AuklAnd HigHligHts Kelly Tarltonâ€™s Antarctic Encounter & Underwater World (H/C) Premier marine attraction, providing an all weather close up interactive experience of the Southern Oceans. 23 Tamaki Drive, Auckland Phone 0800 80 50 50 (within New Zealand)
Auckland Museum (H/C) The Museum is the first stop for anyone wishing to gain an insight into New Zealand and its people. The Auckland Domain, Parnell, Auckland. Phone 09 309 0443 www.aucklandmuseum.com
Central North Island
Coast to Coast Walkway (GA)
A 16km walk from the city centre on the shores of Waitemata Harbour and ends at metres high and a girth of over 13 metres). Manukau Harbour. Thevolcanic Trounson Kauri Park, a littlehigh further altitude plateau, ski www.aucklandcity.govt.nz south, is the place for beaches, an after-dark forest fields, surf geothermal One Tree Hill and Cornwall experience -kiwi,and native wine owls, glow worms activity regions. Park (NW) and native bats are some of the things This huge dual park was once the largest to look for. At Matakohe, an engaging volcanic-cone fortress in the southern museum explains the life and times of the hemisphere. kauri tree. 670 Manukau Rd Epsom. Open 7.00am to dusk. www.cornwallpark.co.nz
New Zealand Map, Driving Routes,Travelling Tips, Vehicle Specifications and much more!
Kia Ora! Thank you for choosing Apollo for your self drive adventure! A campervan holiday is the perfect way to enjoy New Zealand’s stunning natural wonders at your own pace. We know how important it is to make the most of your amazing campervan adventure. This magazine highlights eight regions across the north and south islands and provides 10 driving route suggestions with lots of local natural, scenic and cultural information and suggestions for activities to make sure you get the best of your New Zealand touring holiday. There are also a number of exclusive discounts and special offers from popular New Zealand attractions. As a valued Apollo customer, you also have access to a 10% discount at all holiday parks from the Family Parks and Top 10 Tourist Parks networks. New Zealand is a beautiful country. We encourage our customers to help keep the towns, cities, parks, beaches and native bush pristine. By following the Camping Care Code, together we can ensure New Zealand remains one of the world’s most sought after touring destinations.
Because you’ve chosen to travel with Apollo, the world’s largest privately owned recreational vehicle operator, you can relax and know the very best on-road support is available during your touring holiday. Your vehicle key tag lists a 24-hour roadside assistance phone number for your convenience. We hope you have an incredible time in New Zealand. If you love your touring
holiday, don’t forget Apollo also offers campervan rental locations in Australia, Canada and the USA. We value your feedback regarding this magazine, as well as the Apollo campervan experience. Please contact our friendly team with any suggestions or queries. Have a great holiday! Luke Trouchet CEO.
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4auckland & Northern region 6Central North Island 8taranaki & river regions 11Wairarapa & Wellington
13 Camping Care Code 14 New Zealand Map 16 south IslaND
17Nelson & Marlborough 19Christchurch & Canterbury 22southland & otago 24the southern lakes region
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The drive to Milford Sound through the Fiordland National Park features jaw-dropping alpine landscapes.
What's different about driving in New Zealand? International Driving Licences and Permits 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). After 12 months you are required to convert to a New Zealand licence. This applies to each visit to New Zealand. In New Zealand all drivers, including visitors from other countries, must carry their licence or permit at all times when driving. You will only be able to drive the same types of vehicles you are licensed to drive in your home country. The common legal age to rent a car in New Zealand is 21 years. Make sure your driver's licence is current. If your licence is not in English, you must bring an English translation with you or obtain an IDP. Contact your local automobile club for further details about obtaining a translation or an IDP. A translation of your overseas licence or permit can be issued by the New Zealand Translation Service; a diplomatic representative at a high commission, embassy or consulate; or the authority that issued your overseas licence (an international driving permit may be acceptable as a translation). It is important to note that if you are caught driving without an acceptable English translation or an IDP, you may be prosecuted for driving unlicensed or for driving without an appropriate licence and will be liable for an infringement fee. 2
The police also have the power to forbid an unlicensed driver to drive until they have an appropriate licence. If you continue to drive after being forbidden, the vehicle you are driving will be impounded for 28 days, at the vehicle owner's expense. You may also risk not being covered by your insurance in the event of a crash.
