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This is for those who seek a different way of life (even if it’s just for two weeks). Diving into the abyss, Waitomo

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This is real

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This is for those who want to immerse themselves in the true essence of Kiwi (whether it’s a kawakawa steam treatment or a beer with the locals). Traditional hongi greeting


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This is refreshing.


This is for travellers (leave your limitations at home; this journey is going to be life-changing). Diving the Poor Knight Islands

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This is not for tourists.

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New Zealand TravelLERS’ Guide 2014

Kia ora! Prime Minister’s welcome.

A declaration of independence Welcome to the ultimate Kiwi travel guide! Are you ready to experience the real New Zealand? We’ve travelled to the furthest corners of our amazing country to compile the best the ‘Land of the Long White Cloud’ has to offer in the one must-have guide. We’re delighted to share our country with you and hope you come to love it as much as we do on your travels. Have a great trip! Isaac Wilson, Editor “Seek out an authentic Kiwi experience on roads less travelled – although the best-known destinations are justifiably popular, there are lots of treasures to discover off the beaten track. Take time to seek them out and you’ll have amazing adventures in the most surprising places!”

Been There. Done It. Pass It On. You’ve come all this way to visit Aotearoa and when you get here there’s such a bewildering array of activities on offer that it can be hard to know what to choose. There are some things, though, that you just can’t leave without trying:  Black-water rafting at Waitomo Caves.  Witnessing a spine-tingling Maori cultural experience.  Whale watching by boat or plane off the Kaikoura Coast.  Taking a guided glacier walk.  Pushing your boundaries: bungy jumping, globe riding or skydiving.  Swimming with dolphins.

Remember that there are thousands who’d love to share your experiences. You’ve been there and done it, so get online at www.destination-nz.com and share your stories, reviews, lists and photos. Oh, and while we’re on the subject of bestowing your wisdom, how about dropping an email to editor@somocreative. co.nz? We’d love to hear your thoughts.

Need more information? Seek out our range of travel information available for download or to read online. If you haven’t already downloaded them, make sure you grab yourself a copy of the dedicated sections for backpackers and for in-depth information about New Zealand culture and nature ... and much more.

Backpacker All the information a backpacker could need, from budget accommodation and car hire to insider tips and (free!) activities, in one handy guide. Turn to the Backpacker section and look for our dedicated Backpacker content available to download – your essential backpacking companion!

Culture & Nature Maori and Pacific culture, up-close wildlife encounters and hiking in National Parks – this section is a must-have for visitors seeking an authentic New Zealand experience. Have a look here and start planning a journey that really gets to the heart of what New Zealand is all about.

online Head to www.destination-nz. com where you’ll find a vast array of in-depth information about New Zealand. Check out the New Zealand Travel Articles to get your finger on the pulse of what’s happening around New Zealand. And make sure you pick up a copy of Cityscape when you’re in Christchurch!


New Zealand is a fantastic part of the world and we have many things that make us an attractive place to visit. I’d encourage you to come and visit us if you haven’t already. In New Zealand, you’ll experience some of the most outstanding scenery, a unique culture, delicious wine and food, and many thrilling activities that make us a worldrenowned adventure playground. From the stunning glaciers and fiords of the South Island’s West Coast, to the mighty volcanoes of the Central Plateau, there is something for everyone to see and enjoy. Visit a traditional Māori marae, fish for trout in an alpine stream or take some time out at a spa or eco resort. You could taste some of the best and freshest food in the world, matched with an array of delicious local wines. The world can’t get enough of our produce. And there are so many ways to get a thrill – from jet boating, whitewater rafting, and bungy jumping, to mountain-biking and playing on one of more than 400 golf courses. We are extremely proud of our country. Up and down New Zealand, Kiwis are ready and waiting to show off the best that New Zealand has to offer. I hope you have a great time in New Zealand. There’s always more to discover in our little corner of the world, and our door is always open. We hope you’ll return to our shores again soon. Best wishes,

Rt Hon John Key Prime Minister Minister of Tourism

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Contents LIVE, BREATHE, EXPERIENCE NZ [006] This is Aotearoa [007] The Highlights Explore NZ [009] Ways to See NZ [012] Indulgent Breaks [014] Very Accommodating [016] Backpacking NZ NZ Culture [021] Land of Legends [021] Past & Present [024] Maori Culture [026] Contemporary Culture [027] Kiwi Creativity Natural NZ [031] Great Outdoors [031] Extreme Landscapes [033] Experiencing Natural NZ [034] New Zealand Wildlife [036] Sustainable New Zealand NZ Living [038] Taste New Zealand [038] New Zealand Cuisine [040] New Zealand Wine [042] New Zealand Shopping [044] Spas & Retreats [046] Entertainment & Events Active NZ [049] Adventure Central [049] New Zealand Activities [054] Walking & Hiking Travel Planner [057] Plan Your Travel [057] Where To Sleep [059] How To Get Around

Lake Mapourika, West Coast

itineraries [061] NZ Top to Bottom [061] National Itinerary [062] North Island Itinerary [063] South Island Itinerary [064] Been There. Done It. [066] Beyond the Big City North Island Showcase [070] North Island Overview [072] Auckland [086] Northland [095] Waikato & Waitomo [101] The Coromandel [107] Bay of Plenty [111] Rotorua [121] Gisborne & Eastland [124] Hawke’s Bay [129] Taupo & Ruapehu [136] Taranaki [139] Whanganui & Manawatu [142] Wellington & Wairarapa South Island Showcase [158] South Island Overview [160] Marlborough [168] Nelson [177] West Coast [184] Kaikoura & Hanmer Springs [192] Christchurch & Canterbury [206] Mount Cook & Mackenzie [211] Dunedin & Otago [221] Wanaka [226] Queenstown [238] Fiordland [242] Southland & Stewart Island The Essentials [246] Essential Information

New Zealand TravelLERS’ Guide 12th Edition CEO/Director Andrea Rickerby Editor Isaac Wilson Sub-editor/Writer Ben Allan Senior Designer Darlene Mineault Graphic Designer Tamsin Eldridge Accounts Administrator Claire Ross Contributors A special thanks to Regional Tourism Organisations and our clients for their valued contributions. Subscription, advertising and editorial enquiries: phone: +64 3 366 3340 fax: +64 3 366 3017 email: info@somocreative.co.nz Published by:

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live, breathe, experience NZ

This is Aotearoa

The Pacific nation of New Zealand is an exciting destination offering the perfect blend of sophisticated culture, fine food and wine, adventure activities and incredible wild places. There are highlights in every corner of the nation, whether you’re travelling top to bottom or exploring one area in depth.

Located in the South Pacific, New Zealand may look far away on the map, but it’s really just a flight away from some of the world’s major cities: Sydney, Los Angeles, Tokyo and Shanghai. And once you’re here, you’ll discover a technologically and socially advanced nation offering the facilities you’re used to at home – in a landscape that’s out of this world! The total land area is about 268,000 square kilometres – similar to the UK or Japan – yet the population is just under 4.5 million compared to about 128 million in Japan. As in most developed nations, the majority of people live in cities, meaning that vast areas are sparsely populated. In New Zealand, it’s easy to escape the madding crowd!


Hokianga Harbour

Bay of Islands Paihia


Buzzing city life in Auckland City


Road trip of a lifetime along Coast


Hauraki Gulf


Coromandel the Pacific Whitianga 25 Highway Thames 2 25 Whangamata 26


Underground adventures blackwater rafting at Waitomo Caves


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Mt Maunganui Te Puke Whakatane 33






Waitomo Caves



New Plymouth







Indulge in wine and lunch at a Hawke’s Bay vineyard





Abel Tasman National Park 60



Picton Blenheim


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Hanmer Springs









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Whales, dolphins and albatrosses in Kaikoura



Visit the beautiful garden city of Christchurch







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Action and adventure in Queenstown and Wanaka


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Havelock North







Palmerston North


Wanaka 8A Arrowtown 85 Fiordland Queenstown Cromwell 94 National Park Doubtful Alexandra Sound Te Anau 6 95


Napier Hastings 50


Beach-hopping in Abel Tasman National Park

Milford Sound





Glacier-climbing adventure on the West Coast


Turangi 47 Tongariro National Park



Get a dose of culture in the capital city of Wellington







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Family-friendly activities around Lake Taupo and Ruapehu

Bay of Plenty






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Wildlife encounter on Stewart Island

R&R in the geothermal wonderland of Rotorua



Breathtaking landscapes in scenic Fiordland

Maori culture at the Waitangi Treaty Grounds


Stewart Island


Shop for Kiwi designer fashion in Dunedin


The Highlights Incredible landscapes New Zealand’s spectacular landscapes range from rugged mountain ranges and forest-cloaked valleys to exquisite turquoise lakes and golden beaches. [DO IT] Absorb the extraordinary sight of Milford Sound. Remarkable wildlife New Zealand will allow you the chance to interact with unique wildlife that exists nowhere else on earth – from snowdwelling parrots to the strange kiwi bird. [DO IT] Watch kiwi forage at a special nocturnal house. Adventure activities Revel in the superb range of adventure activities on offer in incredible landscapes – from hiking and black-water rafting to the extreme thrills of globe riding or skydiving. [DO IT] Summon all your courage and bungy jump! Rest and relax Geothermal activity means an abundance of hot mineral pools around the country – many of them developed into enticing landscaped complexes and day spas. [DO IT] Indulge in a hot mineral pool followed by a Maori massage.

Fast Facts

Sophisticated society Experience life among New Zealand’s melting pot of cultures and discover a modern, sophisticated society that’s open-minded and innovative. [DO IT] Explore the colourful capital of the Pacific, Auckland City. Friendly locals In buzzing cities and in small country towns, enjoy a genuine Kiwi welcome from people known around the world as being honest, open and friendly. [DO IT] Do as the locals do and bond over a cold beer in a country pub. Fascinating culture Learn the myths and traditions of the indigenous Maori people and experience a slice of New Zealand culture as it has been for hundreds of years. [DO IT] Join a guided marae visit and taste a traditional hangi cooked underground. Tantalising cuisine Sample the freshest produce from land and sea, prepared by innovative chefs, topped off with a premium local wine. [DO IT] Ask the locals where to find the best fish ‘n’ chips.

Still got questions? Refer to Essential Information

and check out www.destination-nz.com for more useful information on travelling in New Zealand.

Preparing for the climate While NZ does not usually suffer major climate extremes, the weather can be changeable. Pack layers and a raincoat. Seasons are in reverse of the Northern Hemisphere. For forecasts, see www.metservice.co.nz. Holidays Confirmed bookings for accommodation and transport are essential in some areas, and a good idea in others during the busy public or school holidays. Some businesses (typically cafés and restaurants) add public holiday surcharges of 10% to 20%. For more, see Essential Information or www.minedu.govt.

nz/theMinistry/EducationInNewZealand/ SchoolTermsAndHolidays.aspx

Visitor Information Network As you’re travelling, look out for i-SITE Visitor Information Centres which you’ll find in most places throughout the country. Here you’ll find information, advice and help with bookings. See www.i-site.org.nz for a list of i-SITE Visitor Centres. Driving in New Zealand Cars, campervans and campers that lie somewhere between the two are readily available for hire. Minimum hire ages vary from 21 to 25 and you’ll need to provide a driver’s licence (in English) from your home country or an International Driver’s Permit. See www.nzta.govt.nz/licence/

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Glacier Explorers, Mt Cook

Spring If you’re in New Zealand between September and November, you’ll be treated to a fantastic show of blossoms in Taranaki, Hamilton or the ‘garden city’ of Christchurch, among other places. [BEST TIME] Hit the slopes for spring skiing and snowboarding. City sightseeing before the summer heat really kicks in.

Summer December to February is high season, and perfect for exploring the beaches and enjoying water sports in areas like the Bay of Islands, The Coromandel, Bay of Plenty, Nelson and Marlborough. [BEST TIME] Take your pick from a multitude of food, arts and sports events. Book ahead and take a Kiwi camping holiday.

Crossing Cook Strait Most visitors will want to see both the North and South Islands. Fly between the islands, or choose from two major ferry operators that transport passengers and vehicles.

Autumn From March to May, summer crowds disperse but the weather usually remains settled and warm. In some places, the changing colours of the leaves are a spectacular sight. [BEST TIME] Hike the Great Walks while the weather is settled and crowds are smaller. Sample wine at the cellar door in harvest season.

Winter June, July and August are perfect for skiing, but crisp days and a dusting of snow also make this a great time for viewing the South Island’s majestic scenery. [BEST TIME] Swim with dolphins – you can wear a wetsuit for warmth and the water is clearest during the winter months. Soak in a steaming geothermal hot pool nestled among a winter wonderland.

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Wonderment in Whanganui National Park

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Renowned for jaw-dropping scenery and extreme adventure activities, it’s also known for luxurious wilderness retreats, delightful cuisine, rich Maori culture and the down-to-earth friendliness of its many people.

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Ways to See NZ

New Zealand is a land of ancient legends and rich history that fosters a colourful multicultural identity. Thriving amid landscapes dense with spiritual significance is a unique culture made up of indigenous Maori and European traditions interwoven with Pacific and Asian influences.

Are you after a romantic escape, family holiday, luxurious getaway or the road trip of a lifetime? Whatever you have in mind, here’s how to explore your own way.

SkyWalk around Auckland’s Sky Tower

New Zealand is a great place for a family adventure. Rent a car to make transporting everyone easy: vehicles of all sizes are available, including people-movers that will carry families without any fuss. Self-contained motels or apartments with kitchen and laundry facilities as well as camping grounds and holiday parks are an excellent option for families. Once the practicalities are sorted, it’s all about fun for the family – fortunately many of New Zealand’s iconic activities are suitable for all ages. Animal encounters rank highly among the young ones, whether it’s horse trekking, a visit to a zoo, or farm stay activities. Adventure and theme parks are popular and so are beach visits and water activities like boating and kayaking. On rainy days take your pick from a myriad of museums and kid-friendly educational attractions. With interactive displays and science attractions, touch-tanks, hands-on exhibits and museum activities for kids, boredom is out of the question – guaranteed!

Action & Adventure If you’re looking for action and adventure, then you’ve definitely come to the right place! Any adrenaline-pumping itinerary has to include the adventure capital of Queenstown. Famous for bungy jumping, jet boating, heli skiing and much more, Queenstown makes your wildest dreams come true. On the West Coast, try glacier climbing, and in Rotorua have a go at globe riding

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Family Time

and mountain biking. In the Waikato’s Waitomo Caves, cave systems and underground rivers are waiting to be explored, while white-water rafting will get your heart racing in Tongariro National Park. Taking to the hiking trail is, of course, an iconic New Zealand adventure. Fiordland National Park is home to some of the most well-known multi-day walks, but there are numerous other hiking trails around the country. And there’s no need to come down from your adrenaline rush as you travel from one adventure hotspot to the next. Rent a motorcycle for the ultimate road trip or book a 4WD to get off the beaten track along the way! For overnight stays, choose a self-contained holiday apartment with plenty of room for all your gear, rent a camper or try wilderness camping for maximum adventure.

Backpacking New Zealand is hugely popular among backpackers. It’s the perfect

place for a road trip with friends or a backpacker bus tour to a myriad of fascinating places, choosing from an almost endless selection of varied activities to enjoy along the way. Make sure you don’t miss out on the iconic activities that make this country famous! Hostels and camping grounds abound and the country’s major drawcard, its stunning and diverse landscape, is free for every visitor. There are plenty of inexpensive ways to explore rainforests, beaches, glaciers and geothermal fields. Inexpensive accommodation ranges from backpacker hostels to camping grounds complete with cabins and, sometimes, motel units, while a solid network of coach transport makes New Zealand cheap and easy to get around if you’d prefer not to drive. Renting a vehicle is an economical option if you’re travelling in a group, or if you’re flying solo you can buy bus passes or join a specialised bus tour for an

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Road trip survival list

... CDs or an iPod loaded with

Kiwi classics ... plenty of snacks,

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including local favourites like

Pineapple Lumps ... water ... a

road map ... feeling intellectual? Pack a Maori language CD and learn as you go.

ROAD TRIPS Get your best friends together, rent a car and explore the highways and byways in a gorgeous landscape. New Zealand is an excellent place for a road trip and driving is relatively easy on the well-maintained and signposted main roads. To plan the road trip of a lifetime, check out the Travel Planner. REAL KIWI EXPERIENCES Of course, you’ve come to New Zealand in search of experiences that will give you a real taste of life in New Zealand. You’re in for a treat; New Zealand culture is fascinating, accessible and fun. Make sure your trip includes at least one Maori cultural experience, of course – there are lots of options, but taking a guided walk with a Maori guide gives visitors a great insight into contemporary Maori culture and traditional values. Don’t miss the chance to soak up some New Zealand art as well, whether it’s visiting an art gallery, listening to a Kiwi band or catching a local movie. And then, to truly experience an authentic slice of New Zealand, make sure you get involved in popular local activities, whether it’s playing frisbee at the beach, a BBQ at the camping ground or drinking a beer at a local pub. See New Zealand Culture for more ideas. Deluxe Activities Golfing at Cape Kidnappers Island hopping in the Bay of Islands Heli skiing in the Southern Alps Private cooking class with a celebrity chef Glacier flight-seeing on the West Coast

unforgettable social experience. When it comes to saving money, there are lots of ways to make your money go further in New Zealand.

Eco-friendly Travel Take only photos and leave only footprints – it’s an oldie but a goodie. New Zealand is famous for the beauty of its scenery, so make sure you’re doing your part to preserve the landscape for the next traveller. Protecting New Zealand’s environment starts at the border, with biosecurity checks to prevent pests and diseases entering the ecosystem. Make sure you do your bit and fill out the forms accurately. When you’re travelling around the country, look for ways to be an eco-friendly traveller. Choose a fuel-efficient vehicle for road trips – or use public transport if

you can. And when you’re selecting your accommodation, choosing from hotels and motels that have Qualmark Enviro accreditation ensures that you’re supporting operators who try to minimise environmental harm. Eating locally is easy in New Zealand! With so much beautiful, fresh produce to choose from, you won’t have to worry about food miles for a moment. In supermarkets, look for food origin labelling on fruit, vegetables, meat and seafood – two of the big supermarket chains label fresh foods. For really local food, pick up supplies at a farmers’ market.

Tours & Travel Passes If you prefer to let someone else take care of the planning, look for one of the many guided tour options available. It’s a great idea to book

GIVING BACK ‘Voluntourism’ is hot! When you’re in New Zealand, why not spend some time helping out the locals? Willing Workers on Organic Farms (WWOOF) provides the opportunity to learn sustainable

practices and skills. Live with a Kiwi family and learn about companion planting, composting, worm farming,

preserving and more. [www.wwoof.co.nz] Or be part of a conservation project. New Zealand is a world leader in conservation and you can be part of a Kiwi success story by helping with bird monitoring or pest control. [www.doc.govt.nz]


explore nz a few one-day sightseeing trips for an in-depth look at particular areas of interest with an expert local guide, or else forget about booking accommodation and transport entirely and join a multi-day tour. Options range from packaged group trips covering key destinations to inexpensive backpacker tours that take you well off the beaten track. You’ll also find customised deluxe itineraries and luxury multi-day cruises. For a different take on your New Zealand adventure, why not take a Maori cultural tour? You can book the exclusive services of a Maori guide, join a one-day guided walk or experience your whole trip under the light of Maori tradition and heritage. For ultimate convenience and savings, bus and rail passes are a great option. Passes usually allow you to jump on and off along the way and they often include discounts on accommodation and activities.

Romantic Escapes

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From the pleasure of experiencing wilderness areas and feeling that you and your partner are the only ones in the world, to the luxury of a romantic couple’s retreat in a boutique lodge, New Zealand offers plenty of ways to indulge your romantic side. Start the day with a hot air balloon flight followed by a champagne breakfast and spend the morning on an art trail. If you dare, brave a tandem bungy jump and in the evening dine in a romantic restaurant. If you’re about to take the next step, New Zealand is a popular location for weddings. From a traditional church ceremony to a unique setting such as a garden or a beach, you’ll find the perfect spot.

New Zealand Luxe For the ultimate escape from everyday stresses, unwind at one of New Zealand’s unforgettable

retreats – because you don’t want the pampering to stop when you return to your hotel! Luxury lodges, the country’s most exclusive establishments, celebrate and enhance the beauty of New Zealand’s varied landscape. These lodgings are set on cliff-top locations creating that special you’reon-top-of-theworld feel; they’re located on the shores of rushing rivers or glistening lakes boasting their own private beach access; and they’re nestled on remote mountainsides. You’ll find exclusive retreats in untouched wilderness, picturesque farms, lush vineyards or right in the middle of New Zealand’s national parks, offering unparalleled luxury and impeccable service. Your in-house chef will dish up the finest New Zealand wines and gourmet cuisine, ranging from tender New Zealand lamb to freshly caught crayfish (rock lobster). Enjoy delightful private rooms, the option to experience the best local activities, from fly-fishing, golfing and boating to sightseeing, and the expert local knowledge of your charming hosts. Unwind in a cosy library or with the latest home theatre system. Your stay will be embellished by luxurious features including private launches, Jacuzzis, steam rooms, heated outdoor lap pools, and stunning original artworks. Some retreats also offer treatments to enhance your wellbeing, from massage to spa therapy and yoga, and you may even enjoy the benefits of your own personal trainer. Don’t let the luxury end with five-star ratings, impeccable service and delectable cuisine! For an experience which really is second to none consider something extra special. Don’t be afraid of letting your imagination run wild – New Zealand will have the answer for even the wildest dreams.

Luxurious Retreats Eagles Nest [Russell] Spa therapies, private beach and in-house chef. [www.eaglesnest.co.nz] The Farm at Cape Kidnappers [Hawke’s Bay] 5-star lodge and award winning golf course. [www.capekidnappers.com] Kauri Cliffs Lodge [Matauri Bay] 5-star suites and a top golf course. [www.kauricliffs.com] Treetops Lodge [Rotorua] Timber-andstone sanctuary amidst native forest. [www. treetops.co.nz] Blanket Bay [Glenorchy] Tranquil lakeside lodge suites with mountain views. [www.blanketbay.com] gREEN TRAVEL TIPS Help keep New Zealand beautiful by choosing green options whenever possible. As the saying goes: take only photographs and leave only footprints! … share your rental vehicle with a group or use public transport … keep an eye out for the Enviro Qualmark when choosing tour operators and accommodation … clear up your rubbish at camping spots – be a tidy Kiwi! … go hiking! It offers you a close encounter with the landscape and doesn’t use any petrol … and when you do go hiking, stick to designated tracks to protect fragile plants and wildlife … keep showers short and to the point (or go skinny dipping instead – but remember, no soap in rivers and lakes!). Freedom Camping In New Zealand freedom

camping is only permitted in fully self-contained

campervans with toilet, shower and grey water

storage. It is vital that you adhere to the freedom

camping etiquette: make

sure you only choose legal spots, never, ever leave

rubbish behind, don’t pollute waterways with soap, and

never use the great outdoors as a toilet. For more info, visit the Camping Our Way website.


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Indulgent breaks

Wildlife sanctuaries, destination spas and boutique lodges topped off with glamorous charter yachts, designer shopping and gourmet cuisine – welcome to your ultimate luxurious holiday in the Land of the Long White Cloud!

Sun loungers, Rahimoana Villa, Eagles Nest New Zealand’s internationally lauded golf courses or on the massage bed at a destination spa before heading to a world-class restaurant for dinner. Of course, you’ll want to travel in style! A range of private transport options are on offer, from chartered fixed-wing planes, helicopters or yachts to limousine transfers. And rest assured that you can leave the planning to the professionals. Look for a specialist in luxury travel and all you’ll need to do is compile a wish list – your custom-designed trip will make it all come true!

An Exclusive Grade

Qualmark rates all styles of

accommodation with a star

grading system, but the New

Zealand Luxury Lodge rating is in a league of its own. Offering the finest locations, facilities

and service – these properties measure up to the strictest of

criteria. Such properties are not

common, but that is part of the appeal. [www.qualmark.co.nz]

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If you’re after a truly unique escape right in the lap of luxury you’ll cherish five-star New Zealand. A vital part of any luxe holiday is perfect accommodation. New Zealand has a range of top international hotel chains with first-class amenities familiar to any well-travelled visitor, while the country’s unforgettable lodges and retreats offer a very special alternative. Arrive at your exclusive lodge via boat and indulge in dishes prepared by an in-house chef while taking in stunning views! During your stay, you can expect impeccable service and expert local knowledge from your hosts. Or choose an intimate boutique hotel, where each room is individually designed – options range from old convents to restored homesteads. After waking up utterly relaxed, it’s time to explore. Browse the designer boutiques of chic cities such as Auckland and Wellington, book a private wine guide in Marlborough or embark on a luxury boat cruise in Fiordland. A must-do luxe activity is flight-seeing. Discover the landscape from the air or combine flight-seeing with adventures such as skiing, ice climbing or island hopping. Then unwind on the greens of one of

Rest & Relax Geothermal bathing, Maori massages, day spas and wellness sanctuaries – if you plan to spend some (or all!) of your holiday indulging in a spa experience, see the Spas & Retreats section – just reading it is bound to relax you!



Vintners Retreat blenheim – villas 55 Rapaura Road, Renwick t +64 3 572 7420 NZ fp 0800 484 686 e info@vintnersretreat.co.nz www.vintnersretreat.co.nz Check in/check out 2pm/10am Reception 7:30am – 8pm

Perfect for the independent traveller, the Vintners Retreat provides exclusive luxury accommodation in the heart of Marlborough, New Zealand’s largest wine region. True vineyard accommodation, Vintners Retreat offers unique and stylish self-contained Villas set at the top of Rapaura Road, locally known as Marlborough’s ‘Golden Mile’ of vineyards. A stay here will place you right amongst Marlborough’s famous vineyards and wineries, adjacent to the Richmond Ranges and the braided Wairau River. The neighbours include Giesen Wines, Wairau River, Huia and Nautilus Estate; perfect for an afternoon of easy wine tasting. Base yourself at the Retreat, and you are a quick drive to the town of Blenheim, 20 minutes’ drive from Havelock or Picton, the beautiful Marlborough Sounds and the Awatere Valley.

With 14 properties to choose from, the beautiful Villas are private and peaceful. Each Villa is beautifully appointed, fully equipped to a high standard, self-contained and serviced daily. Private patio dining, BBQs, complimentary wireless and luxury toiletries all supplied as standard. With four Villa styles to choose from there is something for everyone, from couples wanting a romantic getaway, to families wanting the space to unwind and relax! Within the four-acre grounds there is a 12-metre solarheated swimming pool, tennis court, boules strip and croquet sets for guests’ use. The Wairau River stop bank provides an excellent opportunity for cycling, walking and running, and we have bikes available to hire. Nearby Havelock and the Marlborough Sounds offer sailing and power boating, fishing and kayaking. Contact Vintners Retreat for more ideas about activities.

A stay here will place you right amongst Marlborough’s famous vineyards and wineries, adjacent to the Richmond Ranges and the braided Wairau River.

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Very Accommodating Prepare to experience unforgettable luxury against a stunning natural backdrop famous for its pristine, untouched beauty. You’ll find unforgettable accommodation, exquisite cuisine and wondwerful experiences the length of New Zealand.

LUXURIOUS RETREATS AROUND THE COUNTRY Eagles Nest [Russell] Spa therapists, private beach and inhouse chef in the subtropical north. [www.eaglesnest.co.nz] The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs [Matauri Bay] Five-star suites and a golf course overlooking the Pacific. [www.kauricliffs. com] Earthsong Lodge [Great Barrier Island] Luxurious island escape in the Hauraki Gulf. [www. earthsong.co.nz] Bushland Park Lodge [Whangamata] Character-filled retreat in a native forest setting. [www. bushlandparklodge.co.nz] Lake Okareka Lodge by lebua [Rotorua] Private beach nestled at the tip of a secluded peninsula, butler service and spa treatment rooms in a bush-clad setting. [www.okareka.co.nz] Peppers on the Point Lodge [Rotorua] Intimate luxury retreat on the shores of Lake Rotorua. [www.onthepoint. co.nz] Treetops Lodge [Rotorua] Timber-and-stone sanctuary amid native forest and valleys, especially spectacular among autumn colours.

[www.treetops.co.nz] Huka Lodge [Taupo] Sheer luxury adjacent to Wairakei Park Reserve and the rushing Waikato River. [www.hukalodge.co.nz] Lake Taupo Lodge [Taupo] Grand suites overlooking picturesque Lake Taupo. [www.laketaupolodge.co.nz] River Birches [Turangi] In prime fly-fishing country, this lodge is in perfect harmony with its surroundings. [www. riverbirches.co.nz] Breckenridge Lodge [Hawke’s Bay] Savour gourmet food and wine in a stunning location. [www. breckenridgelodge.co.nz] The Farm at Cape Kidnappers [Hawke’s Bay] Stunning lodge with a world-class cliff-top golf course and spa treatment facilities. [www.capekidnappers.com] Wharekauhau Country Estate [Palliser Bay] Luxury lodge and cottages set on an idyllic working farm. [www.wharekauhau.co.nz] Bay of Many Coves [Marlborough] Anticipate total relaxation in the seclusion of the Marlborough Sounds. [www.bayofmanycoves.co.nz] Pelorus Lodge [Marlborough] Rustic, European-style boutique

Pampering is a necessity, not just a luxury. Read on to discover just some of the many ways in which New Zealand will help you to be rested, to be relaxed, and to just be.

One of the changing rooms at The Spa at Millbrook

lodge nestled into the hillside. [www. peloruslodge.com] Old Saint Mary’s Convent [Blenheim] Luxurious bed and breakfast accommodation in a former convent surrounded by vineyards. [www.convent.co.nz] Lake Timara Lodge [Blenheim] Grand homestead in the heart of Marlborough’s wine region. [www. timara.co.nz] Stonefly Lodge [Nelson] Luxury accommodation in a bushclad setting on the Motueka River. [www.stoneflylodge.co.nz] Hapuku Lodge [Kaikoura] Eco-retreat in unique tree house accommodation. [www. hapukulodge.com] Claremont Country Estate [Canterbury] A working farm is the setting for rural luxury. [www. claremont-estate.com] Otahuna Lodge [Canterbury] 1895 homestead surrounded by century-old botanical gardens. [www.otahuna.co.nz] Grasmere Lodge [Canterbury] An historic homestead is the base for fishing, swimming and flight-seeing. [www. grasmere.co.nz] Kaimata Retreat [Dunedin] Sweeting harbour views from a luxury lodge on the Otago Peninsula. [www.kaimatanz.com] Pen-ybryn Lodge [Dunedin] Combining 19th Century opulence with modern convenience. [www.penybryn.co.nz] Blanket Bay [Glenorchy] Tranquil lakeside lodge hewn of schist stone and boasting stunning mountain views. [www.blanketbay.com] Matakauri Lodge [Queenstown] Lakefront luxury with stunning mountain vistas. [www.matakaurilodge.com] Remarkables Lodge [Queenstown] Private estate offering a warm country welcome. [www.remarkables.co.nz] Tiritiri Lodge [Wanaka] Sumptuous architecturally designed retreat with lake and mountain views. [www.tiritirilodge. com] Whare Kea Lodge & Chalet [Wanaka] Combining a lakeside lodge and a magnificent chalet at 5,700 feet. [www.wharekealodge.com] Fiordland Lodge [Te Anau] Timber sanctuary with lake views and open fire set in a World Heritage Area. [www.




Pick of the Crop When you’re visiting New Zealand, why not sample the very best on offer? Here, we bring you the best in accommodation, day spas, restaurants and more, for an experience that is, quite simply, a cut above the ordinary.

Best of … accommodation The Dairy Private Luxury Hotel Queenstown Luxurious comfort and unobtrusive hospitality. www.thedairy.co.nz

Koura Lodge rotorua Float plane, jet boat and

Waves on the esplanade kaikoura

Eleven luxurious five-star waterfront apartments in Kaikoura; Waves on the Esplanade combines lifestyle and location with expansive ocean and mountain views. www.kaikouraapartments.co.nz

fishing charters depart from Koura Lodge’s deep-water jetty. www.kouralodge.co.nz

Olivers Central Otago central otago Unique boutique

accommodation located in Clyde’s historic precinct. www. oliverscentralotago.co.nz

“Every now and then go away, have a little relaxation, for when you come back to your work your judgement will be surer.”

Others to try Wai Ora Lakeside Spa Resort Combines hotel accommodation, fine dining and an on-site spa. Old St Mary’s Convent Charming historic accommodation in the heart of wine country. Pelorus Lodge Get back to nature in style, surrounded by native forest and waterways. Kapitea Ridge Luxury accommodation on the South Island’s rugged West Coast. Pounamu Apartments Five-star apartments in the visitor hot-spot of Queenstown. The Glebe Luxury Apartments Queenstown apartment accommodation, including eight penthouse suites.

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Best of … Day Spas

Best of … Restaurants

Best of … Activities

Spa at the Pullman [Auckland] Catering for fitness and relaxation with a 25-metre pool and comprehensive spa menu. [www.spaatthepullman.co.nz] East Day Spa [Auckland, Wellington & Queenstown] Havens of wellness offering a blend of eastern traditions and western beauty therapies. [www.eastdayspa.com] Hells Gate & Wai Ora Spa [Rotorua] Unique to New Zealand, offering geothermal bathing and mud therapies infused with Maori culture. [www.hellsgate.co.nz] LeSpa at Sofitel [Queenstown] Inviting sanctuary offering an extensive range of treatments including Maori massage. [www. sofitel.com] The Spa at Millbrook [Arrowtown] Award-winning spa offering a total wellbeing experience in a secluded environment. [www. millbrook.co.nz] Polynesian Spa [Rotorua] Geothermal pools and spa complex on the shores of Lake Rotorua. [www.polynesianspa.co.nz]

The Sugar Club [Auckland] Award-winning restaurant of one of New Zealand’s most celebrated chefs Peter Gordon. [www.skycityauckland.co.nz/ restaurants/the-sugar-club] Logan Brown [Wellington] Owners Steve Logan and Al Brown offer à la carte and bistro menus rounded off by more than 230 (inter)national wines. [www. loganbrown.co.nz] Amisfield Bistro [Queenstown] A beautiful schist building is the setting for one of New Zealand’s best winery restaurants. [www.amisfield.co.nz] Matterhorn [Wellington] Sit by the fireside, dine outdoors or simply catch up with friends at the cocktail bar. [www. matterhorn.co.nz] Clooney [Auckland] Exceptional food and service presented in a cleverly designed dining room. [www.clooney.co.nz] Pescatore [Christchurch] Iconic restaurant offering a contemporary and chic designer interior.

 Flight-seeing over the stunning landscape  Sailing in a fresh sea breeze  Shopping the city boutiques  Golfing at an international resort  Heli-skiing in the Southern Alps  Tasting local wine at the cellar door


Best of … Wineries  Craggy Range [Wairarapa]  Yealands [Marlborough]  Brancott Estate [Marlborough]  Villa Maria Estate [Auckland]  Mission Estate [Hawke’s Bay]  Gibbston Valley [Central Otago]  Church Road [Hawke’s Bay]  Amisfield [Queenstown]

FIND OUT MORE Visit www.destination-nz.com to read up on deluxe New Zealand. Browse first-class restaurants and book exclusive accommodation or indulgent activities without even leaving your computer!

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On a Budget

Backpacking NZ Image: Lake Wanaka Tourism

If you’re travelling on a limited budget, New Zealand is the perfect destination, with plenty of inexpensive options for accommodation, transport and activities.

Siberia Valley, Mt Aspiring National Park

New Zealand is hugely popular among backpackers – for good reason. Hostels and camping grounds abound and the country’s major drawcard, its stunning and diverse landscape, is free for everyone! There are plenty of inexpensive ways to explore rainforests, beaches, glaciers and geothermal fields. Hike the Great Walks, go kayaking in Nelson’s Abel Tasman National Park and snorkelling in The Coromandel, or catch a wave at one of the many surf beaches. Many museums and galleries are free to explore or only charge a small fee, and at night you can party into the wee small hours in the cities’ cheap and cheerful bars. Long mild summers and the appeal of the great outdoors mean

that New Zealanders have a history of exploring their own backyard on nofrills road trips or hiking expeditions. In fact, the family camping holiday is practically a national institution! So the country is well suited to any traveller who wants to get the most out of their money. Hire or buy a tent or campervan and explore wonderful coastal landscapes or stop off at a South Island lakeside camp. Hiking in the back country is something of a Kiwi tradition – the Department of Conservation maintains a network of tracks and low-cost huts and camping areas to help locals and visitors alike experience our unique landscape. When it comes to transport, you’ll find good-value cars and


campervans (excellent for saving on accommodation costs!) to rent, or buy a pass for a flexible jump-on, jump-off backpacker bus tour. New Zealand’s numerous farmers’ markets are havens for budget-conscious self-caterers, while cheap fish ‘n‘ chips shops and pubs can be found in even the smallest village. Saving all that money on practicalities means that you can splurge on unforgettable experiences such as whale watching or bungy jumping! Find and use discount cards such as the BBH Club Card [www.bbh.co.nz] for great deals on these and many other activities. Don’t forget to download a copy of the dedicated Backpacker section and pick up the pocket-sized FIT Maps as you travel the country.

On a Budget ON A BUDGET



AUCKland – Backpacker hostel

Quality, inexpensive accommodation options are easy to find in most New Zealand localities. From backpacker hostels to camping grounds, complete with cabins and sometimes motel units, there is a terrific range of budget accommodation in all parts of New Zealand. Some offer membership discounts. If you’re after a camping holiday or somewhere to park up your backpacker minivan, check out Holiday Accommodation Parks of New Zealand [www.holidayparks. co.nz] and Top 10 Holiday Parks [www. top10.co.nz]. If a backpacker hostel is what you’re after, try Budget Backpacker Hostels of New Zealand [www.bbh.co.nz] or Youth Hostels Association of New Zealand [www. yha.co.nz]. Remember, if there’s a group of you, a holiday house or apartment could turn out to be good value.

Cnr Pitt Street & Greys Avenue, Auckland, t +64 9 303 2068, f +64 9 303 2065, e hostel@nzymca.com, www.ymca.org.nz Reception hours 7am – 11pm Check in/check out 12pm/10am

Friendly, comfortable and affordable, YMCA Hostel is great for backpackers, students and groups. Five minutes’ walk from the city centre, beds are available in dorms, single, twin and family rooms. You’ll find friendly staff, clean rooms, low prices and facilities including fresh linen, laundry room, Wi-Fi and breakfast! Parking available on request.


Budget accommodation in paradise! Brook Valley Holiday Park is a great place to camp situated a short drive from Nelson City on the banks of the Brook Stream. www. brookholidaypark.co.nz

Fairway motel




Visiting the Southern Lakes region? Fairway Motel offers an assortment of accommodation from studio motel units for one or two people to family units. www. fairwaylodgemotel.co.nz

Base is a nationwide backpacker chain with hostels in Paihia, Auckland, Rotorua, Taupo, Wellington, Wanaka and Queenstown. Girls, try the ‘Sanctuary’! www.stayatbase.com

Backpacking off the Beaten Track: Whitianga & The Coromandel With a history as a timber port but now very much a beachside resort town, Whitianga in Mercury Bay is popular as a base from which to explore the nearby natural attractions of Cathedral Cove and Hot Water Beach, as well as the wider Coromandel region. Whitianga itself is very popular with travellers in summer, and provides all the essential services you need, including a laundromat, pharmacy, supermarket and other stores, plenty of good cafés and restaurants, lots to see and do, and a number of accommodation options for backpackers and campers. Kayaking, mountain biking, walking, fishing, golf and scenic cruises are all on offer in and around the town. Fantastic beaches are within easy reach, including Buffalo Beach and the unique Hot Water Beach (where you can dig your own hot pool in the sand – really!). Be sure to visit the spectacular limestone arch at Cathedral Cove. You can reach it with 30 minute walk to the beach from the small town of Hahei (east of Whitianga), or see it from the ocean in a sea kayak. To find out more, check out The Coromandel section.

Albert No 6 Motel Whitianga – Motel/Backpacker Hostel

6 Albert Street, Whitianga, t +64 7 866 0036, e stay@albertnumber6.co.nz, www.albertnumber6.co.nz Reception hours 8am – 7pm

Attractive and comfortable motel/ backpacker facility offering great hospitality. Situated within the main street and a minute’s walk from the fabulous Buffalo Beach, Whitianga. 16 units: two family rooms, four double rooms, seven twin rooms and three two-room units, all with en suites. Tariff includes light breakfast.

on the beach

backpackers Whitianga – Backpacker Hostel 46 Buffalo Beach Road, Whitianga, t +64 7 866 5380, e corobkpk@wave. co.nz, www.coromandelbackpackers. com Reception hours 7am – 7pm

Make yourself at home in our cosy, well-equipped hostel right on the beachfront on beautiful Buffalo Beach Road. Free kayaks and boogie boards for customer use. Ten minutes’ walk to town or go by courtesy van. Backpacker cards accepted. Hire a bike for the day to explore.

Hot Water Beach offers the chance to dig your own private hot

pool. Grab a spade at low tide and target the area ahead of a rocky

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On a Budget

Activities on a Budget (and those worth saving up for!)

Eating Made Easy

There are lots of ways to make your money go further when it comes to finding things to do. Walking is a great way to discover the country without spending money – even a simple forest walk can feel like an extraordinary experience. Many museums and galleries may be visited free of charge. But don’t forget that unforgettable experiences like whale watching or bungy jumping are worth every cent! Find and use discount cards for great deals on these and other activities – give BBH Club Card [www.bbh.co.nz] a go.

Produce fresh from farms and fisheries means that New Zealand’s budget cuisine is of the very best. Larger cities and even smaller centres offer an array of budget choices from ethnic cafés through to fish ‘n’ chip shops. Try cooking for yourself – fresh ingredients are available year-round at outdoor farmers markets. City supermarkets abound, but country prices may be higher so stock up before heading to isolated places. Remember to save a little money for those special Kiwi treats (like a great bottle of wine) though!

Love the Night Life

Puzzling World Wanaka – Attraction 188 Wanaka Luggate Highway, Wanaka, t +64 3 443 7489, e info@puzzlingworld. co.nz, www.puzzlingworld.co.nz Season All year Open Summer 8:30am – 5:30pm, Winter 8:30am – 5pm

Welcome to Wanaka’s wonderful world of weirdness! Since 1973 the bizarre buildings, rooms of illusion and the famous Great Maze have baffled brains and challenged perceptions of reality. With the Illusion Room you’ll be even more astounded by what’s on offer! Puzzling World offers a great day out for all ages, and there’s a café and gift shop on site. Affordable, world-unique entertainment: Puzzling World is a must-see on any tour itinerary.

Taupo Tandem skydiving

Ziptrek Ecotours



Save your money for the ultimate thrill – this is what NZ is all about! Skydive from 15,000 feet for over a minute of freefall while hurtling towards NZ’s biggest lake. www.taupotandemskydiving.com

Awesome eco-adventure through the forest on Skyline Gondola Hill, right above the lakeside resort of Queenstown. Amazing all year round. Whoo hoo! www.ziptrek.com

Do It.  Bungy jumping An essential must-do in the bungy capital of Queenstown – or jump off the Auckland Harbour Bridge.  Caving Abseil into an immense cavern or squeeze yourself through an underground labyrinth to admire the resident glow-worms.  Jet boating Head for the white-water river rapids in the place where these powerful boats were invented.  Mountain biking NZ’s trails range from entry-level to extreme. Try the Queen Charlotte Track or Otago Central Rail Trail for multi-day biking.  Rafting Take on the white water – or try black-water rafting underground through the Waitomo Caves!  Sledging Grab onto a body board and hurtle down thrilling white-water river rapids. Go with a guide!  Skiing & snowboarding Ski areas in the North and South Islands cater for all levels. 018 I LIVE, BREATHE AND EXPERIENCE NEW ZEALAND I destination-nz.com

There’s wide variety to the after-dark scene in New Zealand, which offers everything from chic urban wine bars and dance clubs in the larger centres to great nights out at historic country hotels. There’s a different flavour to what’s on offer in each area around the country. You can visit the upmarket waterfront bars at The Viaduct in Auckland, discover moody, out-of-the-way hangouts in Wellington, or experience some of the unique transitional venues mushrooming up around Christchurch. Smaller centres will almost have a pub or two, and no matter where you go in New Zealand, you won’t be too far away from a beer and a yarn at the local pub. 8There’s sure to be something going on wherever you find yourself in New Zealand. Kiwis love a gathering, and summer especially is always jam-packed with festivals, concerts, sporting fixtures, performances and community events happening all over the country. Hitting the web is the best way to discover what’s happening in the areas you’re visiting – see www.destination-nz.com to obtain the latest events information. Iconic annual New Zealand events include the Hokitika Wild Foods Festival [www.wildfoods.co.nz], music festival Rhythm and Vines [www. rhythmandvines.co.nz] near Gisborne, and the World Buskers’ Festival [www. worldbuskersfestival.com] in Christchurch.

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On a Budget Surf’s up, Waihi Beach

My Way or the Highway: Self-drive or tour? Self Drive Choose from one of the many budget self-drive options available around the country. Renting a car or campervan enables maximum flexibility. A car enables you to stay in less expensive motels outside city centres. With a campervan, of course, accommodation is part of the package so you’ll only need to pay for a site at a camping ground. For a group of people travelling together renting a vehicle is a particularly cost-effective option. Check out licence regulations at the NZ Transport Agency website [www.nzta.govt.nz] to make sure you’re going to be legal – and remember, don’t drink and drive!

Tour Backpacker bus tours offer friendship, fun and a really great range of destinations and activities. New Zealand offers a good network of coaches. For ultimate convenience and maximum savings, bus travel passes are a good option, or join a backpacker bus network. Purchasing a pass usually allows you to get on and off whenever you please and they often include discounts on backpacker accommodation and activities. Kiwi Experience [www.kiwiexperience.com] is one of the most popular.

Backpacker Buses to Try ... Nakedbus.com

Kiwi Experience





Cut-price bus travel to destinations around the country. Book online for amazing rates. There’s even free Wi-Fi on board so you stay connected. www.nakedbus.com

Kiwi bus passes and tours to make sure you see New Zealand from top to bottom – without paying a fortune on bus tickets to get there.

Awesome camper vans containing everything you need for an unforgettable Kiwi road trip – including unique camper artwork!

www.kiwiexperience.com www.escaperentals.co.nz

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Essentials for travelling by bus ... Hand sanitiser so you don’t catch a bug. iPod loaded with Kiwi songs for the perfect soundtrack. A

travel pillow to prevent a sore neck. Eyemask to ensure the person

next to you doesn’t speak to you when you’re taking a nap! A jacket as the air-con can get chilly. Snacks and water to keep energy up

and fight dry throats. Camera – for snaps of sleeping travel mates!

WORKING HOLIDAYS Getting a Working Holiday Visa is relatively easy and inexpensive. You can apply online on www. immigration.govt.nz. These visas can be extended if you can prove that you worked in the agricultural or horticultural seasonal sector for at least three months during your working holiday. On www.destination-nz.com you’ll find a list of recruitment agencies, and ski resort websites also publish vacancies. More openings can be found on www.seek. co.nz or try the noticeboards in backpacker hostels. Before you can start working in New Zealand you’ll need an IRD number for tax reasons. You can apply for this at www.ird.govt.nz once you arrive in the country.

Quality at a Great Price Qualmark New Zealand is New Zealand tourism’s official quality agency – and it’s not just for high-end accommodation. There are categories for all kinds of accommodation, including Self Contained and Serviced (motels, apartments and holiday cottages), Holiday Home, Holiday Park and Backpackers. Grades range from 1 to 5-star for all styles. All accommodation that has been awarded a Qualmark has undergone a detailed assessment to ensure that it meets a minimum level of requirements in cleanliness, security and comfort. That means even operators with a low number of stars under the Qualmark grading system offer accommodation that is basic, clean and comfortable. Qualmark also offers Qualmark Green, rating businesses Gold, Silver or Bronze according to their sustainability and giving you the ability to choose from a range of green accommodation and activities providers.

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Blending Maori, European, Pacific and Asian cultures, New Zealand has a rich multicultural identity and a diverse artistic tradition from Kiwiana kitsch to traditional Maori crafts and world-famous cinema.

Orakei Marae, Auckland City

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NZ culture

Land of legends New Zealand is a land of ancient legends and rich history that fosters a colourful multicultural identity. Thriving amid landscapes dense with spiritual significance is a unique culture made up of indigenous Maori and European traditions interwoven with Pacific and Asian influences.


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Maori carver, Tamaki Heritage Experiences

Past & Present New Zealand’s human history is short compared to that of other nations, but the mix of cultures that have influenced the course of history has resulted in a colourful heritage in this South Pacific nation. Maori are thought to have arrived over 1,000 years ago after travelling by canoe from a South Pacific homeland known as Hawaiki. They named their home Aotearoa, ‘Land of the Long White Cloud’. The Maori population may have been as high as 100,000 prior to European settlement. The first European to discover New Zealand was Dutch explorer Abel Tasman. On 13 December 1642 his ships sighted the Southern Alps and anchored in Golden Bay, near Nelson. More than 100 years later, Briton Captain James Cook, appointed to observe the transit of Venus, circumnavigated New Zealand after his cabin boy sighted land near Gisborne on 6 October 1769. New Zealand became a popular base for explorers and navigators. Whalers, sealers and traders followed, and by 1839 there were about

1642 Abel Tasman anchors at Golden Bay. 1769 NZ is sighted by Captain James Cook aboard the Endeavour. 1840 The Treaty of Waitangi is signed. 1854 NZ’s first Parliament sits in Auckland (it later moves to Wellington). 1868 The first Maori MPs, Frederick Nene Russell and Tareha Te Moananui, are elected to Parliament. 1884 The first representative NZ rugby team tours New South Wales in Australia. 1893 NZ becomes the first country in the world to allow women to vote. 1908 Ernest Rutherford wins the Nobel Prize in Chemistry. 1931 The Hawke’s Bay earthquake destroys much of Napier and Hastings, killing over 250 people. 1945 Charles Upham, NZ’s most decorated soldier, is awarded a Victoria Cross and Bar for services in WWII. 1947 Independence from Britain is formally proclaimed. 1953 Sir Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay conquer Mt Everest. 1974 The Commonwealth Games are held in Christchurch. 1981 The Springbok rugby tour sparks countrywide protests against apartheid. 1987 The New Zealand Nuclear Free Zone, Disarmament and Arms Control Act is passed into law, establishing New Zealand as a nuclear weapon-free zone. 1999 Filming of The Lord of the Rings starts. 2004 Maori Television begins broadcasting. 2008 John Key is elected Prime Minister. 2010 An earthquake shakes Christchurch. 2011 Another major earthquake strikes Christchurch. 2011 Rugby World Cup is held in New Zealand. 2012 The Hobbit film premieres in New Zealand.

2,000 Europeans in New Zealand. Lieutenant-Governor Captain William Hobson arrived in 1840, charged with acquiring the sovereignty of New Zealand through a treaty with Maori chiefs. On 6 February 1840, at Waitangi in the Bay of Islands, the Treaty of Waitangi was signed. Although there are debates about the interpretation of the Treaty of Waitangi, it is considered New Zealand’s founding document. British migration accelerated and gold rushes during the 1860s attracted more migrants from around the world. Independence from Here’s why Britain was formally proclaimed it’s called the in 1947. In the 1970s many Pacific Beehive! Island immigrants settled in New Zealand, followed by Asians in the 1980s and 1990s. Today, New Zealand has its own unique culture – a mix of those who have settled here.

The Beehive The Executive Wing of New Zealand’s Parliamentary Buildings is known as the Beehive – for obvious reasons!

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Experiencing The Past Travel back in time and unearth ancient traditions and rich heritage on your journey through Aotearoa.

Museums New Zealand’s museums exhibit an array of collections and many offer clever interactive displays. Te Papa, New Zealand’s national museum in Wellington, takes museum-going to another level with simulators and rides. Auckland Museum is known for its Maori artefacts, while Otago Museum focuses on South Island history. You’ll find specialist museums dedicated to Rotorua Museum everything from in spring cars and planes to toys and fashion. Meanwhile, history comes alive at recreated pioneer towns like Shantytown, near Greymouth. Heritage Trails Combine exploring the past with discovering natural New Zealand! Heritage trails can be found in cities and rural areas and they can be included as part of a tour or self-guided (brochures available at i-SITE Visitor Information Centres). Renowned heritage trails include Napier’s Art Deco Walk, Dunedin’s Heritage Walks, Wellington’s Old Shoreline Heritage Trail, the Otago Goldfields Heritage Trail and the Vanished World Trail in Waitaki. Heritage Sites New Zealand’s most important heritage site is the Waitangi Treaty Grounds, but around the country

are war memorials and Maori pa sites. Visit gold-mining towns like the Arrowtown Chinese Settlement and the ghost towns of Macetown and Bendigo in Otago, or once-bustling coal-mining towns like Denniston on the South Island’s West Coast. Historic Buildings Historic buildings are all over New Zealand, but the Art Deco buildings of Napier and Oamaru’s whitestone architecture are highlights. Auckland has grand old homes, while Wellington has the nation’s oldest suburb (Thorndon) and the world’s largest all-wooden structure; the 1876 Government Buildings. Dunedin’s historic gems such as Larnach Castle and the Dunedin Railway Station (reputed to be New Zealand’s most photographed building) are not to be missed. Christchurch has long been noted for its Gothic revival stone buildings, but many were damaged in the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011. It remains to be seen how many will be rebuilt; in the meantime, visiting Christchurch is an opportunity to witness history in the making. Cultural Encounters Travel back in time hundreds of years in the course of an afternoon or evening! Engaging ceremonial rituals, re-enactments of history, powerful performance art and traditional Maori feasts offer you a unique insight into long-ago times! For more on cultural experiences, see Maori Culture.

Auckland Museum Auckland – Museum

The most significant collection of Maori and Pacific treasures in the Southern Hemisphere. www.aucklandmuseum.com

kAURI mUSEUM matakohe – museum

Learn about pioneering settlers through the mighty Kauri tree at this award-winning and internationally acclaimed attraction. www.kaurimuseum.com

pATAKA Wellington – Museum

Pataka has developed a world-class reputation for showcasing the best in contemporary Maori, Pacific Island, New Zealand, Asian and international arts and culture. www.pataka.org.nz

rOTORUA mUSEUM Rotorua – Museum

This must-see museum features innovative displays, art exhibitions, cinema experiences and guided tours that enable visitors to explore Rotorua’s fascinating history. www.rotoruamuseum.co.nz

South Canterbury Museum timaru – museum Discover the nature, history and culture of this region. Explore exhibition areas showing the region’s natural heritage, Maori and settler history, and everyday life. www.timaru.govt.nz/museum

Voyager NZ Maritime Museum auckland – museum Try your hand at yacht design, relax in the bach, hear the cannon fire, test your sea legs and batten down the hatches in the rocking cabin. www.maritimemuseum.co.nz

wAITANGI tREATY gROUNDS waitangi – cultural attraction

Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa Price: Free Discover the treasures and

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The historic site where, in 1840, the Treaty of Waitangi was signed between Maori chiefs and the British Crown. Visit the Treaty House, grounds, and meeting house and see the treasures within. www.waitangi.net.nz

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NZ CULTURE History & Culture Around the Country 1 Waitangi National Trust [Northland] Site of the initial Treaty of Waitangi signing in 1840. [www.waitangi.net.nz] 2 Russell [Northland] Russell was once a disreputable whaling town known as the ‘hell-hole of the Pacific’ and Whangamumu Harbour provides evidence of the area’s history. [www.russellnz. co.nz] 3 Auckland Museum [Auckland] Extensive collection of historic treasures. [www.aucklandmuseum.com] 4 Rotorua Many Maori myths and legends originate from this area, which also boasts geothermal activity and original bath houses. [www.rotoruanz.com] 5 Poverty Bay [Eastland] Site of Captain Cook’s first landing; the first European to set foot on New Zealand soil landed on 7 October 1769. 6 Napier [Hawke’s Bay] In 1931, Napier was destroyed by an earthquake and was subsequently rebuilt in the distinctive Art Deco style. [www.artdeconapier.com] 7 Kaikoura Remnants of early Maori and European settlement, including whaling relics. [www.kaikoura.co.nz] 8 Christchurch [Canterbury] Discover a city on the rebuild with a fascinating colonial past in this most English of New Zealand cities. [www.christchurchnz.com] 8 Canterbury Museum [Canterbury] Outstanding Maori exhibits and rich collections. [www.canterburymuseum.com] 9 Oamaru [Waitaki] Whitestone heritage buildings make this town one of New Zealand’s best 19th Century streetscapes. [www.visitoamaru.co.nz] 10 Dunedin [Otago] One of the best preserved Victorian and Edwardian cities in the Southern Hemisphere; dubbed the Edinburgh of New Zealand. [www.dunedinnz.com] 11 Skippers Canyon [Queenstown] The Shotover River was one of the world’s richest gold-bearing rivers. Today it offers a wealth of history. 12 Arrowtown [Queenstown] Explore what remains of the Chinese Gold Rush in a partially restored 1870s Chinese settlement. [www.arrowtown.com]

On Top Of The World On 29 May 1953, a modest beekeeper from New Zealand, Sir Edmund Hillary, accompanied by a Sherpa, Tenzing Norgay, became the first person to conquer Mt Everest. Not content with scaling the world’s highest mountain, Hillary also travelled to the South Pole in 1958, and is renowned for his humanitarian work in Nepal. He was created a Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire on 16 July 1953, a member of the Order of New Zealand in 1987 and a Knight of the Order of the Garter in 1995. ‘Sir Ed’ died in Auckland on 11 January 2008.

find out more The Penguin History of New Zealand by Michael King (Penguin Books, 2003) A History of the New Zealanders: From Polynesian Settlement to the End of the Nineteenth Century by James Belich (Allen Lane/The Penguin Press, 2001) A History of New Zealand by Keith Sinclair. Fifth Edition. (Penguin Books, 2001) A Traveller’s History of New Zealand and the South Pacific Islands by John H. Chambers (Interlink Books, 2004) Kiwi Speak by Justin Brown (Random House, 2008) New Zealand history online www.nzhistory.net.nz New Zealand’s identity, stories, achievements and place in the world www.nzedge.com The Encyclopedia of New Zealand www.teara.govt.nz Te Manatu Taonga Ministry for Culture and Heritage www.mch.govt.nz NZ news www.stuff.co.nz

Based on the British Ensign, the flag shows the Union Jack and the Southern

Cross, portraying British ties and Pacific locality.

God Defend New Zealand The full version of New Zealand’s national anthem, written in the 1870s by Thomas Bracken, is five verses long. On most occasions, such as rugby games, just the first verse is sung, in both English and Maori. English Version God of Nations at Thy feet, In the bonds of love we meet, Hear our voices, we entreat, God defend our free land. Guard Pacific’s triple star From the shafts of strife and war, Make her praises heard afar, God defend New Zealand. Maori Version E Ihowa Atua, O nga iwi matou ra Ata whakarangona; Me aroha noa Kia hua ko te pai; Kia tau to atawhai; Manaakitia mai Aotearoa.

Holidays New Zealand’s national day is Waitangi Day (6 February), marking the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840. Other special days include Anzac Day (25 April), a commemoration of the Australia and New Zealand Army Corps’ ill-fated Battle of Gallipoli during World War I, and Labour Day (October), celebrating the economical and social achievements of workers. And Christmas is extra-special, too. It falls in summer in this part of the world, so many Kiwis love to spend their Christmas Day at the beach!

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Maori Culture

Maori Pronunciation Guide

Nau mai, haere mai! Welcome to Aotearoa, Land of the Long White Cloud, home of the Maori people and wellspring of a rich culture that is deeply ingrained in the New Zealand identity.

Maori words can look like tongue-twisters to the uninitiated, but master a few simple rules and you’ll be fine. Note that Maori words do not take an ‘s’ when they become plural, and that each syllable is stressed equally. Maori uses 15 letters. The vowels are pronounced as follows: A – as in ‘bar’; E – as in ‘egg’; I – as the ‘ee’ in ‘free’; O – as in ‘or’; U – as the ‘o’ in ‘to’. There are long and short versions of each vowel: the long may be denoted with a macron. The eight consonants – H, K, M, N, P, R, T and W – are pronounced as in English. The two additional consonants are: ‘WH’ – pronounced like the ‘f’ in ‘far’ – and ‘NG’ – pronounced like the ‘ng’ in ‘sing’. A great time to practise is Maori Language Week, held once a year to celebrate the Maori language and encourage the use of more Maori phrases in everyday life. For more tips on learning the Maori language, visit www. koreromaori.co.nz. Maori culture is full of fascinating concepts and belief systems. Here are some of the most important terms. Aotearoa New Zealand – the Land of the Long White Cloud. Atua Gods or spirits. Haere mai Welcome. Haka Posture dance including rhythmic movements, facial contortions and shouted words. Famously performed before All Blacks rugby games. Hui Meeting or gathering of people. Hongi The hongi, a traditional Maori greeting, is an integral part of the powhiri (welcoming ceremony). Noses are pressed together and the ha, or ‘breath of life’, is exchanged and intermingled. Kai Food. Kai moana, for example, is seafood. Kaitiakitanga Maori concept regarding human beings as the guardians of natural and cultural heritage, responsible for protecting the natural environment, traditional stories and artistic treasures. Moko Traditional Maori tattooing on the face or body. Taniwha Mythical water creature. Tino rangatiratanga Referring to Maori independence, this concept dates back to the Treaty of Waitangi. Maori chiefs agreed to cede sovereignty to the British Crown and in return they were guaranteed tino rangatiratanga, or ‘absolute chieftainship’, of their land and culture. Whanau The name given to family – in Maori society the word applies not only to the immediate family, but also to all those related by blood or marriage. Maori people define themselves by their iwi (tribe), hapu (sub-tribe), maunga (mountain) and awa (river).

The Maori are descended from Polynesian people who journeyed in canoes from an ancestral homeland known as Hawaiki to reach these shores over 1,000 years ago. They established deep relationships with the land, personifying natural features to create a history in which people and land are interwoven. From the earliest years of European settlement, trading relationships were established between Maori and the new arrivals. In 1840, at Waitangi, the relationship was formalised in a treaty between Maori and the British Crown – The Treaty of Waitangi. This document established British law in New Zealand while guaranteeing Maori authority over land and culture.

Today it remains a cornerstone of New Zealand’s law and is fundamental to settlements negotiated between Maori and the Crown in compensation for losses of land and rights during the colonial era. Visit the Waitangi Treaty Grounds in the Bay of Islands, where you can see the Treaty House as well as a fully carved Maori meeting house and one of the world’s largest waka toa (war canoes), all set in beautiful landscaped grounds. Today Maori make up about 15 per cent of New Zealand’s population and their cultural heritage makes an important contribution to the character of the country.

Experiencing Maori Culture

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There are many ways to experience Maori culture. Marae Visits The marae (meeting place) is a central element of Maori culture. Visits must be arranged through a guide who will brief you on correct protocol. Cultural Performances Based on traditional arts, but incorporating contemporary elements, kapa haka is a popular performance art combining theatre and song. Hangi The hangi is a social occasion where food is cooked in an underground oven: a hole is dug and the food (such as potatoes, pork and kumara) is placed in woven baskets and buried with hot rocks, so the meal cooks in its own steam. Guided Tours Maori people have a spiritual relationship with the natural environment. Go walking with a local guide for an insight into the land’s history, and native flora and fauna. Replica Villages See how New Zealand’s tangata whenua (people of the land) lived in long-ago times, join in a hangi and watch performance art. Arts & Crafts Maori developed powerful artistic forms such as carving and weaving. Admire stunning examples in museums or see magnificently carved meeting houses and traditional canoes. Join a workshop to create your own work of art.

NZ CULTURE Moko, Te Puia

“A moko’s markings signify the wearer’s participation and status within their family (whanau) and tribe (iwi).”

Maori Culture Around the Country As a nation, New Zealand embraces the Maori element of its culture and in recent times there has been a resurgence of Maori language and culture. 1 Waitangi National Trust [Northland] Site of the Treaty of Waitangi signing in 1840. [www.waitangi.net.nz] 2 Auckland Museum [Auckland] Over 2,000 Maori artefacts including the last great war canoe. [www. aucklandmuseum.com] 3 Hells Gate [Rotorua] Healing waters and mud used for over 700 years. [www.hellsgate.co.nz] 3 Te Puia [Rotorua] Maori artists at work and guided geothermal tour. [www.tepuia.com] 3 Whakarewarewa Thermal Village [Rotorua] Living village in a thermal heritage area. [www.whakarewarewa.com] 3 Tamaki Maori Village [Rotorua] Traditional food and performance. [www.maoriculture.co.nz] 3 The Rotorua Museum Of Art & History [Rotorua] History of Te Arawa Maori and Mt Tarawera eruption. [www.rotoruamuseum.co.nz] 4 Waimarama Maori Tours At Hakikino [Hawke’s Bay] Cultural experience on ancestral lands. [www.waimaramaori.com] 5 Puke Ariki [Taranaki] Museum, info centre and library. [www.pukeariki.com] 6 Te Papa [Wellington] Interactive displays of Maori culture and history. [www.tepapa.govt.nz] 6 Pataka [Wellington] World-class exhibitions of Maori art and culture. [www. pataka.org.nz] 7 Maori Tours Kaikoura [Kaikoura] Local Maori introduce visitors to the region’s history. [www. maoritours.co.nz] 8 Ko Tane – The Maori Experience [Canterbury] Cultural experience, replica village and dining. [www.kotane.co.nz] 9 Kiwi Haka [Queenstown] Live show performed by a kapa haka group. [www.skyline.co.nz/queenstown]

Moko Traditional Maori tattoos (moko) are carved into the skin; they are becoming popular again as Maori seek to preserve their culture. Fullface moko are worn by men, while on women moko is restricted to the chin, upper lip and nostrils.

Tribal New Zealand Although Maori tribal identity is still a crucial element of the culture, it is celebrated as a unifying force rather than a divisive one. Intertribal warfare was once common, and you will find many historic battle and siege sites around the country, but now the differences between tribes are embraced as adding to the richness of the whole culture. Maori people define themselves by their iwi (tribe), hapu (sub-tribe), maunga (mountain) and awa (river). Whanau is the name given to family – in Maori society this word applies not only to the immediate family, but also to the entire extended family and all those who are related by blood or marriage.

Maori Tours Kaikoura




Join a half-day tour combining laughter, learning and storytelling with hands-on activities like weaving and a bush walk to discover traditional uses of plants.

Experience an unforgettable display of Maori haka, poi displays and traditional instruments at Skyline Queenstown.


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Tamaki Maori Village

kO tANE Christchurch Discover the pre-European life of the Ngai Tahu people. www.kotane.co.nz

tE pUIA Rotorua A blend of cultural and geothermal wonders. www.tepuia.com


Enter a Pre-European Maori village alive with the sights, sounds and activities of days gone by, including haka, poi, tattooing, weaving, carving and warrior training. www.tamakimaorivillage.co.nz

Maori Culture Today In recent times there has been a major resurgence of Maori language and culture. Maori culture has thrived because in many ways Maori have succeeded in uniting traditional culture with contemporary interpretation. Today the culture is expressed through music, the arts and the media. The Maori television channel supports the culture by telling stories by and about Maori people. [www. maoritelevision.com] Maori have also been strongly involved in New Zealand politics since the first Maori MPs were elected back in 1868. plan and book online at www.destination-nz.com I 025


Contemporary Culture Image: Tourism Auckland

Since colonial days, when New Zealand looked to Britain for cultural leadership, the nation has matured into a self-confident nation.

The atrium, Auckland Museum

New Zealand is proud of its diverse population; while the majority of Kiwis are of British descent – often referred to as ‘Pakeha’ – many originate from the Pacific Islands or Asia. The largest non-European group is the Maori population. New Zealand’s blend of cultures results in a vibrant national identity; at its heart, it is about innovation, independence and celebrating diversity. Indigenous Maori culture is a strong element of cultural identity for all New Zealanders, Pakeha included. You only need to watch the haka being performed by the All Blacks before a Rugby game to see how proud Kiwis are of their shared heritage! New Zealand’s Pacific location also lends a distinctive flavour to life in New Zealand; Auckland is informally regarded as the capital of the Pacific and colourful island culture is clearly evident at the Otara Markets, where you can buy tapa cloth and Cook Island donuts, and in events like the Pasifika Festival.

Kiwi Contributions  In 1893, New Zealand became the first country in the world to give women the vote after a campaign led by suffragette Kate Sheppard.  On 31 March 1903 (more than half a year before the Wright Brothers!), Richard Pearse is reputed to have carried out the first powered flight.  Ernest Rutherford was one of the most influential scientists of the 20th Century. Best known for splitting the atom, he was awarded a Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1908.  In 1934 Rotorua-born Jean Batten broke records when flying solo from Britain to Australia in just 14 days, 22 hours and 30 minutes.  In 1953, beekeeper Sir Edmund Hillary and Nepalese Sherpa Tenzing Norgay were the first people to climb Mount Everest.  Inventor and artist John Britten built the world’s fastest motorbike in his spare time and took the motoring world by storm.

Kiwiana Around the Country Rotorua At Agrodome, encounter a woolly Kiwi icon – the sheep! [www.agrodome.co.nz] Otorohanga Pays tribute to Kiwiana with murals and sculptures. [www. kiwianatown.co.nz] Taihape Holds an annual gumboot-

throwing competition! [www.taihape.co.nz] Paeroa Where NZ’s soft drink, L&P, was invented. [www.paeroa.org.nz]


Kiwiana Kiwis are a creative, quirky lot in every respect, but their eccentricity culminates in Kiwiana cultural icons! Kiwiana describes all the unique and wonderfully quirky items from New Zealand’s culture and history that contribute to a sense of nationhood. These icons include jandals (flip-flops), meat pies, the tiki, sheep, and anything made of paua (abalone) shell. Some New Zealand personalities, too, have become so iconic that they can be classed as Kiwiana – they include Mount Everest-conquering hero ‘Sir Ed’ (Edmund Hillary), ‘bushman’ and author Barry Crump, who epitomises the ‘good Kiwi bloke’, and fictional characters Wal Footrot and his sheepdog (Dog) from the comic strip Footrot Flats, created by Murray Ball. Kitschy Kiwiana originals are coveted and collected, and instantly recognisable to Kiwis! Hokey Pokey Ice Cream Vanilla ice cream with crunchy bits of toffee is the nation’s favourite flavour and high up on the Kiwiana list. Gumboots and Black Singlets This garb used to be almost a uniform for the Kiwi farmer – and not just on the farm! Keep an eye out in country pubs and you’ll find that the tradition has not completely died out! Watties Tomato Sauce The Kiwi institutions of the barbeque, fish ‘n‘ chips and meat pies wouldn’t be half as good without this iconic Kiwi brand. Buzzy Bee This colourful wooden pullalong toy is popular with all Kiwi kids and was famously loved by Prince William in his toddling years! Edmonds Cookery Book This collection of basic recipes can be found in every Kiwi kitchen and is bound to be well-thumbed and marked with the odd greasy and/or floury stain. L&P Short for Lemon & Paeroa, this lemon-flavoured soft drink was invented in 1904. Check out the giant L&P bottle in Paeroa. [www.paeroa.org.nz]


Kiwi Creativity With such a wealth of traditional motifs and myths, and such a variety of multicultural influences from which to draw inspiration for all genres from performance arts and painting through to crafts, it comes as no surprise that New Zealand art is world-class.

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City Gallery, Wellington

One of the biggest inspirations for New Zealand artists is nature and the stunning landscape. While painters capture the scenery, others use natural materials such as flax and fern in their works. This is not a new development; Maori settlers developed motifs and artistic forms utilising natural resources from their earliest days in New Zealand, carving bone, stone, wood and shell, and weaving native fibres. In recent years, contemporary artists have woven a blend of histories and cultures, themes and styles together in their work, reflecting the diversity of New Zealand society. It is common to see traditional Maori arts using contemporary mediums, and distinct Maori, Asian and Pacific Island influences can clearly be seen in other artworks. This blend reaches across all genres. Ancient Maori performance arts, for example, employ modern interpretations, while Kiwi musicians mix international

styles with traditional Pacific influences, and New Zealand movies show at international film festivals.

Arts & Crafts In the 20th Century, when realism and honesty about local life became key themes, artists like Rita Angus, Colin

McCahon and Toss Woollaston came to prominence. Today, painters such as Shane Cotton, who incorporates Maori themes in his work to represent shared Maori and Pakeha experiences, are celebrated. Particularly renowned galleries include the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery in New Plymouth (re-opening mid 2015), the Sarjeant Gallery in Whanganui, The Suter Art Gallery in Nelson (one of New Zealand’s oldest galleries), Christchurch Art Gallery (under repair) and the Dunedin Public Art Gallery. The World of WearableArt™ Gallery in Nelson showcases the full force of Kiwi creativity in the garment collection from the annual Brancott Estate World of WearableArt™ Awards Show. A great way to experience arts and crafts is by visiting a workshop. Many studios offer visitors the opportunity to try weaving, for example at Te Puia in Rotorua, or carving; Hokitika on the West Coast is renowned for jade carving workshops. There are good art and craft trails in Kerikeri and Nelson, but for a comprehensive list visit www.arttrails.co.nz.

Maori & Pacific Treasures Weaving and carving in wood, bone and greenstone are important Maori traditions. Examples of taonga Maori (Maori treasures) can be seen at museums and galleries around the country. Auckland Museum Home to He Taonga Maori, the Maori Treasures Gallery, and displaying over 2,000 pieces – including the last great, magnificantly carved Maori war canoe used in battle. Te Papa Tongarewa New Zealand’s national museum contains a marae and works with iwi (tribal groups) to curate a changing exhibition programme of taonga. Waiwhetu Purchase your own Maori treasures at the settlement of Waiwhetu in Lower Hutt, where you can see artists-in-residence practising their crafts. Hokitika Dubbed the greenstone capital of New Zealand, Hokitika showcases jade shops and artists’ studios where you can join workshops to make your own artworks! Greenstone Pounamu is a green stone only found in New Zealand. Maori consider it a taonga (treasure) and have carved it into pieces of art since the early ages. Ask for genuine New Zealand pounamu. plan and book online at www.destination-nz.com I 027


On show: best of New Zealand’s art galleries The home of New Zealand’s visual arts the Auckland Art Gallery Toi O Tamaki [www.aucklandartgallery.com], founded in 1888, is the country’s largest art institution with a collection of more than 15,000 artworks and includes the Creative Learning Centre where visitors can explore, experiment, create and share. When in Wellington, make sure you visit City Gallery Wellington

[www.citygallery.org.nz], renowned for its world-class programme of national and international exhibitions. In the South Island, a highlight is the Dunedin Public Art Gallery [www.dunedin.art.museum], first established in 1884 and still one of New Zealand’s most significant art museums. The Southland Museum & Art Gallery [www.southlandmuseum.com] in Invercargill is also good. You’ll find impressive art exhibitions in smaller centres too. The Aigantighe (pronounced

‘Egg & Tie’) Art Gallery [www.timaru. govt.nz/art-gallery] in Timaru holds the South Island’s third-largest public art museum collection, while the Forrester Gallery in Oamaru [www. forrestergallery.com] is housed in a spectacular neo-classical building dating back to 1884. In New Plymouth, visit the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery and in Whanganui, the Sarjeant Gallery is a must-see. Other galleries to visit are The Dowse Art Museum [Wellington] and The Suter Art Gallery [Nelson].

PATAKA art and museum wellington

The cultural heart of Porirua City, Pataka has developed a world-class reputation for celebrating New Zealand heritage and showcasing the best in contemporary arts and culture. Pataka’s five main galleries hold many major exhibitions annually.

Aigantighe Art Gallery



Renowned internationally for its innovative exhibition and education programmes, the Aigantighe has a large collection of New Zealand, Pacific, Asian and European works. www.timaru.govt.nz/art-gallery


A dynamic cultural presence in the capital city, City Gallery focuses on contemporary visual arts, architecture and design and has achieved a reputation for innovation and style, as well as inspiring and challenging its audiences. www.citygallery.org.nz


auckland Art Gallery auckland

New Zealand’s home of the visual arts houses a collection of more than 15,000 artworks and stages major exhibitions throughout the year. www.aucklandartgallery.com

This gallery’s prestigious collection includes works by Machiavelli, Claude Lorraine, Rosa, Monet, Pissarro, Turner, Reynolds, and Gainsborough. www.dunedin. art.museum



A ‘must see’ visitor attraction in Nelson that celebrates two very different passions. A world-class collection of classic cars joins incredible wearable artworks from around the globe. www.wowcars.co.nz


New Zealand has been on the professional theatre touring circuit since the 1860s. In the 1960s, Downstage Theatre in Wellington was established and other theatres soon followed; Dunedin’s Fortune Theatre, Christchurch’s The Court Theatre, Palmerston North’s Centrepoint, Wellington’s Circa and Auckland’s Mercury Theatre (now the Auckland Theatre Company) all now offer vibrant work from a full company. Amateur dramatic and operatic societies and repertory theatres can be found in main and smaller centres. Niche theatres abound, with children’s theatre, improvised comedy (theatre sports) and experimental theatre all finding an audience.

Cinema New Zealand’s diverse and dramatic landscapes are a major drawcard for filmmakers including The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies, directed by Wellington-based Peter Jackson. New Zealand was also the inspiration for the computergenerated world of Avatar. Many distinctly New Zealand stories have been told on film: Whale Rider is a haunting tale of Maori culture and myth, while The World’s Fastest Indian tells the story of Southland motorcycle legend Burt Munro. Taika Waititi’s short film, Two Cars, One Night, and feature film, Boy, have shown in competition at Cannes and Sundance respectively. To enjoy Kiwi cinema, you can go on a LOTR tour

or catch a movie in an iconic cinema such as the Fiordland Cinema (Te Anau), Paradiso (Wanaka), Mighty Civic Theatre (Auckland) and Embassy Theatre (Wellington).

Literature New Zealand’s relative isolation means that although themes similar to those of other postcolonial nations have slipped in, there are features of New Zealand writing which are completely unique. Kiwi writers aren’t afraid to speak their minds and to broaden the minds of others, whether in the prophetic poetry of James K. Baxter, the rich prose of Keri Hulme, the modern myths of Witi Ihimaera, or the searing autobiographies of Janet Frame. Children’s author Margaret Mahy has over 120 titles to her name and is beloved the world over, and New Zealand also has its own tradition of literary prizes, scholarships and festivals.

Music New Zealand’s musical tradition dates back to the nation’s earliest settlement and in recent times local artists have mixed popular international styles with Maori and Pacific influences. Scribe, Split Enz, Fat Freddy’s Drop, Bic Runga, Lorde and the Flight of the Conchords have struck a chord with audiences worldwide, while songstress Hayley Westenra has made an impact on the classical music charts and Kiri Te Kanawa is an operatic force. Picking up a few CDs and watching a live band is a great way to sample local culture.

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Writers Walk, Wellington

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BOOKS TO READ In A Fishbone Church Catherine Chidgey Owls Do Cry Janet Frame TU Patricia Grace Blindsight Maurice Gee The Bone People Keri Hulme The Captive Wife Fiona Kidman The Haunting Margaret Mahy The Garden Party Katherine Mansfield No Ordinary Sun Hone Tuwhare Responsibility Nigel Cox Mansfield C.K. Stead Harlequin Rex Owen Marshall The God Boy Ian Cross Tawa Elizabeth Knox FILMS TO WATCH An Angel At My Table Jane Campion Goodbye Pork Pie Geoff Murphy Smash Palace Roger Donaldson Heavenly Creatures Peter Jackson The Piano Jane Campion Whale Rider Niki Caro In My Father’s Den Brad McGann The World’s Fastest Indian Roger Donaldson Sione’s Wedding Chris Graham No. 2 Toa Fraser Second-Hand Wedding Paul Murphy Black Sheep Jonathan King Boy Taika Waititi After the Waterfall Simone Horrocks Rain Christine Jeffs classic kiwi songs Six Months In A Leaky Boat Split Enz Nature Fourmyula Slice Of Heaven Dave Dobbyn with Herbs Not Given Lightly Chris Knox Why Does Love Do This To Me Exponents Weather With You Crowded House Dominion Road Mutton Birds Poi E Patea Maori Club Sway Bic Runga Venus The Feelers Can’t Get Enough Supergroove Home Again Shihad Not Many Scribe Cool Me Down The Black Seeds One Day Opshop Wandering Eye Fat Freddy’s Drop Something in the water Brooke Fraser Love Love Love Avalanche City Royals Lorde Great Kiwi Theatre The End Of The Golden Weather Bruce Mason The Bach Stephen Sinclair Middle Age Spread Roger Hall Purapurawhetu Briar Grace-Smith The Pohutukawa Tree Bruce Mason 2B Or Nt 2B Sarah Delahunty Foreskin’s Lament Greg McGee The Prophet Hone Kouka Ophelia Thinks Harder Jean Betts

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A Yellow-eyed Penguin cleans itself, Coastal Otago

A world where nature flouts all sense of restraint, a place of extraordinary diversity inhabited by unique wildlife, an island nation with natural wonders enough for countries many times its size; this place is unique!

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Natural NZ

Great Outdoors

In the archipelago of New Zealand, soaring mountains, otherworldly volcanic landscapes or aquamarine alpine lakes fed by blue-white glaciers can be discovered in close proximity to emerald-green temperate rainforests and surf beaches thundering against a backdrop of rolling hills.

Kaitiakitanga This is a Maori concept that regards human beings as the guardians of natural and cultural heritage. According to kaitiakitanga, it is their duty to protect the natural environment, their traditional stories and artistic treasures.

Tane Mahuta, Lord of the Forest, Northland

Alpine Areas

Extreme Landscapes Get ready to explore a place where the landscapes encompass almost every kind of terrain imaginable, from pristine alpine regions to great swimming beaches. This natural diversity means you can stroll along a sandy beach in the morning, stop at a sun-drenched winery for lunch and then be hiking along an alpine trail by the afternoon.

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Geothermal Activity New Zealand’s landscapes have been shaped by powerful geothermal forces. Lake Taupo, Australasia’s largest lake, owes its existence to a massive long-ago volcanic eruption. These days, the region stretching from Lake Taupo north to Rotorua is popular with visitors wanting to catch a glimpse of the earth’s geothermal forces at play. A thin surface crust in this part of the North Island results in a remarkable array of geothermal features, from bubbling mud pools to powerful steam vents, hot waterfalls and geysers, as well as thermal pools and spa complexes.

and caver’s paradise studded with glow-worms. Thirty million years ago this landscape was beneath the sea, but geological activity lifted it clear and rainwater formed fissures in the rock that turned into streams and underground rivers which visitors can now explore in abseiling, caving and black-water rafting expeditions. In the South Island too, you’ll find cave systems from the Marble Mountains in Nelson right down to Fiordland.

Coastal Features As it is an island nation, nowhere in New Zealand is very far from the sea and that means the coastline features high on the list of what makes the landscape unique. The coastline ranges from golden-sand beaches to rugged coastlines and crashing surf. In summer, the beaches of Northland, The Coromandel, Bay of Plenty and Nelson are great for swimming, while the regions’ offshore islands are idyllic getaways. Visitors who enjoy boating will find paradise in the Bay of Islands, in Auckland’s Hauraki Gulf, and in the Marlborough Sounds.

Cave Systems There is more to the North Island’s Waitomo region than meets the eye. Underneath rolling hills is a labyrinth of underground rivers, sinkholes, caves, rock formations,

Lorded over by New Zealand’s highest peak – Aoraki Mount Cook – the Southern Alps form the South Island’s mountainous backbone, rising over 3,000 metres to divide the east and west of the island. In the North Island, too, iconic mountains dominate. Mount Taranaki, on the west coast, is an almost perfect cone. In the central North Island, State Highway One becomes the ‘Desert Road’ as it passes a triad of volcanoes. Two of them, Mount Ruapehu and Mount Ngauruhoe, stood in as ‘Mount Doom’ in The Lord of the Rings; the former is home to the North Island’s most popular ski resort. Most of New Zealand’s ski areas, however, are in the South Island.

Glaciers Westland, along the South Island’s West Coast, is home to Fox and Franz Josef Glaciers, two of the most accessible glaciers in the world. The blue-white rivers of ice defy the rules of nature, snaking through rainforest just 300 metres above sea level. Visitors can walk to the glaciers or join a guided hike to see them up close. There are other glaciers at Mount Cook National Park. A flight-seeing expedition is a great way to see them.

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NATURAL NZ National & Regional Parks More than one-third of New Zealand’s landscape is protected in reserves, regional and national parks. There are 14 national parks in New Zealand and together they feature 12,000 kilometres of walking tracks and 1,000 huts for overnight stays. Trails range from 15-minute scenic walks to demanding multi-day hikes, ice or mountain climbs – you’ll need to don a pair of hiking boots to explore the most pristine corners of New Zealand. The North Island’s Tongariro National Park, for example, is a World Heritage Area of natural and cultural significance, while in the South Island the four national parks in Westland, Aoraki Mount Cook, Fiordland and Mount Aspiring form another World Heritage site. The numerous regional parks are administered by regional councils and many of them are right on the doorsteps of some of New Zealand’s most populous towns. 1 Te Urewera National Park Remote and rugged forested ridges and valleys, home to the popular Lake Waikaremoana Track. 2 Tongariro National Park New Zealand’s first national park is home to the Tongariro Alpine Crossing, a highly regarded one-day walk. 3 Egmont National Park The Mount Taranaki summit is a challenging climb, but there are numerous walks around the mountain’s base. 4 Whanganui National Park Travel by canoe on the Whanganui Journey or discover Maori culture in a lush rainforest setting. 5 Abel Tasman National Park Renowned for golden beaches, clear water and the very popular Abel Tasman Coast Track. 6 Kahurangi National Park Immense and rugged, encompassing wild rivers, sub-alpine herb fields and coastal forests. 7 Nelson Lakes National Park The northern end of the Southern Alps features forest-clad mountains and numerous picturesque lakes. 8 Paparoa National Park Lush rainforest, underground cave networks and the famous Punakaiki Pancake Rocks. 9 Arthur’s Pass National Park Rugged gorges, wide braided rivers, soaring mountains and forest in the heart of the Southern Alps. 10 Westland Tai Poutini National Park Renowned for its incredibly varied landscape of forests, glaciers, wild beaches and wetlands. 11 Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park Home to New Zealand’s tallest mountain peaks, including Aoraki Mount Cook, and its largest glaciers. 12 Mount Aspiring National Park This stunningly beautiful landscape is home to rugged mountains, river valleys and green beech forests. 13 Fiordland National Park New Zealand’s most famous national park features immense fiords, deep lakes, mountains and forest. 14 Rakiura National Park Covering 85% of Stewart Island and protecting rare wildlife, unspoiled forest and coastal landscapes.

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Rob Roy Glacier, Mt Aspiring National Park


Geothermal Highlights Te Puia Thermal valley with mud pools, boiling waters and Pohutu geyser. Hells Gate Mud and mineral bathing, a geothermal park and the world’s largest hot waterfall. Orakei Korako Cave & Thermal Park Paradise of caves, geysers, soda springs and silica terraces. White Island Steaming offshore volcano in the Bay of Islands. Mount Tarawera Multi-coloured crater, a buried village and the world’s largest hot spring. Coastal highlights Bay of Islands Island-hopping paradise in subtropical Northland. Hot Water Beach Dig your own hot pool in the sand. Cathedral Cove White sand and sparkling water. Farewell Spit The world’s longest natural sandbar. Stewart Island 85% of New Zealand’s third-largest island is in a national park. Bluff Tip of mainland New Zealand. Caving Highlights Waitomo Caves Black-water rafting and glow-worm encounters. Harwood’s Hole Deepest sinkhole in the Southern Hemisphere. Marble Mountain One of the world’s largest caving systems. Dragon’s Cave Float through a glow-worm-studded subterranean world on the West Coast. Te Anau Glow-Worm Caves Limestone cavern tours by boat. Alpine Highlights Arthur’s Pass Alpine village in the heart of the Southern Alps. Queenstown The adventure capital of New Zealand. Wanaka Right on the doorstep of Mount Aspiring National Park. Tekapo Stunning mountain resort beside an aquamarine lake. Central Plateau Dominated by a triad of volcanoes. Glacier Highlights Franz Josef Glacier Tandem skydive above or guided eco-tours on a river of ice. Fox Glacier Guided glacier walks and ice climbing at a remarkably accessible glacier. Mount Ruapehu Glaciers Flight-seeing, glacial skiing and heli hiking in the North Island. Tasman Glacier Ski New Zealand’s largest and longest glacier.


Experiencing Natural NZ Take a deep breath of clean New Zealand air and get ready to experience the ultimate outdoor adventures in an unforgettable landscape that’s out of this world!

4WD Adventures A thrilling way to see New Zealand’s landscapes is by 4WD: quad bikes and 4WD vehicles are popular options. Explore the river beds of Glacier Country or cruise along beaches. Step it up a notch and book an experience in an all-terrain military Hagglund!

Boating With a coastline 15,000-kilometres long, and dozens of lakes, there are plenty of opportunities to experience New Zealand from the deck of a boat. Take a cruise across Lake Wakatipu in Queenstown to see a high-country station, or a glacier lake tour in Mount Cook National Park. In Fiordland, you can drift past waterfalls and spend the night in a private cabin. Experience sailing around the Bay of Islands or the Marlborough Sounds.

Go cruising in Auckland to see the islands of the Hauraki Gulf. 360 Discovery introduces visitors to the fascinating wildlife sanctuary of Tiritiri Matangi Island, while Fullers offers day tours to the unique volcanic landscape of Rangitoto Island. For a very different boating experience, Wanaka River Journeys takes visitors past mountains and waterfalls in a high-speed jet boat.

Cycling Take a guided cycling tour, on- or off-road – winery tours by bicycle are particularly popular! The Otago Central Rail Trail is a 150-kilometre cycling adventure through Central Otago, passing relics of gold-mining history. Another excellent trail is the Queen Charlotte Track in Marlborough, which is open to mountain bikers for most

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Dart river Wilderness safari glenorchy

Experience the breathtaking world of the West Coast’s longest glacier with New Zealand’s most experienced glacier guiding company. www.foxguides.co.nz

Journey into the World Heritage area of Mt Aspiring National Park. Learn about the area’s history, the Greenstone Trail and Maori lore.

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Ziptrek Ecotours

Hamilton Gardens Hamilton



The Waikato’s most popular visitor attraction features spectacular themed gardens representing styles from around the world. www.

The only multi-boat, full-service dive operator at the Poor Knights Islands. Multiple boats means dive sites that are tailored to your ability.

A spectacular and exhilarating ecoadventure through the forest canopy high above Queenstown. www.ziptrek.com


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Great Walks One of the best ways to discover New Zealand’s stunning landscapes is by hiking. The best-known trails are the Great Walks. Administered by the Department of Conservation (DOC), these multi-day tracks showcase some of the most magnificent scenery and they are maintained to a high standard. Many require bookings. From the lakeside paradise of the Lake Waikaremoana Great Walk in the North Island to Rakiura Track on Stewart Island, there are nine Great Walks each boasting their own unrivalled highlights. [www.doc.govt.nz]

of the year. The trails around Rotorua are highly regarded, as are trails near Wanaka and Queenstown.

Diving New Zealand’s location at a meeting point of arctic and tropical currents means a diversity of species, making it a popular dive location. The Poor Knights Islands Marine Reserve off Northland is particularly renowned and can be explored with Dive! Tutukaka & Perfect Day, while in the Cavalli Islands, the Greenpeace wreck Rainbow Warrior has been used as an artificial reef habitat. The Marlborough Sounds and Kaikoura offer great dives, and Fiordland is the place to see the world’s largest population of Black Coral trees, some up to 200 years old. Contact Tawaki Adventures to find out more.

Flight-seeing Flight-seeing can offer a very different view of New Zealand, whether you’re flying over an offshore volcano or whale watching off the coast of Kaikoura. Try Kaikoura Helicopters or Wings Over Whales. Fiordland is a great region for scenic flights – towering peaks take on new dimensions from the air – but opportunities for flight-seeing in helicopters, fixed-wing planes or even hot air balloons are available.

Kayaking & Canoeing Kayaking with seals is popular off the Kaikoura coast, and these playful mammals are encountered in other areas too. Even dolphins and whales may come for a closer look at kayaking humans! In Abel Tasman National Park, join Abel Tasman Kayaks and experience paddling around the pretty coastline by day and spending the night camping on a sandy beach. Canoeing expeditions are popular on larger rivers, such as the Whanganui River, where they are a tranquil way of exploring a beautiful rainforest.

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Kakapo on the prowl

New Zealand Wildlife Ancient reptiles, unique bird species, abundant marine life and a commitment to conservation make this an amazing destination for wildlife encounters. For 85 million years, New Zealand has been an isolated island nation. By the time the first human inhabitants arrived, about 1,000 years ago, the native plants and animals had existed undisturbed for millennia. Evolving in isolation, perfectly suited to the local environment, species appeared that are endemic to New Zealand – an incredible 80 per cent of native plants and 71 per cent of native birds are found nowhere else in the world!

Experiencing Natural New Zealand Since the arrival of humans, habitat disturbance, hunting and introduced predators have taken their toll and many species are now endangered. However, major conservation initiatives are in place to restore native wildlife. In New Zealand many innovative rescue programmes are accessible to the public, and they make for great wildlife encounters. Visitors can, for example, visit predator-free sanctuaries such as ZEALANDIA in Wellington or gain an entry permit to reserves such as Kapiti and Tiritiri Matangi Islands. If you would like to glimpse kiwi foraging, you can visit a nocturnal kiwi house or take a night-time tour in a kiwi sanctuary. On Stewart Island you might even spot them in the wild!

New Zealand is a great destination for bird watching and ‘twitching’. Visiting a bird colony or taking a guided tour to see birds in the wild is a must-do activity, even for those who aren’t dedicated bird watchers. Notable bird-watching destinations are Kaikoura, where seabirds including albatrosses can be spotted feeding offshore, Cape Kidnappers in Hawke’s Bay, famous for its Gannet colony, the Royal Albatross colony on Otago Peninsula, and the Little Blue Penguin colony in Oamaru. Marine wildlife is another drawcard for wildlife enthusiasts. Marine reserves dot the coastline and they’re a good place to go snorkelling. At Goat Island Marine Reserve, north of Auckland, you’ll quickly find yourself surrounded by shoals of fish. Rent a snorkel and goggles and marvel at the underwater life. There are also places around New Zealand where you can swim with dolphins, such as the Bay of Plenty, Bay of Islands and Akaroa. Fur seals are common, and in parts of the country you can go sea kayaking to see them up close. Another well-known wildlife encounter is whale watching. The Kaikoura coast offers the perfect environment for whales, and this makes it a great place to take a whale-watching boat cruise.


Native Birds Australasian Gannet Called Takapu in Maori, the Gannet is a handsome seabird seen in large colonies. Bellbird A bush-dwelling nectar eater with a beautiful melodious song. Fantail Also called Piwakawaka, the curious and friendly fantail is easily recognised by its fan-shaped tail. Kakapo The endangered Kakapo is the heaviest parrot in the world: nocturnal and flightless, this unusual bird climbs trees with its beak and claws. Kea The world’s only alpine parrot inhabits the Southern Alps. Kiwi New Zealand’s most famous native bird and the country’s national symbol is also one of its most unusual: flightless and nocturnal, the kiwi mates for life and the male performs most of the eggincubation duties. Little Blue Penguin This is the world’s smallest penguin. In the evening you can spot it as it comes ashore to its burrow. New Zealand Pigeon (Kereru) A large and beautiful bird with a very distinctive heavy wing beat. Paradise Duck A large handsome duck usually seen on open grassland. Pukeko With unmistakable cobalt plumage, the Pukeko is a favourite subject for kitschy Kiwiana objects! Tui A large black bird, the Tui is a clever mimic with a sweet voice. Weka This large, flightless bird has a feisty personality! It may steal food!

Other Animals Hector’s Dolphin The world’s smallest and rarest dolphin, found only in New Zealand. New Zealand Fur Seal This is New Zealand’s most common seal – find it basking along the coast. Tuatara A unique reptile that has existed since the age of the dinosaurs, the Tuatara is now found only in protected areas, where it can live to be 100 years old. Swim with the dolphins

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Monarch Wildlife Cruises & Tours dunedin

Join an award-winning company to see albatrosses, penguins, fur seals and other seabirds and marine mammals on the Otago Peninsula, Dunedin. www.wildlife.co.nz

Rainbow Springs Rotorua

See endangered native species such as Kiwi and Tuatara in a native bush setting. You can also visit Kiwi Encounter, a Kiwi conservation centre.

Elm Wildlife Tours dunedin – wildlife encounter

19 Irvine Road, The Cove, Dunedin t +64 3 454 4121 NZ fp 0800 356 563, e tours@elmwildlifetours.co.nz www.elmwildlifetours.co.nz

Family business, judged New Zealand’s best wildlife tour and six-time winner of New Zealand Tourism Awards. Half-day Otago Peninsula wildlife tours and exclusive private tours offer small-group wildlife experiences, enabling unobtrusive, close viewing of rare wildlife, including penguins, albatrosses, sea lions and fur seals. Environmentally aware, Green Globe 21 benchmarked.. The highlight of your trip to New Zealand!


