in the stunning alps of the South Island, New Zealand, visitors from around the world are drawn to the Wanaka region by its outstanding beauty.


O U R N Z I S N O W D I G I TA L ourn e wz e aland. parti c a .onlin e




The town’s stunning mountain and lakeside setting and proximity to Mt Aspiring National Park, makes it the ultimate base for outdoor activities. Walking around Wanaka is one of the best ways to see the beauty of the area and autumn is perfect time to get out and explore the many tracks and trails. Whether it's to a world-class winery, or hiking to a mountain peak, there's literally a track for every fitness level, with photo opportunities around every corner. Mt Aspiring National Park will tempt the serious hikers and climbers, and there are plenty of highly experienced guides to help you. But if a stroll is more your style, there’s a great selection of short tracks close to town, that offer something suitable for the whole family. Lakeside walks will take you to #thatwanakatree, Rippon Vineyard, and Bremner Bay. Slightly more challenging terrain includes Mount Iron, offering rewarding views over the entire Wanaka region and the nearby Outlet Track which follows the Clutha River. Close to Makarora, is the Blue Pools Track, a short stroll through beech forest, to the gorgeous turquoise pools. For those wanting a challenge Deep Canyoning Wanaka offers a fantastic day out. They offer a range of trips for those with no experience, to those who have good fitness and previous knowledge. For the more adventurous why not try a tandem skydive with Skydive Wanaka and freefall above some of New Zealand’s most spectacular scenery. If that’s a little too daunting, then why not a scenic flight with Wanaka Helicopters and get up close and personal with Mount Aspiring. It’s not just the outdoor enthusiasts who have plenty to do, and finding the perfect coffee, chai latte or freshly squeezed juice is not too difficult - the Wanaka cafe culture is thriving, with plenty of great coffee spots to indulge in. Stroll the streets and be inspired by galleries, stylish shops and be spoilt for choice with a great selection of cool cafes, excellent restaurants, craft breweries, award-winning wineries, and an artisan distillery. Lake Wanaka offers warm southern hospitality and incredible views wherever you look. And between a place to simply lie down and close your eyes for the night or relax in total indulgence, there's the ideal base for your time here. Wanaka Heights Motel offers guests friendly, affordable, comfortable accommodation with amazing lake and mountain views. They are situated on a high rise overlooking Wanaka township, a 5-minute walk to the lake front, restaurants and bars. The Wanaka Hotel also offers great value and only a minute’s walk to the Lake and town centre. Enjoy a relaxing drink on your deck while soaking up the lake and mountain views Autumn is renowned for being the most colourful of the seasons so it’s no surprise that a lot of spectacular events are held over this period.



Warbirds over Wanaka

Motatapu Race 10 March 2018 Set in the most stunning location this truly is New Zealand's most iconic offroad multi-sport event through the southern high country.

Southern Lakes Half Marathon & 10km Run 24 March 2018 The half marathon course goes down the Cardrona Valley and loses about 300m elevation, making it a very quick race. The 10km course also starts on Cardrona Valley Rd with a straight run home to Pembroke park. SPECTACULAR LAKE AND MOUNTAIN VIEWS

Warbirds Over Wanaka International Airshow 30-31 March 2018 - Easter Whether you are a pilot, aviation enthusiast or a family wanting a great day’s entertainment, our unique airshow, set in stunning mountain scenery, will create memories that last a lifetime.


71 Ardmore Street, Wanaka

Wanaka has so much to offer - the hardest thing is deciding what to do!

O U R N Z I S N O W D I G I TA L ourn e wz e aland. parti c a .onlin e

P: 0800 473 288



Discover Wanaka with Skydive Wanaka Wanaka offers some of New Zealand’s most beautiful scenery and picturesque landscapes, and freefalling at 200kph is a great way to check it out for yourself. So why not strap yourself to a beautiful stranger and leap from a perfectly good aircraft with Skydive Wanaka - New Zealand's, most spectacular, multi-award winning, and most fun high altitude tandem skydive! The experience begins from the time you are picked up and before you know it, you’ll be meeting your instructor (your very own beautiful stranger!) and climbing into the plane for the incredible scenic flight to altitude. Just sit back, relax, and enjoy the breath-taking 360-degree views of Wanaka and Mount Aspiring National Park - home to some of New Zealand’s highest mountains, including Mount Cook and Mount Aspiring, plus glaciers, crystal clear lakes and rivers. Once you’ve reached your chosen altitude of 12,000 or 15,000ft it’s time to leap...and experience the pure adrenalin rush of freefalling at 200kph above the stunning Central Otago landscape. After up to 60 seconds of freefall, catch your breath and enjoy the smooth flight under canopy safely back down to the dropzone. Skydive Wanaka pride itself on its world-class facilities, professional, fun, friendly staff and providing everyone with the experience of a lifetime–one you will remember forever.



