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little green kiwi / guide to new zealand

Kia ora,

Welcome to our beautiful land - Aotearoa! Climb our mountains, cycle through our ‘untouched’ countryside, and make the most of our secluded beaches and bush walks. Then relax with a glass of our world class wine and enjoy top local cuisine! Take home the memories of friendly people, fresh air and superb scenery... a 100% unique kiwi experience..... Ka kite ano - see you again soon!

Hon. John Key Pirme Minister and Minister of Tourism Cover + top photo: Maitai Bay, Karikari Peninsula © Northland Tourism This publication is printed on elemental Chlorine Free paper from Sustainable Managed Forest Endorsed by Forest Certification of Sustainability. Printed by McCollams.

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contents Cathedral Cove Coastline, Coromandel

contents introducing New Zealand 5-10

geography, people and history, eco-friendliness

visitor information 11-14 18

helpful NZ information travelling times

accessibility 15 16-17

information auckland central city accessible map

New Zealand national parks 19-27

information on all our spectacular parks

on your travels 78-87 88-92 93-96

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little green kiwi / contents NZ regions

regions are located in this guide book from the tip of the North down to the deep South. I hope you’re ready for many great adventures!

Central North Island

Upper North Island

Northland pg 28 Auckland pg 30 Coromandel pg 32

Hamilton pg 34 Waikato pg 34 Lake Taupo pg 36 Rotorua pg 38

Country

aki Mt Cook, Twizel)

Eastern North Island

Western North Island

Manawatu pg 44

ntral Otago

Hawke’s Bay pg 40 Bay of Plenty pg 42

Upper South Island

Marlborough pg 56 Nelson Tasman pg 58 Mid South Island  Christchurch pg

60 Canterbury pg 60 Kaikoura pg 62 West Coast pg 64

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Lower North Island

Wairarapa pg 54 Wellington pg 54 Lower South Island

Central Otago pg 66 Dunedin pg 68 Fiordland pg 70 Queenstown pg 72 Southland pg 74 Waitaki (Oamaru) pg 76 Stewart Island (Southland) pg 74


introducing NZ

kia ora I’m the Little Green Kiwi - here to help you on your travels in NZ!

hello!

good to meet you!

welcome to my home - beautiful Aotearoa New Zealand... New Zealand - Aotearoa “land of the long white cloud” continues to draw visitors for it’s clean green unspoiled countryside. For such a small country it has well and truly earned it’s place in the international arena. The fashion industry has over 50 established labels attracting the great fashion houses from around the world. This is a country which has “grown up” in the last decade offering a sophistocated authenticity which is unrivalled. Agriculture

continues to be the main export and New Zealand also enjoys a thriving wine industry - now one of our most valuable exports. The local film industry has set New Zealand firmly on the world stage with movies such as the Lord of the Rings, Whale Rider and The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe achieving international acclaim. Sport is closely linked to the country’s identity - the All Blacks have the best win to loss record of any national team!

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little green kiwi / introducing NZ GEOGRAPHY New Zealand is situated in the South Pacific Ocean, between latitude 34’S and 47’S. The country runs roughly northsouth with mountain ranges down much of its length. Its two main islands (North and South) cover 266,200 sq km (103,735 sq miles), about the size of Japan or California and slightly larger than Great Britain. In a couple of days drive it is possible to see everything from mountain ranges to sandy beaches, lush rainforests, boiling mud, glaciers, fiords and active volcanoes. Quarter of the country still remains forested - mostly in high country areas. Most of these remaining areas are protected from exploitation in national and forest parks, where they can be enjoyed by all. The giant kauri, among the largest trees in the world, is now restricted to relatively small forest pockets in Northland and on the Coromandel Peninsula. New Zealand is a land of unique birds. The best known is the flightless kiwi, New Zealand’s 6

Snowboarding, Coronet Peak, Queenstown © Destination Queenstown

Cycling on the country road, Manawatu © Destination Manawatu

Kaka on Stewart Island ©Venture Southland


introducing NZ Kayaking, Cathedral Cove, Coromandel Š Tourism Coromandel

St Bathans, Central Otago Š Tourism Central Otago

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little green kiwi / introducing NZ unofficial national symbol. Also flightless are the weka and the endangered kakapo, the world’s largest parrot.

and lakes. In total, around 30 percent of New Zealand’s land area is protected conservation land.

Another unique bird, one capable of flight, is the inquisitive kea (native alpine parrot), which is renowned for its fearlessness of humans and cheeky personality.

NZ PEOPLE AND HISTORY Population New Zealand is an independent country and a member of the British Commonwealth. It has a diverse multi-cultural population of 4.3 million people. New Zealand’s indigenous Maori make up around 14 percent of the population.

New Zealand has 14 national parks, three maritime parks, two world heritage areas, hundreds of nature reserves and ecological areas, a network of marine reserves and wetlands, and protection for special rivers 1

Early Settlement The Maori were New Zealand’s

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Did you know that about 7% of electricity in New Zealand is generated by geothermal power?

1. Contemporary Maori Tattoo ©Tourism Rotorua

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introducing NZ first settlers. They made an epic journey from the legendary Hawaiki, probably in Polynesia to the north of New Zealand, about 1000 years ago. The great explorer Kupe, who legend says first discovered New Zealand, named the new land Aotearoa - Land of the Long White Cloud. The first documented European to discover New Zealand was Dutch navigator Abel Tasman, who came here in 1642 in search of the fabled great southern continent. Over 125 years later, Captain James Cook claimed it for Britain in

2. Marlborough Vineyard ©Tourism Marlborough

1769 and produced a map of the country. The Treaty of Waitangi Seen as New Zealand’s founding document, the Treaty established the country as a nation. It was signed in 1840 between leading Maori chiefs and representatives of the British Crown at Waitangi. Now one of the country’s most historic sites. The signing of the treaty began on 6 February, which has become New Zealand’s national day, known as ‘Waitangi Day’. NEW ZEALAND WINES Our wines are first class and enjoyed by wine lovers around the world. Take the wine trail - a self guided touring route from Hawkes bay to Marlborough. www.classicwinetrail.co.nz A set of industry standards have been developed, known as Sustainable Winegrowing New Zealand (SWNZ). This provides the framework for companies to continually work towards improving all aspects of their performance in terms of environment, social and economic sustainability in both the vineyard and the winery. www.nzwine.com/swnz

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little green kiwi / introducing NZ Eco-friendliness We are fortunate to be able to enjoy all the incredible beauty and stunning natural landscapes around New Zealand. The environment truly is something we need to treasure. Here are some great tips to help you become a more conscientious, eco-friendly traveller...

•B  uy local products These make the best honestto- goodness-kiwi gifts and support local industry.

• Stay on the track If you’re out in the bush hiking or walking, stick to the track to help preserve the surrounding flora and fauna.

• Choose accommodation wisely There is a lot of choice for where to stay, you may as well support places you know are doing their best to take care of the environment.

• Environmentally friendly products Check bottles for the recycle logo. Use biodegradable soaps - it’s much more gentle on the local water systems. • Recycle Ask the local i-SITE for the nearest recycling station for paper, glass, plastic and cans. • Water conservation This is such a valuable resource that we can’t take for granted. Take shorter showers and be concientious with your water usage. 10

• Explore your transport options Hire a bike, take a group tour or just take to the streets with a good pair of walking shoes. You’ll rub shoulders with a lot more Kiwi’s this way too!

• Get involved in a local project Lessen your impact as a tourist by giving something back to the land. Check out www.doc.govt.nz for some conservation volunteer options.


little green kiwi / visitor information

visitor info hi guys! here’s some helpful NZ information you might need to know... CLIMATE Seasons The warmest months are December, January and February, and the coldest June, July and August. In summer, the average maximum temperature ranges between 20-30°C and in winter between 10-15°C. You can check on weather conditions in New Zealand on the New Zealand Met Service website. www.metservice.com LANGUAGE English is the common and everyday language of New Zealand.

ALCOHOL Legally you must be 18 years old to buy alcohol or consume it in a public place, and you may be asked for a photo-ID. SMOKING Smoking in all hospitality venues, including bars, restaurants, cafes, and casinos, is prohibited in New Zealand. CURRENCY New Zealand’s unit of currency is the New Zealand dollar (NZ$). Coins have values of 10, 20 and 50 cents, $1 and $2; notes have the values of $5, $10, $20, $50 and $100.

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little green kiwi / visitor information / currency TIPPING AND SERVICES CHARGES Tipping in New Zealand is not obligatory - tipping for good service is at the discretion of the visitor.

Foreign currency can easily be exchanged at banks, some hotels and Bureau de Change kiosks, which are found at international airports and most city centres. All major credit cards can be used in New Zealand. Travellers Cheques are accepted at hotels, banks and some stores.

PASSPORTS AND VISAS You do not need a visa or permit to visit New Zealand if you are: • A New Zealand citizen or Resident Permit holder • An Australian citizen travelling on an Australian passport • An Australian resident with a current Australian resident return visa • A British citizen and or British passport holder who can produce evidence of the right to reside permanently in

BANKING Banks are open from 9.30am to 4.30pm Monday to Friday. GOODS AND SERVICES TAX All goods and services are subject to a 12.5% Goods and Services Tax (GST) is included in the displayed price. GST increases to 15% in Oct 2010.

New Zealand is the largest part of the sunken continent of Zealandia remaining above sea level, followed by New Caledonia 1

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3. Lake Tekapo, Church of the


visitor information / duty free the UK (you can stay up to six months) • A citizen of a country which has a visa waiver agreement with New Zealand (you can stay up to three months). For information on visa waivers and other passport enquiries visit www.passports.govt.nz ELECTRICITY Electricity is supplied throughout New Zealand at 230/240 volts, 50 hertz. Most hotels and motels provide 110 volt ac sockets. SHOPPING HOURS Most shops and businesses are open 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday. Many stores also open Saturdays and some open on Sundays. Late night shopping is

Good Shepherd ©Destination Mt Cook Mackenzie

usually on a Thursday or Friday night. TIME DIFFERENCES New Zealand is 12 hours ahead of GMT (Greenwich Mean Time). In summer New Zealand uses ‘daylight saving’, with clocks put forward one hour to GMT + 13. Daylight saving begins on the last Sunday in September and ends on the first Sunday of the following April, when clocks are put back to GMT + 12. DUTY FREE Duty Free Allowances A traveller may import the following quantities of tobacco products and alcoholic beverages free of Customs charges, if: (i) The goods accompany them through the Customs arrival process; and (ii) The goods are not being carried on behalf of any other person or persons; and (iii) The goods are not intended for sale or exchange. Cigarettes, cigars, tobacco • 200 cigarettes, or • 250 grams of tobacco, or • 50 cigars, or • A mixture of all three weighing not more than 250 grams

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little green kiwi / visitor information / duty free Alcoholic beverages • Up to six bottles (4.5 litres) or wine, port or sherry • Up to twelve cans (4.5 litres) of beer • Three bottles (or other containers) each containing not more than 1125ml of spirits, liqueur, or other spirituous beverages Quantities imported in excess of the allowances, or that are housed in containers greater than the maximum stipulated bottle size, are liable for Customs charges. More information is available on the New Zealand Customs site at www.customs.govt.nz or phone +64 9 275 9059. DRIVING IN NEW ZEALAND You can legally drive in New Zealand for up to 12 months if you have either a current driver’s licence from your home country or an International Driving Permit (IDP). In New Zealand all drivers, including visitors from other countries, must carry their licence or permit at all times. The common legal age to rent a car in New Zealand is 21 years.