ZEALANDIa wellington

See some of the rarest, most extraordinary native wildlife on the planet. Explore the sanctuary valley and visit the interactive museum. www.visitzealandia.com

Orokonui ecosanctuary Dunedin

A 307-hectare native forest in Dunedin that is home to some of New Zealand’s most fascinating and rare forest wildlife. www.orokonui.org.nz

Orana Wildlife Park christchurch

Experience the ultimate animal adventure. New Zealand’s only open-range zoo houses 400+ animals from 70 different species. www.oranawildlifepark.co.nz

Whale Watch Kaikoura KAIKOURA

Life-changing Close Encounters Slipping into the water with

playful wild dolphins ... Looking into the eyes of a whale as it surfaces nearby ... Watching Little Blue Penguins return to their burrows as dusk arrives ... Seeing a kiwi egg hatch at a special sanctuary ...

Experience the thrill of an exciting up-close encounter with a Giant Sperm Whale at any time of year. An award-winning and magical New Zealand experience. www.whalewatch.co.nz

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Sustainable New Zealand In New Zealand, the environment has always been at the forefront of the visitor experience. After all, many choose New Zealand precisely for its landscapes and wildlife. Though created by nature, the areas (unlike the pests, flying birds are environment has been preserved free to come and go), and admissions through the conservation efforts of fees help to fund conservation its human custodians. New Zealand efforts. Other eco-tour operators also has 14 national parks and more play a part in protecting the species than 30 per cent of its land area is they’re helping you to encounter. Elm protected as conservation land of Wildlife Tours, for example, funds a some description. In addition, its conservation project to help boost conservation workers are at the the population of Hoiho (Yellow-eyed forefront of species management – Penguins). bringing endangered wildlife back But it’s not only in conservation from the brink of extinction through that New Zealand demonstrates a innovative rescue programmes. One commitment to sustainability. With a example is that of the Chatham population of just under Island Black Robin. In 4.5 million people, 1980, just five birds and producing remained but, just 0.2 per through careful cent of the management, world’s total the population greenhouse has been gas restored to emissions, around 250. New Tourism Zealand and was one conservation of the first Takahe chick, Fiordland come together countries at facilities like Kiwi in the world Encounter in Rotorua to pledge a and Willowbank Wildlife carbon-neutral Reserve in Christchurch, which future and a number of feature breeding programmes for companies have already achieved native species, and at predator-free carboNZero certification. In addition, islands. A more recent development many accommodation providers has been the creation of mainland and activity operators have gained ‘islands’ such as ZEALANDIA – Qualmark Enviro Awards, recognising habitats that are protected by efforts in areas of energy efficiency, state-of-the-art electric fencing and waste management, water then cleared of pests. Enormously conservation, community activities successful, these areas allow native and conservation initiatives. Green, birds to thrive, often to the point clean New Zealand – it’s a cliché where they repopulate surrounding for a reason!

Old Blue Saves a Species A small black bird unique to the Chatham Islands, Black Robins are vulnerable to predation by introduced pests and by the early 1980s just five birds remained on one tiny island. Of these, just one was a breeding female, so dedicated game rangers moved Old Blue and her companions to a larger island that was replanted for their arrival. Through the rangers’ efforts, the population slowly grew and today numbers around 250 birds – every one of them descended from Old Blue. 036 I LIVE, BREATHE AND EXPERIENCE NEW ZEALAND I destination-nz.com

Going Green Visitors can make a difference by choosing green options whenever possible. A great option for an environmentally-friendly stay is to try ‘WWOOFing’. Willing Workers on Organic Farms [www.wwoof. co.nz] provides the opportunity to learn sustainable practices while living with a Kiwi family that has made the leap into green-dom. If this isn’t quite your thing, you can still help keep New Zealand beautiful. Park the car and use buses and trains where possible or swap the car for hiking and cycling trips. When you do go hiking, always stick to designated tracks to protect fragile wildlife. When choosing accommodation, keep an eye out for Qualmark Enviro-accredited providers and always clear up your rubbish at camping spots. Don’t use the great outdoors as a bathroom – look for a public toilet or wait till the next time you’re at a café. Many shampoos and soaps contain phosphates that are bad for waterways, so don’t use these in rivers and lakes. Look for eco-friendly activities, support wildlife sanctuaries and indulge in seasonal produce from farmers’ markets. Remember, sometimes it’s the little things that can make all the difference!

“In my opinion, the Otago Peninsula is the finest example of eco-tourism in the world.” (David Bellamy, environmentalist)

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037 LIVING new Zealand At the far end of the South Pacific Ocean lies a nation that is geographically removed yet right up with the play when it comes to great cuisine, fine wine and good shopping. Here in Godzone, Kiwis love to live the good life – and you’re sure to fall in love with it!

Wine at Cable Bay, Auckland

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Taste New Zealand

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You may be surprised to discover just how sophisticated New Zealand is! Despite being so far removed from the rest of the world, it has embraced global influences in food, wine and fashion, adds to these its own unique twist, and presents a cuisine and design culture that more than holds its own.

Delicacies from Salt, Whitianga Marina, The Coromandel

New Zealand Cuisine If you’ve got a passion for fine food and wine then you’re in for a treat! New Zealand cuisine is guaranteed to satisfy. In the last few decades New Zealand cuisine has undergone a major renaissance. Drawing on influences from the many different cultures that make up the local population, including indigenous Maori cuisine, New Zealand’s dining culture has emerged innovative and sophisticated. Part of New Zealand’s secret lies in its fortuitous geography. The diverse

landscape means that an unusually wide variety of ingredients can be grown here – so the majority of produce is locally grown, as fresh as you please and available to every cook! Add to that 15,000 kilometres of coastline teeming with fish and shellfish and you have the recipe for a local cuisine that’s pretty special. Kiwis love to celebrate this fact

with a myriad of wine and food festivals from one end of the country to the other. Multicultural influences and a wide selection of ingredients to draw on make New Zealand a very natural home for the fusion approach to cooking. Blending flavours from around the Pacific Rim, this vibrant style is internationally popular and trend-setting Kiwi chefs such as Peter Gordon have played an important role in its development. While in New Zealand, visitors can follow in the footsteps of other great Kiwi chefs. The country offers a range of food and wine tours, factory/ farm visits and cooking schools, while best-selling cookbooks are a great way to take a slice of New Zealand home. Look out for books by celebrity chefs such as Jo Seagar, Peter Gordon, Annabel Langbein, Alison Holst or Al Brown and Steve Logan of the TV series Hunger for the Wild. For a typical Kiwiana item, found in virtually every Kiwi kitchen, get a copy of the Edmonds Cookery Book – it’s full of classic Kiwi recipes like Anzac Biscuits and Pavlova!

Culinary Specialities An abundance of high-quality fresh produce makes New Zealand cuisine sensational. Beef and Lamb NZ beef and lamb are of the highest quality and exported around the world. Cheeses The abundance of wonderful dairy products includes renowned local blue cheeses. Crayfish Also known as Rock Lobster, delicious Crayfish are harvested in coastal waters around NZ. Gourmet Oils The local olive and avocado oils are

fresh, tasty and herbaceous. Green Lipped Mussels These New Zealand native shellfish are farmed in the Marlborough Sounds, The Coromandel and Stewart Island. Hangi Traditional Maori cooking method, slowly steaming food in an underground oven. Hokey Pokey Ice Cream Creamy ice cream with crunchy pieces of toffee is a national favourite. Honey Manuka honey is produced from a native flowering shrub

known for its health benefits. King Salmon Fresh salmon is farmed in the Marlborough Sounds and Mackenzie, on Stewart Island and on the South Island’s east coast. Kiwifruit A popular, succulent green-fleshed fruit with a furry brown skin that thrives in warmer parts of the country, most famously in the Bay of Plenty. Kumara This traditional Maori sweet potato is a Kiwi favourite that may be served roasted, mashed or as


chips. Lemon & Paeroa (L&P) NZ sparkling soft drink originating from the small North Island town of Paeroa. Oysters Southland’s Bluff Oysters are renowned. There’s a festival every year to celebrate the season’s start. Pacific and Rock Oysters grow in the north. Whitebait These tiny minnowlike fish are a delicacy and cooked as a fritter, fried in batter. They’re famously abundant on the West Coast of the South Island.


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Moore Wilson Fresh, Wellington

Sampling NZ Cuisine Sample Kiwi dishes at a restaurant, then browse markets, visit food festivals and take a cooking class!

Learn to Cook

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Cook schools can be found in all major centres and they provide an insight into culinary New Zealand. Learn how to cook national dishes, match food and wine, and find out about indigenous ingredients! Renowned schools include celebrity chefs’ cooking schools like Seagars in Oxford (near Christchurch) or Ruth Pretty Cooking School just north of Wellington. Another gem is the Akaroa Cooking School on Banks Peninsula (also near Christchurch).  Seagars [www.joseagar.com] Don the Seagars at Oxford apron for a Lunch & Learn class or join a Specialty Course on BBQs for blokes, gluten-free cooking and more.  Ruth Pretty [www.ruthpretty.co.nz] Ruth Pretty and her team of chefs run cooking series with themes varying

according to season. Book your spot online or organise a private lesson.

Buying Food & Wine New Zealand cuisine dishes up delicacies ranging from cheeses and seafood to premium wines. You can buy these goodies at the cellar door and direct from the grower at many places around the country – look for roadside stalls in places like Hawke’s Bay, Nelson and Kerikeri and have some cash on hand to put in the honesty box! Also look for gourmet grocery stores such as Nosh Food Markets in Auckland and Moore Wilson stores in Wellington. Farmers’ markets are another great place to buy local produce. Fill your picnic basket with:  Gourmet Foods Artisan breads, whitebait and oysters, olive and avocado oils, local blue cheeses and fruit.  Gourmet Beverages Homegrown wines, distilled liqueurs, fresh fruit juices and organic beers.

Fusion Cuisine Multicultural influences and a wide variety

of ingredients to draw on make NZ a natural home for fusion

cooking. Blending flavours from around the Pacific Rim, this style is internationally popular and trend-setting Kiwi chefs such as

Peter Gordon have played an important role in its development.

Indigenous Ingredients Kumara (sweet potato) is the staple of Sunday roast dinners in most New Zealand homes and is found in every supermarket, but in recent years the rise of Maori chefs in local and international restaurant kitchens has seen traditional Maori foods such as harore (mushrooms), Puha (a thistle), Pikopiko (Fiddle-head Fern), Horopito and Kawakawa (different types of pepper tree) start to adorn New Zealand plates. Chef Charles Pipi Tukukino Royal has championed the cause of Maori bush ingredients in contemporary cooking. With a background as a chef in the New Zealand Army and a stint in Air New Zealand’s kitchen, Charles uses his extensive knowledge for specialist events and food tours into the New Zealand bush and along the coastline. When it comes to seafood, Kina (Sea Urchins) and shellfish, such as Paua (Abalone) and Pipi, are delicacies widely collected by Maori. How to Hangi! A hole is dug in the ground and filled with hot stones. Baskets of vegetables and meat are placed on top and covered with earth to cook in their own steam.

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NZ LIVING Wine Tasting, Gibbston Valley Cave, Queenstown

New Zealand Wine Wine has been produced in New Zealand since the arrival of the first European settlers, but in recent years the industry has rapidly evolved to take centre stage internationally. The nation’s oldest winemaker, Mission Estate, has been producing wines in Hawke’s Bay since 1851, and today New Zealand is internationally lauded for producing wines of note. A wide range of landscapes (or terroir) makes for unparalleled variety, from Central Otago’s Pinot Noirs to Marlborough’s Sauvignon Blancs and Hawke’s Bay’s Merlots. In order to get the best out of New Zealand’s 10 significant wine growing regions, it’s a great idea to embark on a wine tour or book a personal wine guide. If you’re exploring New Zealand’s vineyards independently, then sampling wines at the cellar door is a great way to spend the day – just make sure you have a nominated non-drinking driver. Self-guided and guided wine tours by bicycle also enjoy huge popularity. Martinborough is a great place to try this fun approach to wine tasting, as numerous vineyards are situated within easy reach of the town square so you don’t have to cycle too far! For the ultimate experience of wine growing in New Zealand, drive the Classic New Zealand Wine Trail [www. classicwinetrail.co.nz] from sun-drenched vineyards in Hawke’s Bay right down to Marlborough in the South Island! New Zealand’s major wine regions all have a particular climate and geology producing distinctive types of wine.

Wine Regions 1 Northland The country’s warmest ripening conditions make Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Chardonnay the varieties of choice. 2 Auckland Look for superb Chardonnays, particularly from Waiheke Island, but Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot are also popular. Matakana, north of Auckland, produces Merlot, Syrah (Shiraz), Chardonnay and Pinot Gris. 3 Bay of Plenty A small but growing wine-producing region with an emphasis on Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Sauvignon Blanc. 4 Gisborne The Chardonnay capital of NZ consistently produces delicious examples of this popular wine. 5 Hawke’s Bay This region has one of the longest traditions of wine making in NZ. Local Chardonnays are stunning, as are the reds. Look for Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Syrah and Pinot Noir. 6 Wairarapa This small but significant wine-growing area produces premium examples of Pinot Noir, Merlot, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Gewürztraminer, Riesling and Pinot Gris. 7 Marlborough Many consider this the Sauvignon Blanc capital of the world – hot, sunny days and crisp nights intensify flavour. The region also produces Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Riesling, and is developing a reputation for Méthode Traditionelle sparkling wines. 8 Nelson Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling and Pinot Noir are best suited to this region’s cooler growing conditions. 9 Canterbury The crisp climate makes for good Riesling, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc. 10 Central Otago Home to some of the southernmost vineyards in the world, here the emphasis is on Pinot Noir, with some Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Riesling also produced. Classic NZ Wine Trail A must-do for wine lovers, this self-guided trail takes you through NZ’s biggest wine-growing regions, from

Hawke’s Bay via Wairarapa to Marlborough. www.classicwinetrail.co.nz



Mission estate NApier

Mission offers the total winery experience. Taste their award-winning wines, take a historical tour, visit the art gallery, or dine in the restaurant. www.missionestate.co.nz

Brancott estate Blenheim

the wine Experience @ seafood central Auckland This wine-tasting experience takes you on an interactive journey to discover the best wines from around New Zealand. www.seafoodcentral.co.nz

Zest Food Tours Wellington One of a range of food tours in the Wellington region, the Martinborough Food and Wine Producers Tour is a luxury small group tour of food and winemakers in the wine country of the south Wairarapa region. www.zestfoodtours.co.nz

Birthplace of Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc, Brancott Estate is an iconic Kiwi vineyard that offers great scenery, tasting and tours, and fine dining.

Yealands Another well-known vineyard of Marlborough, Yealand


see what makes their wine so special! www.yealandsestate.co.nz

produced the Sauvignon Blanc judged the world’s best in the 2012

International Wine Challenge. Visit in person while in Marlborough to

GibBsTon Valley Queenstown

The first vineyard in the Queenstown region, Gibbston Valley is also renowned for one of the finest restaurants in the Queenstown area. www.gibbstonvalleynz.com

Marlborough wine tours Blenheim

Tour Marlborough’s famous wineries with these personalised, flexible mini-coach tours for the discerning wine taster. www.marlborough winetours.co.nz

Pegasus Bay Canterbury

Located in the Waipara Valley, Pegasus Bay’s restaurant is regularly judged one of the country’s top winery restaurants by Cuisine magazine. www.pegasusbay.com

Breweries & Distilleries New Zealand not only produces world-class wines, but also brews excellent beers, ranging from boutique brews to major brands. Most breweries are open for tours and big names include the Tui HQ and Tui Brewery in North Island’s Mangatainoka and Dunedin’s Speight’s Brewery. Founders Brewery in Nelson, Australasia’s first certified organic brewery, is a highlight and there are dozens of craft breweries around the country. If you want to step it up a notch, you can visit one of New Zealand’s boutique distilleries, producing fruit brandies, liqueurs, schnapps and rum. The Prenzel Distilling Company has tasting rooms all over the country. Do make sure, however, to appoint a designated non-drinking driver when heading out to sample New Zealand’s alcoholic delicacies! plan and book online at www.destination-nz.com I 041

Clothes shopping at Chancery, Auckland

New Zealand Shopping Save some room in your suitcase! You’ll find an abundance of tempting shopping opportunities and high-quality goods to rival anywhere! The ubiquitous tourist shops are always on hand with their New Zealand flags and chocolate kiwis, but explore further and you’ll find unique arts, crafts, homeware, clothing and culinary treasures. Boutiques and galleries can be found anywhere from the cities to country lanes.

New Zealand Fashion Browse New Zealand’s fashion boutiques, chain stores and department stores, and you’ll be amazed at the quality and range on offer. New Zealand fashion is world-class – no surprise, really, when you consider that Untouched World, Trelise Cooper and Karen Walker have been exporting to the world’s fashion capitals for years. Up-andcoming local designers are always an exciting find. For an inexpensive take on the latest fashion trends, head to chain stores Glassons or Max. Head to Barkers, Hallensteins and Meccano for the male equivalent. By all means, explore the high street fashion, but make sure you explore what’s on offer in country villages too, or a hidden gem might escape you!

Arts & Crafts Art galleries and workshops are great places to pick up arts and crafts – follow an art and craft trail to find them. Look for works of art incorporating Maori cultural symbols. The koru (spiral) stands for new beginnings, the hei matai (fish hook) depicts prosperity and strength, the bird-like manaia is a spiritual guardian and the hei tiki is a good luck charm. Look for: Original Art Purchase an original or limitededition print. Sculptures Beautiful artisan pieces in ceramic, wood, glass or metal. Jewellery Contemporary or traditional Maori designs.

Kiwiana Celebrating New Zealand’s cultural quirkiness, Kiwiana items make great souvenirs – or great gifts. You’ll have fun explaining the cultural importance of a tomato-shaped ketchup bottle! Reproductions of popular Kiwiana items are readily available in gift shops. Re:START Container Mall, Christchurch

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Shopping Precincts Each town and city has its own shopping areas, but there are some highlights you should schedule into your itinerary. Auckland’s Newmarket, Ponsonby Road, Parnell and city centre, along with central Wellington, are renowned for boutiques, while Dunedin’s George and Princes Streets are great for art galleries and designer fashion. Christchurch offers fashion in the Re:START Container Mall (Cashel Street), Victoria Street and in Merivale. Outside main centres, Napier (Hawke’s Bay), New Plymouth (Taranaki) and Cambridge (Waikato) are great shopping destinations. You’ll find world-class shopping in surprising places – keep an eye out for designer fashion in tiny beach towns or slick art galleries among the vineyards. The tiny Waikato village of Tirau has a main street lined with tempting little shops! Markets Markets are a good place to pick up gifts and unique mementos while enjoying the atmosphere and feasting on gourmet treats. You’ll find everything from craft markets to farmers’ markets. Riccarton Market in Christchurch is big, bustling and hugely popular, offering goods from local artisans, while Auckland’s Otara Market is a Pacific-flavoured highlight where you can taste Pacific Island culinary specialities. Others include the Rotorua Night Market, Wellington’s Frank Kitts Underground Market and the iconic Creative Queenstown Arts and Crafts Market. Keep an eye out for harvest markets in late summer or autumn. Designer Clothing Top New Zealand fashion designers, such as Karen Walker, Trelise Cooper and Zambesi, are lauded worldwide for their unique take on high fashion. A few others to watch for are Untouched World, Sabatini, World, Andrea Moore, Starfish, Workshop and Helen Cherry, but there are many more that are well worth discovering. Take a look at www.fashionz. co.nz to preview the latest collections. New Zealand Fashion Week, held in September each year, is a celebration of New Zealand fashion and some events are open to the public. [www.nzfashionweek.com]

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Fabulous Finds Paua The iridescent shell of the Paua (Abalone) is polished and fashioned into beautiful jewellery. Carved jewellery Contemporary or traditional Maori designs carved in greenstone, bone or wood. Wool Fine wool in hand-knitted jerseys or sumptuous sheepskins. Possum fur Blended Merino wool and Possum fur crafted into soft and wearable hats, gloves and many other accessories. Ceramics and sculptures

Beautiful artisan pieces in ceramic, wood, glass and metal. Gourmet foods Including homegrown wines, olive and avocado oils, chocolates and distilled liqueurs. Quirky cultural icons The Buzzy Bee pull-along toy, a much-loved New Zealand cultural icon, makes a great gift. Original art Purchase an original New Zealand painting or limited-edition print.



1. Linden Leaves Porcelain Brightening Serum with Organic White Tea RRP $59.99 2. Sorbet Gorgeous Solid Self Tanning Bar RRP $44.99. 3. NOM*D Love Tee (RRP $275), Step Pant (RRP $395) and Laced Belt – Wide (RRP $138). 4. Saben Dash Handbag (RRP $489) 5. Oasis Beauty Knock-Out SPF25 Moisturiser RRP $39.90

Capital on the Quay Wellington – shopping

Located in the heart of downtown Wellington, this thriving retail precinct boasts a diverse range of nationwide chains and local boutiques. www.capitalonthequay.co.nz

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Jackson Street, Petone

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The Oaks, Manners Street, Wellington, t +64 4 384 5339, e info@artybees. co.nz, www.artybees.co.nz Open Mon – Thu 9am – 7pm, Fri 9am – 9pm, Sat 10am – 9pm, Sun 11am – 7pm

The main retail area of Petone, this heritage-listed street offers over 200 diverse shops including gifts, fashion, cafés and restaurants, and a relaxed retail and dining experience.

Bursting with more books than they know what to do with! Arty Bees Books stocks a huge range of books on almost every topic: NZ and nonfiction titles, rare and antiquarian books, sheet music, children’s books, new science fiction/fantasy titles and Wellington’s largest range of fiction.


Shamelessly feeding biblioholic addictions in Wellington for 24 years.

Kirkcaldie & Stains Wellington – Shopping

This upmarket department store has served Wellington for almost 150 years. A retail Mecca where local and international brands line the shelves of three floors of fine shopping. www.kirkcaldies.co.nz

Facts to Impress Kiwis are an intellectual lot! New Zealand has more bookshops per capita than any other country!

Buying the Essentials Outdoor Gear The ultimate camping and outdoor equipment store is Kathmandu. [www.kathmandu.co.nz] Not always the cheapest option, but it’s worth splashing out on a good sleeping bag, waterproof shoes or rain jacket to keep you warm and dry – and they do have great sales on a pretty regular basis. The Warehouse [www.thewarehouse. co.nz] is a discount store for just about everything from cooking equipment to towels, tents and torches. Pop into Briscoes for cooking equipment, sheets and towels. [www.briscoes.co.nz] Supermarkets There are several big supermarket chains, including Pak ’n’ Save, New World, Countdown and Fresh Choice. Dairies Convenience stores (called ‘dairies’) – some of them open 24 hours – will provide you with essentials like milk and bread. Chain stores Pick up good-value clothing at Glassons (for women) and Hallensteins (for men). Farmers is the largest department store. Post shops Want to send a postcard home? You’ll find a post shop in all major centres as well as most small towns. Banks Like most places in the world, New Zealand has embraced online banking – but you can still find ‘bricks and mortar’ banks in cities and towns. Many are closed on weekends though – look for branches in malls if you need Saturday or Sunday services.

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NZ LIVING Lake Spa Retreat, Polynesian Pools, Rotorua

Spas & Retreats Ahh! Imagine the blissful pleasure of sliding into the warm waters of a bubbling thermal pool, knowing that a massage by a professional therapist is yet to come.

Geothermal Bathing A speciality in this part of the world is bathing in a geothermal pool rich with minerals and heated by nature. Bubbling hot pools can be found all over New Zealand and visitors have travelled to places like Rotorua to ‘take the cure’ since the 19th Century. Maori used New Zealand’s thermal pools therapeutically for generations before the arrival of Europeans but, for them, geothermal features also held spiritual significance. In Rotorua, you can take a boat trip to Mokoia Island and soak your feet in Hinemoa’s Pool – the hot natural pool where the heroine of local legend, Hinemoa, warmed herself after swimming across Lake Rotorua to be with her lover, Tutanekai. Opinions now vary on the health benefits of thermal bathing, but there’s no doubt that a soak is wonderfully relaxing! If you’re in The Coromandel, you can even dig

your own hot pool – a geothermal spring filters up through the sand at Hot Water Beach.

Other Hot Pools New Zealand also features a range of non-geothermal pools, which may be heated by nature but are not filled with thermal water. The pools of Alpine Springs in Lake Tekapo are fed by mountain springs, while the Glacier Hot Pools in Franz Josef derive their waters from glacial streams. At Ocean Spa in Napier and Mount Maunganui Hot Salt Water Pools you can soak in hot salt water pools.

Massage has been practised by Maori for hundreds of years. Traditional Maori healing was based around massage, medicine and spiritual guidance. There are two main forms: romiromi, or deep tissue massage, which applies intense acupressure; and mirimiri, a gentler, soft tissue massage. Both varieties of Maori massage can be experienced in many places around New Zealand. Hells Gate and Wai Ora Spa in Rotorua features a traditional mirimiri experience which concludes with a special karakia (prayer). Other spas may incorporate elements of traditional Maori massage into their treatments: LeSpa at the Sofitel Queenstown offers a hot stone massage with New Zealand greenstone (pounamu).

Retreats For the ultimate escape from everyday stresses, unwind at a wellness retreat. There are numerous specialist retreats throughout the country offering all manner of treatments to enhance your wellbeing – from massage, spa therapy and hydro-treatments to yoga and weight-loss programmes. The indulgence offered at these hideaways is often mirrored by stunning surrounds as many are located in wilderness settings. Holistic sanctuaries take care of mind and spirit as well as body and sometimes feature selfimprovement seminars or classes, while ecoretreats seek to look after their guests and the natural environment alike.

Glorious Mud! Indulge your inner kid and get playing with

mud. It’s not only fun, it’s actually good for you – geothermal mud is said to have rejuvenating properties for your skin.

Taking the Cure In 1908 Rotorua’s Bath House, which now houses the city’s museum, opened as the therapeutic ‘Great South Seas Spa’. People from all over the world came to this stunning colonial building to ease their aches and pains in massage rooms and deep pools filled with water from the nearby thermal springs. Today, visitors can still see remnants of the baths in the Bath House’s northeast corner.


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New Zealand’s natural environment lends itself to blissful vacations that spell relaxation for body and soul, so take time to indulge in a pampering treatment. Hot mineral bath, Maori massage or geothermal mud body wrap – the choice is yours!

Maori Massage

REJUVENATING DAY SPAS AND BEAUTY CLINICS In addition to geothermal pools or traditional Maori massage, you will also find numerous beauty clinics and day spas throughout the country where you can have essential beauty maintenance performed while being thoroughly pampered by the professionals. Geothermal pool resorts provide luxurious spa treatments and expert massages alongside the healing hot pools. Away from the pools, destination spas are some of the country’s wonderful beauty havens where you’ll find everything from detox treatments and anti-ageing packages to aromatherapy, facials, acupuncture and exfoliation. So whether your feet are aching and longing for a massage, whether you want to experience Maori culture in an indulgent way, or whether you feel like a complete make-over, New Zealand’s professional beauty and massage therapists will look after you.



Auckland & Wellington



Specialising in Easternstyle, natural holistic treatments in the urban centres.

Experience Rotorua’s famous geothermal waters at a spa voted into the world’s top 10 by Conde Nast Traveller readers.

Outdoor spas on the waterfront with ocean views, body therapy facilities and gym complex.


THE Lost Spring Whitianga

Thermal pools and an indulgent day spa nestled in lush forest. www.thelostspring.co.nz


Mud and sulphur baths, Maori massage and the Southern Hemisphere’s largest hot waterfall. www.hellsgate.co.nz


Wai Ora Lakeside Resort & Spa Rotorua

Wai Ora offers superb spa facilities in beautifully landscaped grounds. www.waioraresort.co.nz



The Glacier Hot Pools Franz Josef Luxurious hot pools and massage treatment rooms nestled in native rainforest on the West Coast. www.glacierhotpools.com



Private mineral pools, wet massage water curtains and extensive spa menu.

Hot pool complex in an alpine setting with plenty of treatments available.


Cape Reinga, Northland

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WAAHI TAPU – A SACRED PLACE The indigenous concept of tapu is about sanctity and respect for people and the environment. For Maori, many places hold a strong spiritual significance and so are regarded as tapu. Burial caves, pa sites, marae, sources of water for healing, and many mountains are considered sacred sites. Hikurangi, for example, is the sacred mountain of Ngati Porou and resting place of demi-god Maui’s canoe, while Cape Reinga is believed to be the point where spirits of the dead leave to journey back to the ancestral homeland of Hawaiki.

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Wai Ora Lakeside Spa, Rotorua

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WOMAD, New Plymouth

Entertainment & Events Although justly famous for action and adventure, New Zealand boasts a wide range of other activities to keep you entertained from dawn till dusk … and beyond! New Zealanders love to celebrate and you’ll find all manner of parties and festivals happening throughout the year. Wine, music, arts and crafts, sports, horse racing, dance and fashion, flowers, architecture, scallops and even huhu grubs take their turn – New Zealand loves to highlight its natural talents and bounty! So whether you are a fashionista, want to get a dose of Kiwi live music or sample colourful New Zealand cuisine, make sure to include some of the country’s events in your itinerary!

Iconic Events From the American Express Queenstown Winter Festival [June], to top-notch fashion shows such as New Zealand Fashion Week [September], New Zealand hosts a range of iconic events. Music lovers flock to the National Jazz Festival in Tauranga [April] and the Bay of Islands Jazz and Blues Festival [August], while art buffs relish the Otago Festival of Arts in Dunedin [October 2016], the Nelson Arts Festival [October] and WOMAD in New Plymouth [March]. If you’re here in May, you can catch the

New Zealand International Comedy Festival on tour, and a must-do in June is a visit to the National Fieldays in Hamilton, the country’s biggest agricultural event. World Buskers Festival [Christchurch, Jan] A 10-day frenzy of street theatre, clowns, acrobats and more. Indoor and outdoor, day and night events. [www.worldbuskersfestival.com] Art Deco Festival [Napier, Feb] Built in Art Deco style, Napier is the perfect place to celebrate the exciting razzmatazz style of Art Deco. [www.artdeconapier.com] PASIFIKA [Auckland, Mar] A kaleidoscope of events celebrating NZ’s Pacific roots. Cultural performances and competitions, markets and Pacific-flavoured events. [www.aucklandnz.com/pasifika] WOMAD [Taranaki, Mar] The World of Music, Arts and Dance brings together international artists in a dynamic celebration of music, arts

and dance from around the world. [www.womad.co.nz] American Express Queenstown Winter Festival [Queenstown, Jun] New Zealand’s biggest winter party winter is a 10-day celebration featuring street parties, fireworks, comedy, music and competitions. [www.winterfestival.co.nz] Montana World of WearableArt™ [Wellington, Sep] Spectacular wearable creations presented in an amazing choreographed stage show. Definitely one to catch if you’re in Wellington during September. [www.worldofwearableart.com] Whitianga Scallop Festival [Whitianga, Sep] A weekend of gastric indulgence with the famous ocean delicacy [www.scallopfestival.co.nz] Oamaru Victorian Heritage Week [Oamaru, Nov] The whole town gets out and about in period costume in the historic whitestone precinct. [www.vhc.co.nz]

Matariki is the name of a cluster of stars visible in May and

June. The stars’ rise indicates the beginning of a new crop season and marks the start of Maori New Year.


NZ LIVING Sports Events Kiwi athletes stand tall on the world stage and if you’ve ever heard of the All Blacks, you’ll know that rugby is the big national game! Catch a game at a stadium – or head to a pub and watch it on the big screen. Cricket also draws crowds of Kiwis and so does netball – the ladies’ number one sport. Big events on the horse racing calendar are de rigueur for trendy locals. In Christchurch the biggie is NZ Cup & Show Week [November] which combines horse racing with fashion, food and agricultural events, and in Auckland there’s New Zealand Herald Christmas Carnival [Boxing Day] and the Auckland Cup [Feb]. Auckland Anniversary Day Regatta [Auckland, Jan] Celebration of sailing on the Waitemata. [www.regatta.org.nz] Speight’s Coast To Coast [West Coast – Canterbury, Feb] Competitors cycle, kayak and run across the South Island. [www.coasttocoast.co.nz] NZI Sevens [Wellington, Feb] This annual seven-aside rugby tournament draws costumebedecked fans from all over the world. [www.nzisevens.co.nz] Ironman New Zealand [Taupo, Mar] Big sporting event attracting international competitors. [www.ironman.co.nz] New Zealand Cup and Show Week [Christchurch, Nov] Canterbury’s biggest social occasion, featuring fashion, food and racing. [www.nzcupandshow.co.nz]

Food & Wine Festivals New Zealand’s cuisine deserves to be celebrated! Many festivals combine delicacies for the taste-buds with

musical treats for the ears, and they make for a great day out. Those with a sweet tooth will relish Dunedin’s Cadbury Chocolate Carnival, while wine buffs love events such as Toast Martinborough. A special highlight is the annual Hokitika Wildfoods get s! t Festival. As the name tickents head suggest, things get eve For more stination-nz. e wild here as stall to w w w.dk online at w w w. holders offer anything com. Boo aster.co.nz or from wasp larvae ice ticketm ketek.co.nz. cream to huhu grubs! w w w.tic Hokitika Wildfoods Festival [Hokitika, Mar] An unforgettable event featuring totally unique foods sourced from the surrounding area! [www.wildfoods.co.nz] Bluff Oyster & Food Festival [Bluff, May] Celebrating the local delicacy – Bluff Oysters – at the start of the oyster season. [www.bluffoysterfest.co.nz] Scallop Festival [Whitianga, Sep] A celebration of Coromandel seafood and cuisine coinciding with the opening of the scallop season. [www.scallopfestival.co.nz] Seafest [Kaikoura, Oct] Kaikoura’s premier food and wine festival is an exciting celebration of the region’s abundance combined with live music. [www.seafest.co.nz] Toast Martinborough Wine, Food and Music Festival [Martinborough, Nov] Wine, food and music event set amongst the picturesque vineyards of the beautiful Wairarapa region. [www.toastmartinborough.co.nz] Christchurch/South Island Wine & Food Festival [Christchurch, Dec] Burgeoning annual food festival in Hagley Park coupling wineries and top chefs around the South Island with live entertainment. [www.winefestival.co.nz]

Give me, give me God’s own country! There to live and there to die.

KIWI HOLIDAYS New Zealand’s national day is Waitangi Day [February], marking the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840. Another public holiday is Anzac Day [April], a commemoration of the Australia and New Zealand Army Corps’ ill-fated Battle of Gallipoli during World War I. And Christmas is extra-special, too. It falls in summer in this part of the world, so many Kiwis love to spend their Christmas Day at the beach!

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(Thomas Bracken, poet)

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New Zealand is naturally endowed with a breathtaking panorama of lakes, forest, coastline and snow-capped mountains that adds an unforgettable dimension to outdoor activities. From highadrenaline to relaxing pursuits, there’s something for every traveller.

Jet boating, Wilkin Valley, Wanaka

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No wonder New Zealand is such a hugely popular destination – visitors have an enormous variety of fantastic activities at hand, ranging from sightseeing by land, air and sea to adrenaline-pumping activities that were ‘made in New Zealand’; bungy jumping, globe riding and jet boating among them.

AJ Hackett’s Kawarau Bridge Bungy

New Zealand Activities Even if your visit is short, make sure you take advantage of some of the many exciting outdoor activities on offer. Try mountain biking, heli skiing or whitewater rafting. Then swim with dolphins, fly over a volcano or go hiking. Whew!

Adrenaline Rush Looking for an adrenaline rush? Then you’ve come to the right place! From adrenaline-pumping thrills for brave (and not so brave!) beginners to hard-core action for professionals, New Zealand is renowned for its adventure activities! The most famous one is bungy jumping. In 1988 the world’s first commercial bungy jump opened at the Kawarau Bridge near Queenstown, and now visitors can experience this activity all over the country. Try a night jump or take a leap off the iconic Auckland Harbour Bridge – if you dare! Shweebing (human-powered monorail) and Zorbing (participants are strapped into an air-cushioned

ball and rolled downhill) are other unmissable adventures invented in New Zealand. You can also get your adrenaline-high canyon swinging, sand tobogganing (Ninety Mile Beach in Northland is a highlight!), caving (in the famous Waitomo Caves, for example) or blokarting (land sailing). And don’t forget about the mother of all adrenaline rushes, skydiving! Jump sites are located all around the country and jumping from a plane offers a new perspective on the landscape! Choose a tandem jump or take lessons and jump solo. Most activities can be enjoyed by people at a range of skill levels, and operators must abide by the strictest safety standards.

Adventures on Offer 4WD Adventure Hire a quad bike or a 4WD vehicle and get off the beaten track. Bungy Jumping From Auckland’s Harbour Bridge to a night bungy on a ledge above Queenstown. Caving Abseil into an immense forest-fringed cavern or slide down an underground waterfall. Globe Riding Participants are strapped into a plastic ball and rolled downhill. Heli Skiing Fly into the mountains to ski or board untracked powder. Ice Climbing Experience a climb on an incredible glacier with a guided tour. Jet Boating Head for the river rapids in the country where these super-fast boats were invented. Mountain Biking Trails range from entry level to remote, steep and extreme. Paragliding Leap off a cliff and admire the scenery as you glide all the way back down to terra firma! Rafting Take on the white water in a wild river valley – or try the sensation of black-water rafting underground! Skydiving This extreme airborne thrill is even better when you’re hurtling towards stunning scenery! Sledging Grab onto a body board and plunge head-first down thrilling rapids. Qualmark Quality Assurance An excellent way to choose a quality activity operator is by looking for the Qualmark. Activity operators that carry the Qualmark as an Endorsed Visitor Activity have been assessed to ensure they meet quality standards in safety, facilities, equipment and customer service – so you can be assured that you will enjoy a positive experience.

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Taupo Tandem skydiving taupo – skydiving Yellow Hangar, Anzac Memorial Drive, Taupo Airport, t +64 7 377 0428, NZ fp 0800 826 336, e skydive@tts.net.nz, www.taupotandemskydiving.com

Journey high above the spectacular Lake Taupo region with views of snow-capped volcanoes and pristine coastline. Skydive from 12,000 feet with just under 40 seconds of freefall, or from 15,000 feet with over an entire minute in freefall! With the largest range of camera options available and multi-lingual staff, your skydive will be unforgettable. Our camera options include freefall DVD and photos, handycam DVD and photos, ground footage and an exit photo. You can receive all of your digital footage in High Definition on one of our 8GB USB flash drives. Experience the adventure with New Zealand’s original tandem skydiving company, operating since 1992. As a Qualmark endorsed activity, your safety is our number-one priority. You are sure to be a bit nervous when you arrive at our drop zone. You are, after all, about to jump out of a plane! Our friendly staff will explain everything you need to know before your skydive. We will provide you with a jumpsuit, harness, and one of our experienced tandem masters. After getting geared up and meeting your tandem master, it’s time to board the plane. The journey begins with a scenic flight above the central plateau, taking in views of the Southern Hemisphere’s largest lake. Your excitement climbs with the altitude. Exiting the plane at up to 15,000 feet, you experience the exhilaration of free falling at 200 kilometres per hour! Catch your breath as you enjoy a spectacular parachute ride back to Earth. The beauty of tandem skydiving is that you don’t have to worry about a thing. Leave it all to us – we have taken over 200,000 people skydiving! No training or prior experience is required. You are in the capable hands of your tandem master who will ensure your safety as you enjoy the ride. From 15,000 feet you will see coast-to-coast views of the North Island. With the crisp, clear days and blue skies of the gorgeous central plateau, Taupo really is New Zealand’s home of skydiving. 050 I LIVE, BREATHE AND EXPERIENCE NEW ZEALAND I destination-nz.com

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Boating View the landscape from the deck of a steamship, indulge in a dinner cruise, or combine boating with fishing, diving or dolphin and whale watching. Go islandhopping in the Bay of Islands or take a high-speed boat trip through the ‘Hole in the Rock’. Take an Auckland Harbour boat ride at dusk to see the city lights or catch a ferry to Waiheke Island for a day of wine tasting. Cruise alongside waterfalls in Fiordland, explore alpine rivers on a jet boat, or use a water taxi as a budget scenic cruise in Marlborough or Abel Tasman National Park. Auckland, the City of Sails, is a highlight for sailing adventures – you can even book an experience on an actual America’s Cup yacht. Cycling Cycle-based activities are becoming increasingly popular all over New Zealand. Some visitors travel the entire country by bike, while others prefer to explore a few localities. Rent a mountain bike and explore, or take a cycle tour with a group. In Marlborough and Wairarapa, visitors can even go

wine touring by bike. The Otago Central Rail Trail, in Central Otago, is a popular 150-kilometre cycle trail through stunning scenery, while Whakarewarewa Forest in Rotorua is criss-crossed with renowned mountain bike tracks. The Port Hills in Christchurch, Makara Peak in Wellington and Woodhill in Auckland are also popular with mountain bikers of all abilities. Competitive cyclists might plan a trip around a major cycling event, such as the Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge. For more on New Zealand cycling events, visit www.cyclingnz.com. Note that cyclists must wear helmets on the road. Diving A mix of currents from the Antarctic and the tropics, which results in a remarkable diversity of species, combined with clear water ensures that New Zealand is a popular diving location. The Poor Knights Islands Marine Reserve, off the Tutukaka Coast in Northland, is considered to be one of the world’s top dive sites, with a remarkable

mix of species and the world’s largest underwater cave. At the Cavalli Islands, you can dive the wreck of the Rainbow Warrior, and the active marine volcano of White Island is another amazing diving location. For beginners, instruction and certification programmes are available, while experienced divers should bring their Diver’s Certification Card. Dive New Zealand [www.divenewzealand.com] contains a wealth of information for divers. Flight-seeing Helicopters, fixed-wing or float planes offer scenic flights, fly fishing and heli-ski packages, air taxi services and charter flights in many locations. Fly over White Island, an active offshore volcano, or spot whales and dolphins! Admire New Zealand’s highest peak, Aoraki Mount Cook, or book a glacier flightseeing trip. Omarama in Mackenzie is known for its optimal gliding conditions. Some clubs offer flights with a qualified instructor. You can Image: Destination Northland

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Kayaks on a Marlborough Sounds beach

also give tandem paragliding in Queenstown a go. A tranquil option is a hot air balloon flight – the Canterbury Plains and Hawke’s Bay are especially renowned for this relaxed pastime. Golf Golf is popular in New Zealand and there are more than 400 crowd-free golf courses where visitors can play year-round – more golf courses per capita than any other country! There are breathtaking international courses like Kauri Cliffs in Northland, Gulf Harbour Country Club north of Auckland, Cape Kidnappers in Hawke’s Bay, Clearwater Resort in Christchurch, Terrace Downs in Canterbury and Millbrook Resort in Queenstown, offering world-class golfing in unparalleled scenery. But there is also an excellent selection of inexpensive golf courses scattered the length of the country. Even the smallest country golf course offers a tranquil way to unwind in a beautiful landscape – and the fees are often remarkably inexpensive. [www.bestofgolfnewzealand.com, www.nzga.co.nz]

Horse Trekking Horse trekking is a great way to explore New Zealand’s landscapes in peace and quiet. Adventures range from half- to multi-day trips, and horse trek operators cater for all levels and abilities. Equipment is provided – all you have to do is get in the saddle and ride across high country, beaches and farmland and spend your nights at idyllic Kiwi farms, home stays or remote camping spots! Horses are matched according to temperament and size, so there are options suitable for the whole family. Some of the best treks lead through Otago’s gold mining settlements, high country tussock grasslands, the volcanic plateau’s highlands and Pakiri’s sandy beaches, north of Auckland City.

Kayaking & Canoeing Kayak and canoe adventures are a great way to get up-close with penguins, seals, dolphins and other wildlife. Join a canoe expedition on the Whanganui River (classed as one of the Great Walks) or in Buller Gorge on the West Coast, and make sure you try sea kayaking – in Abel Tasman National Park you can book an overnight trip and sleep on a beach. The Bay of Islands, The Coromandel and Marlborough Sounds are all perfect for kayaking, while the waters of Fiordland are unforgettable. For a different take, combine Maori culture with canoeing and join a guided expedition in a Maori waka, or step it up a notch with white-water kayaking on the Rangitaiki and Kaituna Rivers in the North Island

Cape Kidnappers This magnificent golf course is regularly voted one of the world’s best golf courses by prestigious magazines such as Golf Magazine and Golf Digest.


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ACTIVE NZ and the Hurunui and Kawarau Rivers in the South. Skiing & Snowboarding New Zealand is a great destination for skiers and snowboarders! The seasons occur in reverse of the Northern Hemisphere, with the ski season generally running from June to October; a good snow base and warmer temperatures make spring skiing a big draw. There are commercial and club fields offering downhill skiing and snowboarding, cross-country skiing and terrain parks. Larger fields offer dedicated areas for learners, while extreme skiers and snowboarders will enjoy heli skiing in remote locations. Renting or purchasing quality equipment is easy in cities and ski resorts. Most ski areas also rent gear on site. If you are heading out to the slopes, it’s best to check conditions before you leave. The latest weather forecasts for the mountain areas are available at www.metservice.co.nz.

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Surfing New Zealand has a huge variety of different surfing breaks. Piha, on Auckland’s west coast, is a Mecca for surfers, as is the boho village of Raglan in Waikato. Northland offers great surf, especially on the

Tutukaka Coast. Whangamata in The Coromandel is a drawcard for surfers, while the Bay of Plenty is home to a long arc of beach perfect for beginners and pros alike. Gisborne has numerous surf beaches and Taranaki is renowned for offering great breaks no matter what the prevailing wind, due to its curving coastline – follow the surf along Surf Highway 45. [www. taranaki.co.nz] In the South Island, Kaikoura and Dunedin are popular spots, though you’ll need a wetsuit because the water is cold! White Water Rafting, sledging, dam dropping and tubing the pristine white water of fast-running rivers in a wild landscape are popular activities with thrill-seekers. The Wairoa and Kaituna Rivers in the Bay of Plenty, Tongariro National Park in the Ruapehu region and Rangitata River in Canterbury are all popular, but there are dozens of other places to try your hand. A unique alternative to try is black-water rafting on an underground river – sample this amazing experience in the Waitomo Caves in the western North Island. Be aware that powerful rivers can be dangerous, so join a guided expedition for safety’s sake.

New Zealand Ski Regions NORTH ISLAND 1 Ruapehu Ski a volcano on the North Island’s volcanic plateau. 2 Taranaki Great boarding on Mount Taranaki. SOUTH ISLAND 3 Nelson Uncrowded ski slopes. 4 Canterbury New Zealand’s largest variety of ski areas. 5 Mackenzie Blue lakes and mountains are an awesome scenic backdrop. 6 Southern Lakes Adventure capital, on and off the mountains. Downhill, freestyle and cross-country action.

Full Throttle Boating Designed in New Zealand by William Hamilton in the 1950s, the jet boat provided the solution to traversing shallow and fast-running rivers. Jet boats now allow access to difficult terrain – for instance, you can catch a ride with the crew at Dart River Wilderness Safari to see Mt Aspiring National Park.

find out more Check out the full listings in the regional pages – there’s an activity for everyone, whether it’s an adrenaline-pumping thrill or a relaxing boat cruise. Or visit www.destination-nz.com where you can search by activity type and book your adventure then and there. plan and book online at www.destination-nz.com I 053

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ACTIVE NZ Walk the line, Hollyford Track, Fiordland

Walking & Hiking From a garden stroll or forest walk to a coastal hike in Abel Tasman National Park or a multi-day adventure on the Milford Track, the choice of walking experiences is vast.

Guided Walks Guided walks are a great option for visitors less experienced in the outdoors and those seeking a more intense trekking experience. Taking the hassle out of organising food and transport, they also offer the advantage of an experienced escort who can explain local features and wildlife. Maori guides give another level of insight into the spiritual aspects of the landscape, while luxury tours offer the comfort of staying in lodges along the way and not even having to carry your backpack!

Walking Independently Walking independently is a great way to explore the stunning scenery at your own pace, tailoring the journey to your personal preferences. If you are going independently, however, take care with planning and seek advice before setting out, especially when attempting an overnight walk. Make sure that the walk is suitable for your fitness level and enquire about accommodation options along

the way. Food, water, emergency gear and warm, waterproof clothing should always be carried – the weather can change quickly. Visit a Department of Conservation Information Centre in the area you intend to walk for assistance and to register your departure. Visit www. destination-nz.com for more tips.

Lake Track, a 1.5-hour circuit of this popular lake. Marlborough The Queen Charlotte Track is justifiably famous for its fantastic coastal scenery and good amenities. A total of 71km in length, walkers can catch a water taxi to hike shorter sections. West Coast Ever taken a stroll on a glacier? The expert team at Fox Walking Around Glacier Guiding can guide you across the Country the West Coast’s longest and least Auckland The ‘hike that defines crowded glacier for an unforgettable Auckland’ runs 16km from the blue ice experience. Viaduct Basin at Waitemata Harbour Canterbury The Banks Peninsula across the city to Manukau Harbour, Track is a walk across private coastal crossing the Domain, Mount Eden land with hut accommodation and One Tree Hill along the way. available along the way. The walk can Northland A great way to see be completed in either two or four this very special part of days and bookings are essential. Hiking, Mt Cook the country, the Cape Dunedin There are many Reinga Coastal Walkway National Park walks in this area, but a is 53km long and takes very popular option is three to four days, but it the Cathedral Caves Walk, is made up of a series of which leads through coastal interlinking tracks. forest to a beach featuring Waikato & Waitomo impressive caverns. The Waitomo Walkway starts Fiordland In addition to the in Waitomo Village and follows the Great Walks, Fiordland is home to Waitomo Stream through forest and numerous day walks. The Lake Marian farmland to Ruakuri Scenic Reserve. Track, for instance, is three hours Rotorua There are numerous good return and climbs to a beautiful walks for all levels of fitness both in hanging valley. Contact the Fiordland Whakarewarewa Forest and around National Park Visitor Centre for more Rotorua’s famous lakes. Try the Blue information.


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No visit to New Zealand is complete without taking a walk in an unspoilt landscape. A huge variety of short and medium-length walks are accessible by road, and some trails provide access for disabled visitors.

ACTIVE NZ New Zealand’s Great Walks The best-known hiking trails are known as the Great Walks. Administered by the Department of Conservation (DOC), these trails are maintained to a high standard. Many require bookings. 1 Lake Waikaremoana Great Walk Discover the varied beauty of Te Urewera National Park on a three- to four-day walk through dense rainforest along the lakeshores. 2 Tongariro Northern Circuit Passes through an unforgettable range of volcanic landscapes. 3 Whanganui Journey Travelled by canoe rather than by foot, the Whanganui Journey is grouped with the Great Walks due to its significance as a national treasure. 4 Abel Tasman Coast Track Perhaps the most gentle of the Great Walks, this 51-kilometre coastal track introduces walkers to an intriguing blend of forest and sandy beaches. 5 Heaphy Track This popular track passes through a range of landscapes in Kahurangi National Park, from tussock land to West Coast rainforest. 6 Routeburn Track This popular track links Mount Aspiring and Fiordland National Parks, passing waterfalls, forest and lakes along the way. 7 Milford Track New Zealand’s most widely known walk, located in Fiordland National Park where forested valleys abound. 8 Kepler Track Located in Fiordland National Park, this 60-kilometre track offers g a varied landscape of forest, alpine Buyin Prets areas and a glacial valley, and can Ticke at Walk Gre be walked in three to four days. purchase epartment of D t a 9 Rakiura Track Located ts e Centres, tick on Visitor on Stewart Island, in New Conservatie, fax, email, post by phon e. [www.doc. Zealand’s newest national or onlin .nz] park, this coastal track can govt be walked in three days.

Themed Walks For an alternative take on local culture, you’ll find walking tours with some unique themes! In the Waikato town of Cambridge there’s an Equine Statue and Stars Walk of Fame paying tribute to the many equine and Olympic sporting achievements of this thoroughbred racehorse capital. In nearby Te Awamutu, pick up a brochure at the info centre and take a walking tour of sites relating to Neil and Tim Finn – the brothers

behind bands Split Enz and Crowded House. For another dose of the arts, wander the Writers Walk along the Wellington waterfront. If you’re feeling brave, you could even take a ‘Ghost Walk’. Dunedin hosts tours offering a hair-raising glimpse of the darker side of local history – murder, misdeeds and ghosts – while those in Oamaru can venture off the beaten path into a world of hidden pasts and dark secrets on the Hair Raiser Ghost Walk Tour.

Before Setting Out Check weather conditions. [www. metservice.co.nz] Don’t walk alone, and register at a DOC office. Stick to the track to protect wildlife. Carry warm, waterproof clothing – the weather can change quickly. Wear quality boots that support your ankles. Drink plenty of water – water from streams must be purified. Wear sunscreen even if it’s cold. Take a first-aid kit with something for blisters. Seek advice from DOC or an outdoor equipment retailer on food, clothing, emergency gear and fitting backpacks comfortably. [www.doc.govt.nz or www.mountainsafety.org.nz] FInd out morE ... Bookings Bookings are required during peak season (1 October to 30 April) for the Milford, Routeburn and Kepler Tracks, and year-round for the Lake Waikaremoana, Heaphy and Abel Tasman Coastal Tracks. Bookings open on 1 July. Book online at www.doc.govt.nz or email greatwalksbookings@doc.govt.nz. Facilities During peak season, huts along tracks offer cold water, toilets and heating fuel. Find out the latest info at the nearest DOC Visitor Centre before starting on your hike. Fees All walkers must purchase a Great Walk Pass or Great Walk tickets to use hut and campsite facilities. Maximum stay periods apply. More advice and info Read the DOC and Mountain Safety Council websites [www.doc.govt.nz or www. mountainsafety.org.nz], and check out www.destination-nz.com. New Zealand’s Great Walks are not to be missed!

Parks & Gardens Take a stroll in one of the gorgeous parks and gardens that thrive in New Zealand’s temperate climate: Hamilton Gardens [Hamilton] Six fascinating themed gardens, from a Chinese Scholar’s Garden to an Italian Renaissance Garden. Pukekura Park [New Plymouth] A Garden of National Significance, it boasts 52 hectares of native forest and is adjacent to the natural amphitheatre of Brooklands Park. Fitzherbert Park [Palmerston North] Alongside the Manawatu River and home to Dugald McKenzie Rose Garden, voted one of the world’s top five rose gardens in 2003. Christchurch Botanic Gardens [Christchurch] Home to a magnificent collection of over 10,000 native and exotic plant species. Dunedin Botanic Gardens [Dunedin] New Zealand’s oldest botanic gardens, established in 1863. Dunedin Chinese Garden [Dunedin] An authentic Chinese garden, prefabricated in Shanghai, with a jade-coloured lake. plan and book online at www.destination-nz.com I 055

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Whether your holiday will be a road trip from top to bottom or hopping from centre to centre by bus, train or plane, a little planning goes a long way.

Travel Planner

Plan your Travel The perfect journey requires a little bit of planning! It can be fun to travel without a fixed itinerary and see where the road takes you, but it’s often a good idea to book your accommodation, flights and ferry tickets at least a couple of days in advance – especially if you’re travelling at peak times.

Where to Sleep A good night’s sleep will ensure you get the most out of every day of your visit. Fortunately, throughout New Zealand you’ll find a wide variety of accommodation for every budget and travelling style.

BACHES & HOLIDAY HOMES Named for the huts often occupied by bachelors in the early days, these holiday houses were unpretentious, built magpiestyle with recycled materials. Nowadays, the bach is more likely to resemble a suburban house. Look for baches and holiday homes in beach, lake or mountain areas. [www.holidayhomes.co.nz]

ichotelsgroup.com], Rydges [www.rydges. com], Grand Chancellor [www.ghihotels. Hotels range from familiar com] and Holiday Inn [www.holidayinn. international chains to unique com]. Also look out for the boutique hotels. Expect to chain of Sudima Hotels find top international hotel s ing FARM STAYS [www.sudimahotels.com]. chains in cities and in book during ad Staying on a working farm is a great resorts like Rotorua and Book ahe hristmas to Self-contained experience for the whole family. You’ll enjoy Queenstown. On main summer (CJanuary), on f & Serviced remote rural settings and home-cooked the end o eekends and travelling routes you’ll w y a If you like holid meals, and many offer farm animal activities sorts like find a number of midre i sk in r independence, selfwinte enstown. and tours. Some farm stays such as Farm priced chains. Secure Que contained motel units, Helpers in NZ [www.fhinz.co.nz] offer and hassle-free, they offer motor lodges and motor full board in exchange for helping out on a consistent standard; your inns may fit your needs – and the farm. bathroom is usually en suite and they are easy to find on main routes. daily servicing or room service is Usually they offer a choice of studio usually available. Most rooms have LUXURY LODGES and one- or two-bedroom units. All tea/coffee making facilities. Dotted Lodge accommodation offers rooms and have tea and coffee facilities and around New Zealand, there are also amenities of a premium standard. Ideal for many have kitchenettes. Parking is independent hotels memorable for a luxury getaway, they are set in stunning usually free and most are regularly their individuality and local charm. locations and often come complete with serviced. Serviced apartments are Scenic Hotels and Heartland Hotels an in-house chef. You’ll receive individual a good option when travelling as a are part of the Scenic Hotel Group attention from hosts and staff with personal group. A kitchen and laundry allows [www.scenichotelgroup.co.nz], New activities planned on your behalf. The New self catering. Motel Association Zealand’s largest independently Zealand Lodge Association is a network of of New Zealand [www.nzmotels. owned and operated hotel premium lodges. [www.lodgesofnz.co.nz] co.nz] is a network of self-contained group, while Millennium Hotels accommodation providers around & Resorts [www.millenniumhotels. the country. Committed to co.nz] encompasses Millennium, Qualmark’s quality assurance, Golden Copthorne and Kingsgate Hotels. Chain Motels [www.goldenchain.co.nz] Heritage & CityLife Hotels [www. offer Blue and Gold Accommodation heritagehotels.co.nz] offer superior Passes depending on the Qualmark suite-style accommodation. Try rating you require. the Heritage Boutique Collection for self-contained apartment accommodation. Mainstay Hotel Making the Grade Group [www.mainstay.co.nz] is a network Qualmark, New Zealand Tourism’s official mark of quality, makes of independently-owned hotels selecting the right standard of accommodation for your needs easy with and apartments. Other international a unified star grading system applied to all types of accommodation. chains in New Zealand include Accor Properties are inspected annually to ensure they uphold the required standard [www.accorhotels.com], Hilton [www. of guest facilities, cleanliness and professionalism. [www.qualmark.co.nz] hilton.com], Intercontinental [www. Hotels

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Motel Association of New Zealand Nationwide – Motels

PO Box 27245, Wellington 6141 t +64 4 499 6415 e motel@manz.co.nz www.nzmotels.co.nz

Striving for quality, service and accountability. Motel apartments, also known as motels, motor lodges or motor inns, are located in all areas of New Zealand. They are a form of accommodation that is unique to New Zealand and ideally suited to both independent and group travellers. MANZ has over 900 privately owned member properties. Freedom Camping In New Zealand freedom camping is only permitted in fully selfcontained campervans with

toilet, shower and grey water

storage. Adhere to the freedom camping etiquette: choose legal

spots; never, ever leave rubbish

behind; don’t pollute waterways with soap; and never use the

outdoors as a toilet. For more

info, visit the Camping Our Way website. [www.camping.org.nz]

Guest & Hosted

Backpacker Hostels

There are many establishments throughout the country, from restored historic houses to former churches, which provide unpackaged accommodation. Staying at a private home gives you a great insight into Kiwi culture. Your bed and breakfast, home stay or country inn usually includes breakfast and you’ll have a private bedroom. Bathrooms may be private or shared, while lounge and dining areas are usually communal. Many hosts are fabulous guides keen to share local knowledge. Rural Holidays NZ [www.ruralholidays.co.nz] is a selection of farm and home stays offering an authentic Kiwi welcome.

With more than 500 hostels throughout New Zealand, backpackers are spoilt for choice. Some offer only dormitories, others also have private rooms. Bed linen and laundry facilities are often available for a charge. Bathroom, kitchen and living areas are usually shared. Hostel chains offer discounts for members and many have activity package deals. Youth Hostels Association of New Zealand [www. yha.co.nz] provides budget backpacker accommodation that upholds international standards, including a number of five-star hostels. YHA New Zealand manages 25 hostels and has associated partner agreements with 26 independently-owned hostels. YHA membership gives access to discounts including camper rental, outdoor gear retailers, activities and restaurants. Budget Backpacker Hostels of New Zealand [www.bbh. co.nz] has almost 300 independentlyowned member hostels around New Zealand. The BBH Club Card offers special ‘Frequent Sleeper’ rates and preferential online bookings. It also doubles as a pre-paid TelstraClear phonecard. Part of an international network, VIP Backpackers [www. vipbackpackers.com] have a discount card that offers savings on transport and activities. Nomads Hostel [www. nomadshostels.com] network offers high-quality accommodation and discounts on transport and activities with the Nomads MAD Card. BASE Backpackers [www.stayatbase.com] have high-quality budget accommodation in main centres, including deluxe BASE Sanctuary girls-only dorms. Look for their starter packs and activity and bed combos.

Holiday Parks Apart from sites for tents and campervans, holiday parks often have backpacker and motel accommodation. Many have communal lounges and all have shared kitchen and bathroom facilities. Campsites are more basic but they’re often found in stunning natural settings and they are very cheap – sometimes even free! Top 10 Holiday Parks [www.top10.co.nz] offer budget accommodation in 52 locations around New Zealand. It’s not all about camping – although they do have powered and nonpowered sites – some parks also have cabins and motel rooms. Join the Top 10 Club for discounts. For back-tobasics camping, the Department of Conservation [www.doc.govt.nz] operates more than 250 camping grounds. They can be very basic but, on the up-side, you can often stay for free or just a small charge, and they are found in wild and wonderful places on conservation land.

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How to Get Around Rent a car for ultimate flexibility, or take advantage of New Zealand’s excellent public transport network and get to your destination with ease.

Vehicle Hire Rental offices are usually located at airports, ferry terminals and city depots. Cars are a good-value option, but campers are also popular. You can also hire a motorcycle, but make sure you’re prepared for changeable weather with protective clothing. Minimum hire ages vary from 21 to 25, and you must hold a valid driver’s licence (in English) or an International Driving Permit. Some companies let you pick up a new car on the other side of Cook Strait. For campers, try Abuzzy Motorhome, RV and Campervan Holidays [www.abuzzy.com], which has campers ranging from ultra-modern to cheap and cheerful, or Adventure Vans [www.adventurevans.co.nz] which offers self-contained campers. Tui Campers [www.tuicampers.co.nz] has late-model campers fitted out with all the necessary amenities. Other major camper hire companies are: Kea [www.keacampers.com], Britz [www. britz.co.nz], Maui [www.maui.co.nz] and United Campervans [www. unitedcampervans.co.nz]. A number of companies specialise in car/van hybrids that pack camper features into compact vans. Escape [www.escaperentals.co.nz] has vehicles

customised with street-style artwork. Also try Spaceships [www. spaceshipsrentals.co.nz], Wicked Campers [www.wickedcampers.co.nz], Backpacker Sleeper Vans [www.sleepervans.co.nz] and Jucy Car Rentals [www.jucy.co.nz]. Travellers seeking to rent a car will find a range of operators. Hertz [www. hertz.co.nz] has late-model vehicles in more than 50 locations. Other firms include Avis New Zealand [www.avis. co.nz], Britz [www.britz.co.nz], Europcar [www.europcar.co.nz], Thrifty [www.thrifty. co.nz] and Budget [www.budget.co.nz]. Also try Quality Car Rentals [www. qualityrental.co.nz], Options Rentals [www.optionsrentals.co.nz], Mighty Campers [www.mightycampers.co.nz] and Maugers Rentals [www.maugers.com], a minibus, minivan and trailer specialist.

Bus, Rail & Ferry Bus and coach services depart daily from main centres and connect many smaller centres too. New Zealand’s rail network is not comprehensive, but there are some excellent scenic rail journeys. Scenic Trains [www. tranzscenic.co.nz] operates a network of rail journeys in both the South and North Islands. Ferry services operate between the North and South Island.

Travel Passes Coach and rail passes are good value. Flexipass

[http://flexipass.intercity.co.nz] Travel by the hour on the InterCity

network. Travelpass [http://travelpass.intercity.co.nz] Pick one of 28 itineraries. Nakedpassport [http://nakedbus.com/nz/passport/] Buy trips on the Naked Bus network. Scenic Rail Pass [www.tranzscenic.

co.nz/services/scenicrailpass.aspx] Offers hop-on, hop-off rail travel.

tui campers Auckland/Christchurch – Campervan Rental Auckland 142 Robertson Road Christchurch 518 Wairakei Road t +64 3 359 7410 www. tuicampers.co.nz Our fleet of well-appointed late-

model vehicles ranges from 2/3-berth and 4/5-berth campervans to luxury 2-, 4- and 6-berth motorhomes. Family-owned and -operated, assuring personal care. plan and book online at www.destination-nz.com I 059

Abuzzy Motorhome, rv and campervan holidays Auckland – Campervan Rental

39 Rennie Drive, Airport Oaks, Mangere, Auckland t +64 9 255 5443 www.abuzzy.com Location Throughout New Zealand Bookings Book online or phone

Explore in affordable luxury. Options for all budgets! Relax in ultra-modern motorhomes, easy to drive and equipped with satellite navigation, flat-screen TV and comfortable bed. Or ask about the new range of value campers – perfect for the budgetconscious. Create cherished holiday memories with Abuzzy.

Interislander [www.interislander.co.nz] operates services for vehicles and passengers across the Cook Strait. There are food courts and movie theatres on board. On some services, guest lounges and/or sleeper cabins may be available. Bluebridge [www. bluebridge.co.nz] also offers daily sailings across the Cook Strait each day. Bluebridge offers free big-screen movies on its services and vehicles and passengers are catered for.

Air Travel Daily air services connect larger centres and many visitors travel from one end of the country to the other by road and then return to the gateway by air. Visit www.webjet.co.nz for the cheapest fares. Budget flights require flexibility and you’ll pay extra for services. If you want a full service airline, book with the national carrier, Air New Zealand [www.airnewzealand. co.nz]. Head to www.grabaseat.co.nz to pick up fares on sale. Jetstar [www. jetstar.com] offers cheap flights between main destinations with snacks available for purchase.

Tour Operators Independent tours offer maximum flexibility – assistance with planning your itinerary, but once in New Zealand, you’re on your own – while guided and group tours are an easy way to experience popular itineraries. For free independent travellers, there are good options offering the best of both worlds. Kiwi Experience [www.kiwiexperience.com] and Stray [www.straytravel.com] offer hop-on, hopoff coach tours for backpackers. With Flying Kiwi Adventure Tours [www. flyingkiwi.com] you can choose from several itineraries. For those seeking a packaged tour, major guided tour operators include Great Sights [www. greatsights.co.nz], AAT Kings [http:// guidedtours.aatkings.com], Gray Line New Zealand [www.graylinetours.co.nz], Johnston’s Coachlines [www.johnstons. co.nz], Kirra Holidays [www.kirratours. co.nz] and Pacific Tourways [www. pacifictourways.co.nz].

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Driving in New Zealand Traffic in New Zealand drives on the left-hand side, and the speed limit is generally 50kph [30mph] in urban areas and 100kph [60mph] on the open road. Don’t speed – police patrol the highways and speed cameras are used. Seat belts must be worn at all times, and motorcyclists must wear helmets. There are strict laws against drinking and driving – and the best advice is simply don’t do it! Read the Visitors and New Residents section on the New Zealand Transport Agency website [http://

NZ fp: 0800 TRAINS (872 467) www.tranzscenic.co.nz Trains: Overlander Auckland to Wellington, Coastal Pacific Picton to Christchurch, TranzAlpine Christchurch to Greymouth

Discover New Zealand and experience some of the world’s most unique and beautiful landscapes, unseen by road. Travelling around New Zealand by train means seeing it all, from snow-capped mountains and rugged coastlines to ancient forests and clean green farmland.


nzta.govt.nz/licence/residents-visitors/ driving-nz.html] before hitting the road. The Information for Tourists and Travellers in New Zealand section on the same website [http://nzta.govt. nz/traffic/around-nz/visitors.html] contains handy information too. Main highways are wellmaintained, but they are not multi-lane roadways. Take care in overtaking or wait until you reach a passing lane. On single-lane bridges, signs indicate which side has right of way. Although New Zealand is a small country, distances take longer to drive than they may appear.

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scenic trains Nationwide – Train

live, breathe, experience NZ

NZ Top to Bottom There’s such a wide array of exciting activities and unforgettable sights throughout New Zealand that it can be hard to know where to start when planning your journey. To help get you off on the right foot, we’ve put together some sample itineraries.

National Itinerary Lucky enough to be spending several weeks in New Zealand? Take your time and explore with an itinerary that winds its way around both the North and South Islands.

Want to see the whole country? You’ll need at least two weeks to get a picture of both North and South Islands. A popular option is to arrive in Auckland, travel south by road and finish in Christchurch before flying back to Auckland.

Four Corners Minimum Length: Four weeks Highlights:  Waitangi Treaty Grounds  Ninety Mile Beach and Cape Reinga  Waitomo Caves  White-sand beaches  Maori culture  Art Deco architecture  Wine tasting  Historic cities  Wildlife  Glaciers and national parks. The journey starts in New Zealand’s biggest city before heading north to Paihia in the Bay of Islands. Explore history at the Waitangi Treaty Grounds and discover great beaches on the way north to Cape Reinga. Heading south along the west coast takes you through the Hokianga and along the Kauri Coast back to Auckland. Head south to Hamilton, in the Waikato. From here, take a detour to the Waitomo Caves and its underground adventures. Passing back through Hamilton, head north to The Coromandel. Further east, in the Bay of Plenty, Tauranga is a buzzing coastal city. It’s an easy drive from here to Rotorua. Set in a geothermal wonderland, this is also a hot-spot for Maori culture. Further south is lakeside Taupo. When you’ve had your fill of adrenaline, drive to Art Deco Napier. Take a tour of architectural highlights and explore the vineyards before travelling to Wellington. Now say goodbye to the North Island and catch a ferry to Picton. On arrival in Picton, explore the

idyllic Marlborough Sounds before heading to Blenheim. Then drive to Nelson and soak up the local culture before heading to Greymouth, midway point of a breathtaking drive down the West Coast to Franz Josef. Leave the West Coast behind and cross through Haast Pass to Wanaka and Mount Aspiring National Park. Further south is Queenstown; adventure capital. Travel west to Te Anau, base for exploring Fiordland. The next leg takes you to Invercargill, Bluff and Stewart Island. Continue to Dunedin and take a guided tour to see the historic architecture. Head north to Oamaru to see more historic architecture – and penguins. Inland is Mackenzie with its stunning blue lakes. Out of the mountains, on the Canterbury Plains, Methven is a centre of outdoor activities. Further north are Hanmer Springs and Kaikoura. Drive south to finish your ultimate New Zealand adventure in the city of Christchurch.

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Itineraries Sailing on the America’s Cup Yacht, Auckland

North Island Itinerary North Island Explorer

visiting the Huka Falls. From here, drive the Desert Road to a slice of provincial life in Palmerston North, an ideal place to break the journey. The next leg takes you east to the vineyards of Wairarapa on the way to New Zealand’s capital, Wellington. Take a tour of Parliament, browse museums and explore the many shops, cafés, restaurants and bars in this cosmopolitan city! When you finally tear yourself away, head along the Kapiti Coast to Whanganui and explore the river. Travel northwest to Taranaki. In New Plymouth, under the gaze of Mount Taranaki, are cultural attractions and outdoor activities, complemented by shopping and dining. Drive north to the Waitomo Caves and take your pick of caving experiences, then head to Hamilton before the easy drive north back to the gateway city of Auckland.

Minimum Length: Three weeks Highlights:  Waitangi Treaty Grounds  Gold-mining history  Cathedral Cove and Hot Water Beach  Maori culture  White Island  Art Deco Napier  Lake Taupo  Tongariro National Park  Wairarapa wine country  Whanganui River  Mount Taranaki  Waitomo Caves. Kick-start your adventure with a scenic drive north from Auckland to Paihia in the Bay of Islands. Discover an island-studded paradise and visit the Waitangi Treaty Grounds. Take a trip to Cape Reinga before heading south. Back in Auckland, recharge the batteries with retail therapy, dining and a harbour cruise, and then travel to Whitianga; enjoy a myriad of water activities and hit the beach. Continue to the coastal settlements of Tauranga and Mount Maunganui. Next on your itinerary is Rotorua, hot-spot of Maori culture and geothermal activity. After you’ve had your fill of hangi and hot pools, drive to Gisborne. Get up early to watch the sunrise from New Zealand’s easternmost town and enjoy the mix of surf and café culture. Further south is Napier, famous for Art Deco architecture and fine wines. Back inland, at Taupo, choose from outdoor activities such as fishing or Don’t forget to pack your togs

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(Kiwi for ‘swimsuit’!) ... the North Island of New Zealand is surrounded with

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Themed Highways Thermal Explorer Highway For a journey into the mystical heartland of New Zealand, resonant with Maori culture and geothermal activity, take to the road on the Thermal Explorer Highway. From its beginning in Auckland, this touring route visits some of the nation’s most famous destinations, from the geothermal areas of Lake Taupo, Ruapehu and Rotorua, to the eerie underground world of the Waitomo Caves. (This itinerary can also be combined with the Pacific Coast Highway for those with more time to explore.) [www.explorecentralnorthislandnz.com] Pacific Coast Highway If you’re looking to sample New Zealand’s coast and culture, the Pacific Coast Highway is a great option. Beginning in Auckland and following the North Island’s spectacular east coast, you’ll discover wonderful beaches and craft galleries in The Coromandel, surf culture and forest walks in the Bay of Plenty, and wineries and heritage in the remote Eastland region and Art Deco capital of Napier in Hawke’s Bay. [www.pacificcoast.co.nz] The Twin Coast Discovery Highway Beginning in Auckland, this very popular themed touring route takes visitors on a circular journey around New Zealand’s subtropical north. Enjoy coastal scenery (including fantastic beaches!) and a great range of water adventures as you visit Whangarei, the Bay of Islands, Kaitaia, Cape Reinga and Ninety Mile Beach. The Twin Coast Discovery Highway also forms the basis for a series of themed trails to suit all kinds of interests, from heritage and wine trails, to golf and art trails. [www.northlandnz.com] Special Interest Itineraries Culture & Art Rotorua is a well-known destination for those seeking to sample from a range of exciting cultural activities. Waitangi, in the Bay of Islands, is another must-visit region – the site where European settlers forged their earliest relationships with the indigenous population. Wine For lovers of fine wine, the Classic New Zealand Wine Trail is a great starting point for planning. This signposted 380-kilometre touring route links the major wine-growing areas of Hawke’s Bay and Wairarapa in the North Island before crossing to Marlborough.

Tourism Dunedin, photo by Ian Brodie

Itineraries Yellow-eyed Penguin on the Otago Peninsula

South Island Itinerary SOUTH ISLAND ADVENTURE Minimum Length: Three weeks Highlights:  Wintertime skiing in the Southern Alps  Mackenzie Country lakes  Mount Cook  Wildlife encounters  Historic architecture  Milford Sound  Outdoor adventures  Glaciers  Breathtaking wild places and national parks  Marlborough wine country. Once you’ve explored Christchurch, head south along Inland Scenic Route 72 to Methven, a skiing Mecca in winter! Journey inland to Lake Tekapo and enjoy the stunning lake. Take to the air for views of Mount Cook before heading to Oamaru, with its architecture and penguins. More wildlife encounters are on offer on the Otago Peninsula – albatrosses, seals and dolphins are just some of the natives. The region’s main city, Dunedin, offers museums, historic buildings and fashion. From Dunedin, continue southwest to Invercargill. Departing from nearby Bluff are ferries to Stewart Island. Continue north to Te Anau, base The journey of a

lifetime, this driving route will introduce

you to the very best of the South Island

from top to bottom and from coast to sparkling coast.

for exploring Milford Sound with its waterfalls, wildlife and rainforests. Drive through mountains and along the shores of Lake Wakatipu to Queenstown, centre of an outdoor playground with activities like bungy jumping. Next, head to Wanaka with its outdoor activities on the lake or in Mount Aspiring National Park. Travel through Haast Pass to the West Coast and Fox and Franz Josef Glaciers; rivers of ice nestled amid rainforest! After exploring the glaciers, enjoy the drive north to Greymouth. Further north, turn inland and drive east to Nelson. Taste local wine and visit art galleries. From Nelson, travel to Blenheim, the heart of Marlborough wine country. On the coast south of Marlborough is the marine wildlife Mecca of Kaikoura. Stop at Hanmer Springs to soak in the thermal hot pools before arriving back in Christchurch.

Themed Highways The Treasured Pathway Introducing visitors to Marlborough and Nelson in the northern South Island, the Treasured Pathway covers more than 260 kilometres from Picton, through the peaceful coves of the Marlborough Sounds, the bustling cultural community of Nelson and the sandy beaches of Golden Bay, to Farewell Spit. Southern Scenic Route If you’re interested in exploring New Zealand’s spectacular wilderness, this touring route is perfect. Beginning in Dunedin, where wildlife such as penguins, fur seals and Royal Albatross are easily accessible, through the magnificent coastal forests of the Catlins and the southern city of Invercargill, it concludes at the lakeside settlement of Te Anau, gateway to Fiordland National Park. [www.southernscenicroute.co.nz] Great Alpine Highway The Great Alpine Highway traverses the South Island from Christchurch City to Greymouth on the West Coast. In just a little over 250 kilometres, drivers will encounter a wide variety of landscapes, from wide-open plains to rugged, snow-capped mountains and green rainforest-clad hills. Alpine Pacific Triangle Blending ecoadventure and indulgence, this touring route links some of the South Island’s most popular visitor destinations – the wildlife of Kaikoura, the wineries of the Waipara Valley and the thermal resort of Hanmer Springs. [www.visithurunui.com]

Special Interest Itineraries Nelson Action & Adventure The South Island is Blenheim widely known for its adventure activities; visit Queenstown for a choice of adrenalinepumping adventures like bungy jumping Greymouth Kaikoura or jet boating; go for memorable alpine Hanmer Springs experiences in Wanaka, Mount Cook and Franz Josef Methven; give ice climbing at the West Methven Christchurch Coast’s glaciers a go. Lake Tekapo Wildlife Incredible wildlife experiences are part of what makes the South Island unique. Milford Sound Wanaka Here are some highlights: go on a whale- or Oamaru Star t & dolphin-watching cruise in Kaikoura; see Queenstown Little Blue Penguins return to shore at dusk Te Anau finish here in Oamaru; see albatrosses at Kaikoura or on Dunedin the Otago Peninsula. Invercargill

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Franz Josef Glacier

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The essential experiences Kaikoura

Minimum Length: Two weeks Franz Josef

Less time to spare, but still want to experience iconic sights and activities you’ve heard so much about? Tick off the essential Milford New Zealand highlights in this fast-paced journey around the Sound North and South Islands. You’ll discover fascinating culture Queenstown galore and enough unforgettable landscapes to fill your camera’s memory card to the brim. Te Anau

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Highlights:  Waitomo Caves  Maori culture  Wildlife experiences  Wine tasting  Historic cities  Milford Sound  Glaciers


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Waitomo Caves


Scenery Galore

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Scenic highlights of New Zealand Minimum Length: Two weeks Does the natural beauty of wild landscapes send you weak at the knees? Prepare to get very wobbly indeed on this journey around the very best of New Zealand’s famous scenery. Along the way you’ll find plenty of opportunities to get in among it; hiking, boating or encountering rare native wildlife.


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Natural Wonderland

Echo Crater, Waimangu Volcanic Valley

Minimum Length: One week

New Zealand has a landscape that’s out of this world and this journey shows auckland you around some of the most unique sights. From an enormous lake to a triad of volcanoes on a barren plateau, from Waitomo bubbling mud pools and geysers to an Caves intricate cave network, you’ll be reaching for superlatives every step of the way.

Rotorua Taupo

Highlights:  Geothermal activity

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 Lake Taupo  Caving adventures

Kayaking in the Bay of Islands

The subtropical far north of New Zealand is easily accessible from the gateway city of Auckland, making it an excellent place to explore on a short visit. Combining glorious maritime landscapes, rich culture and history, and an abundance of outdoor activities, it’s a great introduction to Aotearoa.


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Southern Splendour Minimum Length: One week Over the course of just a few days, you’ll experience places that will be seared on your memory for the rest of your life. This quick encounter with the South Island’s highlights will introduce you to some of the best landscapes New Zealand has to offer. Highlights:  Mount Cook  Adventure activities  Glaciers

Mt Cook and Mt Cook Lilies

Two Northern Royal Albatross on Taiaroa Head, Otago Peninsula

Cape Reinga

Far North Minimum Length: Four days

Highlights:  Bay of Islands  Ninety Mile Beach  Cape Reinga

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Fox & Franz Josef Glaciers


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Wildlife & Wellbeing Minimum Length: Four days An ultra-quick trip that puts you on the fast track to relaxation, this itinerary offers the out-of-this-world experience of encountering marine wildlife in Kaikoura and the indulgence of bathing in geothermal hot pools at Hanmer Springs. Highlights:  Wildlife encounters  Thermal spa  Wine tasting

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Beyond the Big City So, you’ve landed in Auckland. You’ll need more than a couple of days to explore New Zealand’s largest city. Don’t forget that beyond the bustle of the inner city there are lots of other things to see and do in the Auckland region. Head out west, to the Waitakere Ranges, and go hiking through pristine rainforest or visit stunning surf beaches, head north to Matakana Wine Country and sample the local wines, or jump on a ferry and explore a few of the many islands dotting the Hauraki Gulf.

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Maori meeting house, Waitangi

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Cuba street sign, Wellington

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Wine tasting, Gibbston Valley, Queenstown

Auckland & Northland Set on three glittering harbours and draped over 48 volcanic cones the Auckland occupies a stunning natural landscape and definitely demands a fews days’ exploration. Heading out of Auckland, take a trip around the beautiful twin coasts of Northland. While you’re there, visit the Whangarei Growers’ Market, where you can buy the freshest and best local produce the area has to offer. And if you like good food, head up to the Bay of Islands for the Bay of Islands Wine and Food Festival. Swing by and visit the birthplace of New Zealand at Waitangi. Head up to the spectacular northernmost point of the country and sample the culture and cuisine and then, on your way back down the west coast, stop off for a visit to the Kauri Museum at Matakohe.

Wellington & Top of the South Island Wellington is the home of cafés, theatre, arts, culture and film. It’s also just a short hop away from the spectacular beauty and attractions of the Wairarapa, Marlborough and Nelson regions. There are so many things to see and do in Wellington. If you like art and design, the World of WearableArt™ Awards Show is a fashion extravaganza, the likes of which you’ve never seen before. Visit Te Papa and the City Gallery in Wellington to see the history and artistic tradition of New Zealand and the Pacific. And in the city that brought you The Lord of the Rings, King Kong and The Hobbit immerse yourself in the Weta Cave. While you’re in the Capital, you can’t miss the chance to pop across the Cook Strait. Marlborough and Nelson are famous for their world-class wines so go on and indulge!

West Coast, Central Otago & Southland The South Island is a land of amazing contrasts; stunning mountains, rugged coasts and vast patchwork plains. There is so much to see and explore. Start your journey in Blenheim with great local food and wine, or in Nelson, where boutique local beers add a refreshing twist. Then (no drinking and driving!) hop in the car and wind your way down the wild West Coast where you can indulge in one of New Zealand’s real delicacies, whitebait. Head south to Queenstown where you can experience the many and varied attractions and outdoor activities on offer in Queenstown, Wanaka and Central Otago. Further south still, you can head down State Highway 94 through the heart of Southland to experience real southern hospitality and fine foods, including the famous Bluff oyster.


Itineraries Dunedin, Canterbury & Marlborough is an exciting and unforgettable destination. Where else do you get the chance to see a city rebuild itself after a major civil emergency and yet be able to enjoy comfortable accommodation, excellent restaurants and plenty of activities? Driving north, stop in at the seaside town of Kaikoura for the finest and freshest seafood at the Kaikoura Seafest and take a trip with the world-famous Whale Watch Kaikoura. Then continue north to the celebrated Marlborough wine and cuisine at Brancott Vineyard before you head by ferry to Wellington. Image: Destination Marlborough, photo by Ian Trafford

Start your trip in Dunedin, that most Scottish of New Zealand cities. Indulge in fine local hospitality and then get out on the famous harbour to meet the local wildlife up close. Then head north from Dunedin with side trips along the way to see Te Ana Ngai Tahu Maori Rock Art Centre and, for the stargazers, the Mount John University Observatory at Lake Tekapo. Stop off at Methven to try your hand at outdoor adventure activities, or head up to Mount Hutt to go hiking or take a boat cruise on a glacier lake. Christchurch is a must-see. Getting back on its feet following the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011, Christchurch

The Life, Loves and Lore of Maori You cannot visit New Zealand without, in one form or another, coming across the unique culture and heritage of Maori. Maori are the tangata whenua (first people) of New Zealand. Their culture permeates every part of our society. Throughout the country you’ll find events celebrating the stories, traditions, contemporary arts and culture of Maori. And with only a couple of hours or so between cities in the North Island, there’s much to grab your attention. In Wellington, visiting Te Papa is a must, while, half an hour north, in Porirua, PATAKA is a fantastic celebration of Pacific culture. If you’re in Auckland, take a cross-city walk with a Maori guide and make sure you visit Auckland Museum. Rotorua is, of course, a must-see. Visit a replica Maori village to experience cultural performances, a hangi meal and Maori history told by the descendents of New Zealand’s original settlers. While in the Bay of Plenty, plan a visit to one of the local marae and if you’re in Taranaki, visit Puke Ariki museum for the stories of the local people and their home at the foot of beautiful Mount Taranaki. The East Coast is a place where Maori culture is at the heart of the community. It’s here that the tangata whenua (people of the land) first met Captain James Cook in October 1769.

Maori guide at excavated whare, Buried Village, Rotorua

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Bike riding through a vineyard, Marlborough

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Relaxing at Westhaven, Auckland

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068 north island showcase


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New Zealand’s North Island



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The North Island combines natural beauty with city style in a mild climate; perfect whether you’re seeking a beach holiday, an authentic cultural experience or retail therapy. Many New Zealand journeys begin in Auckland, but take the time to explore a surprisingly wide range of destinations outside the big city.

Young art critics, Pataka Museum, Auckland

Exploring the North From Maori culture and cosmopolitan cities to enticing beaches and harbours. The North Island is the gateway to New Zealand for many international visitors. From the northern tip, where swirling seas form an eerie backdrop to Maori legend, to the culture capital of Wellington, this is an island where abundance knows no bounds. Highlights range from amazing natural landscapes to high culture. The central North Island features astounding thermal activity, from geysers to mud pools and hot springs. In the Waitomo district, cave networks provide opportunities for adventure. Delve further into legend with an exploration of Maori culture – it is easily accessible to any visitor.

Rotorua is a particular highlight for those interested in learning about the Maori people. No visit to the North Island would be complete without setting foot in the native forests that drape the hills. Sample the bounty of rivers and lakes by fishing for trout. Offshore, swim with dolphins or explore underwater life on a diving expedition. The North Island is blessed with a huge variety of beaches, from golden bays to wild surfing breaks. Great places to enjoy New Zealand’s maritime treasures include the subtropical setting of the Bay of Islands and Auckland, the ‘City of Sails’.


To discover the latest in contemporary New Zealand culture, begin your adventure in Auckland or Wellington, the North Island’s largest cities. Auckland enjoys a unique setting on two harbours that are studded with islands, and features a large number of highly regarded restaurants, cafés and bars. Wellington has a style all its own. Set on a harbour and surrounded by hills, this is where New Zealand’s politicians get down to business. It’s also a place for unique fashion and art, and the country’s cutting-edge national museum. Get ready to explore, because from one end to the other, the North Island embraces a diversity of natural and cultural features that visitors find simply astonishing.

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Destinations Northland Birthplace of a nation, blessed with pristine beaches and forests in a subtropical climate. Auckland New Zealand’s main international gateway; the colourful and cosmopolitan ‘City of Sails’. The Coromandel A rustic and unspoilt landscape boasting rich heritage, rainforest and a long coastline. Bay Of Plenty Beaches bathed in sunshine, vibrant towns and outdoor adventures on land and sea. Rotorua A fascinating blend of Maori and European cultures in a remarkable geothermal area. Gisborne & Eastland An authentic taste of coastal New Zealand life in the first part of the world to see the sun. Hawke’s Bay Art Deco architecture and fine wine are the perfect blend in this pretty coastal region. Taupo & Ruapehu Lake Taupo is the epicentre of a region bursting with adventure and natural attractions. Waikato & Waitomo Tranquil rolling hills and lush gardens complement unforgettable caving adventures. Taranaki Explore dramatic surf coastline and an iconic mountain in a region steeped in history. Whanganui & Manawatu Thriving contemporary culture and fascinating history complemented by rural New Zealand charm. Wellington Sophisticated and stylish, offering cultural experiences in a beautiful harbour setting.

wAITOMO CAVES In a quiet, rural region of the North Island, green

rolling hills conceal an extensive network of caves where visitors can experience a wide range of experiences, from spotting glow-worms

Wairarapa A quintessentially New Zealand blend of rustic charm, rugged scenery and wineries.

to abseiling or ‘black-water rafting’ on an underground river.

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See glow-worms while black-water rafting in the Waitomo Caves

City of Sails


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Feast your senses on a dazzling array of activities, eateries and stunning landscapes in New Zealand’s biggest city; the cosmopolitan and culturally diverse ‘City of Sails’. With a unique location bordered by harbours and rainforest, Auckland also offers easy access to island escapes and back-to-nature hiking.

Auckland skyline at night

Sky Jump’s expansive view

Regional Destinations Auckland City Urban life in New Zealand’s biggest city. Waitakere Dramatic black-sand beaches and rainforest. Kumeu Wineries and market gardens. Piha West coast surf beach. Muriwai Wild black-sand beach. Orewa Bustling village on a beautiful golden beach. Waiwera Soak in the hot pools. Puhoi Living historic village. Warkworth Gateway

to beaches and wineries. Matakana Wine country and white-sand beaches. Leigh Swim at a marine reserve. Waiheke Island Wineries and great beaches. Rangitoto Island Iconic volcanic cone. Kawau Island Quirky cultural history. Tiritiri Matangi Island Bird sanctuary.

Getting There & Around Air Auckland International Airport has direct international flights to and from 35 destinations (with services provided by 20 passenger airlines) and domestic flights to most NZ centres. Road Auckland is on SH 1 and has a comprehensive motorway system. Coach companies provide regular services. Local buses are frequent, operating out of a central depot at Britomart Transport Centre in Queen Street. Rail KiwiRail offers daily services to Wellington. There


Do It!  Brave a base-jump by wire from the Sky Tower.  See precious Maori artifacts at Auckland Museum.  Sail on the sparkling Waitemata Harbour. is a metropolitan rail service with its hub at Britomart. Ferry Services to Devonport, Hauraki Gulf Islands and other seaside suburbs depart from the waterfront.

EVENTS to catch  Heineken Open [Jan]


International men’s tennis.  Auckland Anniversary Day Regatta [Jan] www.regatta.org.nz History comes alive in one of the world’s biggest one-day sailing regattas.

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Explore the Region It’s the gateway to New Zealand for many, but it’s more than just a transit point – take time to explore this beguiling city. Fast-paced by New Zealand standards, the nation’s biggest centre covers 500-square kilometres. Centred between two harbours and bordered by rainforest, this city is unlike any other: a modern and multicultural Pacific centre.



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 Auckland Arts Festival [Mar] www.aucklandfestival.co.nz Biennial festival

of art and culture.  Pasifika Festival [Mar] Colourful celebration of Pacific culture.  Air New Zealand Fashion Week [Sep] www.nzfashionweek.com The fashionistas come to town.

Big City Life Auckland is the gateway to New Zealand for many international visitors and it definitely demands a few days’ exploration. Straddling two harbours and draped over 48 volcanic cones, the city occupies a stunning natural landscape – residents and visitors enjoy ready access to a myriad of outdoor activities. Auckland is known as the ‘City of Sails’ and when the Waitemata Harbour is dotted with yachts on a sunny afternoon, it’s easy to see why. Beyond the harbour is the North Shore, bordered by white-sand beaches, while to the west of the city is Waitakere, where the city gives way to wineries and rainforest.

Highlights Get out on the Waitemata Harbour – dotted with yachts and spanned by the Auckland Harbour Bridge. Climb a cone – there are 48 volcanic cones

in Auckland and they offer great city views. Spend a night out at The Viaduct, Auckland’s favourite dining precinct, where restaurants and bars line the marina. Take in expansive views from the top of the Sky Tower. Dare to bungy jump off the iconic Auckland Harbour Bridge. Visit the impressive Auckland Museum and the leafy Domain. Stroll around historic Parnell and shop ‘til you drop in the CBD.

Neighbourhoods Downtown Queen Street is shopping central and you’d be hard-pressed not to find what you’re looking for among hundreds of boutiques and chain stores. Explore the laneways running east from Queen Street up to High Street – excellent restaurants as well as some of the best New Zealand fashion can be found here. The Britomart precinct is the hippest new central city destination for shopping, restaurants and bars. Waterfront At the foot of Queen Street is Queens Wharf, which was redeveloped for Rugby World Cup 2011. To the west of Queen Street is one of the city’s most popular afterdark playgrounds. In Viaduct Harbour, a marina crammed with yachts and launches is surrounded by restaurants and bars. By day, stroll the walkways and sip coffee al fresco, and at night


enjoy dinner or hit the dance-floor. Harbour cruises, ferries and sailing adventures depart from this area. West of Viaduct Harbour is Wynyard Quarter; the Viaduct Event Centre is here and there are several attractions including a tram, playground, night markets and live music. Parnell East of the city is Auckland’s oldest suburb. Parnell is famous for boutiques, art galleries and colonial villas that have been restored into cafés, restaurants and shops. Explore quaint Parnell Village and visit Dove-Myer Robinson Park. On the other side of Parnell is the beautiful Auckland Museum and Domain. Stay in Parnell for dinner because this area has some seriously good restaurants. Newmarket Here, the boutiques of over 40 top designers rub shoulders with chain stores in the Westfield 277 mall and on the buzzing high street of Broadway. Nuffield Street is home to a selection of popular al fresco cafés, restaurants and bars. Ponsonby West of downtown, Ponsonby Road is one of the city’s hippest strips, jam-packed with cafés, bars and restaurants. It also offers good shopping, particularly for the fashion-forward. The narrow surrounding streets are full of picturesque old villas, many of them restored to their former glory as the area has been gradually gentrified. North Shore Easily accessible via the Harbour Bridge or a relaxing 10-minute ferry ride across the harbour, North Shore is a beautiful part of the city. Here you’ll discover Pohutukawa-lined white-sand beaches, lively cafés and restaurants, a thriving arts scene and spectacular views of the Hauraki Gulf.

Where to Sleep Hotel  Amora Hotel Auckland [Auckland

– Hotel] 100 Greys Avenue t: +64 9 375 1800 www.amorahotels.com

 Auckland City Hotel – Hobson St

[Auckland – Hotel] 157 Hobson Street t: +64 9 925 0777 www.achhobson.co.nz  City Central Hotel [Auckland – Hotel] Cnr Albert Street & Wellesley Street t: +64 9 307 3388 www.citycentral-hotel-auckland.com  Hilton Auckland [Auckland – Hotel] Princes Wharf, 147 Quay Street t: +64 9 978 2000 www.auckland.hilton.com

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SKYCITY AUCKLAND Auckland – Hotels

Cnr Victoria Street & Federal Street, Auckland t +64 9 363 6000 e hotelreservations@skycity.co.nz www.skycityauckland.co.nz

New Zealand’s premier entertainment destination in the heart of Auckland, SKYCITY boasts two of Auckland’s best loved hotels. Whether it’s glamour and luxury you’re after, or fun and excitement, have it all by immersing yourself in attractions such as the SKYCITY Casino, the iconic Sky Tower and SKYCITY’s choice of more than 20 restaurants, cafés and bars. An oasis of luxury, the 5-star SKYCITY Grand Hotel offers sophistication, comfort and services unparalleled in Auckland. Indulge in luxury pampering at East Day Spa, relax in the 25-metre indoor pool or state-of-the-art gym, or enjoy awardwinning cuisine at The Sugar Club by Peter Gordon or at The Grill by renowned chef Sean Connolly. One of New Zealand’s most popular hotels, the newly refurbished 4-star plus SKYCITY Hotel features modern and spacious rooms, together with 24-hour room service and a range of world-class entertainment on your doorstep.

Auckland City Hotel – Hobson St Auckland – Hotel 157 Hobson Street, Auckland t +64 9 925 0777 e info@achhobson.co.nz www.achhobson.co.nz

amora hotel auckland Auckland – Boutique Hotel

100 Greys Avenue, Auckland t +64 9 375 1800 NZ fp 0800 655 555 e res@auckland.amorahotels.com www.amorahotels.com

Welcome to our oasis of calm in central Auckland. Tranquil views above peaceful Myers Park, tree-lined Greys Avenue and out over the city are yours when you stay at our luxury boutique hotel; featuring a restaurant, bar, outdoor pool and gym. Each deluxe room, suite and apartment has a fully equipped kitchenette and private balcony. Many also feature decadent spa baths.

Charming accommodation located in the heart of Auckland. Environmentally friendly with a relaxing, contemporary décor. Within walking distance of some of Auckland’s top attractions including the Sky Tower, shopping precincts, Auckland’s waterfront and famous Victoria Park Market. 138 rooms with eco-friendly products, parking facilities and broadband internet. Restaurant, café and laundry.