SAFETY TIPS FOR DRIVING Road Rules New Zealanders drive on the left-hand side of the road. Drivers give way (or yield) to all traffic crossing or approaching from the right. The speed limit is 100km/h on the open road and 50km/h in urban areas. You will find multi-lane motorways and expressways on the approaches to the larger cities, with most roads being dual carriageways. Signposting follows standard international symbols and all distances are in kilometres (km). 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. Apollo’s policy is that all children under the age of 7 years or under 26kgs need to be in approved child restraints. When turning left, give way (yield) to traffic crossing or approaching from your right. When the traffic light is red, you must stop. There is no left turn rule as in North America. Do not drink alcohol before driving in New Zealand, drinking and driving laws are strictly enforced.
Self-driving holidays are one of the most relaxing ways of enjoying New Zealand's landscape. Many of our roads are scenic and traffic is low when compared to international standards. Although New Zealand is a relatively small country it can take many hours to drive between cities and other destinations of interest. Even when distances are short, hilly or winding terrain or narrow secondary roads can slow your journey. If you're used to driving in the city, you should take care when driving on the open country roads. New Zealand has a good motorway system but weather extremes, the terrain and narrow secondary roads and bridges require drivers to be very vigilant. Never drive if you are feeling tired, particularly after you have just completed a long-haul flight. The following, general information is provided for your road safety: Get
plenty of sleep before a long drive. regular breaks – one every two hours and when you get sleepy. The amber traffic light means stop unless you are so close to the intersection you can’t stop safely. Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is a crime in New Zealand and strictly enforced by police, with severe penalties for offenders. Take
Refer to the Transit New Zealand website for countrywide information on New Zealand roads. For up to date information on South Island roads you can also call toll free 0800 4 HIGHWAYS (0800 44 44 49).
Estimated to be around 2,000 years old, Tane Mahuta is one of the worldâ€™s largest trees.
Tourism New Zealand
Auckland & Northern Region
The relaxed, sunny lifestyle of Northland springs from its subtropical climate and the myriad of islands, bays and beaches around the extensive coastline.
The kiwi is the only bird in the world with nostrils at the end of its beak.
t is believed that the first Polynesian voyagers arrived in this region during the 11th century, but it wasn’t until after the landing of the British sea voyager Captain Cook in 1769 that missionaries, whalers and traders arrived. The Treaty of Waitangi, the document that founded bicultural New Zealand, was signed in the Bay of Islands in 1840. Northland is rich in Maori history, and over 31 percent of its population is Maori. Activities in this region are often waterrelated. You can explore by hiring a runabout, kayaking, or taking a ferry. Snorkelling, surfing, big game fishing or dolphin-watching are experiences that are easily found along the region’s touring route—the Twin Coast Discovery Highway. Auckland is New Zealand’s largest city with a population of over 1.3 million people. Its unusual geography and temperate climate
has inspired a lifestyle that’s regularly ranked in the world’s top ten. Auckland’s layout makes it easy to jump quickly from one theme to another— within half an hour, you can be on an island in the Hauraki Gulf, trekking through native forest, sampling wines at a vineyard or walking along a wild, black sand surf beach. Urban attractions such as shopping, restaurants, bars and local theatre are part of the city’s fabric.