Wanaka Heights offers guests friendly, affordable, comfortable accommodation with amazing lake and mountain views. Situated on a high rise overlooking Wanaka township, our motel is a 5-minute walk to the lake front, restaurants, bars, cinema and retail shops.

0800 786 877

Our accommodation has stunning alpine views to Lake Wanaka and the mountains, each with their own balcony or patio. We have studio and family motel units each with kitchen facilities, ensuite bathrooms, wireless internet access & flat-screen SKY TVs. Continental breakfast available. Outdoor seating area with barbecue facilities plus off-street parking.



Conditions apply*

PROMO CODE: sail&save



*Cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer.

Reservations toll free 0800194452 E: o u r n e w z e a l a n d.c o. n z


Up close and personal with Mount Aspiring The popular resort town of Wanaka is nestled 30km from the spectacular summit of Mount Aspiring (3033m), also known as Glistening Peak or in Māori Te Reo as Tititea. Tititea is flanked by three of the largest glaciers contained within New Zealand’s third largest National Park. There is no better way to appreciate the scale and diverse landscapes of the Mount Aspiring National Park and surrounds than by air. Wanaka Airport is a ten minute drive from Wanaka township, from here take a helicopter flight, it's easily the best way to access Mount Aspiring. Take off from Wanaka Airport enjoying the beautiful sights of Lake Wanaka, views of historic

high country stations, snow capped peaks, crystal clear rivers, and huge valleys formed by intense glaciation. Experience the full pristine beauty of the Southern Alps as you catch sight of turquoise mountain lakes and waterfalls plunging over sheer cliffs into dense native forest. Approaching Mount Aspiring you get up close and personal with deep crevasses and cascading cliffs of blue ice, compressed by the weight of ice and thousands of years squeezing out all the air bubbles creating a cerulean blue, few people get to experience. Making a high altitude landing near Mount Aspiring is the pinnacle of the trip, breathing in

remote mountain air while looking out to the Southern Alps. Circumnavigating the mountain and crossing the Main Divide offers views as far as the eye can see towards the West Coast and the Tasman Sea. What a way to discover some of the South Island’s best crown jewels! Wanaka Helicopters offers this exceptional flight to Mount Aspiring and several other itineraries around Wanaka, Coromandel Peak, Milford Sound, and Mount Cook. Their team of professional pilots fly every day of the week, call 0800 46 36 26 or visit to book your own incredible experience now!

O U R N Z I S N O W D I G I TA L ourn e wz e aland. parti c a .onlin e




Autumn Gold in Queenstown BY JO MAY

o u r n e w z e a l a n d.c o. n z


Afternoon wine at Waitiri Creek

Autumn in Queenstown is an unforgettable experience. The outstanding golden and red hues dominate the hills around the region and contrast strikingly with the deep blue of our lakes and rivers—here you can truly immerse yourself in the wonder of the season. Of the four distinct seasons, autumn’s arrival in a blaze of reds and golds is the most dramatic, and if you’re here in that time you might find yourself transformed into a shutterbug, there’s a photo opportunity at every turn. Autumn temperatures are cooler at sunrise and sunset but the warm sunny days are ideal for exploring the region and enjoying the activities and attractions that make Queenstown famous— there are so many ways to immerse yourself in the autumn colours, take your pic from the mild to the wild. Discover the backcountry on foot or bike or make the most of the huge network of trails around the region. There is also a seemingly endless supply of world-renowned adventure activities ranging from skydiving, bungy jumping, jet boating and paragliding to aerobatic flights, horse trekking, rafting and 4WD tours through awe-inspiring canyons or Lord of the Rings country. For a more relaxed pace, tee up a round of golf, take a boat cruise or scenic flight, sample award-winning Central Otago wines and superb local cuisine, enjoy a treatment at a luxury spa or explore