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Road Rules New Zealanders drive on the left-hand side of the road. The speed limit is 100km/h on the open road and 50km/h in urban areas. Both drivers and passengers must wear a safety belt in both the front and back seats. All children under the age of five must be properly restrained by an approved child restraint when travelling in cars or vans. NEW ZEALAND PUBLIC HOLIDAYS 2011 Public Holiday: Date: New Years Day 1-2 January* Waitangi Day 6 February Good Friday 22 April Easter Monday 25 April ANZAC Day 25 April Queen’s Birthday 6 June Labour Day 24 October Christmas Day, Boxing Day 25-26 December* * When the public holiday falls on a weekend, sometimes it will be recognised on the following working day. We recommend you check the open dates and time with the attractions that you would like to visit.


accessibility

accessibility if you’re out and about on wheels this info is especially for you... Access tourism is growing in recognition and importance in New Zealand. People with disabilities currently make up 17% of the population. A similar percentage is reflected in our major overseas tourism markets. This is set to grow markedly with the aging Baby Boomer population worldwide.

The Department of Conservation has excellent brochures and information on easy walks around the country. www.doc.govt.nz Useful sites: www.accesstourismnz.org.nz www.ccsdisabilityaction.org.nz www.easyrider.co.nz We are pleased to include Auckland City’s Acessibility map (overleaf).

Lake Okareka Boardwalk, Rotorua © Destination Rotorua Tourism

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auckland central city accessible map Map Key

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Buildings 1a, 1b & 1c  (Queen St to Sky City) Strand Arcade (1a) to ‘Atrium on Elliot’(1b), lift to Crowne Plaza Hotel (1c), cross Albert Street to SkyCity. Building 2  (Queen St to Albert St) BNZ Tower lift to Mills Lane. Buildings 3a and 3b  (Queen St to Art Gallery) 246 Queen St lift to level 2, exit Lorne St (3a), cross to car park building(3b), lift to Kichener St. Building 4  (Queen St to High St) Whitcoulls Lift to level 1, to High St Courtesy of Auckland City Council

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little green kiwi / travelling times

travelling times around NZ Travelling by road is a great way to see all the sights in your own time. See below

for approximate travel times between places (depending on traffic and road conditions).

North Island - main routes (Travel time in hours)

Auckland

Hamilton

1.5

Hastings

6.5

4.5

Hamilton

Hastings

Napier

Palmerston North

Rotorua

Wellington

Napier

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Palmerston North

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2.5

Rotorua

3.5

1.7

3.5

3.5

4.5

Wellington

9.5

7.5

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2.5

6.5

Whangarei

2.5

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8.5

9.5

10.5

6.5

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Mt Cook

Nelson

Queenstown

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(Travel time in hours)

Blenheim

Christchurch

4.5

Dunedin

9.5

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Greymouth

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Mt Cook

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4.5

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Nelson

1.5

6.5

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4.5

10.5

Queenstown

11.5

7.5

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Dunedin

Greymouth

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little green kiwi / national parks

national parks enjoy our parks whether you’re going on a short walk or a 5 day hike... Kahurangi Paparoa

National Park

National Park

Westland Tai Poutini

Te Urewera

National Park

National Park

Mt Aspiring National Park

Fiordland

National Park

Tongariro

National Park

Whanganui National Park

Egmont

National Park

Abel Tasman National Park

Rakiura National Park

Nelson Lakes National Park

Arthur’s Pass National Park

Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park

Safety Information •C  hoose a trip suitable for the skills, knowledge and experience of your group. Use DOC visitor centres and www.doc.govt.nz to thoroughly plan your trip. • Make sure you leave your trip details (return date and time, planned route, party member names and vehicle details) with a responsible person, and don’t forget to check in when you return. • Know where you are going and find out how to deal with natural hazards you might encounter. Find essential • safety info at www.doc.govt.nz Photo: Mount Rolleston, Arthur’s Pass National Park

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little green kiwi / national parks Abel Tasman National Park This park is renowned for its golden beaches, sculptured granite cliffs, and world-famous Abel Tasman Coast Track. At 22,530 hectares Abel Tasman is New Zealand’s smallest national park. It has a mild climate and is a good place to visit at any time of the year.

the largest glaciers. Aoraki/ Mount Cook Village and all visitors to the park are dwarfed by the immensity of the landscape that surrounds them. Aoraki/Mount Cook was formally established as a national park in 1953 from reserves that were established as early as 1887 to protect the area’s significant vegetation and landscape.

Location: At the top of the South Island; the nearest towns are Motueka, Takaka and Kaiteriteri.

Location: Central South Island, deep in the heart of the Southern Alps. Aoraki/Mount Cook village lies within the park and Twizel is the nearest town.

Aoraki/Mount Cook (70,696 hectares) This is New Zealand’s great alpine park. It has the highest mountains and 1

The “top of the south” has many breathtakingly beautiful places to explore both on land & sea. Mountain peaks, vast high country expanses, tranquil bays, lush forests & rich marine life can all be experienced here. DOC cares for more than 40% of the total land in the area including three national parks. 2

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national parks Arthur’s Pass National Park Sits in the heart of the Southern Alps/Kā Tiritiri o te Moana. Its high mountains with large scree slopes, steep gorges and wide braided rivers, straddles the main divide – the ‘back bone’ of the South Island – between Canterbury and the West Coast. This is a park of contrasts, with dry beech/tawhai forest in the east, luxuriant rainforest on western slopes, and a historic highway and railway running through the middle. Established in 1929, Arthur’s Pass is New Zealand’s third national park.

Location: Situated between Canterbury and the West Coast in the South Island. Egmont National Park (33,534 hectares) Here the volcano Taranaki (or Mt Egmont as it is also known) rules supreme standing tall above the surrounding landscape. Beside it are two volcanoes of an earlier era: Kaitake and Pouakai. In good weather it is a challenging climb for the fit and well prepared. For those wanting a more relaxing experience there are beautiful walks through verdant forest to 5

Photos: 1. Heaphy Track 2. Westland National Park. 3. Abel Tasman National Park 4. Mount Cook National Park, Hooker River. 5. Arthur’s Pass National Park

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little green kiwi / national parks waterfalls, wetlands and excellent viewpoints. it is also one of the best parks to get an elevated view of another New Zealand - the rural heartland.

of the great wilderness areas of the Southern Hemisphere. It is an area where snow-capped mountains, rivers of ice, deep lakes, unbroken forests and tussock grasslands produce a landscape of exceptional beauty.

Location: On the western coast of the North Island. The nearest towns are New Plymouth, Inglewood, Stratford and Opunake.

Location: In the far southwestern corner of the South Island, with much of the region inaccessible by road. The township of Te Anau is considered the gateway to the park.

Fiordland National Park (established in 1952) is a vast, remote wilderness and the heart of Te Wāhipounamu South West New Zealand World Heritage Area.

Kahurangi National Park Created in 1996, Kahurangi is one of New Zealand’s newest and at 452,002 hectares the

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New Zealand’s national parks contain some of our most treasured wilderness areas. Check out stunning Milford Sound, Fiordland, a finalist in the New 7 Wonders of the World! 2

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national parks second largest national park. Translated its name has a number of meanings including ‘’treasured possession’, an apt description of its wonderfully diverse natural and recreational values. In places it is an untracked wilderness, elsewhere a wonderful network of tracks lets you explore wild rivers, high plateaux and alpine herbfields, and coastal forests. Location: In the northwest corner of the South Island. Motueka, Takaka, Karamea, Tapawera and Murchison are the park’s gateway towns.

Mount Aspiring National Park (established in 1964) This is a wonderful mixture of remote wilderness, high mountains and beautiful river valleys. It is a walker’s paradise and a must for mountaineers. The views are endless and unforgettable. The park is part of Te Wahipounamu - Southwest New Zealand World Heritage Area. Location: Southern end of the Southern Alps. The closest towns are Wanaka, Queenstown, Glenorchy and Te Anau. Nelson Lakes National Park (established in 1956) This park protects 102,000 hectares of the 5

Photos: 1. Mt Taranaki 2. Milford Sound, Fiordland National Park. 3. Matukituki Valley, Mt Aspiring National Park 4. Luxmore Hut, Kepler Track, Fiordland National Park 5. Lake Rotoiti Nelson Lakes National Park.

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little green kiwi / national parks northern most Southern Alps. The park offers tranquil beech forest, craggy mountains, clear streams and lakes both big and small.

is perhaps most famous for the Pancake Rocks and the blowholes of Dolomite Point, near the little settlement of Punakaiki.

Location: In the north of the South Island. The gateway to the park is St Arnaud, a 1-2 hour drive from Nelson or Blenheim.

Location: In the northern part of the South Island’s West Coast, alongside State Highway 6, between the towns of Westport and Greymouth.

Paparoa National Park i Luxuriant coastal forest, limestone cliffs and canyons, caves and underground streams, and an absolutely spectacular coastline, are all packed into one national park.

Rakiura National Park The 14th of New Zealand’s national parks, Rakiura opened in 2002. With 157,000 hectares, the park makes up about 85 percent of Stewart Island. It encompasses a network of

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Here’s an important safety tip for you: always contact the nearest visitor centre for the latest information about facilities and conditions. Conditions can change suddenly and trust me you don’t want to be caught off guard when you’re out in the bush. 2

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national parks former nature reserves, scenic reserves, and state forest areas. Although the island lies only 30 kilometres south west of Bluff, between latitudes 46 and 47 degrees south, it could well be in another part of the world. The sunrises and sunsets in soft southern light are amazing. Visitors can explore pristine beaches, sheltered inlets, and coastal forest, and see seals, penguins, kiwi, weka and many other birds. There are also opportunities for hunting, fishing, boating, cruises and scenic flights. Location: On New Zealand’s

Stewart Island/Rakiura. Te Urewera National Park Remote, rugged, immense. Established in 1954, this park is famous for its lakes and forested beauty as well as its stormy history. In the southern part of the park lie two of the park’s treasures, Lake Waikaremoana and the smaller Lake Waikareiti. Experience the lake shore up close by tramping the Lake Waikaremoana Great Walk. As much of the park is remote and not easily accessible this has helped protect much of the park’s native wildlife. Te Urewera is unique in that it contains a 5

Photos: 1. Punakaiki, Paparoa National Park 2. Paparoa National Park 3. Panekiri Hut, Urewera National Park 4. Pegasus, Stewart Island, Rakiura National Park. 5. Mt Ruapehu, Tongariro National Park

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little green kiwi / national parks This is a place of extremes and surprises, a place to explore and remember. From herb fields to forests, from tranquil lakes to desert-like plateau and active volcanoes - Tongariro has it all.

full complement of North Island native forest birds (except weka). Location: In the North Island between the Bay of Plenty and Hawke’s Bay. The nearest towns are Whakatane, Murupara and Wairoa.