Twin Coast Discovery Highway Overview Renew your love affair with the ocean and discover some significant moments in New Zealand’s history. The Twin Coast Discovery leads you to the far north, where the subtropical climate promises a warm welcome and the people always have time for a good
conversation. If you want to hook a game fish, hear an ancient legend or find the perfect uninhabited beach, you’ve found the ideal road adventure. Route
The Twin Coast Discovery Highway begins in Auckland and travels north, tracing both coasts to Cape Reinga and back. The east coast is memorable for white sand beaches, relaxed seaside towns and ports where you can catch a cruise or dive trip. The west coast has fewer people, wilder beaches and giant kauri trees. KEY
At any time of the year, Northland’s beaches are enticing. From Orewa to Spirits Bay, you’ll find postcard-perfect sweeps of white or golden sand. From October to April, grab a boogie board and catch a wave at surf beaches like Pakiri, Mangawhai Heads
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Kelly Tarlton’s Antarctic Encounter & Underwater World Premier marine attraction, providing an allweather close up interactive experience of the Southern Oceans. 23 Tamaki Drive, Auckland Phone 0800 80 50 50 (within New Zealand)
Auckland Museum The Museum is the first stop for anyone wishing to gain an insight into New Zealand and its people. The Auckland Domain, Parnell, Auckland Phone 09 309 0443 www.aucklandmuseum.com
Coast to Coast Walkway A 16km walk from the city centre on the shores of Waitemata Harbour and ends at Manukau Harbour. www.aucklandcity.govt.nz
One Tree Hill and Cornwall Park This huge dual park was once the largest volcanic-cone fortress in the southern hemisphere. 670 Manukau Road, Epsom. Open 7.00am to dusk. www.cornwallpark.co.nz
and Waipu. When the water is too cool for swimming, you can still find enjoyment at the beach. Try surfing down the dunes of Ninety Mile Beach or the giant sand hills opposite Opononi. Key ports include Tutukaka for dive and fishing adventures; Paihia and Russell, for sightseeing cruises, sea kayaking, dolphin tours and game fishing; and Whangaroa Harbour for houseboat stays and sport fishing expeditions. In Opua you can charter a yacht, bareboat or skippered, and discover the beaches and coves of the offshore islands. Northland is often called ‘the birthplace of the nation’—a name that recognises the importance of the Treaty of Waitangi, signed between the Maori people and the British in 1840. As well as the historic Treaty House, the Waitangi National Trust Treaty Grounds include a Maori meeting house and one of the largest ceremonial war canoes in the world. During summer, evening cultural shows are staged in the whare rununga. Eighty-five percent of New Zealand’s kauri trees grow in Northland. In the magnificent Waipoua Forest you’ll be astounded by Tane Mahuta, New Zealand’s largest kauri (51 metres high and a girth of over 13 metres). The Trounson Kauri Park, a little further south, is the place for an after-dark forest experience—kiwi, native owls, glow worms and native bats are some of the things to look for. At Matakohe, an engaging museum explains the life and times of the kauri tree.
TOP: Every carving in Waitangi’s whare rununga has special meaning for the Maori people. MIDDLE: As the South Pacific’s most significant city, Auckland is interesting and energising. BOTTOM: Cape Reinga lighthouse is one of the first lights seen by seafarers arriving from the Tasman Sea or the north Pacific. 5
Central North Island
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Of all the regions in New Zealand, the Central North Island is perhaps the most diverse. It offers the volcanic plateau, high altitude ski fields, surf beaches, geothermal activity and wine regions.
The meeting house (wharenui) is the focus of cultural life on the marae.
The Pacific Coast Highway is one of the region’s two major touring routes. It follows the east coast, featuring the beaches around the Coromandel Peninsula, Bay of Plenty and Eastland, on the way to Hawke’s Bay, which is one of New Zealand’s key wine regions. The Thermal Explorer is the other major touring route. It leads you to or from Hawke’s Bay across the volcanic plateau, where New Zealand’s location on the ‘Pacific Rim of Fire’ is evident. You can experience natural hot spring spas, geothermal parks full of geysers and boiling mud pools and the site of New Zealand’s largest volcanic eruption in living memory, Mount Tarawera. The city of Rotorua is the home of Te Arawa, one of the larger and more cohesive iwi (tribal) groupings. This accounts for the large number of Maori (36%) living in Rotorua and makes it one of the best places in New Zealand to learn about Maori culture. Beneath the Waitomo area, the ground is a labyrinth of limestone passages and caves, which can either be explored on foot or on the water—an activity known as black water rafting. Further south, the Tongariro Crossing, considered New Zealand’s best one day walk, is another type of adventure which features moonscape craters, lava formations and emerald-blue lakes. 6
The Pacific Coast Highway The Pacific Coast Highway takes you on a 420 kilometre, ocean-flavoured journey to spectacular coastal scenery and beaches, forest wilderness, photogenic seaside villages and grape growing districts. The cities of Auckland, Tauranga, Gisborne, Napier and Hastings will satisfy your urge to wine, dine and shop. Amazing natural landscapes such as White Island—an active offshore volcano —will colour your travel memories forever.
Route Summary Most people begin this driving route in Auckland, New Zealand’s main international gateway. The Coromandel Peninsula follows, with its beaches and native forests. After the gold mining town of Waihi, the road sweeps along the Bay of Plenty, passing Tauranga and Whakatane, then around East Cape to Hawke’s Bay, finishing at Napier. From here you can link to the Thermal Explorer touring route and travel back to Auckland.