the town’s many shops, galleries, bars, cafes and restaurants. The Queenstown Trail forms a stunning part of Nga Haerenga, The New Zealand Cycle Trail, a 120km network of trails in the Wakatipu basin. Wind between rivers, lakes and mountain ranges with easy access to some iconic Queenstown vistas and experiences on the undulating trail. Popular spots such as Queenstown Bay, Frankton, Lake Hayes, or Gibbston’s ‘valley of vines’ can all be accessed via the Queenstown Trail—and many of these locations offer especially wonderful displays of autumn colour. A trip to Queenstown isn’t complete without a visit to Arrowtown, the historic gold mining village on the banks of the Arrow River. Arrowtown is celebrated for its famous autumn hues when the trees on the surrounding hills turn red and gold. Make time to explore the quaint tree-lined streets, old miners’ cottages, restored Chinese Village and Lakes District Museum as well as the award-winning restaurants and cafes, gourmet food and wine purveyors and diverse retail stores and galleries.

O U R N Z I S N O W D I G I TA L ourn e wz e aland. parti c a .onlin e



Queenstown Golf Club is situated in the amphitheatre of the Remarkable Mountains and offers a unique opportunity to play on what is internationally regarded as one of the most picturesque golf courses in the world. Tour their website and enjoy some wonderful scenes that will give you a taste of what we have to offer.

Autumn is also a good time to enjoy some of the region’s walking trails and Arrowtown’s walking tracks (consider Sawpit or Tobin’s Track) will really immerse you in the bold tones of autumn. Scenic walks from downtown Queenstown range from a short stroll around the beautiful lakeside gardens to tackling Queenstown Hill or Ben Lomond for magnificent 360 degree vistas. If photography is your thing, consider a visit to the nearby Queenstown Gardens, or Tucker Beach on State Highway 6 on the way to or from Arrowtown—they are also great colour-viewing locations. Further afield, Glenorchy’s epic Lord of the Rings scenery is a must-see and leads on to some of New Zealand’s Great Walks. For a more active way to enjoy the landscapes of the season, Queenstown also offers some of the country’s best golfing experiences. The world-class, diverse golf courses are set amongst dramatic lake and alpine scenery and are a must-do for keen golfers. Spend a leisurely morning or afternoon taking in a round – there are six options, all within 25 minutes of the town centre, ranging from immaculately groomed 18 hole championship courses to a family friendly 9-hole course and driving range. Queenstown one of New Zealand’s leading wine and food destinations and early autumn is a great time to come and experience the buzz as tonnes of grapes are harvested from Central Otago’s 200 vineyards. For further taste testing, enjoy a leisurely lunch at one of the region’s many fine winery restaurants or spend the afternoon exploring vineyards and cellar doors on a wine tour.


o u r n e w z e a l a n d.c o. n z


Chefs are passionate about using local ingredients and cooler temperatures bring a change in menus to reflect the season’s fresh produce. There are more than 150 innovative and award-winning restaurants and eateries to cater for any occasion from fun dining to fine dining. The cosmopolitan variety of the food on offer in Queenstown is in large part due to the diversity of our resident population. In restaurants, cafes and at our local markets you can find food inspired by many regions of the world. In downtown Queenstown there’s stylish bistro food, celebrity chef restaurants, traditional pub meals, designer burgers and a variety of ethnic cuisine, while buffet dining above the gondola provides magnificent views of the region. Daytime al fresco dining is the ideal way to soak up the autumn sunshine and scenery while colder evenings are perfect for sipping a glass of award-winning local Pinot Noir beside a fire. Queenstown is an easily accessible destination with great domestic and Australia air connections and some of New Zealand’s most scenic drives to soak in on the way.


Connect with real New Zealand An awe inspiring journey into the Te Wai Pounamu World Heritage Area.

BOOK NOW! 0800 327 853

The Akarua Arrowtown Autumn Festival (29-25 April) provides the perfect opportunity to enjoy the vibrant colours and relaxed atmosphere. The seven-day festival celebrates the old goldmining town’s heritage with gold panning, a market day and street parade, guided historical walks, a vintage car rally and live music and theatre. There are always music, theatre, comedy and sporting events on in Queenstown! To find our more visit

O U R N Z I S N O W D I G I TA L ourn e wz e aland. parti c a .onlin e



Explore Like a Local in Queenstown Sometimes you want to experience the hidden gems of a destination, so here are some spots that are popular with locals. Bob's Cove Head out to Bob’s Cove. A twenty-minute drive, and a fifteenminute walk, takes you to the hidden gem that is Bob’s Cove. Relax alongside the crystal-clear waters of Lake Wakatipu, jump off the jetty, and explore the historic lime kiln.