City Central Hotel Auckland – Hotel

Cnr Albert Street & Wellesley Street, Auckland t +64 9 307 3388 NZ fp 0800 323 6000 e reserve@cchotel.co.nz www.citycentral-hotel-auckland.com

Located in the heart of Auckland, close to SKYCITY Casino/Convention Centre, Vector Arena, Aotea Centre and Crowne Plaza hotel, theatres, museums and art galleries, universities and major public transport. 24-hour reception, on-site management. All rooms have en suites, flatscreen TVs and Wi-Fi (fees applicable). Car park nearby (fee applicable). plan and book online at www.destination-nz.com I 075


 America’s Cup Sailing

1 Hobson Street t: +64 9 356 1000 www.ghihotels.com

Backpackers] 229 Queen Street t: +64 9 358 4877 www.stayatbase.com  Nomads Auckland [Auckland – Backpackers] 16 – 20 Fort Street t: +64 9 300 9999 www.nomadsworld.com  Nomads Fat Camel [Auckland – Backpackers] 38 Fort Street t: +64 9 307 0181 www.nomadsworld.com

 Jet Park Airport Hotel &

 YHA Auckland Central City

 Auckland Whale & Dolphin

 Hotel Grand Chancellor

Auckland Airport [Airport Oaks – Hotel]

Cnr Kirkbride Road & Ascot Road t: +64 9 275 7029 www.ghihotels.com  Hotel Grand Chancellor

Auckland City [Auckland – Hotel]

Conference Centre [Auckland – Hotel]

63 Westney Road, Mangere t: +64 9 275 4100 www.jetpark.co.nz  SKYCITY Grand Hotel [Auckland – Hotel] 90 Federal Street t: +64 9 363 7000 www.skycityauckland.co.nz  SKYCITY Hotel [Auckland – Hotel] Cnr Victoria Street & Federal Street t: +64 9 363 6000 www.skycityauckland.co.nz  Stamford Plaza Auckland

[Auckland – Hotel] 22 – 24 Albert Road t: +64 9 309 8888 www.stamford.com.au

 Sudima Auckland Airport

[Mangere – Hotel] 18 Airpark Drive t: +64 9 551 8888 www.sudimaauckland.co.nz

 The Quadrant Hotel Auckland

[Auckland – Hotel] 10 Waterloo Quadrant t: +64 9 984 6000 www.thequadrant.com

Guest & Hosted  Stafford Villa [Birkenhead Point – B&B]

2 Awanui Street t: +64 9 418 3022 www.staffordvilla.co.nz

 The Great Ponsonby Arthotel

[Ponsonby – B&B] 30 Ponsonby Terrace t: +64 9 376 5989 www.greatpons.co.nz

Self Contained & Serviced

[Auckland – Backpacker Hostel] Cnr City Road and Liverpool Street, CBD, Auckland t: + 64 9 309 2802 NZ fp: 0800 278 299 e: book@yha.co.nz www.yha.co.nz YHA Auckland City is the ideal backpacker hostel to start or finish your New Zealand adventure. The hostel combines the excitement of the city with a safe and secure environment. Located at the top of Auckland’s Queen Street, this former hotel has backpacker accommodation comprising mainly twin and double rooms with some multi-share rooms, and some of the rooms have views over Auckland city.  YHA Auckland International

[Auckland – Backpacker Hostel] 5 Turner Street, CBD, Auckland t: +64 9 302 8200 NZ fp: 0800 278 299 e: book@yha.co.nz www.yha.co.nz Top-end backpacker accommodation at the top end of Queen Street. Ten minutes’ walk from the city centre, the hostel is staffed 24 hours and offers excellent amenities, with small and large multishare rooms and ensuite rooms available. There’s a large, fullyequipped kitchen, luggage storage, TV room, relaxed communal lounges, video library, and friendly Kiwi staff.

 Best Western Ellerslie

International Motor Inn [Ellerslie –

Motel] 2 Wilkinson Road t: +64 9 525 1909 www.eimi.co.nz  Quality Hotel Parnell [Auckland – Hotel/Apartments] 10 – 20 Gladstone Road, Parnell t: +64 9 303 3789 www.theparnell.co.nz  Quest Newmarket [Newmarket – Apartments] 31 – 39 Davis Crescent t: +64 9 520 3000 www.questnewmarket.co.nz

Holiday Park  Manukau Top 10 Holiday Park

[Manukau – Holiday Park] 902 Great South Road t: +64 9 266 8016 www.manukautop10.co.nz

Backpackers  Base Auckland [Auckland –

By Day Experience Out on the Harbour  360 Discovery [Auckland – Boat Cruises] 139 Quay Street t: +64 9 307 8005 www.360discovery.co.nz

Experience [Auckland – Sailing]

Viaduct Harbour t: +64 9 359 5987 www.explorenz.co.nz

 Auckland Jet Boat Tours [Auckland

– Jet Boating] Gate 2, Hobson West Marina, 220 Quay Street t: +64 9 281 4748 www.aucklandjetboattours.co.nz

Safari [Auckland – Wildlife Encounter]

Viaduct Harbour t: +64 9 359 5987 www.explorenz.co.nz  Fergs Kayaks [Okahu Bay – Kayaking] 12 Tamaki Drive t: +64 9 529 2230 www.fergskayaks.co.nz  Fullers Ferries & Island Tours

[Auckland – Boat Cruises] Pier 1, Ferry Terminal, 99 Quay Street t: +64 9 367 9111 www.fullers.co.nz  Pride of Auckland [Auckland – Sailing] Viaduct Harbour t: +64 9 359 5987 www.explorenz.co.nz Iconic Sights  Auckland Botanic Gardens

[Auckland – Gardens] 102 Hill Road t: +64 9 267 1457 www.aucklandbotanicgardens.co.nz  Sky Tower [Auckland – Attraction] Cnr Victoria Street & Federal Street t: +64 9 363 6000 www.skytower.co.nz  Stardome Observatory [Royal Oak – Observatory] 670 Manukau Road, One Tree Hill Domain t: +64 9 624 1246 www.stardome.org.nz

Things to do Action & Adventure  Auckland Bridge Climb & Bungy

[Auckland – Adrenaline Activities] Curran Street Extension, Westhaven Reserve, Herne Bay t: +64 9 360 7748 www.bungy.co.nz  SkyJump [Auckland – Adrenaline Activity] Cnr Victoria Street & Federal Street t: +64 9 368 1835 www.skyjump.co.nz  SkyWalk 360 [Auckland – Adrenaline Activity] Cnr Victoria Street & Federal Street t: +64 9 368 1835 www.skywalk.co.nz

YMCA HOstel AUCKland – Backpacker hostel Cnr Pitt Street & Greys Avenue, Auckland t +64 9 303 2068 f +64 9 303 2065 e hostel@nzymca.com www.ymca.org.nz Reception hours 7am – 11pm Check in/check out 12pm/10am Friendly, comfortable and affordable, YMCA Hostel is great for backpackers, students and groups. Five minutes’ walk from the city centre, beds are available in dorms, single, twin and family rooms. You’ll find friendly staff, clean rooms, low prices and facilities including fresh linen, laundry room, Wi-Fi and breakfast! Parking available on request.


Auckland – Hotel

Cnr Kirkbride Road & Ascot Road, Airport Oaks, Auckland t +64 9 275 7029 NZ fp 0800 275 337 www.ghihotels.com

Located only three kilometres from Auckland Airport and situated in a quiet area off the flight path. 193 spacious rooms and suites. Licensed restaurant and bar, 24-hour room service, SKY TV, complimentary newspaper, swimming pool, sauna and gym. Wi-Fi and broadband internet available on request. Airport shuttle and car parking available (charges apply).

The Quadrant hotel auckland Auckland – Apartments/Hotel

10 Waterloo Quadrant, Auckland t +64 9 984 6000 NZ fp 0800 666 611 e info@thequadrant.com www.thequadrant.com Check in/check out 3pm/11am

Auckland’s most stylish fourstar hotel experience. Located in downtown Auckland – just a short walk from Vector Arena and the High and Queen Streets shopping district. The Quadrant Hotel features 200 funky studio, one- and two-bedroom apartments each with private balcony, fully equipped kitchenette and free Wi-Fi. The Quadrant Hotel is your home away from home.

Emerald Inn Auckland – Motel

16 The Promenade, Takapuna, Auckland t +64 9 488 3500 f +64 9 488 3555 e info@emerald-inn.co.nz www.emerald-inn.co.nz

Takapuna’s best-kept secret is a beachside oasis. Superbly appointed suites nestled amongst subtropical gardens create the perfect setting. We have the best location on the North Shore – walk to Takapuna Beach, cafés, shopping and the Bruce Mason Centre. Breakfast is available in our Breakfast Room. Duplex units available for long stays. Luxurious Emerald Cottage and Emerald Villas adjoin the property.

Hotel Grand Chancellor Auckland City auckland – hotel

1 Hobson Street, Auckland t +64 9 356 1000 NZ fp 0800 275 337 e gm@hgcauckland.co.nz www.grandchancellorhotels.com Check in/check out 2pm/10am Open 24 hours

Within easy walking distance of Auckland CBD, shopping, Britomart transport terminal, ferry building and cruise terminal, Hotel Grand Chancellor offers guests an intimate hotel experience with the independence of studios and one-bedroom suites with kitchenette facilities, and one- and two-bedroom apartments with full kitchen and laundry facilities, all with private balconies. Restaurant and bar, car parking, 24-hour reception, internet access, indoor heated pools, spa, sauna and gym, and meeting facilities. Hotel Grand Chancellor Auckland City is perfectly positioned to enjoy Auckland’s famous Viaduct Harbour.

Sudima Auckland Airport Auckland – Hotel

18 Airpark Drive, Airport Oaks, Auckland t +64 9 551 8888 NZ fp 0800 SUDIMA (783 462) www.sudimaauckland.co.nz

Opened in May 2011, this airport hotel offers 153 rooms and is only two minutes’ drive from Auckland Airport’s domestic and international terminals. The hotel offers both standard and executive rooms, a restaurant and bar, indoor swimming pool and fully equipped gym. Meeting rooms and conference facilities available for two to 300 people. Complimentary parking available. plan and book online at www.destination-nz.com I 077


Hotel Grand Chancellor Auckland Airport


Get Cultured  Auckland Art Gallery Toi o

Tamaki [Auckland – Gallery] Cnr Kitchener

Street & Wellesley Street t: +64 9 379 1349 www.aucklandartgallery.com  Auckland Museum [Auckland – Museum] Auckland Domain, Parnell t: +64 9 306 7067 www.aucklandmuseum.com  MOTAT [Western Springs – Museum] 805 Great North Road & Meola Road t: +64 9 815 5800 www.motat.org.nz  Voyager New Zealand Maritime

Museum [Auckland – Museum] 149 – 159 Quay Street, Viaduct Harbour t: +64 9 373 0800 www.maritimemuseum.co.nz

Other Activities  Auckland Zoo [Auckland – Zoo] Motions Road, Western Springs t: +64 9 360 3805 www.aucklandzoo.co.nz  Kelly Tarlton’s Antarctic

Encounter & Underwater World

[Orakei – Underwater Observatory/Wildlife Encounter] 23 Tamaki Drive t: +64 9 531 5065 www.kellytarltons.co.nz  Otara Market [Otara – Market] Newbury Street t: +64 9 274 0830 www.otarafleamarket.co.nz  Rainbow’s End [Manukau – Theme Park] 2 Clist Crescent t: +64 9 262 2030 www.rainbowsend.co.nz

Discover See the Sights  Auckland Explorer Bus

[Auckland – Bus/Tours] NZ fp: 0800 439 756 www.explorerbus.co.nz  Auckland Ghost Tours

[Auckland – Tours] t: +64 9 630 5721 www.aucklandghosttours.com  Inflite Charters [Auckland – Flightseeing] 1 Solent Street, Mechanics Bay t: +64 9 377 4406 www.inflitecharters.com Rest & Relax  Chuan Spa [Auckland – Day Spa]

83 Symonds Street t: +64 9 300 2960 www.chuanspa.co.nz  East Day Spa [Auckland – Day Spa] Ground Level, SKYCITY Grand Hotel, 123 Albert Street t: +64 9 363 7050 www.eastdayspa.com Retail Therapy Queen Street, in the central city, is lined with chain stores (and is home to iconic department store Smith & Caughey’s), but head down the little lanes running east to High Street, O’Connell Street and the Chancery

to seek out one-of-a-kind boutiques and designer fashion. Look for Kiwi fashion at Britomart, try Karen Walker [18 Te Ara Tahuhu Walking Street

t: +64 9 309 6299 www.karenwalker.com],

Zambesi [55 Tyler Street t: +64 9 303 1701 www.zambesi.co.nz] and the treasuretrove that is WORLD Deluxe [60 Tyler

Street t: +64 9 373 3034 www.worldbrand. co.nz]. Ponsonby is another hot-spot

for fashion; it’s also good for home furnishings and cool gifts. On the other side of the CBD, Newmarket is also renowned for fashion – from international brands to local legends. Head to Parnell for galleries and jewellery. Up on Karangahape Road, comb the quirky boutiques for street fashion and Pacific-inspired art.

Culinary Experiences  Auckland Fish Market [Auckland – Market] Cnr Jellicoe Street & Daldy Street t: +64 9 379 1490 www.aucklandfishmarket.co.nz  Great Taste Tours [Auckland – Tours] t: +64 9 837 4130 www.greattastetours.co.nz  The Wine Experience @ Seafood

Central [Auckland – Wine Tasting]

t: +64 9 373 8389 www.seafoodcentral.co.nz


In Ponsonby, try Agnes Curran [181 Ponsonby Road] or Landreth & Co [272

Ponsonby Road www.landrethandco.co.nz]. Over in Newmarket, Baci Lounge

[Level 1, Rialto Centre, Broadway www. bacilounge.com] satisfies caffeine-fiends and bibliophiles alike, while Zarbo [24 Morrow Street www.zarbo.co.nz] is nothing

short of an institution. In Parnell, try The Strawberry Alarm Clock [119 Parnell Road] and in Kingsland, which has established itself as a must-visit destination for coffee lovers, head to Shaky Isles [492 New North Road www. shakyisles.co.nz] and The Fridge [507 New North Road]. Back in the central city, Revive [16 Fort Street www.revive.co.nz] is good for healthy lunches.

By Night Entertainment For major stage events, look up the Aotea Centre, The Civic, Auckland Town Hall and Aotea Square at The Edge [Queen Street t: +64 9 357 3355 www. the-edge.co.nz]. Also look for world-class events at SKYCITY Theatre [SKYCITY,

Cnr Victoria Street & Federal Street t: +64 9 363 6000 www.skycityauckland.co.nz] and for


big-name concerts, find out what’s on at Vector Arena [Mahuhu Crescent, Parnell

t: +64 9 358 1250 www.vectorarena.co.nz].

Catch live theatre at Civic Theatre

[Cnr Queen Street & Wellesley Street t: +64 9 309 2677 www.civictheatre.co.nz] or Maidment Theatre [8 Alfred Street t: +64 9 308 2383 www.maidment.auckland.ac.nz]. See the latest on the big screen at Academy Cinemas [44 Lorne Street

t: +64 9 373 2761 www.academycinemas. co.nz] or Event Cinemas Queen Street [Level 3, 291 Queen Street t: +64 9 369 2400 www.eventcinemas.co.nz].

Bars & Nightclubs For a night out sipping wine and/ or cocktails, the Bellini Hilton Auckland [Hilton Auckland, Princes Wharf, 147 Quay Street www.bellini.co.nz] is a good pick. Suitably swanky, Bellini occupies an enviable location at the Hilton. Other cool spots to try include: Agents & Merchants

[Roukau Lane, 50 Customs Street East, Britomart www.agentsandmerchants.co.nz] and, quite literally, the coolest place in town, ice bar Freddy’s Ice House

[201 Quay Street].

Hungry? For late-night eats, get along to celeb chef Peter Gordon’s Bellota Tapas Bar [91 Federal Street www. skycityauckland.co.nz]. The tapas menus are also good at Dida’s Wine Lounge & Tapas Bar [54 Jervois Road, Herne Bay www.didas.co.nz] and Mezze Bar

[9 Durham Street East www.mezzebar.co.nz]. If you’re after something more substantial, try one of these gastro pubs for hearty food and gourmet brews: Northern Steamship Co

[122 Quay Street www.northernsteamship. co.nz] or Squid Row Gastro Bar [224 Symonds Street www.squidrow.co.nz]. Night-spots renowned for live music include Cassette Number Nine [9 Vulcan Lane www.cassettenine.com], Khuja

[Level 3, 536 Queen Street www.khuja.co.nz]

and Kings Arms Tavern [59 France Street www.kingsarms.co.nz]. If you’re after full-on dance energy, head to Ink & Coherent [262 & 268 Karangahape Road


restaurants Cheap Eats For inexpensive fare, try Asianinspired cuisine at Satya [271

Karangahape Road, Newton t: +64 9 377 0007

Auckland Explorer Bus Auckland – Tours

Auckland Bridge Climb & Bungy Auckland – Bungy/ Climbing

Auckland Domain, Parnell, Auckland t +64 9 306 7067 (Infoline) e info@aucklandmuseum.com www.aucklandmuseum.com Open Daily 10am – 5pm, except Christmas Day.

Main departure points: Ferry Building, Civic Theatre or SKYCITY, Auckland NZ fp 0800 439 756 e info@explorerbus.co.nz www.explorerbus.co.nz

Curran Street Extension, Westhaven Reserve, Herne Bay, Auckland t +64 9 360 7748 NZ fp 0800 GO BUNGY www.bungy.co.nz

Housed in one of New Zealand’s finest heritage buildings, Auckland Museum has the most significant collection of Maori and Pacific treasures in the Southern Hemisphere. The museum is spread over three floors, each telling a significant New Zealand story. Maori cultural performance and gallery tour three times daily (charges apply).

Hop-on, hop-off sightseeing with full commentary, visiting Auckland’s big 14 attractions including Auckland Museum, Parnell Village, Kelly Tarlton’s, waterfront, Mount Eden and Auckland Zoo. Buses leave every 30 minutes from 9am from the Ferry Building (hourly from 10am in winter) or from 9:45am from the Sky Tower. Get on and off all day!

The only way to experience Auckland Harbour Bridge by foot! Bridge Climb is a 1.5-hour guided tour with extensive commentary on this iconic landmark. Climb under, up and over while experiencing magnificent views. Or try a bungy jump with AJ Hackett Bungy! This 40-metre bungy is New Zealand’s only ‘ocean touch’. We are equipped to offer you every jump option – ankle tie, harness, tandem – you name it, we can do it!

Wharenui Auckland Museum is home to a collection of Maori treasures, including this carved meeting house.

Auckland Zoo Auckland – Zoo

Motions Road, Western Springs t +64 9 360 3805 www.aucklandzoo.co.nz Open 9:30am – 5pm (except Christmas Day)

See the whole of New Zealand in one afternoon – visit Te Wao Nui, our New Zealand precinct. With over 60 native animal species, over 100 native plant species and six distinct eco-systems, Te Wao Nui is an immersive journey which explores the past, showcases the present and focuses on the future.

Kelly Tarlton’s Antarctic Encounter & Underwater world Auckland – Wildlife Encounter

Image: Tourism Auckland

23 Tamaki Drive, Orakei, Auckland t +64 9 531 5065 NZ fp 0800 805 050 e info@kellytarltons.co.nz www.kellytarltons.co.nz

Explore New Zealand’s ocean depths and come face to face with incredible marine life, plus New Zealand’s only colony of King and Gentoo sub-Antarctic penguins. Get up close with majestic stingrays, and journey beneath the ocean on a moving walkway to see sharks, deep sea creatures and the new Seahorse Kingdom. plan and book online at www.destination-nz.com I 079


Auckland Museum Auckland – Museum

Image: Tourism Auckland


MOTAT Auckland – Museum

Great North Road, Auckland & Meola Road, Auckland t +64 9 815 5800 NZ fp 0800 MOTAT NZ www.motat.org.nz Open 10am – 5pm

The Museum of Transport and Technology houses extensive collections, including one of the world’s most impressive aviation collections, on display in the new Aviation Display Hall. MOTAT is also home to tram rides, changing exhibitions, guided tours, an interactive science and technology area, a Victorian Village, a working pumphouse and the Araroa Tearooms. Park at MOTAT’s Meola Road site.

Rainbow’s End Auckland – Theme Park

2 Clist Crescent, Manukau, Auckland t +64 9 262 2030 e info@rainbowsend.co.nz www.rainbowsend.co.nz Open Daily from 10am, except Christmas Day

20+ rides, 20+ acres and 20+ years of pure Kiwi adventures! There is something for everyone – spin vertically, horizontally suspended 18 metres high. Be trapped in a runaway mine cart and Fear Fall 18 storeys at 82 kph! Interactive 3D virtual theatre, fun rides in Castle Land, New Zealand’s only corkscrew roller coaster, Log Flume with dramatic water chute plunge, the latest ride – Invader – and more!

www.satya.co.nz] or Wagamama [Level 1, Metropolis Building, 1 Courthouse Lane t: +64 9 359 9266 www.wagamama.co.nz].

Sawadee [42A Ponsonby Road t: +64 9 376

Mid-range Restaurants

At the top end of the market, try Clooney [33 Sale Street t: +64 9 358 1702 www.clooney.co.nz], The Sugar Club

Down at the Viaduct, Degree [204

Quay Street, Viaduct Harbour t: +64 9 377 1200 www.degree.co.nz] is a popular

eatery. Other CBD options include: Mediterranean/Israeli cuisine at Ima [57 Fort Street t: +64 9 300 7252 www.imacuisine.co.nz] or Asian fare at Monsoon Poon [Cnr Custom Street West

& Lower Hobson Street t: +64 9 379 9311 www.monsoonpoon.co.nz].

Parnell is a hot-spot for eateries. For a blend of European and Pacific Rim flavours try Non Solo Pizza [259 Parnell

Road t: +64 9 379 5358 www.nonsolopizza. co.nz] for superb Italian or Oh Calcutta [149 – 155 Parnell Road, Parnell t: +64 9 377 9090 www.ohcalcutta.co.nz] for incredibly

good Indian. Ponsonby is another foodie haven. Iconic spots include: Ponsonby Road Bistro [165 Ponsonby Road t: +64 9 360 1611 www.ponsonbyroadbistro.co.nz], Prego

[266 Ponsonby Road t: +64 9 376 3095 www.prego.co.nz] and Thai restaurant

0320 www.sawadee.co.nz].

High-end Restaurants

[SKYCITY Grand Hotel, 90 Federal Street t: +64 9 363 6365 www.skycityauckland.co.nz] or The Grove [St Patrick’s Square, Wyndham Street t: +64 9 368 4129 www.thegroverestaurant.co.nz].

Street Smarts City Essentials If you need them, contact Auckland Central Police Station [Cnr Vincent Street & Cook Street t: +64 9 302 6400], Auckland City Hospital [Park Road, Grafton t: +64 9 379 0000] or Auckland Metro Doctors

[17 Emily Place t: +64 9 373 4621].

The central post office is Wellesley Street Post Office [24 Wellesley Street]. Pick up CDs of Kiwi music at Real Groovy [438 Queen Street

t: +64 9 302 3940 www.realgroovy.co.nz] or books to read


Auckland Art Gallery on the road at Unity Books [19 High Street t: +64 9 307 0731 www.unitybooks. co.nz].

How to get around Get to and from the airport with: Airbus [t: +64 9 366 6400 www.airbus. co.nz] or Super Shuttle [NZ fp: 0800 748 885 www.supershuttle.co.nz]. Catch a taxi with Auckland Co-op Taxis [t: +64 9 300 3000 www.cooptaxi.co.nz] or go luxe with Hallmark Limousines & Chauffeur Drive [t: +64 9 258 5000 www.limos.co.nz].Local buses are operated by Maxx Regional Transport [t: +64 9 366 6400 www.maxx. co.nz] and the Link [t: +64 9 373 9100 www.maxx.co.nz/link] is one of the must useful bus routes. See the sights with a hop-on, hop-off pass on Auckland Explorer Bus [NZ fp: 0800 439 756 www. explorerbus.co.nz]. The train station is Britomart Station [8 – 10 Queen Street


Explore by sea with Sealink [11 Brigham

Street, Wynyard Quarter (Great Barrier ferry) or Ara Tai Drive, Half Moon Bay (Waiheke ferry) t: +64 9 300 5900 www.sealink.co.nz].

149 – 159 Quay Street, Viaduct Harbour, Auckland t +64 9 373 0800, e info@maritimemuseum.co.nz www. maritimemuseum.co.nz Open Daily 9am – 5pm (except Christmas)

Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki Auckland – Gallery

Cnr Kitchener Street and Wellesley Street, Auckland t +64 9 379 1349 www.aucklandartgallery.com Open Daily, 10am – 5pm (except Christmas Day) Price Free entry (charges may apply to special exhibitions)

Auckland Art Gallery is New Zealand’s most inspiring visual arts experience. Enter between majestic Kauri columns to explore four floors of exhibitions, seven centuries of art and one of Auckland’s most iconic buildings. Visit us and discover the world’s largest permanent collection of New Zealand art right in the heart of Auckland City. From the earliest European images of this seemingly faraway land to the most conceptual art of today, take a closer look at what inspires, delights and captivates New Zealanders.

Audio tours and guided tours available.

You’ll find rich

concentrations of

excellent eateries in a number of very

different parts of the city – the best part is that each area

has a flavour all of

its own so you can

enjoy a unique dining experience every

night of the week.

the wine Experience @ Seafood central auckland – wine Tasting

22 Jellicoe Street, Auckland Fish Market, Auckland t +64 9 373 8389 www.seafoodcentral.co.nz Open 7 days 10am – 6pm, Thu – Sun till late Image: Tourism Auckland

The Tasting Shed, Auckland

Let us take you on a journey to discover New Zealand’s story. Try your hand at yacht design, relax in the bach, hear the cannon fire, test your sea legs and batten down the hatches in the rocking cabin. Experience Auckland’s Waitemata Harbour aboard Ted Ashby (sailing Tue – Sun).

“The most exciting and innovative wine tasting of your life” Bob Campbell, Master of Wine. This wine-tasting experience takes you on an interactive journey to discover the best wines from around NZ. Distinguish your blueberries from your blackberries in our Aroma Sample Room and meet winemakers on film. Book at www.thewineexperience.co.nz. plan and book online at www.destination-nz.com I 081


Voyager NZ Maritime Museum auckland – museum


FIND OUT MORE There are i-SITE Visitor Information Centres at Auckland International Airport [Domestic Terminal t: +64 9 256

8480; International Terminal t: +64 9 275 6467], Princes Wharf [137 Quay Street t: +64 9 307 0615] and SKYCITY [Atrium, Cnr Victoria Street & Federal Street t: +64 9 363 7182].  Websites

www.maxx.co.nz www.aucklandnz.com

Around the Region Heading Out West West of Auckland, the Waitakere region is bordered by dramatic black-sand surf beaches such as Piha and Muriwai and framed by the lush forest-clad Waitakere Ranges. The wild landscape is the perfect setting for a myriad of outdoor adventures from surfing to hiking and canyoning. For those seeking a more relaxed pace, there are numerous wineries, as well as art and craft galleries to explore.

Where to Sleep In Piha, try Black Sands Lodge

[Apartments – Beach Valley Road cell: +64 21 969 924 www.pihabeach.co.nz/BlackSands-Lodge.htm] or Piha Beachstay [Backpackers – 38 Glenesk Road t: +64 9 812 8381 www.pihabeachstay.co.nz] and at Muriwai, try Muriwai Beach Motor Camp [451 Motutara Road t: +64 9 411 9262


What to Do Walkers should hike the Hillary Trail at Waitakere Ranges Regional Park. Also popular is biking at Woodhill Mountain Bike Park [Restall Road, Woodhill www.bikepark.co.nz]. Go canyoning with Canyonz [NZ fp: 0800 422 696 www.canyonz.co.nz] or try surfing with Muriwai Surf School [cell: +64

21 478 734 www.muriwaisurfschool.co.nz]. Wineries in West Auckland include

Coopers Creek [601 State Highway 16, Huapai t: +64 9 412 8560 www.cooperscreek. co.nz] and Kumeu River [550 State Highway 16, Kumeu t: +64 9 412 8415 www.kumeuriver.co.nz].

Eating & Drinking Look for winery restaurants or quirky cafés that suit the laid-back atmosphere. Try Hardware Café

[404 Titirangi Road, Titirangi t: +64 9 817 5059 www.hardwarecafe.org.nz], a relaxed and

unpretentious spot, or Soljans Estate

[366 State Highway 16, Kumeu t: +64 9 412 5858 www.soljans.co.nz], a family-owned winery and café.

Essential Information For more information, visit Arataki Visitor Centre [Scenic Drive, Oratia

t: +64 9 817 0077].

North of the Harbour Bridge The Hibiscus Coast is a popular beachside holiday spot or day-trip destination. Safe for swimming, beautiful Orewa Beach lies in the heart of the area, bordered by the cafés and shops of Orewa.

Where to Sleep Look for hotel, motel or B&B accommodation in Devonport, Takapuna and Orewa. Try Emerald Inn [Motel – 16 The Promenade, Takapuna

t: +64 9 488 3500 www.emerald-inn.co.nz], Orewa Backpackers [Backpackers – 2D Hammond Avenue, Hatfields Beach, Orewa NZ fp: 0800 426 8455 www.orewabackpackers. co.nz], Takapuna Beach Holiday Park [Holiday Park – 22 The Promenade, Takapuna t: +64 9 489 7909 www. takapunabeachholidaypark.co.nz] or The Spencer on Byron Hotel [Hotel – 9 – 17 Byron Avenue, Takapuna t: +64 9 916 6111 www.spencerbyron.co.nz]. What to Do Just north of Orewa are the popular hot pools at Waiwera Thermal Spa

Resort [21 Waiwera Road, Waiwera t: +64 9 427 8800 www.waiwera.co.nz]. Inland is Puhoi Historic Village where you can paddle on the Puhoi River with Puhoi River Canoe Hire [84 Puhoi Road

t: +64 9 422 0891 www.puhoirivercanoes. co.nz]. Also popular is Snowplanet [91 Small Road, Silverdale t: +64 9 427 0044 www. snowplanet.co.nz], an indoor ski slope.

Eating & Drinking Stop for coffee at Puhoi Valley Café & Cheese Store [275 Ahuroa Road, Puhoi


Essential Information For more information, talk to Devonport i-SITE [3 Victoria Road t: +64 9 446 0677], Takapuna i-SITE [49 Hurstmere Road t: +64 9 486 8670] or Orewa i-SITE [214A Hibiscus Coast Highway t: +64 9 426 0076]. Online, visit


Matakana Wine Country With a good range of amenities in a pretty riverside setting, Warkworth is the gateway to Matakana Coast Wine Country, a beguiling region offering a blend of beautiful beaches, wineries, farmers markets and a marine reserve.

Where to Sleep Leigh Sawmill Café [Backpackers/ Cottage/Lodge – 142 Pakiri Road, Leigh t: +64 9 422 6019 www.sawmillcafe.co.nz] is popular, or try Matakana House Motel [Motel – 975 Matakana Road, Matakana t: +64 9 422 7497 www.matakanamotel.co.nz] or Sandspit Holiday Park [Holiday Park – 1334 Sandspit Road, Matakana t: +64 9 425 8610 www.sandspitholidaypark.co.nz].

What to Do To explore the wineries, join a guided tour or pick up a trail map at Matakana and hit the road. Ascension Wine Estate [480 Matakana

Road, Matakana t: +64 9 422 9601 www.

City Hotspots The Auckland region is literally a hot spot! Hidden 100 kilometres

beneath the city is an extra-hot mantle and from time to time over the past 140,000 years it has erupted as volcanoes. There are 48 volcanic cones around the city – the most recent to erupt was Rangitoto, about 600 years ago. Today the cones are pleasant green oases and great lookout points. Mount Eden (Maungawhau), One Tree Hill (Maungakiekie) and North Head in Devonport are all excellent vantage points. 082 I LIVE, BREATHE AND EXPERIENCE NEW ZEALAND I destination-nz.com


Auckland Jet Boat Tours Auckland – Jet Boating

Voyager New Zealand Maritime Museum, Cnr Quay Street & Hobson Street, Auckland t +64 9 948 6657 NZ fp 0508 255 382 www.aucklandjetboattours.co.nz

New Zealand’s best adventure tour and a must-do in Auckland! Join us at the Viaduct Harbour on a twin 300 HP jet boat for 35 minutes of high-speed thrills and manoeuvres that include 180- and 270-degree spins as you travel up to 85 kph! Breathtaking scenery, Kiwi-style guided tour/ commentary; you’ll be up close with the Auckland City landscape and landmarks. Free entry to Voyager NZ Maritime Museum with every ticket sold.

Fullers Ferries & Island Tours Auckland – Ferry/Boat

360 Discovery


Pier 4, Quay Street, Downtown Auckland t +64 9 307 8005 NZ fp 0800 360 3472 e info@360discovery.co.nz www.360discovery.co.nz

Ferry Terminal, 99 Quay Street, Auckland t +64 9 367 9111 www.fullers.co.nz

Discover Auckland Harbour and the islands of the Hauraki Gulf with Fullers. From central Auckland we operate sailings to Waiheke Island (plus scenic and vineyard tours on the island), to Rangitoto Island (plus the Volcanic Explorer Tour), to Devonport Village (every 30 minutes) and to Motutapu Island. Daily Harbour Cruises at 10:30am and 1:30pm.

Auckland – Boat Cruises

Cruise to paradise and back with 360 Discovery. Visit an island paradise called Motuihe, soak in the heritage and culture of Coromandel Town or immerse yourself in history on Rotoroa Island. Experience a close encounter with Takahe on Tiritiri Matangi Island or enjoy a stop-off cruise around Auckland’s beautiful harbour. The choice is yours, book today!

America’s Cup Sailing Experience Auckland – Sailing

Viaduct Harbour, Auckland t +64 9 359 5987 NZ fp 0800 397 567 e info@explorenz.co.nz www.explorenz.co.nz

Join us for an unforgettable two-hour sail or a three-hour match race. Unique opportunity to participate as crew on an actual America’s Cup yacht. Take the helm, exert energy on the grinders or sit back and enjoy the action as we sail the beautiful Waitemata Harbour. Departs daily from the Auckland Viaduct; no experience necessary. Combine your America’s Cup experience with an Auckland Whale & Dolphin Safari!

Pride of Auckland Auckland – Sailing

Viaduct Harbour, Auckland t +64 9 359 5987 NZ fp 0800 397 567 e info@explorenz.co.nz www.explorenz.co.nz

The Pride of Auckland operates an impressive fleet of large, purpose-built yachts on the sheltered waters of Auckland’s Waitemata Harbour and is world-famous for its sailing and dining cruises. Join us for a 90-minute Harbour Sailing Cruise or a 2.5hour Dinner Cruise, and experience Auckland, the ‘City of Sails’, for what it is known for! The well-known Kermadec Restaurant provides catering for all cruises with tasty Kiwi fare.

Auckland Whale & Dolphin Safari Auckland – Wildlife Encounter

Viaduct Harbour, Auckland t +64 9 359 5987 NZ fp 0800 397 567 e info@explorenz.co.nz www.explorenz.co.nz

See whales and dolphins at the doorstep of Auckland! The Hauraki Gulf Marine Park is considered one of the most biologically and geographically diverse marine parks in the world. See dolphins, whales, sea birds and even penguins! Dolphins are viewed on over 90% and whales on 75% of our comfortable high-speed catamaran trips. Tours departs daily from the Auckland Viaduct. Dolphin viewing guaranteed! plan and book online at www.destination-nz.com I 083



11 Brigham Street, Wynyard Quarter (Great Barrier ferry) & Ara Tai Drive, Half Moon Bay (Waiheke ferry) t +64 9 300 5900 NZ fp 0800 732 546 www.sealink.co.nz

SeaLink operates car and passenger ferry services to Waiheke and Great Barrier, two sparkling islands in the Hauraki Gulf. Waiheke offers an eclectic mix of vineyards, galleries and artists, activities, cafés and restaurants. Great Barrier is an untouched paradise of pristine native bush, white-sand beaches and outdoor activities. Take your car for freedom and flexibility.

Auckland – Sightseeing

1 Solent Street, Mechanics Bay, Auckland t: +64 9 377 4406 www.helilink.co.nz

Helilink is the exclusive helicopter company based at Auckland’s only downtown heli-port at Mechanics Bay, a convenient five minutes’ drive from the central city. Helilink offers a range of exciting excursions, including scenic flights, heli-dining, heli-fishing, heli overnight excursions, heli four-track adventures, airport transfers, personalised corporate New Zealand tours and much more.

Explore the Goat Island Marine Reserve at Leigh with Glass Bottom Boat [Goat Island Road t: +64 9 422 6334 www.glassbottomboat.co.nz] or Goat Island Dive [142A Pakiri Road t: +64 9 422

6925 www.goatislanddive.co.nz].

Other things to do include the Matakana Farmers Market [Matakana Village], Sheepworld [State Highway

1, Warkworth t: +64 9 425 7444 www. sheepworldfarm.co.nz] or riding with Pakiri Beach Horse Riding [t: +64 9 422 6275 www.horseride-nz.co.nz].

Eating & Drinking Ginger Café [21 Queen Street, Warkworth] is an appealing little artisan café. Leigh Sawmill Café [142 Pakiri Road, Leigh www.sawmillcafe.co.nz] is an institution in these parts. Sip wines from neighbouring vineyards or beers from the in-house micro brewery.

What to Do Pay a visit to Kawau Island Mansion House [Kawau Island t: +64 9 422 8882 www.doc.govt.nz] or Stony Batter Historic Reserve [Between Hooks Bay

& Opopo Bay, Waiheke Island t: +64 9 379 6476 www.doc.govt.nz]. Go kayaking with Aotea Kayaks [Tryphena, Great Barrier Island t: +64 9 429 0664] or Ross Adventures [Matiatia, Waiheke Island t: +64 9 372 5550 www.kayakwaiheke.co.nz].

Helilink Limited

ascensionwine.co.nz], Brick Bay Wines [Arabella Lane, Snells Beach t: +64 9 425 4690 www.brickbay.co.nz] and Ransom Wines [46 Valerie Close, Mahurangi t: +64 9 425 8862 www.ransomwines.co.nz] are worth a look.

Villas – 141 – 145 The Strand, Onetangi Beach, Waiheke Island t: +64 9 372 4484 www. thesandswaiheke.co.nz]. On Great Barrier Island, try Earthsong Lodge [Lodge – 38 Medland Road, Tryphena t: +64 9 429 0030 www.earthsong.co.nz] or Orama Oasis [Backpackers/Holiday Park/Cottages – Karaka Bay Road t: +64 9 429 0063 www.orama. org.nz].

Essential Information To find out more, try Matakana Information Centre [Matakana Village t: +64 9 442 7433] or Warkworth i-SITE [Baxter Street t: +64 9 425 9081]. Online, visit www.matakanacoast.com.

Hauraki Gulf & Islands Hauraki Gulf is dotted with more than 50 islands, many of which are easily accessible by ferry from downtown Auckland. Each island has its own unique character: Waiheke offers wine-tasting and great beaches, Tiritiri Matangi is a sanctuary for native birds and Kawau is home to historic Mansion House.

Where to Sleep On Waiheke Island try, Lavender Hill [Lodge – 59 Church Bay Road, Church

Bay t: +64 9 372 8685 www.lavenderhillluxury.com], The Boatshed Boutique Seaside Hotel [Boutique Hotel – Cnr Tawa Street & Huia Street, Little Oneroa t: +64 9 372 3242 www.boatshed.co.nz] or The Sands Waiheke Island [Apartments/


Exploring the Waiheke wineries is a popular pastime. Try Goldie Wines

[18 Causeway Road, Putiki Bay t: +64 9 372 7493 www.thegoldieroom.co.nz] or Saratoga Estate [72 Onetangi Road t: +64 9 372 6450 www.saratogaestate.com]. Eating & Drinking There is a range of excellent winery restaurants on Waiheke Island. Try Cable Bay Vineyards [12 Nick Johnstone

Drive, Oneroa t: +64 9 372 5889 www. cablebayvineyards.co.nz] or Mudbrick [126 Church Bay Road, Oneroa t: +64 9 372 9050 www.mudbrick.co.nz]. Otherwise, look

for cosy cafés and relaxed restaurants. Try Nourish Café [3 Belgium Street, Ostend www.nourish.co.nz], Spice Wine Bar Café [153 Ocean View Road, Oneroa www. spicecafe.co.nz], Stefano’s [18 Hamilton

Road, Surfdale t: +64 9 372 5309 www.stef. co.nz] or Vino Vino [153 Ocean View Road, Oneroa t: +64 9 372 9888 www.vinovino. co.nz]. On Great Barrier Island, try The

Currach Irish Pub & Pohutukawa Lodge [Pah Beach, Tryphena t: +64 9 429

0211 www.currachirishpub.co.nz]. Essential Information

There are taxis/shuttles on Waiheke and Great Barrier Islands. Try Waiheke Independent Taxis [NZ fp: 0800 300 372] or Great Barrier Travel [t: +64 9 429 0474 www.greatbarriertravel.co.nz]. For further information, contact Waiheke Island i-SITE [118 Ocean View Road, Oneroa t: +64 9 372 1234]. Online, visit www.waihekenz.com.


Images: Tourism Auckland

Fullers Waiheke Vineyard Tour Waiheke Island is a must-see Auckland destination – a little slice of idyllic bohemian charm just a short boat ride away from downtown Auckland. Do as the commuters do and catch a ferry at the bottom Queen Street for a day or two of cycling, hiking, wine tasting, art gallery combing or just lazing about on the beach. There’s lodge accommodation on the island for a range of budgets, or rent a bach (holiday house) for the ultimate Kiwi experience. plan and book online at www.destination-nz.com I 085

subtropical north


Discover the roots of New Zealand’s human history in a region blessed with a spectacular range of coastal scenery and bathed in subtropical warmth. A wealth of activities are available ranging from sailing to the thrill of sand-tobogganing.

Te Paki sand dunes, Northland

Image: Destination Northland

Cape Reinga

Explore the REgion From ancient forests to a coastline etched with quiet coves and whitesand beaches, Northland is a place of contrasts. It’s tranquil and unhurried – a place where you can spend days sailing amid unpopulated islands and then dine at a marina restaurant. In a region dense with history, the line between past and present thins in forests that have stood for millennia and on harbours where settlers first dipped oars many centuries ago.

toilets. Paihia Base for exploring the Bay of Islands. Opua Main marina in the Bay of Islands. Waitangi Home to the Waitangi Treaty Grounds. Kerikeri History, fresh produce and craft galleries. Kaitaia Last major town before Cape Reinga. Ahipara Southern end of Ninety Mile Beach. Omapere & Opononi Hokianga villages popular for beach holidays. Dargaville Main centre on Northland’s west coast. Matakohe Visit the Kauri Museum.

Regional Destinations

Getting There & Around

Mangawhai White-sand beaches just 90 minutes’ drive from Auckland. Waipu Country village with a Scottish flavour. Whangarei NZ’s northernmost city. Tutukaka Gateway to the Poor Knights Islands. Kawakawa Famous for its Hundertwasser-designed public

Air Whangarei, Kerikeri and Kaitaia airports offer domestic flights. Road Access from Auckland is via SH 1 on the east coast and SH 12 on the west – together they form the Twin Coast Discovery Highway. The Northern Gateway Toll Road costs NZ$2.20 for cars, but shortens the journey


Do It!  Explore history at the Waitangi Treaty Grounds.  Take a 4WD trip to Cape Reinga.  Visit Tane Mahuta Kauri tree in Waipoua Forest. to Northland by about 15 minutes. Coaches operate between main centres. Ferry Vehicle ferries operate across the Hokianga Harbour between Rawene and Kohukohu, and across the Bay of Islands between Opua and Okiato. Passenger-only services operate between Paihia and Russell.

Events to Catch  Waitangi Day Festival [6 Feb]


 Russell Birdman [Jul]



seaside villages.

Rangaunu Bay

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Karikari Peninsula Tokerau Beach Doubtless Bay Stephenson Is Mangonui Taipa Taupo Bay Cavalli Is Waipapakauri Beach Awanui 10 Whangaroa Takou Bay Kaitaia Kaeo Ahipara Bay Bay of 1 Mangamuka Islands Ahipara Tauroa Point Bridge Waitangi Kerikeri Herekino Broadwood Russell Paihia Okaihau Herekino Harbour Opua Lake Kohukohu Ohaeawai Omapere Whangape Harbour Kawakawa Rawene Moerewa Kaikohe Ninety Mile Beach

Take a 4WD tour

Houhora Heads

Opononi Omapere

Hokianga Harbour

along the white

Northland Forest Park


Waipoua Forest

sands of Ninety

Aranga Beach

Mile Beach to

Lake Taharoa

Cape Reinga.

Hokianga Harbour


Beautiful and wild

time playground

dotted with islands. Cape Brett

Whangaruru North Whangaruru South Poor Knights Islands Whananaki

Matapouri Hikurangi Tutukaka Ngunguru Ngunguru Bay


Maungatapere 14 Portland Marsden Point


Bream Head


Hen & Chicken Islands Bream Bay 1 Te Kopuru 12 Langs Beach Paparoa Maungaturoto Matakohe Ruawai Pahi Mangawhai Kaiwaka

Baylys Beach

mangrove-lined harbour.


Bay of Islands

Subtropical mari-


Tinopai North Head Kaipara Harbour

Warkworth 16


18 Major urban area Town State Highway


Other road Railway Walking track


Spring (Sep – Nov)

Mean daily max/min temperature 19/11˚C • 66/52˚F Average rainfall/wet days 109 mm • 10 days

Summer (Dec – Feb)

Autumn (Mar – May)

Winter (Jun – Aug)

24/15˚C • 75/59˚F 98 mm • 8 days

20/13˚C • 68/55˚F 130 mm • 10 days

16/8˚C • 61/46˚F 159 mm • 14 days

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Cape Reinga Tom Departure point for spirits at the Bowling Cape North Bay Reinga Spirits northern tip of mainland NZ. Cape Bay Cape Maria Te Hapua van Diemen Parengarenga Harbour Waitiki Landing Doubtless Bay Great Exhibition Bay Superb beaches and Te Kao

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 Bay of Islands Jazz & Blues

Where to Sleep


 Breakaway Retreat [McLeod Bay –

Festival [Aug]

 Labour Weekend Coastal Classic

Regatta [Oct] www.coastalclassic.co.nz

Beach Life on the East Coast An essential stop along the Twin Coast Discovery Highway for most visitors, the east coast of Northland is an easy drive north of Auckland and, with a coastline that boasts numerous beautiful beaches, it’s a popular summer holiday destination for Kiwis. The Tutukaka Coast, Whangarei Heads, Waipu and Bream Bay are all enticing beachside destinations and each has a unique character all of its own. Within easy reach of the beaches is Whangarei; with a population hovering around 50,000, it’s the only city in Northland. With a good selection of facilities, eateries and shops, and a marina right at its heart, it is an ideal base for boating, fishing and exploring.

Highlights Cruise to the Poor Knights Islands – one of the world’s best dive sites. Soak up Scottish history in Waipu Village. Ride the surf on the Tutukaka Coast. Beach-hop along the white sands of Bream Bay.

Holiday Home] 1856 Whangarei Heads Road t: +64 9 434 0711 www.breakawayretreat.co.nz  Little Earth Lodge [Whangarei – Backpackers] 85 Abbey Caves Road t: +64 9 430 6562 www.littleearthlodge.co.nz  Lodge Bordeaux [Whangarei – Motel] 361 Western Hills Drive t: +64 9 438 0404 www.lodgebordeaux.co.nz  Pacific Rendezvous Ocean View

Motel [Tutukaka – Motel] 73 Motel Road t: +64 9 434 3847 www.pacificrendezvous.co.nz  Tutukaka Holiday Park

[Tutukaka – Holiday Park] 285 Matapouri Road t: +64 9 434 3938 www.tutukaka-holidaypark.co.nz

By Day Experience Top Kiwi Beach Getaways Tutukaka Coast Gateway to the famous Poor Knights Islands Marine Reserve, Tutukaka is home to a marina where you can join a diving adventure, fishing charter or laidback cruise. [www.tutukakacoastnz.com] Waipu and Bream Bay From Pohutukawa-fringed Waipu Cove and Langs Beach to the wide-open expanse of Ruakaka, there’s no shortage of sun, sand and surf in Bream Bay. [www.breambay.co.nz]

Poor Knights Islands Marine Reserve A unique blend of subtropical and temperate currents at the Poor Knights Islands allows a remarkable diversity of marine life to thrive – the late Jacques Cousteau described the area as one of the world’s top dive locations. The water is very clear and the underwater landscape is extraordinarily beautiful, featuring arches, tunnels and caves. This special place is protected as a marine reserve and the islands themselves are a nature reserve and considered tapu by Maori, so no landing on the islands is permitted. Visitors are welcome at the marine reserve, though, so join a cruise or dive excursion and get exploring!

Kokohuia Lodge Hokianga Harbour – B&B 101 Kokohuia Road, Omapere t +64 21 779 927 www.kokohuialodge.co.nz Our luxury funky eco B&B has

stunning views of the harbour and sand dunes. Perched above the native bush, and accommodating one couple only, it is sophisticated, private and beautifully designed. Dinner on request. Internet available. 088 I LIVE, BREATHE AND EXPERIENCE NEW ZEALAND I destination-nz.com

Whangarei Heads Whangarei Heads is home to numerous great beaches from the sheltered bays of Whangarei Harbour to the fivekilometre stretch of sand at Ocean Beach. [www.whangareiheadstourism.co.nz]

Things to Do  Claphams National Clock

Museum [Whangarei – Museum] Quayside Town Basin, Dent Street t: +64 9 438 3993 www.claphamsclocks.co.nz  Dive! Tutukaka [Tutukaka – Diving] Poor Knights Dive Centre, Marina Road t: +64 9 434 3867 www.diving.co.nz  Perfect Day Ocean Cruise

[Tutukaka – Boat Cruise/Kayaking/Diving] Poor Knights Dive Centre, Marina Road NZ fp: 0800 288 882 www.aperfectday.co.nz  Tutukaka Surf Experience

[Tutukaka – Surfing] Marina Drive t: +64 9 434 4135 www.tutukakasurf.co.nz  Waipu Museum [Waipu – Museum] 36 The Centre t: +64 9 432 0746 www.waipumuseum.com  Whangarei Museum, Kiwi House

& Heritage Park [Whangarei – Gallery] 500 State Highway 14, Manu t: +64 9 438 9630 www.kiwinorth.co.nz

Discover Retail Therapy  Tuatara [Whangarei – Shop] 29 Bank Street t: +64 9 430 0121 www.tuataradesignstore.co.nz

cafÉs In Whangarei, try Nectar [88 Bank Street www.nectarcafe.co.nz] and at Whangarei Heads visit The Deck Café [1 Reotahi Road t: +64 9 434 0866], an unpretentious place that serves good wine as well as great fish and chips!

bars & Restaurants  a’Deco Restaurant [Whangarei – Fine

Dining Restaurant] 70 Kamo Road t: +64 9 459 4957 Elegant Art Deco dining rooms

and subtropical gardens for lunch or drinks.  Brauhaus Frings [Whangarei – Pub/

Brewery] 104 Dent Street t: +64 9 438 4664 http://frings.co.nz/ One of New Zealand’s

oldest micro-breweries, the Brauhaus combines well-crafted beer with a relaxed atmosphere.  Killer Prawn Restaurant Bar & Pizzeria [Whangarei – International

Restaurant/Bar] 26 – 28 Bank Street t: +64 9 430 3333 www.killerprawn.co.nz

Street Smarts how to get around  Salt Air Xpress [Whangarei – Airline]

Whangarei Airport t: +64 9 402 8338 www.saltair.co.nz

Find out more Visit Whangarei i-SITE [92 Otaika Road

t: +64 9 438 1079].  Websites

www.destination-nz.com www.whangareinz.com www.whangareiheadstourism.co.nz

Bay of Islands The Bay of Islands is one of New Zealand’s most popular tourist destinations – and no wonder! Sheltered coves, glorious white-sand beaches and dozens of islands, all in a mild subtropical climate, make this the ultimate maritime playground, perfect for boating, fishing, kayaking, dolphin spotting and swimming. This is the birthplace of New Zealand as a nation; the place where the Treaty of Waitangi was signed in 1840.

Highlights Watch an authentic Maori cultural show at the Waitangi Treaty Grounds. Go swimming with dolphins in the warm coastal waters. Catch the passenger ferry from Paihia to Russell. Follow the Kerikeri Art & Craft Trail to find hidden treasures in artists’ studios. Take a boat cruise through a flotilla of islands to the Hole in the Rock. Skydive over blue water studded with green islands.

Must-visit Destinations Paihia The main town in the bay and departure point for cruises, fishing charters and sailing adventures, Paihia offers a good range of accommodation, eateries and shops. Kerikeri Famous for lush subtropical orchards and roadside stalls selling avocados and citrus, as well as an art and craft trail and wellness retreats. Russell Known in centuries gone by as a lawless port teeming with whalers, sailors and escaped convicts,

Kingsgate Hotel Autolodge Paihia Paihia – Hotel

104 Marsden Road, Paihia t +64 9 402 7416 NZ fp 0800 652 929 www.kingsgateautolodge.co.nz

Located on the waterfront and only 100 metres from Paihia wharf and township, the Kingsgate Hotel Autolodge Paihia is the ideal base from which to explore the Bay of Islands area. Our friendly staff will ensure you have a great stay. Air-conditioned rooms, restaurant, bar, swimming pool, hot tub, games room and complimentary bicycles. All our hot water is supplied by solar hot-water systems.

Casa Bella Motel Paihia – Motel

3 MacMurray Road, Paihia, Bay of Islands t +64 9 402 7387 NZ fp 0800 800 810 e casa.bel.res@xtra.co.nz www.casabellamotel.co.nz

Quiet and relaxed, and just an easy ten-minute waterfront walk from the town centre, wharf and restaurants. On-site swimming pool and hot spa, tennis courts and BBQ. Guest laundry. Local courtesy car. Breakfasts available. 21 units, all with kitchenettes and serviced daily. Relax in our stunning sub-tropical gardens!


73 Motel Road, Tutukaka, Whangarei t +64 9 434 3847 NZ fp 0800 999 800 e pacific@igrin.co.nz www.pacificrendezvous.co.nz

30 self-contained units on a 26-acre peninsula overlooking Tutukaka Harbour with views to Poor Knights Islands. Enjoy private beaches, spa and swimming pool, playground and games room with table tennis and pool table. Five minutes’ drive from Tutukaka Marina restaurants and bars. On-site managers here to help you plan fishing/diving trips or coastal walks.

Russell Cottages Russell – Cottages

16 Chapel Street, Russell NZ fp 0800 131 617 e enquiries@russellcottages.co.nz www.russellcottages.com

Luxurious accommodation in a tranquil setting. 15 stand-alone self-contained, five-star-standard cottages, offering private balconies, separate lounge and dining areas, serviced daily. Guest rooms feature 32” LCD TVs, DVD players, music system, fully equipped kitchen and laundry, in-room internet access, secure parking for two cars, heated swimming pool and spa, BBQ facilities and a gas log open fireplace. Perfect for all occasions.

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Whangarei icon that’s served superfresh and innovative seafood for more than a decade. Upstairs, there’s a pizzeria with wood-fired oven.

northland NORTH ISLAND

today Russell is a charming village full of cafés and galleries. Waitangi A beautifully tranquil 506-hectare waterside estate, at the Waitangi Treaty House and Grounds visitors can see the Treaty House and Te Whare Runanga, a fully carved Maori Meeting House.

Where to Sleep  Arcadia Lodge [Russell – B&B] 10 Florance Avenue t: +64 9 403 7756 www.arcadialodge.co.nz  Beachside Holiday Park [Paihia – Holiday Park] 1290 State Highway 11 t: +64 9 402 7678 www.beachsideholiday.co.nz  Casa Bella Motel [Paihia – Motel] 3 MacMurray Road t: +64 9 402 7387 www.casabellamotel.co.nz  Edgewater Palms [Paihia – Apartments] 8 – 10 Marsden Road t: +64 9 402 0090 www.ramadapaihia.co.nz The ultimate in luxury accommodation awaits at the new Edgewater Palms. On the beach and just five minutes’ walk to town.  Kingsgate Hotel Autolodge

Paihia [Paihia – Hotel] 104 Marsden Road

t: +64 9 402 7416 www.kingsgateautolodge.co.nz  Russell Cottages [Russell – Cottages] 16 Chapel Street NZ fp: 0800 131 617 www.russellcottages.co.nz  The Duke of Marlborough Hotel

[Russell – Hotel] 35 The Strand t: +64 9 403 7829 www.theduke.co.nz  YHA Bay Of Islands Paihia [Paihia – Backpacker hostel] Cnr Kings & MacMurray Roads, Paihia t: +64 9 402 7487 NZ fp: 0800 278 299 e: book@yha.co.nz www.yha.co.nz Just 100 metres from a beautiful beach,

YHA Paihia offers a high standard of accommodation in the Bay of Islands. This comfortable backpacker is right in the hub of the buzzing Paihia night life, but you’ll leave the noise as soon as you step into your room. Relax in a peaceful and comfortable environment and dine in the covered outdoor area.

By Day Experience Birthplace of a Nation The Bay of Islands has proved irresistible since the earliest days of human habitation in New Zealand – it had long been populated by Maori by the time Captain James Cook, the first European visitor, arrived in 1769. Delve into the past by visiting the local historic sites.  Culture North Night Show [Paihia

– Maori Culture] Tau Henare Drive, Waitangi t: +64 9 402 5990 www.culturenorth.co.nz

 Kerikeri Mission House, NZ

Historic Places Trust [Kerikeri – Heritage Attraction] 246 Kerikeri Road t: +64 9 407 9236 www.historic.org.nz  Pompallier Mission [Russell – Heritage Attraction] The Strand t: +64 9 403 9015 www.pompallier.co.nz  Russell Museum [Russell – Museum] 2 York Street t: +64 9 403 7701 www.russellmuseum.org.nz  Stone Store [Kerikeri Basin – Heritage Attraction] 246 Kerikeri Road t: +64 9 407 9236  Waitangi Treaty Grounds [Paihia – Maori Culture/Heritage] 1 Tau Henare Drive, Waitangi t: +64 9 402 7437 www.waitangi.net.nz

Place of Spirits Cape Reinga offers astonishing coastal views. Far

below (290 metres, to be precise), the Tasman Sea and Pacific Ocean meet in a turbulent clash, producing waves up to 10 metres high

in a phenomenon known as the Columbia Maelstrom. According to Maori legend, this is where departing souls leave to travel back to

the ancestral homeland of Hawaiki. The 800-year-old Pohutukawa

Ways to See the Bay What you see on land is just a small portion of this place’s magic – much more lies offshore, in private coves and on shimmering waterways. Cruising and sailing adventures Departing from the main wharf in town, many cruises visit the Hole in the Rock off Cape Brett – some even pass right through it! Sailing is another exciting way to see the many different bays and islands. Fishing charters The Bay of Islands has been famous for fishing since Zane Grey, American writer and adventurer, visited in the 1920s. With species from marlin to shark, tuna and kingfish, this is one of the world’s foremost game fishing destinations. Russell ferry For a budget-friendly cruise, hop aboard a ferry to Russell. Passenger ferries depart from Paihia Wharf, while just down the road at Opua a car ferry departs every ten minutes throughout the day. Dolphin swimming The Bay of Islands is inhabited by several species of dolphins, whales and penguins. Any boat trip offers the chance to spot the local marine wildlife, but some cruises enable visitors to enter the water and swim with dolphins!  Coastal Kayakers [Paihia – Kayaking]

Paihia Ferry Building, Paihia Wharf t: +64 9 402 8015 www.adventure-hq.co.nz  Dolphin Discoveries [Paihia – Dolphin Swimming/Wildlife Cruise] Cnr Marsden Road & Williams Road NZ fp: 0800 365 744 www.explorenz.co.nz  Explore NZ [Paihia – Boat Cruises/ Wildlife/Sailing] Cnr Williams Road & Marsden Road t: +64 9 402 8234 www.explorenz.co.nz  Mack Attack [Paihia – Jet Boating] Paihia Wharf Building t: +64 9 402 8180 www.mackattack.co.nz  Sail NZ – Lion New Zealand [Paihia – Sailing] Cnr Marsden Road & Williams Road NZ fp: 0800 365 744 www.explorenz.co.nz

Things to do

on the cliff is sacred to Maori and should be left well alone.

 Salt Air [Paihia – Flight-seeing]

PAIHIA DIVE Paihia – Diving Williams Road

 Skydive Ballistic Blondes [Paihia –

t +64 9 402 7551 www.divenz.com Discover the wonders of the Bay of Islands with Paihia Dive. Daily dives to the wrecks of The Rainbow Warrior and HMNZS Canterbury, explore the caves, arches and reefs of Cave Brett and visit The Hole in the Rock. Learn to dive with Paihia’s longest-running dive shop. 090 I LIVE, BREATHE AND EXPERIENCE NEW ZEALAND I destination-nz.com

Next to Paihia Wharf, Marsden Road t: +64 9 402 8338 www.saltair.co.nz

Skydiving] 1 Davis Crescent cell: +64 21 519 577 www.skydiveballisticblondes.co.nz

 Destination Urupukapuka Island

[Paihia – Cruise] Cnr Marsden Road & Williams Road t: +64 9 403 7009 www.explorenz.co.nz  Dune Rider [Paihia – Tours] Cnr Marsden Road & Williams Road NZ fp: 0800 365 744 www.explorenz.co.nz  Russell Mini Tours [Russell – Tour] t: +64 9 403 7866 NZ fp: 0800 646 486 www.russellminitours.com Culinary Experiences

dive! tutukaka

Dolphin Discoveries

Whangarei – Diving

Paihia – Wildlife Encounters

 Makana Confections Kerikeri

Poor Knights Dive Centre, Marina Road, Tutukaka t +64 9 434 3867 NZ fp 0800 288 882 e info@diving.co.nz www.diving.co.nz

Cnr Marsden Road & Williams Road, Paihia NZ fp 0800 365 744 e bayofislands@explorenz.co.nz www.explorenz.co.nz

The only multi-boat, full-service dive operator at the Poor Knights Islands with OSH-certified crew, PADI 5* IDC training, air fills, retail sales and gear hire. Passionate and committed to our sustainable environment, we pride ourselves on making your day a happy, friendly one, with great diving and impeccable service! Multiple boats means sites tailored to your ability.

Discover the Bay ‘Hole in the Rock’ Cruise Experience the worldrenowned ‘Hole in the Rock’. While cruising the famous Bay of Islands you’ll see dolphins, whales, birds and other wildlife. Island stop at Otehei Bay (Urupukapuka Island) and lifetime dolphin viewing guarantee. Dolphin Swim Live a lifelong dream and swim with dolphins alongside these beautiful marine mammals in their world! You’ll see them right up close.

[Kerikeri – Gourmet Food Store] 504 Kerikeri Road t: +64 9 407 6800 www.makana.co.nz Rest & Relax  La Spa Naturale [Paihia – Day Spa]

116 Marsden Road t: +64 9 402 0111 www.paihiabeach.co.nz

 Ora Ora Eco Wellness Resort

[Kerikeri – Resort/Spa] 28 Landing Road t: +64 9 407 3598 www.oraoraresort.co.nz Retail Therapy  Just Imagine [Russell – Gallery/Shop] 25 York Street t: +64 9 403 8360 www.justimagine.co.nz  Haratu [Russell – Gallery/Shop] Cnr The Strand & Pitt Street t: +64 9 403 7212 http://kororarekanz.com

cafÉs Stop off at Waikokopu Café [Waitangi Treaty Grounds www.waikokopu.co.nz] for award-winning fare in the heart of the Waitangi Treaty Grounds.

By Night bars  Duke of Marlborough Hotel

Dune Rider – Cape Reinga Paihia – Tour

Cnr Marsden Road & Williams Road, Paihia NZ fp 0800 365 744 e bayofislands@explorenz.co.nz www.explorenz.co.nz

Make your way up to Cape Reinga while travelling to Gumdigger’s Park, and drive along the famous Ninety Mile Beach. Climb the giant sand dunes and toboggan back down. Enjoy magnificent sweeping views where the Tasman Sea and the Pacific Ocean meet at New Zealand’s northernmost tip, and visit the world-famous Mangonui Fish Shop. Lunch included.

[Russell – Restaurant/Bar] 35 The Strand t: +64 9 403 7829 www.theduke.co.nz Great

Fascinating commentary on historical and cultural highlights along the way.

food on the waterfront. In 1840, the Duke of Marlborough became the first licensed hotel in New Zealand.  Frank’s Pizza Bar and Café [Paihia –

Paihia – Sailing

Café/Bar] 68 Marsden Road t: +64 9 402 7590

 Rocksalt [Kerikeri – Bar] 1050 Kerikeri

Road t: +64 9 407 1050 www.rock-salt.co.nz

restaurants  35 Degrees South Aquarium

Restaurant & Bar [Paihia – New Zealand Restaurant/Bar] 69 Marsden Road t: +64 9 402 6220 www.35south.co.nz  Darryl’s Dinner Cruises [Paihia – Barbecue Cruise] Paihia Wharf

Sail NZ – Lion New Zealand Cnr Marsden Road & Williams Road, Paihia NZ fp 0800 365 744 e bayofislands@ explorenz.co.nz www.explorenz.co.nz

The ultimate day sail on New Zealand’s most famous maxi yacht! Enjoy a fresh BBQ lunch on board and activities such as kayaking, snorkelling and nature walks on one of the islands, or simply kick back and enjoy the island atmosphere. Join the dedicated Swim with the Dolphins trip in the morning and jump ship in time for lunch and island activities. plan and book online at www.destination-nz.com I 091

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Discover See the Sights

northland NORTH ISLAND

t: +64 9 402 7127 www.dinnercruise.co.nz Catch a dinner cruise and soak up the glorious scenery. Nightly cruises depart from the Paihia Wharf.  Pure Tastes [Paihia – International

Where to Sleep  Bellovista [Ahipara – Motel]

68 Foreshore Road t: +64 9 409 4534 www.bellovista.co.nz

Restaurant] 116 Marsden Road t: +64 9 402 0003 www.paihiabeach.co.nz  The Black Olive [Kerikeri – International Restaurant] 308 Kerikeri Road t: +64 9 407 9693 www.theblackolive.net

 Cavalli Beach House Retreat [Kaeo – B&B] Mahinepua Road t: +64 9 405 1049 www.cavallibeachhouse.com  Doubtless Bay Lodge [Mangonui – B&B] 33 Cable Bay Block Road t: +64 9 406 1661 www.doubtlessbaylodge.co.nz

Street Smarts

 Ninety Mile Beach Holiday Park

The Essentials  Medical Centre [Russell – Medical Services] Church Street t: +64 9 403 7690  Medical Services [Paihia – Medical Services] Selwyn Road t: +64 9 402 8407

Find out more See Paihia i-SITE [The Wharf, Marsden

[Waipapakauri – Holiday Park] 6 Matai Street t: +64 9 406 7298 www.ninetymilebeach.co.nz  Puketiti Lodge [Mangonui – Backpackers] 10 Puketiti Drive t: +64 9 406 0369 www.puketitilodge.co.nz  Taipa Bay Resort [Doubtless Bay – Apartments] 22 Taipa Point Road t: +64 9 406 0656 www.taipabay.co.nz

Road t: +64 9 402 7345]


 Websites

Exploring Cape Reinga and Ninety Mile Beach

www.destination-nz.com www.visitnorthland.co.nz

Far North The northernmost tip of New Zealand’s North Island is a remote and magical place where vast stretches of beach and immense sand dunes form a wild backdrop to a range of adventure activities. Kaitaia is New Zealand’s northernmost town and the gateway to iconic sights such as Cape Reinga and Ninety Mile Beach. Pause here to join a guided tour or stock up on groceries – amenities are scarce further north along the Aupouri Peninsula.

Highlights Join a 4WD tour to the tip of Cape Reinga. Sand-toboggan down massive dunes at Ninety Mile Beach. Discover gum-digging history at Ahipara. Eat fish ’n’ chips at the famous Mangonui chip shop in Doubtless Bay.

The road to Cape Reinga is partially unsealed and the alternative, Ninety Mile Beach itself, can be hazardous to vehicles – it’s not uncommon to see stranded cars that have become bogged down. For these reasons, most car hire companies do not permit their vehicles to be driven to the Cape and the best option is to join a guided tour. Day tours depart from the Bay of Islands or Kaitaia and many include sand-tobogganing. This unique thrill involves climbing to the top of a sand dune and sliding down on a boogie board!  Dune Rider [Paihia – Tours] Cnr Marsden

Road & Williams Road NZ fp: 0800 365 744 www.explorenz.co.nz

 Far North Outback Adventures

[Kaitaia – Tours] t: +64 9 406 7460 www.farnorthtours.co.nz  Paradise 4X4 [Mangonui – Tours] Doubtless Bay t: +64 9 408 2101 www.paradisenz.co.nz Coastal Treasure in Doubtless Bay

The eastern coastline of the Far North is a tranquil subtropical paradise of pretty beaches and café-studded Lord Of The Forest Tane

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villages. Featuring glorious beaches including Coopers Beach and Cable Bay, Doubtless Bay is popular for swimming, kayaking, fishing and boating. Mangonui is the main centre and, apart from its famous fish ’n’ chip shop, the village is known for its art and craft galleries and cafés. Sheltering Doubtless Bay is Karikari Peninsula, home to Carrington Resort, with its hotel and golf course, and Karikari Estate Vineyard and Winery.

Things to do  Ahipara Adventure Centre

[Ahipara – Tours] 15 Takahe Road t: +64 9 409 2055 www.ahiparaadventure.co.nz  Ahipara Treks [Ahipara – Horse Trekking] Foreshore Road t: +64 9 409 4122  Ancient Kauri Kingdom [Kaitaia – Attraction] 229 State Highway 1, Awanui t: +64 9 406 7172 www.ancientkauri.co.nz  Northland Sea Kayaking [Tauranga Bay – Kayaking] Tauranga Bay t: +64 9 405 0381 www.northlandseakayaking.co.nz

Discover Culinary Experiences  Okahu Estate Winery [Kaitaia –

Winery] Cnr Okahu Road & Awaroa Road t: +64 9 408 2066 www.okahuestate.co.nz Retail Therapy

 Flax Bush [Mangonui – Shop]

50 Waterfront Drive t: +64 9 406 1510 www.flaxbush.co.nz

cafés Birdies Café [14 Commerce Street, Kaitaia t: +64 9 408 4935] in the heart of Kaitaia gets consistently good reviews.

By Night Restaurants Cheap Eats  Mangonui Fish Shop [Mangonui – Takeaways] 137 Waterfront Drive t: +64 9 406 0478 World-famous in New

Zealand! Fresh locally caught fish served up as the nation’s favourite deep-fried treat. Smoked fish, fresh fish and salads also available.

Restaurants Try Beachcomber Restaurant [222 Commerce Street, Kaitaia t: +64 9 408 2010 www.beachcomber.net.nz] or Karikari Estate [Matai Bay Road, Karikari Peninsula

which offers incredible views from its cliff-top vantage point.

Street Smarts how to get around  Busabout Kaitaia [Kaitaia – Bus] 190 Pukepoto Road t: +64 9 408 1092 www.cbec.co.nz

Find out more Visit Kaitaia i-SITE [Centennial Park, South

Road t: +64 9 408 0879]

 Websites

www.destination-nz.com www.kaitaia.net.nz

Northland’s Wild West Coast The west coast of Northland is a patchwork of rural landscapes, country towns and some of New Zealand’s largest remaining forests of Kauri trees. Dargaville, the main centre, offers a good range of amenities beside the mighty Northern Wairoa River. North of the Kauri Coast, the Hokianga is a beautiful, unpretentious place of mangroves and quaint villages.

Highlights Visit Tane Mahuta, a 1,500-year-old Kauri tree in Waipoua Forest. Explore local history in the Kauri Museum at Matakohe. Visit the statue of ‘Opo the Friendly Dolphin’ at Opononi.

Where to Sleep  Copthorne Hotel & Resort

Hokianga [Omapere – Hotel] State Highway 12 t: +64 9 405 8737 www.millenniumhotels. co.nz/copthornehokianga

 Kauri Coast Top 10 Holiday Park

[Dargaville – Holiday Park] Trounson Park Road, Kaihu t: +64 9 439 0621 www.kauricoasttop10.co.nz  Kokohuia Lodge [Hokianga Harbour – B&B] 101 Kokohuia Road, Omapere t: +64 21 779 927 www.kokohuialodge.co.nz  Postmaster’s Lodgings [Rawene – B&B] 3 Parnell Street t: +64 9 405 7676 www.thepostmasterslodgings.co.nz  The Treehouse Backpackers

Lodge [Kohukohu – Backpackers]

168 West Coast Road t: +64 9 405 5855 www.treehouse.co.nz


Skydive Ballistic Blondes

Food Store

Paihia/Whangarei – Skydiving

504 Kerikeri Road, Kerikeri, Northland t +64 9 407 6800 www.makana.co.nz Open 9am – 5:30pm daily

1 Davis Crescent, Paihia & Gloyn Road, Onerahi, Whangarei cell: +64 21 519 577 NZ fp 0800 695 867 www.skydiveballisticblondes.co.nz Departures Paihia or Whangarei

Makana Confections manufactures and retails gift-quality chocolates at its boutique chocolate factories in Kerikeri and Blenheim. A visit to the Makana boutique chocolate factory is an experience not to be missed! Watch us make our tantalising confections and taste a few samples – complimentary, of course.

Imagine your scenic flight up over the Bay of Islands and then exiting the aircraft over the top of Paihia Beach, reaching speeds of over 200 kilometres per hour! Your experienced tandem master will land you safely on the beach at Paihia so you can walk off the beach to the fabulous bars and restaurants.

The Kauri Museum Matakohe – Museum

5 Church Road, Matakohe, Northland t +64 9 431 7417 e admin@kaurimuseum.com www.kaurimuseum.com Open 9am – 5pm daily except Christmas

Visit this award-winning and internationally acclaimed attraction. Learn about pioneering settlers through the mighty Kauri tree. Over 4,500 square metres of under-cover displays, including antique Kauri furniture, restored machinery and the world’s largest collection of Kauri gum. Information centre on site. Cafés and accommodation nearby. Just off State Highway 12.

Waitangi Treaty Grounds Waitangi – Cultural Attraction

1 Tau Henare Drive, Waitangi, Paihia t: +64 9 402 7437 www.waitangi.net.nz

New Zealand’s most historic site where, in 1840, the Treaty of Waitangi was signed between Maori chiefs and the British Crown. Join a guided tour. Experience a cultural performance and the haka. See the world’s largest ceremonial war canoe and learn about the Treaty House and the treasures within. Visit the unique carved Meeting House. The grounds feature native birds, heritage gardens, bush tracks, gift shopping, cafés and more! plan and book online at www.destination-nz.com I 093

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t: +64 9 408 7222 www.karikariestate.co.nz]

4748 State Highway 12 t: +64 9 439 0422 www.waipoualodge.co.nz

By Day Experience The Hokianga Harbour Hokianga offers visitors authentic New Zealand culture in an unspoilt landscape. The region draws artists seeking inspiration, resulting in a thriving arts and crafts scene, and visitors will find a host of walks and boat tours as well as adrenalinepumping pursuits such as sand tobogganing and mountain biking. Horeke This was New Zealand’s second European settlement, after Russell in the Bay of Islands. Rawene New Zealand’s third-oldest European settlement is home to historic buildings including Clendon House, built in the 1860s by New Zealand’s first US Consul. Opononi and Omapere These towns are strung along a white-sand beach. In the 1950s a wild dolphin spent a summer befriending swimmers here – a statue stands near her grave.

Magnificent Trees on the Kauri Coast The history of the Kauri Coast is intertwined with that of the magnificent trees for which it is named. In the 19th Century, Dargaville grew into a busy river port thriving on the export of Kauri timber and, as the trees became scarcer, timber exports were replaced by trade in Kauri gum. The Kauri Museum at Matakohe offers an insight into the importance of Kauri trees to the region’s history. Tane Mahuta (‘Lord of the Forest’) is the best-known and largest Kauri tree in the world, standing 51.5m tall with a circumference of 13.77m. It is estimated to be 1,500 years old.  Footprints Waipoua [Omapere –

Maori Culture/Tours] 334 State Highway 12 t: +64 9 405 8207 www.footprintswaipoua.co.nz  The Kauri Museum [Matakohe – Museum] 5 Church Road t: +64 9 431 7417 www.kaurimuseum.com

 Wairere Boulders Nature Park

[Horeke – Scenic Attraction] t: +64 9 401 9935 www.wairereboulders.co.nz

Discover See the Sights  Kauri Country Eco-tours

[Matakohe – Tours] Devon Grove t: +64 9 431 6007 www.kauricountry.co.nz

 Sandtrails Hokianga

[Mitimiti – Tours] 32 Paparangi Drive t: +64 9 409 5035 www.sandtrailshokianga.co.nz


[34 Seaview Road, Baylys Beach t: +64 9 439 8883 www.thefunkyfish.co.nz].

Things to Do  Dargaville Museum [Dargaville –

Museum] Harding Park

Campervan, Waipoua Forest

t: +64 9 439 7555 www.dargavillemuseum.co.nz  Kumara Box [Dargaville – Attraction] 503 Pouto Road t: +64 9 439 7018 www.kumarabox.co.nz

Good options include blah, blah, blah [101 Victoria Street, Dargaville t: +64 9 439 6300] and Funky Fish

By Night Image: Destination Northland

northland NORTH ISLAND

 Waipoua Lodge [Dargaville – Lodge]

bars & Restaurants  Bryers Room Restaurant

[Omapere – New Zealand Restaurant] Copthorne Hotel & Resort Hokianga, State Highway 12 t: +64 9 405 8737 www.millenniumhotels.co.nz/ copthornehokianga

Street Smarts how to get around  Main Coachline

[Dargaville – Bus] Dargaville t: +64 9 278 8070 www.maincoachline.co.nz

Find out more Visit Dargaville Visitor Information Centre [4 Murdoch Street t: +64 9 439 4975] or Opononi i-SITE [29 State Highway 12

t: +64 9 405 8869].  Websites

www.destination-nz.com www.kauricoast.co.nz www.hokiangatourism.org.nz


Country of caves

Waikato & Waitomo

Image: Discover Waitomo

Explore pretty rural villages, rolling green hills and tranquil oak-studded countryside, then venture underground to a remarkable cave network. The Waitomo Caves are world-famous and offer a wealth of activities to suit all visitors – from abseiling and black-water rafting to glow-worm spotting.

Couple viewing stalactites in the Aranui Cave, Waitomo

Tirau, Waikato

Explore the REgion First impressions of the Waikato region are of a tranquil rural retreat and villages among the hills that invite exploration, whether you’re hunting for antiques or coffee. Hamilton is known for its gardens and riverside dining. It’s an easy drive southwest to Waitomo, where a cave network invites exploration of a different kind, from black-water rafting to floating in a cavern studded with glow-worms.

Regional Destinations Hamilton Main regional centre on the banks of the Waikato River. Cambridge Quaint country town known for antiques and racehorses. Raglan Laid-back surf town known for art and craft galleries. Te Awamutu Rural centre and birthplace of the musically talented Finn brothers.

Otorohanga Kiwiana town featuring a pretty flower-basket-lined main street. Waitomo Village Small village atop an intricate underground cave network. Te Kuiti Main service centre in the King Country region. Tirau Small village boasting numerous cafés and shops. Matamata The set of Hobbiton in Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings movie trilogy.

Getting There & Around Air Hamilton International Airport, 20 minutes’ drive from the city, has direct flights to Auckland, Wellington, Palmerston North and Christchurch with Air New Zealand. Trans-Tasman flights also operate. Road Hamilton is located on State Highway 1. It is an easy 1-hour, 30-minute drive from Auckland or Rotorua. With easy-to-navigate roads, this region is

Do It!  Experience blackwater rafting at Waitomo Caves.  Visit the Hobbiton set from The Lord of the Rings.  Learn to surf at Raglan. ideal for driving. It’s also well served by shuttles and coaches. Rail A daily service connects Hamilton with Auckland and Wellington.

Events to Catch  Balloons Over Waikato Festival

[Mar] www.balloonsoverwaikato.co.nz

 Great New Zealand Muster

[Apr] www.waitomo.govt.nz  Fieldays [Hamilton – Jun] www.fieldays.co.nz

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Major urban area Town State Highway Other road Railway Walking track

Hauraki Gulf







Waikato River New Zealand’s

Maramarua 2 Meremere 1 Te Kauwhata Lake Rangiriri Waikare Ohinewai Tahuna

longest river.

Port Waikato

Rotowaro Taupiri Ngaruawahia

Te Aroha 26

Waharoa Matamata




Otorohanga Waitomo Caves

Waitomo Caves Te Kuiti




Tokoroa Whakarewarewa Forest Park 30

32 Lake Maraetai



Piopio Benneydale

Aria Mapiu Awakino



Lake Arapuni

Waikato River



Te Puke 29 Temple 24 Cambridge 1 Kaimai Mamaku Pirongia View Forest Park Forest Park 39 Ohaupo Karapiro 28 Lake Pirongia Tirau 33 Karapiro Aotea Te Awamutu Kihikihi Putaruru Arapuni 31 5 Waikeria Lichfield Mamaku






Kawhia Harbour



Gordonton 1B

Coromandel Forest Park




Gannet Is

25 A


Pureora Forest Park


Mokau 32

Taumarunui 3



Taupo Lake Taupo


3A 3



Spring (Sep – Nov)

Summer (Dec – Feb)

Autumn (Mar – May)

Winter (Jun – Aug)

Mean daily max/min temperature Average rainfall/wet days

18/8˚C • 64/46˚F 97 mm • 12 days

23/12˚C • 73/54˚F 84 mm • 8 days

20/9˚C • 68/48˚F 95 mm • 9 days

14/5˚C • 57/41˚F 121 mm • 14 days


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the harbour, shops, restaurants and bars, and a short drive from the surfing break at Manu Bay. Rooms and apartments with free Wi-Fi and cooking facilities, suitable for one to seven people. BBQ and spa pool.

waitomo lodge Motel Te Kuiti – Motel 64 Te Kumi Road t +64 7 878 0003 www.waitomo-lodge.co.nz The Qualmark four-star plus Waitomo Lodge Motel offers some of the best accommodation in the area. Great staff and excellent location make this quality motel a great place for family and friends. Stay with us and we promise you won’t be disappointed.

 Solscape Eco Retreat [Raglan – Backpackers/Cottages] 611 Wainui Road, Manu Bay t: +64 7 825 8268 www.solscape.co.nz

By Day Experience At Home in Hobbiton Fans of The Lord of the Rings will see a resemblance between the Waikato hills and Hobbiton. It’s no coincidence. Visit Hobbiton Movie Set & Farm Tours

[501 Buckland Road, Hinuera t: +64 7 888 1505 www.hobbitontours.com] in Matamata.

Feilding stock saleyard

Get Cultured Look for historic sites and little museums in small towns like Te Aroha and Te Awamutu.  Hamilton Gardens [Hamilton –

Hamilton & Districts At the heart of the Waikato is Hamilton, a riverside city that’s close enough to Auckland for some commuters. The Waikato River bisects the heart of the city and is lined with lush gardens. The city has shopping, accommodation and dining options and the nightlife is pretty lively. Beyond the urban centre are villages serving the farmers and horse breeders of this fertile region.

Highlights Rent a surfboard and hit the beach at laid-back Raglan. Explore the themed areas at Hamilton Gardens. Browse the boutiques and antique shops in a rural village. Visit the Hobbiton set from The Lord of the Rings trilogy.

Country Villages The Waikato countryside is dotted with little towns to explore. Cambridge Antique stores and boutiques in a setting of oak trees and green lawns. Tirau The little village of Tirau on State Highway 1 is a popular stop-off and its main street is lined with shops. Matamata Matamata sits amid a lush

region that stood in for Hobbiton in The Lord of the Rings movie trilogy. Te Awamutu Famous for being the home of Neil and Tim Finn from Kiwi bands Split Enz and Crowded House. Raglan This village is populated with surfers and artists. With its laid-back atmosphere and beachside setting, it’s popular with visitors.

Where to Sleep  Anglesea Motel [Hamilton – Motel]

36 Liverpool Street t: +64 7 834 0010 www.angleseamotel.co.nz  City Centre B&B [Hamilton – B&B] 3 Anglesea Street t: +64 7 838 1671 www.citycentrebnb.co.nz  Eagles Nest Backpackers

[Hamilton – Backpackers] 937 Victoria Street t: +64 7 838 2704 www.eaglesbackpackers.co.nz

 Hamilton City Holiday Park

[Hamilton – Holiday Park] 14 Ruakura Road t: +64 7 855 8255 www.hamiltoncityholidaypark.co.nz

 Novotel Tainui Hamilton

[Hamilton – Hotel] 7 Alma Street t: +64 7 838 1366 www.novotel.com  Raglan Sunset Motel [Raglan – Motel] 7 Bankart Street t: +64 7 825 0050 www.raglansunsetmotel.co.nz


Gardens] Cobham Drive t: +64 7 838 6782 www.hamiltongardens.co.nz  Waikato Museum [Hamilton – Museum] 1 Grantham Street t: +64 7 838 6606 www.waikatomuseum.org.nz

Things To Do  Cambridge Thoroughbred

Lodge [Cambridge – Attraction] State

Highway 1, Karapiro t: +64 7 827 8118 www.cambridgelodge.co.nz  Hamilton Zoo [Hamilton – Zoo] Brymer Road, Dinsdale t: +64 7 838 6720 www.hamiltonzoo.co.nz  Sanctuary Mountain

Maungatautari [Maungatautari – Wildlife Encounter] Tari Road, Pukeatua t: +64 7 870 5180 www.sanctuarymountain.co.nz  Solsurfer Surf School [Raglan – Surfing] 611 Wainui Road t: +64 7 825 8268 www.solscape.co.nz

Discover Rest & Relax  Te Aroha Hot Springs

[Te Aroha – Thermal Pools] Boundary Street t: +64 7 884 8717 www.tearohamineralspas.co.nz Retail Therapy

Take your time exploring the small towns – you’ll soon discover that there are gems to discover! Cambridge is particularly renowned for antiques while Tirau has a surprising array of boutiques and stores along its (one) main road.

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Waikato & Waitomo NORTH ISLAND

Raglan Sunset Motel Raglan – Motel 7 Bankart Street t +64 7 825 0050 www.raglansunsetmotel.co.nz Just 100 metres from

NORTH ISLAND Waikato & Waitomo

Cafés Central Hamilton is a good bet for coffee. Try Machina Espresso [67 London Street t: +64 7 838 9212] where an interior of dark leather sets the tone. In Cambridge, try Red Cherry

[Cnr State Highway 1 & Forrest Road t: +64 7 823 1515 www.redcherrycoffee.co.nz] and

north of Matamata, try The Kaimai Cheese Company [Hawes Street, Waharoa t: +64 7 888 6910 www.kaimai.co.nz] with its menu designed by Ruth Pretty.

By Night Entertainment Have a flutter at the casino – SKYCITY Hamilton [346 Victoria Street t: +64 7 834

4900 www.skycityhamilton.co.nz].

bars & Nightclubs Laid-back pubs are a feature in Hamilton, try Cook [7 Cook Street www. thecook.net.nz] or The Bank [Cnr Victoria

Street & Hood Street www.thebank.co.nz].

For more swank, check out Vue Bar

[SKYCITY Hamilton, 346 Victoria Street].

Restaurants In Raglan, try Orca Restaurant & Bar [2 Wallis Street, Raglan t: +64 7 825 6543 www.orcarestaurant.co.nz] which enjoys fantastic views of the harbour. There are some excellent restaurants to seek out in Hamilton. Check out Furnace

[150 Victoria Street t: +64 7 839 9099 www. furnacebar.co.nz], Palate [20 Alma Street t: +64 7 834 2921 www.palaterestaurant.co.nz] and River Kitchen [237 Victoria Street t: +64 7 839 2906 www.theriverkitchen.co.nz].

Street Smarts how to get around  Busit! [Hamilton – Bus] Hamilton Transit

Centre NZ fp: 0800 4287 5463 www.busit.co.nz

Find out more Look for i-SITE Centres in Cambridge i–SITE [Cnr Victoria Street & Queen Street t: +64 7 823 3456], Huntly i-SITE [156 Great South Road t: +64 7 828 6406], Hamilton i-SITE [5 Garden Place t: +64 7 958 9560], Matamata i–SITE [45 Broadway t: +64 7 888 7260], Te Aroha i– SITE [102 Whitaker Street t: +64 7 884 8052], Te Awamutu i–SITE [1 Gorst Avenue t: +64 7 871 3259], Tirau i–SITE [State Highway 1 t: +64 7 883 1202] and Tokoroa i–SITE [State Highway 1

t: +64 7 886 8872].

Hamilton Gardens Hamilton – Gardens

Hungerford Crescent, SH1 off Cobham Drive, Hamilton t +64 7 838 6782 www.hamiltongardens.co.nz Open: 7 days a week. Free entry and parking

Explore an enchanting world of secret gardens with five garden collections created to delight the senses. Transport yourself through time and to far-flung corners of the world. Meander through a lush tropical jungle, visit ancient China, or indulge in a Renaissance Prince’s 16th-century garden. Mobility scooters, wheelchairs and pushchairs available. Hamilton Gardens is the most visited tourist destination in the Waikato. plan and book online at www.destination-nz.com I 099

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 Websites

www.destination-nz.com www.visithamilton.co.nz

Waitomo Caves In the southwest corner of Waikato is a very special region where the hills are a little more rugged and the forest a little more wild, and beneath it lies a phenomenal network of glow-worm caverns and underground rivers.

Highlights Gaze up at twinkling glow-worms in an underground cavern. Get wet sliding down an underground river. Laugh at the Billy Black Culture Show. Go hiking in Mount Pirongia Forest Park. Discover Kiwi icons at the kiwi house in Otorohanga.

King Country The King Country gained its name as a stronghold of Maori independence in the 19th Century. After the Waikato War between Maori and settlers in the 1860s, Maori King Tawhiao led his people into exile in the region now known as the King Country. Waitomo Caves This tiny centre, is gateway to a vast cave network and the base for adventure activities. Otorohanga The ‘Kiwiana Town’ of Otorohanga is famous for its murals. Te Kuiti Known as the ‘Shearing Capital of New Zealand’, Te Kuiti is the service centre for surrounding farms.

Where to Sleep  Kiwi Paka YHA [Waitomo Caves –

Backpackers] Hotel Access Road t: +64 7 878 3395 www.kiwipaka.co.nz  Waitomo Caves Hotel [Waitomo

Caves – Hotel] Waitomo Caves Road t: +64 7 878 8204 www.waitomocaveshotel.co.nz  Waitomo Lodge Motel [Te Kuiti – Motel] 64 Te Kumi Road t: +64 7 878 0003 www.waitomo-lodge.co.nz  Waitomo Top 10 Holiday Park

[Waitomo Caves – Holiday Park] 12 Waitomo Caves Road t: +64 7 878 7639 www.waitomopark.co.nz  Woodlyn Park [Waitomo – Motel/ Attraction] 1177 Waitomo Valley Road t: +64 7 878 6666 www.woodlynpark.co.nz

By Day Experience King Country Kiwiana Over the years, the down-to-earth character of the King Country has evolved into a celebration of Kiwi culture, and it’s a great place to get a taste of the ‘real NZ’. At the top of the list is Billy Black’s Kiwi Culture Show – an irreverent take on Kiwi culture.  Woodlyn Park [Waitomo – Attraction]

1177 Waitomo Valley Road t: +64 7 878 6666 www.woodlynpark.co.nz Underground Adventures

Waitomo is Maori for ‘the stream which flows into the hole in the ground’. The cave network is the setting for a myriad of adventure activities from glow-worm spotting to the more extreme adventures of black-water rafting and abseiling.  The Legendary Black Water Rafting Co. [Waitomo Caves – Caving/Black

Water Rafting] 585 Waitomo Caves Road t: +64 7 878 6219 www.waitomo.com  Waitomo Adventures [Waitomo Caves – Caving/Black Water Rafting] 654 Waitomo Caves Road t: +64 7 878 7788 www.waitomo.co.nz

 Waitomo Glowworm Caves

[Waitomo Caves – Caving] 39 Waitomo Caves Road t: +64 7 878 8228 www.waitomo.com

Things To Do It’s famous for caves, but this region also offers activities above ground.  Kiwi House & Native Bird Park

[Otorohanga – Wildlife] 25 Alex Telfer Drive t: +64 7 873 7391 www.kiwihouse.org.nz  Museum of Caves [Waitomo Caves – Museum] 21 Waitomo Caves Road t: +64 7 878 7640 www.waitomocaves.com

cafés Take time to stop for lunch – there are some excellent cafés tucked away in this region’s villages. Try Bosco Café [57 Te Kumi Road, State Highway 3, Te Kuiti], Fat Pigeon Café [41 Moa Street, Piopio] or Huhu Café [10 Waitomo Caves Road, Waitomo Caves www.huhucafe.co.nz].

By Night bars & Restaurants Cosy pubs are the order of the day. Check out Curly’s Bar [School Road,

Waitomo Caves t: +64 7 878 8448 www.curlysbar.co.nz], Morepork Pizzeria & Café [School Road, Waitomo Caves t: +64 7 878 3395] and The Thirsty Weta [57 Maniapoto Street, Otorohanga t: +64 7 873 6699 www.theweta.co.nz].

Street Smarts The Essentials Get your groceries at New World Te Kuiti [Te Kumi Road]. For medical help, visit Otorohanga Medical Centre

[12 Hinewai Street t: +64 7 873 7079].

how to get around  Waitomo Shuttle – The Caves

Woodlyn Park Waitomo – Cultural Show/Motels

1177 Waitomo Valley Road, RD 7, Otorohanga t +64 7 878 6666 e billy@woodlynpark.co.nz www.woodlynpark.co.nz

Enjoy a world-unique complex with a spectacular show, involving bush animals, humour, magic and audience participation to bring New Zealand’s pioneering history and heritage alive on stage. Then stay in one of the ‘Top 10 most unique motel complexes in the world!’ – Lonely Planet. Choose from train, plane, ship or even Hobbit motels, all beautifully furnished and self-contained. Closest motel complex to the Waitomo Caves. 100 I LIVE, BREATHE AND EXPERIENCE NEW ZEALAND I destination-nz.com

Connection [Otorohanga – Shuttle]

63 Hinewai Street t: +64 7 873 8279

Find out more Get more information at Otorohanga i–SITE [27 Turongo

Street, Otorohanga t: +64 7 873 8951],

Taumarunui i–SITE [Hakiaha Street t: +64 7 895 7494], Te Kuiti i–SITE [Rora Street t: +64 7 878 8077] and Waitomo i–SITE [21 Waitomo Caves Road

t: +64 7 878 7640]  Websites

www.destination-nz.com www.waitomocaves.com

natural escape

The Coromandel

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Explore gold mining history in rugged rainforest-clad gorges and snorkel in the sparkling waters off Pohutukawa-fringed beaches. This is a region rich in natural abundance and home to a thriving population of artists.

Snorkelling, Cathedral Cove

Explore the REgion With 400 kilometres of coastline, The Coromandel is the perfect place for a beach-hopping holiday. Rustic, laid-back and unspoilt, this is a place where you can fully relax – the most taxing decision will be which one-of-a-kind treasure to buy in a quaint craft gallery. Charter a boat in Mercury Bay, go mountain biking or explore gold rush history, and then recharge at a restaurant; this is the perfect place to unwind.

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Regional Destinations Thames Historic main centre and gateway to the region. Coromandel Town Tranquil haven for artists and craftspeople. Whitianga Popular harbourside holiday town. Hahei Tiny village surrounded by great beaches. Tairua Cafés, restaurants and a surf beach. Pauanui Plush beach holiday

resort. Whangamata Surfing, cafés and a forest park. Paeroa Home of Lemon & Paeroa – New Zealand’s soft drink. Waihi A working goldmine and gateway to Karangahake Gorge.

Getting There & Around Air There is no regional airport in The Coromandel, though there are small airstrips for flights from Auckland at Thames, Coromandel, Whitianga and Pauanui. Road The Coromandel is 90 minutes from Auckland, Rotorua or Tauranga. Coaches provide regular services to, from and around the region. The Coromandel can be a great region to explore and discover by car, although some roads are narrow and winding. Ferry A passenger ferry service to Coromandel operates from Auckland. A ferry crosses between Whitianga and Ferry Landing.

Do It!  Dig your own spa at Hot Water Beach.  Explore gold mining past and present at Waihi.  Snorkel at Hahei Marine Reserve.

Events to Catch  Whitianga Scallop Festival

[Sep] www.scallopfestival.co.nz

Striking Gold in the Southern Coromandel Fascinating gold-mining history and lush rainforest are the main attractions at the southern end of The Coromandel. In the town of Waihi

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Major urban area Town State Highway

Firth of Thames Habitat for thousands of migratory wading birds.


Other road Railway Walking track

Great Barrier Is

Cuvier Is

Mercury Bay Deepwater harbour popular for fishing and boating. Great Mercury Is

Port Charles Coromandel Peninsula

Hauraki Gulf

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Mercury Bay Cooks Beach Hahei Hot Water Beach

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Firth Of Thames

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Waihi Waihi Beach




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Karangahake Gorge Hiking trails and gold-mining relics.