Key Features The North Island’s east coast is famed for its white sand beaches—some tranquil, others frothing with surf. Make sure you see Cathedral Cove on the Coromandel Peninsula, well worth the 40 minute hike to get there. A little further south is Hot Water Beach, where you can dig your
own spa pool at low tide and relax in geothermally heated water that bubbles up through the sand. Other beach highlights on your journey will include the surf beaches of Whangamata, Waihi and Mount Maunganui. Offshore from Whakatane lies White Island, an active volcano that is safe enough for walking tours. East Cape is memorable for the series of small Maori settlements that dot the main highway. The beautifully carved meeting houses you’ll see aren’t just for show, they’re used every day. One of the bigger population centres on this trip is Te Kaha, a seaside town that was once the hub of the local whaling industry. Te Kaha’s large
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marae (village centre) is famous for its highly ornate meeting house, which you can look through with permission. In Gisborne you can arrange to visit the remarkable whare rununga at Te Poho O Rawiri Marae. Make time to view Tairawhiti Museum & Arts Centre. Auckland is the unofficial headquarters for Pacific Rim cuisine. At Viaduct Basin and along Ponsonby Road, innovative chefs play with the freshest ingredients from local growers and producers. In Gisborne and Hawke’s Bay, winery restaurants make it easy to appreciate lush chardonnay, smooth merlot and spicy cabernet sauvignon in the company of first class cuisine.
The Thermal Explorer This popular touring route is an enticing combination of unusual, captivating landscapes; indulgent food and wine experiences; and authentic encounters with Maori culture. You’ll journey from the caves of Waitomo to the vineyards of Hastings, with amazing volcanic action in between.
Route Summary Beginning in Auckland, New Zealand’s largest population centre, the Thermal Explorer Highway takes you through the Waikato region then on to the geothermal city of Rotorua. After Lake Taupo you have the option of detouring to Tongariro
National Park, then it’s over the hills to the wine country of Napier and Hastings.
Key Features A line of volcanic action cuts diagonally across the central North Island. The landscape is remarkable for its crater lakes, volcanic cones and areas of seething geothermal activity. Around Rotorua and Lake Taupo, wafts of steam indicate parks and gardens where nature has made her own spectacular water features— geysers, simmering cauldrons and boiling mud pools. Where there is inner heat, there are spa pools and beauty therapists. Since the earliest times, Rotorua has been a focus for Maori culture. Attracted by the comfort of geothermal energy for cooking and warmth, Maori settlers arrived around 600 years ago. Today, their descendents maintain the traditional way of life in many ways. As a visitor to Rotorua, you’ll have the chance to learn about the culture, enjoy the amazing performance art and discover the smoky succulence of hangi (earth oven) food. Around Waitomo in the Waikato region, an entirely different world awaits. The area is riddled with caves and tomo (holes). Underground attractions cover the full adventure spectrum—from a gentle stroll through the giant Waitomo cave, with a pitch black boat trip to see glow worms, to sliding through underground caverns in
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a wetsuit. If you want an entirely mindblowing mission, do the The Lost World adventure, which begins with an abseil into a 100 metre tomo. When you reach Hawke’s Bay you can kick off your shoes and dine alfresco amidst the vines. More than 40 vineyards are clustered around the river plains behind Hastings, and most have a café or restaurant. Some visitors choose to cycle from one to the next; others team up with a local tour operator, to avoid the need to drive.
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Taranaki & River Regions Mount Taranaki is ever-present in this region—a huge, dramatic volcanic cone with a snowy top.
Explore a tranquil lakeside reserve, and reflect on the beauty of Mount Taranaki.
he Egmont National Park encompasses the mountain and the land around it. Hiking is the thing to do here. Rainforest covers the foothills of the mountain, but the landscape changes the higher you go. It moves from tall rimu and kamahi trees at lower altitudes through to dense sub-alpine shrubs, then an alpine herb field with plants unique to the park. The forest on Mount Taranaki’s middle slopes is sometimes known as ‘Goblin Forest’ because of the gnarled shape of the trees and the thick swathes of trailing moss. The climate of Taranaki and the River Regions makes this area a paradise for extravagant flowering plants such as rhododendrons, azaleas, old-fashioned roses and lavender plantations. Many private gardens are available for public viewing year-round. There are two driving routes in this region well worth exploring: Surf Highway 45
and the intriguingly named Forgotten World Highway.