Location: Central North Island. The nearest towns are Turangi, National Park and Ohakune.

Tongariro National Park Established in 1887, Tongariro was the first national park in New Zealand and the fourth in the world. It is also a dual World Heritage area, a status which recognises the park’s important Maori cultural and spiritual associations as well as its outstanding volcanic features. 1

New Zealand is known as the seabird capital of the world, with 86 species that breed in our region, including 38 (about 10% of the world total) which only breed here in NZ. Aotearoa is also home to a number of forest birds (eg kiwi’s) found nowhere else on earth! 2

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Westland Tai Poutini National Park (established 1960) This park extends from the highest peaks of Kā Tiritiri o te Moana/ Southern Alps to the remote beaches of the wild West Coast. It is an area of magnificent primeval vistas; snow-capped

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national parks mountains, glaciers, forests, tussock grasslands, coast, lakes, rivers and wetlands.

surrounds the river in its middle and lower reaches - the heart of Whanganui National Park.

This world-class scenic landscape has been recognised as such with World Heritage status. It is part of the Te WÄ hipounamu South-West New Zealand World Heritage Area.

Tramping tracks through wild lowland forests and river trips down the mighty Whanganui are popular activities. The area has a unique history and Maori culture is an important part of the park experience.

Location: (127,541 hectares) About half way down the South Island on its West Coast.

Location: Central North Island, Taumarunui to the north and Wanganui to the south.

Whanganui National Park The Whanganui River winds its way from the mountains to the Tasman Sea through countless hills and valleys. Lowland forest

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Photos: 1. Bridge to Nowhere, Whanganui National Park 2. Welcome Flat Hot Pools, Westland Park 3. Jet boating on the Whanganui River, Whanganui National Park 4.Aoraki,/Mount Cook summit, Mount Cook National Park 5.Emerald Lakes, Tongariro Crossing, Tongariro National Park

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little green kiwi. northland

Northland • • • • •

Ancient kauri trees Golden sands Largest underwater cave in the world Maori legends Beautiful Bay of Islands

Golden beaches, secluded coves, tranquil harbours, warm waters, dramatic coastline, wild surf and spectacular forests… subtropical Northland is stunningly beautiful - an aquatic playground and a land of unspoilt natural splendour. Divers come from all over the planet to dive the Rainbow Warrior wreck and the Poor Knights Islands Marine Reserve with its spectacular reefs, secret tunnels and the largest underwater cave in the world. Northland coastline

Did you know that Houhora Mountain was the first part of New Zealand that the early explorer Kupe saw, but he thought it was a whale, according to Maori legend. 1

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northland

 You'll love these great things to see & do...

Maitai Bay, Karikari Peninsula

 Explore 90 mile beach  Cruise through the famous hole in the rock  Visit the Treaty House at Waitangi  Swim with dolphins  Hug a kauri tree

Parengarenga Harbour, Northland

Northland is rich in history. Historical sites can be found throughout the region including Waitangi, Russell and the Hokianga. Cape Reinga is a place of intense cultural and spiritual significance to Maori. The largest most famous kauri trees are in Northland. Waipoua Forest on the west coast is home to 2000 year old Tane Mahuta (Lord of the Forest), the biggest kauri tree in the world.

Sandy Bay, Tutukaka Coast

www.northlandnz.com Photos courtesy Destination Northland

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little green kiwi. auckland

Auckland • • • • •

City of Sails - races, regattas, Louis Vuitton Wonderful Waitemata Harbour & the Hauraki Gulf islands Bush walks and “black beaches” Gannets and golden sands Farmers markets and boutique wineries

Land of idyllic islands and rolling green hills. Forever young - this is 100% pure Auckland - the home of hospitality, world class wines and superb cuisine. Experience the relaxed friendly pace of life, chat to the locals and make yourself at home in this fascinating city of 1.3 million people. Auckland city at night

Did you know that a pigeon post service ran from Newton to Great Barrier Island from 1896 to 1908. This may have been the world’s first regular airmail service!

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auckland

 You'll love these great things to see & do...

Waiheke Island

 limb Sky Tower (or take the  C lift) for stunning 360 degree views from our tallest tower - you can even jump off it!  et off the beaten track  G at Great Barrier Island - “a world within a world”  each for the stars at  R Stardome - 3,500 brilliant stars in the night sky.

Mission Bay, Auckland

 ine, dine and watch the  W sun go down at a boutique vineyard on Waiheke Island  et up close and personal  G underwater with majestic stingrays at Kelly Tarlton’s

English is the common language in this multi-cultural city which is extremely proud of its Maori heritage. The Maori people are first thought to have settled in the region 650 years ago. Visitors can experience live Maori cultural performances and re-live the history of the Maori people at Auckland Museum.

Pacific Island fire dancers

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little green kiwi. coromandel

Coromandel • • • • •

Misty rainforests Pristine golden beaches Pohutukawa coastlines Hot water sands Hundreds of natural hideaways

Framed by native Pohutukawa trees on the western side, beautiful white sandy beaches on the east and divided by ranges cloaked in native rainforest, the Coromandel’s 400kms of coastline offers a truly distinctive blend of experiences. With a range of trails to explore, from short coastal walkways to multi day treks, the region offers delights at every turn. Experience amazing marine reserve seascapes. Visit an artist’s studio. Reflect on the heritage of a region first discovered by the two great navigators, Kupe and Cook. Gold Mining Relics

 id you know that Hot Water Beach D is one of the most popular geothermal attractions with an estimated 130,000 visitors annually!

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Cathedral Cove Coastline

 Hot Water Beach  Walk to the Pinnacles  Track New Zealand’s history at the local museum  Eat juicy scallops  Laze around in the sun!

Location Less than two hours from the Auckland International Airport journey via the idyllic Seabird Coast through the Hauraki Plains and onto The Coromandel Peninsula. Alternatively catch a ferry from Auckland to Coromandel Town, or fly direct into Whitianga. For a taste- of real New Zealand relax and enjoy this paradise that the locals call home. They’ll help you understand why The Coromandel is good for your soul. www.thecoromandel.com

Crayfish on the beach, Thames

Kayaking at Cathedral Cove

Photos © Tourism Coromandel

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little green kiwi. hamilton, waikato

Hamilton + Waikato • • • • •

World class surfing Cool caves to crawl through Wine tasting Heritage Trails Stunning gardens

Located to the west of the North Island the Waikato is easily accessible by road or air. Visit the region’s ancient caves millions of years in the making with their amazing stalactites and stalagmites. There’s walking, hiking, biking and awesome water sports. Try your hand at kayaking or surfing, take a river cruise or fish the local waters before relaxing in the natural hot springs. 1

The name Waitomo comes from the Maori word wai, water and tomo, hole or shaft. The limestone formations in the Glowworm Caves were formed when the region was still under the ocean about 30 million years ago. 2

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Pokeno Fields, North of Waikato

 Explore the Waitomo Caves with millions of glowworms  Experience Hamilton’s stunning gardens  Abseil underground  Visit Hot Water Beach at Kawhia  Get away from it all in the beautiful Mangaotaki Scenic Reserve Base yourself in Hamilton and you are within a short drive to the picturesque Coromandel Peninsula, the superb sandy beaches of Mount Maunganui and the “Thermal Wonderland” of Rotorua. If you like surfing, there are great surf beaches to the west, at Raglan, or northeast at ‘The Mount’. During winter, enjoy a day in the snow at Whakapapa and Turoa skifields, on the magnificent slopes of Mt Ruapehu. Hamilton is 1.5hours drive from Auckland New Zealand’s largest city.

Balloons over Waikato

Hamilton Gardens

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little green kiwi. lake taupo

Lake Taupo • • • • •

Events capital of New Zealand Fantastic trout fishing Awesome ski fields Great hiking and biking Ultimate outdoor adventures

Taupo’s clean crisp air and relaxed lifestyle draw visitors from around the world. Lake Taupo is New Zealand’s biggest lake, in fact it’s the largest fresh water lake in Australasia - created by a massive volcanic eruption over 5,000 years ago! The trout fishing is fantastic and if you’re into cycling there are over 80ks of purpose cut mountain biking tracks. Home to Tongariro National Park, one of the world’s only Dual World Heritage Parks, the region is unique for its snow capped mountains and steaming thermal areas. Autum on the shores of Lake Taupo

The Lake Taupo eruption is considered one of the most violent eruptions in the last 5000 years. Aparantly the ash from the eruption turned the sky red over Rome and China. New Zealand was not settled by the Maori until several centuries after this at the earliest. 1

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Cruising Lake Taupo

 C  atch a trout and eat it al fresco  T ake the one day trek (17 kilometres) at Mount Taranaki  S ki the snow powdered slopes of Mt Ruapehu  e there for Ironman - a  B great event

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The joy of catching your first trout

 Soak in a thermal hot pool.