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Spring (Sep – Nov)

Summer (Dec – Feb)

Autumn (Mar – May)

Winter (Jun – Aug)

Mean daily max/min temperature Average rainfall/wet days

18/9˚C • 64/48˚F 94 mm • 10 days

23/14˚C • 73/57˚F 80 mm • 9 days

20/11˚C • 68/52˚F 108 mm • 9 days

15/6˚C • 59/43˚F 122 mm •- 11 days


Grand Mercure Puka Park Resort Pauanui – Hotel

84 Albert Street, Whitianga t +64 7 866 0599 NZ fp 0800 743 784 e info@marinapark.co.nz www. marinapark.co.nz Open Mon – Sat 8am – 6pm, Sun 8am – 4pm Check in/check out 2pm/10am

Adjacent to the picturesque Whitianga Marina, and conveniently located just a two-minute walk from the local shopping centre, Marina Park Apartments are perfect for a relaxing, family-friendly holiday in the Coromandel region. Each of the one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments is fully self-contained with spacious open-plan living, private balcony/patio, fully equipped kitchen, laundry and five-channel SKY TV. Wireless Broadband is available in all rooms (charges apply). Apartments sleep two to six and all are designated non-smoking. Some have access facilities. Apartments serviced on departure or weekly. Amenities include generous free parking, gymnasium, heated swimming pool and spa. A select number of the two-bedroom apartments have a marina view. Close to cafés and restaurants, craft/gift shops, fishing charters and the ferry to Cooks Beach; an ideal location for wedding groups and other special events.

Mount Avenue, Pauanui Beach, Coromandel Peninsula t +64 7 864 8088 e reservations@pukapark.co.nz www.pukapark.co.nz

This secluded hideaway is situated on Mount Pauanui, within two hours’ drive of Auckland, Hamilton and Tauranga. The 42 spacious and private chalets are hidden amidst lush native bushland, each offering king bed, en suite and large deck. Facilities include restaurant, bar, day spa, swimming pool, sauna, gymnasium and tennis. Golf, fishing, and Pauanui Beach are all nearby.

Admiralty Lodge Motel Whitianga – Motel

69 – 71 Buffalo Beach Road, Whitianga t +64 7 866 0181 NZ fp 0508 236 472 e reservations@admiraltylodge.co.nz www.admiraltylodge.co.nz

Settle in and enjoy spectacular views across beautiful Mercury Bay and Buffalo Beach while you relax in the comfort of your spacious and very comfortable accommodation. 18 climate-controlled units with double glazing, full kitchens, spacious bathrooms (some with spa baths), ten-channel SKY TV, DVD, stereo and wireless broadband internet access. Rooms are serviced daily. Year-round heated swimming pool.

crowsnest apartments Whitianga – Apartments

18 – 20 Mill Road, Whitianga t +64 7 869 5979 NZ fp 0800 276 976 e info@crowsnestwhitianga.co.nz www.crowsnestwhitianga.co.nz

One- to four-bedroom luxury apartments, sleeping two to eight guests. Crowsnest Apartments are luxuriously furnished and feature private balconies with views of the ocean or urban views, designer kitchen, queensize beds, SKY TV, DVD player, washing machine and dryer. Come and relax in our rooftop spa with stunning views!

Beachfront Resort Whitianga – Resort/Motel

113 Buffalo Beach Road, Whitianga t +64 7 866 5637 e info@beachfrontresort.co.nz www.beachfrontresort.co.nz

Our superb beachfront location is the secret to our charm. Stay right on the beach in immaculate units with full kitchen, 32” flat screen LCD TV, SKY Guest Select (50+ channels), private deck or patio, and sea views. Enjoy ‘life on the beach’ from our Pohutukawa-fringed garden, with free use of kayaks, body boards, beach games, spa pool, sun loungers, BBQ and beach bar. Wireless internet. The only accommodation in Whitianga on the beach side of the road. plan and book online at www.destination-nz.com I 103

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MARINA PARK APARTMENTS Whitianga – apartments

Highlights Explore old gold-mining tunnels in the Karangahake Gorge. Take a photo of the giant L&P bottle at Paeroa. Spot rare migratory birds at Kaiaua on the Firth of Thames. Drive the Thames Coast Road north to Coromandel Town. Visit a huge working gold mine at Waihi.

Where to Sleep  Brunton House B&B [Thames – B&B]

210 Parawai Road t: +64 7 868 5160 www.bruntonhouse.co.nz  Dickson Holiday Park [Thames – Holiday Park] 115 Victoria Street t: +64 7 868 7308 www.dicksonpark.co.nz  Gateway Backpackers [Thames – Backpackers] 209 Mackay Street t: +64 7 868 6339  Poets Corner Lodge [Waihi – Lodge] 28 Poets Corner Road t: +64 7 863 3091 www.poetscornerlodge.co.nz  Tuscany on Thames Motel

[Thames – Museum] Cnr Cochrane Street & Pollen Street t: +64 7 868 8509  Goldmine Experience [Thames – Attraction] Cnr Main Road & State Highway 25 t: +64 7 868 8514 www.goldmine-experience.co.nz  Waihi Gold Mine Tours [Waihi – Tours] 126 Seddon Street t: +64 7 863 9015 www.waihigoldminetours.co.nz

things to do  Canyonz Ltd [Thames –

Canyoning] cell: +64 21 456 682 www.canyonz.co.nz  Miranda Hot Springs

[Miranda – Thermal Pools] Front Miranda Road t: +64 7 867 3055 www.mirandahotsprings.co.nz

 Over the Top Adventures

[Waihi – Dirt Biking/Cycling] 1 Surrey Street cell: +64 21 205 7266 www.overthetopadventures.co.nz  Rapaura Watergardens

[Thames – Gardens] 586 Tapu-Coroglen Road t: +64 7 868 4821 www.rapaurawatergardens.co.nz  The Butterfly & Orchid Garden

[Thames – Attraction] Victoria Street t: +64 7 868 8080 www.butterfly.co.nz  Waterlily Gardens [Waihi – Garden] 441 Pukekauri Road t: +64 7 863 8267 www.waterlily.co.nz

cafés There are several great cafés in Thames, including Coco Espresso [661 Pollen Street t: +64 7 868 8616], Koru at Rapaura [Rapaura Watergardens, 586 Tapu-Coroglen Road] and Sola Café [720B

Pollen Street, Grahamstown www.solacafe. co.nz]. L&P Café & Bar [Cnr State Highway 2 & Seymour Street www.lpcafe.co.nz] in

[Thames – Motel] Cnr Jellicoe Crescent (State Highway 25) t: +64 7 868 5099 www.tuscanyonthames.co.nz

Paeroa is an iconic place to stop.

By Day


Experience An Illustrious History In 1852 alluvial gold was discovered at Driving Creek by Charles Ring, but it was not until the 1860s that a discovery near Thames stimulated a major gold rush. By 1868 the population of Thames had swelled to 18,000, making it the second most populous town in New Zealand.  Thames Historical Museum

By Night

Coromandel Town In the 19th Century, Coromandel Town boomed with the discovery of gold at Driving Creek in 1852. Today, it’s a tranquil hamlet with a reputation as a haven for artists and craftspeople. Explore the creative side of the town with a visit to a working studio. Driving Creek Railway and Potteries features working potteries, a native wildlife sanctuary and a one-hour train ride.

Highlights Browse art and craft studios in and around Coromandel Town. Head east to often-deserted beaches such as New Chum’s and Otama. Visit the Coromandel Goldfield Centre and try panning for gold.

Where to Sleep  Anchor Lodge Backpackers

[Coromandel Town – Backpackers/Motel/ Apartments] 448 Wharf Road t: +64 7 866 7992 www.anchorlodgecoromandel.co.nz  Coromandel Court Motel

[Coromandel Town – Motel] 365 Kapanga Road t: +64 7 866 8402 www.coromandelcourtmotel.co.nz  Driving Creek Villas [Coromandel Town – Villas] 21A Colville Road t: +64 7 866 7755 www.drivingcreekvillas.com  Tangiaro Kiwi Retreat [Port Charles – Cottages] 1299 Port Charles Road t: +64 7 866 6614 www.kiwiretreat.co.nz  The Little Farm [Coromandel Town – Cottages] 750 Tiki Road t: +64 7 866 8427 www.thelittlefarmcoromandel.co.nz  Tui Lodge [Coromandel Town – Backpackers] 60 Whangapoua Road t: +64 7 866 8237 www.coromandeltuilodge.co.nz

By Day things to do

Dine at Ohinemuri Estate [Moresby Street, Karangahake, Paeroa t: +64 7 862 8874 www.ohinemuri.co.nz] or Koru at Rapaura [586 Tapu-Coroglen Road www.rapaura.com/koru.html]

[Coromandel Town – Kayaking] 1945 Tiki Road t: +64 7 866 7466 www.kayakadventures.co.nz

Street Smarts

Museum] 841 Rings Road t: +64 7 866 7251 www.nzmuseums.co.nz/account/3121

Find Out More

 Driving Creek Railway &

Visit the Thames i–SITE [206 Pollen

Street t: +64 7 868 7284].  Website www.destination-nz.com


 Coromandel Kayak Adventures

 Coromandel School of Mines &

Historical Museum [Coromandel Town –

Potteries [Coromandel Town – Attraction] 380 Driving Creek Road t: +64 7 866 8703 www.drivingcreekrailway.co.nz

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there’s a gold mine still very much in operation. Waihi is also the gateway to the rainforest-clad Karangahake Gorge with its hiking trails and goldmining relics. Beyond the gorge lies Paeroa, home of Lemon & Paeroa – New Zealand’s very own soft drink. North of Paeroa is Thames, main centre of The Coromandel. Thames has a rich history – the latter Gold Mining Tunnel, years of the 19th Century were the Karangahake Gorge boom years of a gold rush.

NORTH ISLAND The Coromandel

Discover  Coromandel Discovery

[Coromandel Town – Hiking] 275 Lillis Lane t: +64 7 866 8175 www.coromandeldiscovery.com

 The Coromandel Smoking Co.

The Esplanade apartments whitianga Whitianga – Apartments

cafés Driving Creek Café [180 Driving Creek Road] is a Coromandel Town favourite, as is Success Café [104 Kapanga Road].

By Night bars & rESTAURANTS Dine on contemporary Kiwi cuisine at Pepper Tree Restaurant & Bar

[31 Kapanga Road, Coromandel Town t: +64 7 866 8211 www.peppertreerestaurant.co.nz] or Umu Restaurant & Café [22 Wharf Road, Coromandel Town t: +64 7 866 8618], or sip a drink in the historic Star and Garter Hotel [5 Kapanga Road, Coromandel

Town t: +64 7 866 8503 www.starandgarter. co.nz], established in 1873.

Street Smarts Find Out More Visit the Coromandel i–SITE

[355 Kapanga Road, Coromandel Town t: +64 7 866 8598].

 Websites

www.destination-nz.com www.coromandeltown.co.nz

Coastal Playground The east coast of the Coromandel Peninsula is a popular coastal playground. At the northern end is the beach resort of Whitianga; a sheltered harbour makes this a great spot for boating, fishing and kayaking. The drive south along the east coast is a visual treat, winding through forest and offering glimpses of the ocean. Gems along the way include Cathedral Cove and Hot Water Beach. Towards the southern end, Whangamata is known for great surf but also offers swimming, fishing, hiking and mountain biking.

8 The Esplanade, Whitianga t +64 7 869 5124 e info@theesplanade.co.nz www.theesplanade.co.nz

Absolute waterfront location with ocean and marina views. Luxury, fully self-contained one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments, sleeping two to six. Spacious open-plan living, kitchen, SKY TV, VCR/DVD, washing machine/dryer, private balconies. Heated swimming pool, spa, cardio gym, sauna, secure under-cover parking. Central to the beach and harbour.

Albert No 6 Motel Whitianga – Motel/Backpacker Hostel

6 Albert Street, Whitianga t +64 7 866 0036 e stay@albertnumber6.co.nz www. albertnumber6.co.nz Reception hours 8am – 7pm

Attractive and comfortable motel/ backpacker facility offering great hospitality. Situated within the main street and a minute’s walk from the fabulous Buffalo Beach, Whitianga. 16 units: two family rooms, four double rooms, seven twin rooms and three two-room units, all with en suites. Tariff includes light breakfast.

Wireless internet available in all rooms.

on the beach backpackers Whitianga – Backpacker Hostel

46 Buffalo Beach Road, Whitianga t +64 7 866 5380 e corobkpk@wave.co.nz www. coromandelbackpackers.com Reception hours 7am – 7pm

Make yourself at home in our cosy, well-equipped hostel right on the beachfront on beautiful Buffalo Beach Road. Free kayaks and boogie boards for customer use. Ten minutes’ walk to town or go by courtesy van. Backpacker cards accepted. Hire a bike to explore.

Glass blower, Driving Creek

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[Coromandel Town – Gourmet Food Store] 70 Tiki Road t: +64 7 866 8793 www.corosmoke.co.nz  Weta Design [Coromandel Town – Shop/ Gallery] Kapanga Road t: +64 7 866 8823 www.wetadesign.co.nz

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Highlights Dig your own spa in the sand at low-tide on Hot Water Beach. Pack a picnic and walk to Cathedral Cove. Learn to surf at Opoutere Beach. Mountain bike in the Tairua Forest just outside Whangamata.

Must-visit Destinations Whitianga Situated in Mercury Bay, Whitianga offers watery activities in its deepwater harbour – fishing, boating, kayaking and swimming. Cathedral Cove and Hahei Tiny Hahei is a sleepy little place during winter, but emerges as a busy holiday town every summer. Great beaches ensure its summertime appeal. Hot Water Beach Grab a spade (rent one from the store or café) and get digging – for two hours either side of low tide visitors can enjoy their very own hot pool in the sand! Tairua and Pauanui Twin towns on either side of a river estuary. Both have beaches. Whangamata One of the country’s most popular surfing towns, Whangamata offers great surf breaks that draw surfers from all over.

Where to Sleep  Admiralty Lodge Motel

[Whitianga – Motel] 69 Buffalo Beach Road t: +64 7 866 0181 www.admiraltylodge.co.nz  Albert No 6 [Whitianga – Motel] 6 Albert Street, Whitianga t: +64 7 866 0036 www.albertnumber6.co.nz  Beachfront Resort [Whitianga – Motel] 113 Buffalo Beach Road t: +64 7 866 5637 www.beachfrontresort.co.nz  Crowsnest Apartments [Whitianga – Apartments] 18 – 20 Mill Road t: +64 7 869 5979 www.crowsnestwhitianga.co.nz

 Pinnacles Backpackers [Tairua – Backpackers] 305 Main Road t: +64 7 864 8448 www.pinnaclesbakpak.co.nz  Pipi Dune B&B [Whitianga – B&B] 5 Pipi Dune t: +64 7 869 5375 www.pipidune.co.nz  The Esplanade Apartments

Whitianga [Whitianga – Apartments]

8 The Esplanade t: +64 7 869 5124 www.theesplanade.co.nz  YHA Opoutere [Opoutere– Backpacker hostel] 389 Opoutere Road, Opoutere t: +64 7 865 9072 NZ fp: 0800 278 299 e: book@yha.co.nz www.yha.co.nz YHA Opoutere is an historic converted schoolhouse overlooking a sheltered estuary on the Coromandel Peninsula, two hours north of Tauranga. Set in bush and gardens with great views over the estuary and to the ocean, this homely Opoutere hostel offers peaceful and tranquil backpacker accommodation in a relaxed Coromandel hideaway.

Discover  Kiwi Dundee Adventures

[Whangamata – Tours] McBeth Road t: +64 7 865 8809 www.kiwidundee.co.nz  Moko [Hot Water Beach – Shop/Gallery] 24 Pye Place t: +64 7 866 3367 www.moko.co.nz

cafés Good coffee stops include Café Coghill House [10 Coghill Street, Whitianga www.cafecoghill.co.nz], Hot Waves Café [8 Pye Place, Hot Water Beach], Lazy Lizard [427 Port Road, Whangamata] and The Old Mill Café [1 The Esplanade, Tairua


By Night Bars & Nightclubs Toast The Coromandel at Embassy Lounge [608B Port Road, Whangamata], Punters Bar & Grill [226 Main Road, Tairua] or The Blacksmith Bar & Kitchen [Whitianga Marina Hotel,

1 Blacksmith Lane, Whitianga].

By Day Experience Coromandel Beach Life Superb beaches are one of the main drawcards on the eastern coast of The Coromandel and the aces up the region’s sleeve are Cathedral Cove and Hot Water Beach. But these are not the only good beaches in the area. Whitianga’s gems include Buffalo Beach, stretching out along Mercury Bay north of the harbour, and Cooks Beach on the southern side. Whangamata has safe swimming at Whangamata Harbour and at Opoutere.  Cathedral Cove Dive & Snorkel

restaurants Eat Kiwi fish ‘n’ chips at Craig’s Traditional Fish & Chips [701 Port Road, Whangamata t: + 64 7 865 8717] or gourmet burgers at Soul Burger [441 Port

Road, Whangamata t: + 64 7 865 8194 www. soulburger.co.nz]. Miha Restaurant [Grand Mercure Puka Park Resort, Mount Avenue, Pauanui t: +64 7 864 8088 www.pukapark.co.nz] serves Pacific Rim flavours with a European twist, while Salt Restaurant & Bar [Whitianga Marina Hotel, 2 Blacksmith

Lane, Whitianga t: +64 7 866 5818 www. salt-whitianga.co.nz] offers fine dining

situated right on the waterfront.

Street Smarts

[Hahei – Diving] 48 Hahei Beach Road t: +64 7 866 3955 www.hahei.co.nz/diving

how to get around

 Grand Mercure Puka Park Resort

 Cathedral Cove Sea Kayaking

 Go Kiwi [Whitianga – Shuttle]

 Hot Water Beach Holiday Park

 Mercury Bay Seafaris – Glass

[Pauanui Beach – Chalets] Mount Avenue t: +64 7 864 8088 www.pukapark.co.nz

[Hahei – Kayaking] 88 Hahei Beach Road t: +64 7 866 3877 www.seakayaktours.co.nz

[Hot Water Beach – Holiday Park] 790 Hot Water Beach Road t: +64 7 866 3116 www.hotwaterbeachholidaypark.com

Bottom Boat [Whitianga – Cruises] Whitianga Wharf t: +64 7 867 1962 www.glassbottomboatwhitianga.co.nz

 Marina Park Apartments

things to do

[Whitianga – Apartments] 84 Albert Street t: +64 7 866 0599 www.marinapark.co.nz  On the Beach Backpackers

[Whitianga – Backpackers] 46 Buffalo Beach Road t: +64 7 866 5380 www.coromandelbackpackers.com

 The Lost Spring [Whitianga – Thermal

Pools] 121A Cook Drive t: +64 7 866 0456 www.thelostspring.co.nz

 Twin Oaks Riding Ranch

[Whitianga – Horse Riding] 927 Kuaotunu Wharekaho Road t: +64 7 866 5388


t: +64 7 866 0336 www.go-kiwi.co.nz  Tairua Bus Company [Tairua – Shuttle] t: +64 7 808 0748 www.tairuabus.co.nz  Whitianga Ferry [Whitianga – Ferry] t: +64 7 866 5472 www.whitiangaferry.co.nz

Find Out More There are i-SITE Visitor Information Centres in Whangamata [616 Port Road t: +64 7 865 8340] and Whitianga i–SITE [66 Albert Street t: +64 7 866 5555].  Websites www.destination-nz.com

www.whangamatainfo.co.nz www.whitianga.co.nz

coastal bounty

bay of plenty

Unwind and enjoy the sunshine in a stunning coastal playground offering a myriad of outdoor activities, both on the endless beaches and out on the water, and in the bountiful hinterland with its forest-clad hills. Then head offshore to circumnavigate White Island, an active volcano just off the coast.

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Strolling Mauao base track, Bay of Plenty

Explore the REgion The Bay of Plenty was named by Captain Cook in the 18th Century and the moniker remains apt. Renowned for its bounty of produce – including the famous kiwifruit – the region’s sunshine and mild climate are the perfect complement to the long arc of its coastline. Hit the beach or explore the hinterland with its forest walks, white-water rafting and fruit farms.

Regional Destinations Waihi Beach Popular beach getaway boasting excellent surf. Katikati The ‘mural town’ is a small arty village. Tauranga Small but sophisticated harbourside city. Mount Maunganui Beach resort renowned for great surf and sand. Te Puke Kiwifruit capital of New Zealand. Whakatane Base for visits to volcanic White Island. Ohope Popular summertime beach resort.

Surf lessons, Mount Maunganui

Opotoki Relaxed beach town and gateway to Eastland.

Getting There & Around Air Tauranga Airport, in Mount Maunganui, has direct flights to Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch, along with a few smaller North Island destinations. The nearest international airports are in Rotorua and Hamilton, both of which offer trans-Tasman flights. Auckland International Airport is the closest full-service international airport. Road Access by road from Auckland is via the Pacific Coast Highway (2 hours, 55 minutes). Tauranga is 1 hour from Rotorua. Coaches provide regular services around the region.

Events to Catch  National Jazz Festival

[Apr] www.jazz.org.nz

Do It!  Fly over the steaming vents of White Island.  Laze on a sandy beach and learn to surf at Mount Maunganui.  White-water raft on the Wairoa River.

Tauranga & Mount Maunganui Separated by a glistening harbour spanned by a vehicle bridge, Tauranga and Mount Maunganui are ideal for a beach holiday. One of New Zealand’s fastest growing cities, Tauranga offers an idyllic lifestyle in a region bathed in sunshine. Tauranga Harbour is a popular stopover for cruise ships and it’s also the departure

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Major urban area Town State Highway

Other road Railway Walking track

White Island

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numerous walking trails.

Matakana Is

Katikati Karewa Is Omokoroa

Te Puke



Kaimai Mamaku Forest Park


White Is

Mount Motiti Is Maunganui

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kilometres offshore.

Forest Park

Lush forest park with

Waihi Beach


active volcano just 50


Mayor Is



Te Kaha Omaio

Motuhora Is


Raukumara Forest Park

Whakatane Ohope Opotiki

Edgecumbe Awakeri

Mourea 30 Ngongotaha Rotoiti Lake Rotoma Rotorua

Waihau Bay Whanarua Bay

Bay of Plenty

Papamoa Beach Maketu Pukehina Beach


Cape Runaway

Te Teko


Taneatua 2


Whakarewarewa Forest Park






Kaingaroa Forest Urewera National Park

Murupara 1 32 Lake Taupo




Te Urewera

National Park Waikaremoana Expanse of rugged



native forest.

Whirinaki Forest Park



Spring (Sep – Nov)

Mean daily max/min temperature 18/9˚C • 64/48˚F Average rainfall/wet days 94 mm • 10 days


Summer (Dec – Feb)

Autumn (Mar – May)

Winter (Jun – Aug)

23/14˚C • 73/57˚F 80 mm • 7 days

20/11˚C • 68/52˚F 108 mm • 9 days

15/8˚C • 59/46˚F 122 mm • 11 days


Hawke Bay

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Cutters Cove Mount Maunganui – Apartments 136 – 139 Marine Parade t +64 7 575 4136 www.cutterscove.co.nz Luxurious self-serviced two- and three-bedroom apartments, many with ocean views. Full kitchen, stylish lounge, two bathrooms. SKY TV, laundry and parking. Tropical outdoor area with lap and lagoon pools, spa, BBQ, sauna, tennis court, gym and more.

Highlights Climb to the top of Mauao (Mount Maunganui). Learn all about the iconic kiwifruit at Kiwi 360. Soak in the Mount Maunganui Hot Salt Water Pools. Brave an exciting white-water rafting adventure on the powerful Wairoa River. Take a lesson and learn how to surf at Mount Maunganui’s Main Beach

Exploring the Western Bay of Plenty Aside from beachside Tauranga and Mount Maunganui, the western Bay of Plenty is bursting with other interesting destinations to explore. Katikati Those approaching from Auckland or The Coromandel will pass through the ‘mural town’ of Katikati. A popular stop along the Pacific Coast Highway, Katikati has more than 40 murals adorning buildings along the main street. Waihi Beach Further west, at the base of the Coromandel Peninsula, Waihi Beach is a popular beach getaway boasting excellent surf and a famous little hotel that’s a popular stop for touring Kiwi bands during the summer months. McLaren Falls Park This 170-hectare park offers walking trails, kayaking and trout fishing, and is the starting point for rafting trips on the Wairoa River. Offering some of New Zealand’s best white water, the Wairoa starts with Grade 2 cascades and builds to thundering Grade 5 rapids.

Where to Sleep  City Suites Tauranga [Tauranga – Boutique Hotel] 32 Cameron Road t: +64 7 577 1480 www.citysuites.co.nz  Cutters Cove [Mount Maunganui – Apartments] 136 Marine Parade t: +64 7 575 4136 www.cutterscove.co.nz  Harbourside City Backpackers

[Tauranga – Backpacker Hostel] 105 The Strand t: +64 7 579 4066

Katikati, NZ’s mural town www.backpacktauranga.co.nz. Central, waterfront location; walk to i-SITE and bus terminal. Weekly rates available. Free bikes, DVDs and spices.  Papamoa Beach Top 10 Holiday Resort [Papamoa – Holiday Park/Villas]

535 Papamoa Beach Road t: +64 7 572 0816 www.papamoabeach.co.nz  YHA Tauranga [Tauranga – Backpacker Hostel] 171 Elizabeth Street, Tauranga t: +64 7 578 5064 NZ Fp: 0800 278 299 e: book@yha. co.nz www.yha.co.nz Located in beautiful

garden surrounds, but still within 10 minutes walk of the city and nightlife of Tauranga, this is an ideal place to relax in the sun and enjoy the sunny Bay of Plenty at its best!

By Day

 Waimarino.com [Tauranga –

Kayaking/Theme Park] 36 Taniwha Place www.waimarino.com

Discover  Kiwi 360 [Te Puke – Attraction/Café]

State Highway 2 www.kiwi360.com

 No.8 Farm Tours [Tauranga –

Tours] 2 Harkin Close t: +64 7 579 3981 www.no8farmtours.co.nz

Cafés  Bravo [Tauranga – Café]

20 Spring Street t: +64 7 578 4700 www.bravocafe.co.nz Street-side tables

in the heart of Tauranga’s busy Red Square make this place a popular stop for mid-shop caffeine fixes and sipping wine as the sun goes down.  Deckchair [Mount Maunganui – Café]

2 Marine Parade t: +64 7 572 0942 www. deckchaircafe.co.nz Popular café right

Experience Beach Life  Dolphin Seafaris [Tauranga – Dolphin

Swimming] Tauranga Bridge Marina t: +64 7 577 0105 www.nzdolphin.com  Elements Watersports

[Tauranga – Sailing/Windsurfing] NZ fp: 0800 486 729 www.elementsonline.co.nz

across the road from the beach. An extensive cabinet, blackboard menu, boutique wine and beer list, and cool beach vibe conspire to make Deckchair a hit.  Slow Fish [Mount Maunganui – Café]

 Hibiscus Surf School

Twin Towers, Marine Parade t: +64 7 574 2949 www.slowfish.co.nz

[Mount Maunganui – Surfing] t: +64 7 575 3792 www.surfschool.co.nz

By Night

Things To Do

bars & Nightclubs

 Elms Mission Station [Tauranga –

Heritage Attraction] 15 Mission Street www.theelms.org.nz

 Spring Loaded Adventures

[Te Puke – Leisure Park] 316 State Highway 33 www.springloadedfunpark.co.nz

 Cornerstone Pub [Tauranga – Pub] 55 The Strand www.cornerstonepub.co.nz  De Bier Haus on the Strand

[Tauranga – Pub] 109 – 111 The Strand www.debierhaus.com  Rosie O’Grady’s [Mount Maunganui – Pub] 2 Rata Street www.rosiesnz.com

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point for cruises and fishing charters. On the other side of the harbour, the isthmus of Mount Maunganui is named for the hill that rises dramatically from the coast – known to Maori as ‘Mauao’. A long whitesand beach overlooked by cafés and apartment-style accommodation makes this a popular destination.

to thousands of Common Dolphins. Join a dolphinwatching tour and experience the unforgettable

thrill of meeting wild dolphins on their terms in

Common dolphins

the clear waters off Whakatane. Migrating whales

are often spotted in the region too, among them

the mighty Orca, Minke and Pilot Whales.


 Astrolabe [Mount Maunganui –

International Restaurant] 82 Maunganui Road t: +64 7 574 8155 www.astrolabe.co.nz

An all-day brunch menu, a sunny courtyard for long lunches and a choice of formal dinner dining or snacks in the bar ensure this place buzzes from early till late.  Fresh Fish Market [Tauranga –

Takeaways] 1 Dive Crescent t: +64 7 578 1789  Harbourside Restaurant [Tauranga – International Restaurant] Old Yacht Club Building, The Strand t: +64 7 571 0520 www.harboursidetauranga.co.nz  Somerset Cottage [Tauranga – International Restaurant] 30 Bethlehem Road t: +63 7 576 6889 www.somersetcottage.co.nz

Street Smarts how to get around  Bay Hopper [Tauranga – Bus]

NZ fp: 0800 422 928 www.baybus.co.nz

 Luxury & Coastline Shuttles

[Tauranga – Shuttles] t: +64 7 547 4444


protected in Te Urewera National Park and Whirinaki Forest Park.

Highlights Take a flight over White Island (Whakaari). Relax on the white sands of Ohope Beach. Join a dolphinwatching boat cruise. Go diving offshore at White Island – most of the structure is underwater. Hike in the wilderness of Te Urewera National Park.

Where to Sleep  Ohope Beach Top 10 Holiday

Park [Whakatane – Holiday Park/Motel/ Apartments] 367 Harbour Road, Ohope t: +64 7 312 4460 www.ohopebeach.co.nz  The Windsor [Whakatane – Backpackers] 10 Merritt Street t: +64 7 308 8040 www.windsorlodge-backpackers.co.nz  White Island Rendezvous

[Whakatane – Motel] 15 The Strand East t: +64 7 308 9588 www.whiteisland.co.nz

By Day

Find Out More


 Tauranga i–SITE [Tauranga – Visitor

White Island’s Live Volcano

 Websites www.destination-nz.com

White Island (Whakaari) is New Zealand’s most active volcano and has erupted periodically throughout the past few decades. Located just 50 kilometres offshore from Whakatane, it is easily accessible, but for safety’s sake must only be visited as part of a guided tour. Travel by air or boat – or go diving to see the volcano’s underwater structure. Scenic flights From the air, the sulphur-green crater lake wreathed in steam is an otherworldly sight. Helicopters are even able to land, allowing visitors the opportunity to walk on an active volcano. Boat cruises Another way of getting close to White Island is by boat – as an added bonus, visitors may also have the opportunity to spot dolphins or try their hand at fishing.

Information Service] 95 Willow Street


Whakatane & White Island The eastern Bay of Plenty is a place of endless white-sand beaches bordered by red-flowering Potutukawa trees in summer. The main centre of the region, Whakatane, enjoys a setting that abounds with breathtaking natural landscapes – including the iconic sight of White Island (Whakaari), an active volcano just 50 kilometres offshore. The town has a laid-back ambience and plenty of restaurants and bars. Just over the hill is the beach resort of Ohope. Inland is an expanse of rugged native forest


Diving White Island is a one-ofa-kind dive site. Like an iceberg, much of the volcano’s structure is underwater and the waters around the island are crystal-clear and home to a wide variety of marine life.  Dive White (Island) [Whakatane –

Diving] 186 The Strand t: +64 7 307 0714 www.divewhite.co.nz  Frontier Helicopters [Whakatane – Flight-seeing] Whakatane Airport t: +64 7 308 4188 www.frontierhelicopters.co.nz  White Island Tours [Whakatane – Tours] 15 The Strand East t: +64 7 308 9588 www.whiteisland.co.nz

Things To Do  Diveworks Dolphin & Seal

Encounters [Whakatane – Whale Watch/

Dolphin Swimming] 96 The Strand t: +64 7 308 2001 www.whaleislandtours.com  Salt Spray Surf School [Ohope – Surfing] Ohope Beach t: +64 7 312 4909 www.ohopebeach.info


 Deckchair [Mount Maunganui – Café]

2 Marine Parade www.deckchaircafe.co.nz Popular café right across the road from the beach. An extensive cabinet, blackboard menu, boutique wine and beer list, and cool beach vibe conspire to make Deckchair a hit.

By Night Restaurants

 Ohiwa Oyster Farm [Ohope – Takeaways] 111 Wainui Road, Ohiwa Harbour t: +64 7 312 4565 Located 1-kilometre

south of Ohope and serving seafood and burgers out of a shed right by the harbour.  Poppy’s Café [Whakatane –

International Restaurant] 163 The Strand t: +64 7 308 8548 This Whakatane dining

scene is owned by an award-winning chef. It offers breakfast all day, cabinet food, plus lunch and dinner menus.  Wally’s on the Wharf [Whakatane –

International Restaurant] 2 The Strand t: +64 7 307 1100 Yummy fish ’n’ chips,

burgers, fritters and salads.

Street Smarts Find Out More

 Whakatane i–SITE [Whakatane –

Visitor Information Service] Cnr Quay Street & Kakaharoa Drive t: +64 7 306 2030

 Websites

www.destination-nz.com www.whakatane.com www.opotikinz.com

Image: Tourism Bay of Plenty


Dolphin Encounters The Bay of Plenty is home

geothermal hot spot


Image: Tourism Rotorua, photo by Graeme Murray

An unforgettable place where otherworldly geothermal features, from geysers to boiling mud pools, are the backdrop for adventure activities and some of New Zealand’s most accessible Maori cultural experiences. World-class geothermal spa resorts ensure a well-balanced vacation!

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Traditional hand-carved waka

Explore the REgion

Getting There & Around

Leave the ordinary world behind and explore a place where the hazards on the local golf course are bubbling mud pools. Watch a geyser erupt, pick your way around steaming hot pools, or visit one of the geothermal spa complexes for a relaxing soak or Maori massage. Then take in one of Rotorua’s many cultural experiences, from a soul-satisfying forest walk with a Maori guide to a stirring powhiri followed by dinner cooked in a traditional Maori hangi.

Air Rotorua International Airport operates international flights from Sydney, Australia, and domestic flights from several New Zealand towns. The airport is 10 minutes’ drive from town. Road Rotorua is situated on the Thermal Explorer Highway. Centrally located, Rotorua is easily accessible from Auckland, the Bay of Plenty, Waikato and Taupo. It is 3 hours’ drive from Auckland, 1 hour, 30 minutes from Hamilton and 1 hour, 15 minutes from Tauranga.

Regional Destinations

Events to Catch

Rotorua Busy lakeside town with a deep cultural heart in a geothermal setting. Lake Rotoma Peaceful lake popular with New Zealand campers.

 3D Rotorua – Off-road

Winter Multisport Festival [Jun]


Do It!  Meet a NZ icon at Kiwi Encounter.  Relax in a soothing hot mineral pool.  Watch a Maori cultural performance.

Rotorua & Districts You’ll smell Rotorua before you see it – a distinctive sulphur smell that identifies this as an active geothermal area. The geothermal activity manifests in strange features such as bubbling mud pools and in hot mineral pools, some of which have been developed into bathing

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Lake Rotorua


Right on the


Mount Maunganui


Tauranga 1




Beach-fringed lake

popular for swimming

Bay of Plenty

and boating.




Lake Tarawera

town’s doorstep.

33 Lake


Mourea Rotoiti Ngongotaha Rotoiti 30 Lake Lake Rotorua Rotoma Kawerau Mamaku Lake Okataina Rotorua Te Wairoa

Whakatane 2

Tokoroa Whakarewarewa Lake Tarawera 32


Forest Park

Lake Ohakuri


Lake Rotomahana Lake Rerewhakaaitu




Kaingaroa Forest Murupara

1 32

Taupo Lake Taupo


Whakarewarewa 5

Lake Waikaremoana

Major urban area Town State Highway 38


Huge Redwood




Mean daily max/min temperature Average rainfall/wet days 1

trees, mountain biking and hiking.

Gisborne Waikaremoana

Major urban area Town 2State Highway

Other road Railway Walking track Other road Wairoa

Railway Walking track

Spring (Sep – Nov)

Summer (Dec – Feb)

Autumn (Mar – May)

Winter (Jun – Aug)

17/8˚C • 63/46˚F 114 mm • 11 days

22/12˚C • 72/54˚F 105 mm • 8 days

18/9˚C • 64/48˚F 110 mm • 9 days

12/4˚C • 54/39˚F 137 mm • 11 days


Deluxe private pool, Polynesian Spa

Napier Hastings

Havelock North

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272 Fenton Street, Rotorua t +64 7 349 0099 NZ fp 0800 367 793 e reservations_rotorua@rydges.com www.rydges.com

At Rydges Rotorua we offer Rotorua’s most spacious accommodation. Located in a park-like setting on the edge of Rotorua’s racecourse, Rydges Rotorua boasts panoramic views across the city to Lake Rotorua and Mokoia Island. Deluxe rooms contain spa baths and most have balconies. Walk to the city centre and popular thermal reserves. Six well-appointed conference rooms cater for three to 300 people.

Regal Palms Rotorua – Resort

350 Fenton Street, Rotorua t +64 7 350 3232 NZ fp 0800 743 000 e experience@regalpalms.co.nz www.regalpalms.co.nz

Synonymous with luxury and style, Regal Palms was designed for your comfort and relaxation. Enjoy the first-class service and facilities that make Regal Palms the perfect place for corporate stays, romantic interludes and family holidays. Enjoy a round of mini golf, a game of tennis or meet up with friends in the BBQ area or by the fire in the guest lounge.

Ambassador Thermal Motel Rotorua – Motel Cnr Whakaue Street & Hinemaru Street, Rotorua t +64 7 347 9581 NZ fp 0800 479 581 e info@ambassrotorua.co.nz www.ambassrotorua.co.nz

Located in central Rotorua, just a short stroll from restaurants, the lakefront, museum, Convention Centre, Government Gardens and many other major attractions, as well as bowling greens, a nine-hole golf course, transport services and souvenir shops. Ambassador Thermal Motel provides clean, comfortable and quiet accommodation. Swim in our heated swimming, spa or mineral pools.

Sudima Hotel Lake Rotorua Rotorua – Hotel

Wai Ora Lakeside Resort and Spa Rotorua – Spa Resort

1000 Eruera Street, Rotorua t +64 7 348 1174 NZ fp 0800 783 462 www.sudimarotorua.co.nz Check in/check out 2pm/10am Reception hours 24 hours

77 Robinson Avenue, Holdens Bay, Rotorua t +64 7 343 5100 e info@waioraresort.co.nz www.waioraresort.co.nz Capacity 30 rooms Conference facilities Yes

290 Fenton Street, Rotorua t +64 7 347 6126 NZ fp 0800 501 506 e info@capricourt.co.nz www.capricourt.co.nz Check in/check out 2pm/10am

The Sudima Hotel Lake Rotorua is Rotorua’s largest hotel. Nestled on the shores of Lake Rotorua, adjacent to the famous Polynesian Spa complex and Government Gardens, the hotel is only five minutes’ walk from the city centre. 248 rooms, many with lake views.

Located on the shores of Lake Rotorua, Wai Ora Lakeside Spa Resort offers luxury accommodation in superior rooms and deluxe suites. This boutique resort is complemented by superb spa facilities in beautifully landscaped grounds. The Mokoia Restaurant showcases a menu of Pacific Rim cuisine where guests will experience a true taste of New Zealand.

A friendly welcome awaits you when you walk through the door at Capri Court Motor Inn. Our 17 spacious ground floor units are self-contained and thermally heated, each with their own spa pool to relax in. Free internet access and SKY TV. Cooked or continental breakfast available. Located close to the city, thermal attractions and golf courses.

Our nightly Maori cultural show is an event not to be missed!

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Rydges Rotorua Rotorua – Hotel



 Amora Lake Resort [Rotorua – Hotel]

366 State Highway 33, Mourea t: +64 7 362 4599 www.amora-lake-resort-rotorua.com  Novotel Rotorua Lakeside [Rotorua – Hotel] Lake End, Tutanekai Street t: +64 7 346 3888 www.novotelrotorua.co.nz  Rydges Rotorua [Rotorua – Hotel] 272 Fenton Street t: +64 7 349 0099 www.rydges.com

Visit a geothermal park to see active geysers and bubbling mud pools. Watch a kapa haka performance by local Maori. Soak away your evening in a hot thermal pool. See real kiwi birds at a wildlife park. Sample fun – and sometimes hair-raising! – adventure activities. Fish for trout or go boating in a Rotorua lake.

 Sudima Hotel Lake Rotorua

Where to Sleep

Hotel] 415 Hamurana Road t: +64 7 332 2222 www.hamuranalodge.com  Koura Lodge [Rotorua – B&B] 209 Kawaha Point Road t: +64 7 348 5868 www.kouralodge.co.nz  Peppers on the Point [Rotorua – Resort] 214 Kawaha Point Road t: +64 7 348 4868 www.peppers.co.nz

Exclusive  Lake Okareka Lodge [Lake Okareka –

Exclusive] 103 Acacia Road t: +64 7 362 8026 www.lebua.com/okareka-lodge/

 Treetops Lodge and Estate

[Horohoro – Exclusive] 351 Kearoa Road t: +64 7 333 2066 www.treetops.co.nz

[Rotorua – Hotel] 1000 Eruera Street t: +64 7 348 1174 www.sudimarotorua.co.nz  Wai Ora Lakeside Resort and Spa

[Rotorua – Hotel] 77 Robinson Avenue, Holdens Bay t: +64 7 343 5100 www.waioraresort.co.nz

Guest & Hosted  Hamurana Lodge [Rotorua – Boutique

 Pukeko Landing [Rotorua – Holiday

Home] 6 Ronald Road, Lake Tarawera cell: +64 27 542 4202 www.essencenz.com

Self Contained & Serviced  Ambassador Thermal Motel

[Rotorua – Motel] Cnr Whakaue Street & Hinemaru Street t: +64 7 347 9581 www.ambassrotorua.co.nz  Capri Court Motor Inn [Rotorua – Motel] 290 Fenton Street t: +64 7 347 6126 www.capricourt.co.nz  East West Apartments [Rotorua – Apartments] 6 Toko Street t: +64 7 348 5720 www.eastwesthomestay.co.nz  Emerald Spa Motor Inn [Rotorua – Motel] 286 Fenton Street t: +64 7 348 7788 www.emeraldspa.co.nz  Regal Palms [Rotorua – Motel] 350 Fenton Street t: +64 7 350 3232 www.regalpalms.co.nz  Tuscany Villas [Rotorua – Motel] 280 Fenton Street t: +64 7 348 3500 www.tuscanyvillasrotorua.co.nz

Holiday Park  Blue Lake Top 10 Holiday Park

[Rotorua – Holiday Park] 723 Tarawera Road t: +64 7 362 8120 www.bluelaketop10.co.nz  Rotorua Top 10 Holiday Park

[Rotorua – Holiday Park] 1495 Pukuatua Street t: +64 7 348 1886 www.rotoruatop10.co.nz

Backpackers  Base Rotorua [Rotorua – Backpackers]

Maori art fence, Goverment Gardens

Spa Sanctuary at Wai Ora Lakeside Resort Although massages and other treatments are additional, the spa complex is complimentary for guests at Wai Ora Lakeside Resort. At the heart of the spa is a beautifully landscaped hot geothermal pool set amongst lush green ferns alongside a small waterfall. There’s also a separate (hot!) spa pool, a sauna and a Kawakawa-infused steam room. This last, most wonderful of sanctuaries, is so gorgeously warm and steamy you’d swear that you can almost feel your skin hydrating as you sit and dreamily gaze out at the ferns on the other side of the glass door. Bliss!

Novotel Rotorua Lakeside Rotorua – Hotel Lake End, Tutanekai Street t +64 7 346 3888 www.novotelrotorua.co.nz Situated in tranquil

surroundings on the shores of Lake Rotorua, this centrally located four-star-plus hotel has 199 air-conditioned rooms. Atlas Café & Restaurant, Clarke’s Bar, In Balance Spa and nightly Matariki Hangi & Maori Cultural Show. 114 I LIVE, BREATHE AND EXPERIENCE NEW ZEALAND I destination-nz.com

1286 Arawa Street t: +64 7 348 8636 www.stayatbase.com  Funky Green Voyager [Rotorua – Backpackers] 4 Union Street t: +64 7 346 1754 www.funkygreenvoyager.co.nz  Kiwi Paka [Rotorua – Backpackers] 60 Tarewa Road t: +64 7 347 0931 www.kiwipaka.co.nz  Rotorua Planet Backpackers

[Rotorua – Backpackers] 1080 Eruera Street t: +64 7 350 2550 www.rotoruaplanetbackpackers.co.nz  YHA Rotorua [Rotorua – Backpacker

Hostel] 1278 Haupapa Street, Rotorua

t: +64 7 349 4088 NZ fp: 0800 278 299 e: book@yha.co.nz www.yha.co.nz

YHA Rotorua is a purpose-built backpacker hostel in the central city that provides a complete Rotorua experience. Rotorua’s finest

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complexes. Aside from geothermal activity, Rotorua is also famous for its cultural experiences. The area has a long history of settlement by Maori and there are lots of attractions making it easy for visitors to sample Maori culture. Its popularity as a visitor destination means that there are lots of other activities on offer too.


Emerald Spa motor inn

Tuscany Villas

Rotorua – Motel

Rotorua – Motel

286 Fenton Street, Rotorua t +64 7 348 7788 NZ fp 0800 204 088 e emeraldspa@clear.net.nz www.emeraldspa.co.nz Check in/check out 2pm/10am Reception hours 7:30am – 9:30pm

280 Fenton Street, Rotorua t +64 7 348 3500 NZ fp 0800 802 050 e info@tuscanyvillasrotorua.co.nz www.tuscanyvillasrotorua.co.nz Check in/check out 2pm/10am

When comfort and quality are paramount. Emerald Spa Motor Inn has 15 luxury studios (two with disabled facilities), eight one-bedroom and five two-bedroom suites. Luxury décor throughout. King beds with electric blankets. Outdoor heated pool and gym. Hush Glazing for quiet comfort. Free broadband access. 50+ SKY channels.

Tuscany Villas, Heritage Boutique Collection, is one of Rotorua’s finest accommodation providers with comfortable and tastefully furnished suites, all non-smoking. Relax in a spacious spa pool or spa bath. Free internet access, cable or Wi-Fi, SKY TV, DVD/CD players in every suite. Cooked and continental breakfasts available.

Big round spas in every room.

Keep an eye on our website for specials!

East West Apartments Rotorua – Apartments/ Holiday Homes

6 Toko Street, Rotorua t +64 7 348 5720 NZ fp 0800 2 EASTWEST (232 789) www.eastwesthomestay.co.nz

Uniquely Kiwi-themed threebedroom self-contained holiday homes, two-bedroom townhouse apartments and studio accommodation located in the heart of Rotorua. 100% New Zealand owned and operated. Quiet and independent. Heated swimming pool, spas, full kitchens and laundries, plus off-street parking.

Koura Lodge Rotorua – LOdge


209 Kawaha Point, Rotorua t +64 7 348 5868 e stay@kouralodge.co.nz www.kouralodge.co.nz Open 8am – 6pm Check in/check out 2pm – 6pm/10am Conference facilities Yes, 4 – 8 pax

Rotorua – Museum

Rotorua’s most exclusive luxury lake-edge bed and breakfast accommodation is just five minutes’ drive from the town centre. The private lawn and native gardens are the perfect place for enjoying the lake views. Koura Lodge offers 10 rooms, including double bedrooms, family suites and a two-bedroom luxury apartment, all with private en suite bathrooms and spectacular views. Rooms include TV, DVD, phone, robes, bathroom amenities, access to small kitchenettes and complimentary email/internet service (Wi-Fi available). Rates include an extensive buffet/cooked breakfast served in the lake-edge dining room. Light afternoon tea served on arrival. On-site facilities include a comfortable lounge with SKY TV, wood fire, Finnish sauna, spa pool, canoes, tennis court, laundry service and complimentary parking. Float plane, jet boat and fishing charters depart from the Lodge’s private deep-water jetty. Unique lakefront retreat nestled in an established garden setting with panoramic views over Lake Rotorua.

Queens Drive, Government Gardens, Rotorua t +64 7 350 1814 e rotoruamuseum@rdc.govt.nz www.rotoruamuseum.co.nz Open Daily (except Christmas Day) 9am – 8pm summer (Oct – Mar), 9am – 5pm winter (Apr – Sep)

Rotorua’s rich culture, volatile landscape and legendary figures are all brought to life in this must-see museum, housed in the iconic Bath House building. Innovative displays, art exhibitions, cinema experiences and guided tours enable visitors to explore Rotorua’s fascinating history. Enjoy wonderful views from the rooftop viewing platform!

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ROTORUA NORTH ISLAND State Highway 30, Tikitere, Rotorua t +64 7 345 3151 www.hellsgate.co.nz Season All year Open 8:30am – 8:30pm, closed Christmas Day We provide Towels/bathers for hire What to bring Towel/bathers

The unique New Zealand mud spa experience – bathe in a geothermal mud bath and relax in a sulphur spa. Wander through our unique geothermal park. Massage and mud therapy packages available. At Hells Gate you can see the Southern Hemisphere’s largest hot waterfall! lodge, YHA Rotorua offers budget backpacker accommodation right beside Kuirau Park, Rotorua’s free geothermal attraction, and is only two minutes walk from shops, cafes, restaurants and the shore of beautiful Lake Rotorua.

Tamaki Maori Village Rotorua – Cultural attraction

1220 Hinemaru Street, Rotorua t +64 7 349 2999 NZ fp 0508 TAMAKI (826 254) e bookings@maoriculture.co.nz www.tamakimaorivillage.co.nz Duration 3.5 hours Open 9am – 6pm (office), 5:30pm – 9pm (show)

Share in the Powhiri, our ancient ceremony of welcome, before entering our pre-European Maori Village nestled in a native Tawa Forest. The village is alive with sights, sounds and activities of days gone by, including haka, poi, tattooing, weaving, carving and warrior training. You will even have the opportunity to participate! Witness earth being scraped away from the hangi pit to reveal baskets of food cooked beneath the ground on hot stones. Enter the ancestral meeting house and relax as our family entertains you; enjoy a powerful display of cultural performance, song and dance, including the spinetingling haka finale! Join us in celebration, and dine on the hangi buffet feast, followed by dessert. All dietary requirements catered for. Free transfer to and from your Rotorua accommodation. New Zealand’s most awarded cultural experience!  Te Puia [Rotorua – Geothermal Attraction/ Maori Culture] Hemo Road t: +64 7 348 9047 www.tepuia.com  Waimangu Volcanic Valley [Rotorua – Geothermal Area] 587 Waimangu Road t: +64 7 366 6137 www.waimangu.co.nz  Wai-O-Tapu Thermal

Wonderland [Rotorua – Geothermal Area]

By Day Experience Geothermal Wonderland Situated on a geothermal field, Rotorua features an abundance of geysers and bubbling mud pools. In Kuirau Park, thermal features are readily accessible to any visitor, but for a more extreme experience, head to one of the geothermal parks. Here is where you’ll find the largest geysers and most spectacular mud pools. The geothermal activity also lends itself to the luxurious experience of bathing in a hot mineral pool.  Hells Gate Mud Trail & Mud Spa

[Rotorua – Geothermal Attraction/Spa/Maori Culture] State Highway 30, Tikitere t: +64 7 345 3151 www.hellsgate.co.nz

Strange land

Otherworldly features such as bubbling mud pools are commonplace in Rotorua!

201 Waiotapu Loop Road t: +64 7 366 6333 www.waiotapu.co.nz

 Whakarewarewa – The Thermal

Village [Rotorua – Geothermal Attraction/ Maori Culture] 17 Tryon Street, Whakarewarewa Village t: +64 7 349 3463 www.whakarewarewa.com

Thrilling Maori Culture In addition to geothermal activity, Rotorua is famous for making Maori culture accessible to all visitors. A popular option is to combine a kapa haka (performing arts) performance with a hangi, a traditional method of cooking where food is buried underground to cook in its own steam. Several complexes feature art and crafts demonstrations and workshops, or fascinating replica villages that bring history to life.


Close-up of boiling mud

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Hells Gate Mud Trail & Mud Spa Rotorua – Spa


Polynesian Spa Rotorua – Spa

1000 Hinemoa Street, Rotorua, t +64 7 348 1328, NZ fp 0508 765 977, e info@ polynesianspa.co.nz, www.polynesianspa.co.nz Open Daily 8am – 11pm Restrictions Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult

Overlooking Lake Rotorua, Polynesian Spa is where you can experience Rotorua’s famous geothermal waters and indulge in sumptuous spa therapies. There are four bathing areas to choose from. Spa therapies include Rotorua mud, New Zealand Manuka honey and other natural ingredients. You can also experience hydro spa therapies, a popular choice where the guest is massaged with fragrant oils such as coconut or mango under jets of warm water. Bookings for spa therapies are essential. Polynesian Spa is voted a World Top 10 Spa by readers of the prestigious Conde Nast Traveller.


Rainbow springs

Rotorua – attraction

rotorua – wildlife encounter

141 Western Road, Ngongotaha, Rotorua t +64 7 357 1050 www.agrodome.co.nz Open 8:30am – 5pm daily

192 Fairy Springs Road, Rotorua t +64 7 350 0440 NZ fp 0800 724 626 e info@rainbowsprings.co.nz www. rainbowsprings.co.nz Open 8.30am – late (till 10:00pm in summer)

For more than 40 years, the worldfamous Farm Show at Agrodome has been a must-do New Zealand experience. Featuring talented animals in an entertaining show, it’s a unique way to learn about New Zealand’s rural heritage. Join an Eco Farm Tour, cuddle baby animals in the Nursery and visit the Woollen Mill and Shearing Museum. The unique New Zealand experience!

At Rainbow Springs, see endangered native species like Kiwi and Tuatara, and experience the Big Splash water ride – you’ll see life-size dinosaurs, moa and other extinct species as you ride this fun journey through the ecological evolution of New Zealand. Be prepared for the final plunge! Bringing nature stories to life. plan and book online at www.destination-nz.com I 117

Attraction/Maori Culture] 1180 Tarawera Road t: +64 7 362 8287 www.buriedvillage.co.nz  Mitai Maori Village [Rotorua – Maori Culture] 196 Fairy Springs Road t: +64 7 343 9132 www.mitai.co.nz  Rotorua Museum [Rotorua – Museum] Queens Drive, Government Gardens t: +64 7 350 1814 www.rotoruamuseum.co.nz  Tamaki Maori Village [Rotorua – Maori Culture] Booking Office: 1220 Hinemaru Street NZ fp: 0508 TAMAKI (826 254) www.tamakimaorivillage.co.nz  Te Puia [Rotorua – Geothermal Attraction/ Maori Culture] Hemo Road t: +64 7 348 9047 www.tepuia.com Hardcore Adventures Rotorua is a visitor destination with plenty of ways to get a thrill. Whitewater rafting, kayaking and sledging (rushing downriver on a boogie board) are popular options – the Kaituna River offers Grade 5 rapids, including a 7-metre drop at the Okere Falls – and Whakarewarewa Forest is criss-crossed with mountain biking trails. Back in town, ride the gondola and then race back down on the luge, or try Globe Riding (rolling downhill in an oversized plastic ball!).

For the ultimate thrill, try skydiving in the skies above this tourist town.  Agroventures [Rotorua – Bungy/

 Lakeland Queen [Rotorua – Boat

Things To Do

Cruises] Lakefront Drive, Ohinemutu NZ fp: 0800 LQ CRUISE (572 784) www.lakelandqueen.com  Off Road NZ [Rotorua – 4WD] 193 Amoore Road t: +64 7 332 5748 www.offroadnz.co.nz  Paradise Valley Springs [Rotorua – Wildlife] 467 Paradise Valley Road t: +64 7 348 9667 www.paradisev.co.nz  Planet Bike [Rotorua – Mountain Biking] 8 Waipa Mill Bypass Road t: +64 7 346 1717 www.planetbike.co.nz  Rainbow Springs [Rotorua – Wildlife] 192 Fairy Springs Road t: +64 7 350 0440 www.rainbowsprings.co.nz  Skyline Rotorua [Rotorua – Attraction] 185 Fairy Springs Road t: +64 7 347 0027 www.skyline.co.nz

Kayaking] Maketu cell: +64 27 499 7402 www.adventurekayaking.co.nz  Agrodome [Rotorua – Attraction] Western Road, Ngongotaha t: +64 7 357 1050 www.agrodome.co.nz

See the Sights  Helipro [Rotorua – Flight-seeing] Te Puia, Hemo Road t: +64 7 357 2512 www.helipro.co.nz

Swoop/Freefall Xtreme/Shweeb/Agrojet] 1335 Paradise Valley Road, Ngongotaha t: +64 7 357 4747 www.agroventures.co.nz  Kaitiaki Adventures [Rotorua – Rafting] Hells Gate, State Highway 30 NZ fp: 0800 338 736 www.raft-it.com  Kawarau Jet Rotorua & Kjet

Parasailing [Rotorua – Jet Boating] Memorial Drive t: +64 7 343 7600 www.kjetrotorua.co.nz  Zorb Rotorua [Rotorua – Globe Riding] Cnr Western Road & State Highway 5, Ngongotaha t: +64 7 357 5100 www.zorb.com/zorb/rotorua  Adventure Kayaking [Rotorua –

 Clearwater Cruises New Zealand

[Rotorua – Boat Cruises] Tarawera Landing, Lake Tarawera t: +64 7 345 6688 www.clearwater.co.nz


 Hobbiton Movie Set & Farm

Tours [Rotorua – Tour] The Shire’s Rest Café, 501 Buckland Road, Hinuera t: +64 7 888 1505 www.hobbitontours.com

 Gordon Randle Trout Fishing

 Mokoia Island Wai Ora

[Rotorua – Fishing] 11 Te Ana Place t: +64 7 349 2555 www.rotoruatrout.co.nz Image: Tourism Rotorua


 Buried Village [Rotorua – Heritage

Experiences [Rotorua – Tours] Lakefront t: +64 7 349 0976 www.mokoiaisland.co.nz  Multi-day Adventures [Rotorua – Tours/Cycling/Hiking/Rafting] Whakarewarewa, Waipa State Mill Road t: +64 7 348 4290 www.multidayadventures.co.nz  Rotorua Duck Tours [Rotorua – Tours] Rotorua t: +64 7 345 6522 www.rotoruaducktours.co.nz  Xquizit Limousines & Tours

[Rotorua – Tours] t: +64 7 349 2564 www.xquizit.co.nz  Volcanic Air Safaris [Rotorua – Flight-seeing] Lakefront, Memorial Drive t: +64 7 348 9984 www.volcanicair.co.nz Culinary Experiences  Charles Royal Maorifood Trails

[Rotorua – Tour] t: +64 7 346 3122 cell: +64 21 236 6502 www.maorifood.com Rest & Relax  Hells Gate Wai Ora Spa

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[Rotorua – Geothermal Attraction/Spa] State Highway 30, Tikitere t: +64 7 345 3151 www.hellsgate.co.nz  Polynesian Spa [Rotorua – Thermal Pools/Spa] Lakeside, Hinemoa Street t: +64 7 348 1328 www.polynesianspa.co.nz

Hemo Road, Rotorua t +64 7 348 9047 NZ fp 0800 TE PUIA e reservations@tepuia.com www.tepuia.com

A brilliant blend of Maori cultural and geothermal wonders. See Maori cultural performances, watch ancient Maori crafts being taught, discover a geothermal and natural wonderland, and get up close with endangered kiwi – a day at Te Puia is packed with amazing things to do. Te Puia is home to New Zealand’s official Maori cultural centre, The New Zealand Maori Arts and Crafts Institute. Its profits are used to nurture traditional Maori arts, including wood and greenstone (pounamu) carving, and flax weaving. And that’s not all. From bubbling mud pools and the mighty Pohutu geyser to our kiwi breeding programme, there’s something for everyone at this must-see attraction.

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Te Puia Rotorua – Geothermal/Cultural Attraction/Wildlife Experience


Retail Therapy  Mountain Jade [Rotorua – Shop]

1288 Fenton Street t: +64 7 349 1828 www.mountainjade.co.nz


 Capers Epicurean [Rotorua – Café]

1181 Eruera Street t: +64 7 348 8818 www.capers.co.nz Tucked away from

the main tourist hotspots, Capers is a popular local delicatessen serving salads, pastas, wraps, sandwiches and desserts.  Fat Dog Café [Rotorua – Café]

1161 Arawa Street t: +64 7 347 7586 www.fatdogcafe.co.nz Fat Dog Café has

a relaxed vibe with its mismatched furniture, art and cool soundtrack. Fat Dog 2 Go sells take-away sandwiches and salads.  Lime Caffeteria [Rotorua – Café]

Cnr Fenton Street & Whakaue Street t: +64 7 350 2033 Just a short walk from

the shores of Lake Rotorua, Lime has a lovely little terrace that’s perfect for al fresco dining on sunny days.  The Library Store [Rotorua – Café]

Government Gardens t: +64 7 350 2119 www.bluebaths.co.nz

t: +64 7 349 6482 www.wildrice.co.nz

bars & Nightclubs

High-end Restaurants  Bistro 1284 [Rotorua – International Restaurant] 1284 Eruera Street t: +64 7 346 1284 www.bistro1284.co.nz  Urbano Bistro [Rotorua – International Restaurant] 289 Fenton Street t: +64 7 349 3770 www.urbanobistro.co.nz

 Brew [Rotorua – Pub] 1103 Tutanekai

Street, +64 7 346 0976 A lively beer

pub that serves up craft beers from Croucher Brewing and a tasty range of affordable gastro-pub food.  The Pheasant Plucker [Rotorua –

Pub] 1153 Arawa Street t: +64 7 343 7071

Warm and convivial atmosphere with live music sessions throughout the week (including live grand piano tunes on Mondays and jazz, blues and soul on Wednesdays).  The Pig ‘n‘ Whistle [Rotorua – Pub]

1182 Tutanekai Street t: +64 7 347 3025 www.pigandwhistle.co.nz Located in a

1940s building, the Pig ‘n‘ Whistle is popular with visitors and locals alike, serving up hearty meals, good drinks and live entertainment (Thursdays to Saturdays).


Street Smarts The Essentials  Cybershed [Rotorua – Internet Services] 1176 Pukuatua Street t: +64 7 349 4965  Lakes Care Medical Centre

[Rotorua – Medical Services] 1165 Tutanekai Street t: +64 7 348 1000

 McLeods Booksellers

[Rotorua – Shop] 1148 Pukuatua Street t: +64 7 348 5388 www.mcleodsbooks.co.nz  Post Office [Rotorua – Post Office] 1218 Tutanekai Street  Rotorua Hospital [Rotorua – Medical Services] Arawa Street t: +64 7 348 1199

Lounge on the couch while feasting on yummy organic food, coffee and drinks in an easy-going atmosphere.  Zippy Central Bar & Café [Rotorua –

Mid-range Restaurants  Cableway Restaurant [Rotorua – International Restaurant] Skyline Rotorua, 185 Fairy Springs Road t: +64 7 347 0027 www.skyline.co.nz  Indian Star [Rotorua – Ethnic Restaurant] 1118 Tutanekai Street t: +64 7 343 6222 www.indianstar.co.nz

By Night

 The Blue Baths Cabaret Dinner

 Cityride [Rotorua – Bus] Rotorua


Queens Drive, Government Gardens t: +64 7 350 2119 www.bluebaths.co.nz

 Geyser Link Shuttle [Rotorua –

1127 Haupapa Street t: +64 7 346 0018

Café] 1153 Pukuatua Street t: +64 7 348 8288

 Basement Cinema [Rotorua – Film]

Basement, 1140 Hinemoa Street t: +64 7 350 1400 www.basementcinema.co.nz  The Blue Baths [Rotorua – Attraction/ Thermal Pools/Heritage] Queens Drive,

Show [Rotorua – International Restaurant]

Sit back, relax and enjoy a glittering dinner show filled with fine food and fabulous entertainment.  Wild Rice Thai Cuisine [Rotorua –

Ethnic Restaurant] 1114 Tutanekai Street

how to get around NZ fp: 0800 422 9287 www.baybus.co.nz

Shuttle] Rotorua t: +64 7 477 9083 www.geyserlink.co.nz

Find out more  Rotorua i–SITE [1167 Fenton Street

t: +64 7 348 5179]

 Tourism Rotorua [1167 Fenton Street

The Pig & Whistle Rotorua – Pub 1182 Tutanekai Street t +64 7 347 3025 www.pigandwhistle. co.nz Open 7 days, 11:30am till late. Centrally located in a classic piece of bold 1940s architecture, The Pig & Whistle is a local landmark with great history. Full menu 11:30am to 10pm, seven days. Live bands on Thu, Fri and Sat nights. SKY Sport live on big screens.

Xquizit Limousines & Tours Rotorua – Limousine/Tours t +64 7 349 2564 www.xquizit.co.nz Local private tour company servicing the Rotorua and Bay of Plenty and beyond, to must-see attractions. Tours tailored to suit your interests: geothermal, mountains, beaches, Maori culture, etc. Fully licensed drivers/guides. 120 I LIVE, BREATHE AND EXPERIENCE NEW ZEALAND I destination-nz.com

NZ fp: 0800 768 678 www.rotoruanz.com]

 Websites

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remote beauty

Gisborne & Eastland

Feel the very essence of New Zealand in a charming and unspoilt part of the country where vineyards cloak the hills, white-sand surf beaches beckon and authentic Maori culture is alive and well, and easily accessible to visitors. Eastland is the perfect place for a soul-satisfying road trip.

Image: Tourism Eastland Inc

Gisborne city at dusk

Surfer at dawn, Makorori Beach

Explore the REgion Eastland rewards visitors with a taste of soothingly slow-paced life. A place where barefoot children ride two-up on ponies and marae are still integral for communities, Eastland offers an unpackaged glimpse into Maori culture. But don’t think you’ll be leaving contemporary comforts behind – Eastland’s sophisticated side is evident in vineyards producing New Zealand’s best Chardonnay and in the main centre, Gisborne, where café and surf culture blend.

Image: Tourism Eastland Inc

Regional Destinations Hicks Bay Beautiful and remote bay popular for swimming and surfing. Te Araroa Home of the largest Pohutukawa tree in the world, Te Waha o Rerekohu. Tolaga Bay Historic wharf, swimming beach and start of Cook’s Cove Walkway. Gisborne Surf and café culture combine in the main centre.

Getting There & Around Air Gisborne Airport offers daily services from Auckland and Wellington with Air NZ. Flights to smaller North Island destinations are available with Sunair [www.sunair. co.nz]. Road The Pacific Coast Highway winds around the edge of Eastland on its way from Auckland to Hawke’s Bay, while State Highway 2 offers a more direct route from the Bay of Plenty through to Gisborne. A couple of coach lines operate between Gisborne and Auckland, and there are regional shuttle and bus services. Many parts of the region are remote, so renting a vehicle may be a good option.

Events to Catch  Gisborne Food & Wine Festival

[Oct] www.gisbornewine.co.nz/festival  Rhythm & Vines [Dec] www.rhythmandvines.co.nz

Do It!  Watch the sunrise from Mount Hikurangi.  Follow the Tairawhiti Heritage Trail around rural Eastland.  Hike in Te Urewera National Park.

Pacific Coast Highway The Pacific Coast Highway winds its way around the coast of Eastland. From Opotoki in the eastern Bay of Plenty, the road winds northeast to Te Kaha. This former whaling settlement is surrounded by lovely beaches. Further on is remote Hicks Bay; at the eastern end is Onepoto Bay with a beach safe for swimming. Nearby is Te Araroa, where you can join a tour to East Cape – the easternmost point

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30 miles

East Cape

The easternmost

Mount Hikurangi

point of mainland

1,754 metres tall, its

New Zealand.

summit is the first place

Lottin Point

Cape Runaway

in NZ to see the sunrise.

Hicks Bay Te Araroa


East Cape

Te Kaha




Raukumara Forest Park

Whakatane Opotiki

Ruatoria Waipiro Bay Te Puia Springs


Tokomaru Bay Motu 2


Te Karaka


Lake Waikaremoana

Manutuke Waingake Muriwai

Pourewa Is




Whirinaki Forest Park

Tolaga Bay


Urewera National Park

Gable End Foreland


Wainui Beach


Great swimming

Poverty Bay Young Nicks Head

and surfing.


Young Nicks Head


The first part of New


Zealand spotted by Captain Mahia Peninsula


Cook’s cabin boy.

Napier Hastings 2

Havelock North

Major urban area Town State Highway

Other road Railway Walking track


Spring (Sep – Nov)

Summer (Dec – Feb)

Autumn (Mar – May)

Winter (Jun – Aug)

Mean daily max/min temperature Average rainfall/wet days

19/9˚C • 66/48˚F 76 mm • 9 days

24/13˚C • 75/55˚F 66 mm • 7 days

20/10˚C • 68/50˚F 100 mm • 9 days

15/5˚C • 59/41˚F 112 mm • 12 days


Highlights Climb Mount Hikurangi to see the sunrise. Join a guided tour out to the remote lighthouse at East Cape. Wander along historic Tolaga Bay Wharf. Go on a multi-day hike in Te Urewera National Park. Taste Eastland Chardonnay at a vineyard.

Where to Sleep  Flying Nun Backpackers [Gisborne

– Backpackers] 147 Roebuck Road t: +64 6 868 0461 www.flynun.co.nz

 Marina View Apartments

[Gisborne – Apartments/Guest & Hosted] Unit 202, 6 Reads Quay t: +64 6 869 0060 www.gisborneaccommodation.co.nz  Hicks Bays Motel Lodge [Hicks Bay – Motel] 5198 Te Araroa Road t: +64 6 864 4880 www.hicksbaymotel.co.nz  Knapdale Eco Lodge [Waihirere – Lodge] 114 Snowsill Road t: +64 6 862 5444 www.knapdale.co.nz  Quality Hotel Emerald [Gisborne – Hotel] 13 Gladstone Road t: +64 6 868 8055 www.emeraldhotel.co.nz

 Eastwoodhill Aboretum [Gisborne – Gardens] 2392 Wharekopae Road, Ngatapa t: +64 6 863 9003 www.eastwoodhill.org.nz  Morere Hot Springs [Morere – Thermal Pools] State Highway 2 t: +64 6 837 8856 www.morerehotsprings.co.nz  Surfing with Frank [Wainui Beach – Surfing] 58 Murphy Road t: +64 6 867 0823 www.surfingwithfrank.com


of mainland New Zealand. Mount Hikurangi, near Ruatoria, is 1,754 metres tall and its summit is the first place in New Zealand to see the sunrise. Tolaga Bay is famous for its historic wharf. Tatapouri offers fishing, diving and surfing, and Wainui Beach, just north of Gisborne, offers swimming and surfing.


 Café 84 [Gisborne – Café]

14 Childers Road t: +64 6 868 6516 Award-

winning local favourite.

By Night bars & Restaurants

 USSCO Bar & Bistro [Gisborne –

International Restaurant] 16 Childers Road t: +64 6 868 3246 www.ussco.co.nz

Street Smarts Find Out More  Gisborne i–SITE [209 Grey Street

t: +64 6 868 6139]

Hicks Bay Motel Lodge Hicks Bay – Motel

5198 Te Araroa Road, Hicks Bay, Gisborne t +64 6 864 4880 e stay@hicksbaymotel.co.nz www.hicksbaymotel.co.nz

Hicks Bay is located just west of the international date line and beams a laid-back, indigenous lifestyle complete with vibrant Maori culture. Hicks Bay is the perfect overnight base for Coach Tours travelling The Pacific Coast Highway with accommodation and The Finish Line Restaurant – Out East.

 Websites

www.destination-nz.com www.gisbornenz.com www.wairoanz.com Sunrise in Eastland

By Day Image: Tourism Eastland Inc

Experience Get Cultured With a long history of Maori settlement, and significance as Captain Cook’s first landing place in New Zealand, this area contains a number of interesting historic sites. Follow the Tairawhiti Heritage Trail and pay a visit to the Tairawhiti Museum for a good introduction to local heritage. Tairawhiti Museum & Te Moana Maritime Museum

[Kelvin Rise, Stout Street, Gisborne www. tairawhitimuseum.org.nz]

Things to do  Dive Tatapouri [Gisborne – Shark Cage Diving/Surfing/Sledging] Tatapouri Beach, State Highway 35 t: +64 6 868 5153 www.divetatapouri.com

Quality Hotel Emerald Gisborne – Hotel13 Gladstone Road t +64 6 868 8055 www.emeraldhotel.co.nz Perfectly positioned in central Gisborne, Quality Hotel Emerald has spacious rooms for leisure and corporate guests. With a restaurant, day spa, state-of-the-art conference/meeting space and top facilities, you’ll enjoy every convenience without ever having to leave.

DIVE TATAPOURI Gisborne – Tour/Diving Tatapouri Beach (14 km from Gisborne on SH 35) t +64 6 868 5153 www.divetatapouri.com Discover the

children of Tangaroa at Tatapouri Bay. Reef Ecology Tour – walk the reef and interact with stingrays, Eagle Rays and other reef dwellers. Shark Cage Diving – no experience required (season November to April). plan and book online at www.destination-nz.com I 123

art deco treasure

Hawke’s Bay

Image: Hawke’s Bay Tourism

Sample the finer things in life in a beautiful part of the country where a stunning Art Deco town nestles between the blue Pacific and the sun-bleached hills of wine country. This region on the east coast of the North Island produces some of New Zealand’s very best red wines.

Explore the REgion

Getting There & Around

Napier is a charming seaside city where the fresh whites of Art Deco buildings contrast a blue sky. From Marine Parade, lined with Norfolk pines, to the café culture of the CBD, Napier is an appealing destination. Sunny and warm, Hawke’s Bay is the nation’s oldest wine-growing region and remains a top wine producer. Excellent hiking and mountain biking, and a stunning cliff-top golf course complete the recipe for an unforgettable holiday.

Air Hawke’s Bay Airport, 10 minutes’ from central Napier, has direct daily flights from Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch. Flights to smaller North Island destinations are also available. Road Napier is 2 hours from Taupo and 4 hours, 30 minutes from Wellington via Palmerston North. The Napier-Taupo Road is a 142-kilometre highway through a mountain range. In parts it is steep and winding, and is sometimes closed due to snow. Check www.nzta.govt.nz for road conditions. Coaches provide regular services and shuttles operate locally, with wine tours a speciality.

Regional Destinations Napier Extraordinary Art Deco architecture and fine wine. Hastings Established wine- and fruit-growing region. Havelock North Charming country village with great shopping and dining.

Events to Catch  Art Deco Weekend [Napier – Feb]

t: +64 6 835 0022 www.artdeconapier.com  Mission Concert [Napier – Feb] NZ fp: 0800 162 560 www.missionconcert.co.nz


Wine sampling, Hawke’s Bay

Do It!  Sample the latest vintage at a winery.  Play golf at spectacular cliff-top Cape Kidnappers.  Take an Art Deco walking tour.  Summer & Winter F.A.W.C.

[Oct/Nov & Jun] www.fawc.co.nz

Art Deco City At the heart of Hawke’s Bay, the Art Deco capital of Napier is a sophisticated coastal town full of fascinating architecture. The abundance of Art Deco-style buildings in Napier is due to a devastating earthquake that hit the region in 1931. What followed was an intense rebuilding programme and,






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Frasertown Nuhaka Mahia Beach

er Riv

Kaweka Forest Park


Table Cape

Portland Is

Hawke Bay

Whirinaki Bay View


Mahia Peninsula

Waipatiki Beach


Young Nicks Head

Napier Hastings Clive



Ruahine Forest Park




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Takapau Ormondville


Haumoana Te Awanga

Cape Kidnappers

Havelock North Ocean Beach Te Hauke Waimarama 2

Cape Kidnappers

Gannet colony and a

Bare Is

world-famous golf course.

Otane Elsthorpe Waipawa Kairakau Beach Waipukurau

Wallingford Porangahau

Te Mata Peak

399-metre peak with great views and hiking trails


Major urban area Town State Highway

Other road Railway Walking track


Spring (Sep – Nov)

Summer (Dec – Feb)

Autumn (Mar – May)

Winter (Jun – Aug)

Mean daily max/min temperature Average rainfall/wet days

19/9˚C • 66/48˚F 59 mm • 7 days

24/14˚C • 75/57˚F 55 mm • 6 days

20/10˚C • 68/50˚F 74 mm • 8 days

14/6˚C • 57/43˚F 80 mm • 9 days

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BELLA TUSCANY MOTOR LODGE Fully serviced and just five minutes from CBD and wineries. Easy-access ground-floor units, most with courtyards. SKY TV, wireless internet and air conditioning. Breakfast available.

sea views (all the way to South America!), spacious rooms, cheerful staff and a convivial atmosphere. Originally a waterfront hotel, this rambling survivor of the 1931 Napier earthquake is now a top-rated backpacker hostel.

Eco Lodge Pakowhai Backpackers Hastings – Backpackers

By Day

Napier – Motel 371 Kennedy Road t +64 6 843 9129

NZ fp 0800 365 754 www.bellatuscany.co.nz

1000 Pakowhai Road cell +64 27 298 8910 www.ecolodge-pakowhai.co.nz

Country living at the edge of town! Off-street parking, free laundry and Wi-Fi. Dorms, double/twin rooms (some with en suite), cabins, campervan sites.

Splash Planet Theme Park Hastings – Theme Park 1001 Grove Road t +64 6 873 8033 www.splashplanet.co.nz

Splash Planet is the perfect fun family spot. Really, it’s New Zealand’s biggest water theme park and this makes it a great place to chill in summer – and it’s quite a load of fun, especially for kids young and not so young! World’s Longest Place Name Taumata-whakatangi hangakoauau-o-tamatea-turi-pukaka-piki-maunga-horonuku-pokai-

whenua-ki-tanatahu is located in Hawke’s Bay and translates to: ‘The place where Tamatea, the man with the big knees, who slid, climbed and swallowed mountains, known as land-eater, played his flute to his loved one’.

as a result, one of the world’s greatest collections of Art Deco buildings was created, and it’s one-of-a-kind with Maori motifs incorporated into the classic designs. Join a guided walking tour or grab a brochure from the i-SITE and explore at your own pace. Don’t miss the Daily Telegraph Building on Tennyson Street, the ASB Bank on Hastings Street and the National Tobacco Company in Ahuriri.

Highlights Join a walking tour of Art Deco architecture in central Napier. Take a 4WD adventure to Cape Kidnappers gannet colony. Sample fantastic local wines at the cellar door. Rent a bike and cycle along the waterfront. Take in the view from Te Mata Peak.

Where to Sleep  Ballina Motel [Taradale – Motel]

393 Gloucester Street t: +64 6 845 0648 www.ballinamotel.co.nz

 Bella Tuscany Motor Lodge [Napier

– Motel] 371 Kennedy Road t: +64 6 843 9129 www.bellatuscany.co.nz  Masonic Hotel Napier [Napier – Boutique Hotel] Cnr Tennyson Street & Marine Parade t: +64 6 835 8689 www.masonic.co.nz

 Mon Logis [Napier – B&B] 415 Marine Parade t: +64 6 835 2125 www.monlogis.co.nz  Motel De La Mer [Napier – Motel] 321 Marine Parade t: +64 6 835 7001 www.moteldelamer.co.nz  Scenic Hotel Te Pania [Napier – Hotel] 45 Marine Parade t: +64 6 833 7733 www.scenichotelgroup.co.nz/napier  The Crown Hotel [Ahuriri – Hotel] Cnr Hardinge Road & Bridge Street t: +64 6 833 8300 www.thecrownnapier.co.nz  The Rotten Apple [Hastings – Backpackers] 114 Heretaunga Street East t: +64 6 878 4363 www.rottenapple.co.nz  Waipatiki Beach Holiday Park

[Napier – Holiday Park] 498 Waipatiki Road, RD1 t: +64 6 836 6075 www.waipatikibeach.co.nz Wake up to native birds at a small family camp in this unspoilt rural seaside location. Campsites, power sites and cabins with sea views. Golden sandy beach and a variety of bush walks. Only 30 minutes from Napier but a world away.  YHA Napier [Napier – Backpacker Hostel] 277 Marine Parade, Napier t: +64 6 835 7039 NZ fp: 0800 278 299 e: book@yha.co.nz www.yha.co.nz

Located on the beachfront close to Napier city centre, the YHA Napier hostel has character, fantastic


Experience Hawke’s Bay Wine Country There are more than 70 wineries in Hawke’s Bay!  Black Barn Vineyards [Havelock

North – Winery/Restaurant] Black Barn Road t: +64 6 877 7985 www.blackbarn.com  Church Road Winery [Taradale – Winery] 150 Church Road t: +64 6 844 2053 www.churchroad.co.nz  Mission Estate Winery [Napier – Winery/Restaurant] 198 Church Road t: +64 6 845 9350 www.missionestate.co.nz  On Yer Bike Winery Tours [Hastings – Wine Cycle Tours] 2543 State Highway 50 t: +64 6 650 4657 www.onyerbikehb.co.nz  Trinity Hill [Hastings – Winery] 2396 State Highway 50 t: +64 6 879 7778 www.trinityhill.com

Things to do

 0800 Skydive [Hastings/Masterton

– Skydiving] 44 Ngatarawa Road, Bridge Pa, Hastings & 177 South Road, Masterton t: +64 6 879 7393 NZ fp: 0800 759 348 www.0800skydive.co.nz. Tandem skydive or learn to skydive on our Accelerated Freefall programme.  Cape Kidnappers Lodge & Golf Course [Te Awanga – Golf] 446 Clifton Road

t: +64 6 873 1018 www.capekidnappers.com

 Early Morning Balloons [Hastings – Hot Air Ballooning] 71 Rosser Road t: +64 6 879 4229 www.hotair.co.nz  Gannet Safaris Overland [Hastings – Wildlife Tour] 396 Clifton Road, Te Awanga t: +64 6 875 0888 www.gannetsafaris.co.nz  National Aquarium of New

Zealand [Napier – Aquarium] Marine Parade

t: +64 6 834 1404 www.nationalaquarium.co.nz  Ocean Spa [Napier – Day Spa] 42 Marine Parade, Napier t: +64 6 835 8553 www.oceanspa.co.nz  Splash Planet Theme Park

[Hastings – Theme Park] 1001 Grove Road t: +64 6 873 8033 www.splashplanet.co.nz

Ballina Motel

Motel de la Mer

Napier – Motel

Napier – Boutique Motel

Cnr Hardinge Road & Bridge Street, Ahuriri, Napier t +64 6 833 8300 NZ fp 0508 843 276 www.thecrownnapier.co.nz

393 Gloucester Street, Taradale, Napier t +64 6 845 0648 NZ fp 0508 225 542 e info@ballinamotel.co.nz www.ballinamotel.co.nz

321 Marine Parade, Napier t +64 6 835 7001 NZ fp 0800 335 263 www.moteldelamer.co.nz

Set in the picturesque seaside village of Ahuriri. Offering guest rooms and suites, and luxury two- and three-bedroom apartments. Choose from the elegant heritage suites or contemporary rooms overlooking the ocean. Conference facilities, a newly opened boutique cinema – Globe, fitness centre, two bars, and awardwinning Milk & Honey Restaurant. Relax and indulge at a boutique hotel with timeless elegance and genuine personalised service.

Farmers’ market, Hawke’s Bay

One of Hawke’s Bay’s luxury motels, Ballina Motel is ideally positioned for the discerning traveller, midway between Napier and Hastings city centres. 16 self-contained, spacious suites featuring air conditioning, free broadband internet, spa baths and SKY TV. Within walking distance of Taradale’s cafés, restaurants, bars and shopping. Central to Hawke’s Bay’s diverse range of attractions. Go to our website and book online now.

Intimate boutique motel comprising eleven suites. We offer attentive service and luxurious oceanfront accommodation within five minutes’ walk of the CBD. All suites feature stylish, spacious living areas, complete with freshwater spa pools, TVs, wireless broadband, DVD/CD player and tiled en suite bathrooms. Executive and penthouse suites are more intimate. We also offer two one-bedroom suites which sleep up to four people.

Mission Estate Winery Napier – Winery

198 Church Road, Taradale, Napier t +64 6 845 9350 e info@missionestate.co.nz www.missionestate.co.nz Open Mon – Sat 9am – 5pm, Sun 10am – 4:30pm (closed Christmas Day & Good Friday)

Mission offers the total winery experience: taste our award-winning wines at the cellar door, take a historical tour (twice daily), visit the art gallery or dine in the Mission Restaurant, open daily for lunch and dinner. The elegantly restored building offers a unique location. Beautiful by day and spectacular by night, it is unparalleled in Hawke’s Bay. Established in 1851, Mission Estate is New Zealand’s oldest winery.

Ocean Spa Napier – Spa & Pools

Image: Hawke’s Bay Tourism

42 Marine Parade, Napier t +64 6 835 8553 e napier@ oceanspringsmanagement.co.nz www.oceanspa.co.nz Open Mon – Sat 6am – 10pm, Sun & Public Holidays 8am – 10pm

Vast ocean views, warm soothing water and bubbles provide relaxation for the mind and body. Heated large pool, lap pool, hot spas, toddler pool, cold pool, steam room and sauna – the choice is yours! Ocean Spa’s open-air heated pools are open all year round, till late every night! plan and book online at www.destination-nz.com I 127


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 Takaro Trails Cycle Tours [Napier – Bike Tours] 9 Nelson Quay, Ahuriri t: +64 6 835 9030 www.takarotrails.co.nz

Takaro Trails operates self-guided cycle tours and mountain biking packages ranging in duration from one to five days.

Get Cultured  Art Deco Trust [Napier – Guided Walks/ Tours/Heritage Attraction] 7 Tennyson Street t: +64 6 835 0022 www.artdeconapier.com  MTG Hawke’s Bay [Napier – Museum/ Theatre/Gallery] 1 Tennyson Street t: +64 6 835 7781 www.hbmag.co.nz  Waimarama Maori Tours at

Hakikino [Havelock North – Maori Culture] 498 Te Apiti Road, Waimarama cell: +64 21 057 0935 www.waimaramaori.com

Discover See the Sights  Absolute de Tours [Napier – Tours]

t: +64 6 844 8699 www.absolutedetours.co.nz

Culinary Experiences  Arataki Honey [Hastings – Gourmet Food Store] 66 Arataki Road t: +64 6 877 7300 www.aratakihoney.co.nz  Rush Munro’s Ice Cream

Gardens [Hastings – Gourmet Food Store]

704 Heretaunga Street West t: +64 6 878 9634 www.rushmunro.co.nz  The Strawberry Patch [Havelock North – Gourmet Food Store] 96 Havelock Road t: +64 6 877 1350 www.strawberrypatch.co.nz Retail Therapy  Classic Sheepskins [Napier – Factory

Outlet] 22 Thames Street, Pandora t: +64 6 835 9662 www.classicsheepskins.co.nz Open: 7 days; free tannery tours Mon – Sat, 11am & 2pm. Factory prices. Souvenirs,

Possum-Merino knitwear, quality sheepskins and hairskin products.  Decorum [Napier – Shop] Cnr Tennyson

Street & Herschell Street t: +64 6 835 8951

Cafés  Bay Espresso [Havelock North – Café]

19 Middle Road t: +64 6 877 9230 www.bayespresso.co.nz  Cappadonna [Napier – Café] 189 Emerson Street t: +64 6 835 3368

Situated in the heart of Napier’s pedestrian-only shopping strip, grab a street-side table and enjoy excellent coffee and cabinet fare.  Groove Kitchen Espresso [Napier –

Café] 112 Tennyson Street t: +64 6 835 8530 www.groovekitchen.co.nz  Opera Kitchen [Hastings – Café] 312 Eastbourne Street t: +64 6 870 6020 www.operakitchen.co.nz  Ujazi Café [Napier – Café] 28 Tennyson Street t: +64 6 835 1490 Follow

the tables strung along the pavement to this cool little slice of alternative café culture in central Napier. Hugely popular with locals, who are drawn to the laid-back atmosphere.

By Night bars & Nightclubs

 Rose & Shamrock [Havelock North –

Pub] Cnr Napier Road & Porter Drive t: +64 6 877 2999 www.roseandshamrock.co.nz  The Gintrap [Ahuriri – Café/Bar] 64 West Quay t: +64 6 835 0199 www.gintrap.co.nz Harbourside dining

all day and late-night drinking in the buzzing after-dark precinct of Ahuriri.  Thirsty Whale [Napier – Pub]

62 West Quay, Ahuriri t: +64 6 835 8815 www.thethirstywhale.co.nz

Restaurants  Hep Set Mooch [Napier – International

Restaurant] 58 West Quay t: +64 6 833 6332 www.shed2.co.nz

 Mission Estate Winery

Restaurant [Napier – International

Restaurant] 198 Church Road

t: +64 6 845 9350 www.missionestate.co.nz  Pipi [Havelock North – International Restaurant] 16 Joll Road t: +64 6 877 8993 www.pipicafe.co.nz  Restaurant Indonesia [Napier – Ethnic Restaurant] 409 Marine Parade t: +64 6 835 8303 http://restaurantindonesia.co.nz/  Terrôir [Havelock North – Restaurant] 253 Waimarama Road t: +64 6 873 7126 www.craggyrange.com  The Old Church [Napier – Restaurant] 199 Meeanee Road t: +64 6 844 8866 www.theoldchurch.co.nz Open: Lunch 12pm – 3pm (summer 7 days; winter Wed – Sun), dinner 6pm till late. Divine cuisine, firstclass service and chandeliers in an opulent Hawke’s Bay landmark.

Street Smarts The Essentials  Beattie & Forbes [Napier – Bookshop]

70 Tennyson Street t: +64 6 835 8968 http://beattieandforbes.circlesoft.net  Hawke’s Bay Hospital [Hastings – Medical Services] Omahu Road t: +64 6 878 8109  Napier Health Centre [Napier – Medical Services] 76 Wellesley Road t: +64 6 878 8109  Napier Police Station [Napier – Police] Station Street t: +64 6 831 0700  Napier Post Office [Napier – Post Office] 151 Hastings Street

how to get around  goBay [Napier – Bus]

t: +64 6 878 9250 www.gobus.co.nz/urban/hawkes-bay

Find out more  Hastings i-SITE [Cnr Russell Street

South & Heretaunga Street East, Hastings t: +64 6 873 0080]  Napier i-SITE [100 Marine Parade, Hastings t: +64 6 834 1911]  Websites

www.destination-nz.com www.isitehawkesbay.co.nz www.visithastings.co.nz www.havelocknorth.com

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Taupo & Ruapehu

Base yourself on the shores of New Zealand’s largest lake in the centre of a region offering a myriad of outdoor activities in an unforgettable landscape. From hiking and fishing to culture and geothermal activity, there’s a lot to do!

Enjoying life at Lake Taupo

Image: Destination Lake Taupo

Jet boat, Huka Falls

Explore the REgion An impressive lake and a triad of volcanoes are the lynchpins of a remarkable landscape. Taupo is an ideal base for exploring, but Turangi is a popular fishing retreat and further south are smaller towns with easy access to outdoor activities. Discover sights that will fix themselves in your memory: 220,000 litres of water per second pouring over Huka Falls, volcanic mountains jutting out of the Central Plateau and early morning sunshine sparkling on Lake Taupo.

Image: Destination Lake Taupo

Regional Destinations Waiouru Popular refreshment stop and the site of NZ’s National Army Museum. Taupo Sparkling resort town and main centre of the region. Turangi Trout-fishing capital and wintertime ski resort. Taumarunui Main regional centre and gateway to Whanganui National Park. Whakapapa Village Tiny village

in a spectacular setting at the base of Mt Ruapehu. National Park Village Views of the volcanoes and access to Tongariro National Park. Ohakune Wintertime ski resort and home of the ‘Big Carrot’.

Getting There & Around Air Taupo Airport, 10 minutes from town, offers domestic flights to Auckland and Wellington. Numerous scenic flights, fishing safaris and skydive flights also operate out of Taupo Airport. Road Taupo is located on State Highway 1, midway between Auckland and Wellington. It is 4 hours by road from Auckland and 5 hours from Wellington. The drive around the eastern side of the lake from Taupo to Turangi takes approximately 40 minutes. Coach and shuttle services operate to popular visitor activities.

Events to Catch  Ironman New Zealand

[Mar] www.ironman.co.nz

Do It!  Jet boat to the Huka Falls.  Ski on a volcano during winter.  Delve into history at the National Army Museum.

On the Shores of Lake Taupo At the centre of the North Island is a region of extreme landscapes, including volcanic mountains and New Zealand’s largest lake. The variety of landscapes enable visitors to experience a wide range of activities, from thrills like skydiving or bungy jumping through to the relaxed pleasures of trout fishing or soaking in a thermal pool. The main centre of the Central North Island is Taupo, a lakeside resort offering an excellent range of accommodation,

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Kaweka Forest Park

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Spring (Sep – Nov)

Summer (Dec – Feb)

Autumn (Mar – May)

Winter (Jun – Aug)

Mean daily max/min temperature Average rainfall/wet days

17/7˚C • 63/45˚F 92 mm • 11 days

23/11˚C • 73/52˚F 90 mm • 8 days

18/8˚C • 64/46˚F 81 mm • 8 days

12/3˚C • 54/37˚F 104 mm • 11 days



Highlights Take a walk to the Huka Falls. Fish for trout with the help of a professional guide. Enjoy a relaxing boat cruise on Lake Taupo. Explore Orakei Korako Cave and Thermal Park. Visit the excellent Taupo Museum. Skydive in the skies above New Zealand’s largest lake.

Where to Sleep  Bella Vista Motel Taupo [Taupo –

Motel] 145 Heuheu Street t: +64 7 378 9043 www.bellavistamoteltaupo.co.nz  Wairakei Resort [Taupo – Hotel] State Highway 1 t: +64 7 374 9004 www.wairakei.co.nz  Camellia Court Motel [Taupo – Motel] 50 Tonga Street (off Spa Road) t: +64 7 378 4346 www.camelliacourttaupo.co.nz  Huka Falls Resort [Taupo – Hotel] 56 Huka Falls Road t: +64 7 376 0260 www.hukafallsresort.com  Lake Taupo Top 10 Holiday

Resort [Taupo – Holiday Park]

41 Centennial Drive t: +64 7 378 6860 www.taupotop10.co.nz

 Millennium Hotel & Resort

Manuels Taupo [Taupo – Hotel] 243 Lake

Terrace t: +64 7 378 5110 www.manuels.co.nz

 Quest Taupo [Taupo – Apartments]

9 Tui Street t: +64 7 378 7487 www.questtaupo.co.nz  Tiki Lodge [Taupo – Backpackers] 104 Tuwharetoa Street t: +64 7 377 4545 www.tikilodge.co.nz  YHA Taupo [Taupo –Backpacker Hostel] 56 Kaimanawa Street, Taupo t: +64 7 378 3311 NZ fp: 0800 278 299 e: book@yha.co.nz www.yha.co.nz YHA Taupo is centrally located – it’s just a 5-minute walk to the Taupo town centre and the lakefront. Rafting, skydiving and the worldfamous Tongariro Crossing are just some of the reasons to come and stay at the YHA Taupo backpacker hostel. Alongside the main building is a fully self-contained lodge which is perfect for group accommodation.

By Day Experience Great Lake Taupo  Canoe & Kayak [Taupo – Canoeing/ Kayaking] The Castle, 77 Spa Road t: +64 7 378 1003 www.canoeandkayak.co.nz  Chris Jolly Outdoors [Taupo – Boat Cruises/Fishing] Ferry Road, Taupo Boat Harbour t: +64 7 378 0623 www.chrisjolly.co.nz  Flyfish Taupo [Turangi – Fishing] Turangi t: +64 7 377 8054 www.flyfishtaupo.com  Taupo Rod & Tackle [Taupo – Fishing] 7 Tongariro Street t: +64 7 378 5337 www.tauporodandtackle.co.nz

Things To Do Action & Adventure  Formula Challenge [Taupo – Activity]

Taupo Motorsport Park t: +64 7 377 0338 www.formulachallenge.co.nz  Hukafalls Jet [Taupo – Jetboating] 200 Karetoto Road, Wairakei Tourist Park t: +64 7 374 8572 www.hukafallsjet.com  Skydive Taupo [Taupo – Skydiving] Lot 26, Anzac Memorial Drive t: +64 7 377 4662 www.skydivetaupo.co.nz  Taupo Tandem Skydiving

[Taupo – Skydiving] Anzac Memorial Drive, Taupo Airport t: +64 7 377 0428 www.taupotandemskydiving.com

Bayview Chateau Tongariro Mount Ruapehu – Hotel

State Highway 48, Mount Ruapehu t +64 7 892 3809 NZ fp 0800 CHATEAU e stay@chateau.co.nz www.chateau.co.nz

Located on State Highway 48, beneath the mighty Mount Ruapehu. Enjoy the Tongariro National Park with skiing on New Zealand’s largest ski area during winter and day walks including the Tongariro Alpine Crossing throughout the rest of the year. The historic Chateau Tongariro Hotel and its year-round dining facilities will complement your experience.