Mountain Biking Lift assisted mountain biking is a fantastic way to experience Queenstown’s famous downhill trails, and with plenty of locals around, you can get the insiders tips on the best routes and other tracks to explore.

Markets Visit the Saturday markets to pick up some locally produced crafts and food to start your day, and there’s also an evening market full of local produce and raw foods every Wednesday.

Live Music Queenstown has a vibrant after dark scene, with local musicians performing most nights of the week. Keep an eye out for the local newsletter which lists gig guides every week.

Tiki Trail Fitness Need a spot of holiday exercise? Take the Tiki Trail from the base of the Skyline gondola to the summit of Bob's Peak, reward yourself with a sweet treat at the top. It's a popular trail with fit locals.

Quiz Night If you’re travelling in a group, head along to a quiz night at one of Queenstown’s pubs, or even if you're alone they're a great way to meet locals and fellow travellers.

Take an Art Class Pottery or arts classes are popular with the locals and have casual classes during the week, make a piece that reminds you of Queenstown. It may pay to approach art centres or tutors ahead of your visit.

Fishing Trip Book a fishing trip on Lake Wakatipu and catch brown and rainbow trout and if you’re lucky salmon, well stocked in the regions lakes and surrounding rivers. Whatever you do, whatever your style, Queenstown will feed your imagination, fuel your passions and revitalise your spirit. Visit their website to discover more about Queenstown.

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. Complimentary transport from central Queenstown by arrangement.

“ 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

172 Arthurs Point Road, Arthurs Point, Queenstown

o u r n e w z e a l a n d.c o. n z


03 442 8999





Show your ferry/train ticket for a free $15 gift with your Tandem Skydive


FINZ is the place to enjoy superb seafood and NZ’s finest meat produce in a warm and casual bistro style atmosphere, with excellent service and spectacular views. Enjoy casual relaxed waterfront dining whilst treating yourself to a seafood platter, a hearty steak or enjoy classic Kiwi fish and chips. For reservations telephone +64 3 442 7405 or email: Open 7 days from 5 pm until late

Fired up and delivering smoky hot flavours, Coalfire is a uniquely Queenstown dining experience with a meat orientated menu using locally grown produce off the hills and farms of the South Island. The finest cuts, straight from our southern backyard are hand selected and then cooked with fire and smoke to craft food with our distinctive flavour. Offering old world ambience, fireside dining and a damn fine selection of craft beers and local wines. Coalfire serves up Flavour by Fire daily from 11am till late. Reservations essential for evening dining.

Steamer Wharf Beach St, Queenstown P: +64 3 442 7405 E: O U R N Z I S N O W D I G I TA L ourn e wz e aland. parti c a .onlin e

17 Ballarat St, The Mall, Queenstown E:

P: 03 442 8439




‘I hope that when I die someone will be interested enough to carry it on’. Bill Richardson.



Originally one man’s passion and further developed by his family, it is now a world-class hub of all things transport & much more. Transport World started as one man’s passion in 1967. Bill Richardson was a loving family man, successful businessman and avid truck collector. During his lifetime he amassed a private collection of over 170 trucks. Right up until his untimely death he took great pleasure in his collection, showing guests through and sharing his almost encyclopedic knowledge of trucks. The collection grew into what is today known as Bill Richardson Transport World.

Operating under the tourism arm of the HWR Group, Transport World is one of New Zealand’s most exciting and new tourism companies. More recently Transport World is directed by Bill’s daughter and family. Today, Transport World has grown into a multi layered attraction that offers three world-class experiences; Bill Richardson Transport World, Classic Motorcycle Mecca and Dig This Invercargill. A brand new venture Route 6 Prestige Rentals offers high-end rental cars and boutique accommodation The Lodges At Transport World offers supreme comfort. Conference and event facilities are also available at Bill Richardson Transport World. To learn more, visit:

Interested in trucks and transport from a young age, Bill established his first transport company in the late 1960’s. Under Bill’s guidance this company went from strength to strength and is now known as the HWR Group. o u r n e w z e a l a n d.c o. n z


BILL RICHARDSON TRANSPORT WORLD Home to over 300 vehicles, a wearable arts display, children’s play zones, The Grille cafe and themed bathrooms fast becoming as famous as the collection’s vehicles.