Five top Walks: 1. Spa Thermal Park to Huka Falls (2hrs return) 2. Huka Falls to Aratiatia Rapids (4hrs return) 3. Great Lake Walkway (time varies) 4. Rangatira Point Walking Track (1.5hrs return) 5. Kinloch to Kawakawa (4hrs return) Approximate driving times to Taupo: From Auckland - 4 hours From Wellington - 5 hours 20 minutes From Rotorua - 1 hour From Napier - 2 hours

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Sunrise over Taupo farmland

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little green kiwi. rotorua

Rotorua • • • • •

Sparkling crystal clear lakes Ancient Maori traditions Geothermal wonderland Thermal heated waterways Adrenalin adventure

Immerse yourself in the culture of the “first nation” of Aotearoa. Learn about Maori weaponry and music and experience first hand the traditions and way of life that continues today. Walk or ride among the quiet solitude of the sky reaching redwoods and sample the year round warm waterfalls set in bush unchanged from a millennium ago. Mud Bath, Hell’S Gate

The name Rotorua comes from the initial full Maori name Te Rotorua-nui-aKahumatamomoe, “the second great lake of Kahumatamomoe” named by Maori Chief Ihenga. It was the second major lake the chief discovered, and he dedicated it to his uncle Kahumatamomoe. 1

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Traditional Kapa Haka Group, Whaka Village Tours

 R  aft your way over the world’s longest drop down Tutea Falls  J et sprint and sledge down grade 5 rapids  o Zorbing (rolling down  G a hill in a big ball) and Schweebing (pedal yourself around in a tube hanging from a track)

Pohutu And Prince Of Wales Feathers Geysers, Te Puia

 Rotorua Luge ride!!  Visit bubbling mud pools  E  xperience Maori culture first hand

“Rotorua - feel the spirit Manaakitanga”

Bridal Veil Falls, Treetops Estate

This holds a powerful promise and invitation to all visitors. A deep rooted Maori cultural concept, Manaakitanga places a responsibility on your hosts to give you the best of their time and history. Rotorua… unforgettable! www.rotoruanz.com

Photos courtesy Destination Rotorua Tourism

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little green kiwi. hawke’s bay

Hawke’s Bay • Long hot summers and mild sunny winters • New Zealand’s oldest wine region • 35 Nature walks • Art Deco architecture • Longest place name in the world: (Taumatawhakatangihankoauauotamateapokaiwhenuakitanatahu) The perfect year round holiday destination, Hawke’s Bay is a favourite with kiwis and overseas visitors alike. The fascinating town of Napier rebuilt in the 1930’s following a devastating earthquake (7.8 on the Richter Scale) is famous for its unique Art Deco buildings. Wine lovers will find the local food and wine trails world class. Cape Kidnappers and Ocean Beach Wildlife Reserve is one of the largest wildlife restoration projects in New Zealand. Art Deco building

Did you know that the New Zealand Storm-petrel was believed extinct from 1850 until it was sighted again in 2003?

Cape Kidnappers Golf Course

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Farmers Market

 T ee off at Cape Kidnappers Golf Course - ranked in the world’s top 50  limb Te Mata peak and  C paroglide over the stunning views  xplore the world’s largest  E gannet colony  alk the Lake  W Waikaremoana Track

Gannet colony

 elax at any of the local  R vineyards and wineries

Hawke’s Bay is an easy drive from the North. Travel the Thermal Explorer Highway through Waitomo, Rotorua, Taupo and the Ruapehu district to reach the seaside town of Napier, or travel the Pacific Coast Highway through the Coromandel, Bay of Plenty and East Cape, entering Hawke’s Bay at its most northern point, along the Mahia Peninsula and through the town of Wairoa. The Classic New Zealand Wine Trail stretches more than 300km through the Hawke’s Bay right down to Marlborough in the South Island. www.hawkesbaynz.com

Wine Tasting, Hawkes Bay

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little green kiwi. bay of plenty

Bay of Plenty • • • • • •

Pacific Coast Highway Sandy surf beaches Bush clad mountain ranges Seaside hideaways Deep water coves Landing place of Captain Cook (1769)

Long before the first Europeans arrived in the Bay of Plenty, Maori were drawn to this area with its easy access to the coast and its ‘fruit bowl’ qualities. The major city of Tauranga and popular Mount Maunganui enjoy a mild climate year-round, perfect for kiwifruit and citrus. Seafood is a local specialty. The region’s legendary beaches attract swimmers, surfers, kayakers and kitesurfers throughout the year. Mount Maunganui

Did you know that the Kaimai Tunnel running through the Kaimai Ranges is the longest rail tunnel in New Zealand?

Nightlife along the Strand, Tauranga

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On the search for sealife, Bay of Plenty

 V  isit White Island - New Zealand’s only active marine volcano  S wim with dolphins in their natural habitat  S oak in the salt water hot pools at the base of Mauao  S troll around and up Mauao - a million people do this walk each year

Main Beach, Mount Maunganui

 ayak amongst the  K twinkling lights of glowworms on Lake McLaren

Take the Pacific Coast Highway and explore the city, beaches, vineyards and hill country of Gisborne. Stop off at Opotiki’s Waiotahi Beach - ‘the pathway to the sunrise’ and experience the Raukumara Mountain ranges. South of Gisborne beyond the Wharerata Hills you’ll find the Morere Hot Springs, Mahia Peninsula and Wairoa. Don’t miss Lake Waikaremoana and Te Urewera National Park. www.bayofplentynz.com www.eastlandnz.com

Camping, Kaimai-Mamaku Forest Park

photos courtesy Tourism Bay of Plenty

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little green kiwi. manawatu

Manawatu • • • • •

6,000 year old sand dunes Majestic ranges Gorges, valleys, coastal plains & beaches Home to New Zealand’s “most beautiful town” (Feilding) Forest walks and country trails

The Manawatu lies halfway between Taupo and Wellington. Base yourself in Palmerston North and explore “The Country Road”, the place you come to get lost in! Four rural routes take you to hidden treasures. Gardens, cycling, pubs and people will leave you with unforgettable memories of this unique unspoiled area. Don’t miss the Pohangina Valley Route and pop into Feilding (built in 1874) on a Friday for the famous local Farmers Market. The Feilding Hotel

Did you know... that the township of Whangamomona proclaimed itself a republic in 1989 when boundary changes moved it out of the Taranaki Region?

Bikes at County Faire

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On The Country Road

 The Country Road  Feilding Farmers Market  E  xplore cool places off State Highway One  almerston North  P Shopping Plaza  Indulge in a spa treatment

Heritage Hut Bridge

 F ish and chips in Victoria Esplanade, awesome 19 hectare public gardens

Further afield you’ll find the perfect volcanic cone of Mount Taranaki (Mt Egmont) - you can get there on the “Forgotten World Highway” unparalleled for its pioneering past and rich landscape.

Picnic in The Square, Palmerston North

While you’re in the area take a trip to Whanganui National Park and drive the scenic Whanganui River Road, a spectacular heritage trail. www.manawatunz.co.nz www.taranaki.info www.wanganui.com

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North Island i-SITES NORTHLAND

BAY OF ISLANDS i-SITE The Wharf, Marsden Rd, Paihia T (09) 402 7345 F (09) 402 7314 bayofislands@i-SITE.org FAR NORTH i-SITE Centennial Park, South Rd, Kaitaia T (09) 408 0879 F (09) 408 2546 kaitaia@i-SITE.org HOKIANGA i-SITE SH12, Opononi T (09) 405 8869 F (09) 405 8317 hokianga@i-SITE.org WHANGAREI i-SITE 92 Otaika Rd, Whangarei T (09) 438 1079 F (09) 438 2943 whangarei@i-SITE.org

AUCKLAND

AUCKLAND i-SITE DOMESTIC TERMINAL Air NZ Domestic Terminal, Auckland Airport T (09) 256 8480 F (09) 256 8225 aucklandairport@i-SITE.org AUCKLAND i-SITE INTERNATIONAL TERMINAL Arrivals Hall, International Terminal, Auckland Airport T (09) 275 6467 F (09) 256 8942 aucklandairport@i-SITE.org AUCKLAND i-SITE PRINCES WHARF 37 Quay St, Auckland T (09) 307 0615 F (09) 307 2614 auckland@i-SITE.org AUCKLAND i-SITE SkyCity Level P3, Skycity, Cnr Victoria & Federal Sts, Auckland T (09) 363 7182 F (09) 363 7181 auckland@i-SITE.org

DEVONPORT i-SITE 3 Victoria Rd, Devonport T (09) 446 0677 F (09) 446 0698 devonport@i-SITE.org

HUNTLY i-SITE 160 Great South Rd, Huntly T (07) 828 6406 F (07) 828 6409 huntly@i-SITE.org

FRANKLIN i-SITE SH1, Mill Rd, Bombay T (09) 236 0670 F (09) 236 0580 franklin@i-SITE.org

MATAMATA i-SITE 45 Broadway, Matamata T (07) 888 7260 F (07) 888 5653 matamata@i-SITE.org

OREWA i-SITE 214a Hibiscus Coast Highway T (09) 426 0076 F (09) 426 0086 orewa@i-SITE.org PUKEKOHE i-SITE Franklin: The Centre, 12 Massey Ave, Pukekohe T (09) 238 4081 F (09) 238 4081 pukekohe@i-SITE.org TAKAPUNA i-SITE 49 Hurstmere Rd, Takapuna T (09) 486 8670 F (09) 486 8562 takapuna@i-SITE.org WAIHEKE ISLAND i-SITE 2 Korora Rd, Oneroa T (09) 372 1234 F (09) 372 9919 waiheke@i-SITE.org WARKWORTH i-SITE 1 Baxter St, Warkworth T (09) 425 9081 F (09) 950 4335 warkworth@i-SITE.org

WAIKATO/KING COUNTRY

CAMBRIDGE i-SITE Cnr Queen and Victoria Sts, Cambridge T (07) 823 3456 F (07) 823 3457 cambridge@i-SITE.org HAMILTON i-SITE 5 Garden Place, Hamilton T (07) 958 5960 F (07) 839 3127 hamilton@i-SITE.org

OTOROHANGA i-SITE 21 Maniapoto St, Otorohanga T (07) 873 8951 F (07) 873 6132 otorohanga@i-SITE.org TAUMARUNUI I-SITE Railway Stn, Hakiaha St T (07) 895 6117 T (07) 895 6117 taumarunui@i-SITE.org TE AROHA I-SITE 102 Whitaker St, Te Aroha T (07) 884 8052 F (07) 884 8259 tearoha@i-SITE.org TE AWAMUTU i-SITE 1 Gorst Ave, Te Awamutu T (07) 871 3259 F (07) 871 2888 teawamutu@i-SITE.org TE KUITI i-SITE Rora St, Te Kuiti T (07) 878 8077 F (07) 878 5280 tekuiti@i-SITE.org TIRAU i-SITE SH1, Tirau T (07) 883 1202 F (07) 883 1203 tirau@i-SITE.org TOKOROA i-SITE SH1, Tokoroa T (07) 886 8872 F (07) 886 6501 tokoroa@i-SITE.org WAITOMO i-SITE 21 Waitomo Caves Rd T (07) 878 7640 F (07) 878 6184 waitomo@i-SITE.org


COROMANDEL

COROMANDEL i-SITE 355 Kapanga Rd, Coromandel T (07) 866 8598 F (07) 866 8527 coromandel@i-SITE.org THAMES i-SITE 206 Pollen St, Thames T (07) 868 7284 F (07) 868 7584 thames@i-SITE.org WHANGAMATA i-SITE 616 Port Rd, Whangamata T (07) 865 8340 F (07) 865 8341 whangamata@i-SITE.org WHITIANGA i-SITE 66 Albert St, Whitianga T (07) 866 5555 F (07) 866 2205 whitianga@i-SITE.org