Miscellaneous Fun  Orakei Korako Cave & Thermal

Park [Taupo – Geothermal Attraction]

494 Orakei Korako Road t: +64 7 378 3131 www.orakeikorako.co.nz  Taupo Museum [Taupo – Museum] Story Place www.taupomuseum.co.nz  Volcanic Activity Centre [Taupo – Attraction] 114 Karetoto Road, Wairakei Tourist Park t: +64 7 374 8375 www.volcanoes.co.nz  Wairakei International Golf

Course [Taupo – Golf] State Highway 1

t: +64 7 374 8152 www.wairakeigolfcourse.co.nz

Discover  AC Baths [Taupo – Thermal Pools]

AC Baths Avenue t: +64 7 376 0350 www.taupodc.govt.nz  Huka Honey Hive [Taupo – Gourmet Food Store] Karetoto Road (off Huka Falls Road), Wairakei t: +64 7 374 8553 www.hukahoneyhive.com  Huka Prawn Park [Taupo – Attraction] Karetoto Road, Wairakei Tourist Park t: +64 7 374 8474 www.hukaprawnpark.co.nz

Millennium Hotel & Resort Manuels Taupo Taupo – Hotel 243 Lake Terrace, Taupo t +64 7 378 5110 NZ fp 0800 555 511 e info@manuels.co.nz www.manuels.co.nz

Luxurious accommodation on the shores of Lake Taupo. Step from your room onto the beach or your private balcony. Superb cuisine in the awardwinning Edgewater Restaurant and Beach Brasserie. Various room types, 42’’ SKY TV, high-speed broadband, spa baths, jet showers, air conditioning. Three conference venues, WiFi in public areas, gym, tennis court, heated pool and ‘Hot Grotto’ plunge pool. Get the best rates online.

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dining and activities. Lake Taupo is the focal point for the town. From swimming to boating and fishing, it offers a wealth of recreation options. The small town of Turangi on the southern shores of Lake Taupo is the hub of trout fishing in the region.

[Taupo – Thermal Pools] State Highway 5 t: +64 7 378 8559 www.taupodebretts.co.nz  Taupo’s Floatplane [Taupo – Flightseeing] Lake Front Boat Harbour t: +64 7 378 7500 www.tauposfloatplane.co.nz

cafÉs  Licorice Café [Turangi – Café] 57 State

Highway 1, Motuoapa t: +64 7 386 5551

Excellent little café in a tiny town on the southern shores of Lake Taupo.  Replete Food Company [Taupo–

Café/Gourmet Food Store] 45 Heuheu Street t: +64 7 378 0606 www.replete.co.nz

Justifiably popular, Replete is always busy with patrons sipping the excellent coffee or browsing the selection in the cabinet.

By Night bars & Restaurants

 Edgewater Restaurant [Taupo –

International Restaurant] Millennium Hotel & Resort Manuels Taupo, 243 Lake Terrace t: +64 7 378 5110 www.millenniumhotels.co.nz

 Lotus Thai [Taupo – Ethnic Restaurant]

137 Tongariro Street t: +64 7 376 9497 www.lotusthai.co.nz  The Oreti Restaurant [Mission House Drive, Pukawa t: +64 7 386 7070 www.oretivillage.com] in Oreti Resort.  Plateau Restaurant & Bar [Taupo – International Restaurant] 64 Tuwharetoa Street t: +64 7 377 2425 www.plateautaupo.co.nz Contemporary Kiwi chic; Plateau is a celebration of New Zealand style and cuisine with décor inspired by the landscape, Monteith’s beers on tap, and a soundtrack of Kiwi tunes.  The Brantry [Taupo – Fine Dining

Restaurant] 45 Rifle Range Road t: +64 7 378 0484 www.thebrantry.co.nz

Street Smarts Find out more  Taupo i–SITE [Taupo – Visitor Information

Service] 30 Tongariro Street t: +64 7 376 0027  Websites

www.destination-nz.com www.laketauponz.com

Big Fish Stories Brown and Rainbow Trout were introduced to the Taupo region at the end of the 19th Century and quickly adapted, growing to good sizes in the new environment. Since the writer Zane Grey visited in the 1920s and wrote about his experiences fishing at Lake Taupo, the region has been worldfamous for trout fishing. Today, Lake Taupo and the surrounding rivers offer world-class fishing throughout the year. Turangi, a small town on the southern shores of the lake, is a popular base for trout fishing. Numerous fishing guides and charters operate out of Taupo and Turangi. A licence is required to fish for trout in New Zealand; this can be organised by your fishing guide. 132 I LIVE, BREATHE AND EXPERIENCE NEW ZEALAND I destination-nz.com

Ruapehu South of Lake Taupo and overlooked by a triad of volcanoes, the highaltitude plateau setting of the Ruapehu region is a breathtaking location for a myriad of outdoor adventures. Explore the ski areas of Mount Ruapehu and the wilderness of Tongariro National Park, with its native forest and white-water rivers.

Highlights Visit the National Army Museum at Waiouru. Spend a day hiking the Tongariro Alpine Crossing. Ski on a volcano! Brave the famous 42 Traverse mountain bike trail. Take a scenic flight over the otherworldly landscape. Go white-water rafting in Tongariro National Park.

Around the Mountains Mount Ruapehu, Ngauruhoe and Tongariro are the lynchpins around which the Ruapehu region pivots. The Desert Road (State Highway 1) passes east of the mountains from Turangi to Waiouru, and Tongariro National Park is on the western side. Waiouru This busy little highway village marks the turnoff to State Highway 49 around the southern side of the mountains. It’s the site of New Zealand’s National Army Museum. Ohakune The pleasant little village of Ohakune is downright charming in winter, when all is coated with snow. It has accommodation and dining, and is a popular base for skiing. National Park New Zealand’s highest altitude urban settlement at 825 metres above sea level. It’s well positioned for hiking Tongariro Alpine Crossing or skiing Mount Ruapehu. Whakapapa Village Located at the base of Mount Ruapehu and just 10 minutes’ drive from the ski area. The Bayview Chateau Tongariro hotel is an iconic local spot offering accommodation, dining and a bar. Taumarunui The main centre of the region is located northwest of the mountains. It’s a good base for exploring the National Park, tackling the 42 Traverse mountain bike trail or starting a Whanganui River Journey.

Image: Destination Lake Taupo

Taupo & Ruapehu NORTH ISLAND

 Taupo DeBretts Hot Springs

State Highway 1, Taupo t +64 7 374 9004 NZ fp 0800 737 678 e stay@wairakei.co.nz www.wairakei.co.nz

Located on Wairakei Road next to Wairakei International Golf Course & Tourist Park, this is a true resort. Geothermally heated outdoor pools, tennis courts, nine-hole golf course and stylish accommodation with hotel rooms and self-contained villas. Mountain biking, jet boating and Huka Falls. Wairakei provides year-round dining facilities that will complement your experience.

Bella Vista Motel Taupo Taupo – Motel

Huka Falls Resort

145 Heu Heu Street, Taupo t +64 7 378 9043 NZ fp 0800 235 528 e bvtaupo@xtra.co.nz www.bellavistamoteltaupo.co.nz

Taupo – Resort

56 Huka Falls Road, Taupo t +64 7 376 0260 NZ fp 0800 485 284 e stay@hukafallsresort.com www.hukafallsresort.com

Relaxation, privacy and peace minutes from New Zealand’s largest lake and the world-renowned Huka Falls. 31 twobedroom villas are nestled amongst orchards and beside a vineyard. Swimming pool, tennis courts, petanque, restaurant and conference facilities. Indulge in exquisite cuisine for lunch and dinner (five evenings), overlooking the vines and Mount Tauhara.

Image: Destination Lake Taupo

The perfect venue for your special occasion, wedding or function.

Come and experience Taupo with us. You will enjoy the comfort of modern rooms and the convenience of a central location. Bella Vista Motel Taupo is an ideal base for you to explore our wonderful region. Our team is here to ensure you have a delightful and memorable stay. We look forward to welcoming you.

Camellia Court Motel Taupo – Motel

50 Tonga Street (off Spa Road), Taupo t +64 7 378 4346 NZ fp 0800 228 2876 e camellia.court@xtra.co.nz www.camelliacourttaupo.co.nz

‘Spend a night, not a fortune!’ Our family-friendly motel is unique because we cater for everyone. Take your pick from budget, self-contained motel and family units and cabins in quiet garden surroundings, away from the main street. SKY TV, Wi-Fi and off-street parking available.

Quest Taupo Taupo – Apartments

9 Tui Street, Taupo t +64 7 378 7487 NZ fp 0800 944 400 e host@questtaupo.co.nz www.questtaupo.co.nz

Chef at sunset, Taupo

Quest Taupo is 50 metres from a safe swimming beach and one kilometre from the town centre. It offers spacious two- and three-bedroom fully selfcontained serviced apartments, all with modern furnishings, spa baths and king beds. All apartments have a full kitchen and laundry, SKY TV, DVD, stereo and heat pumps/air conditioning. The apartment complex has an outdoor pool (heated all year round), a private spa and BBQ facilities. plan and book online at www.destination-nz.com I 133

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Wairakei Resort Taupo – Resort

Taupo & Ruapehu NORTH ISLAND

Where to Sleep  Chateau Tongariro Hotel

National Army Museum Waiouru – Museum

[Mt Ruapehu – Hotel] State Highway 48 t: +64 7 892 3809 www.chateau.co.nz  Peaks Motor Inn [Ohakune – Motel] Cnr Mangawhero Terrace & Shannon Street t: +64 6 385 9144 www.thepeaks.co.nz  Skotel Alpine Resort [Mt Ruapehu – Hotel] Ngauruhoe Place t: +64 7 892 3719 www.skotel.co.nz  The Park Hotel Ruapehu [National Park Village – Motel/Backpackers] 6 Millar Street t: +64 7 892 2748 www.the-park.co.nz

Cnr State Highway 1 & Hassett Drive, Waiouru t +64 6 387 6911 e info@armymuseum.co.nz www.armymuseum.co.nz Open 9am – 4:30pm, daily except Christmas Day.

 Whakapapa Holiday Park

Stories of courage, stories of comradeship, stories of honour. Discover the military history of New Zealand. Remember the legends, pay tribute to the sacrifices. Café, Museum Gift Shop, Memorial Greenstone Wall and Kippenberger Research Library.

By Day

Interactive Kids Headquarters is open weekends and during school holidays.

[Whakapapa Village – Holiday Park] State Highway 48 t: +64 7 892 3897 www.whakapapa.net.nz

Experience Hit the Ski Slopes  Tukino Ski Area [Mt Ruapehu – Ski Area] NZ fp: 0800 885 466 www.tukino.co.nz  Turoa Ski Area [Mt Ruapehu – Ski Area] t: +64 6 385 8456 www.mtruapehu.com

 Whakapapa Ski Area [Mt Ruapehu –

Ski Area] t: +64 7 892 4000 www.mtruapehu.com National Parks

 Adrift Guided Outdoor

Adventures [National Park Village – Hiking] t: +64 7 892 2751 www.adriftnz.co.nz  Yeti Tours [Tongariro – Canoeing] t: +64 6 385 8197 www.yetitours.co.nz

Discover  National Army Museum [Waiouru –

Museum] Cnr State Highway 1 & Hassett Drive t: +64 6 387 6911 www.armymuseum.co.nz  Mountain Air [Mt Ruapehu – Flightseeing] Cnr State Highway 47 & State Highway 48 t: +64 7 892 2812 www.mountainair.co.nz


 Fergusson’s Café [Mt Ruapehu – Café]

Whakapapa Village t: +64 7 892 3809 www.chateau.co.nz  Pihanga Café [Mt Ruapehu – Café] Whakapapa Village t: +64 7 892 3809 www.chateau.co.nz

AC Baths Taupo – Spa Cnr Spa Road & AC Baths Avenue t +64 7 376 0350 www.taupodc.govt.nz Open 6am – 9pm Nestled in its own thermal valley, AC Baths is an aquatic and fitness facility for the whole family. Fitness centre, hot and warm pools, hydro-slides, sauna, training and leisure pools. Open year round, only four minutes from town.

HUKA HONEY HIVE Taupo – Honey Experience 65 Karetoto Road (off Huka Falls Road), Wairakei Park t +64 7 374 8553 www.hukahoneyhive.com Open 7 days Live beehive viewing, educational displays,

Orakei Korako Cave & Thermal Park Taupo – Geothermal Attraction

494 Orakei Korako Road, Taupo t +64 7 378 3131 www.orakeikorako. co.nz Season All year Operating hours 8am – 4pm Duration 1 – 1.5 hours

Just 25 minutes north of Taupo and 45 minutes south of Rotorua, nestled on the shores of Lake Ohakuri, lies ‘The Hidden Valley’ of Orakei Korako Cave & Thermal Park. Lonely Planet writes: “Orakei Korako is possibly the best thermal area left in New Zealand and one of the finest in the world.”

honey-based skincare and wellness products and delicious honey ice cream. Honey, mead & liqueur tastings.

HUKA PRAWN PARK Taupo – Theme Park Karetoto Road, Wairakei Tourist Park t +64 7 374 8474 www.hukaprawnpark.co.nz Hours of fun and

entertainment for the whole family. Prawn fishing, family fun, a spectacular on-site restaurant/bar and so much more. Adventures and challenges await around every turn.

Volcanic Activity Centre [Taupo – Geothermal Attraction] 114 Karetoto Road, Wairakei t +64 7 374 8375 www.volcanoes.co.nz Bringing to

life the volcanic and geothermal features of the Taupo Volcanic Zone, one of the world’s most active landscapes. Ride a 6.3 earthquake simulator, check out the live seismograph and film footage of the 1995 Mount Ruapehu eruption.


NORTH ISLAND Taupo & Ruapehu

By Night bars & Restaurants

 Basekamp [National Park Village – International Restaurant] 57 Carroll Street t: +64 7 892 2872 www.basekamp.co.nz  Ruapehu Restaurant [Mt Ruapehu – International Restaurant] Chateau Tongariro Hotel State Highway 48 t: +64 7 892 3809 www.chateau.co.nz The Chateau

offers first-class dining in ambient surroundings.  Schnapps Bar [National Park Village –

Bar] Cnr State Highway 4 & Findlay Street t: +64 7 892 2788 www.schnappsbarruapehu.

com Serving down-to-earth favourites like pizza and burgers, and a packed schedule of live music during winter.  Station Café Bar & Restaurant

[National Park Village – International Restaurant] Cnr Finlay Street & Station Road t: +64 7 892 2881 www.stationcafe.co.nz

Café by day, restaurant by night, and housed in a stunning 100-year-old railway station.  The Powderkeg [Ohakune –

International Restaurant] Powderhorn Chateau, Mountain Road t: +64 6 385 8888 www.powderhorn.co.nz A buzzing après

ski hangout during the winter months.

Taupo Tandem Skydiving Taupo – skydiving

Yellow Hangar, Anzac Memorial Drive, Taupo Airport NZ fp 0800 826 336 www.taupotandemskydiving.com

Journey above spectacular Lake Taupo with views of snow-capped volcanoes. Skydive from 15,000ft with over one minute in freefall, reaching speeds over 200kph! With the largest range of camera options including freefall, handycam, ground footage and an exit photo, your skydive will be unforgettable. Free pickups from Rotorua! Experience the adventure with New Zealand’s original tandem skydiving company. As a Qualmark-endorsed activity, your safety is their number one priority.

Street Smarts how to get around

 Adventure HQ [National Park – Shuttle]

t: +64 7 386 0969 www.adventurehq.co.nz  Matai Shuttles [Ohakune – Shuttle] t: +64 6 385 8724 www.mataishuttles.co.nz  Tongariro Expeditions [Tongariro – Shuttle] Whakapapa t: +64 7 377 0435 www.tongariroexpeditions.com

Find out more  Department of Conservation

(DOC) [Whakapapa Village t: +64 7 892 3729] Ruapehu i–SITE [54 Clyde Street,

Ohakune t: +64 6 385 8427]  Websites

Image: Destination Lake Taupo

www.destination-nz.com www.visitruapehu.com

Admiring the Blue Lake during Tongariro Alpine Crossing

Taupo’s Floatplane

Skydive Taupo

Taupo – Flight-seeing

Taupo – Skydiving

Lake Front Boat Harbour, Taupo t +64 7 378 7500 e info@tauposfloatplane.co.nz www.tauposfloatplane.co.nz

Lot 26, Anzac Memorial Drive, Taupo t +64 7 378 4662 NZ fp 0800 373 335 e info@skydivetaupo.co.nz www.skydivetaupo.co.nz Operating hours Sunrise to sunset Fitness level Moderate

Floatplane tours over the World Heritage Tongariro National Park, Volcanic Plateau, Lake Taupo, Rotorua’s sparkling lakes and White Island – with vistas so breathtaking they won’t be forgotten. Enjoy spectacular scenic flights in a highwing Cessna 206 floatplane and unrestricted views looking down on beautiful Lake Taupo and the snowcapped mountains (volcanoes!) of Tongariro National Park. Don’t miss this unique flight-seeing opportunity!

Just imagine rushing towards the earth at a mind-blowing 200 kph, with over a minute’s freefall from 15,000 feet, then soaring over the majestic Lake Taupo and Mount Ruapehu, with amazing views from coast to coast.

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Go west … and explore a special corner of New Zealand where the down-to-earth rhythms of rural life take place in a landscape that’s out of this world. The main centre, New Plymouth, is a cultured – and very appealing – place where you’ll find surprisingly sophisticated eateries and boutiques.

Image: Venture Taranaki, photo by Rob Tucker

Golfing in Taranaki

Puke Ariki, New Plymouth

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Getting There & Around

Spectacularly beautiful, Taranaki is a region of rural landscapes, amazing surf beaches and a perfect cone-shaped mountain – Mount Taranaki – and it’s the perfect place for an inspiring road trip. The region’s main centre, New Plymouth, is a cosmopolitan town with great restaurants, galleries and boutiques.

Air New Plymouth Airport, 15 minutes’ drive from the centre of town, offers daily flights to Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch. Flights to smaller North Island destinations are available with Sunair [www.sunair.co.nz]. Road New Plymouth is 5 hours, 15 minutes from Auckland and 5 hours, 5 minutes from Wellington (via SH 3). Bus companies provide regular services to New Plymouth. The Forgotten World Highway (SH 43) and Surf Highway 45 (SH 45) offer picturesque alternatives to the main roads.

Regional Destinations New Plymouth Bustling port city with surf beaches and cultural attractions. Stratford Shakespeare-themed town and closest centre to Mount Taranaki. Opunake White-sand beach perfect for surfing and swimming. Hawera Busy rural centre with shopping and adventure sports.

Events to Catch  Festival of Lights [Dec – Feb]


 WOMAD (World of Music Arts

and Dance) [Mar] www.womad.co.nz


Do It!  Go surfing along Surf Highway 45.  Check out Puke Ariki to discover local culture.  Join a guide and climb Mount Taranaki.

By the Sea in New Plymouth Enjoying a beautiful coastal setting, with views to Mount Taranaki, and brimming with great eateries, gardens, shops and cultural attractions, New Plymouth is a cosmopolitan small city. On the waterfront is the museum, Puke Ariki, and just around the corner is the acclaimed Govett-Brewster Art Gallery. The TSB Bowl of Brooklands



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Stratford Top Town Holiday Park Stratford – Holiday Park 10 Page Street t +64 6

765 6440 www.stratfordtoptownholidaypark.co.nz

Closest holiday park to Mount Taranaki. Set in 10 hectares of native bush. Self-contained one- and twobedroom motel units, tourist, kitchen and standard cabins, lodge and sheltered camping sites. Mark Your diary Be sure to check the events calendar when you’re visiting Taranaki; despite its small size, New Plymouth regularly stages international concerts and great festivals.

hosts numerous high-profile performers from around the world in its outdoor amphitheatre.



Meeting the Mountain

Learn about local culture and heritage at the waterfront Puke Ariki centre. Watch Romeo and Juliet emerge from the Glockenspiel clock in Stratford. Wander (or cycle, or rollerblade) along the New Plymouth Coastal Walkway. Hit the road and check out the beaches along Surf Highway 45. Hike under the watchful eye of Mount Taranaki in Egmont National Park.

Taranaki Towns Hawera The service town of Hawera in South Taranaki is home to an excellent museum featuring life-size dioramas depicting local history. Stratford The gateway to Mount Taranaki is also a monument to William Shakespeare, with a Glockenspiel clock from which Romeo and Juliet emerge several times daily. Take the turnoff to Dawson Falls at the foot of Mount Taranaki – departure point for walks. Opunake The tiny town of Opunake on coastal Surf Highway 45 has excellent surf and safe swimming.

Where to Sleep  Ducks and Drakes Hotel

[New Plymouth – Backpackers] 48 Lemon Street t: +64 6 758 0404 www.ducksanddrakes.co.nz  Fitzroy Beach Motel [New Plymouth – Motel] 25 Beach Street t: +64 6 757 2925 www.fitzroybeachmotel.co.nz  Stratford Top Town Holiday Park

[Stratford – Holiday Park] 10 Page Street t: +64 6 765 6440 www.stratfordtoptownholidaypark.co.nz

 The Waterfront Hotel

By Day

 Adventure Dynamics

[New Plymouth – Climbing/Hiking] t: +64 6 751 3589 www.adventuredynamics.co.nz  Eastern Taranaki Experience

[Stratford – Tours/Bus/Hiking] 103 Miranda Street t: +64 6 765 7482 www.eastern-taranaki.co.nz

things to do  Fun Ho! National Toy Museum

[Inglewood – Museum] 25 Rata Street t: +64 6 756 7030 www.funho.com

 Govett–Brewster Art Gallery

[New Plymouth – Gallery] Cnr Queen Street & King Street t: +64 6 759 6060 www.govettbrewster.com Reopening 2015.  Puke Ariki [New Plymouth – Museum] 1 Ariki Street t: +64 6 759 6060 www.pukeariki.com  Taranaki Pioneer Village [Stratford – Heritage Attraction] State Highway 3 t: +64 6 765 5399 www.pioneervillage.co.nz  TaraWave Surf School [New Plymouth – Surfing] Oakura t: +64 6 752 7474 www.tarawavesurfschool.com  Tawhiti Museum [Hawera – Museum] 401 Ohangai Road t: +64 6 278 6837 www.tawhitimuseum.co.nz

Discover  Taranaki Tours [New Plymouth – Tours]

t: +64 6 757 9888 www.taranakitours.com  Verge Art + Design Gallery

[New Plymouth – Shop/Gallery] 62 Devon Street West t: +64 6 769 6450 www.vergegallery.co.nz

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Cafés  Café Govett-Brewster [New

Plymouth – Café] Cnr Queen Street & King Street t: +64 6 759 2038 www.govettbrewster.com

After discovering the artworks at the Govett-Brewster, pop into the café for deli-style food in modern surrounds.  Ozone Coffee [New Plymouth – Café]

47A King Street t: +64 6 757 5404 www.ozonecoffee.co.nz Superb coffee in a street that’s off the tourist trail. Worth seeking out for its superb coffee!  Petit Paris [New Plymouth – Café]

34 Currie Street t: +64 6 759 0398 www.petitparis.co.nz

By Night bars & Nightclubs  Crowded House Bar and Café

[New Plymouth – Bar] 93 – 99 Devon Street East t: +64 6 759 4921 www.crowdedhouse.co.nz  Frederic’s [New Plymouth – Pub] 34 Egmont Street t: +64 6 759 1227 www.frederics.co.nz  Whangamomona Hotel

[Whangamomona – Pub] 6018 Forgotten World Highway t: +64 6 762 5823 www.whangamomonahotel.co.nz

Restaurants  Laughing Buddha [New Plymouth –

Chinese] Cnr Devon Street East & Currie Street t: +64 6 759 2065  Arborio Puke Ariki [New Plymouth – Café] 65 St Aubyn Street t: +64 6 759 1241 www.arborio.co.nz Dine on Italian cuisine while soaking in sea views.  Salt [New Plymouth – International

Restaurant] The Waterfront Hotel, 1 Egmont Street t: +64 6 769 5304 www.waterfront.co.nz/restaurant

Street Smarts Find out more  Department of Conservation

(DOC) [55A Rimu Street, New Plymouth t: +64 6 759 0350]  New Plymouth i–SITE [Puke Ariki, 65 St Aubyn Street t: +64 6 759 0897]  Websites

www.destination-nz.com www.taranaki.co.nz www.newplymouthnz.com

big river country

Whanganui & Manawatu

Image: Destination Manawatu, photo by Warren-Jones

The southwest of the North Island offers a diverse slice of New Zealand encompassing rugged farmland, wild rainforest and down-to-earth provincial Kiwi towns. Take a canoe journey on a sacred river or spend an afternoon browsing a world-class contemporary art gallery.

Lisa Foggin leading the pack on a country road

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Getting There & Around

From high in the rugged hills of Whanganui National Park, to the town of Whanganui nestled between river and sea, from the unpretentious university city of Palmerston North to villages where you can join the gumboot-clad locals at a country pub.

Air Wanganui Airport, 8km from central Whanganui, offers flights to Auckland and Wellington. Palmerston North Airport has flights to Auckland, Wellington, Hamilton and Christchurch. Road Whanganui is 2 hours, 45 minutes from Wellington and 8 hours from Auckland (via SH 4). Palmerston North is 2 hours, 10 minutes from Wellington and 7 hours, 40 minutes from Auckland. Rail Palmerston North is on the main line from Auckland to Wellington.

Image: Whanganui District Council

Regional Destinations Whanganui Great eateries and a renowned art gallery on the Whanganui River. Taihape Small country town in the Rangitikei. Palmerston North Provincial university city with a rural heart. Feilding Pretty village known for its stockyard tours. Mangatainoka Home of the famous Tui brewery.

Events to Catch  Festival of Cultures [Mar]


 Artists Open Studios

[Mar] www.wanganuiglass.com

Do It!  Hike in Whanganui National Park.  Paddle down the Whanganui River.  Bungy jump at Mokai Gravity Canyon.

River City Whanganui is a pleasant town on the banks of the Whanganui River. A busy main street lined with rustling green trees and colourful flower baskets during summer and the beautiful Sarjeant Art Gallery set on a hilltop park add to the appeal. This is the departure point for Whanganui River journeys in Whanganui National Park.

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151 on London Motel Whanganui – Motel 151 London Street t +64 6 345 8668 www.151onlondon. co.nz Air-conditioned rooms with 50+ SKY channels

Where to Sleep

 Websites

 151 on London Motel [Whanganui

– Motel] 151 London Street t: +64 6 345 8668 www.151onlondon.co.nz  Fitzherbert Castle Motel

[Palmerston North – Motel] 124 Fitzherbert Avenue +64 6 358 3888 www.fitzherbertcastle.co.nz  The Grand Hotel [Whanganui – Hotel] Cnr St Hill Street & Guyton Street t: +64 6 345 0955 www.thegrandhotel.co.nz

By Day Experience A River Runs Through It  Bridge to Nowhere Tours [Pipiriki –

Jet Boating] t: +64 6 385 4622 www.bridgetonowheretours.co.nz

 Waimarie Paddle Steamer Tours

[Whanganui – Boat Cruises] 1A Taupo Quay t: +64 6 347 1863 www.riverboat.co.nz

Things to Do  Sarjeant Gallery [Whanganui –

Gallery] Queens Park www.sarjeant.org.nz

 Whanganui River Adventures

[Pipiriki – Jet Boating] t: +64 6 385 3246 www.whanganuiriveradventures.co.nz

cafÉs  Big Orange [Whanganui – Café]

51 Victoria Avenue t: +64 6 348 4449

By Night bars & Restaurants  Element Café and Bistro

[Whanganui – Café/Restaurant] 26 Victoria Avenue +64 6 345 7028 www.elementcafe.co.nz Hot foodie haunt

and luxurious 100% cotton sheets. Rooms include studio, compact studio, one-bedroom spa, twobedroom and honeymoon/executive suites. BBQ, gym, laundry, playground, café and conference centre.

By Day

www.destination-nz.com www.wanganui.com

Experience Adventures in Taihape

Palmerston North Palmerston North is a bustling small city in the heart of the Manawatu region. As a university town, it also has a number of bars and pubs to keep the students busy by night. A temperate climate ensures that the local gardens are impressive and the surrounding landscape, intersected by the Manawatu River and overlooked by mountains, ensures there are plenty of outdoor activities.

Highlights Visit the acclaimed Te Manawa museum, art gallery and science centre. Hike in the forest-clad Manawatu Gorge. Stop and smell the roses at The Esplanade by the Manawatu River. Experience adventure in the rugged Rangitikei region.

Where to Sleep  Fitzherbert Castle Motel

[Palmerston North – Motel] 124 Fitzherbert Avenue t: +64 6 358 3888 www.fitzherbertcastle.co.nz  Grandma’s Place [Palmerston North – Backpackers] 146 Grey Street t: +64 6 358 6928 www.grandmas-place.com  Distinction Palmerston North

[Palmerston North – Hotel] 175 – 185 Cuba Street t: +64 6 355 5895 www. distinctionhotelspalmerstonnorth.co.nz

Set in the Rangitikei, Taihape is surrounded by hills and gorges that are the setting for adventure activities. Mokai Gravity Canyon

[Bungy/Swing – t: +64 6 388 9109 www.gravitycanyon.co.nz] River Valley [Rafting/Horse Riding – t: +64 6 388 1444 www.rivervalley.co.nz]

things to do  New Zealand Rugby Museum

[Palmerston North – Museum] 326 Main Street www.rugbymuseum.co.nz  Te Manawa [Palmerston North – Museum] 326 Main Street www.temanawa.co.nz

By Night bars & Restaurants

 Aqaba [Palmerston North – Ethnic

Restaurant] 186 Broadway Avenue t: +64 6 357 8922 www.aqaba.co.nz  Fish [Palmerston North – Bar] 769 Main Street t: +64 6 354 9559

Street Smarts Find out more

 Palmerston North i–SITE [The

Square, Palmerston North t: +64 6 358 8414]

 Websites

www.destination-nz.com www.tararua.com http://rangitikei.com http://unforgetabull.co.nz

in a stunning heritage bank building. Image: Palmerston North City Council

 Stellar Restaurant & Bar

[Whanganui – International Restaurant] 2 Victoria Avenue t: +64 6 345 7278 www.stellarwanganui.co.nz

Street Smarts Find out more  Whanganui i–SITE [31 Taupo Quay,

Whanganui t: +64 6 349 0508]

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Highlights Visit the acclaimed Sarjeant Art Gallery hewn of Oamaru Stone. Whether by paddle steamer or canoe, take a boat trip on the Whanganui River. Ride the historic Durie Hill Elevator in urban Whanganui.

a capital place

Wellington & Wairarapa

Image: Positively Wellington Tourism

New Zealand’s much-loved political and cultural capital lies in the heart of a landscape combining forestclad hills and a delightful wine-growing region. Explore urban precincts, each with their own distinct character, then take to the harbour and the hills for outdoor experiences on the edge of the city.

Oriental Bay Beach, Wellington

Westpac St James Theatre, Wellington

Regional Destinations Paraparaumu Main centre of the Kapiti Coast, with easy access to beaches and forests. Upper Hutt Town at the base of the rugged Rimutaka Hills. Lower Hutt Satellite city across the harbour in the Hutt Valley. Porirua Major retail precinct and home of a renowned art

gallery. Wellington Political and cultural capital of New Zealand. Greytown Features a Victorian main street lined with shops and cafés. Martinborough Numerous vineyards surround the pretty village square. Masterton Urban centre of the Wairarapa region.

Getting There & Around Air Wellington International Airport offers domestic flights to numerous North and South Island destinations, and international flights to Australia and the Pacific. Road Wellington is situated on SH 1. It is 9 hours, 15 minutes from Auckland. It also lies on the Classic New Zealand Wine Trail from Hawke’s Bay to Marlborough. It is a 1-hour drive from Wellington to the wine country of Wairarapa. Coach companies provide regular services. Rail KiwiRail’s Nothern Explorer offers


Do It!  Catch a show at a city theatre.  Taste fine wine in Martinborough.  Explore the Museum of NZ Te Papa Tongarewa. a daily service between Wellington and Auckland. Metropolitan services also operate as far as the Kapiti Coast and the Wairarapa. Ferry Vehicle and passenger services sail several times daily to Picton in the South Island.

Events to Catch  Montana World of Wearable Art™

[Sep – Oct] www.worldofwearableart.com

 NZI Sevens [Feb] www.sevens.co.nz  Toast Martinborough [Nov] t: +64 6

306 9183 www.toastmartinborough.co.nz

 Wellington on a Plate [Aug]


Image: Positively Wellington Tourism

Explore the REgion From urban life in New Zealand’s capital to the sound of wine being poured at a country estate, Wellington and Wairarapa indulge all the senses. Wellington steals hearts; set on a stunning harbour, with bush-clad hills all around and old wooden houses alongside sparkling glass towers, it’s utterly unique. Shopping, dining and culture abound. Head north to see an island sanctuary or east to sample the local wines in Wairarapa.




Tongariro National Park Whanganui National Park





Taihape 3



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Sanson Kapiti Island

Waipukurau 2



Feilding 3

Palmerston North

Protected island

Ruahine Forest Park




sanctuary for rare native birds.



Waikawa Beach Otaki Beach Te Horo 1

Kapiti Is

Mana Is

Porirua Tawa

Makara Beach

Tararua 2 Forest Park


Paraparaumu Pukerua Bay Plimmerton

Manakau Otaki

Mauriceville Tinui




Carterton Upper Greytown Hutt Gladstone 58 Featherston 53 Lower Lake Hutt Wairarapa Martinborough

Riversdale Beach

Rimutaka Forest Park

Cape Terawhiti


Wainuiomata Eastbourne Pirinoa Lake Ferry Palliser Bay

Haurangi Forest Park

Ngawi Cape Palliser

Major urban area Town State Highway



Mean daily max/min temperature Average rainfall/wet days



Spring (Sep – Nov)

15/9˚C 0 • 59/48˚F 105 mm • 11 days

50 kilometres Summer (Dec – Feb)

20/13˚C • 68/55˚F 30 miles 73 mm • 7 days



Other road Railway Walking track

Autumn (Mar – May)

Winter (Jun – Aug)

17/11˚C • 63/52˚F 103 mm • 9 days

12/7˚C • 54/45˚F 135 mm • 13 days

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Brentwood Hotel wellington – hotel

16 Kemp Street, Kilbirnie, Wellington t +64 4 920 0400 NZ fp 0508 273 689 www.brentwoodhotel.co.nz

Be impressed by the warm, welcoming service and spacious, stylish feel of Brentwood Hotel. Conveniently located 1.9 km from Wellington Airport and 6 km from the city centre in a quiet urban location, they offer a range of affordable accommodation options for families, groups, sports teams, stopovers, and business travellers. Enjoy the heated pool in summer. Courtesy 24 hour shuttle service to and from the airport. Free off-street car and coach parking. Enjoy contemporary NZ cuisine at Aqua Bistro & Bar.

Cultural Capital

abel tasman hotel Wellington – Hotel

169 Willis Street, Wellington t +64 4 385 1304 NZ fp 0800 774 632 e resabel@primehotels.co.nz www.abeltasmanhotel.co.nz

Wellington’s best choice for those wanting to combine business with leisure in a relaxed way. Positioned between The Terrace, Lambton Quay and Courtenay Place, in the heart of Wellington’s CBD. 73 spacious and well-appointed guest rooms, all recently refurbished. Some of New Zealand’s best bars, restaurants, cafés and main tourist attractions, including Te Papa Tongarewa Museum of New Zealand, are right on the doorstep.

Wellington is not only the nation’s political centre but in many ways the cultural centre. The home of the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, Wellington also contains numerous other museums, galleries and theatres. With a village feel created by hills that keep the central city contained, Wellington has an atmosphere that earns it high praise from visitors. In the Lonely Planet Best in Travel 2011 awards, Wellington was named the ‘capital of cool’.

Highlights Take a guided tour of the historic Parliament Buildings. Learn about New Zealand culture at one of the many museums. Step into the past with a ride on the heritage Cable Car. Watch live theatre, music or dance after dinner in a city restaurant. Shop ‘til you drop in the heart of Wellington City. Encounter native wildlife at a protected nature reserve.

Neighbourhoods Downtown The heart of Wellington


is a humming place packed full with restaurants, bars, cafés and shops. Along Lambton Quay is a busy thoroughfare offering a fantastic line-up of boutiques and chain stores, as well as Wellington’s iconic Kirkcaldie & Stains department store. Back towards the centre of town, Cuba Street is a colourful pedestrian mall where alternative lifestyle stores rub shoulders with bohemian cafés. Further along is Courtenay Place, a dining and entertainment precinct that pumps with after-dark action. Waterfront The beautifully developed waterfront is the perfect place to escape the city streets. At one end is Oriental Bay, with a sandy beach and cafés. From here, the walkway passes the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa and Circa Theatre. The Taranaki Street Wharf precinct is home to Te Wharewaka: a stunning landmark on the site of one of Wellington’s largest 19th Century Maori communities. At Queens Wharf, bars and restaurants are the perfect stop-off before an event at the TSB Bank Arena. Ferries leave from here to Somes Island, Days Bay and Petone. Thorndon New Zealand’s oldest suburb and the location of the nation’s Parliament. Parliament House, the Parliamentary Library and the Beehive (housing the Executive Wing) are set in landscaped grounds that are open to the public. Up the hill behind Parliament is Tinakori Road. Home to many of New Zealand’s wellknown artists over the years, it is now a collection of cafés and boutiques. Lower Hutt A short drive from Wellington is Lower Hutt. The historic suburb of Petone is gradually becoming gentrified and its main street – Jackson Street – is a good place to find a coffee or browse the shops. Lower Hutt City offers walking tracks and mountain bike trails. Upper Hutt The last stop before the Rimutaka Hill Road through to Wairarapa. There is a busy main street, and the city is a base for exploring the Hutt River and its riverside trails. Porirua North of Wellington, towards the coast, Porirua enjoys a rugged coastal setting and is popular for sailing and diving. The town itself has numerous shops and a museum.

Wellington – Hotel

130 Victoria Street, Wellington t +64 4 385 4166 NZ fp 0800 774 632 e rescc@primehotels.co.nz www.centralcityhotel.co.nz

The ideal location for business and leisure. Minutes from The Terrace, Lambton Quay, Courtenay Place and the main tourist attractions. We offer 54 stylish guest rooms ranging from studios to two-bedroom apartments, many with harbour views. Enjoy comfort, style and ample natural light, with all the amenities to work and relax. Features include generous work space, high-speed wireless internet access, SKY TV and 24-hour reception.

CQ comfort & Quality Hotel Wellington Wellington – Hotel

213 – 223 Cuba Street, Wellington t +64 4 385 2156 NZ fp 0800 873 553 e info@cqwellington.com www.cqwellington.com

The CQ complex consists of a beautiful heritage building providing three-star-plus accommodation and a contemporary four-star-plus hotel. Options to meet a range of budgets. Located in the heart of the Cuba Quarter with boutique shops, dining experiences and cafés on your doorstep, and Wellington’s tourist attractions within easy walking distance.

InterContinental Wellington Wellington – Hotel

2 Grey Street, Wellington t +64 4 472 2722 NZ fp 0800 154 181 e wellington@interconti.com www.intercontinental.com/wellington

The only internationally branded fivestar hotel in the capital is adjacent to the harbour and within walking distance of popular attractions. Offering a variety of accommodation options, with 231 guest rooms/suites, conference facilities, Chameleon Restaurant, Arizona Bar and Emerge Health Club with swimming pool. Ask the in-the-know InterContinental concierge for specialised Wellington itineraries.

Kingsgate Hotel Wellington Wellington – Hotel

24 Hawkestone Street, Thorndon, Wellington t +64 4 473 2208 NZ fp 0800 805 205 e enquiries@kingsgatewellington.co.nz www.kingsgatewellington.co.nz

James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor Wellington – Hotel

147 The Terrace, Wellington t +64 4 499 9500 NZ fp 0800 275 337 e reservations@jamescookhotel.co.nz www.ghihotels.com Capacity 268 rooms

The James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor is renowned for its fantastic facilities, outstanding service and great location. Situated in the heart of Wellington City, the hotel provides convenient access to all the major tourist attractions and the city’s main shopping precinct. Four-star plus Qualmark rating. Relax and unwind at Bodyhaven Spa or with a complimentary round of golf.

Modern, affordable accommodation located in Wellington’s CBD. A short walk from Parliament, Botanical Gardens, Westpac Stadium and CBD. Minutes from rail, bus and ferry terminals. Licensed restaurant and bar, free access to gym, wireless internet, PC with internet access in foyer, paid parking available. Conference facilities for two to 150. Natural light in all rooms.

Travelodge Wellington Wellington – Hotel

2 – 6 Gilmer Terrace, Wellington t +64 4 499 9911 NZ fp 0800 101 100 e twlg@travelodge.co.nz www.travelodge.co.nz Reception 24 hours

The fully renovated Travelodge Wellington is situated in the CBD and is just a short stroll from lively cafés, shops and the beautiful Wellington Harbour. The hotel offers 132 spacious rooms along with Steps Restaurant. Enjoy easy access to Te Papa Tongarewa (the Museum of New Zealand), the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, the Royal New Zealand Ballet and the Museum of Wellington City and Sea. plan and book online at www.destination-nz.com I 145


Grand Mercure Wellington Central City


Angus inn hotel Lower hutt – hotel Cnr Cornwall Street & Waterloo Road, Lower Hutt t +64 4 560 1100 NZ fp 0800 800 469 e accommodation@ angusinn.co.nz www.angusinn.co.nz Reception 24 hours Check in/check out 2pm/10am Elegant and well-appointed rooms set in a lush garden setting. Modern facilities for business and leisure guests alike. Located adjacent to Westfield Shopping Mall and within easy walking distance of Lower Hutt CBD, hospital, town hall, bus and train terminals, and most corporate offices. Wi-Fi internet.

The Cambridge Hotel Wellington – Hotel/ Backpacker Hostel

28 Cambridge Terrace, Wellington t +64 4 385 8829 NZ fp 0800 375 021 e info@cambridgehotel.co.nz www.cambridgehotel.co.nz Capacity 150 guests, 65 rooms Check in/check out 2pm/10am Reception 24 hours

Restored heritage building, popular for great value accommodation – from traditional rooms upstairs to state-of-the-art backpacker facilities – and its location in the heart of the city. Free Wi-Fi (conditions apply). Fab menus!

Bolton Hotel Wellington – Hotel Cnr Bolton Street & Mowbray Street t +64 4 472 9966 www.boltonhotel.co.nz One of New Zealand’s premier hotels, offering spacious and contemporary five-star accommodation. Facilities include award-winning Bisque on Bolton Restaurant, heated indoor swimming pool, spa pool and sauna. Minutes from Wellington’s attractions and activities.

AIRPORT MOTOR LODGE Wellington – Motel Cnr Broadway Street & Hobart Street, Miramar t +64 4 380 6044 www.airportmotorlodge.co.nz

Closest motel to the airport. 18 sound-proofed units with black-out curtains. Wake-up call facility. Courtesy coach for airport transfers from 6am until last international flight arrival. Restaurants across the road.

Where to Sleep Hotel  Abel Tasman Hotel [Wellington – Hotel] 169 Willis Street t: +64 4 385 1304 www.abeltasmanhotel.co.nz  Angus Inn Hotel [Lower Hutt – Hotel] 64 – 68 Waterloo Road t: +64 4 560 1100 www.angusinn.co.nz  Bolton Hotel [Wellington – Hotel] Cnr Mowbray Street & Bolton Street t: +64 4 472 9966 www.boltonhotel.co.nz  Brentwood Hotel [Wellington – Hotel] 16 Kemp Street t: +64 4 920 0400 www.brentwoodhotel.co.nz  Grand Mercure Wellington

Downtown Backpackers Wellington – Backpacker Hostel

1 Bunny Street, Wellington t +64 4 473 8482 NZ fp 0800 BAKPAK (225 725) www.downtownbackpackers.co.nz Reception 24 hours

Located in Wellington’s historic Art Deco Waterloo Hotel, opposite the railway station. Closest hostel to trains, buses and the ferry, and a few minutes’ walk from Parliament, Westpac Stadium, the city area and Te Papa. En suite bathrooms, SKY TV, bar and café, shared and private rooms, internet and Wi-Fi. Insider Tip: The Queen’s entourage stayed here before the hotel was made into a hostel!

Central City [Wellington – Hotel] 130 Victoria Street t: +64 4 385 4166 www. centralcityhotel.co.nz  CQ Comfort & Quality Hotel

Wellington [Wellington – Hotel]

213 – 223 Cuba Street t: +64 4 385 2156 www.hotelwellington.co.nz

 InterContinental Wellington

[Wellington – Hotel] 2 Grey Street t: +64 4 472 2722 www.intercontinental.com/wellington

 James Cook Hotel Grand

Chancellor [Wellington – Hotel]

147 The Terrace t: +64 4 499 9500 www.ghihotels.com

 Kingsgate Hotel Wellington

[Wellington – Hotel] 24 Hawkestone Street, Thorndon t: +64 4 473 2208 www.kingsgatewellington.co.nz


 The Cambridge Hotel [Wellington –

Hotel] 28 Cambridge Terrace t: +64 4 385 8829 www.cambridgehotel.co.nz  Travelodge Wellington [Wellington – Hotel] 2 – 6 Gilmer Terrace t: +64 4 499 9911 www.travelodge.co.nz  Trinity Hotel [Wellington – Hotel] 166 Willis Street t: +64 4 801 8118 www. trinityhotel.co.nz. A popular, centrally located 3.5-star property. Walking distance to entertainment, shopping, arts and business districts, as well as Te Papa and the harbour.

Guest & Hosted  Booklovers B&B [Wellington – B&B]

123 Pirie Street t: +64 4 384 2714 www.booklovers.co.nz  The Mermaid [Wellington – B&B] 1 Epuni Street t: +64 4 384 4511

self Contained & Serviced  Airport Motor Lodge [Wellington

– Motel] Cnr Broadway Street & Hobart Street, Miramar t: +64 4 380 6044 www.airportmotorlodge.co.nz  Hawks Inn Motel [Upper Hutt – Motel] 704 – 706 Fergusson Drive t: +64 4 528 6130 www.hawksinnmotel.co.nz. 16 modern self-catering units, some with spa baths. On-site pool, spa, SKY TV, laundry, BBQ and Wi-Fi. Close to shops, restaurants and bars.  Victoria Court Motor Lodge

[Wellington – Motel] 201 Victoria Street t: +64 4 385 7102 www.victoriacourt.co.nz


PATAKA art and museum wellington – museum

Cnr Norrie Street & Parumoana Street, Porirua City t +64 4 237 1511 e pataka@pcc.govt.nz www.pataka.org.nz Open Mon – Sat 10am – 4:30pm, Sun 11am – 4:30pm Price Free

Only 15 minutes’ drive north of Wellington, Pataka is the cultural heart of Porirua City. Pataka has developed a world-class reputation for celebrating our heritage and showcasing the best in contemporary Maori, Pacific Island, New Zealand, Asian and international arts and culture. Attracting over 160,000 visitors each year, Pataka has five main galleries with more than 14 major exhibitions annually. Pataka’s main galleries promote our stories and offer the opportunity to experience the highest quality of art and the heritage of many cultures. Enjoy a coffee and wonderful food at Café Kaizen while relaxing beside our traditional Japanese garden. Be inspired, stimulate your creativity or be tempted with a gift from the gift shop. ‘Pataka’ translates to ‘a storage place for precious things’. plan and book online at www.destination-nz.com I 147


Holiday Park  Wellington Top 10 Holiday Park

[Lower Hutt – Holiday Park] 95 Hutt Park Road t: +64 4 568 5913 www.wellingtontop10.co.nz

Backpackers  Downtown Backpackers

[Wellington – Backpackers] 1 Bunny Street t: +64 4 473 8482 www.downtownbackpackers.co.nz  YHA Wellington City [Wellington – Backpacker Hostel] 292 Wakefield Street, Te Aro, Wellington t: +64 4 801 7280 NZ fp: 0800 278 299 e: book@yha.co.nz www.yha.co.nz Just around the corner from pulsating Courtenay Place, this award-winning hostel boasts fantastic facilities and experienced, friendly staff. It’s immaculately clean and well-maintained, with a great atmosphere and a fun-loving attitude, and offers two wellequipped kitchens and dining rooms, harbour views, a games room, comfortable lounges and a free travel booking service.

By Day Experience Cultural Capital  Archives New Zealand [Wellington

– Heritage Attraction] 10 Mulgrave Street, Thorndon t: +64 4 499 5595 www.archives.govt.nz  City Gallery Wellington [Wellington – Gallery] Civic Square, 101 Wakefield Street t: +64 4 801 3021 www.citygallery.org.nz  Colonial Cottage Museum

[Wellington – Heritage Attraction] 68 Nairn Street (top of Willis Street) t: +64 4 384 9122 www.museumswellington.org.nz  Museum Of Wellington City &

Sea [Wellington – Heritage Attraction] Queens

Wharf, 3 Jervois Quay t: +64 4 472 8904 www.museumswellington.org.nz  National War Memorial [Wellington – Heritage Attraction] 7 Buckle Street t: +64 4 385 2496 www.nationalwarmemorial.govt.nz  NewDowse [Wellington – Museum] 45 Laings Road, Lower Hutt t: +64 4 570 6500 www.newdowse.org.nz  Old St Paul’s [Wellington – Heritage Attraction] 34 Mulgrave Street, Thorndon t: +64 4 473 6722 www.oldstpauls.co.nz  Pataka [Porirua City – Museum] Cnr Norrie Street & Parumoana Street t: +64 4 237 1511 www.pataka.org.nz  Te Papa [Wellington – Museum] 55 Cable Street t: +64 4 381 7000 www.tepapa.govt.nz Kapiti – Nature Coast

Jackson Street, Petone Lower Hutt – Precinct

Jackson Street, Petone, Lower Hutt t +64 4 939 2811 e info@jacksonstreet.co.nz www.jacksonstreet.co.nz

Located 15 minutes from Wellington City – on the harbour’s northern shores – is the suburb of Petone. The main retail area is Jackson Street, a heritage-listed street with over 200 diverse shops including unique gift shops, fashion, cafés and restaurants. Petone is a destination for Wellingtonians seeking a more relaxed retail and dining experience. From Petone, it is only a short drive to the many great outdoor activities of Hutt City.

The ‘Nature Coast’ stretching from Paekakariki north to Levin is a very popular destination, offering beautiful coastal scenery within easy reach of one of the city. The area is named for Kapiti Island, sitting just offshore, which is a sanctuary for native birds. Back on the mainland, the Kapiti Coast offers hiking trails, beaches and a variety of visitor attractions. Talk to Kapiti Island Nature Tours

[NZ fp: 0800 547 5263 www.kapitiislandnaturetours.co.nz].


things to do

 Carter Observatory [Wellington

– Observatory] Wellington Botanic Garden, Kelburn t: +64 4 910 3140 www.carterobservatory.org  Mud Cycles [Wellington – Cycle Hire] t: +64 4 476 4961 www.mudcycles.co.nz  Wellington Cable Car [Wellington – Attraction] Cable Car Lane (off Lambton Quay) t: +64 4 472 2199 www.wellingtoncablecar.co.nz  Wellington Botanic Garden

[Wellington – Gardens] Treehouse Visitor Centre, Glenmore Street, Thorndon t: +64 4 499 1400 www.wellington.govt.nz  Wellington Zoo [Wellington – Zoo] 200 Daniell Street, Newtown t: +64 4 381 6755 www.wellingtonzoo.com  Weta Cave [Wellington – Attraction] Cnr Camperdown Road & Weka Street t: +64 4 909 4000 www.wetanz.com  ZEALANDIA: The Karori

Sanctuary Experience [Wellington –

Wildlife Park] 31 Waiapu Road t: +64 4 920 9200 www.visitzealandia.com

Discover  Martinborough Gourmet Wine

Tour [Wellington – Tours] t: +64 6 370 6600 www.tranzittours.co.nz Open: Daily (minimum two people). Departs Wellington or Wairarapa. Full-day all-inclusive tour of four wineries with gourmet lunch.  Walk Wellington [Wellington –

Sightseeing] Wellington t: +64 4 473 3145 www.walkwellington.org.nz  Wellington Rover Tours [Wellington – Sightseeing] 124 Waterloo Quay t: +64 4 471 0044 www.wellingtonrover.co.nz  Zest Food Tours of New Zealand

[Wellington – Tours] i-SITE Visitor Centre t: +64 4 801 9198 www.zestfoodtours.co.nz Retail Therapy

In the central city, check out the shopping districts at Capital on the Quay [Lambton Quay www.capitalonthequay. co.nz] or Old Bank Shopping Arcade

[Cnr Lambton Quay & Willis Street www. oldbank.co.nz] and visit Kirkcaldie &

Lambton Quay, Wellington e info@capitalonthequay.co.nz www.capitalonthequay.co.nz

Capital on the Quay is located in the heart of Lambton Quay, downtown Wellington’s thriving business and retail precinct. Boasting a mix of premium nationwide chains and local boutiques, Capital on the Quay offers Lambton Quay’s most diverse retail range. Premium national brands such as Cue, The Homestore, and Mi Piaci are paired with local favourites Bags of Difference, Blue Cactus and Verve Café. SHOP for the perfect gift, designer heels or flats, New Zealand-made and -designed products or the latest fashion for men and women. INDULGE at Sierra Café, awardwinning hair salon Blue Cactus or beauty salon Body & Skin.

Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa wellington – museum

55 Cable Street, Wellington t +64 4 381 7000, e mail@tepapa.govt.nz www.tepapa.govt.nz Open 10am – 6pm daily (Thu till 9pm)

Te Papa is New Zealand’s innovative and interactive national museum. Our name literally means ‘container of treasures’. Here, you’ll discover the treasures and stories of New Zealand’s land and people. Since opening in 1998, Te Papa has attracted over 21 million visitors and is a ‘must see’ on every visitor’s itinerary. Over six floors of engaging, interactive displays discover Maori and Pacific cultural treasures, New Zealand’s extraordinary natural life, its most important works of art, and its unique history. This is no ordinary museum! With a combination of the latest technology and classic story-telling, Te Papa educates, entertains, and inspires. Experience an exquisitely carved marae, walk through living native bush, and be shaken in the Earthquake House. View the national art collection, come face-to-face with a colossal squid specimen, then explore OurSpace, a multimedia adventure and adrenalin-filled motion simulator rides. Take a guided tour or explore on your own. This is serious fun! plan and book online at www.destination-nz.com I 149


Capital on the Quay Wellington – Shopping


COLONIAL COTTAGE MUSEUM Wellington – Heritage Attraction 68 Nairn Street (top of Willis Street) t +64 4 384 9122 www.museumswellington. org.nz Step into the 1850s with a tour of Wellington’s

oldest original cottage and heritage garden. Each room features furniture/objects to show what family life was like for early colonialists.

Museum Of Wellington City & Sea Wellington – Heritage Attraction Queens

Kirkcaldie & Stains Wellington – Department Store

165 – 177 Lambton Quay, Wellington t +64 4 472 5899 e info@kirkcaldies.co.nz www.kirkcaldies.co.nz

Kirkcaldie & Stains is an upmarket department store on Lambton Quay, graciously serving Wellington for almost 150 years. A liveried concierge welcomes you through the doors into a retail Mecca where local and international brands line the shelves. Enjoy three floors of fine shopping and more across the street in the Harbour City Centre. Ask about Kirkcaldie’s Travel Price offer available to international travellers (conditions apply).

Wharf, 3 Jervois Quay t +64 4 472 8904 www. museumswellington.org.nz Open 10am – 5pm Inside

this historic building are the real stories of Wellington. Highlights include a show about Maori myths. Three floors of exhibitions feature stunning technology.

Walk Wellington Wellington – Tours Departs from Wellington i-SITE Visitor Centre, Civic Square t +64 4 473 3145 e walkwellington@xtra.co.nz www.walkwellington.org.nz Departs 10am daily

Experience Wellington on a two-hour guided walk. Enjoy the history, sights and culture of this vibrant city with our knowledgeable local guides. Stains [165 – 177 Lambton Quay www. kirkcaldies.co.nz]. At Lower Hutt, Jackson Street, Petone [www.jacksonstreetpetone. co.nz] is a good bet.

cafés Great coffee is a highlight in Wellington. Try Caffe Astoria [159

Lambton Quay, Midland Park www.astoria. co.nz], Café L’Affare [27 College Street www.laffare.co.nz], Fidel’s [234 Cuba Street www.fidelscafe.com], Midnight Espresso [178 Cuba Street] and Mojo Coffee [Shed 13 and throughout the city www.mojocoffee. co.nz]. North of Wellington is The Red House Café [885 Main Road, Te Horo www.theredhousecafe.co.nz]. Take a break

arty bees books wellington – Book store

The Oaks, Manners Street, Wellington t +64 4 384 5339 e info@artybees.co.nz www.artybees.co.nz Open Mon – Thu 9am – 7pm, Fri 9am – 9pm, Sat 10am – 9pm, Sun 11am – 7pm

Bursting with more books than they know what to do with! Arty Bees Books stocks a huge range of books on almost every topic: NZ and nonfiction titles, rare and antiquarian books, sheet music, children’s books, new science fiction/fantasy titles and Wellington’s largest range of fiction. Shamelessly feeding biblioholic addictions in Wellington for 24 years.

on the main highway south of Otaki and sample fresh, contemporary fare.

[205 Ohiro Road, Brooklyn t: +64 4 384 3157 www.penthousecinema.co.nz].

bars & Nightclubs Wellington is renowned for cool clubs. Top picks include Bodega

[101 Ghuznee Street www.bodega.co.nz], Havana [32A Wigan Street www.havanabar. co.nz], Sandwiches [8 Kent Terrace www.sandwiches.co.nz], San Francisco Bath House [171 Cuba Street www.sfbh. co.nz], The Library [53 Courtenay Place www.thelibrary.co.nz] and Vivo [19 Edward Street www.vivowinebar.com]. If you’re after a cosy pub, try Backbencher [34 Molesworth Street www.backbencher.co.nz], Molly Malone’s

[Cnr Courtenay Place & Taranaki Street www. mollymalones.co.nz] or Southern Cross [39 Abel Smith Street www.thecross.co.nz].

By Night



Cheap Eats

Watch live theatre at Bats Theatre

Popular stops for budget-friendly eats include Phoenician Falafel [10 Kent Terrace t: +64 4 385 9997] and Wellington Trawling Sea Market [220 Cuba Street

[1 Kent Terrace t: +64 4 802 4176 www.bats. co.nz], Circa Theatre [1 Taranaki Street t: +64 4 801 7992 www.circa.co.nz], Downstage Theatre [12 Cambridge Terrace t: +64 4 801 6946 www.downstage. co.nz] or St James Theatre [77 Courtenay Place t: +64 4 801 4231 www.pwv.co.nz]. Catch a film at the Embassy Theatre

[10 Kent Terrace t: +64 4 384 7656 www. deluxe.co.nz], Paramount [25 Courtenay Place t: +64 4 384 4080 www.paramount. co.nz] or Penthouse Cinema


t: +64 4 384 8461].

Mid-range Restaurants Wellington is bursting with great restaurants. For international fare in the CBD, try Capitol [Cnr Kent Terrace &

Marjoribanks Streets t: +64 4 384 2855 www.capitolrestaurant.co.nz], Scopa [Cnr Cuba Street & Ghuznee Street t: +64 4 384 6020 www.scopa.co.nz] or Pravda [107

10 Mulgrave Street, Thorndon, Wellington t +64 4 499 5595 f +64 4 495 6210 e info@archives.govt.nz www.archives.govt.nz Opening hours Mon – Fri 9am – 5pm

Te Rua Mahara o te Kāwanatanga. Come in to Archives New Zealand’s Wellington office, explore the rich heritage of our nation and see our national treasures. Gateway orientation space and reading room for research. Café on site. The original 1840 Treaty of Waitangi and the 1893 Women’s Suffrage Petition are on show in the Constitution Room.

City Gallery Wellington Wellington – Gallery

Civic Square, 101 Wakefield Street, Wellington t +64 4 801 3021 e citygallery@wmt.org.nz www.citygallery.org.nz Open Daily 10am – 5pm (except Christmas Day).

Located in the heart of Civic Square, City Gallery Wellington offers visitors always captivating, sometimes challenging art from some of the world’s most exciting artists. With specific galleries dedicated to Wellington artists, and Maori and Pacific arts, City Gallery Wellington enables a diverse range of audiences to experience art in inspiring and new ways.

Carter Observatory Wellington – Observatory

Wellington Botanic Garden, Wellington t +64 4 910 3140 e info@carterobservatory.org www.carterobservatory.org

Visit us at the Carter Observatory, two minutes’ walk from the top of the Cable Car. Carter offers you an extraordinary opportunity to learn about New Zealand’s southern skies through its state-of-the-art planetarium show, along with multimedia exhibits sharing how our early European and Maori navigators found their way to these shores. Launch a rocket! Touch the Moon! Experience Tuhura module, a new discovery space for kids.

National War Memorial Wellington – Museum

7 Buckle Street, Wellington t +64 4 385 2496 e nwm@mch.govt.nz www.nationalwarmemorial.govt.nz Open Daily 10:30am – 4:30pm and Sunday 12pm to 4:30pm

The stunning National War Memorial with its Tomb of the Unknown Warrior is a must-see. Observe wreath-laying ceremonies, hear the 74 bells of the world’s third-largest carillon, enjoy a pipe organ concert, view the nation’s Roll of Honour, listen to presentations and discover New Zealand’s military heritage and sacrifice. Tour groups are welcome and parking is available. Free admission.

Zest Food Tours

wellington – tours

The Bakehouse, 6 Swan Lane, Wellington t +64 4 801 9198 e tours@zestfoodtours.co.nz www. zestfoodtours.co.nz

When visiting Wellington, the culinary and coffee capital, a walking food tour is a must! Recommended by Frommer’s Guide 2010 as “A real hit with foodies.” Discover fresh tastes in New Zealand’s café and culinary capital as we introduce you to local tastes, products and people. With a personal guide to tell the local stories, you will taste gourmet products including coffee, chocolate, cheeses and other specialities in top food places the locals know. As an added bonus, you’ll receive 25 percent discount vouchers for two of Wellington’s best eateries on our Capital Tastes tour. Because the best way to discover a new place and its culture is through its food and wine! plan and book online at www.destination-nz.com I 151


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enclave that feels like a private club. For Asian fare, head to Dragonfly

[70 Courtenay Place t: +64 4 803 3995 www. dragon-fly.co.nz] for a shared dining experience of innovative South East Asian cuisine with a nod to the rustic. For ethnic flavours, head to Chow Tory [45 Tory Street t: +64 4 382 8585 www. chow.co.nz] for Asian fare, Little India

Wellington Cable Car Wellington – Cable Car

Cable Car Lane (off Lambton Quay), Wellington t +64 4 472 2199 e info@wellingtoncablecar.co.nz www.wellingtoncablecar.co.nz

Visit Wellington’s top spots. Views of city and harbour, Carter Observatory (admission fee), Cable Car Museum, Wellington Botanic Garden and Krupp Gun. Cable Cars run every ten minutes during the day. Walk downhill via historic Thorndon, lined with shops and cafés, or via Bolton Street Memorial Park, where important Kiwis and early settlers rest.

[18 Blair Street t: +64 4 384 9989 www. littleindia.co.nz] or tapas bar Osteria del Toro [60 Tory Street t: +64 4 381 2299 www. osteriadeltoro.co.nz]. Sweet Mother’s Kitchen [5 Courtenay Place t: +64 4 385 4444 www.sweetmotherskitchen. co.nz] is recommended for Cajun cuisine in a laid-back atmosphere.

High-end Restaurants For high-end dining, try the critically acclaimed Logan Brown [192 Cuba

Street t: +64 4 801 5114 www.loganbrown. co.nz] (owned by celebrity chefs

Steve Logan and Alister Brown) or Matterhorn [106 Cuba Street t: +64 4 384 3359 www.matterhorn.co.nz], an awardwinning restaurant and bar.

Street Smarts The Essentials Stock up on reading material at Arty Bees Books [The Oaks, Manners Street www.artybees.co.nz] and check your email at Cybernomad [43 Courtenay Place]. For medical assistance, contact Wellington Accident & Urgent Medical Centre [17 Adelaide Road, Newtown t: +64 4 384 4944] or Wellington Hospital [Riddiford Street,

how to get around  Airport Flyer [Wellington – Bus]

t: +64 4 569 2933 www.airportflyer.co.nz  Bluebridge Cook Strait Ferry

[Wellington – Ferry] t: +64 4 471 6188 www.bluebridge.co.nz  Interislander [Wellington – Ferry] t: +64 4 498 3302 www.interislander.co.nz  Sounds Air [Wellington – Airline] t: +64 3 520 3080 www.soundsair.com  Tranz Metro [Wellington – Train] Wellington Railway Station, Bunny Street NZ fp: 0800 801 700 www.tranzmetro.co.nz

Find out more For information, talk to Wellington i–SITE [Civic Square, Cnr Victoria Street &

Wakefield Street t: +64 4 802 4860].

 Websites www.destination-nz.com


Wairarapa The Wairarapa is a picturesque rural region of holiday cottages and vineyards alongside a rugged coastline. Masterton is the main centre. Further south, the historic main street of Greytown offers an array of cute boutiques. Martinborough Wine Village is the epicentre of regional wine growing: an ideal place for a walking wine tour or wine tour by bike.

Highlights Browse the boutiques in quaint country towns. Take a cycle tour of the wineries in Martinborough Wine Village. Visit Pukaha Mount Bruce National Wildlife Centre.

Newtown t: +64 4 385 5999].

 Post Office [Wellington – Postal Services]

Wellington Rover Tours

2 Manners Street

Wellington – Tours

PO Box 835, Wellington 6140 t +64 4 471 0044 NZ fp 0800 426 211 e info@wellingtonrover.co.nz www.wellingtonrover.co.nz

Wellington’s Lord of the Rings tour professionals. Full-day and half-day options visiting the best movie locations in Wellington. Specialist LOTR guides and small groups enable us to bring the movies alive. Try our brand-new Seal Colony & Wind Farm Tour. Experience the wild south coast and rural New Zealand right on the doorstep of Wellington.

Hawthorn Lounge, Wellington


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Customhouse Quay t: +64 4 801 8858 www. pravdacafe.co.nz], a luxurious inner-city


Porirua city Wellington – Regional information

Porirua i-SITE Visitor Information Centre, 8 Cobham Court, Porirua City t +64 4 237 8088 www.poriruaNZ.com

Share this paradise of walkways, cycleways and beaches. Porirua is a young satellite city, just 20 minutes north of Wellington, with a reputation for energy, creativity and outdoor action. A vibrant natural environment, surrounded by twin harbours, hills, ocean and rugged coastline, provides for beautiful walks for a variety of fitness levels. Scuba diving, fishing and trips to Mana Island are easy to arrange. Take the opportunity to windsurf, kayak, sail, horse ride, mountain bike, play golf or simply relax at a café. Get your heart pumping with a high-wire challenge at Adrenalin Forest or visit the renowned Pataka Art and Museum, which showcases contemporary Maori, Pacific Island and Kiwi art. Te Rauparaha Arena houses the Arena Aquatic Centre and is named after the legendary Maori Chief who composed Ka Mate – the best-known Maori haka in the world – and led the Ngati Toa people to conquer this region nearly 200 years ago. Take the time to explore the stunning Pauatahanui Inlet, dotted with charming boathouses and featuring a wildlife sanctuary with walkways and hides for bird-watching, and pay a visit to Plimmerton. The perfect New Zealand seaside village, Plimmerton is home to inviting restaurants and accommodation options. Porirua has a rich Maori history passed down through oral traditions and tribal whakapapa to recall the names of the explorers and iwi who first lived in Porirua. Ngai Tara and Ngati Ira were among the early tribes who occupied Porirua. In the 1820s, the arrival of the musket-armed Ngati Toa, led by Ngati Toa’s formidable chief Te Rauparaha, created a new era for Porirua. Te Rauparaha rose to leadership because of his strong defence of his tribe’s interests and his skill in battle. He took his tribe from Kawhia to conquer large territories and found a new home for Ngati Toa here in Porirua. Visit the Porirua i-SITE Visitor Information Centre to find out more about what this diverse region has to offer. plan and book online at www.destination-nz.com I 153

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Sir Peter Jackson at the world premiere of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey in Wellington

wellington zoo Wellington – Zoo

200 Daniell Street, Newtown, Wellington t +64 4 381 6755 e wellingtonzoo@wellingtonzoo.com www.wellingtonzoo.com Open Every day, except Christmas Day, 9:30am – 5pm

Enjoy a great family day out at Wellington Zoo and meet over 500 amazing native and exotic animals! We have fun animal talks and presentations every day, including the only guaranteed opportunity to see a kiwi in Wellington at our fantastic Tahi the Kiwi Show.

Where to Sleep

 Paua World [Carterton – Shop] 54 Kent

 Copthorne Hotel & Resort

 Pukaha Mount Bruce National

Solway Park, Wairarapa [Masterton – Hotel] High Street t: +64 6 370 0500 www.milleniumhotels.co.nz  Peppers Parehua [Martinborough – B&B/Villas] New York Street West t: +64 6 306 8405 www.parehua.co.nz  Peppers Martinborough Hotel

[Martinborough – Hotel] The Square t: +64 6 306 9350 www.martinboroughhotel.co.nz  Petit Hotel [Martinborough – Boutique Hotel] 3 Kitchener Street t: +64 6 306 8086 www.petithotel.co.nz

By Day Zealandia: The Karori Sanctuary Experience Wellington – Wildlife Encounter

31 Waiapu Road, Wellington t +64 4 920 9200 e info@visitzealandia.com www.visitzealandia.com

At ZEALANDIA you will see and hear some of the rarest, most extraordinary native wildlife on the planet. Discover our unique natural history in our interactive museum and learn about ZEALANDIA’s ground-breaking conservation project. In the sanctuary valley, explore walking tracks and see native animals in their natural environment. Join our wildlife experts at the free daily ranger talks!

Experience On the Wine Trail Grape vines were first planted around Martinborough during the 1970s and there are now more than 50 vineyards in the Wairarapa. Note that some wineries are only open during summer months. Masterton and Martinborough i-SITES have wine trail maps. Try Murdoch James Estate

[Dry River Road, Martinborough t: +64 6 306 9165 www.murdochjames.co.nz] or visit Martinborough Wine Centre

[6 Kitchener Street t: +64 6 306 9040 www.martinboroughwinecentre.co.nz].

Things to Do

 Aratoi [Masterton – Museum]

Cnr Bruce Street & Dixon Street t: +64 6 370 0001 www.aratoi.co.nz


Street t: +64 6 379 4247 www.pauaworld.com

Wildlife Centre [Masterton – Wildlife Park] Mount Bruce t: +64 6 375 8004 www.pukaha.org.nz

Cafés Good cafés include Ten O’Clock Cookie [180 Queen Street, Masterton www.tencc.co.nz] and Village Café

[6 Kitchener Street, Martinborough].

By Night bars & restaurants

Bar Saluté [83 Main Street, Greytown t: +64 6 304 9825 www.salute.net.nz] is a smart tapas restaurant. Taste Kiwi beer at Tui HQ [State Highway 2, Mangatainoka

t: +64 6 376 0815 www.tuibrewery.co.nz],

or try Wairarapa Trading Company

[439 Queen Street, Masterton t: +64 6 370 1930 www.wairarapatrading. co.nz] and The Bistro Restaurant [Martinborough Hotel, The Square, Martinborough t: +64 6 306 8350 www.martinboroughhotel.co.nz].

Street Smarts Find out more Find out more at Martinborough i–SITE [18 Kitchener Street t: +64 6 306 5010] or Masterton i–SITE [Cnr Dixon Street & Bruce Street t: +64 6 370 0900].  Websites

www.destination-nz.com www.wairarapanz.com

Bluebridge Cook Strait Ferry wellington – Ferry

50 Waterloo Quay, Wellington t +64 4 471 6188 NZ fp 0800 844 844 e bookings@bluebridge.co.nz www.bluebridge.co.nz

Cross Cook Strait on a Bluebridge ferry and enjoy some real Kiwi hospitality. Bluebridge carries passengers and vehicles between downtown Wellington and Picton up to four times daily, offering a range of fares to suit your budget. On-board you’ll find a full café-style menu, premium L’affare coffee and awardwinning Marlborough wines. And if you can take your eyes off the views, kick back with free movies and play areas for the kids. Add a touch of old-fashioned luxury to your Cook Strait crossing with your very own private cabin. Complete with linen, towels and your own en suite with a hot shower and under-floor heating!

Head office Level 6, 109 Featherston Street, Wellington t +64 4 498 3302 NZ fp 0800 802 802 www.interislander.co.nz Operating hours 7 days, 24 hours Depots Wellington and Picton

Interislander travels between the North and South Islands of New Zealand and offers one of the most spectacular cruises in the world. As you travel, take a stroll on the decks, enjoy a meal, a drink or catch a movie in one of the theatres. Or you could, of course, just take in the breathtaking views.

Te Papa Store, Wellington

Airport Flyer

Sounds Air

Wellington – Bus

Wellington/Picton – Airline/ Flight-seeing

Images: Positively Wellington Tourism

For timetable and route information contact Metlink: NZ fp 0800 801 700 www.airportflyer.co.nz

The Airport Flyer is the express bus service that runs daily in a loop from Wellington Airport to the CBD, then through Lower Hutt to Upper Hutt. Airport Flyer buses are air conditioned with leather coach-style seats, large luggage storage and free Wi-Fi on board – running every 15 minutes (between Wellington Airport and Lower Hutt). Ideal for shoestring budgets.

Gate 4, Wellington Airport, Wellington t +64 3 520 3080 NZ fp 0800 505 005 e info@soundsair.com www.soundsair.com

The fast and scenic way to cross Cook Strait, the Marlborough Sounds and to view Tasman Bay. Flights between Wellington and Picton, Wellington and Nelson and Wellington and Blenheim. Enjoy stunning views of the Marlborough Sounds, Tasman Bay and New Zealand’s capital. We also offer an aircraft charter service between all New Zealand locations.

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068 south island showcase

Image: Lake Wanaka Tourism

Stand-up paddleboarding, Lake Wanaka


New Zealand’s South Island Outdoor activities The South Island offers an

unparalleled diversity of outdoor

activities, from the relaxing to

the extreme. You can ski at a


world-class alpine resort,


play golf, bungy jump,

Kahurangi National Park

go rafting, mountain

Karamea Karamea Bight

biking, wind surfing or

Mountain biking, Jacks Point, Queenstown

whale watching, or visit

world-class wineries and

picturesque gardens.

Golden Bay


Abel Tasman National Park Tasman Bay Motueka

Brightwater Wakefield

Havelock Nelson Picton Richmond 6 Renwick Blenheim 63



Murchison 6 Lake Lake Paparoa 69 Rotoiti Rotoroa 65 National Nelson Lakes Punakaiki Park Reefton National Park Greymouth


Lake Brunner Kumara

Seddon Lake Grassmere

Hanmer Springs




7 Lake 7A Waiau Sumner 70 Hokitika Culverden Cheviot Lake Kaniere Arthur’s Pass National Park Ross Hawarden Arthur’s Pass Waikari Waipara 6 Amberley 73 Lake Harihari Leithfield Coleridge Oxford Rangiora Whataroa Woodend Pegasus Bay Springfield Kaiapoi Cust Franz Josef Glacier Westland Sheffield National Park Darfield Kirwee Fox Glacier Mt Hutt Rolleston Mount Cook Lyttelton Methven Lincoln Dunsandel National Park Leeston Rakaia 75 Mount Cook 77 Southbridge Akaroa 80 Lake Tekapo Ashburton Haast Lake 1 Lake Tekapo Jackson Bay Pukaki Geraldine Fairlie 79 Lake 8 Mount Aspiring Ohau 8 Temuka Canterbury Bight National Park 6 Twizel Pleasant Big Bay Lake Point Timaru Lake Lake Benmore Wanaka Hawea Otematata Milford Milford Sound Sound Lake Aviemore 83 Wanaka Kurow 8A Waimate



Lake 85 Arrowtown Dunstan Naseby Queenstown Oamaru Cromwell Ranfurly Lake 94 Kakanui Wakatipu Clyde Lake Herbert Alexandra 87 Fiordland Te Anau Hampden Doubtful National Park Middlemarch Sound Te Anau Palmerston Lake 6 Roxburgh Waikouaiti Manapouri 95 Karitane Waitati Warrington 8 Manapouri Lumsden Port Chalmers Mosgiel Mossburn Outram 94 Dunedin Lawrence Lake Monowai Riversdale Brighton Ohai Tapanui 1 Lake 90 Nightcaps Hauroko Gore Milton Clinton Winton Tuatapere Balclutha 96 Otautau Mataura Kaitangata Makarewa 99 Edendale 1 Te Waewae Bay Riverton Owaka Invercargill Tokanui Foveaux Strait Bluff Halfmoon Bay Stewart Island

Major urban area Town State Highway

Other road Railway Walking track

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South Island Overview

Cardrona Alpine Resort, Lake Wanaka

Exploring the South

Image: Lake Wanaka Tourism

From forest-fringed beaches to soaring mountains, the scenery of the South Island is an unforgettable backdrop to adrenaline-pumping adventure and indulgent relaxation. But did you know that in addition to its famous landscapes, the South Island is also home to rich cultural heritage and fascinating cities?

mountains. In winter, the ski areas offer fantastic skiing. Dunedin, the other major city of the South Island, Get ready for the trip of a lifetime – the South Island’s diversity is awe inspiring. is set on a harbour. This is a city with strong roots in the past: historic theme is maritime. Sheltered coves The South Island of New Zealand is buildings, including New Zealand’s invite exploration by kayak and renowned for its natural beauty, an only castle, are a must-see. coastal forest is ideal for a scenic walk. untamed paradise dominated by a Take a trip to Stewart Island, the In the northeast, Blenheim is the rugged and unspoilt landscape. smallest of New Zealand’s three centre of a wine-producing region, No need to forgo the comforts of major islands, where you can explore while Kaikoura is a base for wildlife civilisation though – South Islanders untouched wilderness and see encounters. Christchurch, where like to balance the wilderness of their the abundance of wildlife. To truly modern culture blends with historic surroundings with the best of food, experience the untamed beauty of atmosphere, is the South Island’s wine and accommodation. Whatever nature, any visit must include the your budget, there is a multitude of largest city. West Coast. From Karamea in the Further south, the picture-postcard accommodation options scattered north through to Fiordland in South Mackenzie region is dominated by against the wild backdrop. Westland, in this extraordinary region mountains and lakes. In Queenstown Outdoor adventure aficionados you’ll be spellbound by the lush and Wanaka, you can dine in a worldwill find themselves well served in rainforests and rugged scenery. class restaurant amid a panorama of the South Island. In the north the 158 I LIVE, BREATHE AND EXPERIENCE NEW ZEALAND I destination-nz.com

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Marlborough Sparkling inlets, pristine forest and renowned wineries bathed in abundant sunshine. Nelson Three national parks, golden beaches and turquoise water make this a natural paradise. West Coast An untamed coastal paradise bursting with remarkable scenery and rare native wildlife. Kaikoura & Hanmer Springs Unforgettable marine life, a picturesque alpine spa resort and vineyard-draped valleys just north of Christchurch. Christchurch & Canterbury Outdoor adventures in a rugged landscape and the rich heritage of New Zealand’s second largest city. Mount Cook & Mackenzie Astonishing blue lakes and soaring peaks abound in a beautiful alpine and rural landscape dotted with tranquil country towns. Dunedin & Otago Intriguing history in a quirky university city famous for wildlife encounters and, beyond, a rugged landscape rich with gold-mining history and remarkable scenery. Wanaka Outdoor adventures amid spectacular alpine scenery on the doorstep of Mt Aspiring National Park. Queenstown Sparkling resort in an outdoor adventure playground against a stunning backdrop of sparkling lake and rugged mountains. Fiordland Astonishing scenery and unforgettable wilderness experiences in a remote and pristine region.

Reading in The Octagon, Dunedin RICH CULTURE If you’ve ever seen The Lord of the Rings, you’ll be

familiar with the South Island’s impressive scenery – less well known is the fact that it is also home to the ‘Edinburgh of the South’.

Southland & Stewart Island A remote and beautiful region of rolling hills, rugged coastline and sparkling rivers in the far south.

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fine wine & sunshine


Image: Destination Marlborough

Delight in cruising on a myriad of pretty waterways, hiking through pristine native forest and sampling the Sauvignon Blanc at internationally renowned wineries in a very special corner of New Zealand’s South Island.

Wine and mussels in Havelock Marina, Marlborough

Regional Destinations Havelock Mussel-farming capital and gateway to Kenepuru and Pelorus Sounds. Renwick Heart of the Sauvignon Blanc wine industry. Portage Tiny outpost on tranquil Kenepuru Sound. Picton Gateway to Queen Charlotte Sound and the North Island. Blenheim Main regional

town and centre of the renowned Marlborough wine industry.

Getting There & Around Air Marlborough Airport is the main airport servicing Marlborough with domestic flights to Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch with Air NZ. Sounds Air offers flights from Blenheim or Picton to Wellington. Road Blenheim is 4 hours from Christchurch and 1 hour, 30 minutes from Nelson. It is a 30-minute drive from Blenheim to Picton. Coaches and shuttles service the area. Rail Tranz Rail operates a service from Christchurch to Picton. Ferry Interislander and Bluebridge ferries depart from Picton to Wellington several times daily. Water taxis provide another transport option.


Do It!  Sample Sauvignon Blanc at a winery.  Sea kayak in the Marlborough Sounds.  Walk the Queen Charlotte Track.

Events to Catch  Marlborough Wine Festival

[Blenheim – Feb] t: +64 3 577 9299 www.wine-marlborough-festival.co.nz

Blenheim & Districts The region’s main centre, Blenheim has a big reputation for the beautiful wines – particularly Sauvignon Blanc – but it is also the gateway to outdoor

Image: Destination Marlborough

Explore the REgion From the forests and inlets of the Marlborough Sounds to plains criss-crossed with grape vines further south, Marlborough is a region blessed with natural abundance. Bathed in sunshine, it invites exploration yearround; whether your tastes run to swimming with dolphins or the laidback pleasure of selecting a favourite among more than 100 wineries.



50 kilometres


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Charlotte Track

Stephens Is


Popular coastal

Rangitoto Is

Endeavour Inlet


Portage Rai Valley Anakiwa Waikawa Havelock


Kahurangi National Park



Cloudy Bay

Wairau Valley

Hiking and mountain


Wairau Valley


biking opportunities in easy reach of Blenheim.

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St Arnaud


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Okiwi Bay


open to cyclists.

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Nelson Lakes National Park


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Awatere Valley

Stunning landscape against

Kaikoura Hanmer Hanmer Forest Park Springs

a backdrop of rugged

sun-burnt mountains.


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Spring (Sep – Nov)

Summer (Dec – Feb)

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Winter (Jun – Aug)

Mean daily max/min temperature Average rainfall/wet days

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19/8˚C • 66/46˚F 59 mm • 6 days

13/3˚C • 59/37˚F 66 mm • 7 days

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Aldan Lodge Picton – Lodge 86 Wellington Street t +64 3 573 6833 www.aldanlodge.co.nz Situated close to ferry terminal, waterfront, restaurants and cafés. Refurbished self-contained studio, family and modern two-bedroom units. Enjoy the Marlborough Sounds from the comfort of Aldan Lodge.

Anglesea Motels Picton – Motel 26 Waikawa Road t +64 3 573 6425 www.angleseamotelpicton.co.nz

Anglesea Motels is just 200 metres from central Picton, the marina, cafés and restaurants. One-bedroom units with double/single beds, cooking facilities, SKY TV and off-street parking/room for boats. We’re ten minutes’ walk from the ferry.

Chateau Marlborough Blenheim – Hotel/Apartments

Cnr High Street & Henry Street, Blenheim t +64 3 578 0064 NZ fp 0800 752 275 www.marlboroughnz.co.nz

Chateau Marlborough luxury boutique accommodation offers guests a relaxed atmosphere, setting new accommodation standards. Suites and apartments provide attention to detail. Expect attentive, unobtrusive service and dedication to excellence. With the beauty of Marlborough right at your doorstep, and our on-site amenities (including conference facilities) to enjoy, you may never want to leave.

ferrylink motel Picton – Motel 43 Kent Street t +64 3 573 7097 NZ fp 0800 224 413 (reservations) www.ferrylink.co.nz Self-contained family and studio units, 40+ SKY TV channels. Internet access available. Close to ferry, train and bus terminals (courtesy van available). Easy walk to shops, dairy, cafés and tavern. We accommodate late travellers.

PICTON House B&B Picton – B&B 28 Waikawa Road t +64 3 573 6429 www.pictonhousebandb.co.nz Charming

1920s homestead a few minutes from Picton’s waterfront. Downstairs rooms with en suites and TV; SKY TV and Wi-Fi in guest lounge. Sip a Marlborough wine by the pool. Complimentary ‘Picton Breakfast’. adventure. The town is the commercial hub of the region and offers a range of eateries and accommodation. Surrounded by vineyards, it enjoys a beautiful setting and sunny climate. Renwick and the Wairau Valley Renwick lies at the heart of the Sauvignon Blanc wine industry. It’s an ideal place for a winery tour by bike. Awatere Valley South of Blenheim, the Awatere Valley is stunning against a backdrop of mountains.


Hotel d’Urville Blenheim – Boutique Hotel

52 Queen Street, Blenheim t +64 3 577 9945 f +64 3 577 9946 e hotel@durville.com www.durville.com

Set in the historic 1920s Art Deco Public Trust building in the heart of Blenheim, surrounded by the world-renowned wine-growing region of Marlborough. Hotel d’Urville offers a unique blend of originality, classic charm and international quality. Eleven boutique rooms, award-winning restaurant, intimate cocktail bar and al fresco deck bar, showcasing some of the best cuisine and wine Marlborough has to offer.

Take a cycle tour around the famous local wineries. Tour a remote high country station by 4WD. Indulge in a vineyard lunch in the Blenheim sunshine. Visit Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre – fascinating even if you’re not an aviation enthusiast.

Where to Sleep  Blenheim Top 10 Holiday Park

[Blenheim – Holiday Park/Motel] 78 Grove Road t: +64 3 578 3667 www.blenheimtop10.co.nz  Chateau Marlborough [Blenheim – Apartments/Villas] Cnr High Street & Henry Street t: +64 3 578 0064 www.marlboroughnz.co.nz  Hotel d’Urville [Blenheim – Boutique Hotel] 52 Queen Street t: +64 3 577 9945 www.durville.com  Lake Timara Lodge [Blenheim – Lodge] Dog Point Road t: +64 3 572 8276 www.timara.co.nz


 Marlborough Vintners Hotel

[Renwick – Hotel] 190 Rapaura Road t: +64 3 572 5094 www.mvh.co.nz

 Old St Mary’s Convent Vineyard

Estate [Blenheim – Boutique B&B]

776 Rapaura Road t: +64 3 570 5700 www.convent.co.nz  The Grapevine [Blenheim – Backpackers] 29 Park Terrace t: +64 3 578 6062 www.thegrapevine.co.nz  Vintners Retreat [Blenheim – Villas] 55 Rapaura Road t: +64 3 572 7420 www.vintnersretreat.co.nz

By Day Experience On the Wine Trail Why is the wine so good here? On the Wairau Plains, the soil is freedraining and the climate continental, with lots of hot sun during the day, cool nights, and not much rain when the grapes are ripening. Wineries to try include Brancott Estate Winery

[180 Brancott Road, Blenheim t: +64 3 520 6975 www.brancottestate.com], Wither Hills [211 New Renwick Road, t: +64 3 520 8284 www.witherhills.co.nz] or Yealands Estate [Cnr Seaview Road & Reserve Road, Seddon t: +64 3 575 7618 www.yealands. co.nz]. Take a tour with Marlborough Wine Tours [t: +64 3 579 5038 www.marlboroughwinetours.co.nz] or Wine Tours By Bike [t: +64 3 577 6954 www.winetoursbybike.co.nz].


Vintners Retreat blenheim – villas 55 Rapaura Road, Renwick t +64 3 572 7420 NZ fp 0800 484 686 e info@vintnersretreat.co.nz www.vintnersretreat.co.nz Check in/check out 2pm/10am Reception 7:30am – 8pm

Perfect for the independent traveller, the Vintners Retreat provides exclusive luxury accommodation in the heart of Marlborough, New Zealand’s largest wine region. True vineyard accommodation, Vintners Retreat offers unique and stylish self-contained Villas set at the top of Rapaura Road, locally known as Marlborough’s ‘Golden Mile’ of vineyards. A stay here will place you right amongst Marlborough’s famous vineyards and wineries, adjacent to the Richmond Ranges and the braided Wairau River. The neighbours include Giesen Wines, Wairau River, Huia and Nautilus Estate; perfect for an afternoon of easy wine tasting. Base yourself at the Retreat, and you are a quick drive to the town of Blenheim, 20 minutes’ drive from Havelock or Picton, the beautiful Marlborough Sounds and the Awatere Valley. With 14 properties to choose from, the beautiful Villas are private and peaceful. Each Villa is beautifully appointed, fully equipped to a high standard, self-contained and serviced daily. Private patio dining, BBQs, complimentary wireless and luxury toiletries all supplied as standard. With four Villa styles to choose from there is something for everyone, from couples wanting a romantic getaway, to families wanting the space to unwind and relax! Within the four-acre grounds there is a 12-metre solar-heated swimming pool, tennis court, boules strip and croquet sets for guests’ use. The Wairau River stop bank provides an excellent opportunity for cycling, walking and running, and we have bikes available to hire. Nearby Havelock and the Marlborough Sounds offer sailing and power boating, fishing and kayaking. Contact Vintners Retreat for more ideas about activities. A stay here will place you right amongst Marlborough’s famous vineyards and wineries, adjacent to the Richmond Ranges and the braided Wairau River.

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Things To Do

 Avantiplus [Blenheim – Cycle Hire]

61 Queen Street t: +64 3 578 0433 www.bikemarlborough.co.nz

 Marlborough Museum [Blenheim –

Museum] 26 Arthur Baker Place t: +64 3 578 1712 www.marlboroughmuseum.org.nz

 Millennium Art Gallery [Blenheim – Gallery] 13 Seymour Square t: +64 3 579 2001 www.marlboroughart.org.nz  Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre

[Blenheim – Museum] 79 Aerodrome Road t: +64 3 579 1305 www.omaka.org.nz

Discover  Makana Confections Blenheim

[Blenheim – Shop] Cnr Rapaura Road & O’Dwyer’s Road t: +64 3 570 5370 www.makana.co.nz  Windhawk Helicopters

[Blenheim – Flight-seeing] t: +64 3 572 9132 www.windhawkhelicopters.com


Get your caffeine fix from CPR [18

Wynen Street t: +64 3 579 5030 www. cprcoffee.co.nz] or The Fix [72 Market Street, Queens Market Mall t: +64 3 579 4909].

By Night bars & Restaurants Restaurants to try in Blenheim include Hotel d’Urville [52 Queen Street t: +64 3 577 9945 www.durville.com], La Veranda

[56 Vintage Lane +64 3 572 5161 www. laveranda.co.nz] or Raupo Riverside Café & Restaurant [6 Symons Street t: +64 3 577 8822 www.raupocafe.co.nz] which

features contemporary cuisine in an architecturally designed building. Out of town, try Herzog Winery & Restaurant [81 Jeffries Road t: +64 3 572 8770 www.herzog.co.nz] or Cork & Keg English Country Pub [33 Inkerman Street t: +64 3 572 9328], a lovely old Englishstyle pub.

Street Smarts The Essentials For medical assistance, contact Wairau Hospital [Hospital Road, Blenheim

t: +64 3 520 9999].

Marlborough Sounds For visitors arriving by ferry, the Marlborough Sounds are their first glimpse of the South Island. What a first impression it is! Forest-cloaked hills surround tranquil Queen Charlotte Sound and the town of Picton nestles against the shore. Explore the watery side of the landscape by boat and kayak. Back on land, go walking or mountain biking.

Highlights Walk a section of the Queen Charlotte Track and stop for a swim. Join a dolphin-watching boat cruise in tranquil waterways. Feast on Greenshell Mussels after visiting a mussel farm in Havelock. Experience a sea kayaking adventure around hidden coves. Mountain bike along the Queen Charlotte Track.

Bases for Exploring the Marlborough Sounds Picton The main centre in the Marlborough Sounds, Picton is an excellent base for beginning an exploration of the region. Situated at the head of Queen Charlotte Sound, it’s a departure point for inter-island ferries across the Cook Strait to Wellington, as well as boat cruises and kayak adventures. Havelock The village of Havelock is the gateway to Pelorus and Keneperu Sounds – charter boats and water taxis leave from the marina. It’s famous for its Greenshell Mussels. Anakiwa This small settlement at the head of Queen Charlotte Sound is popular for swimming and water sports. For most people, it marks the end of the Queen Charlotte Track. Portage Tiny outpost on Kenepuru Sound. There’s a hotel, and boats and bikes to rent. Portage is accessible by road – take the turnoff at Linkwater on Queen Charlotte Drive.

Where to Sleep  Aldan Lodge [Picton – Lodge]

86 Wellington Street t: +64 3 573 6833 www.aldanlodge.co.nz  Anglesea Motels [Picton – Motel] 26 Waikawa Road t: +64 3 573 6425 www.angleseamotelpicton.co.nz  Apartments on the Waterfront

[Picton – Apartments] 45 Beach Road t: +64 3 520 3201 www.apartmentsonthewaterfront.co.nz

 Fat Cod Backpackers

[Picton – Backpackers] 9 Auckland Street t: +64 3 573 7788 www.fatcodbackpackers.co.nz  Ferrylink Motel [Picton – Motel] 43 Kent Street t: +64 3 573 7097 www.ferrylink.co.nz  Furneaux Lodge [Marlborough Sounds – Lodge] Endeavour Inlet, Queen Charlotte Sound t: +64 3 579 8259 www.furneaux.co.nz  Picton House B&B [Picton – B&B] 28 Waikawa Road t: +64 3 573 6429 www.pictonhousebandb.co.nz  Pelorus Lodge [Marlborough Sounds – Lodge] Pelorus Sound t: +64 3 574 2999 www.peloruslodge.com  Picton Top 10 Holiday Park [Picton – Holiday Park/Motel] 78 Waikawa Road t: +64 3 573 7212 www.pictontop10.co.nz  Raetihi Lodge [Marlborough Sounds – Lodge] Double Bay, Kenepuru Sound t: +64 3 573 4300 www.raetihilodge.co.nz

By Day Experience Exploring the Sounds  Beachcomber Fun Cruises [Picton

– Boat Cruises/Water Taxi] London Quay t: +64 3 573 6175 www.mailboat.co.nz

 Green Shell Mussel Cruise

[Havelock – Boat Cruise] Havelock Marina t: +64 3 577 9997 www.greenshellmusselcruise.co.nz  Sea Kayak Adventures [Anakiwa – Kayaking] Anakiwa Road t: +64 3 574 2765 www.nzseakayaking.com

How the Marlborough Sounds Were Formed No, they’re not

Find out more

actually fiords – a clue to the origin of the fiord-like waterways of the

t: +64 3 577 8080].

The Sounds are essentially drowned valleys; a mountainous region

Visit Blenheim i-SITE [8 Sinclair Street  Websites

www.destination-nz.com www.lovemarlborough.co.nz

Marlborough Sounds lies in the steep, bush-clad hills surrounding them. that slowly sank over thousands of years due to geological activity and allowed the sea to gradually flood the once-forested valleys.


Endeavour Inlet, Queen Charlotte Sound, Marlborough Sounds t +64 3 579 8259 e info@furneaux.co.nz www.furneaux.co.nz

Marlborough Vintners Hotel Blenheim – Hotel 190 Rapaura Road, Blenheim t +64 3 572 5094 NZ fp 0800 MVH 190 (684 190) www.mvh.co.nz

For your Marlborough cuisine and wine experience choose Marlborough Vintners Hotel in the heart of Sauvignon Blanc country. Our boutique vineyard accommodation, fine dining restaurant and executive retreat facilities are set in six acres of grounds. Furnished with luxury in mind and surrounded by stunning vineyard views, Marlborough Vintners Hotel is the perfect base for exploring Marlborough.

Nestled at the head of Endeavour Inlet in Queen Charlotte Sound. Self-contained family units to contemporary studio suites, surrounded by 800 hectares of virgin native forest. Go kayaking, swimming, mountain biking, walking, or try fishing, diving and dolphin watching. Award-winning restaurant. Furneaux Lodge is the first night’s stay on the Queen Charlotte Track, a popular wedding and honeymoon venue, and ideal for executive retreats.

Old St Mary’s Convent Vineyard Estate Blenheim – B&B

776 Rapaura Road, RD 3, Blenheim t +64 3 570 5700 e retreat@convent.co.nz www.convent.co.nz Capacity 5 rooms Check in/check out 2pm/11am

Boutique bed and breakfast in the heart of Marlborough’s wine-growing region. This former convent was built in 1901 and is set on 60 acres of vineyards and parkland. Amenities include a billiards room, an outdoor swimming pool, petanque, croquet and bicycles. Idyllic wedding venue. Complimentary Old St Mary’s Convent wine made from grapes grown on the property!

lake Timara Lodge blenheim – LODGE

Image: Destination Marlborough

301 Dog Point Road, Blenheim t +64 3 572 8276 e timaralodge@xtra.co.nz www.timara.co.nz

Marlborough vineyard towards Wither Hills

Lake Timara Lodge is nestled within 25 acres of superbly-maintained gardens, including swimming pool, grass tennis court, and private lake. Guests experience the gourmet pleasures of Michelin-experienced chef Louis Schindler. With only eight guests at any one time, you’re sure to be indulged! There’s four charming ensuite guest rooms with king beds, some with spa baths and private sitting rooms. Tariff includes full breakfast, pre-dinner drinks, four-course table d’hote dinner with wine, & Blenheim Airport transfers. plan and book online at www.destination-nz.com I 165


Furneaux Lodge Marlborough Sounds – Lodge


By Night bars & Nightclubs Seamus’ Irish Bar [25 Wellington Street] lays claim to the title of ‘best Irish bar in the Southern Hemisphere’, or experience The Furneaux Bar

[Furneaux Lodge, Endeavour Inlet, Queen Charlotte Sound t: +64 3 579 8259 www.furneaux.co.nz] – although you’ll

have to get there by water taxi or by walking the Queen Charlotte Track!