CLASSIC MOTORCYCLE MECCA A world class display of over 300 classic motorcycles. Highlights include three John Britten motorcycles and Brough Superior bikes.

DIG THIS INVERCARGILL New Zealand’s ONLY heavy equipment playground. Dig This lets guests live out their wildest fantasies and operate heavy machinery within a controlled and safe environment.

THE GRILLE & MECCASPRESSO Expect nothing less than superb, fresh and ever-changing menus that are packed with the best local flavours. Head to our website to learn more.

THE LODGES AT TRANSPORT WORLD The perfect accommodation option for guests looking for all those little extras. All guests can expect superior comfort in 4 1/2 star boutique apartment units.

Leʦ chat today

T: 0800 151 252 E: W: O U R N Z I S N O W D I G I TA L ourn e wz e aland. parti c a .onlin e

Onboard maps



o u r n e w z e a l a n d.c o. n z


O U R N Z I S N O W D I G I TA L ourn e wz e aland. parti c a .onlin e



Motive power How many, how big, how fast, how heavy? Interislander has a fleet of 3 ships – Kaitaki, Aratere and Kaiarahi





Meaning - Challenger BUILT



New Zealand




22,365 tonnes






20.5 knots


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


Meaning - Quickpath BUILT

Spain, 1998


New Zealand




17,816 tonnes






19.5 knots


Four Wartsila 8L32 od 3680KW Each coupled to ABB alternators Of 3,300 volts at 50Hz Plus tow Wartsila 8L20 of 1600 KW Each


Meaning - Leader / Guardian BUILT

Seville, Spain 1998


United Kingdom




22,152 tonnes






19 knots


Four Diesel Engines, Wartsilla 9L38, four-stroke, of 5,940kW each at 600rpm, burning 380 cSt fuel at 50 degrees celcius with twin c/p screw arrangement. Two pairs of engines connected through De Schelde Rduction Gear with Vulkan Couplings to a Wartsila Wichmann Controllable Pitch Propeller, type PR130 4H with diameter 4,850mm and 138 rpm

140 140

o u r n e w z e a l a n d.c o. n z o u nz


hOW mANy, hOW biG, hOW FAST, hOW hEAVy?

A variety of different locomotives will be the driving force for your Scenic Journey, depending on a number of factors including which journey you are on and the size of the train.





Diesel Electric Mainline Passenger & Freight Locomotive NUMBER IN SERVICE



EMD 12/645E


1500HP traction / 1650HP gross










82 tonnes


Diesel Electric Mainline Passenger & Freight Locomotive NUMBER IN SERVICE



GM 12/645E3C


2250HP traction / 2450HP gross










87.6 tonnes


Diesel Electric Mainline Passenger & Freight Locomotive NUMBER IN SERVICE





3150HP traction / 3300HP gross










99.9 tonnes

O U R N Z I S N O W D I G I TA L ourn e wz e aland. parti c a .onlin e o u nz

141 141


ONBOARD SOUVENIRS Onboard Souvenirs Onboard souvenirs

Make the memories ofofyour trip last longer. We offer special souvenirs Make the memories your trip last longer. We offer aarange ofof special souvenirs to to Make the memories of your trip last longer. We offer arange range of special souvenirs remind you of your experience aboard our ship and/or trains for years to come. remind you of your experience aboard our ships and/or trains for years to come. to remind you of your experience aboard our ship and/or trains for years to come. Items listed are inin NZD GST and Items listed are NZD incl GST andonly are subject toonboard. availability at shops on Interislander Items listed are inincl NZD incl GST andavailable are subject to availability at shops on and cafes on all scenic trains. Interislander and cafe’s on all scenic trains.