BAY OF PLENTY

MT MAUNGANUI i-SITE Salisbury Ave, Mt Maunganui T (07) 575 5099 F (07) 575 0025 mtmaunganui@i-SITE.org OPOTIKI i-SITE Cnr St John & Elliott Sts, Opotiki T (07) 315 3031 F (07) 315 3032 opotiki@i-SITE.org TAURANGA i-SITE 95 Willow St, Tauranga T (07) 578 8103 F (07) 578 7020 tauranga@i-SITE.org WHAKATANE i-SITE Cnr Quay St & Kakaharoa Drive, Whakatane T (07) 308 6058 F (07) 308 6020 whakatane@i-SITE.org

VOLCANIC PLATEAU

ROTORUA i-SITE 1167 Fenton St, Rotorua T (07) 348 5179 F (07) 348 6044 rotorua@i-SITE.org RUAPEHU i-SITE 54 Clyde St, Ohakune T (06) 385 8427 F (06) 385 8527 ruapehu@i-SITE.org

TAUPO i-SITE 30 Tongariro St, Taupo T (07) 376 0027 F (07) 378 9003 taupo@i-SITE.org

TARARUA i-SITE 42 Vogel St, Woodville T (06) 376 0217 F (06) 376 1025 tararua@i-SITE.org

TURANGI i-SITE Ngawaka Place, Turangi T (07) 386 8999 F (07) 386 0074 turangi@i-SITE.org

WANGANUI i-SITE 101 Guyton St, Wanganui T (06) 349 0508 F (06) 349 0509 wanganui@i-SITE.org

EAST COAST/HAWKES BAY WELLINGTON GISBORNE i-SITE 209 Grey St, Gisborne T (06) 868 6139 F (06) 868 6138 gisborne@i-SITE.org

HASTINGS i-SITE Cnr Russell & Heretaunga St East, Hastings T (06) 873 0080 F (06) 873 5529 hastings@i-SITE.org NAPIER i-SITE 100 Marine Parade, Napier T (06) 834 1911 F (06) 835 7219 napier@i-SITE.org WAIROA i-SITE Cnr SH2 & Queen St, Wairoa T (06) 838 7440 F (06) 838 3901 wairoa@i-SITE.org

TARANAKI

NEW PLYMOUTH i-SITE 65 St Aubyn St, New Plymouth T (06) 759 0897 F (06) 759 6073 newplymouth@i-SITE.org STRATFORD i-SITE Miranda St, Stratford T (06) 765 6708 F (06) 765 6709 stratford@i-SITE.org SOUTH TARANAKI i-SITE 55 High St, Hawera T (06) 278 8599 F (06) 278 6599 southtaranaki@i-SITE.org

HUTT CITY i-SITE The Pavilion, 25 Laings Rd, Lower Hutt T (04) 560 4715 F (04) 570 3374 huttcity@i-SITE.org LEVIN i-SITE 93 Oxford St, Levin T (06) 367 8440 F (06) 367 0558 levin@i-SITE.org MARTINBOROUGH i-SITE 18 Kitchener St, Martinborough T (06) 306 5010 F (06) 306 5000 martinborough@i-SITE.org MASTERTON i-SITE Cnr Dixon and Bruce Sts, T (06) 370 0900 F (06) 378 8451 masterton@i-SITE.org OTAKI i-SITE 239 Centennial Park, SH1 T (06) 364 7620 F (06) 364 7630 otaki@i-SITE.org PORIRUA i-SITE 8 Cobham Court, Porirua T (04) 237 8088 F (04) 237 9997 porirua@i-SITE.org UPPER HUTT i-SITE 90 Main Street, Upper Hutt T (04) 527 2141 F (04) 527 9818 upperhutt@i-SITE.org

WELLINGTON i-SITE Civic Square, Cnr Victoria & MANAWATU/WANGANUI Wakefield Sts, Wellington T (04) 802 4860 F (04) 802 4863 PALMERSTON NORTH i-SITE wellington@i-SITE.org The Square, Palmerston North T (06) 350 1922 F (06) 350 1929 palmerstonnorth@i-SITE.org


South Island i-SITES NELSON/TASMAN

GOLDEN BAY i-SITE Willow St, Takaka T (03) 525 9136 F (03) 525 9288 goldenbay@i-SITE.org

FRANZ JOSEF i-SITE Main Rd, SH6, Franz Josef T (03) 752 0796 F (03) 752 0797 franzjosef@i-SITE.org

WEST COAST

CANTERBURY

MOTUEKA i-SITE 20 Wallace St, Motueka T (03) 528 6543 F (03) 528 6563 motueka@i-SITE.org

GREYMOUTH i-SITE Cnr Herbert & Mackay Sts, Greymouth T (03) 768 5101 F (03) 768 0317 greymouth@i-SITE.org

CHRISTCHURCH i-SITE Old Chief Post Office, Cathedral Square, Christchurch T (03) 379 9629 F (03) 377 2424 christchurch@i-SITE.org

NELSON i-SITE Millers Acre Centre, Taha o te Awa, 77 Trafalgar St, Nelson T (03) 548 2304 F (03) 546 7393 nelson@i-SITE.org

MARLBOROUGH

BLENHEIM i-SITE Blenheim Railway Station T (03) 577 8080 F (03) 577 8079 blenheim@i-SITE.org PICTON i-SITE The Foreshore, Picton T (03) 520 3113 F (03) 573 5021 picton@i-SITE.org

HOKITIKA i-SITE 36 Weld St, Hokitika T (03) 755 6166 F (03) 755 5011 hokitika@i-SITE.org PAPAROA NATIONAL PARK i-SITE Main Rd, SH6, Punakaiki T (03) 731 1895 F (03) 371 1896 punakaiki@i-SITE.org REEFTON i-SITE 67-69 Broadway, Reefton T (03) 732 8391 F (03) 732 8616 reefton@i-SITE.org WESTPORT i-SITE 1 Brougham St, Westport T (03) 789 6658 F (03) 789 6668 westport@i-SITE.org

ASHBURTON i-SITE East St, Ashburton T (03) 308 1050 F (03) 308 1064 ashburton@i-SITE.org

CHRISTCHURCH AIRPORT i-SITE Domestic Terminal, Christchurch Airport T (03) 353 7774 F (03) 353 7754 christchurchairport@i-SITE.org GERALDINE i-SITE Cnr Cox & Talbot Sts, T (03) 693 1006 F (03) 693 1008 geraldine@i-SITE.org HURUNUI i-SITE 42 Amuri Ave West, Hanmer Springs T (03) 315 0020 F (03) 315 0021 hanmersprings@i-SITE.org

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KAIAPOI i-SITE Kaiapoi Wharf, Charles St, Kaiapoi T 03 327 3134 F 03 327 3135 kaiapoi@i-SITE.org KAIKOURA i-SITE West End, Kaikoura T (03) 319 5641 F (03) 319 6819 kaikoura@i-SITE.org LAKE TEKAPO i-SITE Main St, SH8, Lake Tekapo T (03) 680 6579 F(03) 680 6589 laketekapo@i-SITE.org METHVEN i-SITE Main St, Methven T (03) 302 8955 F (03) 302 8954 methven@i-SITE.org TIMARU i-SITE 2 George St, Timaru T (03) 687 9997 F (03) 687 9992 timaru@i-SITE.org

CENTRAL OTAGO/ SOUTHERN LAKES ALEXANDRA i-SITE 21 Centennial Ave, Alexandra T (03) 448 9515 F (03) 448 9511 alexandra@i-SITE.org CROMWELL i-SITE 47 The Mall, Cromwell T (03) 445 0212 F (03) 445 1319 cromwell@i-SITE.org FIORDLAND i-SITE Lake Front Drive, Te Anau T (03) 249 8900 F (03) 249 7022 fiordland@i-SITE.org LAKE WANAKA i-SITE 100 Ardmore St, Wanaka T (03) 443 1233 F (03) 443 1290 lakewanaka@i-SITE.org QUEENSTOWN i-SITE Clocktower Building, cnr Camp & Shotover Sts T (03) 442 4100 F (03) 442 8907 queenstown@i-SITE.org

OTAGO/SOUTHLAND CLUTHA i-SITE 4 Clyde St, Balclutha T (03) 418 0388 F (03) 418 1877 balclutha@i-SITE.org DUNEDIN i-SITE 48 The Octagon, Dunedin T (03) 474 3300 F (03) 474 3311 dunedin@i-SITE.org GORE i-SITE Cnr Hokonui Drive and Norfolk St, Gore T (03) 203 9288 F (03) 203 9286 gore@i-SITE.org INVERCARGILL i-SITE Queens Park, 108 Gala St, Invercargill T (03) 211 0895 F (03) 218 4415 invercargill@i-SITE.org OAMARU i-SITE 1 Thames St, Oamaru T (03) 434 1656 F (03) 434 1657 oamaru@i-SITE.org

RANFURLY i-SITE 3 Charlemont St East, Ranfurly T (03) 444 1005 F (03) 444 1008 ranfurly@i-SITE.org

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little green kiwi. wellington

Wellington + Wairarapa • • • • •

Capital City of New Zealand Café Capital of New Zealand Cook Strait ferries linking South and North Wairarapa wines and olive groves Wonderful waterfront walks

Wellington - the city on a hill where wooden villas gaze down on high rise offices and beautiful Oriental Bay. Everything in downtown Wellington is just a stones throw away - trains, boats and planes are easily accessible from the city centre. You won’t go hungry here either - corner cafés, boutique restaurants and busy city bars are everywhere. The waterfront is the pièce de résistance - a fabulous wide walkway follows the water’s edge alongside the city centre. Te Papa Museum

Did you know... that the main streets of Martinborough in the Wairarapa were deliberately laid out in the shape of a Union Jack?

Parliment buildings, Wellington

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Wellington by night

 Walk the waterfront  Visit Te Papa Museum  D  rop into Cuba Street for a coffee, colour and a chat  atch the Cable Car for  C great views over the City and Harbour  Go to a kiwi music gig

Wellington Harbour

 S ee live theatre at Downstage

Head north for a short drive to the Kapiti Coast. Kapiti Island is home to many endangered New Zealand birds - such as the little spotted Kiwi, the Kokako, Takahe and Kakariki.

Wellington Cable Car, nature in the city

You can visit the island but you’ll need a permit from DOC (www.doc.govt.nz). To the east you’ll find the wonderful Wairarapa with its local wines, excellent cafés and unspoiled countryside. www.wellingtonnz.com www.wairarapanz.com

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little green kiwi. marlborough

Marlborough • • • • •

World class wines Beautiful bush covered bays in peaceful Marlborough Sounds Picton ferries Fresh local mussels Biking, fishing, eating, sleeping!

A little piece of paradise with the breathtaking beauty of the Marlborough Sounds and the fabulous local wines. This is the home of Sauvignon Blanc with exports around the world. Sustainable wine growing is widely recognised as the future of New Zealand wines and you will visit many vineyards here where this is put into practice. Swim with dolphins, walk Queen Charlotte track or get off the beaten track and visit Pelorus and Awatere. You’ll love it! The Marlborough Sounds

Did you know that while New Zealand rates number 5 on the list of total number of sheep produced, it has the highest number of sheep per-capita?