Cnr Rapaura Road & O’Dwyer’s Road, Blenheim t +64 3 570 5370 www.makana.co.nz Open 9am – 5:30pm daily

Makana Confections manufactures and retails gift-quality chocolates at its boutique chocolate factories in Blenheim and Kerikeri. A visit to the Makana boutique chocolate factory is an experience not to be missed! Watch us make our tantalising confections and taste a few samples – complimentary, of course.  Nirvana Cruises [Havelock – Boat

Cruises] Havelock Marina cell: +64 22 043 0288 www.nirvanacruises.co.nz  Wilderness Guides Marlborough

Sounds [Picton – Kayaking/Cycle Hire/Guided

Walks] t: +64 3 573 5432 www.wildernessguidesnz.com

things to do  Dolphin Watch Ecotours [Picton –

Dolphin Swimming/Bird Watching/Tours] t: +64 3 573 8040 www.naturetours.co.nz  Eco World Aquarium [Picton – Aquarium] Picton Foreshore t: +64 3 573 6030 www.ecoworldnz.co.nz

 QueenCharlotteTrackNZ.com

[Picton – Guided Walks] t: +64 3 573 5432 www.queencharlottetracknz.com

Cafés Stop for coffee in Picton at Café Cortado [Cnr High Street & London Quay

t: +64 3 573 5630 www.cafecortado.co.nz] or Gusto [33 High Street]. In Havelock, try Wakamarinian Café [70 Main Road].

Restaurants Popular restaurants in Picton include Le Café [12 London Quay t: +64 3 573 5588 www.lecafepicton.co.nz] and The Chart Room Restaurant [Mercure Picton,

25 Waikawa Road t: +64 3 573 7002 www.parkregispicton.co.nz]. In Queen

Charlotte Sound, visit Punga Fern Restaurant & Bar [Punga Cove Resort,

Endeavour Inlet t: +64 3 579 8561 www.pungacove.co.nz] or feast on the local delicacy in Havelock at The Mussel Pot [73 Main Road

t: +64 3 574 2824 www.themusselpot.co.nz].

Street Smarts how to get around

 Beachcomber Fun Cruises [Picton

– Boat Cruises/Water Taxi] London Quay t: +64 3 573 6175 www.mailboat.co.nz

 Bluebridge Cook Strait Ferry

[Picton – Ferry] t: +64 4 471 6188 www.bluebridge.co.nz  Endeavour Express [Picton – Water Taxi] Town Wharf, London Quay t: +64 3 573 5456  Interislander [Picton/Wellington – Ferry] Auckland Street t: +64 3 520 3235 www.interislander.co.nz  Marlborough Sounds Shuttles

& Tours [Picton – Tours/Shuttle] t: +64 3 573 7122 www.marlboroughtours.co.nz

 Pelorus Sound Water Taxi [Havelock

– Water Taxi] Jetty 1A, Havelock Marina t: +64 3 574 2151 www.pelorussoundwatertaxis.co.nz  Picton Water Taxis [Picton – Water Taxi] The Waterfront t: +64 3 573 7853 www.pictonwatertaxis.co.nz

Find out more  Picton i-SITE [Picton – Visitor Information

Service] The Foreshore t: +64 3 520 3113

 Website

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Marlborough Wine Tours Blenheim – Tours 24 Bythell Street, Blenheim t +64 3 579 5038 cell +64 27 248 1231 e info@marlboroughwinetours.co.nz www.marlboroughwinetours.co.nz

Bluebridge Cook Strait Ferry Picton – Ferry

Personalised, flexible mini-coach tours for the discerning wine taster, from three hours to all day. Pick-up from accommodation, ferry terminal, airport or train. Tours include Marlborough’s famous wineries – as many as you wish to see in the day – with several options for a vineyard lunch.

Cross Cook Strait on a Bluebridge ferry and enjoy some real Kiwi hospitality. Bluebridge carries passengers and vehicles between downtown Wellington and Picton up to four times daily, offering a range of fares to suit your budget. On-board you’ll find a full café-style menu, premium L’affare coffee and awardwinning Marlborough wines. And if you can take your eyes off the views, kick back with free movies and play areas for the kids.

We have competitive rates to most countries and can assist you to ship your day’s purchases home.

Add a touch of old-fashioned luxury to your Cook Strait crossing with your very own private cabin. Complete with linen, towels and your own en suite with a hot shower and under-floor heating!

1 Lagoon Road, Picton, t +64 4 471 6188, NZ fp 0800 844 844, e bookings@bluebridge.co.nz, www.bluebridge.co.nz

Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre Blenheim – Heritage Attraction

79 Aerodrome Road, Blenheim t +64 3 579 1305 e info@omaka.org.nz www.omaka.org.nz Open 10am – 5pm

Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre houses a display like no other – and you don’t have to be an aviation nut to enjoy it! Great War aircraft are given a theatrical treatment. Captivating scenes depict aircraft in context, recreating incidents that really happened. Rare memorabilia is on display, from beautifully crafted ‘trench art’ to personal items belonging to the famous Red Baron himself.

BEACHCOMBER fun CRUISES Picton – Cruises/Bird Watching/ Eco Tours

Town Wharf, London Quay, Picton t +64 3 573 6175 NZ fp 0800 624 526 e office@mailboat.co.nz www.mailboat.co.nz

At Beachcomber Fun Cruises we take great pleasure in offering a selection of boat trips through the beautiful Queen Charlotte Sound. Join our world-famous Magic Mail Run, walk the Queen Charlotte Track, Lunch ‘n’ Cruise at one of the resorts or visit Motuara Island, a predator-free bird sanctuary. Join Beachcomber Fun Cruises and we will show you some of the best scenery in the world!

endeavour express Picton – Water Taxi/Boat Cruises

Town Wharf, London Quay, Picton t +64 3 573 5456 e help@boatrides.co.nz Depot London Quay, Picton

Travel the beautiful Queen Charlotte Sound with Endeavour Express, the region’s only carbon-neutral water transport provider and backpacker specialist. Fast and friendly service. Help the environment by using an operator who sponsors an ecosystem restoration project. Daily departures for walking/mountain biking options – or cruise to a lodge for lunch along the Queen Charlotte Track.

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Take your time and explore a natural paradise of golden-sand beaches lapped by turquoise water and national parks where alpine lakes nestle between forest-clad hills – the Nelson region is a very popular destination for New Zealanders and overseas visitors alike.

Sandy Bay highlights, Abel Tasman Kayaks

Trampers, Heaphy Track, Nelson

Getting There & Around Air Nelson Airport, 15 minutes from town, services the region with domestic flights to Wellington, Christchurch and Auckland. Sounds Air offers flights from Nelson to Wellington. The nearest international airports are in Wellington and Christchurch. Road Nelson is 5 hours, 30 minutes from Christchurch and 2 hours from Picton via Queen Charlotte Drive. Regular coach services run to and from the region. Water Water taxis are a convenient mode of transport into Abel Tasman National Park.

Regional Destinations Nelson Regional centre renowned for art, craft and fine food. Richmond Fruit stalls, galleries and a shopping precinct. Mapua Historic wharf and waterfront cafés. Marahau Last outpost before Abel Tasman National Park. Motueka Main town near Abel Tasman National Park. Kaiteriteri Beachside resort and departure point to Abel Tasman National Park.

Events to Catch  Nelson Arts Festival [Oct]

t: +64 3 545 8734 www.nelsonartsfestival.co.nz

 Nelson Jazz & Blues Festival [Jan]

t: +64 3 543 3725 www.nelsonjazzfest.co.nz


Do It!  Go sea kayaking in Abel Tasman National Park.  Hike in one of three national parks.  Take a 4WD tour of Farewell Spit.

Living the Good Life in Nelson Generous sunshine, welcoming beaches and native forest are a winning combination and Nelson combines these with an array of activities. The main centre is Nelson City, which enjoys a pretty coastal setting and is well served with shops and eateries. A magnet for creative types, Nelson is home to The Suter, a renowned art museum. Outdoors, the white-sand beach of Tahunanui is popular and, just beyond Nelson,

Image: Nelson Tasman Tourism

Explore the REgion Known for superb beaches – from golden-sand bays to coves where the forest grows right down to the water – this region also offers rugged inland landscapes, much of it protected in the Kahurangi and Nelson Lakes National Parks. The combination of beautiful scenery and a relaxed atmosphere has clearly proved inspirational for many; you’ll find an abundance of studios and galleries.

Other road Railway Walking track

Farewell Spit

Wild nature reserve on the world’s

longest sandbar. Takaka Hill

Cape Farewell

Farewell Spit

Port Puponga Pakawau

Whanganui Inlet


Golden Bay


Upper Takaka Riwaka


Pristine freshwater

Karamea Bight





Lake Rotoroa

Lake Rotoiti



St Arnaud

Nelson Lakes National Park

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Mt Richmond Forest Park

Bu ller Riv er



Brightwater Wakefield



Paparoa National Park

Motueka Pepin Is




Marahau Tasman Kaiteriteri Bay

Tasman Mapua

Kahurangi National Park


known for its caves.

Abel Tasman Coastal Track Abel Tasman 60 National Park

Heaphy Track

springs set in native

the gateway to

Golden Bay and


Pohara Takaka Te Waikoropupu

Rugged hill forming



1 St James Track


Lewis Pass



Hanmer Springs

Hanmer Forest Park

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Spring (Sep – Nov)

Arthur’s Pass 17/8˚C Mean daily max/min temperature • 63/46˚F National Park Average rainfall/wet days 82 mm • 9 days

Arthur’s Pass

Summer (Dec – Feb) 7

22/13˚C • 72/56˚F 68 mm • 7 days 1

Autumn (Mar – May)

Winter (Jun – Aug)

18/8˚C • 64/46˚F 80 mm • 6 days

13/2˚C • 59/36˚F 87 mm • 8 days

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Major urban area Town State Highway


the satellite town of Richmond offers a relaxed shopping precinct on the edge of the region’s main winegrowing area.

Highlights Swim at beautiful Tahunanui Beach, just out of town. Tour the local art and craft galleries. Sample wine at the cellar door. Hike in forest-clad Nelson Lakes National Park. Taste local seafood at a Nelson restaurant.

Where to Sleep  Accents on the Park [Nelson –

Backpackers] 335 Trafalgar Square t: +64 3 548 4335 www.accentsonthepark.com  Ambleside Luxury Bed &

Breakfast [Nelson – B&B] 237 Annesbrook Drive, Tahunanui t: +64 3 548 5067 www.amblesidenelson.co.nz  Bella Vista Motel Nelson [Nelson – Motel] 178 Tahunanui Drive t: +64 3 548 6948 www.bellavistanelson.co.nz  Brook Valley Holiday Park [Nelson – Holiday Park] 600 Brook Street t: +64 3 548 0399 www.brookholidaypark.co.nz  Grand Mercure Nelson Monaco

[Nelson – Hotel] 6 Point Road, Monaco t: +64 3 547 8233 www.monacoresort.co.nz  Mapua Leisure Park [Mapua – Holiday Park/Motel] 33 Toru Street t: +64 3 540 2666 www.mapualeisurepark.co.nz  Oakdene Homestay B&B [Nelson – B&B] 148 Queen Street, Richmond t: +64 3 544 8200 www.oakdene.co.nz  Paradiso Backpackers [Nelson – Backpackers] 42 Weka Street t: +64 3 546 6703 www.backpackernelson.co.nz  Rutherford Hotel Nelson [Nelson – Hotel] Trafalgar Square t: +64 3 548 2299 www.rutherfordhotel.co.nz  Saxton Lodge Motel [Stoke – Motel] 103 Saxton Road East t: +64 3 547 1375 www.saxtonlodge.co.nz  Tahuna Beach Holiday Park

[Nelson – Holiday Park/Motel] 70 Beach Road, Tahunanui t: +64 3 548 5159 www.tahunabeachholidaypark.co.nz

 Villa 10 Waterfront Apartments

[Nelson – Apartments] 10 Richardson Street t: +64 3 548 4619 www.villa10.co.nz  YHA Nelson [Nelson – Backpacker Hostel] 59 Rutherford Street, Nelson t: +64 3 545 9988 NZ fp: 0800 278 299 e: book@yha.co.nz www.yha.co.nz

YHA Nelson is a comfortable and popular 5-star hostel in the heart of sunny Nelson city, and is close to iconic cafes and restaurants. Use the YHA Nelson hostel as a convenient backpacker accommodation base to access the local National Parks including Abel Tasman, Kahurangi and Nelson Lakes.

By Day Experience Arts, Crafts & Culture  Founders Heritage Park [Nelson –

Heritage Attraction] 87 Atawhai Drive t: +64 3 548 2649 www.founderspark.co.nz

 Höglund Art Glass Studio &

Gallery [Appleby – Arts & Crafts/Gallery] 52 Lansdowne Road t: +64 3 544 6500 www.hoglundartglass.com  The Nelson Provincial Museum

Discover See the Sights  Tasman Helicopters [Motueka –

Flight-seeing] 124 Queen Victoria Street t: +64 3 528 8075 www.tasmanhelicopters.co.nz  Wine Art & Wilderness [Nelson – Tours] 99 Tosswill Road, Tahunanui t: +64 3 548 5515 www.wineartandwildernesstours.co.nz Culinary Experiences  Founders Brewery & Café [Nelson

– Brewery] 87 Atawhai Drive t: +64 3 548 4638 www.foundersbrewery.co.nz  Neudorf Vineyards [Nelson – Winery] 138 Neudorf Road, Upper Moutere t: +64 3 543 2643 www.neudorf.co.nz Retail Therapy  Cool Store Gallery [Mapua – Gallery]

7 Aranui Road t: +64 3 540 3778 www.coolstoregallery.co.nz

 Jens Hansen Gold & Silversmith

[Nelson – Museum] Cnr Hardy Street & Trafalgar Street t: +64 3 548 9588 www.museumnp.org.nz

[Nelson – Gallery] 320 Trafalgar Square t: +64 3 548 0640 www.jenshansen.com

 The Suter Art Gallery Te Aratoi

 Richmond Mall [Richmond – Shopping]

Street t: +64 3 548 4699 www.thesuter.org. nz Lively programme of exhibitions


o Whakatu [Nelson – Gallery] 208 Bridge

showcasing national and Nelson visual arts (some for sale). The Suter Theatre shows art house films.  World Of WearableArt™ and Classic Cars Museum [Nelson –

Museum] Cadillac Way (off Quarantine Road) t: +64 3 547 4573 www.wowcars.co.nz

Things to do

Cnr of Queen Street, Croucher Street & Talbot Street, Richmond t: +64 3 544 6259

Cafés Cafés to try in Nelson include Lambretta’s [204 Hardy Steet www.lambrettascafe.co.nz], Morrison Street Café [244 Hardy Street www.morrisonstreetcafe.co.nz] and The Swedish Bakery & Café [54

Bridge Street www.theswedishbakery.co.nz]. Founders Organic Café & Brewery

 Biking Nelson [Nelson – Bike Tours]

[87 Athawhai Drive t: +64 3 548 4638 www.foundersbrewery.co.nz] is the home

 Buller Canyon Jet [Murchison –

of Founders Brewery, Australasia’s first certified organic brewery, and uses organic, local and fresh ingredients.

NZ fp: 0800 224 532 www.bikingnelson.co.nz

Jet Boating] 34 Waller Street, Murchison t: +64 3 523 9883 www.bullercanyonjet.co.nz  Cable Bay Kayaks [Nelson – Kayaking] Cable Bay Road t: +64 3 545 0332 www.cablebaykayaks.co.nz  Catamaran Sailing Charters

[Nelson – Sailing/Boat Cruises] 46 Martin Street, Monaco t: +64 3 547 6666 www.sailingcharters.co.nz  Happy Valley Adventures [Nelson – Adventure Activities] 194 Cable Bay Road t: +64 3 545 0304 www.happyvalleyadventures.co.nz


By Night Bars & Nightclubs Stop for a drink at Liquid NZ Bar [75 Bridge Street www.liquidbar.co.nz], The Free House [95 Collingwood Street www. thefreehouse.co.nz] or The Sprig & Fern Tavern [280 Hardy Street t: +64 3 548 1154 www.sprigandfern.co.nz]. The Honest Lawyer Country Pub [1 Point Road,

Monaco t: +64 3 547 4070 www.honestlawyer. co.nz] is a very popular English-style

pub right on the Waimea Estuary.


peppers Awaroa Lodge

Oakdene Homestay B&B

Abel Tasman National Park – Lodge

Nelson – Home Stay/B&B

Awaroa Bay, Abel Tasman National Park t +64 3 528 8758 NZ fp 0800 448 891 e stay@awaroalodge.co.nz www.peppers.co.nz/awaroa

148 Queen Street, Richmond, Nelson t +64 3 544 8200 e ljgowan@xtra.co.nz www.oakdene.co.nz Check in/check out 4pm/10am

What makes Awaroa Lodge so unique? We are a 26-room luxury lodge located in the heart of Abel Tasman National Park, with no road access, no mobile phones and no TV. Travel is by water taxi, hiking or fly in. A combination of incredible wildlife, fantastic hiking and kayaking, and direct access to one of the best beaches in New Zealand. Welcome to our slice of paradise.

All four rooms are available as double or twin; two with en suites and two with shared bathroom facilities, all with toiletries. Cooked or continental breakfast included. Guest retreat has tea/coffee facilities and balcony. Parking, pool, and a five-minute stroll from restaurants and mall. Relax in your very own guest retreat, sampling local wines and admiring the spectacular views!

Evening, Lake Rotoiti

Escape to Nelson Lakes Nelson Lakes National Park was established in 1956 to protect 102,000 hectares of the northernmost Southern Alps. Aside from the lakes, the area encompasses forest and mountains, and the Rotoiti Nature Recovery Project protects 5,000 hectares as a predator-free sanctuary. St Arnaud is the gateway to Nelson Lakes National Park.

Grand Mercure Nelson Monaco Nelson – Hotel

6 Point Road, Monaco, Nelson t +64 3 547 8233 f +64 3 547 8244 e hotel@monacoresort.co.nz www.monacoresort.co.nz

Grand Mercure Nelson Monaco is the perfect retreat. From boutique hotel rooms to cosy, fully self-contained one- and two-bedroom cottages, Monaco resort provides all the comforts and conveniences you could wish for, including award-winning restaurant The Orangerie, health and beauty spa, pool, gym, boutique jeweller, hairdressing salon, conference facilities and courtesy coach.

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Restaurants Boat Shed Café [350 Wakefield Quay

t: +64 3 546 9783 www.boatshedcafe.co.nz] is a popular choice in a beautiful setting; over the water in an ambient old building. Other options include Hopgood’s [284 Trafalgar Street t: +64 3 545 7191 www.hopgoods.co.nz] and Ford’s Nelson [276 Trafalgar St t: +64 3 546 9400


Street Smarts

AMBLESIDE LUXURY BED & BREAKFAST Nelson – B&B 237 Annesbrook Drive, Tahunanui t +64 3 548 5067 www.amblesidenelson.co.nz

Minutes from the CBD and beach, this purpose-built single-storey B&B offers four luxurious en suite guest rooms. Private entrance, guest lounge and free wireless internet. Gourmet cooked breakfasts and sunny outdoor areas.

BELLA VISTA MOTEL NELSON Nelson – Motel] 178 Tahunanui Drive t +64 3 548 6948 www.staybellavista.co.nz Serviced studio and onebedroom units with SKY TV and wireless internet. Complimentary morning newspaper and BBQ area. Close to shops, restaurants, cafés and beach. Ten minutes’ drive from Nelson City.

The Essentials For medical assistance, contact After Hours & Duty Doctors [98 Waimea

Road, Nelson t: +64 3 546 8881 www.micn. org.nz] or Nelson Hospital [Waimea Road t: +64 3 546 1800]. Stock up on books

at Page & Blackmore Booksellers

[254 Trafalgar Street, Nelson t: +64 3 548 9992 www.pageandblackmore.co.nz].  Police Station [Nelson – Police] 5 St John Street t: +64 3 546 3840  Post Office [Nelson – Postal Services] 209 Hardy Street

how to get around  Abel Tasman Coachlines [Nelson –

Bus] 27 Bridge Street t: +64 3 548 0285 www.abeltasmantravel.co.nz  Nelson Lakes Shuttles [Nelson – Shuttle] t: +64 3 347 6896 www.nelsonlakesshuttles.co.nz  Nelson Suburban Bus Lines

[Nelson – Bus] t: +64 3 548 3290 www.nelsoncoaches.co.nz

Find out more See Nelson i-SITE [Millers Acre Centre,

TAHUNA BEACH HOLIDAY PARK [Nelson – Holiday Park] 70 Beach Road, Tahunanui

t +64 3 548 5159 www.tahunabeach.co.nz Opposite

Tahunanui Beach, Funpark and Natureland. On-site dairy, BBQs, playgrounds, mini golf, fitness course, internet, go kart and bike hire. Breakfasts available.

Accommodation for walkers ranges from campsites to lodges. Another popular way to explore is by sea kayak. Overnight guided kayaking tours are hugely popular; by day, paddle across sparkling water and, by night, camp at a secluded beach.

Highlights Join an overnight sea kayaking trip in lovely Abel Tasman National Park. Pack a picnic and find a secluded golden-sand beach. Stop for coffee and browse the boutiques in Motueka. Spot seals from the deck of a water taxi. Skydive above stunning scenery. Buy fish ‘n’ chips at Kaiteriteri and eat them on the beach.

Taha o te Awa, 77 Trafalgar Street t: +64 3 548 2304].

Where to Sleep

 Websites

 Abel Tasman Marahau Lodge

www.destination-nz.com www.nelsonnz.com

Abel Tasman National Park Abel Tasman is New Zealand’s most visited National Park and it’s no surprise given the combination of golden beaches and forest extending down to the water’s edge in a region enjoying generous sunshine hours. The Abel Tasman Coast Track winds its way around the waterfront – hike all or part of the trail (water taxis can drop walkers partway along the trail).

[Marahau – Motel] 295 Sandy Bay-Marahau Road t: +64 3 527 8250 www.abeltasmanmarahaulodge.co.nz  Abel Tasman Motel Motueka

[Motueka – Motel] 45 High Street t: +64 3 528 6688 www.abeltasmanmotelmotueka.co.nz  Aquapackers [Abel Tasman National Park – Backpackers] Anchorage Bay NZ fp: 0800 430 744 www.aquapackers.co.nz  Peppers Awaroa Lodge [Abel Tasman National Park – Lodge] Awaroa Bay t: +64 3 528 8758 www.peppers.co.nz/awaroa  Bellbird Lodge [Kaiteriteri – B&B] Sandy Bay Road t: +64 3 527 8555 www.bellbirdlodge.co.nz


 Eden’s Edge Backpackers [Motueka

– Backpackers] 137 Lodder Lane, Riwaka t: +64 3 528 4242 www.motuekabackpackers.co.nz  Equestrian Lodge Motel [Motueka – Motel] 2 Avalon Court t: +64 3 528 9369 www.equestrianlodge.co.nz  Kaiteri Lodge [Kaiteriteri – Backpackers] Inlet Road t: +64 3 527 8281 www.kaiterilodge.co.nz  Kaiteriteri Beach Motor Camp

[Kaiteriteri – Holiday Park] Kaiteriteri Sandy Bay Road t: +64 3 527 8010 www.experiencekaiteriteri.co.nz  Rowan Cottage [Motueka – B&B] 27 Fearon Street t: +64 3 528 6492 www.rowancottage.net  The Resurgence [Motueka – Lodge] 574 Riwaka Valley Road, RD 3 t: +64 3 528 4664 www.resurgence.co.nz

By Day Experience Abel Tasman Adventures  Abel Tasman Kayaks

[Abel Tasman National Park – Kayaking] 273 Sandy Bay Road t: +64 3 527 8022 www.abeltasmankayaks.co.nz

 Abel Tasman Seal Swim

[Abel Tasman National Park – Seal Swimming] Aqua Taxi Base, Marahau t: +64 3 527 8383 www.sealswim.com

 Abel Tasman Sailing Adventures

[Abel Tasman National Park – Sailing/Boat


saxton lodge motel Nelson – Motel

103 Saxton Road East, Stoke, Nelson t +64 3 547 1375 NZ fp 0800 088 866 e info@saxtonlodge.co.nz www.saxtonlodge.co.nz Check in/check out 2pm/10am

Spacious, modern complex opposite the Saxton sports fields. Gateway to the Abel Tasman National Park. Studio, oneand two-bedroom units, ideal for small or large groups. Communal kitchen and dining room available for self-catering, or on-site catering provided. Courtesy vehicle available. Plenty of off-street parking.

Mapua Leisure Park Mapua – Holiday Park

33 Toru Street, Mapua t +64 3 540 2666 e bookings@mapualeisurepark. co.nz www.mapualeisurepark.co.nz Restaurant/bar Summer only

Villa 10 waterfront Apartments Nelson – Apartments

10 Richardson Street, Nelson t +64 3 548 4619 cell +64 27 601 6137 e info@villa10.co.nz www.villa10.co.nz

Two stylish, self-contained apartments on Nelson’s Port Hills, with stunning views across Tasman Bay to the mountains. Private and luxurious. On the waterfront, five minutes’ drive from the city centre. Ten minutes’ walk from waterfront cafés and beach. Fully equipped kitchen, laundry and bathroom. SKY TV, DVD, wireless internet, original artwork.

Mapua Leisure Park is a holiday resort like no other. Beachfront camping only 30 minutes from Nelson. Variety of accommodation from houses to tent sites. Licensed café/bar with Mediterranean ambience during summer. Allocated ‘clothes optional’ areas during February and March. Make a booking for the open-air private spa!

BROOK VALLEY HOLIDAY PARK Disembarking water taxi, Abel Tasman National Park

Image: Nelson Tasman Tourism

Gateways to Abel Tasman Surrounding Abel Tasman National Park are several villages that are perfect for stocking up on supplies or as a base for exploring the region. Motueka The small town of Motueka, an easy drive northwest of Nelson, is the last major shopping outpost before Abel Tasman National Park. Kaiteriteri This is a lovely little village alongside a glorious sweep of golden-sand beach. Departure point for water taxis into the national park. Marahau A tiny outpost just beyond Kaiteriteri, Marahau is the last settlement before the National Park. Totaranui The northern gateway to the National Park is accessible by road from Takaka in Golden Bay.

Nelson – holiday park

600 Brook Street t +64 3 548 0399 e stay@brookholidaypark.co.nz www.brookholidaypark.co.nz Check in/check out 2pm/10am Reception hours 9am till dark

Brook Valley Holiday Park is situated a short drive from Nelson City on the banks of the Brook Stream and enhanced by many mature native trees and birdsong. Adjacent to a bird sanctuary, the Park is the starting point for several local historic walkways. Caravan/campervan, tent sites and a range of affordable cabins available. A regular bus service stops at the gate, making it easy to get to the Nelson CBD, cafés, shops and Saturday markets. Brook Valley Holiday Park is also close to the popular Dun Mountain Cycle Trail. A beautiful quiet park set in a rural location amongst native bush in the peaceful Brook Valley. plan and book online at www.destination-nz.com I 173


Richmond Mall Richmond – Shopping

Cnr of Queen Street, Croucher Street & Talbot Street, Richmond t +64 3 544 6259 www.richmondmall.co.nz

Richmond Mall, ‘The Centre Of It All’, is the top-of-the-South’s largest fully covered mall shopping experience. With over 70 stores, Richmond Mall offers a huge and convenient range of shopping options – with two supermarkets, major retailers, banks and a remarkable array of fashion and lifestyle shops. You’ll find relaxing cafés, a food court offering authentic global tastes, and loads of free car parking (gift wrapping is free too!).

World of WearableArt™ and Classic Cars Museum Nelson – Museum

Cadillac Way (off Quarantine Road), Nelson t +64 3 547 4573 e info@wowcars.co.nz www.wowcars.co.nz

Nelson is famous for its vibrant visual art scene and the World of WearableArt™ and Classic Cars Museum is an iconic must-see visual extravaganza. Admire garments from the annual Brancott Estate WOW® Awards and a world-class collection of rare and classic cars. The museum has drawn rave reviews from visitors worldwide: ‘A mind-blowing museum experience.’ Also includes a café, museum shop and art gallery.

Cruises] t: +64 3 527 8375 www.sailingadventures.co.nz

things to do  Pegasus Park [Marahau – Horse

Trekking] t: +64 3 526 8050 www.pegasuspark.co.nz

 Skydive Abel Tasman [Motueka –

Skydiving] 16 College Street, Motueka Airport t: +64 3 528 4091 www.skydive.co.nz  Tasman Sky Adventures [Motueka – Flight-seeing/Gliding] 60 College Street cell: +64 27 229 9693 www.skyadventures.co.nz

Discover  Abel Tasman Tours & Guided

Walks [Motueka – Tours] Motueka

t: +64 3 528 9602 www.abeltasmantours.co.nz

 Tasman Helicopters [Motueka –

Flight-seeing] 124 Queen Victoria Street t: +64 3 528 8075 www.tasmanhelicopters.co.nz  Wilson’s Abel Tasman

Experiences [Motueka – Tours/Water Taxi] 265 High Street t: +64 3 528 2027 www.abeltasman.co.nz

Cafés In Motueka, favourites include The Red Beret [145 High Street t: +64 3 528

0087], with excellent cuisine served in a casual and character-filled dining room, and Up the Garden Path Café [473 High Street t: +64 3 528 9588 www. upthegardenpath.co.nz], situated in an

interesting sculpture garden.

By Night Entertainment Catch a film at Gecko Theatre

[23B Wallace Street, Motueka t: +64 3 528 9996 www.geckotheatre.co.nz].

restaurants Dine on international cuisine at Jester House [320 Aporo Road, Motueka t: +64 3 526 6742 www.jesterhouse.co.nz] or The Park Café [Harvey Road, Marahau

t: +64 3 527 8270 www.parkcafe.co.nz].

Street Smarts how to get around  Abel Tasman AquaTaxi

[Abel Tasman National Park – Water Taxi] Departs from nine depots throughout Abel Tasman National Park t: +64 3 527 8083 www.aquataxi.co.nz


Anatoki Salmon Takaka – Fishing

McCallum Road, Anatoki Valley, Takaka t +64 3 525 7251 NZ fp 0800 262 865 e info@anatokisalmon.co.nz www.anatokisalmon.co.nz Open 9am – 4:30pm Season All year (except Christmas Day)

Savour the fresh flavour of an Anatoki Salmon catch, straight from the clarity of one of New Zealand’s steepest rivers, the mythical Anatoki. It’s free to use the fishing equipment and we provide a free cleaning service. Have your catch hot-smoked on site! At Anatoki Salmon, family and friends enjoy a fishing experience like no other.  Abel Tasman Sea Shuttle

[Abel Tasman National Park – Water Taxi/Boat Cruises] t: +64 3 527 8688 www.abeltasmanseashuttles.co.nz  Marahau Water Taxis

[Marahau – Water Taxi] Franklin Street t: +64 3 527 8176 www.abeltasmancentre.co.nz

Find out more  Motueka i-SITE [Motueka – Information

Service] 20 Wallace Street t: +64 3 528 6543

 Websites

www.destination-nz.com www.nelsonnz.com

Treasures in Golden Bay On the other side of Takaka Hill is Golden Bay, a part of the Nelson region that is further off the beaten track, but very much worth the journey. Small towns offer a mix of quirky cafés and craft shops, and adventure activities include 4WD trips to Farewell Spit, a nature reserve and the world’s longest sandbar. It’s a part of the country that’s wild and

Kaiteriteri Beach, Kaiteriteri, Motueka t +64 3 527 8688 NZ fp 0800 732 748 e cruise@abeltasmanseashuttles.co.nz www.abeltasmanseashuttles.co.nz

The Knapp Family welcome you aboard their custom-built catamarans, designed specifically with your comfort in mind. Join one of our cruises in the beautiful Abel Tasman National Park. Couple this with some walking to experience New Zealand’s natural wonders. Our ground-breaking and innovative vessels have a ramp that allows you to board and disembark without getting wet (on most occasions). During the peak summer months we have our new vessel, the Abel Tasman Crusader, coming from Nelson and onwards into the park. The only scheduled crossing from Nelson City to the Abel Tasman National Park. Experience a true Kiwi family business.

TASMAN HELICOPTERS Motueka – Flight-seeing

226 Chamberlain Street, Motueka t +64 3 528 8075 cell +64 27 237 8546 e andrew@tasmanhelicopters.co.nz www.tasmanhelicopters.co.nz

Buller Canyon Jet Murchison – Jet Boating

Base Beechwoods Complex, 34 Waller Street, Murchison t +64 3 523 9883 NZ fp 0800 JET BULLER www.bullercanyonjet.co.nz

“Renowned jet boating” Lonely Planet. Dare to compare. Buller Canyon Jet will not be beaten for action-packed white-water adventure. Speed, spins, earthquake rapids, you’ll get it all on one of our V8 Chevy-powered River Sharks. The mind-blowing scenery rushes past at speeds of up to 85 km per hour amongst the pink granite walls of the Buller Canyon. We’re New Zealand’s best-kept secret.

Our award-winning company will take you on an experience in the luxury that you deserve. Tasman Helicopters is based at the top of the South Island in Motueka, amongst some of the world’s most spectacular scenery. Starting from $200, we offer scenic and lunch flights through Abel Tasman and the top of the south. We are also able to offer nationwide charters in either our helicopter or corporate Beechcraft B200 aircraft.

Tasman sky adventures Motueka – Flight-seeing/Gliding

60 College Street, Motueka cell +64 27 229 9693 NZ fp 0800 114 386 e info@skyadventures.co.nz www.skyadventures.co.nz

Take in the stunning 360-degree views of Abel Tasman National Park with a scenic microlight flight. Or take off, soar and experience the thrill of total freedom in New Zealand’s one and only tandem hang gliding park. With state-of-the-art aircraft and no experience required, everyone can give it a go! The sky truly is the limit! Flying high: we’re the cheapest in New Zealand for the Mile High Hang Glide! plan and book online at www.destination-nz.com I 175


ABEL TASMAN SEA SHUTTLE Kaiteriteri – Water Taxi/Boat Cruises


pristine, nowhere more so than at Te Waikoropupu Springs – thought to be the clearest freshwater springs in the world. Don’t be tempted to swim because the springs could easily become contaminated. The town of Takaka is the largest centre. At the other end of the bay is Collingwood, a tiny village where trips depart to Farewell Spit and hikers set out on the Heaphy Track to the West Coast.

Highlights Spot a huge variety of wild seabirds on a 4WD tour of Farewell Spit. See 178-metre Harwood’s Hole – deepest sinkhole in the Southern Hemisphere. Wander to the sparkling Te Waikoropupu Springs. Mountain bike the Rameka Track on the rugged Takaka Hill.

Where to Sleep  Anatoki Lodge Motel [Takaka –

Motel] 87 Commercial Street t: +64 3 525 8047 www.anatokimotels.co.nz  Kiwiana [Takaka – Backpackers] 73 Motupipi Street t: +64 3 525 7676 www.kiwianabackpackers.co.nz  Pohara Beach Top 10

Holiday Park [Golden Bay – Holiday Park/ Motel] Abel Tasman Drive, Pohara Beach t: +64 3 525 9500 www.poharabeach.com  Sans Souci Inn [Pohara – B&B] 11 Richmond Road t: +64 3 525 8663 www.sanssouciinn.co.nz  Shady Rest [Takaka – B&B] 139 Commercial Street t: +64 3 525 9669 www.shadyrest.co.nz  Somerset House [Collingwood – Backpackers] 10 Gibbs Road t: +64 3 524 8624 www.backpackerscollingwood.co.nz  The Innlet [Collingwood – Backpackers] Main Road, Pakawau t: +64 3 524 8040 www.goldenbayindex.co.nz

By Day Experience Exploring Farewell Spit You’ll feel like you’re travelling to the end of the earth on a four-wheeldrive tour of Farewell Spit – the longest natural sandbar in the world stretches 35 kilometres into the ocean. The spit is a bird sanctuary and during summer months it is home to thousands of migratory birds. More than 90 bird species have been observed here. Explore with Farewell

HAPPY VALLEY ADVENTURES Nelson – Adventure Activities/Tours 194 Cable Bay Road t +64 3 545 0304 NZ fp 0800 157 300 e info@ happyvalleyadventures.co.nz www.happyvalleyadventures.co.nz Duration: 1 – 3 hrs. Open Daily. Ride the world’s only skywire flying fox, play paintball, enjoy

horse treks or take a guided quad bike tour. Discover superb native forest.

JENS HANSEN the ringmaker Nelson – Jewellery Selwyn Place t: +64 3 548 0640 www.jenshansen.com Renowned jeweller Jens

Hansen created the ‘One Ring’ for Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings movies. Visit the workshop and you can see the original master prototype – and buy your own ‘Movie Ring’ replica. Ask to see the ‘World’s Most Famous Ring’.

THE NELSON PROVINCIAL MUSEUM Nelson – Museum Cnr Trafalgar Street & Hardy Street t +64 3 548 9588 www.museumnp.org.nz After 170 years, the Exhibition venue is back on the Town Acre where it started. Exhibitions reflect the social and natural history of the Nelson-Tasman region – Te Tau Ihu o te Waka a Maui. New Zealand’s oldest museum, established 1842. Spit Eco Tours [t: +64 3 524 8257 www. farewellspit.com] or Farewell Spit Nature Experience [cell: +64 21 874 655 www.farewell-spit.co.nz].

Culinary Experiences  Anatoki Salmon [Anatoki Valley] McCallum Road t: +64 3 525 7251 www.anatokisalmon.co.nz Catch your own

Kahurangi National Park

fish and then have it hot smoked.

South of Golden Bay is Kahurangi National Park. Established in 1996, it covers 452,002 hectares, making it New Zealand’s second-largest national park. It protects a diverse range of landscapes from coastal forest to alpine meadows and contains numerous hiking trails, including the Heaphy Track. Walking the 78-kilometre trail to the West Coast takes four to six days.  Bush & Beyond [Motueka – Guided

Walks] Motueka t: +64 3 528 9054 www.bushandbeyond.co.nz

 Kahurangi Guided Walks [Takaka –

Guided Walks] Dodson Road t: +64 3 525 7177 www.kahurangiwalks.co.nz  Southern Wilderness [Nelson – Guided Walks] Nelson t: +64 3 545 7544 www.southernwilderness.com

things to do  Cape Farewell Horse Treks

[Puponga – Horse Treks] 23 McGowan Street t: +64 3 524 8031 www.horsetreksnz.com  Golden Bay Kayaks [Pohara – Kayaking] Beachfront t: +64 3 525 9095 www.goldenbaykayaks.co.nz

Discover See the Sights  Escape Adventures [Takaka – Bike

Tours/Cycle Hire] 31 Commercial Street t: +64 3 525 8783 www.escapeadventures.co.nz


Cafés Cafés to try are Dangerous Kitchen

[46A Commercial Street, Takaka t: +64 3 525 8686], The Penguin Café & Bar [822 Abel Tasman Drive, Pohara t: +64 3 525 6126 www.penguincafe.co.nz] or The Naked Possum Café [190 Carter Road, Kaituna River t: +64 3 524 8433 www.nakedpossum.com]

By Night Bars & Restaurants

Try Telegraph Hotel [Cnr Commercial

Street & Motupipi Street, Takaka t: +64 3 525 9445] or The Mussel Inn [State Highway 60, Onekaka t: +64 3 525 9241 www.musselinn.co.nz] a rustic spot serving house-brewed beer.

Street Smarts how to get around  Golden Bay Coachlines

[Takaka – Bus] t: +64 3 525 8352 www.goldenbaycoachlines.co.nz

The Essentials

 Unlimited Copies 07 [Takaka –

Internet Services] 4 Commercial Street t: +64 3 525 8355

Find out more

Talk to Golden Bay i-SITE [Willow Street,

Takaka t: +64 3 525 9136].  Websites

www.destination-nz.com www.nelsonnz.com

Rugged drama

West Coast

Image: Tourism West Coast

The South Island’s West Coast is an unforgettable land where blue-white glaciers, dense rainforest, moody rivers and quaint towns are bounded by forest-clad mountains and endless stretches of pounding surf. Get active in the great outdoors or experience local hospitality in a cosy pub.

Karamea, West Coast

Explore the REgion Journey into New Zealand’s pioneer heartland; the West Coast is a rugged region boasting an astonishing variety of landscapes, rich human history and abundant wildlife. Sandwiched between the Southern Alps and the Tasman Sea, this region is home to five national parks protecting New Zealand’s highest mountains, longest caves and, most famously, its lowest glaciers. Fox and Franz Josef Glaciers, nestled among rainforest, are truly unforgettable.

Image: Tourism West Coast

Regional Destinations Fox Glacier and Franz Josef Villages Picturesque base villages for trips to the glaciers. Greymouth Historic main commercial centre of the West Coast. Haast Wildlife paradise in the heart of South West New Zealand World Heritage Area. Hokitika Once a booming gold-rush town, now a peaceful town known for pounamu. Westport Busy port town and

gateway to Buller Gorge adventure activities. Reefton Small village offering outdoor adventures such as hiking and fishing. Lake Brunner Hiking and fishing in a tranquil alpine landscape. Karamea Gateway to the Heaphy Track and northernmost town on the West Coast.

Do It!  Take a guided glacier walk.  Visit the Punakaiki Pancake Rocks.  Watch pounamu (greenstone) carvers at work.

Getting There & Around

Wild West Coast

Air Air New Zealand Link offers flights from Westport to Wellington and from Hokitika to Christchurch. Road Greymouth is 3 hours, 40 minutes from Christchurch. The region is also accessible via mountain pass from Nelson in the north and Otago in the south. Coach companies provide regular services. Rail The spectacularly scenic TranzAlpine rail journey runs daily from Christchurch to Greymouth.

Events to Catch  Wildfoods Festival [Mar]


The northern West Coast is a place of rainforest and rivers sandwiched between mountains and sea. Experience iconic West Coast landscapes at Punakaiki, famous for rock formations that put on a spectacular show at high tide. At the northern end of the road is Karamea, gateway to Heaphy Track and Kahurangi National Park. On the way to Nelson, the Buller Gorge is the setting for outdoor adventures and a little further along is tiny Murchison. Inland from Greymouth, Lake Brunner offers trout fishing.

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Major urban area Town State Highway

Other road Railway Walking track

Collingwood Wekakura Point

Buller Gorge

The Buller River is the setting for outdoor

Karamea Bight



Cape Foulwind

Paparoa National Park.


Barrytown Blackball Runanga


Gladstone Kumara

Tasman Sea

Fox and Franz Josef Glaciers

Heretaniwha Point Lake Paringa Lake Moeraki


Jackson Jackson Head Bay

Mount Cook National Park

Hollyford Track Routeburn Track



Lake Tekapo


Mount Aspiring National Park Lake Wanaka


Mt Cook

Lake Pukaki









Lake Hawea






Forest Park

Craigieburn Forest Park

Franz Josef Glacier Fox Glacier

Westland National Park

Lake Paringa

Ikamatua Ahaura Springs Maruia Junction Springs Dobson Lake Sumner Moana


Lake Mapourika


Nelson Lakes Victoria Forest Park National Park Reefton St James 65 Track


Otira Arthur’s Pass Kokatahi National Park Kowhitirangi Arthur’s Pass

6 Abut Head


Lake Brunner


Ruatapu Ross


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Mokihinui Seddonville Granity 6 Waimangaroa

Carters Beach

Rock formations in

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Little Wanganui


Rocks and Blowholes

Low-lying glaciers set

Kahurangi National Park


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Heaphy Track

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Winter (Jun – Aug)

Mean daily max/min temperature Average rainfall/wet days

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19/11˚C • 66/52˚F 233 mm • 13 days

17/8˚C • 63/46˚F 237 mm • 14 days

12/4˚C • 54/39˚F 229 mm • 14 days


Chesterfield Road, State Highway 6, Kapitea Creek, RD 2, Hokitika t +64 3 755 6805 e stay@kapitea.co.nz www.kapitea.co.nz


111 Revell Street, Hokitika t +64 3 755 8344 NZ fp 0800 400 344 e reservations@beachfronthotel.co.nz www.beachfronthotel.co.nz

Beachfront Hotel’s unique and convenient location on the beach makes it the best accommodation in Hokitika, with a wide range of rooms to suit your needs. The 4-star, luxury Ocean View wing is just a step from the beach, while the 2.5-star Driftwood Wing offers simple, comfortable accommodation with easy access to beach and town centre. All rooms have en suite bathroom, LCD TV, telephone, minibar, tea and coffee facilities. Spa baths, interconnecting and special access rooms available. On-site facilities include Ocean View seafood restaurant, Coasters Bar (with happy hour from 5 – 6pm daily) and three function/conference rooms.

At Kapitea Ridge guests can enjoy the true solitude and splendour of the West Coast’s environment. Set in secluded native gardens with easy beach access; wake to the sound of native birds. Five rooms, individually and luxuriously decorated, with en suites, balconies or patios, and New Zealand art. Most rooms boast amazing views. Midway between Hokitika and Greymouth.

Revingtons Hotel Greymouth – Hotel 47 Tainui Street t +64 3 768 7055 www.revingtons. co.nz In the heart of Greymouth, within walking

distance of the railway station. Licensed restaurant open daily for breakfast and dinner. All rooms have full facilities and are serviced daily. Motorcycle lockup available. Enjoy a drink at Danny Doolan’s Irish Bar.

OAK LODGE Greymouth – B&B 286 State Highway 6, Coal Creek t +64 3 768 6832 www.oaklodge.co.nz Oak Lodge is a place to relax. Quality rural B&B with swimming pool, hot tub, tennis court, billiards room, sauna. Feed the sheep and eels. Full cooked breakfast. Guest lounge with tea, coffee, biscuits, microwave, SKY TV. Also a self-contained cottage (sleeps two).

STATIONS INN Hokitika – Boutique Accommodation Blue Spur Road, RD 2 t +64 3 755 5499 www.stationsinnhokitika.co.nz

Luxurious premier king suites, executive studio units and a romantic honeymoon suite, all with quality modern décor. Three minutes from Hokitika, with views of mountains and sea.

ASURE HIGHPARK MOTOR INN Greymouth – Motel 90 High Street t +64 3 768 4846

NZ fp 0800 844 846 www.highpark.co.nz

Facilities include two access units and two executive suites with spa baths. All apartments are spacious, self-contained and serviced daily. Opposite the aquatic centre. Gas BBQ and shuttle service from the station.

Alpine Rose Motel greymouth – motel

139 High Street, Greymouth t +64 3 768 7586 NZ fp 0800 266 835 e stay@alpinerose.co.nz www.alpinerose.co.nz

Centrally located on the West Coast, close to major amenities and scenic highlights, and on the main highway to Haast Pass and the glaciers. Twelve spacious ground-floor studio, one- and two-bedroom units, all selfcontained with SKY TV. 1.5 kilometres from Greymouth town centre. Affordable accommodation and West Coast hospitality that’s second-to-none. plan and book online at www.destination-nz.com I 179


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BELLA VISTA MOTEL Westport – Motel 314 Palmerston Street t +64 3 789 7800 www.bellavistamotelwestport.co.nz Experience West Coast hospitality at Bella Vista Motel. Explore the beauty and history of Westport: walk to town centre, restaurants, cafés and bars. Modern, self-contained and serviced studio and one-bedroom units. Breakfast available on request.

Mt Cook View Motel Fox Glacier – Motel 203 Cook Flat Road t +64 3 751 0814 www.mtcookview. co.nz Quality, spacious accommodation in a beautiful

rural setting two kilometres from the village. The only motel with unimpeded views of New Zealand’s two highest mountains, Aoraki Mount Cook and Mount Tasman, and the closest motel to Lake Matheson.

SUNDOWNER MOTEL Greymouth – Motel 14 Smith Street t +64 3 768 4666 www.sundowner. co.nz Two minutes’ walk to town centre. The eleven

spacious, modern self-contained four-star studios are comfort and style at its best. Plus five updated standard family rooms also available. Courtesy coach available from bus/train station. Free Wi-Fi.

WHITE HERON SANCTUARY TOURS MOTEL Whataroa – Motel Main South Road t +64 3 753 4120 www.whiteherontours.co.nz Peaceful

and affordable. Base yourself with us; you’ll love the tranquillity! Located 30 kilometres north of Franz Josef. Great base for visiting New Zealand’s only White Heron colony or exploring the glaciers.

Franz Josef Top 10 Holiday Park Franz Josef – Holiday Park/Motel State Highway 6

t +64 3 752 0735 www.franzjoseftop10.co.nz Nestled

beneath a breathtaking glacial panorama, Franz Josef TOP 10 Holiday Park offers a beautifully landscaped environment and a wide range of accommodation options from tent sites to self-contained park motels.

BARRYTOWN KNIFEMAKING Barrytown – Knifemaking 2662 Coast Road t +64 3 731 1053 NZ fp 0800 A KNIFE www.barrytownknifemaking.com Forge your own knife from a red-hot piece of steel!

No experience necessary – we help you every step of the way, from forging and quenching to polishing your blade. Create a fabulous souvenir that works!

Jade Boulder Gallery Greymouth – Gallery 1 Guinness Street

t +64 3 768 0700 Capturing the spirit of the West

Coast: discover the Jade Boulder Trail; learn about how New Zealand jade was formed and experience the work of master carvers – sculptures and jewellery available for purchase.

On Yer Bike Greymouth – 4WD 511 State Highway 6 t +64 3 762 7438 www.onyerbike.co.nz Mud-tastic off-road quad or go-kart adventure for all ages through 300 acres of West Coast rainforest and farm. Navigate your own quad bike or two-seater offroad go-kart across rivers and through masses of our famous mud. We cater for beginners to experienced. 180 I LIVE, BREATHE AND EXPERIENCE NEW ZEALAND I destination-nz.com

Highlights Hike the Heaphy Track north of Karamea. See the waves crash at Punakaiki Pancake Rocks. Get arty and try your creative hand at a craft studio. Experience a range of adventure activities including jet boating, hiking and a flying fox ride in the Buller Gorge. Explore pioneering history at Shantytown.

Pioneer Towns The northern West Coast has a long human history, from early visits by Maori who journeyed through the mountains to gather pounamu to the 19th Century gold rush which saw hundreds of prospectors arrive. In 1867, Hokitika had a population of 4,500, making it the sixth-largest town in New Zealand at the time.

Where to Sleep  Alpine Rose Motel [Greymouth –

Motel] 139 High Street t: +64 3 768 7586 www.alpinerose.co.nz.  Beachfront Hotel Hokitika

[Hokitika – Hotel] 111 Revell Street t: +64 3 755 8344 www.beachfronthotel.co.nz  Bella Vista Motel [Westport – Motel] 314 Palmerston Street t: +64 3 789 7800 www.bellavistamotelwestport.co.nz  Greymouth Seaside Top 10

Holiday Park [Greymouth – Holiday Park]

2 Chesterfield Street t: +64 3 768 6618 www.top10greymouth.co.nz  Kapitea Ridge [Hokitika – B&B] Chesterfield Road, State Highway 6 t: +64 3 755 6805 www.kapitea.co.nz  Last Resort [Karamea – Hotel/ Backpackers] 71 Waverley Street t: +64 3 782 6617 www.lastresort.co.nz  Punakaiki Resort [Punakaiki – Hotel] State Highway 6 t: +64 3 731 1168 www.punakaiki–resort.co.nz  Revingtons Hotel [Greymouth – Hotel] 47 Tainui Street t: +64 3 768 7055 www.revingtons.co.nz  Stations Inn [Hokitika – Hotel] Blue Spur Road t: +64 3 755 5499 www.stations.co.nz  Sundowner Motel [Greymouth – Motel] 14 Smith Street t: +64 3 768 4666 www.sundowner.co.nz  YHA Greymouth [Greymouth – Backpacker hostel] 15 Alexander Street, Greymouth t: +64 3 768 4951 NZ fp: 0800 278 299 e: book@yha.co.nz www.yha.co.nz YHA Greymouth Kainga-ra is nestled

By Day Experience Culture on the Coast  Shantytown [Greymouth – Heritage Attraction] Rutherglen Road, Paroa t: +64 3 762 6634 www.shantytown.co.nz  The Bushmans Centre [Pukekura – Museum & Café] Lake Ianthe t: +64 3 755 4144 www.pukekura.co.nz/bushmans_centre/  Hokitika Museum [Hokitika – Museum] 17 Hamilton Street t: +64 3 755 6898 www.hokitikamuseum.co.nz].

things to do  Barrytown Knifemaking [Barrytown

– Attraction] 2662 Coast Road t: +64 3 731 1053 www.barrytownknifemaking.com  Buller Gorge Swingbridge

[Murchison – Attraction] State Highway 6 t: +64 3 523 9809 www.bullergorge.co.nz  On Yer Bike! [Greymouth – Quad Biking] 511 State Highway 6 t: +64 3 762 7438 www.onyerbike.co.nz

Buller Adventure Tours Westport – Tours

Lower Buller Gorge Road, State Highway 6, Westport t +64 3 789 7286 NZ fp 0800 697 286 www.adventuretours.co.nz

Adventure tours in an amazing setting of forest and mountains. Locally owned and operated, Buller Adventure Tours specialises in quality, personalised adventures for all thrill levels; from jet boating to horse trekking or quad biking. Buller Gorge Jet: 75-minute jet boat tour through the forest – with 360-degree spins! Horse Trekking: Two-hour forest ride. Quad Biking: Experience varied terrain on the latest Suzuki LTZ sport bikes.

Shantytown Greymouth – Heritage Attraction]

Rutherglen Road, Paroa (10 km south of Greymouth) t +64 3 762 6634 NZ fp 0800 742 689 www.shantytown.co.nz Open 8:30am – 5pm daily (except Christmas Day)

This recreated gold-rush town tells stories of pioneering spirit through a mix of experience and displays. Ride the Steam Train through native rainforest, experience the sights and sounds of a working sawmill, watch the mighty sluice gun in action. Pan for your own gold and watch the holographic show. 30 shops and buildings to explore. An old-time photo is a perfect memento of your visit.

Dining out

Action & Adventure  Buller Adventure Tours [Westport –

Rafting/Jet Boating/Horse Riding] Lower Buller Gorge Road, State Highway 6 t: +64 3 789 7286

 Norwest Adventures Ltd

[Charleston – Caving/Black Water Rafting] t: +64 3 788 8168 www.caverafting.com  Punakaiki Canoes [Punakaiki – Canoeing] State Highway 6 (1km north of Pancake Rocks) t: +64 3 731 1870 NZ fp: 0800 271 383 www.riverkayaking.co.nz  Wild West Adventure Company

[Greymouth – Rafting/Caving/Hiking/ Sightseeing/Tours] 8 Whall Street t: +64 3 768 6649 www.fun-nz.com

Discover See the Sights  Around the Globe Gold Mine

Tours [Reefton – Tours] Reefton

cell: +64 274 424 777 www.reeftongold.co.nz

Ocean View Restaurant, BEACHFRONT HOTEL HOKITIKA Specialising in seafood and elevated above the water, Ocean View Restaurant is the perfect place to relax and watch the waves over breakfast or dinner. www.beachfronthotel.co.nz or NZ fp 0800 400 344. When you’re dining at Ocean

View Restaurant, don’t miss the chance to share a beer with the locals in the warm surrounds

of Coasters Bar – an authentic West Coast drinking spot!

The Glacier Hot Pools Franz Josef – Hot Pools

Cron Street, Franz Josef t +64 3 752 0099 NZ fp 0800 044 044 e info@glacierhotpools.co.nz www.glacierhotpools.com

Relaxing under nature’s leafy canopy at The Glacier Hot Pools is a wonderfully rejuvenating experience to be enjoyed all year round. Franz Josef’s newest attraction, The Glacier Hot Pools, features three invitingly warm main pools and three private hot pools, secluded in native bush and fed with pure local glacier water. Experience the tranquillity of the pools on Cron Street or visit www. glacierhotpools.com for more info.

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amongst the bush-clad hills of Greymouth, the largest town in the middle of the South Island’s wild and wonderful West Coast. This 4-star Greymouth backpackers was the local Marist Brothers Residence in the 1930s, and a lot of the original native wood features have been retained in the hostel to create a unique and welcoming backpacker hostel.


 Kea Heritage Tours [Greymouth – Tours] 152 Golf Links Road NZ fp: 0800 532 868 www.keatours.co.nz

Retail Therapy Browse the creations of pounamu carvers at Jade Boulder Gallery [1

Guinness Street, Greymouth t: +64 3 768 0700]

or Mountain Jade [41 Weld Street & 30

Tancred Street, Hokitika t: +64 3 755 8007 www.mountainjade.co.nz].

cafÉs Stop for coffee in Greymouth at DP1 Café [104 Mawhera Quay]. In Westport, try Yellow House Café [243 Palmerston Street] and in Karamea, The Last Resort [71 Waverley Street www.lastresort. co.nz] in an eco-retreat.

By Night bars For local hospitality try Stumpers Café & Bar [2 Weld Street www.stumpers. co.nz] in Hokitika, Revingtons Hotel [47 Tainui Street www.revingtons.co.nz] in Greymouth and Denniston Dog Saloon [18 Wakefield Street t: +64 3 789 5030 www.dennistondog.co.nz] in Westport.

Greymouth [Mackay Street t: +64 3 768 7080], Hokitika [36 Weld Street t: +64 3 755 6166], Murchison [47 Waller Street t: +64 3 523 9350], Paparoa National Park [State Highway 6, Punakaiki t: +64 3 731 1895], Reefton [67 Broadway t: +64 3 732 8391] and Westport [The Clocktower, 113

 Heartland World Heritage Hotel

 Websites

[Franz Josef – Hotel] 3 Wallace Street t: +64 3 752 0555 www.tewaonui.co.nz

Palmerston Street t: +64 3 789 6658]. www.destination-nz.com www.westcoastnz.com

Glacier Country The southern part of the West Coast is a breathtaking region of immense natural beauty. Franz Josef Just a few kilometres from Franz Josef Glacier, this village is an ideal base for exploring. Activities include glacier adventures, hiking, rafting and wildlife encounters. Fox Glacier The smaller village of Fox has a range of accommodation and cafés, as well as a general store. From here, visitors can embark on scenic flights, heli-hikes and glacier walks.


[Haast – Hotel] Cnr State Highway 6 and Jacksons Road t: +64 3 750 0828 www.heartlandhotels.co.nz  Holly Homestead [Franz Josef – B&B] 2900 Franz Josef Highway t: +64 3 752 0299 www.hollyhomestead.co.nz  Te Waonui Forest Retreat

 White Heron Sanctuary Tours

Motel [Whataroa – Motel] Main South Road t: +64 3 753 4120 www.whiteherontours.co.nz  YHA Franz Josef [Franz Josef – Backpacker Hostel] 2 – 4 Cron Street, Franz Josef t: +64 3 752 0754 NZ fp: 0800 278 299 e: book@yha.co.nz www.yha.co.nz With the West Coast rainforest right outside the backdoor, YHA Franz Josef is a recently refurbished 5 star hostel offering comfortable and modern backpacker accommodation. It’s a perfect base for taking in the sights of the magnificent Fox and Franz Josef Glaciers. The friendly staff are happy to provide free travel information and point you to some amazing walks around Franz Josef village.

111 Revell Street, Hokitika t: +64 3 755 8344 www.beachfronthotel.co.nz] or The Town House [Cnr Cobden Street & Palmerston Street, Westport t: +64 3 789 7133 www.thetownhouse.co.nz].

Experience the thrill of glacier walking on a guided tour. Join a guided tour of the White Heron Colony. Soak in a soothing hot pool surrounded by green rainforest. Take a helicopter ride to see the glaciers. Drive the spectacular road from Haast to Jackson Bay. Explore the wild Haast River on a river safari

Glacier Encounters

Street Smarts

Where to Sleep

[Franz Josef – Glacier Encounter] Main Road t: +64 3 752 0763 www.franzjosefglacier.com

The Essentials

 Franz Josef Top 10 Holiday Park

restaurants Dine on fresh local seafood at Ocean View Restaurant [Beachfront Hotel,

For a doctor, see Greymouth Hospital [71 Water Walk Road t: +64 3 769 7400] or Westland Medical Centre [54A Sewell Street, Hokitika t: +64 3 755 8180]. and send postcards at Greymouth Post Office [36 Tainui Street].

how to get around

[Franz Josef – Holiday Park] 2902 Franz Josef Highway t: +64 3 752 0735 www.franzjoseftop10.co.nz  Glenfern Villas [Franz Josef – Motel] State Highway 6 t: +64 3 752 0054 www.glenfern.co.nz  Haast Beach Holiday Park

 Greymouth Taxis [Greymouth – Taxi/

[Haast – Holiday Park] Jackson Bay Road t: +64 3 750 0860 www.haastpark.com

Find out more

[Fox Glacier – Hotel] Cnr Cook Flat Road and State Highway 6 t: +64 3 751 0839 www.heartlandhotels.co.nz/

Shuttle] t: +64 3 768 7078

There are i-SITE Centres in

 Heartland Hotel Fox Glacier

By Day Experience  Fox Glacier Guiding [Fox Glacier –

Glacier Encounter] 44 Main Road t: +64 3 751 0825 www.foxguides.co.nz

 Franz Josef Glacier Guides

things to do  Glacier Country Tours & Kayaks

[Franz Josef – Kayaking] 20 Cron Street t: +64 3 752 0230 www.glacierkayaks.com  Haast River Safari [Haast – Jet Boating] Haast t: +64 3 750 0101 www.haastriver.co.nz  Skydive NZ [Fox Glacier – Skydiving] Fox Glacier Airport t: +64 3 751 0080 www.skydivingnz.co.nz  The Glacier Hot Pools [Franz Josef – Thermal Pools] Cron Street NZ fp: 0800 044 044 www.glacierhotpools.com


Wildlife Encounters

Whataroa – Wildlife Encounter 65 Main South

 Okarito Kiwi Tours [Okarito – Wildlife

Road t +64 3 753 4120 www.whiteherontours.co.nz Duration 2.5 hours Season September – March View

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Encounter] 53 The Strand, Okarito t: +64 3 753 4330 www.okaritokiwitours.co.nz

 West Coast Wildlife Centre

[Franz Josef – Wildlife Encounter] Cnr Cowan

 White Heron Sanctuary Tours

[Whataroa – Wildlife Encounter] 65 Main South Road, Whataroa t: +64 3 753 4120 www.whiteherontours.co.nz

Discover See the Sights  Air Safaris [Franz Josef – Glacier Flightseeing] Main Road t: +64 3 752 0716 www.airsafaris.co.nz  Fox & Franz Josef Heliservices

[Fox Glacier – Glacier Flight-seeing] Alpine Adventure Centre, Main Road t: +64 3 752 0793 www.scenic-flights.co.nz  Glacier Valley Eco Tours [Franz Josef – Tours] State Highway 6 t: +64 3 752 0699 www.glaciervalley.co.nz Retail Therapy  Santana & Aotearoa Gemstones

[Haast – Shop] 5 Tahutahi Road t: +64 3 750 0791 www.santana.co.nz

fox glacier guiding fox glacier – glacier encounter 44 Main Road, Fox Glacier, t +64 3 751 0825 NZ fp 0800 111 600 e info@foxguides.co.nz www.foxguides.co.nz Duration 2 – 7 hours Season All year Operating hours 7:30am – 9pm (summer), 7:30am – 7pm (winter)

Experience the breathtaking world of the West Coast’s longest (and least steep) glacier with New Zealand’s most experienced glacier guiding company. Educational, and with your safety paramount, access onto the ice is offered on foot via the ever popular Half Day and All Day Walks, or by helicopter; there is a trip for all fitness levels. Bookings are advisable to avoid disappointment, please refer to website for further information. Fox Glacier Guiding offers trips to suit all fitness levels.


Try Matheson Café [Lake Matheson Road

t: +64 3 751 0878 www.lakematheson.com]

or The Last Kitchen [Main Road, Fox

Glacier t: +64 3 751 0058]

By Night bars & Restaurants Check out Cook Saddle Café & Saloon [19 Main Road, Fox Glacier www. scenic-flights.co.nz], Hard Antler Bar & Restaurant [1 Marks Road, Haast t: +64 3 750 0034]. or The Canopy Restaurant

[Te Waonui Forest Retreat, 3 Wallace Street, Franz Josef t: +64 3 752 0555 www.tewaonui.co.nz].

Street Smarts The Essentials For medical assistance, contact Fox Glacier Health Centre [State Highway 6 t: +64 3 751 0836] or the Franz Josef Medical Centre [State Highway 6

t: +64 3 752 0700].

how to get around

 Fox Glacier Shuttle [Fox Glacier – Shuttle] Fox Glacier NZ fp: 0800 369 287

Find out more

See the Franz Josef i–SITE [State Highway 6 t: +64 3 752 0796] or the Department of Conservation [State Highway 6, Fox Glacier t: +64 3 751 0807].  Websites

www.destination-nz.com www.westcoastnz.com

handy Glacier terms! Crevasse Crack in the glacial ice. Dead Ice Left behind after the glacier retreats. Kettle Lake Formed when the dead ice melts. Moraine Debris Formed at the glacier’s side or end.

Franz Josef Glacier Guides Franz Josef – Glacier Encounter

Main Road, Franz Josef t +64 3 752 0763 NZ fp 0800 GUIDES (484 337) www.franzjosefglacier.com

An internationally recognised guiding operation that provides the most incredible glacier experience. The rugged gradient of the Franz Josef Glacier ensures visitors enjoy the most dramatic glacier scenery available to the general public anywhere in the world. Traditional guiding techniques and modern innovations allow access to glacier terrain normally only seen by experienced mountaineers.

Fox & Franz Josef Heliservices Franz Josef/Fox Glacier – Flight-seeing

Alpine Adventure Centre, Main Road, Franz Josef & Fox Guides Building, Main Road, Fox Glacier t +64 3 752 0793 NZ fp 0800 800 793 www.scenic-flights.co.nz Fitness level Low Restrictions Subject to suitable weather conditions and at pilot’s discretion

Scenic helicopter flights. Snow landings above Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers. Locally owned and operated for over 25 years. Four- and six-passenger helicopters. We also offer transport for skiers, climbers, trampers, hunters, fishermen and film crews. plan and book online at www.destination-nz.com I 183


Street & Cron Street t: +64 3 752 0600 www.westcoastwildlifecentre.co.nz

ocean to alps

Kaikoura & Hanmer Springs

A region blessed with unforgettable marine life in a coastal playground, a picturesque alpine spa resort, abundant activities and sunny, vineyard-draped valleys: in northern Canterbury visitors will discover some of New Zealand’s most famous experiences.

Sperm Whale, Whale Watch Kaikoura

Explore the REgion The spa resort of Hanmer Springs is an enticing destination – especially in winter, when snow is heaped around the steaming pools! At Kaikoura, rugged mountains drop to the ocean, where you can encounter marine wildlife from albatrosses to seals and whales, and feast on local seafood such as crayfish. Further south, the Waipara Valley is dotted with green vineyards.

Regional Destinations Hanmer Springs Peaceful alpine spa village with thermal hot pools. Waipara Valley Wine-producing region in a sheltered microclimate. Kaikoura Famous for its abundant marine wildlife and encounters. Culverden Tiny rural outpost

with a bakery serving superb pies. Amberley Bustling village with several cafés and craft shops.

Getting There & Around Air There is an airstrip at Kaikoura for scenic flights and charters. The nearest international airport is in Christchurch. Road Kaikoura is 2 hours, 45 minutes from Christchurch and 2 hours, 15 minutes from Picton. Hanmer Springs is just over 2 hours from Christchurch and Amberley (in the Hurunui) is 50 minutes from Christchurch. The 370-kilometre Alpine Pacific Triangle touring route links Kaikoura, Hanmer Springs and the Hurunui. The region is well-served by coaches and shuttles. Rail Kaikoura is on the Coastal Pacific line between Picton and Christchurch.


Do It!  Join a whale- or dolphinwatching boat cruise.  Soak in a thermal pool.  Feast on fresh crayfish at a roadside caravan.

Exploring the Kaikoura Coast The image of whales surfacing off the coast of Kaikoura is one of New Zealand’s most iconic sights. Situated in a remarkable natural setting alongside mountains that rise dramatically from the coast, Kaikoura is a hugely popular visitor destination.



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1 Kersage Drive, Ocean Ridge, Kaikoura t +64 3 319 3055 NZ fp 0508 324 792 e stay@thefairways.co.nz www.thefairways.co.nz

Hanmer Springs – Lodge

Enjoy the comfort of this brand-new, luxury five-star accommodation in Kaikoura’s newest eco-land development. One-/ two-bedroom en suite apartments and en suite studio rooms with full in-house catering menu available. Next to Kaikoura Golf Club and just minutes from Kaikoura Township. Located away from the state highway and railway with panoramic mountain views. Take in the serenity of Ocean Ridge.

2 Harrogate Street, Hanmer Springs t +64 3 315 7554 NZ fp 0800 DRIFTERS (374 383) www.driftersinn.co.nz

Hanmer Springs – Apartments

Drifters Inn

Our unique, intimate, lodge-style accommodation is directly opposite the Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools and Spa. Relax in our lounge in front of the fire or retreat to your private studio with king bed, SKY TV and en suite. Guest facilities include fully equipped kitchen, laundry and internet kiosk. Continental buffet breakfast. Conference facilities. Hot deals. Real winter warmers! Ring to reserve your studio today.

Village Lake Apartments 1 Rutherford Crescent, Hanmer Springs t +64 3 315 5288 NZ fp 0800 555 774 e reception@villagelake.co.nz www.villagelake.co.nz

Excellent village location. 13 luxury units, all with beautifully appointed designer kitchens and spacious living and dining areas with recessed/wallmounted LCD TVs and gas fires. Bathrooms have double spa baths and showers (wet floor showers in access units) and exquisite toiletries. Each apartment has two toilets. The beds are something else entirely: sleeping on one has been described as ‘floating on air’!

Incredible views from the Kaikouras

Alpine Garden Motel Hanmer Springs – Motel

3 Leamington Street, Hanmer Springs t +64 3 315 7332 NZ fp 0800 335 556 e info@alpinegardenmotel.co.nz www.alpinegardenmotel.co.nz

Situated on the edge of a plateau in one of Hanmer Springs’ sunniest positions with spectacular views over the Basin and to the mountains. A small nine-unit complex in a quiet location, set back from the street, yet only a short stroll from the village centre. Clean, spacious accommodation, some with spa baths, fully self-contained and serviced daily. Complimentary Wi-Fi, DVDs, SKY and FreeView TV. Location, comfort and hospitality assured.

Hanmer Springs Scenic Views Motel Hanmer Springs – Motel

2 Amuri Avenue, Hanmer Springs t +64 3 315 7419 NZ fp 0800 VIEWS 4U www.hanmerscenicviews.co.nz

Fully equipped motel apartments. Studio, two- and three-bedroom units. On-site parking, underfloor heating, air conditioning, laundry. Wireless internet. All apartments capture magnificent views of the mountains and forests. Close to the village centre, Thermal Reserve, restaurants and forest walks. Warm, friendly hospitality and first-class service.


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the fairways at ocean ridge Kaikoura – Apartments


Waves on the Esplanade Luxury Apartments kaikoura – Apartments 78 The Esplanade, Kaikoura t +64 3 319 5890 f +64 3 319 5895 e waves.apartments@xtra.co.nz www.kaikouraapartments.co.nz Reception hours 8am – 9pm Check in/check out 2pm/10am

With the Pacific Ocean at your door and snow-capped mountains reaching skyward from the rugged coastline, you could be in only one place – Kaikoura. Waves on the Esplanade offers eleven luxurious five-star Qualmark-rated apartments just a stone’s throw from the water; the closest luxury accommodation to the town centre and combines lifestyle, location and a great holiday destination with expansive ocean and mountain views. These apartments are within close walking distance of Kaikoura’s town centre and its amenities, and exactly one kilometre from the Whale Watch centre. Award-winning restaurants are only metres away. Each architecturally designed apartment has two bedrooms and two bathrooms (one en suite), and is fitted and maintained to the highest standards with modern kitchen and laundry facilities. Waves on the Esplanade apartments suit a wide range of guests from couples and families to corporate groups and tour groups. They are all double-glazed and smoke-free, with heat pump/air conditioning and fully equipped with modern appliances: SKY Guest Select, DVD player, CD player/stereo unit and free wireless internet access. The master bedroom has an en suite and king-size bed; the second bedroom has king/twin options and its own separate bathroom. All apartments have their own private balcony – the ultimate spot for a relaxing drink and outdoor dining. Extra portable beds, portacots and highchairs are available for children. The Premier suite is perfect for honeymooners, special occasions or those seeking ultimate views and luxurious surroundings. There is also a purpose-built, fully accessible unit with lift access and wet-area shower. Bicycles and kayaks are available for those wishing to explore Kaikoura, plus scooters and skateboards for the children! An outdoor spa is available and the staff are happy to assist with other bookings. Waves on the Esplanade was rated the number-one accommodation in Kaikoura by Trip Advisor, and in the top ten of 25 accommodation providers in the South Pacific. It’s also the winner of a Trip Advisor 2013 Traveller’s Choice Award. plan and book online at www.destination-nz.com I 187


NORFOLK PINE beachfront MOTEL Kaikoura – Motel 124 The Esplanade t +64 3 319 5120 NZ fp 0800 106 706 www.norfolkpine.co.nz Beachfront accommodation with stunning views. Close to town and restaurants. All units ground level. Playground, SKY TV, guest laundry, cot and highchair. Indulge in our cooked or continental breakfast while enjoying sea and mountain views.

Tussock Peak Motor Lodge Hanmer Springs – Motor Lodge 2 Leamington Street t +64 3 315 5191 www.tussockpeak.co.nz Affordable luxury

and style for business, a family holiday or a romantic weekend. Enjoy top accommodation and facilities in a superb alpine location, close to thermal pools, restaurants and shops. Walk to the thermal pools.

SEAL SWIM KAIKOURA Kaikoura – Wildlife Encounter 58 West End t +64 3 319 6182 NZ fp 0800 732 579 www.sealswimkaikoura.co.nz Swim with wild

New Zealand Fur Seals in the shallow waters of the beautiful Kaikoura Peninsula. Be blown away by their underwater antics, an experience not to be missed! No experience necessary and all equipment supplied. There are plenty of ways to get out and explore the great outdoors, from wildlife encounters to hiking, surfing, horse trekking and 4WD adventures. Kaikoura also has a long history of Maori settlement – join a tour with a local Maori guide to learn about the region’s cultural history. The popularity of the town ensures it’s well served with accommodation, shops and restaurants.

Highlights Take an unforgettable whalewatching boat trip to see these giants of the deep. Go kayaking amongst playful wild seals with an expert guide. See magnificent albatrosses in their natural environment. Taste delicious crayfish fresh from the sea at a seaside caravan. Experience Kaikoura’s Maori culture on a guided tour.

Where to Sleep  Hapuku Lodge & Tree Houses

[Kaikoura – Lodge] State Highway 1 at Station Road, RD 1 t: +64 3 319 6559 www.hapukulodge.com  Kaikoura Top 10 Holiday Park

[Kaikoura – Holiday Park/Motel/Holiday Home] 34 Beach Road t: +64 3 319 5362 www.kaikouratop10.co.nz  Norfolk Pine Beachfront Motel

[Kaikoura – Motel] 124 The Esplanade t: +64 3 319 5120 www.norfolkpine.co.nz

 The Fairways At Ocean Ridge

[Kaikoura – Apartments] 1 Kersage Drive, Ocean Ridge t: +64 3 319 3055 www.thefairways.co.nz

 Waves on the Esplanade

Luxury Apartments [Kaikoura – Apartments] 78 The Esplanade t: +64 3 319 5890 www.kaikouraapartments.co.nz  White Morph Motor Inn [Kaikoura – Hotel/Apartments] 92 – 94 Esplanade t: +64 3 319 5014 www.whitemorph.co.nz  YHA Kaikoura [Kaikoura Backpacker Hostel] 270 Esplanade, Kaikoura t: +64 3 319 5931 NZ fp: 0800 278 299 e: book@yha.co.nz www.yha.co.nz

www.sealswimkaikoura.co.nz  Whale Watch® Kaikoura [Kaikoura – Whale Watching] Whaleway Station Road t: +64 3 319 6767 www.whalewatch.co.nz

things to do  Glenstrae Farm 4 Wheeler

Adventures [Kaikoura – 4WD] Glenstrae Farm t: +64 3 319 7021 www.4wheeladventures.co.nz  Kaikoura Kayaks [Kaikoura – Kayaking] 19 Killarney Street cell: +64 21 462 889 www.kaikourakayaks.co.nz  Kaikoura Wilderness Walks

[Kaikoura – Guided Walks] t: +64 3 319 6966 www.kaikourawilderness.co.nz  Maori Tours Kaikoura [Kaikoura – Maori Culture/Tours] t: +64 3 319 5567 www.maoritours.co.nz

Discover Culinary Experiences The Maori word Kaikoura literally means ‘meal of crayfish’ and the famous delicacy can be sampled at a smart restaurant – or purchased from one of several seaside caravans and devoured beside the sea.


This beach-front hostel is extra special – it’s the only backpackers in Kaikoura that has a straight on view of the Kaikoura mountains across the South Pacific Ocean. Backpacker accommodation includes doubles, twins, and small multi-share rooms. Excellent communal facilities include a lounge and dining room (both with that amazing view) and a wellequipped kitchen!

Stop for coffee at Café Encounter

By Day

primo Indian at Coriander’s Ethnic Indian Restaurant [17 Beach Road

Experience Wildlife Encounters  Albatross Encounter [Kaikoura – Bird

Watching] 96 Esplanade t: +64 3 319 6777 www.encounterkaikoura.co.nz  Dolphin Encounter [Kaikoura – Dolphin Swimming] 96 Esplanade t: +64 3 319 6777 www.encounterkaikoura.co.nz  Kaikoura Helicopters [Kaikoura – Whale Watching] Helipads, Railway Station Road t: +64 3 319 6609 www.worldofwhales.co.nz  Seal Swim Kaikoura [Kaikoura –Seal Swimming] 58 West End t: +64 3 319 6182


[Esplanade www.encounterkaikoura.co.nz/ dolphins/cafe-encounter], a beachfront café serving local fare (including fresh seafood).

By Night bars & Restaurants Good restaurants include gastropub The Whaler [49 – 51 West End t:

+64 3 319 3333 www.thewhaler.co.nz],

t: +64 3 319 6844 www.corianders.co.nz],

seafood restaurant Green Dolphin Restaurant & Bar [12 Avoca Street t: +64 3 319 6666], Hislops Café [33 Beach Road t:

+64 3 319 6971 www.hislops-wholefoods.co.nz]

and The Pier Restaurant [1 Avoca Street t: +64 3 319 5037 www.thepierhotel.co.nz].

Street Smarts The Essentials Stock up at New World Supermarket [124 – 128 Beach Road], check Facebook at Global Gossip

[19 West End t: +64 3 319 5028 www.

The Whaleway Station, Whaleway Road, Kaikoura t +64 3 319 6767 NZ fp 0800 655 121 e res@whalewatch.co.nz www.whalewatch.co.nz Open: 7 days

Whale Watch Kaikoura® is New Zealand’s only marine-based whale watching company offering visitors an exciting upclose encounter with the Giant Sperm Whales all year round. A 95% success rate means a guaranteed 80% refund if your tour does not see a whale. The Giant Sperm Whales share these waters with up to 14 other species of whales and dolphins that migrate past at different times of the year. You may also see New Zealand fur seals, dusky dolphins and a variety of marine birds, including the wandering albatross. Modern, purpose-built catamarans feature outside decks for great viewing and photo opportunities. Spacious airconditioned interiors are fitted with comfortable seating, while large plasma screens display our award-winning marine wildlife animations. Passenger numbers for each tour are kept well below vessel carrying capacity to ensure your tour experience remains a personal one. Tour check-in times are 7:15am, 10:00am and 12:45pm all year. An additional tour is scheduled at 3:30pm during summer months (Nov – Mar). Please allow 3.5 hours in total. Bookings are essential.

Kaikoura coastline

Maori Tours Kaikoura Kaikoura – Maori culture

Image: Kaikoura District Council

t +64 3 319 5567 NZ fp 0800 866 267 e info@maoritours.co.nz www.maoritours.co.nz Open 7am – 6pm

Join a half-day tour combining laughter, learning and storytelling with hands-on activities like weaving and a bush walk to discover traditional uses of plants. As you join in the customs and traditions, you’ll gain deep insight into Maori people, their way of life, values and spiritual connections to the natural world. Bookings essential. Rated by travellers ‘New Zealand’s Best Cultural Activity’ three years running. plan and book online at www.destination-nz.com I 189


Whale watch kaikoura kaikoura – whale watching


globalgossip.com] and send a postcard at Kaikoura PostShop [41 West End].

how to get around  Kaikoura Shuttles [Kaikoura – Shuttle]

t: +64 3 319 6166 www.kaikourashuttles.co.nz

find out more

Highlights Enjoy a luxurious soak in the Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools & Spa. Sample local wine at the cellar door. Brave a jet boating adventure in a rugged gorge. Horse trek in the North Canterbury foothills.

Visit Kaikoura i-SITE [29 West End

Where to Sleep

 Websites

 Alpine Adventure Holiday Park

t: +64 3 319 5641].

www.destination-nz.com www.kaikoura.co.nz

Hanmer Springs & Hurunui The alpine spa resort of Hanmer Springs is home to a landscaped thermal pool complex in a beautiful alpine setting. It offers a range of therapeutic treatments for a complete spa experience. Other activities include hiking, mountain biking and 4WD adventures. South of Hanmer Springs, Waipara is the centre of Canterbury wine-growing.

[Hanmer Springs – Holiday Park] 200 Jack’s Pass Road NZ fp: 0800 568 563 www.hanmerspringsaccommodation.co.nz  Alpine Garden Motel [Hanmer Springs – Motel] 3 Leamington Street t: +64 3 315 7332 www.alpinegardenmotel.co.nz  Drifters Inn [Hanmer Springs – Motel] 2 Harrogate Street t: +64 3 315 7554 www.driftersinn.co.nz  Hanmer Springs Scenic Views

Motel [Hanmer Springs – Motel] 10 Amuri Avenue t: +64 3 315 7419 www.hanmerscenicviews.co.nz

 Heritage Hanmer Springs [Hanmer

Springs – Hotel] 1 Conical Hill Road t: +64 3 315 0060 www.heritagehotels.co.nz/hanmer-springs/

 Tussock Peak Motor Lodge

[Hanmer Springs – Motel] 2 Leamington Street t: +64 3 315 5191 www.tussockpeak.co.nz

 Village Lake Apartments

[Hanmer Springs – Apartments] 1 Rutherford Crescent t: +64 3 315 5288 www.villagelake.co.nz

By Day Experience Waipara Valley Wine Country Less than an hour’s drive north of Christchurch, is the Waipara Valley. Stop for a winery lunch, explore the cellar doors at your own pace (with a designated sober driver, of course) or join a wine tour. Try Pegasus Bay Winery [Stockgrove Road, Amberley t: +64 3 314 6869 www.pegasusbay.com] or Waipara Hills[780 Glasnevin Road,

Waipara t: +64 3 314 6900 www.waiparahillswines.co.nz]. Spa Indulgence

For centuries the thermal pools at Hanmer Springs were used by Maori travelling through the area. The

Jollie Jacks Hanmer Springs – Restaurant

12A Conical Hill Road, Hanmer Springs t +64 3 315 7388 e jollyjacks@xtra.co.nz

Alpine Adventure Holiday Park HanMER SPRINGS – holiday park

200 Jack’s Pass Road, Hanmer Springs NZ fp 0800 568 563 www.hanmerspringsaccommodation.co.nz

Alpine Adventure Holiday Park is your family holiday destination in Hanmer Springs in the beautiful unspoiled South Island. Situated just 2.5km outside the town in a quiet, bush-clad valley at the foot of Jack’s Pass, the park offers excellent facilities including a pool, games room, adventure playground, bikes and more. Accommodation options include Bellbird Lodge, self-contained chalets and tourist flats, a range of cabins and powered caravan sites. Attractive accommodation options to suit everybody! 190 I LIVE, BREATHE AND EXPERIENCE NEW ZEALAND I destination-nz.com

Jollie Jacks, recipients of the New Zealand Beef & Lamb Award on several occasions, has established itself as an eatery of note in Hanmer Springs. Renowned for great service, fine food and a selection of Canterbury and Marlborough wines. Situated in the heart of Hanmer Springs, with garden bar and fine views of the Alps. Both lunch and dinner menus available. Come and enjoy the experience – you will not be disappointed.

Spa] 42 Amuri Avenue t: +64 3 315 0029 www.hanmersprings.co.nz

Things to do  Hanmer Adventure [Hanmer Springs

– Adventure Activities] 20 Conical Hill Road t: +64 3 315 7233 www.hanmeradventure.co.nz

 Hanmer Springs Ski Field

[Hanmer Springs – Ski Area] t: +64 3 975 1556 www.skihanmer.co.nz  Mt Lyford Alpine Resort [Hanmer Springs – Ski Area] t: +64 3 315 6178 www.mtlyford.co.nz  Thrillseekers Adventures [Hanmer Springs – Adrenaline Activities] Ferry Bridge, 839 Hanmer Springs Road t: +64 3 315 7046 www.thrillseekerscanyon.co.nz

Cafés Stop for lunch at the acclaimed Pukeko Junction Café & Deli [State

Highway 1, Leithfield t: +64 3 314 8834 www. pukekojunction.co.nz] or Powerhouse Café & Restaurant [8 Jacks Pass Road, Hanmer Springs t: +64 3 315 5252].

bars & Restaurants Popular restaurants in Hanmer Springs include Jollie Jacks

[12A Conical Hill Road t: +64 3 315 7388 www.jolliejacks.co.nz], Monteith’s Brewery Bar [47 Amuri Avenue t: +64 3 315 5133 www.mbbh.co.nz] and No 31 Restaurant & Bar [31 Amuri Avenue t: +64 3 315 7031].

Street Smarts how to get around  Hanmer Connection [Hanmer Springs

– Shuttle] t: +64 3 382 2952 www.hanmerconnection.co.nz

find out more Visit Hanmer Springs i-SITE

[42 Amuri Avenue West].  Websites

www.destination-nz.com www.visithurunui.co.nz

Albatross Encounter

Dolphin Encounter

Kaikoura – Wildlife Encounter

Kaikoura – Wildlife Encounter

96 Esplanade, Kaikoura t +64 3 319 6777 NZ fp 0800 733 365 e info@albatrossencounter.co.nz www.encounterkaikoura.co.nz

96 Esplanade, Kaikoura t +64 3 319 6777 NZ fp 0800 733 365 e info@dolphin.co.nz www.encounterkaikoura.co.nz

Get up close and personal with the world’s largest wingspan – the Wandering Albatross. Boat-based tours operate daily (passenger numbers and weather permitting). Perfect for bird watchers and those with an interest in local wildlife. A wide variety of seabirds frequent the coastline, from the spectacular and varied albatross and petrels to the smaller pelagic birds that include shearwaters, penguins, prions and shags.

Kaikoura has the highest success rate in New Zealand for locating and swimming with the acrobatic Dusky Dolphins. Numbers vary depending on the time of year; pods of between 100 and 200 dolphins are sighted regularly off the Kaikoura coast. Watch or swim with the dolphins in their natural environment. Tours operate daily (weather permitting) and the necessary wetsuit and snorkelling equipment are provided.

Kaikoura Helicopters Kaikoura – Whale Watching/ Flight-seeing

Helipads, Railway Station Road, Kaikoura t +64 3 319 6609 NZ fp 0800 455 4354 e info@worldofwhales.co.nz www.worldofwhales.co.nz

With versatility, comfort and the ability to hover, land and go places quickly, our helicopters are the only way to experience Kaikoura’s natural wonders. See the whole whale from head to tail! We also offer; heli hikes, heli picnics, nationwide transfers, hunting, weddings, charters and vouchers.

Kaikoura Kayaks Kaikoura – Kayaking

19 Killarney Street, Kaikoura cell +64 21 462 889 NZ fp 0800 452 456 e paddle@kaikourakayaks.co.nz www.kaikourakayaks.co.nz

Half-day guided tours to view the New Zealand Fur Seals, Dusky Dolphins and wildlife of the Kaikoura Peninsula. Watch seals dive around your kayak, then paddle with them as they hunt for octopus. Continue your journey for chance encounters with Dusky Dolphins and other marine life. Suitable for all ages and abilities; operating year-round. You can also hire your own kayak, try your hand at kayak fishing or up-skill your paddling at our kayak school. plan and book online at www.destination-nz.com I 191


first bathhouse was built in 1883. Today, the Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools and Spa is a lovely landscaped complex and day spa.  Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools & Spa [Hanmer Springs – Thermal Pools/Day

heritage & adventure

Christchurch & Canterbury

Treat yourself to a myriad of experiences in this South Island city – the perfect base for exploring a region packed with adventures. Christchurch has changed a lot since the earthquakes of late 2010 and early 2011, but it still offers a wealth of things to do – and a one-of-a-kind glimpse of a city rebuilding.

Image: Re:Start Container Mall

Re:START ‘pop-up’ mall in Christchurch

near Methven. Above all, don’t miss the chance to witness history in the making as Christchurch City rebuilds in the aftermath of its earthquakes.

Regional Destinations Christchurch The ‘Garden City’ is New Zealand’s second-largest centre.

Akaroa Pretty French settlement on Banks Peninsula. Arthur’s Pass Mountain village high on the doorstep of Arthur’s Pass National Park. Ashburton Relaxed rural service centre. Methven Outdoor adventures abound in the landscape around this wintertime ski resort. Timaru Historic main centre of South Canterbury. Geraldine Country town famous for art and crafts, and gourmet foods. Waimate Tiny outpost famous for wild wallabies


Do It!  Ski at one of several ski areas.  Visit Frenchflavoured Akaroa.  Explore Hagley Park and the Botanic Gardens.


and tasty strawberries. Oxford Village in the foothills known for its café and cooking school.

Getting There & Around Air Christchurch International Airport offers flights to numerous domestic destinations throughout the North and South Islands, as well as direct international flights to Australia, the Pacific Islands and Asia. Road Christchurch is a 5-hour drive from Picton and a 5-hour, 10-minute drive


Image: NZSki.com, photo by Miles Holden

Explore the REgion The largest city in the South Island has long been heralded as one of New Zealand’s most beautiful, known for parks and gardens, Gothic revival stone buildings and the tranquil Avon River in the central city. In late 2010 and early 2011, however, the city was subjected to earthquakes which damaged many of the famous heritage buildings and atmospheric shopping precincts. But Christchurch is still a very rewarding place to visit – if for quite different reasons. Outside the centre of the city, many areas have only been slightly affected and offer a buzzing café culture and nightlife, as well as excellent shopping. In the surrounding landscape, experience mountain biking, swimming with dolphins at French-flavoured Akaroa and skiing



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from Dunedin. There are regular coach and shuttle services, and there is a comprehensive metropolitan bus service within the city. Rail KiwiRail operates the Coastal Pacific service from Christchurch to Picton and the TranzAlpine service from Christchurch to Greymouth.

Events to Catch  World Buskers Festival [Jan]


 Christchurch Arts Festival [Aug – Sep] t: +64 3 365 2223 www.artsfestival.co.nz  NZ Icefest [Sep – Oct] www.nzicefest.co.nz  French Fest Akaroa [Akaroa – Nov] www.frenchfest.co.nz  NZ Cup and Show Week [Nov] www.nzcupandshow.co.nz  SummerTimes [Dec – Mar] www.summertimes.co.nz

A New City in the Making The largest city in the South Island and the second-largest in New Zealand, Christchurch is a cosmopolitan and cultured centre. Founded on the wealth of 19th Century high country sheep farmers, Christchurch was carefully planned by city forefathers and many of the buildings were built in stone, leaving a legacy of architecture – although much was damaged in the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011.

Highlights Glide down the Avon River on an Edwardian punt. Swim with the dolphins at Akaroa. Hike in Arthur’s Pass National Park, an alpine wilderness area. Visit a wildlife park to see native and exotic animals.

Christchurch today On 22 February 2011, Christchurch was struck by an earthquake that damaged many of the city’s bestloved heritage buildings. Damage from the earthquake has been extremely localised, however, and it’s life as usual in most neighbourhoods. Hagley Park, with its old oak trees and green lawns, is still the city’s beautiful heart. Some areas, such as the shopping district of Riccarton and the bars of Merivale, are busier

than ever. And in the central city, Project Re:Start has seen a pop-up shopping precinct built out of shipping containers in Cashel Mall. It’s a must-see new ‘icon’ of Christchurch: the shipping containers have been lovingly transformed into bright boutiques complete with chandeliers and lots of floor-to-ceiling glass. The CBD isn’t the only place where shipping containers have been put to good use: look for pop-up ‘container bars’ dotted around the city. The Porthole in Lyttelton (the South Island’s main port) is one example, another is Cargo Bar on Lincoln Road in Addington. You’ll find that some iconic Christchurch businesses and activities are reappearing in new locations. Much-loved, The Court Theatre, once a stalwart of the Arts Centre, has found a new home at ‘The Shed’ in Bernard Street, Addington, while the popular Arts Centre restaurant and bar Dux de Lux has reinvented itself as Dux Live in Addington (Lincoln Road). Outside the city, other activities are also operating as per usual. Wildlife is still on show at Orana Park and Willowbank Wildlife Reserve, and the International Antarctic Centre still offers an unforgettable glimpse of life on the southern continent. The Air Force Museum and Tanks for Everything are open, and visitors can still play golf, go white-water rafting or swim with dolphins in Akaroa. Further afield, an easy day trip from Christchurch to Hanmer Springs, Kaikoura, Methven or Arthur’s Pass can have you soaking in a hot pool, spotting whales, dolphins, seals and albatrosses, skiing or hiking in a national park. For many people in Christchurch, life has – in many ways – returned to normal, and the drive to rebuild damaged parts of the central city is strong. So if you are planning a visit to New Zealand and you’re assuming you might have to take Christchurch off your itinerary, think again. There are numerous motel rooms ready

and waiting, the airport is fully functioning, and there are still plenty of things to do. Life in Christchurch is getting back to normal – it’s what those in Christchurch call ‘the new normal’ and you’re very welcome to be part of it!

Neighbourhoods Downtown Project Re:Start is drawing visitors back into the CBD with a pop-up container mall in Cashel Mall. It’s colourful, fun, and well worth a visit. Other iconic attractions are still open for business as usual, including Canterbury Museum, the Botanic Gardens and the Antigua Boat Sheds. Addington On the southwest edge of the CBD, Addington is shrugging off its industrial heritage to become the new ‘it’ district of Christchurch. Bars, restaurants and cultural institutions such as The Court Theatre have migrated from the central city and taken up residence here. Merivale North of the city centre is the suburb of Merivale. There is a row of shops on the high street, and the small mall is home to designer fashion and homeware. Merivale is also popular as an after-dark eating and drinking spot. Riccarton West of the city centre, Riccarton is a busy suburban area with high street shopping and indoor shopping centre with cinema and food courts. There are many motels along the main road, particularly on the street blocks facing the mall. Sumner Seaside Sumner feels quite distinct from Christchurch. While it was badly affected by the earthquake, a number of good cafés, restaurants and shops are still operating, making it worth a visit.

Where to Sleep Exclusive Otahuna Lodge [Tai Tapu – Exclusive]

244 Rhodes Road t: +64 3 329 6333 www.otahuna.co.nz

Must-have urban guide When in Christchurch, pick up a free copy of Cityscape – your essential guide to where to eat, drink,

shop and indulge in Christchurch. Look for it in cafés, hotels, bars, restaurants and libraries. www.cityscape-christchurch.co.nz


commodore airport Hotel christchurch – hotel

56 Roydvale Avenue, Burnside, Christchurch t +64 3 358 3078 NZ fp 0800 568 563 www.airportpalmsmotelchch.co.nz

449 Memorial Avenue, Burnside, Christchurch t +64 3 358 8129 NZ fp 0508 266 663 www.commodore.net.nz

Stylish, friendly, and affordable! Only 3 minutes’ drive from Chch Airport, with 22 tastefully furnished units – a selection of King Studios, 1, 2, and 3 bedroom apartments, and wheelchair access units. Complimentary shuttle service provided, plus park and fly [conditions apply.] Units feature 42’” TVs, high speed WiFi, 7 Sky TV channels, iPod stations, and spa baths. Continental breakfasts available on request. Free laundry service and paper. Bus stop at gate.

The four and a half star Commodore Airport Hotel is just a three-minute drive from Christchurch Airport and a 10-minute drive to the heart of the city. The Commodore offers a 24hr airport courtesy shuttle. Their highly acclaimed Business level accommodation offers guests a 5 -star level of comfort. Patterson’s restaurant showcases the best of local produce with its comprehensive menu.

Golf, dining, and vehicle rental options all within easy reach!

Facilities include fitness centre, indoor heated swimming pool, sauna & spa, and access to local golf and tennis clubs.