Scenic trains Floating pen


Magnets and badges


Model train

TranzAlpine and Northern Explorer keyring



8GB USB with images and video loaded


Kids’ activity pack

(Suitable for ages 3-14 years)


One size fits all caps




100% recyclable cups (Available TranzAlpine / Christchurch Station only)




Tote bag

$35.00 o u r n e w z e a l a n d.c o. n z

Playing cards


Passport Stamp t-shirt

(Men’s and women’s styles available)


Interislander ferries $7.50

Ship keyring


$4.00 Pin $4.00

Blue self-wind flashlight


Model ship (Aratere, Kaiarahi and Kaitaki available)


Large memo clip

(with magnet on reverse)


$7.90 $7.90

Water cube

Notebook and pen



Floating pen




8GB USB card

Playing cards

Water cube

Silver teaspoon






Magnetic jigsaw puzzle

$7.70 $7.70



Interislander cap Ship cap


Tote bag

$35.00 $35.00


Passport Stamp t-shirt

Ship t-shirt



(Men’s and women’s styles available)

O U R N Z I S N O W D I G I TA L ourn e wz e aland. parti c a .onlin e



enftrree y! New Zealand’s PREMIER CELEBRATION OF RURAL SPORTS The Hilux New Zealand Rural Games is a great family weekend of traditional sports, entertainment and heaps of opportunities to have a go. The FREE TWO-DAY event hosts national and Trans-Tasman championships for traditional sports like wood chopping, speed shearing and speed fencing alongside fun participation contests like Russian egg roulette, gumboot throwing and cowpat tossing.

10–11 MARCH 2018

There’s also Kids 'n Country for the under 12s where they can get their hands dirty – including the Interislander tug-o-war. There are many Have a Go challenges for everyone else, including the Interislander Gearing Up Challenge – your chance to learn how to gear up a standard bred race-horse. Then it’s time for the experts from the New Zealand Harness Racing to have a go to see who will be crowned New Zealand’s fastest.


Our aim – native bush from ridge to shore.

Who’s behind the dying pines? You may not have heard of the Marlborough Sounds Restoration Trust but you will have seen what they do. The dying pine trees throughout the Sounds are thanks to this voluntary Trust and their mission to get rid of wilding pines in the Sounds. A wilding pine is a pine tree in the wrong place. They grow from seed that has blown from a forestry plantation or an old farm tree. Wilding pines take over the native bush and the scenic skylines of the Sounds. If nothing is done we will lose the bush and lose the birds and insects that rely on it. The Marlborough Sounds Restoration Trust began working with landowners in 2008. The Trust employs contractors to track down, drill and poison the pines. Each tree dies where it stands, allowing light and room for native bush to grow and dominate again. Herbicide is used rather than chainsaws because a felled tree damages the native undergrowth and spreads its cones to seed again. More than $1.6m has been raised by the Marlborough Sounds Restoration Trust, supported by the Lottery Grants, Marlborough District Council, Department of Conservation and sponsors including The Great Journeys of New Zealand.

Before - The contractor drills and injects herbicide to kill the tree and its pine cones.

After - the treated trees change from green to ginger to silver. It takes 5 to 10 years for the trees to die and native bush to return.

It costs just $3 to kill a wilding pine. Donations can be made at 



Enjoy some downtime


1. Muslim veil 4. Subdue (riot) 7. College certificate 8. Crave, ... for 9. Led 12. No longer in style 15. Slenderness 17. Funeral vehicle 18. Shopping mall 21. Notorious affair 22. Nips with beak 23. Machine-driven


1. Young in appearance 2. Coiffure 3. Understand 4. Dock 5. Messages to run 6. Pork cut 10. Lavished affection (on) 11. Hidden supply 13. Deranged 14. Demonic 16. Cope 18. Stage-play item 19. Inquires 20. Sleep in tent



o u r n e w z e a l a n d.c o. n z


Relax, join our Club and save For over 30 years and in 50 spectacular locations throughout New Zealand, we have been carefully creating environments to provide you, with your very own unique, quality holiday experience. We offer a range of accommodation options including everything from motels and self-contained units through to cabins, tent and powered sites. All our Parks offer you plenty of space, children’s play facilities, BBQ areas plus indoor and outdoor recreational areas. No holiday memories are complete without experiencing one of our great Parks.






SAVE 15% on travel with Interislander ferries and 10% off on-board purchases.

SAVE 10% on accommodation at all TOP 10 Holiday Parks and at over 500 activity operators, cafĂŠs and restaurants throughout New Zealand when you join our club. Join at a TOP 10 Holiday Park reception, or online

OURNZ iss 39