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Pelorus River, Marlborough

 F ollow the Marlborough Wine Trail  isit Omaka Aviation  V Heritage Centre  ruise Queen Charlotte  C Sounds  alk the Queen Charlotte  W Track

Marlborough Vineyard

 T ake a picnic and explore Pelorus River through ancient forests

Travel Times (driving) Picton to Blenheim - 25mins Blenheim to Nelson - 1hr 45mins Blenheim to Havelock - 30mins Blenheim to Kaikoura - 1hr 45mins Blenheim to Christchurch - 4hrs 30mins

Taking the plunge © Daniel Forster

Ferry Crossing Times Wellington to Picton approximately 3 hrs www.destinationmarlborough. com photos courtesy Tourism Marlborough

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Nelson Tasman • • • • •

Sunshine and Wineries Wearable Arts National Parks and walks Pottery and Glass Blowing Local art trail

Sunny Nelson by the sea is the home of arts and craft, wearable arts and wineries. More than 350 working artists are based here. There’s wonderful shopping and markets in Nelson and nearby at Richmond, Motueka, Takaka and Golden Bay. Three of New Zealand’s National Parks are just 90 minutes away and there are 22 walks in and around the City!

Walker, Appletree Bay, Abel Tasman National Park

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Lake Rotoiti, Nelson Lakes National Park

 Abel Tasman National Park  P  ottery, jewellery and glass blowing  eekend markets at  W Montgomery Square  Wineries and olive groves  N  elson Lakes and Kahurangi Wilderness

Nelson region is an adventurer’s paradise. Kayak round the Abel Tasman and spot the seals and native wildlife. You can walk the beautiful Abel Tasman Coast Track in an easy 3-5 day trip.

Cycling, waterfront, Nelson

photos courtesy Nelson Tasman Tourism

Family, waterfront, Nelson

Kahurangi National Park marks the start of New Zealand’s Heaphy Track and don’t miss the Nelson Lakes - home of the Rotoiti Native Recovery Project (caring for kiwis, native birds and lizards). www.nelsonnz.com

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little green kiwi. christchurch

Christchurch + Canterbury • • • • •

The Garden City Daffodils and Spring blossom Historic Bridge of Rembrance Banks Peninsula Christchurch Cathedral

It’s not surprising that visitors to Christchurch see little glimpses of England in this beautiful garden city. Hagley Park and the Botanic Gardens are an absolute must for visitors - no matter what the season, take home the memories of brightly coloured daffodils or rich red and gold autumn leaves. Christchurch Cathedral, the Art Centre with its neo Gothic architecture and the vintage tram, blend easily with the new contemporary art gallery and the inner city cafés and bars nestled below the Port Hills. Christchurch City Tram

Did you know that Sir Edmund Hillary, a Kiwi (New Zealander), was a beekeeper before he became the first man to reach the summit of Nepal’s Mt. Everest; the highest peak on earth.

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Cycling, Christchurch Port hills

 Punting on the Avon River  S wim Hector dolphins in Akaroa harbour  uy authentic kiwi gifts from  B the Arts Centre  njoy a picnic in the  E Botanic Gardens  alk through Hagley  W Park especially in Spring and Autumn.

Picnic on the Port Hills, Banks Peninsular

Further afield you’ll find: To the North - Kaikoura

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Whales and Dolphins Crayfish/lobster Eco tourism destination Spectacular coastline

Hanmer Springs and Hurunui

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Natural thermal pools Mountain bike and nature trails Food and wine trail Waipara Valley

Punting on the Avon River

To the South - Aoraki/Mt Cook +Mackenzie

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Lake Tekapo + Church Ski slopes Mt John Observatory Mt Cook - our country’s highest mountain Tasman Glacier

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little green kiwi. kaikoura

Kaikoura • • • •

Whales, dolphins, fur seals Archeaological remains and Maori Pa sites Snow capped mountains - rugged rocky coastline Crayfish...crayfish...and more crayfish (Kai, the Maori word for food, Koura - crayfish)

With a population of approximately 3,900 Kaikoura lies on a rocky peninsula near lush farmlands beneath the mountains. Captain Cook first discovered the peninsula believing it to be an island! Kaikoura is part of the popular Alpine Pacific Triangle - a touring route which links it with Hanmer Springs and the Waipara Valley Wine District. Kaikoura township © Whale Watch Kaikoura

Regularly diving to depths of one kilometre, sperm whales have been known to dive to three kilometres, holding their breath for up to two hours!

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Sperm Whale, Whale Watch Kaikoura

 S wim with dusky dolphins and watch the wandering albatross.  xperience the wilderness  E walk of a lifetime.  S top off at Ninn’s Bin and buy a “cray”  heck out the stunning  C Maori Leap Cave

Kaikoura coast dining at Encounter Kaikoura

 T ake the Alpine Triangle Touring Route

Today, the emphasis in Kaikoura is on the conservation of marine life, allowing visitors from all over the world to appreciate ocean life. Several different species of whale can be seen at different times of year. The clean sharp fin of the Orca is often sighted and schools of pilot whales are occasional visitors. The fun loving Dusky Dolphin is everywhere. Fur seals, once almost hunted to extinction are now plentiful here.

Kaikoura peninsula © Whale Watch Kaikoura

www.kaikoura.co.nz

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West Coast • • • • •

Five of New Zealand’s 14 National Parks UNESCO World Heritage Area Wild Tasman Sea Native red ratas and yellow kowhai Whitebait Fritters

You really haven’t experienced New Zealand untill you’ve met “a Coaster” and travelled the 600km coastline from Karamea in the north to Jackson Bay in the south. Nestled between the Southern Alps and the Tasman Sea “The Coast” is indeed spectacular with its rugged beauty and ever present past. Gold mining, forests and coal mining are part and parcel of the history of the West Coast. Explore the enchanting forests, walk along the wild west beaches and experience first hand nature’s awesome glaciers. Hokitika Gorge

Did you know that quartz miners at Bullendale and Reefton in the 1880s were the first users of electricity in New Zealand?

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Otira

 V  isit Punakaiki Pancake rocks  ave a beer with a Coaster  H in a local pub  Go gold panning  Explore the National Parks  Fox and Franz Josef glaciers National Parks: 1. Kahurangi National Park 2. Te Wahipounamu South West New Zealand World Heritage Area - Famous for its dramatic coastline and spectacular glaciers. 3. Paparoa National Park - Luxuriant coastal forest, limestone cliffs and canyons, caves, underground streams, and spectacular coastline. 4. A  rthur’s Pass National Park - Dry beech/tawhai forests, luxuriant rainforests, and a historic highway and railway. 5. W  estland Tai Poutini National Park - from the peaks of Ka Tiritiri o te Moana/Southern Alps to remote, wild West Coast beaches. 6. M  ount Aspiring National Park -Remote wilderness, high mountains and beautiful river valleys. www.west-coast.co.nz

Franz Josef Glacier

Punakaiki

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little green kiwi. central otago

Central Otago • • • • •

Wild flowers Goldfields Heritage towns and tracks Unsurpassed stark beauty Angler’s paradise

A different escape… This is a place of both adventure and reflection. Experience true solitude in an inspiring and timeless land. First time visitors are silenced and energised by this tumble of mountain, river, rock and tussock. See the grandeur of breathtaking vistas. The crystal clear light out here brings mountains within an arm’s reach and displays a star-studded night sky. It is a place of extraordinary contrasts, our middle earth. Cycling - Otago Central Rail Trail

Did you know that Otago Girls’ High School claims to be the oldest girls’ high school in the Southern hemisphere?

Blue Lake, St Bathans, Winter Snow

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Cavalcade (horse trekking) Central Otago

 D  iscover the treasures of the Otago Central Rail Trail by foot, cycling or horse riding!  T ake to the ice for the age old Scottish sport of curling  F ollow the wine trails at Cromwell & Bannockburn, Clyde & Alexandra.

Hoar Frost and Valley Mist, Central Otago Winter

 F ish for salmon on the Clutha River  isit roadside stalls for  V exquisite cherries, apricots, nectarines, peaches, pears, berries & apples. Cycle the Otago Central Rail Trail; try your hand at the ice sport of curling; taste world class wine; fish the rivers and lakes. This is a place where you can leave the stresses of work behind and just relax, soak in the atmosphere and let the rejuvenation process begin. Put your feet up, get to know the locals and be treated like a long lost friend rather than a visitor. Most visitors don’t want to leave this absolutely beautiful spot in ‘godzone’. www.centralotagonz.com

Apricots on the tree, Central Otago

photos courtesy of Tourism Central Otago

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little green kiwi. dunedin

Dunedin • • • • •

Strong Scottish heritage World’s steepest street (Baldwin St.) Rhododendrons Victorian & Edwardian architecture Largest University in New Zealand

Think Dunedin - think architecture and with its Scottish background and large student population it’s a perfect blend of young and old. Dunedin’s railway station is a masterpiece and one of the most photographed buildings in the country. And right on this magnificent city’s doorstep you’ll find an albatross colony, fur seals and sea lions. University of Otago Clock Tower building

Did you know... that Curio Bay in the Catlins is the site of a petrified forest, buried by a volcano some 160 million years ago?

Dunedin City sunset from Signal Hill

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Horse riding on Aromoana Beach

 Visit Larnach Castle  T ake the Taieri Gorge Railway to Central Otago and do the rail trail - 4 days cycling in the great outdoors!  Tour the Otago Peninsula  G  o to the Octagon for live entertainment, cafés and bars

NZ Fur Seal on the Otago Peninsula

 Eat chocolate

Nearby to the north you’ll find Oamaru with its little blue penguin colony. Oamaru has the largest collection of protected heritage buildings in New Zealand. Oamaru stone - the local limestone - is world renowned. Halfway between Oamaru and Dunedin you’ll find the famous Moeraki Boulders over 65 million years old!