AIRPORT GATEWAY MOTOR LODGE Christchurch – Motel 45 Roydvale Avenue, Christchurch t +64 3 358 7093 NZ fp 0800 242 839 e info@airportgateway.co.nz www.airportgateway.co.nz

Sudima Hotel Christchurch Airport Christchurch – Hotel

550 Memorial Avenue, Christchurch t +64 3 358 3139 NZ fp 0800 SUDIMA (783 462) www.sudimachristchurch.co.nz Check in/check out 2pm/10am Reception hours 24 hours

Next to Christchurch International Airport, offering 208 rooms, including family rooms, suites and 50 bureau rooms with desks. Interview rooms, meeting rooms and conference facilities for two to 300 people. Lobby Restaurant and Bar.

The closest motel to Christchurch International Airport. Fully refurbished spacious studio, one- two- or three-bedroom executive suites, all in a lovely garden setting. All units have 50” LCD TVs with SKY TV. Wireless and kiosk internet options. Licensed restaurant and bar. A warm and friendly welcome guaranteed.

Amross Court Motor Lodge Christchurch – Motel 61 Bealey Avenue, Christchurch t +64 3 377 1554 NZ fp 0800 426 7677 e amross.court@xtra.co.nz www.amross.co.nz Capacity 14 rooms Check in/check out 2pm/10am

Recently refurnished studio, one- and two-bedroom spacious units with cooking facilities. King-size beds, 42” plasma TVs, 50+ SKY channels and wireless internet. Close to the CBD, Hagley Park, retail outlets, cafés, restaurants and bars. Located near Southern Cross and St George’s Hospitals. Laundry facilities available on site. Competitive rates. Late check out available. plan and book online at www.destination-nz.com I 195


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Avonhead Lodge Motel


Christchurch – Motel

 Ashley Hotel [Christchurch – Hotel]

168 Yaldhurst Road, Christchurch t +64 3 348 1309 NZ fp 0800 805 010, e info@avonheadlodgemotel.co.nz www.avonheadlodgemotel.co.nz

Quiet, sunny, self-contained units (sleep one to seven) with patios and surrounded by lawn and garden. Studio, one- or two-bedroom units featuring iPod dock and 42” plasma or 32” LCD television with SKY Select (more than 52 channels). Free Wi-Fi, guest computer and DVD library. Playground and laundry on site. Peaceful setting of lawn and gardens.

Bealey Hotel Arthur’s Pass – Hotel State Highway 73 t +64 3 318 9277 www.bealeyhotel.co.nz Lodge accommodation and self-contained cabins in a spectacular location on the edge of Arthur’s Pass National Park. This historic hotel, restaurant and bar is the perfect base for hiking, skiing and relaxing.

Thistle Guest House Christchurch – Hotel 21 Main South Road t +64 3 348 1499 www.thistleguesthouse.co.nz Small hotel offering quality homestyle accommodation at great prices. Ten rooms (single to triple) with TV, fridge, tea/coffee, guest kitchen and garden. Close to airport, eateries, shopping malls and on bus route. Continental breakfast for just $8.

Purple-Der House Accommodation Christchurch – Motel 148 Palmers Road, New Brighton t +64 3 960 5553 www.purplederhouse.co.nz

Three self-contained rooms plus two fully equipped kitchens (shared or private) and a lovely garden area. Only ten minutes’ walk from the beach and 15 minutes’ drive from the city centre.

Airport Guesthouse Christchurch – B&B 283 Wooldridge Road t +64 3 359 6682 www.airportguesthouse.co.nz Experience homely B&B

accommodation at a distinctive Christchurch guest house. At our doorstep you’ll find a golf course, cafés, bars, restaurants, parks and shopping. The city centre is just 15 minutes away.

B&B on Rattletrack Christchurch – B&B 353 Rattletrack Road, Springston t +64 3 329 5817 www.rattletrack.net.nz Country B&B only 25 km from the city. Suitable for pet dogs. One double and two twin rooms. Wireless internet, SKY TV, continental breakfast. Lunch and dinner on request. Perfect for families.

Rangiora Holiday Park Rangiora – Holiday Park 337 Lehmans Road, RD 1 t +64 3 313 5759 e rangioraholidaypark@hotmail.com Six park-like

acres in a peaceful country setting 1.5 km from Inland Scenic Route 72 (Oxford Road). Self-contained units, cabins, lodges, and tent and caravan sites. Modern amenities, swimming pool and BBQ. 196 I LIVE, BREATHE AND EXPERIENCE NEW ZEALAND I destination-nz.com

106 Mandeville Street, Riccarton t: +64 3 348 5049 www.williamsgroup.co.nz

 Commodore Airport Hotel

[Christchurch – Hotel] 449 Memorial Avenue t: +64 3 358 8129 www.commodore.net.nz

 Peppers Clearwater Resort

[Christchurch – Hotel/Apartments/Villas] Clearwater Avenue, Harewood t: +64 3 360 1000 www.peppers.co.nz

 The Chateau on the Park

[Christchurch – Hotel] 189 Deans Avenue t: +64 3 348 8999 www.chateau-park.co.nz  The George Hotel [Christchurch – Boutique Hotel] 50 Park Terrace t: +64 3 379 4560 www.thegeorge.com

Guest & Hosted  Airport Guesthouse [Christchurch –

B&B] 283 Wooldridge Road t: +64 3 359 6682 www.airportguesthouse.co.nz  B&B on Rattletrack [Christchurch – B&B] 353 Rattletrack Road, Springston t: +64 3 329 5817 www.rattletrack.net.nz  Lavender Towers [Avonhead – B&B] 11 Kedleston Drive cell: +64 21 261 5927 www.lavendertowers.co.nz  Orari Bed & Breakfast [Christchurch – B&B] 42 Gloucester Street t: +64 3 365 6569 www.orari.co.nz  Thistle Guest House [Christchurch – B&B] 21 Main South Road t: +64 3 348 1499 www.thistleguesthouse.co.nz

Self Contained & Serviced  298 Westside Motor Lodge

[Riccarton – Motel] 298 Riccarton Road t: +64 3 341 7254 www.westsidemotorlodge.co.nz

 Airport Gateway Motor Lodge

[Christchurch – Motel] 45 Roydvale Avenue, Burnside t: +64 3 358 7093 www.airportgateway.co.nz  Amross Court Motor Lodge

[Christchurch – Motel] 61 Bealey Avenue t: +64 3 377 1554 www.amross.co.nz  Avonhead Lodge Motel [Avonhead – Motel] 168 Yaldhurst Road t: +64 3 348 1309 www.avonheadlodgemotel.co.nz  Best Western Camelot Motor

Lodge [Christchurch – Motel/Apartments/

Lodge/Hotel] 28 Papanui Road t: +64 3 355 9124 www.camelot.co.nz  Country Glen Lodge [Christchurch – Motel] 107 Bealey Avenue t: +64 3 365 9980 www.glenlodge.co.nz


28 Papanui Road, Christchurch t +64 3 355 9124 NZ fp 0800 226 356 e stay@camelot.co.nz www.camelot.co.nz

A spacious, castle-like motel complex in Christchurch with smart studios and suites plus super-large two-bedroom apartments and a four-bedroom lodge. Free Wi-Fi and DVD library plus swimming and spa pool, BBQ area and playground. Walk to the Casino, Hagley Park and Christchurch city centre in minutes. Chargebacks with restaurants for meals and bar available. Experience award-winning service!

tudor Court Motel Christchurch – Motel

57 Bealey Avenue, Christchurch t +64 3 379 1465 NZ fp 0800 488 367 e tudor@xtra.co.nz www.tudorcourt.co.nz

Tudor Court Motel offers ten renovated, spacious studio, one-, two-, and three-bedroom units. We’re within easy walking distance of the Casino and Hagley Park and just 50 metres from many trendy eateries and bars. Units come with well-equipped kitchens, free Wi-Fi, SKY TV, DVDs and off-street parking for your convenience. Some have a private balcony.

Tower Junction Motor Lodge Christchurch – Motel 112 Blenheim Road, Riccarton, Christchurch t +64 3 348 1271 NZ fp 0800 403 404 e info@towerjunctionchristchurch. co.nz www.towerjunctionchristchurch.co.nz Capacity 16 rooms Check in/check out 2pm/10am

Stylish, comfortable units that should meet every need. The only four-star plus accommodation in the area (self-rated). Cooking facilities, entertainment and internet access. Close to CBD, entertainment centres, retail shops and restaurants, Hagley Park and the main railway terminal for the city.

Christchurch Top 10 Holiday Park – Meadow Park Christchurch – Holiday Park/Motel

39 Meadow Street, Papanui, Christchurch t +64 3 352 9176 NZ fp 0800 396 323 e stay@christchurchtop10.co.nz www.christchurchtop10.co.nz

Motels, self-contained family units, deluxe standard units and power/tent sites located close to Northlands Mall, supermarkets, restaurants, bars, bus stop. Ten minutes’ drive from airport and five kilometres from city centre. Facilities include: indoor swimming pool, playground, jumping pillow, spa, games/TV room (SKY TV), BBQs email/wireless. 4-wheel bike hire available!

Orari Bed and Breakfast Christchurch – B&B/Apartments

42 Gloucester Street, Christchurch Central t +64 3 365 6569 NZ fp 0800 2 ORARI e orari.bb@xtra.co.nz www.orari.co.nz

Orari Bed & Breakfast provides luxurious, private and spacious accommodation in a beautifully restored heritage house in the centre of the city. Their central location puts Christchurch attractions like the Canterbury Museum and Botanic Gardens within easy walking distance, making Orari a very convenient base for your excursions all over the central city area and beyond. An excellent breakfast is included in the rate, and you can enjoy a complimentary glass of wine during ‘Wine hour’. plan and book online at www.destination-nz.com I 197


Best Western Camelot Motor Lodge Christchurch –

Accommodation [Christchurch – Motel]

148 Palmers Road, New Brighton t: +64 3 960 5553 www.purplederhouse.co.nz  Tower Junction Motor Lodge

[Riccarton – Motel] 112 Blenheim Road t: +64 3 348 1271 www.towerjunctionchristchurch.co.nz  Tudor Court Motel [Christchurch – Motel] 57 Bealey Avenue t: +64 3 379 1465 www.tudorcourt.co.nz

Holiday Parks  Christchurch Top 10 Holiday

Park – Meadow Park [Papanui – Holiday Park/Motel] 39 Meadow Street t: +64 3 352 9176 www.christchurchtop10.co.nz  Rangiora Holiday Park [Rangiora – Holiday Park] 337 Lehmans Road, RD1 t: +64 3 313 5759 e: rangioraholidaypark@hotmail.com

Backpackers  At The Right Place [Christchurch –

Backpackers/Motel] 85 – 87 Bealey Avenue t: +64 3 366 1633 www.atrp.co.nz

 Jailhouse Accommodation

[Addington – Backpackers] 338 Lincoln Road t: +64 3 982 7777 www.jail.co.nz  Kiwi Basecamp [Christchurch – Backpackers] 69 Bealey Avenue t: +64 3 366 6770 www.kiwibasecamp.com  Tranquil Lodge [Christchurch – Backpackers] 440 Manchester Street t: +64 3 366 6500 www.tranquil-lodge.co.nz  YMCA Christchurch [Christchurch – Backpackers] 12 Hereford Street t: +64 3 366 0689 www.ymcachch.org.nz  YHA Christchurch Rolleston

House [Christchurch – Backpacker Hostel] Rolleston House, 5 Worcester Boulevard t: +64 3 366 6564 NZ fp: 0800 278 299 e: book@yha.co.nz www.yha.co.nz YHA Christchurch Rolleston House is centrally located opposite the Botanical Gardens. There are many attractions in close proximity, including the Canterbury Museum, the Re:START mall and punting on the Avon. Enjoy a leisurely stroll along the Avon or plays tennis, golf or petanque in Hagley Park’s acres of green parkland.

Wildlife Encounters

By Day

 Black Cat Cruises [Christchurch – Boat

Experience Get Cultured  Air Force Museum [Wigram – Museum] 45 Harvard Avenue t: +64 3 343 9532 www.airforcemuseum.co.nz  Canterbury Museum [Christchurch – Museum] Rolleston Avenue t: +64 3 366 5000 www.canterburymuseum.com

Cruises/Wildlife Encounter] The Jetty, Lyttelton Harbour t: +64 3 384 0621 www.blackcat.co.nz  Orana Wildlife Park [Christchurch – Wildlife Park] McLeans Island Road t: +64 3 359 7109 www.oranawildlifepark.co.nz  Willowbank Wildlife Reserve

 Christchurch Art Gallery

[Harewood – Wildlife Park] 60 Hussey Road t: +64 3 359 6226 www.willowbank.co.nz

 Isaac Theatre Royal

See the Sights

[Christchurch – Gallery] Worcester Street t: +64 3 941 7300 www.christchurchartgallery.org.nz [Reopening mid 2015]


[145 Gloucester Street +64 3 3666 326 www.isaactheatreroyal.co.nz]

 Christchurch Sightseeing Tours

 Ko Tane at Willowbank Wildlife

Reserve [Christchurch – Maori Culture/ Wildlife Park] 60 Hussey Road t: +64 3 359 6226 www.willowbank.co.nz

Things to do  Antigua Boathire and Café

[Christchurch – Boat Hire/Café] 2 Cambridge Terrace t: +64 3 366 6768 www.boatsheds.co.nz

 Lyttelton Farmers Market

 International Antarctic Centre

[Christchurch – Attraction/Wildlife Encounter] 38 Orchard Road t: +64 3 357 0519 www.iceberg.co.nz  Maize Maze [Prebbleton – Attraction] 451 Halswell Junction Road t: +64 3 349 5183 www.themaze.co.nz  Punting on the Avon [Christchurch – Punting] Antigua Boat Sheds, 2 Cambridge Terrace t: +64 3 366 0337 www.punting.co.nz  Russley Golf Club [Christchurch – Golfing] 428 Memorial Avenue t: +64 3 358 4748 www.russleygolfclub.co.nz  The Riccarton Market [Christchurch – Market] Riccarton Park, Racecourse Road t: +64 3 339 0011 www.riccartonmarket.co.nz

Action & Adventure  Adrenalin Forest [Spencerville – Adrenaline Activities] 105A Heyders Road t: +64 3 329 8717 www.adrenalin-forest.co.nz  Mountain Bike Adventure Co

[Christchurch – Bike Tours/Cycle Hire] 73 Wrights Road t: +64 3 377 5952 www.cyclehire-tours.co.nz  Rangitata Rafts [Pick Ups from Christchurch] Peel Forest t: +64 3 696 3735 www.rafts.co.nz


[Christchurch – Tours] t: +64 3 366 9660 www.christchurchtours.co.nz  Hassle-free Tours [Christchurch – Tours] t: +64 3 385 5775 www.hasslefreetours.co.nz  KiwiRail [Addington – Trains] Railway Station, Troup Drive t: +64 3 341 2588 www.kiwirailscenic.co.nz Culinary Experiences

Image: Christchurch & Canterbury Tourism


 Purple-Der House

[Christchurch – Market] Lyttelton Main School, Main Street, Lyttelton t: +64 3 328 9243 www.lyttelton.net.nz/lfm/ Retail Therapy  Untouched World [Christchurch –

Shop] 155 Roydvale Avenue, Russley t: +64 3 357 9399 www.untouchedworld.com

cafés In the CBD, popular Antigua Boathire and Café [2 Cambridge Terrace t: +64 3 366 6768 www.boatsheds.co.nz] is situated in the historic Antigua Boat Sheds. Order a picnic basket and eat al fresco in the Botanic Gardens. There are new cafés popping up all over town, but some to try are: C4 Coffee

[278 Tuam Street www.c4coffee.co.nz], Club Tower Café & Bar [62 Worcester Boulevard], Dose Café [Unit 6, 77 Tuam Street], Under the Red Verandah [Cnr Tancred Street & Worcester Street www.utrv. co.nz] and Vic’s Café [132 Victoria Street www.vics.co.nz]. In seaside Sumner, try Joe’s Garage [19 Marriner Street www.joes. co.nz] or Underground Sumner [26 Marriner Street].

12 Hereford Street, Christchurch t +64 3 366 0689 NZ fp 0508 962 224 www.ymcachch.org.nz/accommodation

Centrally located next to the beautiful Botanical Gardens and Canterbury Museum, the YMCA Christchurch has modernised from its young mens’ hostel roots and is open to anyone and everyone! As a not for profit organisation they make it their mission to provide budget Christchurch accommodation, yet maintain a high standard of quality, with facilities including guest kitchen, off-street parking, licensed restaurant, Robert Harris café and travel desk.

Best Souvenirs christchurch – souvenirs

105 Riccarton Road t +64 3 348 6010 Open: 7 days, 10am – 6pm

Great gift ideas! Best Souvenirs are stockists of woollen garments, sheep skin rugs & snow boots, wooden carvings, greenstone jewellery, souvenirs, cosmetics, food supplements and much much more! The Best Souvenirs!

Image: Christchurch & Canterbury Tourism

Book now and enjoy the great range of facilities.

Orana Wildlife Park Christchurch – wildlife park

McLeans Island Road (15 minutes’ drive from airport) t +64 3 359 7109 – Transport options and cost NZ fp 0800 10 10 21 www.oranawildlifepark.co.nz

Experience the ultimate animal adventure at New Zealand’s only open range zoo. Hand-feed giraffes, meet rhinos up close and travel through the Lion Reserve (additional cost and conditions apply). Scheduled animal feeds occur daily; enjoy the antics of monkeys, meerkats, cheetah, wild dogs and more. See kiwi – NZ’s national icon – plus native birds and reptiles. Tours daily. A café and gift shop are on-site.

Couple at Christchurch Farmers' Market

There’s something to entertain everyone all day at Orana.

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YMCA Christchurch Christchurch – budget accommodation


By Night Entertainment Christchurch’s much-loved theatre company has relocated from the Arts Centre to new it-district SOMO (South of Moorhouse): The Court Theatre [Bernard Street, Addington t: +64 3 963 0870 http://courttheatre.org.nz]. The Christchurch Casino [30 Victoria Avenue www.christchurchcasino.co.nz] is still open for business in the CBD.

Bars & Nightclubs The SOMO district is the new hotspot for after-dark action. Look for Cargo Bar, Dux Live and The Pedal Pusher [Lincoln Road, Addington]. Further north, in the CBD are The Monday Room [Cnr Moorhouse Avenue & Madras Street www.themondayroom.co.nz] and Pomeroy’s Old Brewery Inn [292

Kilmore Street www.pomeroysonkilmore.co.nz].

In Riccarton, look for the popular Fox & Ferret [28 Rotherham Street www. foxandferret.co.nz]. Merivale is another popular nighttime district. Look for The Brewers Arms [177 Papanui Road www.thebrewersarms.co.nz], No. 4 Bar & Restaurant [4 Mansfield Avenue www. no4bar.co.nz] and other bars around Merivale Mall.

restaurants  Tutto Bene Italian Restaurant

& Pizzeria [192 Papanui Road, Merivale t: +64 3 355 4744 www.tuttobene.co.nz] is a favourite spot with its Italian cuisine and authentic ambience. Other places for relaxed, low-key dining include Bodhi Tree [399 Ilam Road, Bryndwr t: +64 3 377 6808], Burgers & Beers Inc [355 – 357 Colombo Street t:

+64 3 366 3339 www.burgersandbeersinc.

co.nz], Lone Star Papanui [Northlands Mall, Papanui Road t: +64 3 352 6653 www. lonestar.co.nz] and Winnie Bagoes [2 Waterman Place, Ferrymead t: +64 3 376 4900 and Cnr Madras & Allen Streets, CBD t: +64 3 366 6315 www.winniebagoes.co.nz]. For more upscale dining, try Cook‘n with Gas [23 Worcester Boulevard t: +64 3 377 9166 www.cooknwithgas.co.nz] or The Cornershop Bistro [32 Nayland

Self-Drive  New Zealand Motorcycle Rentals

& Tours [Christchurch – Motorcycle Rental] Unit 5, 22 Lowther Street, Sockburn t: +64 9 486 2472 www.nzbike.com

find out more There are i-SITE Visitor Information Centres at Christchurch Airport

Street, Sumner t: +64 3 326 6720 www. cornershopbistro.co.nz

[Domestic Terminal t: +64 3 353 7444], Botanic Gardens [Rolleston Avenue t: +64 3 379 9629] and Kaiapoi [Raven Quay t: +64 3 327 3134].

Street Smarts

 Websites

The Essentials For medical assistance, contact 24 Hour Surgery [Bealey Ave Medical Centre,

Cnr Bealey Avenue & Colombo Street t: +64 3 365 7777] or Christchurch Hospital [2 Riccarton Avenue t: +64 3 364 0640 www.cdhb.govt.nz/chc].

Stock up on groceries at New World South City [South City Centre, 555 Colombo Street] or books at Scorpio Books [113 Riccarton Road www.scorpiobooks.co.nz]. Rail journeys depart from Christchurch Railway Station [Troup Drive, Addington

t: +64 3 341 2588 www.kiwirailscenic.co.nz].

How to get around  Blue Star Taxis [Christchurch – Taxi]

t: +64 3 379 9799 www.bluestartaxis.org.nz  First Direct [Christchurch – Taxi] t: +64 3 377 5555 www.firstdirect.net.nz  Metro [Christchurch – Bus] t: +64 3 366 8855 www.metroinfo.org.nz  Super Shuttle [Christchurch – NZ Shuttle] NZ fp: 0800 748 885 www.supershuttle.co.nz  Scenic Trains [Addington – Trains] Railway Station, Troup Drive t: +64 3 341 2588 www.kiwirailscenic.co.nz

The Great Plains Rent a car and head out of town to the

wide expanse of the Canterbury Plains, where smaller centres are worth exploring. West Melton, on the western edge of

Christchurch, has vineyards and wineries open for lunch and wine-tasting. Tai Tapu, on the road to Akaroa, is

another popular wine-growing area. A longer drive, inland to Oxford at

the foot of the Southern Alps, takes

visitors to a cooking school and café

run by Jo Seagar, a popular New

Zealand celebrity chef.


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Selwyn Where to Sleep  Arthur’s Pass Alpine Motel

[Arthur’s Pass – Motel] 52 Main Road t: +64 3 318 9233 www.apam.co.nz  Bealey Hotel [Arthur’s Pass – Hotel] State Highway 73 t: +64 3 318 9277 www.bealeyhotel.co.nz  Flock Hill Lodge [Cass – Motel/ Cottages] The Great Alpine Highway, Craigieburn Valley t: +64 3 318 8196 www.flockhill.co.nz  Mountain House YHA

Backpackers & Cottages [Arthur’s Pass – Backpackers] State Highway 73 t: +64 3 318 9258 www.trampers.co.nz

 Springfield Hotel & Backpackers

[Springfield – Hotel] State Highway 73 t: +64 3 318 4812 www.springfieldhotel.co.nz  Wilderness Lodge [Arthur’s Pass – Lodge] State Highway 73 t: +64 3 318 9246 www.wildernesslodge.co.nz

By Day What to Do  Alpine Jet [Springfield – Jet Boating] Rubicon Road, Springfield t: +64 3 318 4881 www.alpinejet.co.nz

cafés Refuel yourself at Original Sheffield Pie Shop [51 The Great Alpine Highway, Sheffield], The Wobbly Kea Café & Bar

[108 Main Road, Arthur’s Pass www.wobblykea.co.nz] or Arthur’s Pass Café & Store [State Highway 73 t: +64 3 318 9235].

the Riccarton Market

Russley Golf Club

Christchurch – Market

Christchurch – Golfing

192 Papanui Road, Merivale, Christchurch t +64 3 355 4744 www.tuttobene.co.nz Open 7 days from 5pm

Riccarton Park, Racecourse Road, Christchurch t +64 3 339 0011 e rrmarket@xtra.co.nz www.riccartonmarket.co.nz Open Sunday year-round 9am – 2pm

428 Memorial Avenue, Christchurch t +64 3 358 4748 Pro Shop t +64 3 358 4612 e info@russleygc.co.nz www.russleygolfclub.co.nz

Tutto Bene is a wonderful Italian pizzeria restaurant offering a lively authentic dining ambience. With more than 20 years of experience, our family-owned and -operated restaurant offers not only delicious Italian cuisine, but the old Italian atmosphere as well. Visit Tutto Bene today and enjoy affordable Italian food at its best. Buon appetito!

Renowned as a place to find something different. An excellent range of craft, jewellery, clothing, woodware, soaps, art and collectibles from over 250 stalls, plus 40 stalls providing local and ethnic foods. Nine kilometres from Cathedral Square in a picturesque setting with off-street parking. Take the No. 83 bus to Hornby and get off at Racecourse Hotel.

A takeaway menu is also available.

Weekly local entertainment on stage in the food court.

A long-established Christchurch golf course, Russley has hosted many national and international championships. A tranquil course amongst trees and lakes. Although not long (6,000 metres), it demands accuracy off the tees. Magnificent clubhouse with first-class facilities. One of New Zealand’s best-run pro shops. Equipment for hire. Close to airport and ten minutes from the city centre.

Christchurch – Restaurant


45 Harvard Avenue, Wigram, Christchurch t+64 3 343 9532 www.airforcemuseum.co.nz

Discover one of the world’s premier military aviation collections, with 28 aircraft. Fly the Mosquito simulator, take a behind-the-scenes tour to see restoration projects in action, walk through aircraft, and enjoy the variety of exhibitions. You can also enjoy a coffee at the on-site café. Free admission!

MOUNTAIN BIKE ADVENTURE CO Christchurch – Tours/Bike Hire 73 Wrights

Road t +64 3 377 5952 www.cyclehire-tours.co.nz

Mountain Bike Adventure Co: Gondola up, then MTB/ scenic cycle down. City Cycle Hire: Half-/full-day or long-term hire. Banbury Cycle Tours: Five-day Otago Central Rail Trail.

ANTIGUA BOATHIRE AND CAFÉ Christchurch – Café/Boat Hire Image: Christchurch & Canterbury Tourism

2 Cambridge Terrace t +64 3 366 5885 www.boatsheds.co.nz The fully licensed

café housed by the 1882 Antigua Boatsheds is ideal to spend some time with family and friends and admire a fabulous old building. Café open seven days from 7am till 5pm. Boat, canoe and kayak hire daily from 9am till 5pm.

Ko Tane at Willowbank Wildlife Reserve Christchurch – Maori Culture/Wildlife Park 60 Hussey Road t +64 3 359 6226 www.willowbank.co.nz Open 9:30am – 5pm See New Zealand’s big five natives

– Kiwi, Tuatara, Takahe, Kaka and Kea – and other rare species in a bush setting. Join Ko Tane, a Maori cultural experience including hangi meal.

Punter outside Antigua Boat Sheds, Christchurch

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Tutto Bene italian restaurant & Pizzeria


Street Smarts

By Day

The Essentials


 DOC Arthur’s Pass Visitor

Harbour Wildlife

Information Centre [Arthur’s Pass – Visitor Information Service] State Highway 73 t: +64 3 318 9211 www.doc.govt.nz

how to get around

 Mountain House Shuttle [Arthur’s Pass – Shuttle] State Highway 73 t: +64 3 318 9258 www.trampers.co.nz  Scenic Trains [Arthur’s Pass – Train] t: +64 3 341 2588 www.kiwirailscenic.co.nz  West Coast Shuttle [Arthur’s Pass – Shuttle] t: +64 3 768 0028 www.westcoastshuttle.co.nz

Taste France in Akaroa New Zealand’s only French settlement is an enticing getaway of white picket fences, cottage gardens and French bakeries in a stunning natural setting. Accommodation is plentiful – look for boutique hotels and B&Bs – as are good quality eateries. But it’s not all about laidback indulgence. Akaroa Harbour is home to the world’s smallest dolphin, the Hector’s Dolphin, and visitors can take a boat trip to swim with them.

Highlights Stock up on delicious French patisseries and picnic by the sea. Join a boat trip to swim with the tiny Hector’s Dolphins. Wander around a fragrant herb farm or cottage garden. Take a penguin colony safari to Pohatu Bay. Enjoy a relaxing boat cruise to spot the local wildlife on Akaroa Harbour.

Where to Sleep  Akaroa Dolphin Backpackers

[Akaroa – Backpackers] 108 Rue Jolie t: +64 3 304 7136 e: akaroadolphinbackpackers@xtra.co.nz

 Akaroa Top 10 Holiday Park

[Akaroa – Holiday Park/Motel] 96 Morgans Road t: +64 3 304 7471 www.akaroa-holidaypark.co.nz  The Grand Hotel [Akaroa – Hotel] 6 Rue Lavaud t: +64 3 304 7011 www.grandhotelakaroa.co.nz  Tresori Motor Lodge [Akaroa – Motel] Cnr Church Street & Rue Jolie Street t: +64 3 304 7500 www.tresori.co.nz

 Akaroa Dolphins [Akaroa – Boat Cruise] 65 Beach Road t: +64 3 304 7866 www.akaroadolphins.co.nz  Black Cat Cruises [Akaroa – Boat Cruises/Wildlife Encounter] Main Wharf t: +64 3 304 7641 www.blackcat.co.nz  Pohatu Penguins/Plunge NZ

[Flea Bay – Wildlife Encounter/Kayaking/Tours] Pohatu t: +64 3 304 8542 www.pohatu.co.nz

Discover See the Sights  Destination Akaroa [Akaroa – Tours]

e: bookings@destinationakaroa.co.nz www.destinationakaroa.co.nz

 Eastern Bays Scenic Mail Run

[Akaroa – Tour] Akaroa Visitor Centre, 80 Rue Lavaud t: +64 3 304 8600 Culinary Experiences

 Barrys Bay Cheese [Akaroa – Gourmet

Food Store] Main Road, 5801 State Highway 75 t: +64 3 304 5809 www.barrysbaycheese.co.nz  The Akaroa Cooking School

[Akaroa – Cook School] 81 Beach Road cell: +64 21 166 3737 www.akaroacooking.co.nz

things to do  Banks Peninsula Track [Akaroa –

Walking & Hiking] t: +64 3 304 7612 www.bankstrack.co.nz

 Okains Bay Maori & Colonial

Museum [Akaroa – Museum] Okains Bay t: +64 3 304 8611 www.okainsbaymuseum.co.nz  Onuku Heights Horse Treks

[Akaroa – Horse Trek] Onuku Heights t: +64 3 304 7112  Tuatara Tours [Akaroa – Walking & Hiking] t: +64 3 962 3280 www.tuataratours.co.nz

cafés Good coffee is easy to find! Try L’Escargot Rouge [67 Beach Road


By Night Entertainment  Cine Café [Akaroa – Film] Cnr Rue Jolie

& Selwyn Avenue t: +64 3 304 7678 www.cinecafe.co.nz


Bars & Restaurants Good restaurants in Akaroa include Bully Hayes [57 Beach Road t: +64 3 304 7533 www.bullyhayes.co.nz], The Little Bistro [33 Rue Lavaud t: +64 3 304 7314] and Vangionis Trattoria & Bar [Cnr

Rue Lavaud & Rue Brittan t: +64 3 308 7714 www.vangionis.co.nz].

Street Smarts The Essentials  Four Square Supermarket

[Akaroa – Grocery Store] 72 Rue Lavaud t: +64 3 304 7054 www.foursquare.co.nz

how to get around  Akaroa French Connection

[Akaroa – Bus] NZ fp: 0800 800 575 www.akaroabus.co.nz  Akaroa Shuttle [Akaroa – Shuttle] NZ fp: 0800 500 929 www.akaroashuttle.co.nz

find out more Visit Akaroa Visitor Information

[120 Rue Jolie t: +64 3 304 8600].

 Websites

www.destination-nz.com www.akaroa.com

Methven Adventures Methven (also known as Mount Hutt Village) is a peaceful rural village that’s an ideal base for experiencing outdoor adventures from jet boating to mountain biking and fishing. It’s popular year-round, but particularly in winter when it transforms into a busy après ski centre for skiers and snowboarders. Nearby Mount Hutt boasts the longest ski season in the country and is one of New Zealand’s most popular ski areas.

Highlights Go jet boating in a rugged river gorge. Ski or snowboard during the winter months. Experience the thrill of white-water rafting. Mountain bike in the foothills of the Southern Alps.

Where to Sleep  Alpenhorn Chalet [Methven –

Backpackers/Chalet] 44 Allen Street t: +64 3 302 8779 www.alpenhorn.co.nz


6 Rue Lavaud, Akaroa t +64 3 304 7011 e grandhotelakaroa@xtra.co.nz www.grandhotelakaroa.co.nz

7 Takamatua Bay Road, Akaroa t +64 3 304 7833 e bookings@labri.co.nz www.labri.co.nz

[Akaroa – Hotel] Quality hotel accommodation in the heart of Akaroa. All rooms with own balcony, offering harbour views. Relax in the lounge and family bar with courtyard or dine at Waeckerlés Restaurant, renowned for its seafood dishes. Nine double/twin rooms with en suites. Adjacent to tennis court. Facilities include Jacob’s Family Bar & Beer Garden for light meals, a function room, poker machines, SKY TV and a fully serviced TAB. Price $135.


L’abri sits on an elevated and sunny position above the spectacular Takamatua Bay on the outskirts of the historic French township of Akaroa. Enjoy amazing views of the Akaroa harbour and surrounding hills. This beautiful bed and breakfast offers sumptuous accommodation in either a modern, architecturally designed home, or for the more budget conscious, a cosy garden cottage. Both options offer privacy and comfort with relaxation in mind. Arrive at L’abri and leave day-to-day stresses behind.

Pohatu Penguins/Plunge NZ

Akaroa – Motel

Akaroa – Wildlife Encounter/Tours

Cnr Church Street & Rue Jolie, Akaroa t +64 3 304 7500 NZ fp 0800 273 747 e reservations@tresori.co.nz www.tresori.co.nz

Pohatu, Flea Bay, Akaroa, Banks Peninsula t +64 3 304 8552 cell +64 21 246 9556 e tours@pohatu.co.nz www.pohatu.co.nz Price $70 – $110.

Situated in the heart of Akaroa, Tresori Motor Lodge is a modern 12-unit motel just 50 metres from the main wharf, waterfront, shops and restaurants. Its quiet setting offers mountain views and sunshine. With its well appointed rooms including fully-equipped kitchens, spacious living areas, SKY TV and broadband internet, Tresori Motor Lodge is designed with the discerning traveller in mind.

Tours to beautiful Pohatu Bay and Marine Reserve, home to seals, Yellow Eyed Penguins and the largest Little Penguin colony on mainland New Zealand! Tours include 4WD Evening Penguin Safaris, sea kayaking and Nature Safaris. Farm accommodation available – stay amidst the penguin colony and go on bush walks!

High standards are paramount in the service they offer.

Book the 24-hour Pohatu Package including accommodation/ transport for just $110!

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The Grand Hotel Akaroa - Hotel

By Day Experience Hit the Ski Slopes  Methven Heliskiing [Methven – Heli Skiing] 123 Main Street t: +64 3 302 8108 www.methvenheli.co.nz  Mt Hutt Ski Area [Methven – Ski Area] 160 Main Street t: +64 3 308 5074 www.nzski.com/mthutt

Things to do  Discovery Jet [Windwhistle – Jet Boating] Terrace Downs Resort, Coleridge Road cell: +64 21 538 386 www.discoveryjet.co.nz  Terrace Downs [Windwhistle – Golfing/Hunting/Skiing] Coleridge Road t: +64 3 318 6943 www.terracedowns.co.nz

Discover  The Spa at Terrace Downs Resort

[Windwhistle – Day Spa] Coleridge Road t: +64 3 318 6943 www.terracedowns.co.nz

cafés Warm up over a coffee at Arabica Licensed Café [36 McMillan Street] or Primo E Secundo [38 McMillan Street].

By Night Entertainment  Cinema Paradiso [Methven – Film &

Theatre] 112 Main Street t: +64 3 302 1957 www.cinemaparadiso.co.nz

Bars & Restaurants Cosy dining options in Methven include Mt Hutt Restaurant & Bar

[Ski Time, Restaurant Racecourse Avenue t: +64 3 302 8398 www.skitime.co.nz], The Blue Pub [Barkers Road t: +64 3 302 8046 www. thebluepub.co.nz], The Brown Pub [Main Street t: +64 3 302 8045 www.thebrownpub. co.nz] and The Last Post Café, Bar & Restaurant [116 Main Street t: +64 3 302 8259 www.thelastpostrestaurant.co.nz].

Street Smarts The Essentials  Methven Medical Centre

[Methven – Medical Services] The Square t: +64 3 302 8105  Supervalue Supermarket [Methven – Grocery Store] Cnr The Mall & McMillan Street t: +64 3 302 8050 www.supervalue.co.nz

how to get around  Methven Travel [Methven – Shuttle]

93 Main Street t: +64 3 302 8106 www.methventravel.co.nz

find out more

t: +64 3 693 8252 www.rawhitibackpackers.com  Timaru Top 10 Holiday Park

[Timaru – Holiday Park/Motel] 154A Selwyn Street t: +64 3 684 7690 www.timaruholidaypark.co.nz

By Day Experience South Canterbury Culture  Aigantighe Art Gallery [Timaru] 49 Wai-iti Road t: +64 3 688 4424 www.timaru.govt.nz/art-gallery  South Canterbury Museum

Visit Methven i-SITE [160 Main Street t: +64 3 302 8955] or Ashburton i-SITE

[East Street t: +64 3 308 1050].

[Timaru – Museum] Perth Street t: +64 3 687 7212 www.timaru.govt.nz/museum

 Websites

 Te Ana Maori Rock Art [Timaru –

www.destination-nz.com www.methveninfo.co.nz www.amazingspace.co.nz

Cultural Attraction] Landing Services Building, 2 George Street t: +64 3 687 7372 www.teana.co.nz

South Canterbury

things to do

South Canterbury is a predominantly rural region tucked between the Southern Alps and the Pacific Ocean. It’s home to a series of small towns, each with its own unique flavour. Geraldine is a pretty country village well known for its gourmet food producers and craft shops and Timaru is a larger centre with a range of accommodation and eateries, and a landscaped piazza.

Highlights Indulge in gourmet local food products in Geraldine. Browse craft studios and art galleries dotted around the region. Discover ancient Maori rock art. Brave the white water of the Rangitata River on a thrilling rafting expedition.

Where to Sleep  1873 Wanderer Backpackers

[Timaru] 24 Evans Street t: +64 3 688 8795 www.bbh.co.nz  Avenue Motor Lodge [Timaru – Motel] 31 Craigie Avenue t: +64 3 684 8383 www.avenuemotorlodgetimaru.co.nz  Panorama Motor Lodge [Timaru – Motel] 52 The Bay Hill t: +64 3 688 0097 www.panorama.net.nz  Rawhiti Backpackers [Geraldine – Backpackers] 27 Hewlings Street


 Peel Forest

Horse Trekking

[Geraldine – Horse Trekking] 105 Dennistoun Road, Peel Forest t: +64 3 696 3703 www.peelforesthorsetrekking.co.nz  Rangitata Rafts [Geraldine – Rafting] Peel Forest, RD 20 t: +64 3 696 3735 www.rafts.co.nz

Discover  Barkers [Geraldine – Gourmet Food Store]

Berry Barn Complex, Te Moana Road t: +64 3 693 8969 www.barkers.co.nz

 Geraldine Farmers Market

[Geraldine – Market] 41 Talbot Street, opposite the cinema cell: +64 21 0267 7999  The Tin Shed [Geraldine – Shop] 809 State Highway 79, Rangitata, RD 22 t: +64 3 693 9416 www.thetinshed.co.nz

cafés Popular cafés around the region include: Arthur Street Café [8 Arthur Street, Timaru], an atmospheric café with a cool soundtrack and a variety of dining spaces, Legends Café [15 Afghan Street, Pleasant Point], original home of the famous Denheath Custard Squares, and Verde Café [45C Talbot Street, Geraldine] in a restored historic villa amidst cottage gardens.

Image: Rangitata Rafts


 Big Tree Lodge Methven [Methven – Backpackers] 25 South Belt t: +64 3 302 9575 www.bigtreelodge.co.nz  Brinkley Resort [Methven – Hotel/ Apartments] 43 Barkers Road t: +64 3 302 8885 www.brinkleyresort.co.nz  Mount Taylor Lodge [Methven – Lodge] 32 Lampard Street t: +64 3 302 9699 www.mounttaylorlodge.co.nz  Terrace Downs [Windwhistle – Resort] Coleridge Road t: +64 3 318 6943 www.terracedowns.co.nz

49 Wai-iti Road, Timaru t +64 3 688 4424 e gallery@timdc.govt. nz www.timaru.govt.nz/art-gallery Open Tue – Fri 10am – 4pm, Sat & Sun 12pm – 4pm

The Aigantighe Art Museum (Gaelic for ‘at home’ and pronounced ‘egg and tie’) in Timaru is renowned internationally for its collection and innovative exhibition and education programmes. Holding the South Island’s thirdlargest public art museum collection of New Zealand, Pacific, Asian and European art works, the Aigantighe Art Museum has launched some New Zealand art museum firsts including an Art Car, living sculptures and historic painting replica dress-ups. The sculpture garden, showing work by African, Japanese and New Zealand sculptors, is always open. Aigantighe Art Museum is home to the South Island’s third-largest public art museum collection.

By Night Entertainment  Geraldine Cinema [Geraldine – Film

& Theatre] Talbot Street t: +64 3 693 8118

Bars & Restaurants While away the evening at Ginger & Garlic Restaurant [335 Stafford Street t: +64 3 688 3981], Monteith’s Bar [56 The Bay Hill t: +64 3 688 4367] or ZEST [4A Elizabeth Street t: +64 3 688 8313] in Timaru. Over in Geraldine, try Taste Restaurant & Bar [7 Talbot Street t: +64 3 693 8877] or Village Inn Sportsbar

[41 Talbot Street t: +64 3 693 1033].

Street Smarts find out more

RANGITATA RAFTS Geraldine – Rafting Peel Forest NZ fp 0800 251 251 www.rafts.co.nz Amazing day rafting exciting rapids amongst spectacular scenery, leaping off ‘jump rocks’ and enjoying delicious meals with our professional team. Fun for beginners and experienced. Day trip from Christchurch or selfdrive, located between Queenstown and Christchurch.

Exploring Banks Peninsula The drive to Akaroa is an enjoyable journey that takes a little over an hour to drive. Shuttles are available for those without a car. Stop at Little River along the way and browse the gallery in this artsy little settlement. There are a couple of cafés here too. From here, the road climbs to a hilltop lookout offering spectacular views of ochre hills surrounding the glistening harbour. On the other side, take a break and sample the artisan cheeses at Barry’s Bay Cheese Factory. From here, the road loops around the top of the harbour. Beyond the tiny outpost of Duvauchelle is an optional turnoff that leads over the hill to Okains Bay. In this isolated spot there’s a popular camping ground and an excellent sandy beach. Continuing along the main road, Akaroa is a short drive south.

Visit Geraldine i-SITE [Cnr Cox Street & Talbot Street t: +64 3 693 1006] or Timaru i-SITE [2 George Street t: +64 3 687 9997].  Websites

www.destination-nz.com www.gogeraldine.co.nz www.southisland.org.nz/visit/timaru

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Aigantighe Art Gallery timaru – art Museum

lakes & mountains

Mount Cook & Mackenzie

From hiking to flight-seeing, discover an extensive range of outdoor activities in a stunning natural landscape of jewel-blue lakes and soaring mountain peaks. The stuff of postcards, it’s home to New Zealand’s tallest mountain, Mount Cook, and a national park punctuated with ice-white glaciers.

Image: Destination Mt Cook/Mackenzie

Horse trekking, Glentanner

Regional Destinations Mount Cook Village Historic alpine hamlet, base for exploring Aoraki/ Mount Cook National Park. Lake Tekapo Pretty lakeside village known for its Church of the Good

Shepherd. Fairlie Northern gateway to the Mackenzie, set amid rolling green farmland. Omarama Small settlement known internationally for its near-perfect gliding conditions. Twizel Main regional town, well served with amenities and offering a range of activities.

Getting There & Around Air Richard Pearse Airport in Timaru, less than 1 hour from Fairlie, has daily flights to Wellington, but Christchurch has the nearest international airport. There are airstrips for chartered and scenic flights. Road Fairlie, northern gateway to Mackenzie, is 2 hours, 45 minutes from Christchurch. From Fairlie, Mount Cook Village is a further 2 hours. The area is connected by coaches and regional shuttles.


Do It!  See the Church of the Good Shepherd.  Explore the Tasman Glacier Lake by boat.  Fly over Aoraki Mount Cook.

Events to Catch

 Ohau Snowball [Sep]


Land of Lakes & Mountains Mackenzie Country is a spectacularly beautiful region of blue lakes, rolling hills and soaring mountains. Iconic Aoraki Mount Cook, the tallest peak

Image: Destination Mt Cook/Mackenzie, photo by Fraser Gunn

Explore the REgion This is an incredibly scenic place of blue glacial lakes and tussockclad hills, lorded over by Aoraki Mount Cook – New Zealand’s tallest mountain. Get close to the mountain with a visit to Mount Cook Village, a hiking expedition in Aoraki Mount Cook National Park or a flight-seeing adventure. Further east, small towns offer a slice of rural life. Spend your days fishing, hiking and skiing (during winter), and your nights stargazing or soaking in a hot pool.



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Lake Coleridge

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Spring (Sep – Nov)

Summer (Dec – Feb)

Autumn (Mar – May)

Winter (Jun – Aug)

Mean daily max/min temperature Average rainfall/wet days

14/3˚C • 57/37˚F 50 mm • 7 days

21/8˚C • 70/46˚F 41 mm • 6 days

15/4˚C • 59/39˚F 51 mm • 6 days

7/1˚C • 45/34˚F 57 mm •- 7 days

Mt Cook

On a clear day you can see New Zealand’s highest peak, Aoraki Mount Cook, towering above the rugged Mackenzie country. Don’t only look out for the massive mountain though – make sure you don’t miss sights like the Church of the Good Shepherd!

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in Australasia, watches over the area and Aoraki Mount Cook National Park contains numerous glaciers, including the immense Tasman Glacier with its remarkable glacier lake.


Air Safaris Lake Tekapo – Flight-seeing

State Highway 8, Lake Tekapo t +64 3 680 6880 NZ fp 0800 806 880 f +64 3 680 6740 e sales@airsafaris.co.nz www.airsafaris.co.nz Open 8am – 5.30pm all year Duration Grand Traverse: 50 min

Air Safaris’ Grand Traverse is the region’s longest, most comprehensive flight-seeing tour of Aoraki Mount Cook and glaciers, and it’s recognised as the premier Mount Cook flightseeing experience! This incredibly diverse flight encompasses two World Heritage national parks in a tour above New Zealand’s highest mountains and largest glaciers.

Hike in Aoraki Mount Cook National Park. Ski or snowboard during winter months. Stargaze under clear skies at Mount John Observatory. Gaze at astonishingly blue lakes.

Where to Sleep  Aoraki Mt Cook Alpine Lodge

[Mount Cook Village – Lodge] 101 Bowen Drive t: +64 3 435 1860 www.aorakialpinelodge.co.nz  Braemar Station [Twizel – Cottages] 105 Mount Cook Station Road t: +64 3 680 6844. Three self-contained cottages to rent on a high country farm. Stunning views of Lake Pukaki and Mount Cook. 30 minutes’ drive from Lake Tekapo or Twizel.  Glentanner Park Centre

[Mount Cook – Holiday Park] State Highway 80 t: +64 3 435 1855 www.glentanner.co.nz Budget accommodation, selfcontained cabins and powered/tent sites. Helicopter and plane flights, horse trekking and licensed café.  Lake Ohau Lodge [Lake Ohau –

Lodge] Lake Ohau Road t: +64 3 438 9885 www.ohau.co.nz

 Lake Tekapo Holiday Homes

[Lake Tekapo – Holiday Homes] 8 O’Neill Place t: +64 3 680 6607 www.tekapoholidayhomes.co.nz  Lake Tekapo Scenic Resort

Glacier Explorers Mount Cook Village – Glacier Encounter

Terrace Road, Aoraki Mount Cook Village t +64 3 435 1641 NZ fp 0800 686 800 www.glacierexplorers.com Operating hours Daily from late August to late May, weather permitting

The only tour of its kind in New Zealand, you will experience a memorable and amazing up-close encounter with the Tasman Glacier. Explore, learn and discover the everchanging glacial landscape as you journey across the Tasman Glacier terminal lake in a custom-built MAC boat with your experienced guide.

[Lake Tekapo – Motel] State Highway 8 t: +64 3 680 6808 www.laketekapo.com  MacKenzie Country Inn [Twizel – Hotel] Cnr Ostler Road & Wairepo Road t: +64 3 435 0869 www.mackenzie.co.nz  Peppers Bluewater Resort

[Lake Tekapo – Hotel/Villas] State Highway 8 t: +64 3 360 1063 www.peppers.co.nz/bluewater/  The Hermitage Hotel [Mount Cook Village – Hotel/Motel/Chalets] Terrace Road t: +64 3 435 1809 www.hermitage.co.nz  YHA Lake Tekapo [Tekapo – Backpacker Hostel] 3 Simpson Lane, Lake Tekapo t: +64 3 680 6857 NZ fp: 0800 278 299 e: book@yha.co.nz www.yha.co.nz YHA Lake Tekapo is located right on the Lake Tekapo lakefront, with unobstructed views to the incredible shades of blue of this glacier-fed


lake and the mountains beyond. The backpacker accommodation available at the Lake Tekapo hostel is family-friendly (a cot is available) and also offers disabled facilities. The large kitchen is very well-equipped and provides a rice cooker, panini toaster, and free herbs and spices.

 YHA Mount Cook [Mount Cook – Backpacker Hostel] 1 Bowen Drive, Aoraki/Mt Cook Village, Mount Cook National Park t: +64 3 435 1820 NZ fp: 0800 278 299 e: book@yha.co.nz www.yha.co.nz

After a busy day enjoying the majestic beauty of New Zealand’s tallest mountain, come back to spacious, lodge-style backpacker accommodation and enjoy a good night’s sleep in the natural surroundings of Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park. YHA Mt Cook backpacker hostel offers relaxed accommodation with warm and inviting living areas with guitars, games, free DVDs and free sauna!

By Day Experience Mighty Mount Cook Sacred to Maori, parts of the Aoraki/Mount Cook area were protected in reserves from as early as 1887. In 1953, the national park was established. It is a place of superlatives – New Zealand’s highest peak lords over the area at 3,754 metres tall, but the region contains 19 other peaks over 3,000 metres. The park also contains New Zealand’s largest glaciers. Every visitor can get out into the landscape on a scenic walk, but if you’re planning a longer hike, seek advice from the DOC Visitor Centre as weather can change rapidly and you’ll need to be properly prepared. Talk to Alpine Guides

[t: +64 3 435 1834 www.alpineguides.co.nz]

or Alpine Recreation [t: +64 3 680 6736 www.alpinerecreation.com].

Clear Skies & Blue Lakes The Earth & Sky Mount John Observatory [t: +64 3 680 6960 www.earthandsky.co.nz] in Lake Tekapo is renowned as a superb place for incredible stargazing due to the clarity of the Mackenzie sky above. A bid has been launched to make Tekapo a UNESCO night-sky reserve.

Terrace Road, Aoraki Mount Cook Village t +64 3 435 1809 NZ fp 0800 686 800 e reservations@hermitage.co.nz www.hermitage.co.nz Check in/check out 2pm/10am Reception hours 24 hours Restaurant/ bar Yes Conference facilities Yes

The Hermitage Hotel lies in the heart of the majestic Mackenzie Country, beneath Aoraki Mount Cook and nestled amongst some of the world’s most stunning scenery. The 212-room hotel offers the complete holiday experience. Choose from premium hotel rooms, motel units or cosy chalets. Indulge in mouth-watering cuisine, add world-class activities and the Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre, and you have a year-round alpine adventure, perfect for any holiday or weekend getaway.

Earth & Sky Mount John Observatory

Mackenzie Alpine Horse Trekking Lake Tekapo – Horse

Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre Mount Cook

Lake Tekapo – Observatory


Village – Attraction

Mount John, Lake Tekapo t +64 3 680 6960 e info@earthandsky.co.nz www.earthandsky.co.nz

108 Godley Peaks Road, Lake Tekapo cell +64 27 544 4880 NZ fp 0800 628 269 e info@maht.co.nz www.maht.co.nz Season Oct – May

Terrace Road, Aoraki Mount Cook Village t +64 3 435 1809 NZ fp 0800 686 800 www.hermitage.co.nz

Drive or hike to Mount John summit for great views, coffee or lunch at the Astro Café and take a tour of the observatory. Late, join a Sunset Tour and view the best of day, dusk and night skies, or experience our famous Stargazing Tour. We provide transport, equipment and guidance. Navigate your way around the southern sky, using telescopes. We will show you amazing sights, neighbouring stars and galaxies.

Experience the Mackenzie high country on horseback. Meet our enthusiastic team and friendly horses. Let them take you on a trek through tussock grasslands, forests, high country sheep stations and around grand glacial lakes. Enjoy breathtaking views of the turquoise waters of Lake Tekapo and the towering Southern Alps. Half-, 1-, 2- or 3.5-hour, full-day and overnight treks.

Learn about the history of the region, and its heroic explorers in the gallery and museum. Sir Edmund Hillary first visited Aoraki Mount Cook in the summer of 1939/40, and successfully climbed the iconic mountain in 1947. The centre features a theatre showing 3D movies and the first full-dome digital planetarium playing high-definition video images and films on a suspended nine-metre by 34.5-metre full dome.

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Cruise Tekapo Lake Tekapo – Boat Cruises 3098 State Highway 8 cell +64 27 479 7675 www.cruisetekapo.co.nz Welcome aboard for a leisurely cruise on the stunning Lake Tekapo. Relax and enjoy the views of the Southern Alps, Mount John and the spectacular high tundra landscapes of the Mackenzie. Choose from our cruise options to suit your time/interests.

Things to do  Tekapo Springs [Lake Tekapo – Thermal

Tasman Valley 4WD & ARGO Tours Mount Cook Village – Tours

Terrace Road, Aoraki Mount Cook Village t +64 3 435 1601 NZ fp 0800 686 800 www.mountcooktours.co.nz Operating hours Daily

A unique adventure by 4WD and Argo (8-wheel all-terrain vehicle) with informative commentary on what you can see. Marvel at the awesome scenery, and, during the spring and summer months, at the abundance of Mount Cook Lilies, Celmesia Daisies and many delicate mountain flowers. Tours are year round and weather permitting.

Pools/Day Spa/ Tubing/Ice Skating] t: +64 3 680 6550 www.tekaposprings.co.nz  Cruise Tekapo [Lake Tekapo – Boat Cruise] cell: +64 27 497 7675 www.cruisetekapo.co.nz  Glacier Explorers [Mount Cook Village – Glacier Encounters] Terrace Road t: +64 3 435 1641 www.glacierexplorers.com  Mackenzie Alpine Horse

Trekking [Lake Tekapo – Horse Trekking]

108 Godley Peaks Road cell: +64 27 544 4880 www.maht.co.nz  Ohau Snow Fields [Lake Ohau – Ski Area] t: +64 3 438 9885 www.ohau.co.nz  Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine

Centre [Mount Cook Village – Attraction]

Terrace Road t: +64 3 435 1809 www.hermitage.co.nz

 Tasman Valley 4WD & Argo Tours

[Mount Cook Village – 4WD] Terrace Road t: +64 3 435 1601 www.mountcooktours.co.nz

Discover See the Sights  Air Safaris [Lake Tekapo – Flight-seeing] State Highway 8 t: +64 3 680 6880 www.airsafaris.co.nz  Tekapo Helicopters [Lake Tekapo – Flight-seeing] Office: Main Street, Hangar: Mackenzie Heliport, Tekapo Twizel Road t: +64 3 680 6229 www.tekapohelicopters.co.nz

Tekapo Helicopters

Culinary Experiences

Lake Tekapo – Flight-seeing

 Mt Cook Salmon [Twizel – Salmon

Image: Destination Mt Cook/Mackenzie

Main Highway, PO Box 145, Lake Tekapo 7945 t +64 3 680 6229 NZ fp 0800 359 835 e tekapohelicopters@xtra.co.nz www.tekapohelicopters.co.nz Duration 20 min – 60 min

This is Mount Cook region: awesome, majestic, untouched. One of the most breathtaking ways to make the most of your visit is by helicopter, with each passenger enjoying comfortable seating and a spectacular view. Five different flight paths take you to the Mount Cook region and glaciers. All include a snow landing. Spectacular scenery and friendly, personal service make this a trip of a lifetime!

Farm] Tekapo-Pukaki Hydro Canal (off State Highway 8 on the Heritage Trail) t: +64 3 435 0018 www.mtcooksalmon.com

cafés Fuel up in ambient surrounds at Old Mountaineers Café, Bar & Restaurant [Mount Cook Village] or dine on organic fare at Poppies Café

[1 Benmore Place, Twizel t: +64 3 435 0848 www.poppiescafe.com]. Astro Café [Mt John Observatory, Lake Tekapo t: +64 3 680 6960 www.earthandsky.co.nz] and Eat Deli & Bar [76 Main Street, Fairlie www.eatdeliandbar.co.nz] are also popular options.


Hooker Valley Track swing bridge

By Night Bars & Restaurants Sip a cold drink at Chamois Bar & Grill [Mt Cook Backpacker Lodge, Mount Cook Village] or Grappa Lounge Bar & Shawty’s Restaurant [4 Market Place, Twizel www.grappalounge.co.nz]. When you’re ready for dinner, try Jasmine Thai Restaurant [1 Market Place t: +64 3 435 3232] in Twizel or Kohan Restaurant [State Highway 8

t: +64 3 680 6688 www.kohannz.com]

in Lake Tekapo. Within Mount Cook Village, Alpine Restaurant

[The Hermitage Hotel, Terrace Road t: +64 3 435 1809 www.hermitage.co.nz] and Panorama Room [The Hermitage Hotel, Terrace Road t: +64 3 435 1809 www.hermitage.co.nz] are both popular.

Street Smarts The Essentials  Four Square Supermarket

[Lake Tekapo – Grocery Store] Tekapo Twizel Road t: +64 3 680 6809 www.foursquare.co.nz

how to get around Get around the region with Atomic Shuttles [t: +64 3 349 0697 www.atomictravel.co.nz], Naked Bus [www.nakedbus.com] or The Cook Connection [NZ fp: 0800 266 526 www.


find out more Visit Twizel Visitor Centre [Market Place t: +64 3 435 3124] or DOC Aoraki/Mt Cook Visitor Information Centre

[1 Larch Grove t: +64 3 435 1186].  Websites

www.destination-nz.com www.mtcooknz.com www.tekapotourism.co.nz www.twizel.info

natural heritage

Dunedin & Otago

Image: Tourism Dunedin

An unforgettable blend of natural and human heritage; world-class wildlife encounters on the coast and beautiful historic architecture in the towns and cities. Inland, discover a rugged landscape which can be explored by mountain bike on the Otago Central Rail Trail.

Dunedin Railway Station and Anzac Square

Explore the REgion This is a region of remarkable natural beauty overlaid with a fascinating cultural history. Rich with historic architecture, this is the perfect place to explore New Zealand’s heritage. Yet this is only part of the story. Historic architecture forms a backdrop to vibrant modern culture, known for its artists and designers, and world-renowned wildlife experiences in a rugged landscape.

Image: Tourism Dunedin

Regional Destinations Dunedin Main city in Otago, famous for its heritage architecture and wildlife. Oamaru Known for colonial whitestone architecture and Blue Penguins. Moeraki Fishing village known for its huge spherical boulders. Portobello Tiny village on the Otago Peninsula. Alexandra Commercial centre of Central Otago, rich with gold-mining history. Cromwell

Famous for summer stone fruits and its recreated ‘Old Town’. Ranfurly Rural Art Deco oasis and main town of the Maniototo district. Naseby Base for wintertime curling competitions. Middlemarch Conclusion of the Otago Central Rail Trail.

Getting There & Around Air Dunedin Airport, 30 minutes from the city, offers domestic flights to Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch. Trans-Tasman flights to Brisbane are available. Road Dunedin is 5 hours, 10 minutes from Christchurch. Oamaru is 3 hours, 20 minutes from Christchurch. Cromwell, in Central Otago, is 6 hours from Christchurch, 3 hours, 15 minutes from Dunedin, and 50 minutes from Queenstown. Coaches service the area. Rail Taieri Gorge Railway connects Dunedin and Middlemarch.

Do It!  Take a cruise to see marine wildlife.  Join a walking tour of historic Dunedin.  Marvel at the Moeraki Boulders.

Events to Catch  iD Dunedin Fashion Week

[Mar – Apr] www.idfashion.co.nz

 Victorian Heritage Celebrations

[Nov] www.vhc.co.nz

Heritage City: Dunedin Dunedin is a vibrant and contemporary university city with a rich culture and history – including several historic homes – and right on its doorstep is the remarkably

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Waitahuna 8

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Shag Point

Waikouaiti Karitane Warrington Purakaunui Aramoana

Taieri Gorge Rugged gorge known for its

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Clutha River

Catlins Forest Park

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Other road Railway Walking track

paradise known for marine wildlife encounters.

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Spring (Sep – Nov)

Summer (Dec – Feb)

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Winter (Jun – Aug)

Mean daily max/min temperature Average rainfall/wet days

15/7˚C • 59/45˚F 62 mm • 11 days 50 kilometres

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15/8˚C • 59/47˚F 67 mm • 10 days

10/4˚C • 50/39˚F 69 mm • 11 days






30 miles

14 Joy Street, Oamaru t +64 3 434 9288 NZ fp 0800 800 937 e reservations@edengardensmotel.co.nz www.edengardensmotel.co.nz Check in/check out 2pm/10am Reception 8am – 8pm

Adrian Motel Dunedin – Motel

101 Queens Drive, St Kilda, Dunedin t +64 3 455 2009 NZ fp 0800 455 200 e adrianmotel@xtra.co.nz www.adrianmotel.co.nz Check in/check out 2pm/10am

Enjoy one of Oamaru’s finest and fabulous modern motels. Quick and easy access to town, quiet and pleasant surroundings and romantic sea views and sunsets. Family friendly, with luxurious rooms and welcoming hosts who speak Mandarin and English. Broadband internet in all rooms. Breakfast on request; shared kitchen facilities for guests’ use.

Aaron Lodge TOP 10 Holiday Park Dunedin – Holiday Park

17 spacious, daily-serviced refurbished studio, one- and two-bedroom units, most with full kitchens. Walk to ice skating stadium, Edgar Centre, Forbury Park. 300 metres from St Kilda Beach. Adjacent to sports field and playground. Dunedin city centre 3.8 kilometres. Gateway to Otago Peninsula. Wireless broadband internet, email/fax services. Guest laundry, off-street parking. SKY TV and DVD in all rooms. Flybuys partner.

162 Kaikorai Valley Road, Dunedin t +64 3 476 4725 NZ fp 0800 879 227 e stay@aaronlodge.co.nz www.aaronlodge.co.nz

unspoiled natural environment of Otago Peninsula and Harbour. A city with a long and prosperous history, Dunedin is home to many noteworthy historic buildings, from Larnach Castle and Olveston House to New Zealand’s oldest university and the Dunedin Railway Station, one of New Zealand’s most photographed buildings. Renowned for its shopping – with a particular reputation for cutting-edge fashion – this university city also offers lively nightlife.

– Hotel] 10 Smith Street t: +64 3 477 6784 www.millenniumhotels.co.nz  Quality Hotel Cargills [Dunedin – Hotel] 678 George Street t: +64 3 477 7983 www.cargills.co.nz

Highlights Experience the thrill of spotting wild dolphins, seals and penguins. Listen to ghost stories at Larnach Castle – New Zealand’s only castle! Shop for locally designed fashion in the city. Ride the historic Taieri Gorge Railway to Middlemarch. Take a scenic walk on the Otago Peninsula. Visit the tiny village of Portobello near Dunedin.

Where to Sleep Hotel  Kingsgate Hotel Dunedin [Dunedin

2.5 kilometres from the city centre. A range of accommodation options from tent and powered sites to cabins, self-contained units and motels. Well maintained grounds. BBQs, heated indoor pool, spa, playground, mini park golf and petanque piste. TV lounge, playroom, reading room and internet kiosk/wireless. Reservations can be made for local activities and attractions. Bus stops and supermarket outside gate.

 Scenic Hotel Dunedin City

[Dunedin – Hotel] Cnr Princes Street & Dowling Street t: +64 3 470 1470 www.scenichotelgroup.co.nz/dunedincity  The Brothers Boutique Hotel

[Dunedin – Boutique Hotel] 295 Rattray Street t: +64 3 477 0043 www.brothershotel.co.nz

Guest & Hosted  Albatross Inn [Dunedin – B&B]

770 George Street t: +64 3 477 2727 www.albatross.inn.co.nz  Fletcher Lodge [Dunedin – Lodge] 276 High Street t: +64 3 477 5552 www.fletcherlodge.co.nz  Grandview Bed & Breakfast

[Dunedin – B&B] 360 High Street t: +64 3 474 9472 www.grandview.co.nz  Kaimata Retreat [Portobello – Lodge] 297 Cape Saunders Road, Papanui Inlet t: +64 3 456 3443 www.kaimatanz.com  Larnach Lodge [Otago Peninsula – Lodge] 145 Camp Road t: +64 3 476 1616 www.larnachcastle.co.nz

Self Contained & Serviced

 315 Euro [Dunedin – Apartments] 315 George Street t: +64 3 477 9929 www.eurodunedin.co.nz  Adrian Motel [St Kilda – Motel] 101 Queens Drive t: +64 3 455 2009 www.adrianmotel.co.nz  Asure St John’s Court [Milton – Motel] 167 Union Street t: +64 3 417 7777 www.miltonmotels.co.nz  Manor Motel [Dunedin – Motel] 22 Manor Place t: +64 3 477 6729 www.manormotel.co.nz

Holiday Park  Aaron Lodge Top 10 Holiday

Park [Dunedin – Holiday Park/Motel]

162 Kaikorai Valley Road t: +64 3 476 4725 www.aaronlodge.co.nz

 Portobello Village Tourist Park

[Portobello – Holiday Park/Backpackers/Motel] 27 Hereweka Street t: +64 3 478 0359 www.portobellopark.co.nz


 Elm Lodge Backpackers [Dunedin –

Backpackers] 74 Elm Row t: +64 3 474 1872 www.elmlodge.co.nz

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brydone hotel oamaru Oamaru – Hotel 115 Thames Street t +64 3 433 0480 www. brydonehotel.co.nz The moment you step foot inside

this enchanting hotel, you’ll be transported to a time when a soaring staircase, grand chandeliers and ornate interiors represented the epitome of fine accommodation. Book online or phone for best rates.

ASURE CENTRAL GOLD MOTEL Cromwell – Motel 4 Barry Avenue t +64 3 445 4700 www. centralgoldmotel.co.nz Affordable luxurious accommodation just off the main highway to Queenstown. Adjacent to shops, restaurants and Lake Dunstan. Eleven spacious, air-conditioned, doubleglazed, self-contained studio and two-room units.

Manor Motel Dunedin – Motel 22 Manor Place t +64 3 477 6729 NZ fp 0800 262 667 www. manormotel.co.nz Warm and comfortable, homely and fully equipped accommodation, serviced daily. One kilometre from the CBD, in a quiet environment with off-street parking. Short walk to restaurants, bars and casino. A playground is opposite the motel.

Northstar Motel, Restaurant & Bar Oamaru – Motel/Restaurant 495A Thames Highway t +64 3 437 1190 www.northstarmotel.co.nz

Stylish motel accommodation at an affordable price. Each room features a super-king bed (or twin beds), large, cosy couch, full kitchen and modern bathroom. Dine at the award-winning on-site restaurant.

 Hogwartz [Dunedin – Backpackers]

277 Rattray Street t: +64 3 474 1487 www.hogwartz.co.nz

 McFarmers Backpackers [Portobello – Backpackers/Cottage] 774 Portobello Road t: +64 3 478 0389 www.otago-peninsula.co.nz  On Top Backpackers [Dunedin – Backpackers] Cnr Filleul Street & Moray Place t: +64 3 477 6121 www.ontopbackpackers.co.nz

By Day Experience Eco-paradise on the Otago Peninsula Easily accessible from downtown Dunedin, the Otago Peninsula is an eco-paradise with an international reputation. See the area from the water on a cruise and spot dolphins, seals, penguins and other seabirds in their natural habitat, or explore the area by car. Highlights include Larnach Castle, New Zealand’s only castle, the Royal Albatross colony at Taiaroa Head and the Marine Studies Centre. The tiny village of Portobello has a handful of accommodation options and eateries, but the region is within easy reach of Dunedin.  Elm Wildlife Tours [Dunedin – Wildlife

Encounter] 19 Irvine Road t: +64 3 454 4121 www.elmwildlifetours.co.nz  Monarch Wildlife Cruises and

Tours [Dunedin – Wildlife Encounter/Boat Cruises] 20 Fryatt Street t: +64 3 477 4276 www.wildlife.co.nz  Nature’s Wonders Naturally

[Otago Peninsula – Wildlife Encounter] Taiaroa Head t: +64 3 478 1150 www.natureswondersnaturally.com

 NZ Marine Studies Centre and

Aquarium [Dunedin – Aquarium]

Albatross Inn Dunedin – Bed & Breakfast

770 George Street, Dunedin t +64 3 477 2727 NZ fp 0800 441 441 e albatross.inn@xtra.co.nz www.albatross.inn.co.nz

Character Edwardian bed and breakfast. Friendly, warm and comfortable. Some rooms have fridge and microwave. SKY TV in guest lounge. Handy to CBD, museum, and uni. Free Wi-Fi, en suites, delicious breakfast, great city location! 214 I LIVE, BREATHE AND EXPERIENCE NEW ZEALAND I destination-nz.com

Hatchery Road, Portobello t: +64 3 479 5826 www.marine.ac.nz  Penguin Place [Dunedin – Wildlife Encounter] Pakihau Road t: +64 3 478 0286 www.penguinplace.co.nz  Royal Albatross Centre

[Otago Peninsula – Bird Watching] 1260 Harrington Point Road t: +64 3 478 0499 www.albatross.org.nz Creative Mecca Dunedin is a famously creative place! The beautiful surrounding landscape

280 Cumberland Street, Dunedin t +64 3 467 7967 NZ fp 0800 4 CHOC TOUR www.cadburyworld.co.nz

‘Dunedin’s tastiest tourist attraction!’ Cadbury World is a colourful, educational chocolate experience that is fun for all ages! Full and shortened tours include entry to the visitor centre, delicious liquid chocolate tasting, our unique chocolate fall, retail outlet and product samples to taste along the way. We can’t guarantee the factory is operational at all times. Bookings are essential.

Dunedin Casino Dunedin – Casino

118 High Street, Dunedin t +64 3 477 4545 NZ fp 0800 477 4545 www.dunedincasino.co.nz Open 11am – late daily

Located in the Southern Cross Hotel, Dunedin Casino offers visitors an unparalleled entertainment experience. Try your luck at gaming or enjoy a delectable meal and soak up the elegant surroundings. Either way, Dunedin Casino is the perfect night-time complement to Dunedin’s daytime activities. Smart, neat attire required. R20.

Elm Wildlife Tours

Dunedin Chinese Garden Dunedin – Garden

Cnr Rattray Street & Cumberland Street, Dunedin t +64 3 477 3248 e chinesegarden@dcc.govt.nz www.dunedinchinesegarden.com Open 10am – 5pm daily, evening viewing Wednesdays 7pm – 9pm

A celebration of the city’s Chinese influence dating back to the gold rush of the 1860s, the garden is a truly authentic scholars’ garden and unique to the Southern Hemisphere. The Dunedin Chinese Garden is an all-weather garden with covered walkways. Tea House and Gift Shop are on site.


Dunedin – Wildlife Encounter

dunedin – boat cruises/wildlife encounters

19 Irvine Road, The Cove, Dunedin t +64 3 454 4121 NZ fp 0800 356 563 e tours@elmwildlifetours.co.nz www.elmwildlifetours.co.nz

20 Fryatt Street, Dunedin t +64 3 477 4276 NZ fp 0800 666 272 e monarch@wildlife.co.nz www.wildlife.co.nz

Family business, judged New Zealand’s best wildlife tour and six-time winner of New Zealand Tourism Awards. Half-day Otago Peninsula wildlife tours and exclusive private tours offer small-group wildlife experiences, enabling unobtrusive, close viewing of rare wildlife, including penguins, albatrosses, sea lions and fur seals. Environmentally aware, Green Globe 21 benchmarked. The highlight of your trip to New Zealand!

Enjoy the best the Otago Peninsula has to offer with this multi New Zealand Tourism Award-winning company. Unrivalled and unique viewing of wildlife in its natural and inaccessible environment – Northern Royal Albatross and other albatross species, New Zealand fur seals, penguins and up to 20 other species of seabirds and marine mammals. Join us for a one-hour cruise from Wellers Rock on the Peninsula, or relax and take one of our popular tour options from the city (with complimentary transfers from your accommodation). A Monarch tour will be the highlight of your visit. plan and book online at www.destination-nz.com I 215


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things to do  Esplanade Surf

School [Dunedin – Surf

School] Esplanade, St Clair Beach t: +64 21 484 141 www. Dunedin Chinese Garden, Dunedin espsurfschool.co.nz  Hare Hill [Dunedin – Horse Trekking] 207 Aramoana Road, Deborah Bay t: +64 3 472 8496 www.horseriding-dunedin.co.nz  Peninsula Bike & Hire [Otago Peninsula – Cycle Hire/Bike Tour] 13 McAuley Road, Portobello t: +64 3 478 0724 www.mcauleyglen.co.nz  St Clair Hot Salt Water Pool

[Dunedin – Swimming Pool] Esplanade, St Clair Beach t: +64 3 455 6352 www.dunedin.govt. nz/facilities/swimming-pools  Wild Earth Adventures [Dunedin – Kayaking] 95 Riccarton Road East, East Taieri t: +64 3 489 1951 www.wildearth.co.nz

 Taieri Gorge Railway [Dunedin – Train] Dunedin Railway Station, Anzac Square t: +64 3 477 4449 www.taieri.co.nz

Get Cultured  Dunedin Public Art Gallery

[Dunedin – Gallery] 30 The Octagon t: +64 3 477 3240 www.dunedin.art.museum  Larnach Castle [Dunedin – Heritage Attraction] 145 Camp Road t: +64 3 476 1616 www.larnachcastle.co.nz  New Zealand Sports

Hall of Fame [Dunedin

– Museum] Railway Station, Anzac Avenue t: +64 3 477 7775 www.nzhalloffame.co.nz  Otago Museum [Dunedin – Museum] 419 Great King Street t: +64 3 474 7474 www.otagomuseum.govt.nz  Otago Settlers Museum [Dunedin – Museum] 31 Queens Gardens t: +64 3 477 5052 www.toituosm.com

Discover See the Sights  Go Bus [Dunedin – Tours] 1 Transport Street t: +64 3 477 5577 www.gobus.co.nz  Elm Wildlife Tours [Dunedin – Tours] 19 Irvine Road t: +64 3 454 4121 www.elmwildlifetours.co.nz  Monarch Wildlife Cruises and

 Cadbury World [Dunedin – Attraction]

Tours [Dunedin – Tours] 20 Fryatt Street t: +64 3 477 4276 www.wildlife.co.nz  Taieri Gorge Railway [Dunedin – Tour] Dunedin Railway Station, Anzac Square t: +64 3 477 4449 www.taieri.co.nz

 Dunedin Botanic Garden [Dunedin

Culinary Experiences

Places to See 280 Cumberland Street t: +64 3 467 7967 www.cadburyworld.co.nz

– Gardens] Great King Street t: +64 3 471 4000 www.dunedin.govt.nz  Dunedin Casino [Dunedin – Casino] 118 High Street t: +64 3 477 4545 www.dunedincasino.co.nz  Dunedin Chinese Garden

[Dunedin – Gardens] Cnr Rattray Street & Cumberland Street t: +64 3 477 3248 www.dunedinchinesegarden.com

 NZ Marine Studies Centre and

Aquarium [Portobello – Aquarium] Hatchery Road t: +64 3 479 5826 www.marine.ac.nz  Orokonui Ecosantuary [Dunedin – Wildlife Park] 600 Blueskin Road, Waitati t: +64 3 482 1755 www.orokonui.org.nz

Café [29 The Octagon www.novacafe.co.nz], Potpourri Vegetarian Café [97 Stuart Street] and The Perc [142 Stuart Street]. Starfish Café & Bar [St Clair Esplanade] is worth seeking out at St Clair Beach.

 Dunedin Farmers Market [Dunedin – Market] Dunedin Railway Station, Anzac Avenue www.otagofarmersmarket.org.nz

Retail Therapy

 Meridian Mall [Dunedin – Shopping

Mall] 285 George Street t: +64 3 474 7500 www.meridianmall.co.nz

Cafés Caffeine lovers rejoice – it’s easy to get a fix in Dunedin! The Good Oil [314 George Street t: +64 3 479 9900] is a local favourite, with quality organic coffee. Also look out for Circadian Rhythm Café [72 St Andrew Street

t: +64 3 474 9994 www.cicadianrhythm. co.nz], Governors [438 George Street], Modaks [337 – 339 George Street], Nova


By Night Entertainment For sporting events and big concerts, the covered Forsyth Barr Stadium

[130 Anzac Avenue www.forsythbarrstadium. co.nz] is the place to go. For live

theatre, look to Fortune Theatre

[231 Stuart Street t: +64 3 477 8323 www. fortunetheatre.co.nz]. Catch a film at Metro Cinema [Moray Place t: +64 3 471 9635 www.metrocinema.co.nz] or Rialto Cinemas [11 Moray Place t: +64 3 474 2200 www.rialto.co.nz]. Head to Dunedin Casino [Southern Cross Hotel, 118 High Street] for a flutter.

bars & Nightclubs Being a university city means Dunedin is well-served with nightspots. One to look out for is Mou Very [357 George Street t: +64 3 477 2180] – quite possibly the smallest bar in New Zealand! Other bars and clubs to try are 10 Bar [10 The Octagon], Albar [135 Stuart Street], Carousel [141 Lower Stuart Street], Pequeno [Savoy Building, Lower Ground, 50 Princes Street], Pop [14 The Octagon], Sammy’s [65 Crawford Street] and Tonic [138 Princes Street]. For a relaxed pub, try Speight’s Ale House

[200 Rattray Street].

Restaurants Cheap Eats Grab a bite at Angusburgh [328 George Street t: +64 3 479 2010 www.angusdunedin. co.nz], Dost [15 Princes Street t: +64 3 477 2477] or Saigon Van [66A St Andrew Street t: +64 3 474 1445].

Mid-range Restaurants For smart casual dining, try Anarkali [365 George Street t: +64 3 477 1120] or No 7 Balmac [7 Balmacewen Road, Maori Hill

t: +64 3 464 0064 www.no7balmac.co.nz]. Out of town, try 1908 Café [7 Harington Point Road, Portobello t: +64 3 478 0801 www.1908cafe.co.nz] or Carey’s Bay Hotel [17 MacAndrews Road, Carey’s Bay t: +64 3 472 8022 www.careysbayhotel.co.nz].

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attracts artists of all descriptions and the small town of Port Chalmers, on the northern side of Otago Harbour, is a particular magnet, home to a growing array of galleries. Back in Dunedin City, there are numerous good galleries and design stores to explore, many of which are filled with the creations of local artists.

Taieri Gorge Railway DUNEDIN – train/sightseeing

600 Blueskin Road, Waitati, Dunedin t +64 3 482 1755 www.orokonui.org.nz Open: Daily 9:30am – 4:30pm

Railway Station, Anzac Square, Dunedin t +64 3 477 4449 www.taieri.co.nz Open: Operates twice daily in summer (Oct – Apr) and daily (except Mon) in winter (May – Sept)

Visit and explore the Ecosanctuary’s protected habitat and you will experience a natural encounter with South Island forest wildlife in a cloud forest ecosystem. By visiting, you are supporting the preservation of biodiversity today and contributing towards a better tomorrow for our natural heritage. Daily guided tours, self-guided walking and after dark tours are available. Visit some of New Zealand’s rare, unique and fascinating native forest wildlife in its natural environment.

A highlight of your visit to Dunedin is a trip with Taieri Gorge Railway – a scenic railway offering world-class train trips with spectacular scenery. Half-day train trips into the spectacular Taieri Gorge or the beautiful Northern coast are the perfect way to experience the awesome countryside around Dunedin, and there is no better way to explore it than from the comfort of a train. Sit back, relax, and enjoy! All trips are suitable as all-weather activities. NZ$89 – $107.

NZ Marine Studies Centre and Aquarium Portobello – Aquarium

Hatchery Road, Portobello, Dunedin t +64 3 479 5826 www.marine.ac.nz

Meet octopus, seahorses, sharks, crayfish and more. Otago Peninsula’s boutique aquarium showcases marine life from southern New Zealand waters. Take a virtual deep-sea dive in our yellow submarine and meet a life-size replica of a colossal squid! Fascinating touch tanks and live animal displays for a real hands-on experience whatever the weather. Fun for all ages.

DUNEDIN BOTANIC GARDEN Dunedin – Garden Great King Street t +64 3 477 4000 www. dunedinbotanicgarden.co.nz It is home to over 14,000

plant species, native bush walks, the Wintergarden Glasshouse, Alpine House and stunning city vistas. Take a walking or Crest Train Tour! Established in 1863, Dunedin Botanic Garden is the oldest in New Zealand!

NASEBY INDOOR CURLING RINK Naseby – Curling 1057 Channel Road t +64 3 444 9878 www.curling.co.nz Visit Naseby Indoor Curling Rink for a great family activity for all ages and abilities. Prices include tuition and safety equipment. Try curling in Naseby – an all-year-round sport that you will enjoy!

Penguin Place Dunedin – Wildlife Encounter

45 Pakihau Road, Dunedin t +64 3 478 0286 e penguin.place@clear.net.nz www.penguinplace.co.nz

Penguin Place is a private conservation reserve dedicated to helping save the endangered Yellow Eyed Penguin. Visit a working conservation programme and experience natural activity at close range through a unique system of trenches and hides. Guided tours fund our project, which provides habitat restoration, predator control, a research programme and rehabilitation. With your support the future of this rare bird can be assured.

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High-end Restaurants

Square t: +64 3 477 4449 www.taieri.co.nz]

There are also a number of excellent fine dining restaurants in Dunedin. Some top picks include Bacchus Wine Bar & Restaurant [L1, 12

runs a scenic rail service.

The Octagon t: +64 3 474 0824 www. bacchuswinebarrestaurant.co.nz], Plato [2 Birch Street t: +64 3 477 4235 www.platocafe.co.nz] or Two Chefs Bistro [121 Stuart Street t: +64 3 477 7293 www.twochefsbistro.com].

Street Smarts

find out more Visit an i-SITE Visitor Information Centre at Clutha [4 Clyde Street t: +64 3 418 0388] or Dunedin [26 Princes Street t: +64 3 474 3300]. Also talk to the Department of Conservation

[Conservation House, 77 Lower Stuart Street t: +64 3 477 0677].  Websites

www.destination-nz.com www.dunedinnz.com

t: +64 3 474 0999 www.otagodhb.govt.nz] or Urgent Doc [95 Hanover Street t: +64 3 479 2900]. Stock up on groceries at Countdown Supermarket [309 Cumberland Street] or books at University Book Shop [378 Great King Street]. Send postcards at Dunedin Post Office [310 Moray Place] and check your email at The Common Room [18 George Street]. The central railway station is Dunedin Railway Station

[Anzac Avenue].

how to get Around The metropolitan bus service is operated by City Buses [t: +64 3 474 0287 www.orc.govt.nz]. Catch a taxi with Dunedin Taxis [t: +64 3 477 7777 www.dunedintaxis.co.nz]. Kiwi Shuttles [t: +64 3 487 9790 www.kiwishuttles.co.nz] or Super Shuttle [NZ fp: 0800 748 885 www.supershuttle.co.nz] offers airport transfers. Regional transport operators include Catch-a-Bus [t:

+64 3 479 9960 www.catchabussouth.co.nz] and Coastline Tours [t: +64 3 434 7744 www.coastline-tours.co.nz]. Taieri Gorge Railway [Dunedin Railway Station, Anzac

Hotel] 115 Thames Street t: +64 3 433 0480 www.brydonehotel.co.nz  Buscot Station [Omarama Backpackers] Rapid No 912, State Highway 8 t: +64 3 438 9646 www.bbh.co.nz  Criterion Hotel [Oamaru – B&B] 3 Tyne Street t: +64 3 434 6247 www.criterionhotel.co.nz  Eden Gardens [Oamaru – Motel] 14 Joy Street t: +64 3 434 9288 www.edengardensmotel.co.nz  Moeraki Village Holiday Park

The Essentials For medical assistance, contact Dunedin Hospital [201 Great King Street

Where to Sleep  Brydone Hotel Oamaru [Oamaru –

Oamaru & Northern Otago North of Dunedin, Oamaru is known for its historic downtown precinct and buildings constructed out of limestone. Take a walking tour to find galleries, boutiques and antique stores. There’s a penguin colony right on the town’s doorstep where visitors can watch a nightly procession of Little Blue Penguins. Down the coast, Moeraki is a tiny fishing village famous for the huge spherical boulders that are scattered across its sandy beach – and for fresh seafood! Inland from Oamaru is the Waitaki Valley, an alternative route through to Central Otago. As well as fishing and walks, the valley is home to the Vanished World Centre.

Highlights Watch delightful Blue Penguins come ashore at dusk in Oamaru. Eat fish ‘n’ chips on the beach and contemplate the Moeraki Boulders. Explore the galleries and little streets in Oamaru’s historic precinct. Discover ancient history in the Waitaki Valley.

Oamaru Blue Penguin Colony Oamaru – Wildlife Encounter

Waterfront Road, Oamaru t +64 3 433 1195 e bookings@penguins.co.nz www.penguins.co.nz Open 10am till 1 hour past dusk What to bring Warm clothes

See the world’s smallest penguins in their natural environment. Our Blue Penguin Colony is close to town under the cliffs along the historic harbour foreshore. During the day you can see penguins in their nesting burrows and in the evening you are seated in an outdoor viewing stand to watch the penguins return home after fishing. 218 I LIVE, BREATHE AND EXPERIENCE NEW ZEALAND I destination-nz.com

[Moeraki – Holiday Park/Motel] 114 Haven Street t: +64 3 439 4759 www.moerakivillageholidaypark.co.nz

 Northstar Motel, Restaurant

& Bar [Oamaru – Motel/Restaurant] 495A Thames Highway t: +64 3 437 1190 www.northstarmotel.co.nz

 Oamaru Top 10 Holiday Park

[Oamaru – Holiday Park] 30 Chelmer Street t: +64 3 434 7666 www.top10.co.nz

By Day Experience Oamaru’s Resident Penguins The Oamaru Blue Penguin Colony

[Waterfront Road t: +64 3 433 1195 www. penguins.co.nz] is New Zealand’s largest scientifically monitored Blue Penguin colony. The world’s smallest penguins spend their days feeding at sea and every evening they arrive back on land and waddle up to their burrows. With purpose-built facilities, including a 350-seat grandstand, this is a great place to see wild penguins.

Things to Do  Glideomarama.com [Omarama –

Flight-seeing] Omarama Airfield t: +64 3 438 9555 www.glideomarama.com  Hot Tubs Omarama [Omarama – Thermal Pools] Twizel-Omarama Avenue t: +64 3 438 9703 www.hottubsomarama.co.nz  Victorian Oamaru Passport Tours

[Oamaru – Tours] Oamaru i-SITE, 1 Thames Street www.historicoamaru.co.nz Get Cultured

 Forrester Gallery [Oamaru – Gallery] 9 Thames Street t: +64 3 433 0853 www.forrestergallery.com  North Otago Museum [Oamaru – Museum] 60 Thames Street t: +64 3 433 0852 www.northotagomuseum.co.nz

seeking out this country restaurant for its menu of fresh, local produce.

in New Zealand! See art, movies, light and sound displays, and an amazing life-size Steampunk engine.  Photo Shoppe [Oamaru – Shop]

Street Smarts

– Gallery] 1 Itchen Street t: +64 27 763 7858 www.steampunkoamaru.co.nz. A first

The Woolstore Complex, Harbour Street t: +64 3 434 3372 www.thephotoshoppe.co.nz  Vanished World Heritage Trail &

Centre [Duntroon – Heritage Attraction]

State Highway 83 t: +64 3 431 2024 www.vanishedworld.co.nz

Discover  The Woolstore Complex

[Oamaru – Shop/Gallery/Market] 1 Tyne Street t: +64 3 434 1556  Whitestone Cheese Café & Deli

[Oamaru – Gourmet Food Store] 3 Torridge Street t: +64 3 434 8098

Cafés Good coffee can be found at Roost [30 Thames Street], Steam [7 Thames Street] and Whitestone Cheese Café & Deli [3 Torridge Street].

By Night Entertainment

 Limelight Cinema [Oamaru – Film &

Theatre] 239 Thames Street t: +64 3 434 1070 www.limelightcinema.co.nz

Bars & Restaurants Relax with a drink at Criterion Hotel [3 Tyne Street www.criterionhotel.co.nz], Fat Sallys [84 Thames Street www.fatsallys.co.nz] or The Globe [12 Coquet Street www. theglobe.talkspot.com] in Oamaru, or head to The Penguin Club [Emulsion Lane www.thepenguinclub.co.nz] for live music. Pick up an inexpensive meal at Dilaans Turkish Kebab [263 Thames Street t: +64 3 434 9534] or Harbour Street Bakery [4 Harbour Street t: +64 3

434 0444 www.harbourstreetbakery.co.nz]. Fleur’s Place [t: +64 3 439 4480 www. fleursplace.com] is a much-loved local

eatery right on the jetty in Moeraki. Others to try are Northstar Motel, Restaurant & Bar [495A Thames Highway,

Oamaru t: +64 3 437 1190 www.northstarmotel.co.nz], Portside Restaurant [2 Waterfront Road, Oamaru t: +64 3 434 3400] and the awardwinning Riverstone Kitchen [1431 State Highway 1, Oamaru t: +64 3 431 3505 www.riverstonekitchen.co.nz]. It’s worth

The Essentials Stock up at Countdown Supermarket [108 – 116 Thames Street, Oamaru] or post your shopping home at Oamaru PostShop [2 Severn Street]. Head to Small Bytes Computing [191 Thames Street, Oamaru] to check email.

how to get around  Coastline Tours [Oamaru – Bus]

t: +64 3 434 7744 www.coastline-tours.co.nz

find out more Visit the Oamaru i-SITE

[1 Thames Street].  Websites www.destination-nz.com www.visitoamaru.co.nz

Rich History in a Rugged Landscape Offering a true escape from urban hustle, Central Otago covers 10,000 km² yet has fewer than 17,000 permanent residents. Central Otago is home to small towns where visitors can enjoy southern hospitality juxtaposed against a beautiful and harsh landscape of rugged hills and plains: this is New Zealand’s hottest, coldest and driest region.

Golden Gate Lodge Cromwell – Hotel

Barry Avenue, Cromwell t +64 3 445 1777 NZ fp 0800 104 451 e stay@goldengate.co.nz www.goldengate.co.nz

Central Otago’s gateway accommodation offers 47 studio suites, a meeting and conference centre and wedding reception lounge. Café, à la carte restaurant, bars and wholesale liquor outlet. Disabled facilities available. Adjacent to the Cromwell Shopping Mall and with the 18-hole Cromwell Golf Course as our neighbour, we are the ideal location for your next visit to Central Otago.

Highlights Explore fascinating gold-mining history on the Goldfields Heritage Trail. Cycle the Otago Central Rail Trail. Taste fresh summer stone fruits such as nectarines and cherries. Soak up the atmosphere in Old Cromwell Town. Sample Pinot Noir.

CENTRAL OTAGO TOWNS Alexandra The service centre for surrounding orchards and vineyards, Alexandra is a good place for exploring gold-mining history, or shopping for crafts. Nearby Clyde is the site of a hydro-electric dam. Cromwell This town on the shores of Lake Dunstan contains a quaint little historic quarter called Old Cromwell Town. There is a good range of accommodation and shopping. Ranfurly The main centre of Maniototo has Art Deco architecture

Olivers Central Otago Clyde – Boutique Hotel

34 Sunderland Street, Clyde t +64 3 449 2600 e enquiries@oliverscentralotago.co.nz, www.oliverscentralotago.co.nz Check in/check out 2pm/10am Reception hours 24 hours

Unique boutique accommodation located in Clyde’s historic precinct. Eleven en suite rooms superbly blend the old with the new in a beautifully restored series of heritage buildings. Daily breakfast is included in the tariff. Check out the comments on Trip Advisor to see how good it is.

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 Steampunk HQ Workshop [Oamaru

Where to Sleep  Alexandra Heights Motel

[Alexandra – Motel] 125 Centennial Avenue t: +64 3 448 6366 www.alexandraheights.co.nz

 ASURE Central Gold Motel

[Cromwell – Motel] 24 Barry Avenue t: +64 3 445 4700 www.centralgoldmotel.co.nz

 Cromwell Top 10 Holiday Park

[Cromwell – Holiday Park/Motel] 1 Alpha Street t: +64 3 445 0164 www.cromwellholidaypark.co.nz  Danseys Pass Coach Inn [Danseys Pass – Lodge] 781 Danseys Pass Road t: +64 3 444 9048 www.danseyspass.co.nz  Golden Gate Lodge [Cromwell – Hotel] Barry Avenue t: +64 3 445 1777 www.goldengate.co.nz  Lake Roxburgh Lodge [Roxburgh – Motel] Tamblyn Drive, Lake Roxburgh Village t: +64 3 446 8220 www.lakeroxburghlodge.co.nz  Log House Retreat [Alexandra – B&B] 23B Schaumann Road t: +64 3 448 6949 www.loghouseretreat.co.nz  Olivers Central Otago [Clyde – Boutique Hotel] 34 Sunderland Street t: +64 3 449 2600 www.oliverscentralotago.co.nz  Vulcan Hotel [St Bathans – Hotel] Loop Road t: +64 3 447 3629  Wedderburn Cottages [Wedderburn – Cottages] State Highway 85 t: +64 3 444 9194 www.wedderburncottages.co.nz

By Day Experience Central Otago Wine Country This is one of New Zealand’s youngest

wine-growing regions, but it is establishing itself as a producer of excellent Pinot Noir. Most wineries are in the Cromwell Basin, but there are others further south, near Alexandra and Clyde. Wineries to visit include Carrick Wines [Cairnmuir Road,

Bannockburn t: +64 3 445 3480 www.carrick. co.nz] or Mt Difficulty Wines [Felton Road, Bannockburn t: +64 3 445 3445 www.mtdifficulty.co.nz]. Otago Central Rail Trail  Altitude Adventures [Alexandra –

Bike Tours] t: +64 3 448 8917 www.altitudeadventures.co.nz

 Otago Bike Hire/Otago Rail Trail

Bookings [Ranfurly – Cycling & Mountain Biking/Cycle Hire] 26 Charlemont Street West t: +64 3 444 9245 www.otagorailtrail.co.nz  Trail Journeys [Clyde – Bike Tours/Cycle Hire] t: +64 3 449 2150 www.trailjourneys.co.nz

Things to do  Alexandra Museum & Art Gallery

[Alexandra – Museum/Gallery] 21 Centennial Avenue t: +64 3 448 6230 www.centralstories.com  Goldfields Jet [Cromwell – Jet Boating] State Highway 6, Kawarau Gorge t: +64 3 445 1038 www.goldfieldsjet.co.nz  Naseby Ice Luge [Naseby – Luge] t: +64 3 444 9270 www.lugenz.com [check website for opening details]  Naseby Indoor Curling Rink

[Naseby – Curling] 1057 Channel Road t: +64 3 444 9878 www.curling.co.nz

Discover  Central Otago Motorcycle Tours

[Cromwell – Motorcycle Tours/Motorcycle Hire] 271 Bannockburn Road, RD 2 t: +64 3 445 4487 www.comotorcycletours.co.nz www.comotorcyclehire.co.nz

Cafés Grab yourself at coffee at Bank Café [31 Sunderland Street, Clyde], E-Central Café [14 Charlemont Street, Ranfurly] or Grain & Seed Café [Melmore Terrace, Cromwell t: +64 3 445 1077] housed in a former grain store in Old Cromwell Town.

Bars & Restaurants There are some very appealing restaurants in these parts. Try Black Forest Café [7 Derwent Street, Naseby t: +64 3 444 9820] or Thai Crom [50

The Mall, Cromwell t: +64 3 445 1546 www. thaicrom.co.nz]. Shaky Bridge Vineyard Café [Graveyard Gully Road, Alexandra t: +64 3 448 5111 www.williamhill.co.nz/cafe. html] is worth seeking out for dishes prepared from local ingredients and served in a spectacular setting.

Street Smarts how to get around

 Atomic Shuttles [Cromwell – Bus]

t: +64 3 349 0697 www.atomictravel.co.nz  Catch-a-Bus [Dunedin/Invercargill/ Bluff– Bus] t: +64 3 479 9960 www.catchabussouth.co.nz

find out more Look up an i-SITE Visitor Information Centre in Alexandra [21 Centennial Avenue], Cromwell [47 The Mall] or Ranfurly [3 Charlemont Street East].  Websites

www.destination-nz.com www.centralotagonz.com

Southern Man An embodiment of the Kiwi spirit, the men of this rugged landscape are the stuff of legends.