Kayaking around Taiaroa Head

www.dunedinnz.com

photos courtesy Tourism Dunedin

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little green kiwi. fiordland

Fiordland • • • • •

A World Heritage Site The home of Mitre Peak, Milford and Doubtful Sounds Great New Zealand walks such as Milford, Routeburn & Kepler Wild dramatic breathtaking scenery Beautiful lakeside town of Te Anau

Fiordland National Park is a must see destination. The largest national park in New Zealand stretches from Martine Bay in the north to Waitutu Forest in the south and from the magnificent eastern lakes of Te Anau, Manapouri, Monowai and Hauroko to 14 spectacular fiords on the West Coast. Mountain Daisy and Mt Cook lily, Milford Track © DOC NZ

Fiordland National Park is looked after by the Department of Conservation (DOC) which administer a 500 kilometre network of walking tracks and over 60 huts. DOC also runs endangered species programmes and conservation projects. You can check out www.doc.govt.nz to get involved! 1

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Kepler Track ©Rob Suisted

 B  ook into Te Anau ‘the walking capital of the world’  S tay at Lake Manapouri and explore the scenic wonders of Doubtful and Dusky Sounds  isit Milford Sound - the  V only one that can be reached by road

Kepler Track ©Rob Suisted

 o tramping along the  G major walking tracks: Milford, Routeburn, Kepler, Hollyford and Tuatapere Hump Ridge greatwalksbookings@doc. govt.nz

When you’ve finished exploring Fiordland take the Southern Scenic route - 440kms which begins or ends in Dunedin. This spectacular travelling route takes you through the Catlins area - a drawcard for eco tourists, with its dense forest, deep valleys, towering cliffs and rocky coastal bays.

Fiordland ©Destination Fiordland

www.fiordland.org.nz

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little green kiwi. queenstown

Queenstown • • • •

The Adrenalin Capital of the World Log fires with seasonal cuisine Crystal clear Lake Wakatipu Spectacular backdrop of The Southern Alps

Set amongst the jagged peaks of the Southern Alps and the crystal clear Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown is an inspirational place of unparalleled experiences. Skydiving, bungy jumping, canyon swinging, rafting, paragliding, jet boating, heli skiing, snowboarding, mountain biking, walking, hiking, trekking… to name a few! For a more peaceful time in Queenstown, take the scenic route - quiet walks along the lakeshore or river banks, boat rides, wine tasting, tours, local cuisine, shopping and much more. Light Hiking for all the family, Glenorchy

Did you know that Coronet Peak was New Zealand’s first commercial skifield? It was opened in 1947 with a single rope tow! It is now recognised as a top international ski field. 1

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Snowboarders at Remarkables ski field

 S ki The Remarkables and Coronet Peak  ungy jump off the  B Kawarau Bridge  o white water rafting  G down the Shotover River  ine out at an award  D winning winery  S tep aboard the vintage steamship TSS Earnslaw

Clock tower, Shotover Street, Queenstown

 isit Lake Wanaka - The  V world’s first lifestyle reserve. At 45 degrees south, the seasons here are keenly defined and entirely different. Once the winter snows disappear, spring arrives with its vibrant colours, fresh fruit and vegetables, and prolific wild flowers. Summer is a favourite with endless daylight, alfresco dining and plenty of lake and mountain activities. Autumn brings spectacular backdrops of reds and golds, the days are still warm but evenings cool enough to relax in front of a fire. A visit to Arrowtown is a must in Autumn. By winter, Queenstown turns into a snow lover’s paradise. www.queenstown-nz.co.nz www.lakewanaka.co.nz

Snowboarding- Coronet Peak, Queenstown

photos courtesy Destination Queenstown

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little green kiwi. southland

Southland • • • • •

Southern Scenic Route Catlins Coast Ancient Petrified Forest Warm smiles - special places Stewart Island

Long sandy beaches, green farmland, lush forests, meandering rivers and rugged mountains set the scene for innumerable special adventures. Combining all these stunning landscapes into one spectacular journey is the Southern Scenic Route, connecting Fiordland with New Zealand’s southernmost city of Invercargill, the rugged Catlins coast and Dunedin. Eastern Southland farmland

Stewart Island, New Zealand’s thirdlargest island, has abundant native bird-life including the kiwi. Did you know that they are unique in having nostrils on the very end of their beak + they lay the largest egg relative to their size?!

Old school house, Western Southland

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Fishing the Mataura, Eastern Southland

 Invercargill - New Zealand’s southernmost city  Fiordland National Park  R  akiura National Park (Stewart Island)  Purakanui Falls (Catlins)  Historic Dunedin  T uatapere Hump Ridge Track

Bald Cone, Pegasus, Stewart Island ©DOC

Multi-day hikers must experience the stunning scenery of the Tuatapere Hump Ridge Track, while some of the world’s best brown trout fishing is on the Mataura River. For mouth-watering cuisine try the locally harvested seafood and farm produce.

Early morning light over Oreti River, Invercargill

Explore the various walking tracks, sea-kayak secluded bays, and try the fresh local seafood. Southlanders welcome visitors with warm smiles, sharing their spirit and their special places, it is heartland New Zealand at it’s finest. www.southlandnz.com

photos courtesy Venture Southland

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little green kiwi. waitaki + oamaru

Waitaki + Oamaru • • • • •

Ancient marine landscape The world’s smallest penguins Victorian architecture Maori rock art Braided river and giant boulders

Oamaru is a picture postcard New Zealand town with friendly locals and an historic precinct featuring one of the country’s best 19th century streetscapes. Priceless Maori artefacts can be found here. This is an eco tourism area where visitors can see precious wildlife up close. The Blue Penquin Colony is world famous.

Slightly Foxed, Oamaru

Did you know... that the line “Quardle oodle ardle wardle doodle” from Denis Glover’s poem The Magpies is one of the most famous lines in New Zealand poetry?

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Moeraki Boulders

 S top off at the Moeraki Boulders  atch the world’s smallest  W Blue Penguins in their natural environment  S ee the rare Yellow Eyed Penguin (Hoiho)  xplore the wonderful  E Waitoki Valley

Omarama

 isit the Vanished World  V Centre at Duntroon

The coastline between Oamaru and Palmerston offers spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean, uncrowded beaches and a host of friendly little villages. Artist’s studios, fresh local produce, seals and surf makes Coastal Otago a must - a perfect holiday destination for visitors wanting to get away from it all!

Aviemore Dam

www.visitoamaru.co.nz

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BARRYCOURT www.barrycourt.co.nz Situated on 3.5 acres of tree studded grounds in the exclusive inner city suburb of beautiful Parnell. Hotel rooms & serviced apartments ranging from 1 & 2 bedroom suites, studio & standard rooms, rooms with full kitchen facilities + fantastic harbour & city views. 20 Gladstone Road, Parnell, Auckland 1052. freephone: 0800 50 44 66 e: reservations@barrycourt.co.nz ph: 09 30 33 789 fax: 09 377 3309


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Bush andBeach www.bushandbeach.co.nz

Auckland’s longest-running eco-tour company provides daily tours to Auckland’s coastal rainforest, wild black sand beaches, untamed Great Barrier Island & Coromandel Peninsula. Our experienced eco-guides provide a small-group, interactive, unforgettable experience of spectacular natural worlds. Multi-award winning tours include unspoilt rainforest, awe-inspiring surf beaches, wetlands , beautiful waterfalls & unique city tours. e. bbl@bushandbeach.co.nz ph. (09) 837 4130 fax. (09) 837 4193

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Stardome

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Our new full dome digital planetarium will take you on an immersive journey through space and out into the Universe. Open 6 evenings + weekend afternoons.

Museum of Transport and Technology. Where New Zealand’s history comes to life! Tram rides, interactive challenge zone, exhibitions, cafÊ and much more.

670 Manukau Road, One Tree Hill Domain, Royal Oak, Ak ph. (09) 624 1246 e. info@stardome.org.nz www.stardome.org.nz

Great North Rd & Meola Rd, Western Springs, Auckland, 1022 ph. +64 9 815 5800 e. enquiries@motat.org.nz. www.motat.org.nz

Piha Beach

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Amerissit Our boutique bed & breakfast offers luxury guest rooms with privacy, peace & tranquility. Near to top restaurants, bars, cafes, shopping, art galleries + more. 20 Buttle Street, Remuera, Auckland ph. 09 522 9297 or 027 284 4883 e. barbara@amerissit.co.nz www.amerissit.co.nz

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Clearview Lodge

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Relax just 10mins from Christchurch Airport and 15mins to the central city. Wander 10 acres of vineyard, orchard and olives or relax in the peaceful private garden or heated pool. Romance under the stars in the spa or take a candle lit bubble-bath. Our delicious Pinot Noir and port are very popular, enjoyed with various homemade treats. 3 King/ Twin suites with ensuite bathrooms. www.clearviewlodge.com 8 Clearwater Avenue, Harewood, Christchurch 8051 ph: +64 3 359 5797 fax: +64 3 358 9131 email: relax@clearviewlodge.com 84

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Dolphin Encounter – swim with wild dusky dolphins in their natural environment or watch them from the comfort of the boat! Tours 2 – 3 times daily, bookings recommended.

Albatross Encounter – get up close and personal to the wandering albatross and other pelagic birds along the spectacular Kaikoura coastline. Tours 2 – 3 times daily, bookings recommended. Café Encounter – Fantastic views of the Pacific Ocean and Kaikoura Seaward Mountains. Great for coffee, breakfast and lunch every day.

96 Esplanade, Kaikoura, New Zealand freephone. 0800 733 365 ph. +64 3 319 6777 Fax.+64 3 319 6534 email: info@encounterkaikoura.co.nz

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self contained & serviced

Kaikoura Wilderness Walks

The Fairways at Ocean Ridge

Experience the wilderness walk of a lifetime, NZ at its purest. Exclusive eco-friendly Shearwater Lodge at 1000m. The ultimate getaway!

Luxury 1 & 2 bedroom ensuite apartments & ensuite studio rooms ideal for couples & families wanting a relaxing Kaikoura holiday retreat.

PO Box 177, Kaikoura ph. 03 319 6966 freephone. 0800 945 337 e. info@kaikourawilderness.co.nz www.kaikourawilderness.co.nz

1 Kersage Drive, Ocean Ridge, Kaikoura, ph. +64 3 319 3055 e. stay@thefairways.co.nz www.thefairways.co.nz

Okarito Kiwi

Bay-View Homestay Kaikoura Quiet and welcoming homestay with sweeping views of sea and mountains. Enjoy a delicious traditional kiwi breakfast (continental + cooked) whilst taking in the magnificent scenery. 296 Scarborough Street, Kaikoura ph. (03) 319 5480 fax. (03) 319 7480 e. bayviewhomestay@xtra.co.nz bayviewhomestay.wordpress.com

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Copthorne Hotel and Resort Bay of Islands 4 Star, Hotel www.millenniumhotels.co.nz/ copthornebayofislands Dive Tutukaka Commercial Vessels/Charter Boats www.diving.co.nz Pawhaoa Bay Lodge 5 Star, Guest & Hosted www.pawhaoabaylodge. co.nz Perfect Day Ocean Cruise Commercial Vesels/Charter Boats www.aperfectday.co.nz Tahi 1 4 Star, Holiday Home www.tahibeach.com Tahi 2 4 Star Plus, Holiday Home www.tahibeach.com

Auckland/ Coromandel

Air New Zealand Commercial Airline www.airnewzealand.co.nz Amerissit 4 Star, Guest & Hosted www.amerissit.co.nz Art Hotel - The Great Ponsonby 4 Star Plus, Guest & Hosted www.greatpons.co.nz Auckland’s Whale and Dolphin Safari/Explore NZ Commercial Vessels/Charter Boats www.explorenz.co.nz Braemar on Parliament Street 4 Star, Guest & Hosted www.aucklandbedandbreakfast.com

Breakfast on the Beach Lodge 5 Star, Guest & Hosted www.breakfastonthebeach. co.nz Cotter House 5 Star, Guest & Hosted www.cotterhouse.com Explore NZ Commercial Vessels/Charter Boats www.sailnz.co.nz KEA Campers (New Zealand) Ltd Rental Vehicles www.keacampers.com Kelly Tarlton’s Antarctic Encounter & Underwater World Aquarium/zoo/wildlife reserve www.kellytarltons.co.nz

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little green kiwi / qualmark enviro gold Pride of Auckland/Explore NZ Commercial Vessels/Charter Boats www.explorenz.co.nz Sail NZ/Explore NZ America’s Cup Sailing Commercial Vessels/Charter Boats www.explorenz.co.nz Sail NZ/Explore NZ - Lion New Zealand Commercial Vessels/Charter Boats www.explorenz.co.nz Skycity Grand Hotel 5 Star, Hotel www.skycitygrand.co.nz Skycity Hotel 5 Star, Hotel www.skycity.co.nz The Langham, Auckland 5 Star, Hotel www.langhamhotels.com The Peace & Plenty Inn 5 Star, Guest & Hosted www.peaceandplenty.co.nz The Quadrant 4 Star, Hotel www.thequadrant.com The Westin Auckland Lighter Quay 5 Star, Hotel www.westin.com/auckland TIME Unlimited Tours Adventure (General) www.newzealandtours.travel Tourmasters South Pacific (NZ) Ltd Inbound Tour Operators www.tourmasters.co.nz Waipiata 5 Star, Guest & Hosted www.waipiata.co.nz

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Bay of Plenty/ Eastland/Hawkes Bay

Breckenridge Lodge Napier NZ Ltd 5 Star, Guest & Hosted www.breckenridgelodge. co.nz Kennedy Park TOP 10 Resort 5 Star, Holiday Park www.kennedypark.co.nz Knapdale Eco Lodge 5 Star, Guest & Hosted www.knapdale.co.nz Papamoa Beach TOP 10 Holiday Resort 5 Star, Holiday Park www.papamoabeach.co.nz Waihi Beach TOP 10 Holiday Resort 5 Star, Holiday Park www.waihibeach.com White Island Rendezvous 4 Star Plus, Self Contained & Serviced www.whiteisland.co.nz Waikato/Waitomo/ Hamilton Hillside Hotel and Nature Resort 4 Star, Hotel www.hillsidehotel.co.nz Hotel Ibis Tainui Hamilton 3 Star Plus, Hotel www.accorhotels.co.nz Novotel Tainui Hamilton 4 Star, Plus, Hotel www.novotel.co.nz

Rotorua/Taupo/ Ruapehu

Bayview Chateau Tongariro 4 Star, Hotel www.chateau.co.nz

Bayview Wairakei Resort 4 Star, Hotel www.wairakei.co.nz Heritage Rotorua 4 Star Plus, Hotel www.heritagehotels.co.nz Millennium Hotel - Rotorua 4 Star Plus, Hotel www.millenniumhotels.co.nz/ millenniumrotorua Nicara Lakeside Lodge 5 Star, Guest & Hosted www.nicaralodge.co.nz Paradise Valley Springs Aquarium/zoo/wildlife reserve www.paradisev.co.nz Point View Lodge 5 Star, Guest & Hosted www.pointview.co.nz Rainbow Springs Nature Park & Kiwi Encounter Nature Tourism www.rainbowsprings.co.nz Te Puia Maori Cultural Product www.nzmaori.co.nz

Wellington/ Wairarapa

Bolton Hotel 5 Star, Hotel www.boltonhotel.co.nz Castlepoint Holiday Park 4 Star, Holiday Park www.castlepoint.co.nz Ibis Wellington 3 Star Plus, Hotel www.ibishotels.co.nz Intercontinental Wellington 5 Star, Hotel www.ichotelsgroup.com


qualmark enviro gold Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa Cultural/Interpretive Exhibition Centres www.tepapa.govt.nz

Arrow Motel 4 Star Plus, Self Contained & Serviced www.arrowmotel.co.nz

Novotel Capital Wellington 4 Star, Hotel www.accorhotels.co.nz Parehua Martinborough Country Estate 5 Star, Self Contained & Serviced www.parehua.co.nz Sudbury Heights 5 Star, Guest & Hosted www.sudburyheights.com The Summit Lodge Star, Guest & Hosted www.summitlodge.co.nz Wellington Zoo Aquarium/zoo/wildlife reserve www.wellingtonzoo.com Wharekauhau Country Estate Applied for, Exclusive www.wharekauhau.co.nz

Charwell Lodge 4 Star Plus, Guest & Hosted www.charwell.co.nz Chateau Marlborough 5 Star, Self Contained & Serviced www.marlboroughnz.co.nz Dolphin Watch Marlborough Limited Commercial Vessels/Charter Boats www.naturetours.co.nz Encounter Kaikoura Commercial Vessels/Charter Boats www.encounterkaikoura. co.nz Farewell Spit Eco Tours Adventure (General) www.farewellspit.com Fontainebleau B & B 5 Star, Guest & Hosted www.fontainebleau.co.nz

YHA Wellington City 5 Star, Backpacker www.yha.co.nz

Jefferswood 4 Star Plus, Guest & Hosted www.jefferswood.co.nz

ZEALANDIA: The Karori Sanctuary Experience Nature Tourism www.visitzealandia.com

Kaikoura Wilderness Walks Kaikoura, Marlborough Trekking www.kaikourawilderness. co.nz

Marlborough/ Nelson/Kaikoura/ Hanmer Springs

A Culinary Experience Luxury Bed & Breakfast 5 Star, Guest & Hosted www.a-culinary-experience.com Aporo Pondsiders 5 Star, Self Contained & Serviced www.aporo.co.nz

Korimako Lodge Murchison, Nelson 5 Star, Guest & Hosted www.korimako.co.nz Maori Tours Kaikoura Maori Cultural Product www.maoritours.co.nz McCormick House Luxury Accommodation 5 Star, Guest & Hosted www.mccormickhouse.co.nz

Mistletoe Bay Eco Village 4 Star Plus, Holiday Park www.mistletoebay.co.nz Owen River Lodge 5 Star, Guest & Hosted www.OwenRiverLodge.co.nz Rippinvale Retreat 5 Star, Guest & Hosted www.hanmersprings.net.nz Shelbourne Villa 5 Star, Guest & Hosted www.shelbournevilla.co.nz Stonefly Lodge 5 Star, Guest & Hosted www.stoneflylodge.co.nz Straw Lodge 5 Star, Guest & Hosted www.strawlodge.co.nz The Fairways at Ocean Ridge 5 Star, Self Contained & Serviced www.thefairways.co.nz The Resurgence 5 Star, Guest & Hosted www.resurgence.co.nz Whale Watch Kaikoura Ltd Commercial Vessels/Charter Boats www.whalewatch.co.nz

Christchurch

Adventure South Adventure Biking www.advsouth.co.nz Anselm House 4 Star, Guest & Hosted www.anselmhouse.co.nz Black Cat Group Cruises Ltd Adventure (General) www.blackcat.co.nz Clearview Lodge 5 Star, Guest & Hosted www.clearviewlodge.com

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little green kiwi / qualmark enviro gold Garthowen B & B 5 Star, Guest & Hosted www.garthowen.co.nz

Cardrona Terrace Estate 5 Star, Guest & Hosted www.cardronaterrace.com

Highland Peaks 4 Star Plus, Guest & Hosted www.highlandpeaks.com

Matua Gardens Retreat 5 Star, Guest & Hosted www.matuagardens.co.nz

Edgewater Resort Hotel 4 Star Plus, Hotel www.edgewater.co.nz

Kowhai Lane 4 Star, Holiday Home www.sailsashore.co.nz

Orlova South Ltd Buses/Coaches www.orlovasouth.co.nz

Maple Lodge 5 Star, Guest & Hosted www.maplelodgewanaka. co.nz

Millennium Hotel Queenstown 4 Star Plus, Hotel www.millenniumhotels.co.nz/ millenniumqueenstown

Taurikura Lodge 5 Star, Guest & Hosted www.taurikuralodge.com The George Hotel 5 Star, Hotel www.thegeorge.com The Worcester of Christchurch 5 Star, Guest & Hosted www.worcester.co.nz

The Hermitage 4 Star Plus, Hotel www.mount-cook.com

Mohua Park Eco-Cottages 4 Star Plus, Self Contained & Serviced www.catlinsmohuapark. co.nz

Tiritiri Lodge 5 Star, Guest & Hosted www.tiritirilodge.com

Nature Guides Otago Nature Tourism www.natureguidesotago. co.nz

Dunedin/Southland/ Fiordland/Central Otago/Queenstown

New Zealand Marine Studies Centre Nature Tourism www.marine.ac.nz

Anchorage Motel Te Anau 4 Star Plus, Self Contained & Serviced www.teanaumotel.co.nz

Nisbet Cottage 4 Star Plus, Guest & Hosted www.natureguidesotago. co.nz

Franz Josef Glacier YHA 5 Star, Backpacker www.yha.co.nz

Ascot Park Hotel 4 Star, Hotel www.ilt.co.nz

Remarkables Lodge 5 Star, Guest & Hosted www.remarkables.co.nz

Jacksons Retreat 5 Star, Holiday Park www.jacksonsretreat.co.nz

Blanket Bay Applied for, Exclusive www.blanketbay.com

Sails Ashore 4 Star Plus, Guest & Hosted www.sailsashore.co.nz

Punakaiki Resort 4 Star, Hotel www.punakaiki-resort.co.nz

Copthorne Hotel & Resort Queenstown Lakefront 4 Star, Hotel www.millenniumhotels.co.nz/

YHA Arthur’s Pass, Mountain House 4 Star Plus, Backpacker www.trampers.co.nz

West Coast

Birds Ferry Lodge 4 Star Plus, Guest & Hosted www.birdsferrylodge.co.nz

Wilderness Lodge Lake Moeraki 4 Star Plus, Guest & Hosted www.wildernesslodge.co.nz/

Wanaka

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Minaret Lodge 5 Star, Guest & Hosted www.minaretlodge.co.nz

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Elm Wildlife Tours Nature Tourism www.elmwildlifetours.co.nz Fletcher Lodge 5 Star, Guest & Hosted www.fletcherlodge.co.nz/

The Lodge at Tikana 5 Star, Guest & Hosted www.tikana.co.nz


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