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dating back to the 1930s. Explore old gold-mining townships or watch curling at Naseby in winter.


great outdoors


The dramatic blue lakes and rugged mountain ranges of the Wanaka region form a spectacular backdrop to a superb range of outdoor adventures and indulgences. This is the gateway to the pristine wilderness of Mount Aspiring National Park and its superb hiking opportunities.

Couple walking, Lake Wanaka

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Cardrona Alpine Resort, Lake Wanaka

Image: Lake Wanaka Tourism, photo by Miles Holden

Explore the Region An inspiring place for relaxation in the pretty lakeside town of Wanaka, this region also offers an amazing range of adventure activities from horse riding in rugged foothills to awe-inspiring scenic flights among the frosted white peaks of soaring mountains. West of Wanaka, Mount Aspiring National Park, the nation’s third largest national park, is renowned for the diversity of its landscapes, from forests to meadows.

Regional Destinations Wanaka Picturesque lakeside resort close to Mount Aspiring National Park. Hawea Smaller settlement on the shores of Lake Hawea.

Getting There & Around Air Wanaka Airport, 8 min from town, has flight-seeing tours to Milford

and Mount Cook. Queenstown Airport offers domestic flights and some trans-Tasman services. Road Wanaka is 6 hours, 30 minutes from Christchurch and 1 hour, 30 minutes from Queenstown. Travel to the West Coast via Haast Pass. The drive from Wanaka to Haast takes just over 2 hours. Coach services operate regularly between Wanaka and Christchurch, Dunedin and Invercargill. There is a local bus service between Wanaka and Queenstown. During winter, the roads may become difficult to navigate because of ice.

Events to Catch  Rippon Festival [Feb] www.ripponfestival.co.nz  Wanaka Fest [Oct] t: +64 3 443 2273 www.wanakafest.co.nz

Do It!  Take a hike to the top of Mount Roy.  Catch a movie at quirky Cinema Paradiso.  Ski during the winter months.  Warbirds over Wanaka [Apr] 12 Lloyd Dunn Avenue, Wanaka Airport, State Highway 6 t: +64 3 443 8619 www.warbirdsoverwanaka.com

Wanaka’s Great Outdoors The lakeside town of Wanaka is a hugely popular destination yearround. During winter, it offers easy access to a number of ski areas, and

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Franz Josef Glacier

30 miles

Fox Glacier 6

Mount Cook

Haast Pass

The road through to the West Coast took thirty years to


carve out of the rock.

Mount Aspiring National Park

Haast Pass

Wilderness area encompassing

Mount Aspiring National Park

mountains, glacial

valleys, alpine tussock meadows and forests.

Lake Hawea

6 Lake Wanaka

Hollyford Track

Albert Town

Lake Hawea

Omarama 8

Lindis Pass



Milford Sound


Routeburn Track

Milford Track




8A 6

Arrowtown Cromwell


Major urban area Town State Highway Other road Railway 85Walking track

Lake Wakatipu



Te Anau


Hiking Meadow Lee, Pisa Range 94



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50 kilometres


Spring (Sep – Nov)

Summer (Dec – Feb)

Autumn (Mar – May)

Winter (Jun – Aug)

Mean daily max/min temperature

19/5˚C • 66/41˚F

24/9˚C • 75/48˚F

16/5˚C • 61/41˚F

10/2˚C • 50/36˚F


Highlights Go hiking in the wilderness of Mount Aspiring National Park. Stop for a meal at the historic Cardrona Hotel. Picnic on the shores of picturesque Lake Wanaka. Try the thrill of whitewater rafting on a wild river. Crosscountry ski during winter.

Where to Sleep

edgewater Wanaka – Hotel/Apartments

Sargood Drive, Wanaka t +64 3 443 0011 NZ fp 0800 108 311 e reservations@edgewater.co.nz www.edgewater.co.nz

Edgewater lies right at the water’s edge of Lake Wanaka. It is the perfect destination for you to experience all that Central Otago’s seasons have to offer. At Edgewater we have genuine local knowledge that complements our inviting accommodation and enticing seasonal menu. We can unlock the very best Wanaka experiences, tailored for you. Come and touch the seasons at Edgewater.

Benbrae – Cardrona Valley Resort Cardrona Valley – Resort/Villas

Cardrona Valley Road (next to the Cardrona Hotel), Cardrona t +64 3 443 7600 NZ fp 0800 BENBRAE www.benbrae.co.nz

Contemporary, stylish accommodation situated between Wanaka and Queenstown, next to the iconic Cardrona Hotel. Benbrae offers a range of studios plus two- and three-bedroom villas. The villas include fully equipped kitchen, laundry/drying room and opengas fireplace. Set in beautiful landscaped grounds with outdoor swimming pool, heated Jacuzzi, poolside bar and open fire pit.

 Archway Motels [Wanaka – Motel]

64 Hedditch Street t: +64 3 443 7698 www.archwaymotels.co.nz

 Aspiring Campervan & Holiday

Park [Wanaka – Holiday Park] Studholme Road North t: +64 3 443 7766 www.campervanpark.co.nz  Benbrae – Cardrona Valley

Resort [Cardrona – Villas] Cardrona Valley

Road (next to Cardrona Hotel) t: +64 3 443 7600 www.benbrae.co.nz

 Best Western Belvedere

Luxury Apartments [Wanaka –

Apartments] 25 Warren Street t: +64 3 443 6969 www.wanakaholidays.co.nz  Clearbrook Motel & Serviced

Apartments [Wanaka – Motel/Apartments] Cnr Helwick Street & Upton Street t: +64 3 443 4413 www.clearbrook.co.nz  Edgewater [Wanaka – Hotel/ Apartments] 54 Sargood Drive t: +64 3 443 0011 www.edgewater.co.nz  Fairway Motel & Apartments

[Wanaka – Motel/Apartments] 2 MacPherson Street t: +64 3 443 7285 www.fairwaylodgemotel.co.nz  Lakeside Apartments [Wanaka – Apartments] 9 Lakeside Road t: +64 3 443 0188 www.lakesidewanaka.co.nz

best western Belvedere Luxury Apartments Wanaka – Apartments

Archway Motels Wanaka – Motel

25 – 29 Warren Street, Wanaka t +64 3 443 6969 e mail@wanakaholidays.co.nz www.wanakaholidays.co.nz

64 Hedditch Street, Wanaka t +64 3 443 7698 NZ fp 0800 427 249 e stay@archwaymotels.co.nz www.archwaymotels.co.nz Check in/check out 2pm/10am

17 two-bedroom luxury apartments and one superior two-bedroom apartment with gas fires. Full kitchens and laundries. Flatscreen TV, DVD/CD, SKY TV. Ski drying room and storage lockers. Saunas. Apartments have views to mountains and many have lake views. Quiet location. Walk to lakefront, restaurants and shops.

Nestled in a park-like setting at the gateway to the scenic alpine resort of Lake Wanaka. Quiet, sheltered sunny aspect with mountain views. Just five minutes’ walk from golf, shops, cafés and the lakefront. The 15 spacious studios, chalets and family units are all ground floor, self-contained and smoke-free.

Two two-bedroom and two threebedroom townhouses also available.

Experience our chemical-free natural cedar hot tubs with stunning panoramic woodland views.

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in summer Mount Aspiring National Park and the region’s lakes are enticing outdoor playgrounds. Wanaka Tucked along the southern shores of Lake Wanaka, this vibrant town has a fantastic array of amenities in a stunning natural setting. It’s an excellent base for experiencing a wide variety of outdoor activities in the surrounding landscape. Proximity to Mount Aspiring National Park makes Wanaka popular with hikers, and fishing, skiing, mountain biking and boating are just a few of the other activities available. Lake Hawea Just up the road from Wanaka, Lake Hawea is a tiny settlement on a picturesque lake. Popular for fishing and boating, it offers a handful of accommodation.


 Mountain Range Boutique

Lodge [Wanaka – Lodge] Heritage Park,

71 Cardrona Valley Road t: +64 3 443 7400 www.mountainrange.co.nz  The Cardrona Hotel [Cardrona – Hotel] Crown Range Road t: +64 3 443 8153 www.cardronahotel.co.nz  The Moorings [Wanaka – Motel/ Apartments] 17 Lakeside Road t: +64 3 443 8479 www.themoorings.co.nz  Wanaka Hotel [Wanaka – Hotel] 71 Ardmore Street t: +64 3 443 7826 www.wanakahotel.co.nz. Only one minute’s walk to Lake Wanaka. On-site guest kitchen, laundry facilities and internet (including Wi-Fi). Café, bar and grill.  YHA Wanaka [Wanaka – Backpacker

Hostel] 94 Brownston Street, Wanaka t: +64 3 443 1880 NZ fp: 0800 278 299 e: book@yha.co.nz www.yha.co.nz

YHA Wanaka offers a choice of quality accommodation for the discerning traveller, from backpacker beds to self-contained studio units. Their accommodation boasts a great range of facilities and a large, fully-equipped and modern kitchen. The open-plan lounge area features a roaring fire and stunning views of Lake Wanaka.

By Day Experience Mount Aspiring National Park Home to New Zealand’s only peaks over 3,000 metres outside of Mount Cook National Park, Mount Aspiring National Park is a huge and rugged wilderness area encompassing mountains, glacial valleys, alpine tussock meadows and native beech forests. Ancient Maori trails cross the park, centuries-old trading routes for West Coast pounamu, and today walking trails are a main drawcard. There are numerous short walks suitable for most levels of fitness, as well as more strenuous multiday options. Contact Adventure Consultants [t: +64 3 443 8711 www. adventure.co.nz] or Aspiring Guides

[t: +64 3 443 9422 www.aspiringguides.com] for guided walks or climbs.

Skiing Wanaka Wanaka is a perfect wintertime base for skiers and boarders, offering a great range of terrain and fantastic

Fairway motel Wanaka – motel Cnr Macpherson Street & State Highway 84, Wanaka t +64 3 443 7285 NZ fp 0800 324 792 e fairwaylodgemotel@clear.net.nz www.fairwaylodgemotel.co.nz Contact Eve & Rob Thorp Reception 8am – 10pm Check in/check out 2pm/10am For affordable, comfortable accommodation in Wanaka, think Fairway Motel. Studios, family units and apartments available. Perfect for groups and tours. All are selfcontained, with en-suite bathrooms. Just a short stroll to the town, lake, restaurant and shops. Friendly staff welcome you!

The Moorings Wanaka – Motel/Apartments 17 Lakeside Road t +64 3 443 8479 www.themoorings. co.nz Lake Wanaka and Mount Roy provide stunning

views from our lakefront studios. The decks of our apartments also offer partial lake and mountain views. Just two minutes’ walk to the town’s shops, cafés and restaurants.

Aspiring Campervan & Holiday Park Wanaka – Holiday Park Studholme Road North

t +64 3 443 7766 www.campervanpark.co.nz Selfcontained or budget accommodation and powered or unpowered sites. Free wireless internet, showers, spas, sauna, BBQ, 50+ SKY channels and courtesy coach. Log fire and drying room in winter. Bike hire.

Lakeland Adventures Wanaka – Jet Boating/Cruises/Guided Walks/Fishing 100 Ardmore Street t +64 3 443 7495 www.lakelandadventures. co.nz One-hour jet boating trips on New Zealand’s biggest river; suitable for all ages. Island cruises, guided walks and fishing trips also available, or rent kayaks, aqua bikes, fishing rods and mountain bikes from the log cabin.

scenery. Cardrona Alpine Resort and Treble Cone are big ski areas with a range of facilities, while Snow Farm offers cross-country skiing.  Cardrona Alpine Resort [Wanaka –

 National Transport & Toy

Museum [Wanaka – Museum] State Highway 6 (beside Wanaka Airport) t: +64 3 443 8765 www.nttmuseum.co.nz  Stuart Landsborough’s Puzzling

Ski Area] Cardrona Valley t: +64 3 443 8880 www.cardrona.com  Snow Farm [Wanaka – Ski Area] Crown Range Road, Cardrona t: +64 3 443 7542 www.snowfarmnz.com  Treble Cone [Wanaka – Ski Area] Mt Aspiring Road t: +64 3 443 1406 www.treblecone.com

World [Wanaka – Attraction] 188 Highway 84 t: +64 3 443 7489 www.puzzlingworld.co.nz  Warbirds & Wheels [Wanaka – Museum] 11 Lloyd Dunn Avenue, Wanaka Airport t: +64 3 443 7010 www.warbirdsandwheels.com

Things to Do

The great outdoors beckon with a huge array of activities on offer.  Aspiring Helicopters [Wanaka –

One-of-a-kind Attractions In and around Wanaka are a number of interesting attractions to keep you busy. Stuart Landsborough’s Puzzling World is the strangest! Lose yourself in the Great Maze and wonder at the incredible Illusion Rooms – even the toilets are worth a look. The Warbirds & Wheels Museum contains a collection of aircraft honouring the contribution of Kiwi fighter pilots in WWI and WWII. Next door, the National Transport & Toy Museum houses 50,000 antique toys.


Action & Adventure

Flight–seeing] Cattle Flat Station, 2211 Mt Aspiring Road t: +64 3 443 7152 www.aspiringhelicopters.co.nz  Deep Canyon [Wanaka – Canyoning] 103 Ardmore Street t: +64 3 443 7922 www.deepcanyon.co.nz  Wanaka Bike Tours [Wanaka – Mountain Biking] t: +64 3 443 6363 www.wanakabiketours.co.nz  Lakeland Adventures [Wanaka –

Discover See the Sights  Ridgeline Adventures

[Wanaka – Tours] 11 Sandy’s Lane, RD 2 cell: +64 27 602 4018 www.ridgelinenz.com

 Southern Lakes Sightseeing

[Post Office Lane, 33 Ardmore Street t:+64 3 443 5400], Trout Bar [151 Ardmore Street t:+64 3 443 2600] and Lalaland [99 Ardmore Street t: +64 3 443 4911 www. lalalandwanaka.co.nz]. Or head out of town to The Cardrona Hotel [Crown Range Road t: +64 3 443 8153 www.cardronahotel.co.nz].

restaurants For good value, try Red Star Luxury Burgers [26 Ardmore Street]. Alivate [145

Ardmore Street t: +64 3 443 1188 www.alivate. co.nz] and The Landing Restaurant [Level 1, 80 Ardmore Street t: +64 3 443 5099 www.thelandinglakewanaka.co.nz] both

[Wanaka – Tours] cell: +64 21 263 3318 www.lordoftheringstours.co.nz

offer lake vistas. Wanaka is home to some very high-quality dining.

Retail Therapy

Street Smarts

 Gallery Thirty Three [Wanaka –

Shop] 33 Helwick Street t: +64 3 443 4330 www.nzartsite.com

Cafés Being in the mountains doesn’t mean missing out on coffee! Try Federal Diner [47 Helwick Street www. federaldiner.co.nz], Kai Whakapai [121 Ardmore Street t: +64 3 443 7795] or Relishes Café [1/99 Ardmore Street

t: +64 3 443 0918 www.relishescafe.co.nz],

a laid-back café.

By Night Entertainment Catch a film at quirky Cinema Paradiso [72 Browston Street t: +64 3 443 1505 www.paradiso.net.nz], sit on comfy sofas and eat homemade cookies.

Bars & Nightclubs Wanaka is a popular getaway for Kiwis and that means there is plenty of after-dark action. Look for Barluga


Jet Boating] 100 Ardmore Street t: +64 3 443 7495 www.lakelandadventures.co.nz  Lake Wanaka Cruises [Wanaka – Boat Cruises] 82 Meadowstone Drive t: +64 3 443 1230 www.wanakacruises.co.nz  Skydive Lake Wanaka [Wanaka – Skydiving] Wanaka Airport, Mustang Lane t: +64 3 443 7207 www.skydivewanaka.com

The Essentials Pick up the goods at New World Supermarket [20 Dunmore Street]. For a doctor, contact Wanaka Medical Centre [23 Cardrona Vallery Road t: +64 3 443 7811 www.wanakamedical.co.nz]. Check email at Wanaka Internet [Upstairs, 3

Helwick Street].

how to get around

National Transport & Toy Museum Wanaka – Museum

State Highway 6, beside Wanaka Airport, Wanaka t +64 3 443 8765 e museum@lakewanaka.co.nz www.nttmuseum.co.nz Operating hours Open 7 days a week, 8:30am – 5pm, except Christmas Day

The largest private collection in the Southern Hemisphere with four major buildings housing over 600 vehicles, twelve aircraft, 50,000 toys and thousands of miscellaneous items. This extraordinary collection leaves people amazed that one man has collected so much in one lifetime. A must-see for all the family.

 Alpine Connexions

[Wanaka – Bus] 17 – 460 Aubrey Road t: +64 3 443 9120 www.alpineconnexions.co.nz  Atomic Shuttles [Wanaka/Makarora – Bus] t: +64 3 349 0697 www.atomictravel.co.nz  yello! [Wanaka – Taxi/Bus] t: +64 3 443 5555 www.yello.co.nz

FIND OUT MORE Pay a visit to Lake Wanaka i–SITE

Puzzling World

[100 Ardmore Street t: +64 3 443 1233].  Websites www.destination-nz.com www.lakewanaka.co.nz

Wanaka – Attraction

188 Wanaka Luggate Highway, Wanaka t +64 3 443 7489 e info@puzzlingworld.co.nz www.puzzlingworld.co.nz

Image: Puzzling World

Faces at Puzzling World, Wanaka

Welcome to Wanaka’s wonderful world of weirdness! Since 1973 the bizarre buildings, rooms of illusion and the famous Great Maze have baffled brains and challenged perceptions of reality. With a brand-new Illusion Room opened for summer, you’ll be even more astounded by what’s on offer! Puzzling World offers a great day out for all ages, and there’s a café and gift shop on site. Affordable, world-unique entertainment: Puzzling World is a must-see on any tour itinerary.

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adventure capital


A premier holiday destination, Queenstown is an outdoor adventure playground set against a stunning scenic background of tranquil lakes and rugged mountains. This is the original home of commercial bungy jumping, but it’s not all about adrenaline – great nightlife, spas and wineries complete the picture.

AJ Hackett’s Ledge Bungy

Getting There & Around Air Queenstown Airport, 10 minutes’ drive from town, offers domestic flights to Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch and some trans-Tasman services. A bus service operates between the airport and town. Buses depart every 20 minutes, 17 hours per day. Road Queenstown is 6 hours, 15 minutes from Christchurch, 5 hours from Milford, and 1 hour, 30 minutes from Wanaka. Coach and shuttle services operate between Queenstown and other South Island destinations. Transfers to and from Arrowtown, and ski areas during winter, are also readily available.

Regional Destinations Queenstown Stunning lakeside resort, a great base for adventure activities. Arrowtown Historic gold rush town full of interesting shops and good eateries. Glenorchy Base for multi-day walking tracks at the head of Lake Wakatipu.

Events to Catch  Gibbston Harvest Festival [Mar]


 Queenstown Winter Festival [Jun]



Do It!  Bungy jump!  Jet boat on the Kawarau, Shotover or Dart River.  Browse the charming streets of Arrowtown.

Adventures in Queenstown One of New Zealand’s best-known visitor destinations, Queenstown is a stunningly beautiful lakeside resort surrounded by towering mountains. The original home of commercial bungy jumping, Queenstown is famous for its outdoor activities – from the extreme to the more laid-back – against the backdrop of a rugged natural setting. During winter, it’s a popular base for skiers

Image: Destination Queenstown

Explore the REgion Tucked into the shores of Lake Wakatipu and surrounded by jagged peaks, the magical feel of this town hits before your plane touches down. Fill your days with bungy jumping, white-water rafting, jet boating, heli-skiing or skydiving and, when you’re ready to relax, you’ll find a fantastic range of eateries and bars, boutiques, indulgent beauty spas and accommodation ranging from backpacker hostels to five-star luxury.

and snowboarders, but Queenstown is a busy destination all year round. Just a short drive away, Arrowtown is a quaint little village rich with goldmining heritage, great shopping and eateries.

Highlights Get your adrenaline pumping – canyon swinging, bungy jumping, rafting and much more in this adventure capital. Take a boat cruise across Lake Wakatipu to visit a working high country station. Join a 4WD adventure at Glenorchy and head into the backcountry. Browse the boutiques and indulge at a day spa in Queenstown. Mountain bike hill trails in unforgettable scenery. Pan for gold in the historic goldmining settlement of Arrowtown.


Major urban area Town State Highway Other road Railway Walking track

Mount Aspiring National Park

6 Hollyford Track

Milford Sound Routeburn Track





Kelvin Lake Wakatipu Heights




Cardrona Arrowtown


Lake Hawea


Shotover River

Milford Track

Resorts & Villages Queenstown It has a big reputation for outdoor adventure activities such as bungy jumping, skiing and jet boating, but Queenstown offers a wide range of experiences. Great shopping, dining, day spas and golf courses are relaxing alternatives for passing the time. Its popularity ensures that accommodation is plentiful and the selection of restaurants, bars and boutiques is nothing less than superb. Arrowtown The historic village of Arrowtown is a 20-minute drive from Queenstown and is a must-see with its cobbled main street, old stone buildings and gold-mining history. There are good dining options, boutiques and several galleries. Glenorchy 45km from Queenstown, at the head of Lake Wakatipu, is the tiny outpost of Glenorchy – departure point for a number of significant hikes as well as 4WD adventures. The settlement has a pub, a couple of cafés and limited accommodation.

Lake Wanaka

Lake Te Anau



Kingston Te Anau Lake Manapouri





The Cow Restaurant, Cow Lane, Queenstown

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Where to Sleep

Image: Destination Queenstown

Exclusive  Blanket Bay [Glenorchy – Exclusive] Rapid 4191, Glenorchy t: +64 3 441 0115 www.blanketbay.co.nz


Spring (Sep – Nov)

Summer (Dec – Feb)

Autumn (Mar – May)

Winter (Jun – Aug)

Mean daily max/min temperature Average rainfall/wet days

16/6˚C • 61/43˚F 79 mm • 9 days

22/10˚C • 72/50˚F 71 mm • 8 days

16/6˚C • 61/43˚F 81 mm • 9 days

9/1˚C • 48/34˚F 73 mm • 9 days

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Hotel  Central Ridge Boutique Hotel

Central Ridge Boutique Hotel Queenstown – Hotel

4 Sydney Street, Queenstown t +64 3 442 8832 e stay@centralridge.co.nz www.centralridge.co.nz

Set in the heart of Queenstown, Central Ridge Boutique Hotel is a 13-room luxury hotel offering a warm, inviting atmosphere and personalised service at its best. Ideal for independent travellers looking for either rest and relaxation or the ultimate adventure getaway, Central Ridge is a cosy ski retreat in winter and a relaxing haven in summer months. All rates include full breakfast daily, wine tasting nightly and Wi-Fi.

[Queenstown – Hotel] 4 Sydney Street t: +64 3 442 8832 www.centralridge.co.nz  Coronet Peak Hotel [Queenstown – Hotel] 161 Arthurs Point Road t: +64 3 442 7850 www.coronetpeakhotel.co.nz  Goldridge Resort [Queenstown – Hotel] 594 Frankton Road t: +64 3 442 6500 www.goldridgeresort.co.nz  Heritage Queenstown [Queenstown – Hotel] 91 Fernhill Road t: +64 3 450 1500 www.heritagehotels.co.nz  Hotel St Moritz [Queenstown – Hotel] 10 – 18 Brunswick Street t: +64 3 442 4990 www.stmoritzqueenstown.com  Millbrook Resort [Arrowtown – Hotel/ Villas] Malaghans Road t: +64 3 441 7000 www.millbrook.co.nz  Queenstown Park Boutique

Hotel [Queenstown – Boutique Hotel]

21 Robins Road t: +64 3 441 8441 www.queenstownparkhotel.co.nz

 Rydges Lakeland Resort

Queenstown [Queenstown – Hotel]

38 – 54 Lake Esplanade t: +64 3 442 7600 www.rydges.com/queenstown  Sofitel Queenstown Hotel & Spa

[Queenstown – Hotel] 8 Duke Street t: +64 3 450 0045 www.sofitelqueenstown.co.nz

 Tanoa Aspen Hotel Queenstown

[Queenstown – Hotel] 139 Fernhill Road t: +64 3 441 0097 www.tanoaaspen.com

 The Dairy Private Luxury Hotel

[Queenstown – Hotel] Cnr Isle Street & Brecon Street t: +64 3 442 5164 www.thedairy.co.nz  The Rees Hotel & Luxury

Apartments [Queenstown – Hotel/

Apartments] 377 Frankton Road t: +64 3 450 1100 www.therees.co.nz

Goldridge Resort Queenstown – Hotel

594 Frankton Road, Queenstown t +64 3 442 6500 NZ fp 0800 656 100 e reservations@goldridgeresort.co.nz www.goldridgeresort.co.nz

Grand views to inspire you! Recently refurbished accommodation in landscaped grounds. Lakeview rooms, family rooms, studio units. Bistro restaurant and lounge bar with fireplace and balcony dining. BBQ area, tennis court. Space for children. Ample parking. Shuttle service. Spa pool and sauna. Activity bookings. Airport 4 km, town 4 km. Seasonal specials.

 The Spire Hotel Queenstown

[Queenstown – Hotel] 3 – 5 Church Lane t: +64 3 441 0004 www.thespirehotel.com

Guest & Hosted  Azur Lodge [Queenstown – Lodge]

23 MacKinnon Terrace t: +64 3 409 0588 www.azur.co.nz  Browns Boutique Hotel

[Queenstown – Boutique Hotel] 26 Isle Street t: +64 3 441 2050 www.brownshotel.co.nz

Self Contained & Serviced  Arrowtown Viking Lodge Motel

[Arrowtown – Motel] 21 Inverness Crescent t: +64 3 442 1765 www.vikinglodge.co.nz


 Best Western Cranbury Court

Apartments [Queenstown – Apartments] 19 – 23 Gorge Road t: +64 3 442 6483 www.cranbury.co.nz  Garden Court Suites &

Apartments [Queenstown – Apartments] 41 Frankton Road t: +64 3 442 9713 www.gardencourt.co.nz  Pounamu Luxury Apartments

[Queenstown – Apartments] 110 Frankton Road t: +64 3 442 4868 www.pounamuapartments.co.nz  The Glebe Apartments

[Queenstown – Apartments] 2 Beetham Street t: +64 3 441 0310 www.theglebe.co.nz  The Lodges [Queenstown – Apartments] 8 Lake Esplanade t: +64 3 442 7552 www.thelodges.co.nz  Turner Heights Townhouses

[Queenstown – Apartments] 14 Turner Street t: +64 3 442 8383 www.turnerheights.co.nz

Holiday Park  Frankton Motor Camp [Queenstown

– Holiday Park] 17 Yewlett Crescent, Frankton t: +64 3 442 2079 www.franktonmotorcamp.co.nz  Shotover Top 10 Holiday Park

[Queenstown – Holiday Park] 70 Arthurs Point Road t: +64 3 442 9306 www.shotoverholidaypark.co.nz

Backpackers  Absoloot Value Accommodation

[Queenstown – Backpackers] 50 Beach Street t: +64 3 442 9522 www.absoloot.co.nz

 Adventure Queenstown Hostel

& Chalet [Queenstown] Level 1, 36 Camp

Street t: +64 3 409 0862 www.aqhostel.co.nz

A new level of comfort in a hostel: comfortable rooms (max 6 beds), quality bathrooms, an amazing kitchen and a lounge that never closes. Run by intrepid travellers and located in the heart of Queenstown.  YHA Queenstown Central

[Queenstown – Backpacker Hostel] 48 Shotover Street, Queenstown t: +64 3 442 7400 NZ fp: 0800 278 299 e: book@yha.co.nz www.yha.co.nz

YHA Queenstown Central couldn’t be more aptly named – nestled between the lakefront and Shotover Street, it’s right in the rapidly beating heart of this little resort town. All rooms include ensuites and TVs (with free movies), and some have their own private courtyard. The


Heritage Queenstown 91 Fernhill Road, Queenstown t +64 3 450 1500 NZ fp 0800 424 988 www.heritagehotels.co.nz

10 – 18 Brunswick Street, Queenstown t +64 3 442 4990 e reservations@stmoritzmg.co.nz www.stmoritzqueenstown.com Check in/check out 2pm/11am

Award-winning European-style alpine lodge with stunning lake and mountain views, just minutes from the town centre. Sumptuous rooms include suites and self-contained three-bedroom villas with fully equipped kitchens and open-plan lounge/dining areas. Relax in the resort-style facilities including heated swimming pool, gymnasium, sauna, spa, restaurant and bar.

Staying at Hotel St Moritz is an opportunity to be immersed in the truly unique. You’ll find yourself gazing at the unrivalled alpine scenery from the hotel’s distinctive restaurant and from the majority of the rooms and apartments. Enjoy the genuine and attentive service style and make yourself at home in the hotel’s warm, lodgelike interiors. Hotel St Moritz – truly out of the ordinary.

Queenstown – Hotel/Villas

Queenstown – Hotel

38 – 54 Lake Esplanade, Queenstown t +64 3 442 7600 NZ fp 0800 478 847 www.rydges.com/queenstown

Situated on the shores of beautiful Lake Wakatipu with breathtaking views over the lake and surrounding mountains. 255 rooms offer various accommodation options. Fully licensed restaurant with outstanding views; outdoor heated swimming pool and spa. Sauna, in-house massage therapy, ski storage and drying room. Excellent conference facilities cater for anything from ten to 550 guests.

The Dairy Private Luxury Hotel Queenstown – hotel Cnr Isle Street & Brecon Street, Queenstown, t +64 3 442 5164, NZ fp 0800 333 393, e info@thedairy. co.nz, www.thedairy.co.nz Reception hours 7am – 10pm Check in/check out 2pm/10:30am

Tanoa Aspen Hotel Queenstown Queenstown – Hotel/Apartments

Just a minute’s walk from town, this boutique hotel is an oasis for discerning travellers or small groups, renowned for top service. Enjoy complimentary cooked breakfasts, afternoon teas, mountain bikes, Wi-Fi and off-street parking. Luxurious comfort and unobtrusive hospitality.

139 Fernhill Road, Queenstown t +64 3 441 0097 NZ fp 0800 427 688 e queenstownres@tanoahotels.co.nz www.tanoahotels.com

Meet in our courtyard or relax in the spa!

Courtyard- and lake-facing rooms and one-/two-bedroom apartments. Panorama Restaurant and Tanoa Function Area overlook The Remarkables and Lake Wakatipu. The bar/restaurant and lobby areas are great places to relax. The bar has a big-screen SKY TV. Other features include: Global Gossip computers, public areas and rooms with Wi-Fi, two complimentary spa pools and ample free car parking.

19 – 23 Gorge Road, Queenstown t +64 3 442 6483 NZ fp 0800 269 666 f +64 3 442 9525 e info@cranbury.co.nz www.cranbury.co.nz Check in/check out 2pm/10am.

Best Western Cranbury Court Queenstown – Apartments

Superbly located close to the heart of Queenstown, opposite café and supermarket. Spacious, self-contained one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments with fully equipped kitchen and laundry, living/dining area, SKY TV in living and main bedroom, DVD, stereo and free off-street carpark. Best Western Quality Assured. plan and book online at www.destination-nz.com I 229


hotel St Moritz Queenstown – Hotel

by free shuttle, we offer 78 en suite rooms with fridge and tea/coffee facilities. 24-hour reception, free parking, ski storage, spa and sauna, outdoor pool, BBQ, bowling, bar and restaurant and cosy open fireplaces.

Garden Court Suites & Apartments Queenstown – Apartments 41 Frankton Road

t +64 3 442 9713 www.gardencourt.co.nz Situated in a relaxing garden setting, five minutes’ walk from central Queenstown. Sunny one- or two-bedroom apartments and studio suites with lake or mountain views, balcony or courtyard, and top-quality facilities.

ARROWTOWN VIKING LODGE MOTELS Arrowtown – Motel 21 Inverness Crescent t +64 3 442 1765 NZ fp 0800 181 900 www.vikinglodge. co.nz Fly Buys partner. One- and two-bedroom chalets, ten minutes’ walk from

Arrowtown’s main street. Fully equipped kitchens, SKY TV, Wi-Fi and washing machine. Swimming pool and playground.

Autoline Motel Queenstown – Motel 2 – 4 Dublin Street t +64 3 442 8734 www.autolinemotel.co.nz Stylish self-contained studio, oneand two-bedroom apartments, 600 metres from town. Private balconies and spectacular views. Comfortable, quiet rooms with latest amenities: doubleglazing, sound-reducing drapes, heat pumps and 42” LCD TVs.

Absoloot Value Accommodation Queenstown – Backpacker 50 Beach Street

t +64 3 442 9522 www.absoloot.co.nz Absoloot Value

Accommodation (AVA) is designed for backpackers, flashpackers and value-seeking travellers. Spectacular location on the lakefront in central Queenstown. En suite, LCD TV, fridge and heat pump in every room.

FRANKTON MOTOR CAMP Queenstown – Holiday Park Yewlett Crescent, Frankton t +64 3 442 2079 www.franktonmotorcamp.co.nz The quiet family camp on the edge of Lake Wakatipu. Perfect for water sports. Facilities include cabins and self-contained units. Large, modern communal kitchen/ lounge with internet. Bathrooms, laundry, playground and BBQ.

views from the comfortable upstairs lounge couldn’t make for a more picturesque chill-out zone.  YHA Queenstown Lakefront

[Queenstown – Backpacker Hostel] 88 – 90 Lake Esplanade, Queenstown t: +64 3 442 8413 NZ fp: 0800 278 299 e: book@yha.co.nz www.yha.co.nz

If you want to experience the beauty and excitement of Queenstown but still get a good night’s sleep, then YHA Queenstown Lakefront is the hostel for you – and it’s only a 10 minute walk into town. The YHA Queenstown Lakefront hostel is a comfortable, fully-equipped hostel sitting right on the shores of Lake Wakatipu, and offering enchanting views of both the lake and the majestic Remarkables mountain range.

By Day Experience Action Stations Local legends A.J. Hackett and Henry van Asch helped put Queenstown on the international map when they opened the world’s first commercial bungy operation at Kawarau Bridge in 1988. Today, bungy jumping is just one (albeit a must-do) of many adrenaline-pumping activities in New Zealand’s ‘adventure capital’. Be prepared to test your boundaries! Bungy Experience the original at Kawarau Bridge or challenge yourself to the highest bungy (134m) at the Nevis River. The Ledge Bungy is right in Queenstown, with fantastic views

After-dark adventures Queenstown

is a playground by day – and by night. There’s an excellent range of bars and restaurants to sample!

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Coronet Peak Hotel Queenstown – Hotel 161 Arthurs Point Road t +64 3 442 7850 www. coronetpeakhotel.co.nz Eight minutes’ from the CBD

Queenstown – Apartments

Apartment 2, 110 Frankton Road, Queenstown t +64 3 442 4868 NZ fp 0800 4 POUNAMU e enquiries@pounamuapartments.co.nz www.pounamuapartments.co.nz Check in/check out 3pm/11am

Spacious and tastefully furnished studio, one- and two-bedroom apartments.Treat yourself to one of our Premier Apartments featuring mountain and lake views. Open-plan kitchen/dining/lounge. Computer, printer/fax, free broadband internet, SKY TV and local calls. Covered car garaging.

Queenstown – Apartments

Turner Heights Townhouses

8 Lake Esplanade, Queenstown t +64 3 442 7552 NZ fp 0508 473 737 e the.lodges@ymail.com www.thelodges.co.nz Check in/check out 2pm/10am

14 Turner Street, Queenstown t +64 3 442 8383 NZ fp 0800 804 333 e turnerh@queenstown.co.nz www.turnerheights.co.nz

Welcome to The Lodges. In the heart of Queenstown we offer executive accommodation right on the lakefront. Magnificent views of the lake and mountains from every apartment. Just a 200-metre lakeside stroll from the town centre. For an action-packed holiday or a more leisurely time, The Lodges provides the perfect base. Your desire is our challenge.

Affordable one- and two-bedroom townhouses, most with magical views, just a two-minute walk from central Queenstown. Two-bedroom units with kitchen, washer/dryer, TV, DVD, SKY, iron, electric blankets and hairdryer. Master with queen bed, second with two singles/one king bed. Spa pool. Quiet residential area. Staff are experts on local activities and offer an on-site booking service.

The Lodges

Queenstown – Apartments

The Glebe Apartments Queenstown – Apartments

2 Beetham Street, Queenstown t +64 3 441 0310 f: +64 3 441 0309 e stay@theglebe.co.nz www.theglebe.co.nz Check in/check out 2pm/10am Reception hours 8am – 8pm

Kiwi Haka Queenstown – Cultural Attraction PO Box 66, Queenstown 9348 t +64 3 441 0101 e gondola@skyline.co.nz www.skyline.co.nz/queenstown Open Daily (except Christmas Day), shows at 5:15pm, 6pm, 7:15pm & 8pm – reservations essential

Fully self-contained one- to fourbedroom apartments and penthouses an easy two-minute walk from the town centre. All with spacious living areas. Free underground parking, gym and sauna. The ideal choice for comfort and convenience.

Journey through the legends of the Wakatipu and step into the world of Maori with Kiwi Haka: feel the spirit of history celebrated through song, dance and weaponry displays depicting myths and legends. Witness the fearsome haka, stunning poi displays and haunting sounds of traditional instruments. Set in an intimate theatre, surrounded by traditional decorations and mythical carved legends, Kiwi Haka is a unique live show performed by Queenstown’s leading kapa haka group. Located in the Skyline complex, your Kiwi Haka experience can be combined with a gondola ride or with dinner in the Skyline Queenstown Restaurant.

Swing the golf club! Four of the country’s top courses are within an hours’ drive!

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over the resort and lake. Jet boating The shallow but powerful rivers in the landscape around Queenstown are perfect for high-speed jet boating. Take off into the wilderness on a jet boat safari or zip close to the rocks in a river gorge on the Shotover or Kawarau Rivers. Skiing and snowboarding Rent skis or a board and hit the slopes. Queenstown is home to top ski resorts boasting incredible views, as well as a number of heli-ski operators to whisk keen snow bunnies to untracked backcountry powder. Rafting Take on the white-water with a rafting adventure on the powerful Shotover River in Skippers Canyon or take things a little easier on the gentler Kawarau River. Multi-day backcountry rafting expeditions are also on offer in the region. Canyoning and river surfing It’s just you and the river – under the expert eye of your guide – as you slip and slide down narrow river gorges in a wetsuit or ride the white-water.  AJ Hackett Bungy [Queenstown –

Bungy] Cnr Camp Street & Shotover Street t: +64 3 450 1300 www.bungy.co.nz  AJ Hackett Bungy – Kawarau

Bridge Bungy [Queenstown – Bungy] Kawarau Bungy Centre, State Highway 6, Gibbston Valley t: +64 3 442 4007 www.bungy.co.nz  Ledge Bungy [Queenstown – Bungy] Cnr Camp Street & Shotover Street t: +64 3 450 1300 www.bungy.co.nz  Ledge Sky Swing [Queenstown – Swing] Cnr Camp Street & Shotover Street t: +64 3 450 1300 www.bungy.co.nz  Nevis Arc [Queenstown – Swing] Cnr Camp Street & Shotover Street t: +64 3 450 1300 www.bungy.co.nz  Nevis Highwire [Queenstown – Bungy] Cnr Camp Street & Shotover Street t: +64 3 450 1300 www.bungy.co.nz  Nomad Safaris [Queenstown – 4WD] 37 Shotover Street t: +64 3 442 6699 www.nomadsafaris.co.nz  Queenstown Paintball [Queenstown – Paintball] State Highway 6, Woolshed Road, Jack’s Point NZ fp: 0800 764 737 www.queenstownpaintball.co.nz  Shotover Canyon Swing

[Queenstown – Canyon Swing] 37 Shotover Street t: +64 3 442 6990 www.canyonswing.co.nz  Skyline Luge [Queenstown – Luge] Brecon Street t: +64 3 441 0101 www.skyline.co.nz  Ziptrek Ecotours [Queenstown – Climbing] (Bookings) 45 Camp Street t: +64 3 441 2102 NZ fp: 0800 ZIPTREK (947 8735) www.ziptrek.com

things to do

 High Country Horses [Glenorchy –

Horse Trekking] 243 Priory Road t: +64 3 442 9915 www.high-country-horses.co.nz  Kiwi Birdlife Park [Queenstown – Wildlife] Upper Brecon Street t: +64 3 442 8059 www.kiwibird.co.nz  Millbrook Resort [Arrowtown – Golfing] Malaghans Road t: +64 3 441 7000 www.millbrook.co.nz  SKYCITY Queenstown Casino

[Queenstown – Casino] 16 – 24 Beach Street, Queenstown t: +64 3 441 0400 www.skycityqueenstown.co.nz  Skyline Queenstown [Queenstown – Gondola/Restaurant/Luge] Brecon Street, Queenstown t: +64 3 441 0101 www.skyline.co.nz  Stu Dever Fishing Charters

[Queenstown – Fishing] 17 York Street t: +64 3 442 6371 www.fishing-queenstown.co.nz  Underwater Observatory

[Queenstown – Underwater Observatory] Queenstown Bay Jetty t: +64 3 442 8538 www.kjet.co.nz Get Cultured  Kiwi Haka [Queenstown – Maori Culture] Skyline Gondola, Brecon Street t: +64 3 441 0101 www.skyline.co.nz  Lake District Museum and

Gallery [Arrowtown – Museum/Gallery] 49 Buckingham Street t: +64 3 442 1824 www.museumqueenstown.com

Hit the Ski Slopes  Coronet Peak Ski Area [Queenstown

– Ski Area] t: +64 3 442 4620 www.nzski.com

 Harris Mountains Heli–Ski

[Queenstown – Heli Skiing] The Station, Cnr Camp Street & Shotover Street t: +64 3 442 6722 www.heliski.co.nz Those with a sweet tooth, take note: if you are coming anywhere near this part of the world, you must make a beeline straight for The Remarkable Sweet Shop in Arrowtown 232 I LIVE, BREATHE AND EXPERIENCE NEW ZEALAND I destination-nz.com

 Southern Lakes Heliski

[Queenstown – Heli Skiing] 37 Shotover Street t: +64 3 442 6222 www.heliskinz.com  The Remarkables Ski Area

[Queenstown – Ski Area] t: +64 3 442 4615 www.nzski.com

35 Shotover Street, Queenstown t +64 3 442 9792 NZ fp 0800 723 8464 e info@queenstownrafting.co.nz www.rafting.co.nz

Skippers canyon jet Queenstown – Jet Boating

Skippers Canyon, Queenstown t +64 3 442 9434 NZ fp 0800 CANYON (226 966) www.skipperscanyonjet.co.nz Duration 2.5 hours’ round trip (30 minutes’ jet boating)

The only jet boat operator showcasing the wonders of Skippers Canyon on the Shotover River. A 2.5-hour guided trip into Skippers Canyon, including a 30-minute jet boating adventure with historical commentary on the Gold Rush era. Departs at 8:30am, 12 noon and 3:30pm from ‘The Station’, central Queenstown. Winter timetable: 9am and 1pm.

SKYCITY Queenstown Casino Queenstown – Casino 16 – 24 Beach Street, Queenstown t +64 3 441 0400 e info@skycityqueenstown.co.nz www.skycityqueenstown.co.nz Open Midday to 4am daily Restrictions R20 – game responsibly

Situated in the heart of Queenstown, SKYCITY Queenstown Casino offers an entertainment experience that is sophisticated and intimate, yet filled with all the excitement for which a casino and the town is famous! With a range of table games, 86 gaming machines, free live entertainment every weekend, a TAB terminal, and Wild Thyme Bar and Restaurant on site, it’s a must do!

Meet the challenge of white-water rafting with our expert guides. Raft the spectacular Shotover River in historic Skippers Canyon with memorable rapids such as Toilet, Pinball and Jaws before paddling the 170-metre Oxenbridge Tunnel; or raft the more gentle Kawarau River with the unforgettable 400-metre Dog Leg, New Zealand’s longest commercially rafted rapid. Try our awesome three-day Landsborough Wilderness Luxury experience.

Shotover Jet Queenstown – Jet Boating

Gorge Road, Arthurs Point, Queenstown t +64 3 442 8570 NZ fp 0800 SHOTOVER (746 868) www.shotoverjet.com

Take a breathtaking ride through dramatic and narrow canyons, and hold on tight for Queenstown’s only exhilarating full 360° spins. ‘Can You Handle the Canyons’ with award-winning Shotover Jet, ‘the World’s Most Exciting Jet Boat Ride’ and the only company permitted to operate in the spectacular Shotover River Canyons? World-famous Shotover Jet has thrilled over three million people since 1970, and now it’s your turn!

dart river Wilderness safari Glenorchy – jet boating

dart river jet funyak safari Glenorchy – eco tour

Mull Street, Glenorchy t +64 3 442 4933 NZ fp 0800 327 853 e reservations@dartriverjetsafaris.co.nz www.dartriver.co.nz Open All year

Mull Street, Glenorchy t +64 3 442 9992 NZ fp 0800 327 853 e reservations@dartriverjetsafaris.com www.dartriver.co.nz Open All year

Journey deep into the World Heritage area of Mt Aspiring National Park. Learn from your guide about the area’s history, the Greenstone Trail and lore of the Maori. Walk amongst the ancient beech forest, unchanged for 80 million years. Travel by locations used in The Lord of the Rings movies to portray Middle Earth.

Funyak Safari is an amazing journey deep into Mt Aspiring National Park. Combine wilderness jet boating with unique ‘Funyak’ inflatable canoes for a fun way to explore the Dart River as well as hidden side streams, rock pools and dramatic chasms. Stop and enjoy a delicious wilderness buffet lunch before continuing in your ‘Funyak’ downstream to Paradise.

An authentic New Zealand experience to an untouched world.

Get involved with nature!

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Alpine Aqualand Queenstown – Swimming Pool Joe O’Connell Drive, Frankton t +64 3 450 9005 www.lakesleisure.co.nz Queenstown’s only aquatic

centre is five minutes’ drive from town. Features: leisure pool, lazy river, hydroslide, toddlers’ area, 25-metre lap pool, learners’ pool, adult hot pool, fitness centre, climbing wall, stadium and courts.

Cycle de vine Queenstown – Bike Tours t +64 27 226 2822 www.cycledevine.co.nz Duration 3 – 4 hours, 3 cellar door visits Cycle the back roads on ‘stylie’ bicycles; visit vineyards and drink wine in beautiful Gibbston Valley. The stunning Kawarau River makes for a great spot to stop for a picnic. If you can ride a bike and sip wine, this trip is for you!

AJ Hackett Bungy – Kawarau Bridge Bungy Queenstown – Bungy

Kawarau Bungy Centre, State Highway 6, Gibbston Valley, Queenstown t +64 3 442 4007 NZ fp 0800 BUNGY JUMP www.bungy.co.nz

Home of the world’s first and most famous of leaps, this 43-metre bungy jump is still the most popular bungy site, attracting thousands of thrillseekers every year. Attached by your feet, choose to bob above the water, touch it, or get fully dunked. Just 20 minutes from Queenstown.

High Country Horses Glenorchy – Horse Trekking 243 Priory Road t +64 3 442 9915 NZ fp 0508 595 959 www.high-country-horses. co.nz We provide Boots, oil skin jackets, helmets What to bring Long trousers, sturdy shoes Two-hour rides to five-day adventures for all abilities and ages.

Experience panoramic views from a 37,000-acre sheep station.

Trackhopper Routeburn Car Relocation Queenstown – Vehicle Relocation 1 Shiel Street t +64 21 187 7732 www. trackhopper.co.nz Hike the Routeburn Track while

we move your vehicle from one end to the other. Relocations also available on the Caples, Greenstone and Rees Dart tracks.

Image: Destination Fiordland,, photo by Miz Watanabe

Gateway to Fiordland When you’re visiting Queenstown, it’s well worth going the extra mile to visit Fiordland. One of New Zealand’s most remarkable wilderness areas – internationally recognised as a World Heritage Area – Fiordland is a spell-binding landscape of deep fiords, waterfalls, mountains and rainforest. Fiordland’s main gateway, Te Anau, is two hours by road from Queenstown. Milford Sound is another two hours beyond, at the end of a road so visually stunning that it’s best to join a guided tour so that you can sit back and enjoy the scenery. A number of Fiordland operators offer options departing from Queenstown for precisely this reason. Book a tour and you’ll be collected from your Queenstown accommodation and driven to Fiordland in perfect comfort. At the other end of Fiordland’s wilderness is Glenorchy. It is 40 minutes’ drive from Queenstown, at the head of Lake Wakatipu, but you’ll need your hiking boots to get to Fiordland from here. This tiny outpost is the departure point for several well-known hikes into eastern Fiordland – the Routeburn, Caples and Greenstone Tracks. An alternative option is to join a flight-seeing tour of Fiordland. From direct transfers by fixed-wing plane from Queenstown to Milford Sound, to helicopter adventures that include glacier landings, there are options for a range of budgets and schedules.

Milford Sound waterfall


State Highway 6, Woolshed Road, Jack’s Point t +64 3 428 0850 NZ fp 0800 SNIPER (764 737) e bookings@queenstownpaintball.co.nz www.queenstownpaintball.co.nz Season All year, all weather Capacity 40 maximum What to bring Covered shoes

Central Otago Motorcycle Hire Cromwell – Tours/Motorcycle Hire

271 Bannockburn Road, Cromwell t +64 3 445 4487 cell +64 27 445 4488 e info@comotorcycletours.co.nz www.comotorcycletours.co.nz

Experience the stunning scenery of Central Otago’s back roads and gold trails by trail bike, road or adventure bike. Pick-up available from Queenstown, Wanaka and the Central Otago area. Longer tours include accommodation and backup transport. Licensed riders only. Harley rides and rental motorcycles available. Tour includes New Zealand’s highest public road!

At Queenstown Paintball we offer fun for the whole family or a settle-the-scorebetween-mates experience! Combining teamwork, strategy and quick thinking, our many game scenarios offer a thrilling and action-packed experience. Try night paintball (during winter) for the most intense experience. Bookings essential.

Skyline queenstown Queenstown – Gondola/ Restaurant/Luge

Brecon Street, Queenstown t +64 3 441 0101 f +64 3 442 6391 e queenstownreservations@skyline.co.nz www.skyline.co.nz Season All year Open Daily from 9am

Transport yourself by scenic gondola to enjoy Queenstown’s most spectacular views. Take on the thrill of the luge before enjoying a sumptuous dinner in the Skyline Restaurant. Add a touch of New Zealand’s indigenous culture with a live Maori performance from Kiwi Haka.

NZONE Skydive Queenstown

Ziptrek Ecotours

Queenstown – Skydiving

queenstown – Ziplining

35 Shotover Street, Queenstown t +64 3 442 5867 NZ fp 0800 376 796 e skydive@nzone.biz www.nzone.biz

45 Camp Street, Queenstown t +64 3 441 2102 NZ fp 0800 947 873 e nzinfo@ziptrek.com www.ziptrek.com

Tandem skydive from 15,000 feet above Queenstown! Expect sensory overload as your mind, body and soul fight against every natural self-preservatory urge, as you step out of that aircraft door and plummet towards the ground at 200 kph for some 60 seconds. Operating since 1990, NZONE Skydive has jumped over 17,000 passengers over New Zealand’s most stunning scenery – achievement doesn’t come sweeter!

Ziptrek Ecotours is NZ’s #1 original zipline tour and is a spectacular and fun eco-adventure through the forest canopy high above Queenstown, situated on Skyline Gondola hill. Ziptrek runs all year round and is stunning whatever the weather. With two tours to choose from it is suitable for everyone, whether looking for an introduction into Queenstown adventure (Moa 4-Line Tour) or wanting the latest gripping eco-exhilaration (Kea 6-Line Tour). Includes the steepest tree to tree zipline in the world!

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On Your Bike

 Skippers Canyon Jet [Queenstown –

 Cycle de Vine [Queenstown – Bike

Tours] cell: +64 27 226 2822 www.queenstown-trails.co.nz

 Fat Tyre Adventures [Queenstown –

Mountain Biking] cell: +64 27 226 2822 www.fat-tyre.co.nz

Jet Boating] Skippers Canyon t: +64 3 442 9434 www.skipperscanyonjet.co.nz  TSS Earnslaw Cruises [Queenstown – Boat Cruise] Real Journeys Visitor Centre, Steamer Wharf t: +64 3 442 7500 www.realjourneys.co.nz

Take Flight

Walking & Hiking

 Air Fiordland [Queenstown – Flight-

 Trackhopper Routeburn Car

seeing] Queenstown Airport t: +64 3 442 3404 www.airfiordland.com

 Coronet Peak Tandems

[Queenstown – Paragliding] Coronet Peak Ski Field cell: +64 21 826 336 www.tandemparagliding.com  Elevation Paragliding [Queenstown – Paragliding] cell: +64 21 224 2121 www.elevation.co.nz  NZONE Skydive Queenstown

[Queenstown – Skydiving] 35 Shotover Street t: +64 3 442 5867 www.nzone.biz

 Over The Top – The Helicopter

Company [Queenstown – Flight-seeing] Blue Hangar, Tex Smith Lane t: +64 3 442 2233 www.flynz.co.nz  Skytrek Hang Gliding [Queenstown – Gliding/Paragliding] NZ Shred, 19 Shotover Street t: +64 3 442 3992 www.skytrek.co.nz

Water Play  Alpine Aqualand [Queenstown – Swimming Pool] Joe O’Connell Drive, Frankton t: +64 3 450 9005 http://sportrec.qldc.govt.nz  Dart River Jet Safaris [Queenstown – Jet Boating] Cnr Camp Street & Shotover Street t: +64 3 442 9992 www.dartriver.co.nz  Million Dollar Cruise [Queenstown – Boat Cruise] Water’s edge t: +64 3 442 9770 www.milliondollarcruise.co.nz  Queenstown Rafting [Queenstown – Rafting] 35 Shotover Street t: +64 3 442 9792 www.rafting.co.nz  Serious Fun Riversurfing

[Queenstown – River Boarding] 39 Camp Street t: +64 3 442 5262 www.riversurfing.co.nz  Shotover Jet [Queenstown – Jet Boating] Gorge Road, Arthurs Point t: +64 3 442 8570 www.shotoverjet.com

Relocation [Queenstown – Vehicle

Relocation] 1 Shiel Street cell: +64 21 187 7732 www.trackhopper.co.nz  Ultimate Hikes [Queenstown – Hiking] t: +64 3 450 1940 www.ultimatehikes.co.nz

Discover See the Sights  Central Otago Motorcycle Tours

[Cromwell – Tours] 271 Bannockburn Road t: +64 3 445 4487 www.comotorcycletours.co.nz  Double Decker Bus Tour

[Queenstown/Arrowtown – Tour] cell: +64 27 673 0001 www.doubledeckerbus.co.nz  Kiwi Discovery [Queenstown – Tours] 37 Camp Street t: +64 3 442 7340 www.kiwidiscovery.com  Real Journeys [Queenstown – Sightseeing] Real Journeys Visitor Centre, Steamer Wharf, Shotover Street t: +64 3 442 7500 www.realjourneys.co.nz  Southern Discoveries [Queenstown – Tours/Boat Cruises] 30 Shotover Street t: +64 3 441 1137 www.southerndiscoveries.co.nz Culinary Experiences

 Queenstown Wine Trail

[Queenstown – Wine Tour] t: +64 3 441 3990 www.queenstownwinetrail.co.nz Rest & Relax

 LeSpa at Sofitel [Queenstown – Day

Spa] 8 Duke Street t: +64 3 450 0048 www.sofitel.com  Onsen Hot Pools [Queenstown – Thermal Pools] 160 Arthurs Point Road, Arthurs Point t: +64 3 442 5707 www.onsen.co.nz  The Spa at Millbrook Resort

[Arrowtown – Spa] Malaghans Road t: +64 3 441 7000 www.millbrook.co.nz Retail Therapy  Detour Urban Clothing

[Queenstown – Shop] O’Connells Shopping Centre t: +64 3 442 7918 www.detourclothing.co.nz  Kapa [Queenstown – Shop] 29 Rees Street t: +64 3 442 4041 www.kapa.co.nz  Rockies [Queenstown – Shop] 49 Beach Street t: +64 3 442 8153 www.rockies.co.nz  Vesta [Queenstown – Shop] 19 Marine Parade t: +64 3 442 5687 www.vestadesign.co.nz

Cafés Great coffee is a Queenstown institution. Head to Bob’s Weigh [5

Clocktower Building, Shotover Street t: +64 3 442 8542], Vudu Café [23 Beach Street & 16 Rees Street, t: +64 3 442 5357 www. vudu.co.nz] or Joe’s Garage [Searle Lane t: +64 3 442 5282 www.joes.co.nz], an understated garage-style café that prides itself on awesome food. Over in Arrowtown, look for Bonjour Café

[Ramshaw Lane].

 Amisfield Cellar Door & Bistro

[Queenstown – Winery] 10 Lake Hayes Road, Queenstown t: +64 3 442 0556 www.amisfield.co.nz  The Winery [Queenstown – Gourmet Food Store] 14 Beach Street t: +64 3 409 2226 www.winetastes.co.nz  Gibbston Valley [Queenstown – Winery] Gibbston, RD 1, 1820 State Highway 6 t: +64 3 442 6910 www.gvwines.co.nz

If time is limited, book a flight-seeing experience. Your helicopter will depart from Queenstown

and whisk you directly over the mountains to deepest Fiordland and jaw-dropping sights

that will be forever seared in your memory.


By Night Entertainment Catch a film at lovely little Dorothy Browns [Buckingham Street, Arrowtown

t: +64 3 442 1968 www.dorothybrowns.com] or at Reading Cinema [11 – 14 The Mall, Queenstown t: +64 3 442 9990 www.readingcinemas.co.nz].

Bars & Nightclubs Chic bars in Queenstown are many. A few to try are Bardeaux [Eureka Arcade], Barmuda [Searle Lane], Barup [Upstairs,

Cnr Searle Lane & Eureka Arcade t: +64 3 442 7067 www.barup.co.nz] and Minibar [Searle Lane]. For rustic alpine charm, head to Monty’s [12 Church Street

Arrowtown. For live music, check out Pub on Wharf [Steamer Wharf, 88 Beach

Street t: +64 3 441 2155 www.pubonwharf. co.nz], Surreal Bar & Restaurant [7 Rees Street t: +64 3 441 8492 www.surrealbar. co.nz] and Tardis Bar [Cow Lane t: +64 3 441 8397 www.tardisbar.com].

Restaurants Cheap Eats For legendary burgers, Fergburger

[42 Shotover Street t: +64 3 441 1232 www.fergburger.com] is a must. Others

to try are Habebes Lebanese & Vegetarian Takeaways [30 Shotover Street t: +64 3 442 9861], Halo [1 Earl Street

t: +64 3 441 1411 www.haloforbiddenbite. co.nz] and Kappa Sushi Café [Level 1, 36A, The Mall t: +64 3 441 1423].

Midrange Restaurants Dine out at @ Thai [3rd Floor, Air New Zealand Building, Church Street t: +64 3 442 3683 www.atthai.co.nz], VKnow [Cnr Fernhill Road & Richards Park Lane t: +64 3 442 5444 www.vknow.co.nz] serves up great pizza and pasta and has many enthusiastic fans or The Cow Restaurant [Cow Lane

t: +64 3 442 8588 www.thecowrestaurant. co.nz], an iconic eatery serving great Italian cuisine. Winnies [7 – 9 The Mall t: +64 3 442 8635 www.winnies.co.nz] has

great atmosphere and the best beerbattered fries! Arrowtown is also known for good restaurants. Head to Pesto [18 Buckingham Street, Arrowtown t: +64 3 442 0885 www.pesto.co.nz] or The Stables Café & Restaurant [28

Buckingham Street t: +64 3 442 1818 www. stablesrestaurant.co.nz]. Favourite winery

restaurants include Amisfield Bistro

[10 Arrowtown-Lake Hayes Road t: +64 3 442 0556 www.amisfield.co.nz] and The Winehouse & Kitchen [Gibbston, State Highway 6 t: +64 3 442 7310 www.winehouse.co.nz]. High-end Restaurants

There are plenty of ways to indulge. Try Bella Cucina [6 Brecon Street

t: +64 3 442 6762 www.bellacucina.co.nz], Botswana Butchery [17 Marine Parade t: +64 3 442 6994 www.botswanabutchery. co.nz], Gantley’s [172 Arthurs Point Road t: +64 3 442 8999 www.gantleys.co.nz] or The Bunker [Cow Lane t: +64 3 441 8030 www.thebunker.co.nz] which boasts a menu of the finest Otago produce.

In Arrowtown, try Saffron

[18 Buckingham Street t: +64 3 442 0131 www.saffronrestaurant.co.nz].

Street Smarts The Essentials

 Outside Sports [Queenstown – Shop]

36 – 38 Shotover Street t: +64 3 441 0074 www.outsidesports.co.nz

 Queenstown Airport

[Queenstown – Airport] Frankton t: +64 3 450 9031 www.queenstownairport.co.nz

 Queenstown Medical Centre

[Queenstown – Medical Services] 9 Isle Street t: +64 3 441 0500 www.qmc.co.nz

 Queenstown PostShop

[Queenstown – Postal Services] 13 Camp Street NZ fp: 0800 501 501 www.nzpost.co.nz

how to get around  Arrowtown Scenic Tours

[Arrowtown – Bus] t: +64 3 442 1900 www.arrowtownbus.co.nz  Connectabus

Encounter Guided Day Walks Queenstown – Walking & Hiking

The Station Building, Duke Street Entrance, Queenstown t +64 3 450 1940 NZ fp 0800 659 255 www.ultimatehikes.co.nz

Our walks are the ideal way to experience some of New Zealand’s best tracks. Fully guided one-day walks on the Routeburn Track from Queenstown and on the Milford Track from Te Anau and Queenstown. Transport, rain jackets, day packs and lunch included. Experienced guides share their knowledge of local flora, fauna and history. Multi-day walks also available. Walks depart daily (weather permitting).

[Queenstown/Arrowtown – Bus] t: +64 3 441 4471 www.connectabus.com  Queenstown Taxis

[Queenstown – Taxi] 56 Shotover Street t: +64 3 450 3000 www.queenstowntaxis.com  Super Shuttle [Queenstown – Shuttle] t: +64 9 522 5100 www.supershuttle.co.nz

FIND OUT MORE  Arrowtown Visitor Information

Centre [Arrowtown – Visitor Information Centre] 49 Buckingham Street t: +64 3 442 1824 www.arrowtown.com

 Department of Conservation

Visitor Information Centre

[Queenstown – Visitor Information Service] 38 Shotover Street t: +64 3 442 7935 www.doc.govt.nz  Queenstown i–SITE

Clocktower building t: +64 3 442 4100 www.queenstown–vacation.com  Websites www.destination-nz.com www.queenstownnz.co.nz www.arrowtown.com

Kiwi Discovery Queenstown – Tours

37 Camp Street, Queenstown t +64 3 442 7340 NZ fp: 0800 505 504 f +64 3 442 7341 www.kiwidiscovery.com

Day trips from Queenstown to Milford Sound. Kiwi Discovery offers daily, year-round departures to this breathtaking and spectacular location. An unbeatable value, fullday excursion which includes luxury coach travel, extensive commentary, numerous photo stops and a scenic cruise on Milford Sound. Locally owned and operated; Tourism Industry Awards Finalists 2008.

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t: +64 3 450 0008 www.montysbar.co.nz] or Blue Door [18 Buckingham Street] in

Majestic beauty


Explore a place where legends and myths mingle with the overwhelming presence of an awe-inspiring landscape of endless green rainforest and tranquil fiords punctuated by massive waterfalls. Fiordland is a region that will fulfill all your fantasies of a pristine wilderness.

Image: Destination Fiordland, photo by Clive Copeman

Mitre Peak landscape

Getting There & Around Air The nearest domestic airports with scheduled services are at Queenstown and Invercargill. Queenstown has domestic and trans-Tasman flights, while Invercargill provides domestic flights only. Chartered flights and flight-seeing operators land at Te Anau Airport. Road Te Anau is on State Highway 94. It is 2 hours from Queenstown and 2 hours from Invercargill. Regular coach services operate. It is a two-hour drive from Te Anau to Milford Sound. A guided tour will ensure you get the most out of this region.

Regional Destinations Milford Sound Tiny settlement with limited facilities on the shores of Milford Sound. Te Anau Regional centre and base for exploring Milford Sound and Fiordland National Park. Manapouri Departure point for Lake Manapouri and Doubtful Sound.


Do It!  Cruise on stunning Milford Sound.  Hike in Fiordland National Park.  Kayak Doubtful Sound.

Fiordland’s Awe-inspiring Landscape Named for the 14 fiords that carve into its coastline, Fiordland contains some of the most dramatic scenery in New Zealand. It’s been an internationally renowned destination

Image: Destination Fiordland

Explore the REgion Fiordland is a dramatic landscape carved thousands of years ago as glacial rivers ground valleys through granite mountains. One of the largest national parks in the world, Fiordland is also part of the South West New Zealand World Heritage Area in recognition of its precious status.

Jackson Head




Jackson Bay

50 kilometres


30 miles

Milford Sound

Fiord surrounded by sheer cliffs

Big Bay Martins Bay

clad in green rainforest.

Lake McKerrow

Hollyford Track

Milford Sound

Milford Sound

Fiordland National Park

Sutherland Sound Bligh Sound

New Zealand’s largest National

Park and the setting of popular

Homer Tunnel

Milford Track

George Sound

hiking trails including the Milford, Kepler and Routeburn Tracks.

Secretary Is Doubtful Sound



Caswell Sound Charles Sound

Nancy Sound Thompson Sound

inaccessible by

Te Anau

Fiordland National Park

Lake Te Downs Anau

Kepler Track

Te Anau

Lake Manapouri

Remote and wild fiord

Lake Wakatipu


Dagg Sound



Routeburn Track





Breaksea Sound


Resolution Is



Anchor Is Dusky Sound

Lake Monowai

West Cape Chalky Inlet Chalky Is Preservation Inlet Puysegur Point

Lake Lake Poteriteri Hauroko Lake Hakapoua



Tuatapere Te Waewae Bay Hump Ridge Track


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Spring (Sep – Nov)

Summer (Dec – Feb)

Autumn (Mar – May)

Winter (Jun – Aug)

Mean daily max/min temperature Average rainfall/wet days

15/6˚C • 59/43˚F 578 mm • 17 days

19/10˚C • 66/50˚F 621 mm • 15 days

15/7˚C • 59/45˚F 622 mm • 15 days

10/2˚C • 50/36˚F 428 mm • 15 days

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Major urban area Town State Highway Other road Railway Walking track

Experience Out on the Water  Deep Cove Charters [Manapouri – Boat Cruise] 46 Westmere Place t: +64 3 249 6828 www.doubtful-sound.com  Real Journeys [Milford Sound – Boat Cruises] t: +64 3 249 6000 www.realjourneys.co.nz  Rosco’s Milford Sound Sea

Kayaks [Te Anau – Kayaking]

for decades. Rudyard Kipling called it the ‘eighth wonder of the world’ and American author Arthur Michener described it as ‘the most stirring sight in the Pacific’. The Fiordland area is home to the nation’s largest National Park and was designated a World Heritage Area in 1990. It is also the setting for some of New Zealand’s best-known hiking trails, including the Milford, Kepler and Routeburn Tracks, and walking is a popular way to experience the unspoiled wilderness. Boat cruises are another great way to see the landscape.

most visitors explore the area on day trips from Queenstown or Te Anau.

72 Town Centre t: +64 3 249 8500 www.roscosmilfordkayaks.com  Southern Discoveries [Te Anau – Boat Cruises] Lakefront Drive t: +64 3 441 1137 www.southerndiscoveries.co.nz

Manapouri & Doubtful Sound

 Fiordland National Parks Great


Where to Sleep

Relax and enjoy a guided coach and boat tour to Milford Sound. Take a hike in the spectacular wilderness of Fiordland National Park. Go fishing for trout in the quiet waters at Manapouri. Visit the West Arm Underground Power Station. Cruise across Lake Te Anau to see the glowworm caves. Kayak in the serene surroundings of Doubtful Sound.

Milford Sound Beautiful Milford Sound is a destination that has any visitor reaching for superlatives. A magnificent fiord surrounded by sheer cliffs clad in green rainforest and punctuated by waterfalls when it rains, this is a place where the landscape is the main attraction. Even the journey to get here is an unforgettable experience. Milford Sound is the only one of the fiords accessible by road and the Milford Road is a spectacular highway. There is only very limited accommodation so, unless joining an overnight boat cruise or multi-day hiking adventure,

Tiny Manapouri is the departure point for trips to Doubtful Sound. Fishing and kayaking on Lake Manapouri are also popular. Amenities in Manapouri include cafés, a restaurant and some accommodation. With no road access, Doubtful Sound does not have as many visitors – this serene and beautiful fiord can be explored by kayak or on a boat cruise.

 Fiordland Hotel & Motel [Te Anau –

Hotel/Motel] 91 Luxmore Drive t: +64 3 249 7511 www.fiordlandhotel.co.nz  Kepler Mountain View [Manapouri – B&B/Cottages] 130 Hillside Manapouri Road t: +64 3 249 6685 www.kmv.co.nz  Milford Sound Lodge

[Milford Sound – Chalets/Backpackers/Holiday Park] State Highway 94 t: +64 3 249 8071 www.milfordlodge.com  Te Anau Lodge B&B [Te Anau – Lodge] 52 Howden Street t: +64 3 249 7477 www.teanaulodge.com  YHA Te Anau [Te Anau – Backpacker Hostel] 29 Mokonui Street, Te Anau t: +64 3 249 7847 NZ fp: 0800 278 299 www.yha.co.nz e: book@yha.co.nz On the edge of the Fiordland National Park, YHA Te Anau is the perfect location to access some of the worldfamous New Zealand tramps. This Qualmark 4+ star-rated Te Anau hostel continually impresses guests with its unique, homely atmosphere and cosy backpacker accommodation, all just a block away from the shores of the gorgeous blue Lake Te Anau.


Walking & Hiking Walks [Te Anau – Walking & Hiking]

t: +64 3 249 8514 www.doc.govt.nz

 Milford Track Guided Day Walk –

Real Journeys [Te Anau – Guided Walk]

Real Journeys Visitor Centre, Lakefront Drive t: +64 3 249 6000 www.realjourneys.co.nz

things to do

 Fiordland Cinema [Te Anau – Cinema]

7 The Lane t: +64 3 249 8844 www.fiordlandcinema.co.nz

 Milford Discovery Centre &

Underwater Observatory [Te Anau – Wildlife Encounter] Lakefront Drive t: +64 3 441 1137 www.southerndiscoveries.co.nz  Te Anau Bike Hire [Te Anau – Cycle Hire] 7 Mokonui Street t: +64 3 249 7211  Te Anau Glowworm Caves – Real

Journeys [Te Anau – Caving] Lakefront Drive t: +64 3 249 6000 www.realjourneys.co.nz


In Te Anau, Redcliff Café [12 Mokonui Street] is a delightful local favourite. Dine on fresh local produce (including wild game). In Milford Sound, try Blue Duck Café & Bar [State Highway 94 t: +64 3 249 7931], popular with visitors.

By Night Bars & Restaurants Sip a drink with the locals at Lakeside Café & Bar [68 Cathedral Drive, Manapouri] or The Ranch Bar & Grill [111 Town Centre, Te Anau t: +64 3 249 8801]. There are several good restaurants in Te Anau. Try The Fat Duck [124 Town Centre t: +64 3 249 8480] or Café La Dolce Vita [90 Town Centre t: +64 3 249 8895

Image: Destination Fiordland


By Day

View to Lake Te Anau from Luxmore ridgeline, Kepler Track

deep cove charters

Manapouri – Cottages

Manapouri – Boat Cruise

Te Anau – Hotel/Motel

130 Hillside Manapouri Road, Manapouri t +64 3 249 6685 cell +64 27 354 5960 e rhaanen@xtra.co.nz www.kmv.co.nz

46 Westmere Place, Manapouri t +64 3 249 6828 NZ fp 0800 249 682 e info@deepcovecharters.co.nz www.doubtful-sound.com

Fully self-contained purpose-built holiday cottages located in beautiful Lake Manapouri. Tranquil and peaceful, it is just the place to base yourself when visiting Doubtful and Milford Sounds and the many other wonders Fiordland has to offer. One-, two- and three-bedroom private cottages with en suites and outdoor living areas with gas BBQs.

An experience of a lifetime! Join our unique overnight cruise on Doubtful Sound aboard SEAFINN. Personal, relaxing and friendly. Encounter the area’s wildlife – Bottlenosed Dolphins, Fiordland Crested Penguins, New Zealand Fur Seals. Try your luck at fishing or sit back and take in the breathtaking scenery. Paddle around in one of our kayaks and be one with nature. Come and see what others can only dream of!

91 Luxmore Drive, Te Anau t +64 3 249 7511 f +64 3 249 8944 e information@fiordlandhotel.co.nz www.fiordlandhotel.co.nz

Situated on four acres of parkland in a tranquil garden setting. Picturesque panoramic views of the lake, mountains and rural landscape, yet still within easy walking distance of Lake Te Anau and the town centre. There is a choice of premium or standard accommodation. Facilities include indoor solar-heated swimming pool, spa pool, conference facilities, bar and pool table.

www.cafedeladolcevita.co.nz] a stylish spot serving Italian cuisine.

Street Smarts how to get around For regional transfers by bus, contact Topline Tours 32 Caswell Road, Te Anau [t: +64 3 249 8059 www.toplinetours.co.nz] or TrackNet 77 Manapouri - Te Anau Highway

[t: +64 3 249 7777 www.tracknet.net].

Kepler Water Taxi [cell: +64 27 249 8365] offers water transfers in Te Anau.

find out more In Te Anau, visit Fiordland i-SITE or the Department of Conservation.  Websites www.destination-nz.com


Enjoy a cool drink on your deck while listening to Fiordland’s birdlife.

Fiordland Cinema Fiordland – Cinema

7 The Lane, Te Anau t +64 3 249 8844 e info@fiordlandcinema.co.nz www.fiordlandcinema.co.nz

Ata Whenua – Shadowland, Fiordland’s very own movie, takes you on an unforgettable journey through one of the most awe-inspiring and spectacular landscapes on Earth. As movie fans say: ‘Possibly the best thing I did in New Zealand’! This boutique cinema also shows main stream movies and art house releases. Order a cheese board and local wine to enjoy with your movie or at the stylish bar.

Milford Discovery Centre & Underwater Observatory Milford Sound – Wildlife Encounter

Image: Destination Fiordland

30 Shotover Street, Queenstown & Lakefront Drive, Te Anau t +64 3 441 1137 NZ fp 0800 264 536 www.southerndiscoveries.co.nz

Kayaking on Lake Te Anau

The new Discovery Centre is a rich, interactive journey through the history, geology and unique environment of Milford Sound. Then descend ten metres underwater to a world of primeval creatures and rare black coral in the Marine Reserve. Add a visit to the Milford Discovery Centre & Underwater Observatory on to your Southern Discoveries cruise. plan and book online at www.destination-nz.com I 241


Kepler Mountain View Fiordland Hotel & Motel

ocean to alps

Southland & Stewart Island

Superb outdoor adventures, unforgettable wildlife encounters and warm southern hospitality in a ruggedly beautiful landscape at the far south of New Zealand. Visit Invercargill and explore the surrounding landscape, then travel to Stewart Island for a true off-the-beaten track adventure.

Regional Destinations Invercargill Cultured main centre of the Southland region. Bluff New Zealand’s southernmost settlement,

famous for Bluff Oysters. Oban Stewart Island’s main settlement. Riverton Coastal settlement and home of the Riverton Rocks.

Getting There & Around Air Invercargill Airport offers domestic flights to Christchurch and Wellington with Air NZ. Flights to Stewart Island take approximately 20 minutes; options include flying from Invercargill and landing on a Stewart Island beach. Road Invercargill is located at the southern end of State Highway 1. The town is 3 hours, 10 minutes from Dunedin and 8 hours, 30 minutes from Christchurch. Coach companies provide scheduled services to the region. Ferry Stewart


Do It!  Fly or catch a boat to Stewart Island.  Take a photo of the famous signpost at Stirling Point.  Taste Bluff oysters. Island is a one-hour boat trip from Bluff. Charters and water taxis operate around Stewart Island.

Events to Catch  Bluff Oyster & Food Festival [May]


 Gore Guitar Week [May – Jun]


Image: Venture Southland

Explore the REgion In the deep south of New Zealand, Southland offers breathtaking scenery, from waterfalls to emerald-green hills, combined with a famously warm southern welcome. Invercargill is the region’s hub and it’s known for its excellent eateries and museum. Get further off the beaten track with a visit to Stewart Island. With much of the island protected in Rakiura National Park, New Zealand’s third largest island is a uniquely unspoilt wilderness bursting with native wildlife.

Image: Venture Southland

Boat sheds, Stewart Island


Milford Track

Routeburn Track



Lake Te Anau

Kepler Track



Te Anau




Lake Wakatipu

Fiordland National Park

8A 6



Lake Manapouri

Fairlight Garston


Mossburn Waikaia Lumsden Balfour Riversdale




Nightcaps Orawia

99 Hump Ridge Pahia Point Track




Greenhills Fov eau x St

Solander Is

Codfish Is


Halfmoon Bay (Oban)

Mason Bay

national park protecting 157,000 hectares.


Rugged Is

New Zealand’s newest




Drummond Browns 96 Otautau Mataura 93 6 Fairfax Edendale Thornbury Wallacetown Wyndham Orepuki 98 Woodlands Riverton Colac Invercargill Otatara Bay

Centre Is

Rakiura National






Catlins Forest Park

Waimahaka Tokanui Waikawa

Dog Is Ruapuke Is Green Is

Muttonbird Is Paterson Inlet

Ernest Is Doughboy Bay

Muttonbird Islands

Stewart Island

Port Adventure

Pearl Is Port Pegasus

South West Cape

South Cape

Major urban area Town State Highway

Other road Railway Walking track


Spring (Sep – Nov)

Summer (Dec – Feb)

Autumn (Mar – May)

Winter (Jun – Aug)

Mean daily max/min temperature Average rainfall/wet days

14/5˚C • 57/41˚F 85 mm • 13 days

18/9˚C • 64/48˚F 98 mm • 12 days

15/6˚C • 59/43˚F 103 mm • 14 days

10/1˚C • 50/34˚F 86 mm • 14 days

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Invercargill & Bluff Known for the ‘southern hospitality’ of its down-to-earth locals, Invercargill is a medium-sized town that makes a great base for exploring the surrounding landscape. Southland is a glorious place of green hills and rivers, and the setting for a range of outdoor activities including fishing, hiking and biking. As the main centre, Invercargill is well served with amenities. A short drive south is Bluff. Though it’s not officially the southernmost point on mainland New Zealand, it does represent the southern end of State Highway 1 and is the departure point for ferries to Stewart Island.

By Day Experience

bars & restaurants

Driving the Southern Scenic Route

Dine at the acclaimed Buster Crabb

Traversing Southland all the way from Dunedin to Fiordland, the Southern Scenic Route is 440 kilometres long and is best travelled over several days. The Catlins is a coastal region of forest reserves, waterfalls and beaches. Home to native wildlife such as penguins and seals, it is also the location of a Jurassic-era petrified forest at Curio Bay. From here, the route winds down to Invercargill and Bluff, and on to Riverton and Tuatapere in the region’s southwest (location of the Tuatapere Hump Ridge Track) and on to Te Anau.


things to do

Fly to the wilderness of Stewart Island and land on a deserted beach. Hike to a picturesque waterfall deep in Catlins Forest Park. Visit the oddly spherical Riverton Rocks. Rent a mountain bike and explore Sandy Point. Fish for trout in a sparkling Southland river. Check out the Tuatara colony at Southland Museum.

 Anderson Park Art Gallery

Where to Sleep  Ascot Park Hotel [Invercargill – Hotel]

Cnr Tay Street & Racecourse Road t: +64 3 219 9076 www.ascotparkhotel.co.nz  Heartland Hotel Croydon [Gore – Hotel] Main Queenstown Highway t: +64 3 208 9029 www.scenichotelgroup.co.nz/croydon  Homestead Villa Motel [Invercargill – Motel] Cnr Dee Street & Avenal Street t: +64 3 214 0408 www.homesteadvillamotel.co.nz  Invercargill Top 10 Holiday Park

[Invercargill – Holiday Park] 77 McIvor Road t: +64 3 215 9032 www.invercargilltop10.co.nz  The Globe Backpackers [Riverton – Backpacker Hostel] 144 Palmerston Street t: +64 3 234 8527 Stay at this historic hotel in Riverton: dorms, twin and double rooms, a large kitchen and internet. Warm hospitality on a budget.  The Lodge at Tikana [Winton –

Lodge] 374 Livingstone Road, Browns t: +64 3 236 4117 www.tikana.co.nz

By Night

[Invercargill – Gallery] 91 McIvor Road t: +64 3 215 7432  Bluff Maritime Museum [Bluff – Museum] 241 Foreshore Road t: +64 3 212 7534 www.bluff.co.nz/museum.html  Hokonui Moonshine Museum

[Gore – Museum] 16 Hokonui Drive t: +64 3 208 9907 www.hokonuiwhiskey.com  Southland Museum & Art

Gallery [Invercargill – Museum/Gallery] Queens Park, 108 Gala Street t: +64 3 219 9069 www.southlandmuseum.com  Te Hikoi – Southern Journey

[Riverton – Museum] 172 Palmerston Street t: +64 3 234 8260 www.tehikoi.co.nz  Tuatapere Hump Ridge Track

[Tuatapere – Walking & Hiking] 31 orawia Road t: +64 3 226 6739 www.humpridgetrack.co.nz

cafés Sip a coffee in Invercargill at The Rocks Café & Shop [101 Dee Street t: +64 3 218 7597] or Three Bean Café [73 Dee Street t: +64 3 214 1914] (locals rave about the great breakfasts here!). Elsewhere, try Drunken Sailor Café & Bar [8 Ward Parade, Bluff t: +64 3 212 8855], Green Room Café [59 Irk Street, Gore t: +64 3 208 1005] or Mrs. Clark’s Café [108 Palmerston Street, Riverton t: +64 3 234 8600] with its great coffee and old-fashioned Kiwi baking.

[326 Dee Street, Invercargill t: +64 3 214 4214 www.bustercrabb.co.nz] or Elegance at 148 on Elles Restaurant [148 Elles Road, Invercargill t: +64 3 216 1000]

where an intimate dining room and impressive wine list ensure popularity among locals. Popular Invercargill bars include Louies Café & Tapas Bar [142 Dee Street t: +64 3 214 2913] and The Kiln [7 Don Street t: +64 3 214 2913


Street Smarts how to get around Get to the airport with Airport Shuttle [t: +64 3 214 3434] or cab it with Blue Star Taxis [t: +64 3 217 7777 www. icc.govt.nz] or City Cabs [t: +64 3 214 4444]. Bus Smart [t: +64 3 218 7108 www. icc.govt.nz] is good for getting around town, or get over to the island with Stewart Island Experience [t: +64 3

212 7660 www.stewartislandexperience.co.nz].

FIND OUT MORE Visit Gore i–SITE [16 Hokonui Drive t: +64 3 203 9288 www.gorenz.com] or Invercargill i–SITE [Southland Museum

and Art Gallery, Gala Street t: +64 3 211 0895 www.invercargill.org.nz].

 Websites

www.destination-nz.com www.southlandnz.com www.catlins.org.nz

Stewart Island New Zealand’s third-largest island offers a slice of unspoiled wilderness where native birds thrive. In 2002, Stewart Island’s unique qualities were recognised with the formation of Rakiura National Park, which covers 85 per cent of the island. The principal settlement of Oban has several accommodation options, as well as shops and restaurants, and is a welcoming base from which to experience the island’s many

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activities, from kayaking and hiking to unforgettable wildlife encounters.

Highlights Catch a water taxi from Stewart Island to the Ulva Island wildlife sanctuary. Watch wild kiwi foraging on a sandy beach at dusk. Hike on a rainforest trail in the wilderness of Rakiura National Park. Dive the marine reserve at Paterson Inlet. Kayak in pristine waters around the coastline.

Where to Sleep  Bay Motel [Halfmoon Bay – Motel]

9 Dundee Street t: +64 3 219 1119 www.baymotel.co.nz  Bunkers Backpackers [Halfmoon Bay – Backpackers] 13 Argyle Street t: +64 3 219 1160 www.bunkersbackpackers.co.nz  Pilgrim Cottage [Oban – Cottage] 8 Horseshoe Bay Road t: +64 3 219 1144  Port of Call B&B [Oban – B&B] 63 Leask Bay Road t: +64 3 219 1394 www.portofcall.co.nz  Rakiura Retreat Motel [Horseshoe Bay – Motel] 156 Horseshoe Bay Road t: +64 3 219 1096 www.stewartislandmotels.com  Stewart Island Lodge [Halfmoon Bay – Lodge] 14 Nichol Road, Halfmoon Bay t: +64 3 219 0056 www.stewartislandlodge.co.nz

a year, Southland celebrates its favourite delicacy fresh from the sea!  Stewart Island Spa [Oban – Day Spa]

By Day Experience

cell: +64 27 314 6192 www.stewartislandspa.co.nz

Rakiura National Park

 Ulva’s Guided Walks [Stewart Island

New Zealand’s newest national park is an otherworldly place covering approximately 157,000 hectares and encompassing a range of landscapes including jagged peaks, lush lowland forest, wetlands and sand dunes. On these beaches is one of the few places in New Zealand where visitors regularly see wild kiwi – they come down to the beach at dusk to forage.

THINGS TO DO  Bravo Adventure Cruises

[Oban – Boat Cruises] t: +64 3 219 1144 www.kiwispotting.co.nz  Rakiura Charters [Halfmoon Bay – Boat Cruises] t: +64 3 219 1487 www.rakiuracharters.co.nz  Rakiura Helicopters

[Halfmoon Bay – Flight-seeing] Fern Gully Heliport, 151 Main Road t: +64 3 219 1155 www.rakiurahelicopters.co.nz

 Ruggedy Range Wilderness

Experience [Halfmoon Bay – Tours/Wildlife]

14 Main Road t: +64 3 219 1066 www.ruggedyrange.com

 Stewart Island Experience [Stewart

Island – Tours] Main Wharf t: +64 3 212 7660 www.stewartislandexperience.co.nz

– Hiking/Wildlife] Halfmoon Bay t: +64 3 219 1216 www.ulva.co.nz

By Night restaurants  South Sea Hotel [Halfmoon Bay –

New Zealand Restaurant] The Waterfront t: +64 3 219 1059 www.stewart-island.co.nz

Fresh local ingredients lift simple pub-style fare beyond the ordinary – the Blue Cod gets rave reviews.

Street Smarts How to get around  Stewart Island Flights [Invercargill –

Flight-seeing] t: +64 3 218 9129 www.stewartislandflights.com

 Stewart Island Water Taxi & Eco

Guiding [Stewart Island – Water Taxi] t: +64 3 219 1394 www.portofcall.co.nz

FIND OUT MORE See the DOC Rakiura National Park Visitor Centre [15 Main Road, Oban


 Websites www.destination-nz.com


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Essential Information Accommodation New Zealand offers all standards, from hotels to backpacker hostels. Book in advance whenever possible, at least a day or two ahead. Always confirm bookings for accommodation if you are travelling during public or school holidays, particularly in the high season (December to February). Airports Key international airports are located in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch. Limited Australian flights land at Hamilton, Palmerston North, Queenstown and Dunedin. Alcohol The legal age limit for consuming alcohol in New Zealand is 18. Anyone who looks under 25 years of age will be required to produce proof of age before buying alcohol. Banks Banks are generally open working hours from Monday to Friday, except on public holidays. All major credit cards are accepted and automatic teller machines (ATMs) are widely available in all but the smallest towns. Business Infrastructure is of a high standard, with excellent telecommunications and transport. Business services are easy to find. Hotels may offer an in-house secretarial service. Cities More than one quarter of New Zealand’s population lives in Auckland [pg 72] in the North Island. The capital is Wellington [pg 142], located in the south of the North Island. Christchurch [pg 192] is the largest city in the South Island. Climate The climate is temperate, except Northland, which is subtropical. Average maximum summer temperatures are 20 – 30°C and in winter, 10 – 15°C. The seasons occur in reverse of the Northern Hemisphere seasons. Outside of alpine areas, temperatures generally do not fall below freezing. Clothing Conditions can change rapidly – always keep a sweater handy for sudden changes in weather. Rain can occur at any time, so bring a waterproof jacket, plus warm clothing for winter visits. Currency New Zealand’s currency is the New Zealand dollar (NZ$), comprising coins of 10, 20 and 50 cents, $1 and $2; and notes of $5, $10, $20, $50 and $100. Major credit cards can be used and travellers cheques are accepted at hotels, banks and some retail stores. Most banks are part of Cirrus or Plus. Departure Tax May not be included in airfares. A tax of NZ$22 – $25 is collected from all adult (12 years and over)

international passengers departing NZ high standard but services are not free, so (except at Auckland and Christchurch purchase comprehensive travel insurance. Airports). This can be paid by cash or credit Take care in the water [www.watersafety.org. card at the airport. Regional airports may nz] and when hiking, especially into remote charge a small domestic departure fee. areas. Ensure that you are appropriately Disabled Access The law requires new equipped for the conditions. See Walking buildings to provide access for people with & Hiking [pg 54] for further advice. The sun disabilities, but check when booking. Obtain is intense, so wear sunscreen. New Zealand a parking concession with a mobility card or has a relatively low crime rate but please medical certificate. Visit Enable New Zealand take sensible precautions such as keeping at www.weka.net.nz. valuables out of sight and locking doors and Driving Visitors will need to provide vehicles, even in remote locations. In some their home country licence or obtain an areas it is inadvisable to walk alone late at International Driver’s Permit. night. In health and safety emergencies, dial Duty Free Shopping Goods may be 111 for ambulance, police or fire services. purchased at airport stores on arrival and Doctors, dentists and 24-hour surgeries are departure, and downtown duty free listed in all regional telephone directories. stores will deliver purchases to Insurance Most visitors are not till S airports. eligible for publicly funded health got Electricity Electricity is services. Those covered by ons? i t s e . qu supplied at 230/240 volts e at wwwnd reciprocal health agreements n li n o s u za Visit (50 hertz). Most hotels with Australia and the UK are om/destn facebook.cay. We’ll do our entitled to publicly funded also provide 110 volt a/c w a ask lp e h to sockets (rated at 20 watts) for health care for immediately very best ut. you o electric razors. For most other necessary treatment only. Travel equipment an adaptor is necessary. insurance is recommended. Power outlets accept only flat 2- or 3-pin Internet Internet access is widely available plugs. Use an RJ 45-type plug to connect your in internet cafés and public libraries for an laptop to a computer socket and an adaptor hourly charge. Hotels often have internet with a flat 2- or 3-point plug to connect to access, including wireless access, for their the power supply. guests’ use. Environment New Zealand is known Language English is the major official as ‘clean and green’ for good reasons! A language. Maori is the second official growing number of tourism operators are language. New Zealanders are generally benchmarking with the globally recognised understanding if you do not speak English sustainable travel and tourism brand Green and will appreciate any effort made. Look Globe New Zealand. online for English language courses. [www. Etiquette New Zealanders are generally englishnewzealand.co.nz] friendly, obliging and polite. They are laptops Use an RJ 45-type plug to connect egalitarian by nature and New Zealand has your laptop to a computer socket and an no formal class structure. adaptor with a flat 2- or 3-point plug to Gay and Lesbian Travellers New connect to the power supply. Zealanders are generally very accepting of Maori Culture Go walking with a Maori homosexuality. The Human Rights Act 1993 guide, visit a marae or watch carving, makes it unlawful to discriminate on grounds weaving and traditional performance art. See the Maori Culture section. [pg 24] of sexual orientation. [www.gaynz.com] Maps You can purchase detailed regional Goods and Services Tax All goods maps from www.wises.co.nz, or pick them and services purchased in New Zealand up from any of the visitor centres around are subject to 15% Goods and Services Tax the country. (GST), which is included in the display price. Media New Zealand has AM and FM radio Goods bought from duty free shops before stations. Radio New Zealand National departure are exempt from GST. broadcasts news and weather on AM and FM Health and Safety New Zealand is one (around 101 MHz FM). There are four major of the world’s safest destinations, but basic nationwide free-to-air TV networks and safety precautions should be taken. New regional stations. SKY TV is the main payZealand’s medical facilities operate to a


Regional Tourism New Zealand is home to a network of Regional Tourism Organisations (RTOs) that offer a wealth of visitor information about their region. Each maintains a region-specific website full of in-depth information for visitors. You’ll find the websites on the relevant regional pages in this guide. Religion The population is predominantly Christian, but followers of many religions will find places of worship in cities and larger towns. New Zealand is accepting of many different religious beliefs. School Holidays Although businesses usually don’t close during school holidays, attractions and popular holiday destinations may be busier than usual so it is a good idea to book accommodation and transport ahead of time. The dates of holidays vary from year to year, so visit the Ministry of Education website for current information. [www.minedu.govt.nz] Shopping In resorts and cities, shops open 7 days, 9am to 5pm, with late nights on Thursdays and Fridays. Smaller centres may have more restricted hours. Smoking Smoking indoors is prohibited in all hospitality venues and public buildings in New Zealand. If you want to smoke, you will have to take your cigarette outside. The legal age limit for purchasing cigarettes in New Zealand is 18. [www.moh.govt.nz/ smokefreelaw] Telephones Public phones can be operated with phonecards purchased from convenience stores and information centres. Some public phones accept credit cards but few accept coins. The international dialling code for New Zealand is +64. National area codes are listed in the front of phone directories. 0800 and 0508 numbers are free within New Zealand. 0900 numbers will incur an additional charge. Time Differences New Zealand standard time is Greenwich Mean Time +12 hours; ahead of all other OECD countries. From the last Sunday in September to the first Sunday in April, New Zealand is on daylight saving time of GMT +13 hours. Find out the correct time and date at www.timeanddate.com. Tipping Employees in New Zealand do not depend on tips for income. Tipping in appreciation of good service is at your discretion. Vaccinations No vaccination certificates are required to enter New Zealand.

Public Holidays 201 5 New Year ’s Day 1 Januar y New Year Holiday 2 Jan uary Waitangi Day 6 Februa ry Good Friday 3 April Easter Monday 6 April Anzac Day 27 April Queen’s Birthday 1 Jun e Labour Day 26 October Christmas Day 25 Dec ember Boxing Day 26 Decemb er

Visitor Information New Zealand has an extensive visitor information network providing visitors with free and comprehensive local knowledge to help you plan your trip – see the Regional Pages. [www.i-site.org] Walking Hiking opportunities range from 10-minute urban walks to multi-day alpine tramps. See Walking & Hiking. [pg 54] Water Tap (faucet) water is fresh and safe to drink throughout the country. Water taken from rivers or lakes should be boiled or treated. Weather information See www. metservice.co.nz for weather information, tailored reports on New Zealand ski areas and official mountain forecasts. Alternatively, phone one of the MetPhone Mountain & Ski Info numbers listed: Central North Island 0900 999 15; Nelson Lakes 0900 999 02; Canterbury 0900 999 26; Southern Lakes 0900 999 81. Note that 0900 numbers incur a fee. Weights and Measures New Zealand is metric, though people still use imperial measurements for distance, height and weight. Websites Travel www.destination-nz.com; Tourism New Zealand www.newzealand.com; Visitor Information www.i-site.org; Weather www.metservice.com; Maps www.wises.co.nz VISIT US ONLINE Check out www. destination-nz.com for a quick and easy way to locate the travel information you need to plan your NZ adventure.

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television operator. There are several major daily newspapers and many towns also have their own local newspapers. Mobile Phones New Zealand has analogue and GSM digital networks. International mobile roaming is available with some providers. Passports and Visas Passports are required for all visitors and must be valid for at least three months after the date the visitor intends to leave. Visas are not required for most visitors staying less than three months. For longer stays, a Visitor’s Visa may be required. For more information and to check requirements, visit the New Zealand Immigration Service website. [www.immigration.govt.nz] Population New Zealand has a population of approximately 4.4 million people, mostly of British descent. New Zealand’s indigenous Maori make up around 14 per cent of the population. Other European cultures and people of Asian and Pacific Island descent have become an increasingly large proportion of the population. Postal Service Post Shops (or smaller agencies run in conjunction with another business) are available in most centres. Most post shops open 9am to 5pm on weekdays. Some post shops are open from 9am to noon on Saturdays. [www.nzpost.co.nz] Phoning Home A prepaid international calling card is usually the cheapest option, though you could rent or buy a cell phone for convenience and flexibility. Prices New Zealand is a good value destination, particularly for visitors from Australia, Europe and the United States of America. Visitors can spend as little as NZ$65 per day or as much as they like. As a general rule, a main meal may cost NZ$15 to NZ$45. A night’s accommodation will cost anywhere from NZ$30 to NZ$300 and beyond. Public Holidays There are trading restrictions on Christmas Day, Good Friday, Easter Sunday and before 1pm on Anzac Day. Banks generally close on public holidays, but many shops remain open. Confirmed bookings, especially for accommodation, vehicle rental and Cook Strait ferry sailings, are essential if you’re travelling during public holidays. See the list of public holidays on this page. Some establishments, such as cafés, may charge a holiday surcharge of 10 – 20 per cent. Qualmark New Zealand tourism’s official mark of quality. Accommodation providers are rated on a star grading system. See the website to find out about the star grade definitions or to search tourism operators that carry the Qualmark. [www.qualmark.co.nz]

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