Surf Highway 45 Taranaki’s hemispherical coast collects 180 degrees of ocean swells, so you can be almost certain that the surf will be pumping somewhere between New Plymouth and Hawera. But waves aren’t the only reason to follow this touring route—the Egmont National Park is always within reach, with tracks to take you up and around magnificent Mount Taranaki. You’ll be in the perfect position to study the botanical changes from surf to summit.
Route Summary It would be hard to get lost on Surf Highway 45—the route simply follows the coast. Side roads take you down to the sea or up to the mountain. If you begin in New Plymouth, you’ll pass the settlements
of Oakura, Okato, Pungarehu and Oanui before you reach Opunake, the largest population centre before Hawera.
Key Features Taranaki has some of the best surfing beaches in New Zealand. If you’ve never learned to ride a wave, join a surf school or try tandem surfing (they guarantee to get you on your feet in the first session or your money back!). If you’re not up to man-handling a long slab of fibreglass, body surfing and boogie boarding can be just as rewarding. The best wave venues on Surf Highway 45 have names that you’ll never forget. There’s Back Beach, Kumara Patch, Graveyard and The Dump, just to name a few. Komene Beach, five minutes from Okato, has the added attraction of bird life—black swans, oystercatchers, ducks, gulls and pied stilts. Ever-present on this journey is the looming shape of Mount Taranaki, a huge volcano
Key Tips Over summer, Pukekura Park in
New Plymouth makes evenings fun with its Festival of Lights.
At any time of the year, weather
conditions in Egmont National Park can change suddenly. Be prepared. Surf Highway 45 can be driven
safely at any time of the year— snow doesn’t fall at the coast. Surf lifesavers patrol the beaches
of Oakura and Opunake during summer.
surf HigHway 45 which last erupted around 250 years ago. The mountain sits at the centre of Egmont National Park, which has a comprehensive network of hiking tracks. Trails that aim up the mountain let you observe vegetation changes from sea level to summit. You’ll begin in low altitude kamahi rainforest, which is interspersed with tall rimu and rata trees. Above 900 metres is a belt of mountain cedar (kaikawaka) and mountain totara. Sub-alpine scrub is next, followed by tussocks and alpine species—daisies, lilies and orchids, many unique to the mountain. If you want to climb to the summit, it’s recommended you go with a guide as weather conditions can change very suddenly. Top: Coastal view of Mount Taranaki. RIGHT: Summer or winter, Mount Taranaki beckons with promises of unspoiled beauty.
Forgotten World Highway
The Forgotten World Highway can be approached from Stratford or Taumarunui. It wriggles its way over four mountain saddles, through an eerie one-way tunnel and along a sinuous river gorge. The only significant settlement on the way is Whangamomona, where the historic hotel is known for its hospitality. Key
Forgotten is its name, but this route is really a journey of remembrance. Along its length there are constant reminders of settlers who tried to scratch out a living in the wild, isolated hill country. At the Stratford end of the highway, there’s a side road leading to the evocatively named ‘Bridge to Somewhere’ (in response to the Whanganui National Park’s famous ‘Bridge to Nowhere’). Further on is the almost-ghost town of Whangamomona, which flourished in the early 1900s but went into decline after the great flood of 1924. An abandoned coal mining village, the remains of a flour mill and various river boat landings are other signs of days gone by. For a deeper understanding of local history, follow the sign from Aukopae Landing to Nukunuku Museum. History is one reason to choose this route, scenery is another. From the top of the ragged Strathmore Saddle you’ll see the three volcanoes of Tongariro National Park to the east and the snow-topped cone of Mount Taranaki to the west. The Whangamomona Saddle provides a spectacular view of native beech and podocarp forest —if you have time, park and enjoy the three-hour circular walk that begins here. Tahora Saddle is another place to admire the central plateau volcanoes, and there are Maori pa sites visible on hilltops to the west and east. To see one of the highest waterfalls in the North Island, follow the Moki Forest Road to Mount Damper Falls— an 85 metre tumble of pristine H²O. 10
TOP: Treat your taste buds to New Zealand’s unique soft drink - L&P, world famous in New Zealand. MIDDLE: It takes about five hours to climb to the summit of Mount Taranaki. BOTTOM: Tongariro is New Zealand’s oldest national park and a dual World Heritage area.
key tips You won’t find a service station along the Forgotten World Highway, so tank up before you depart. Distinctive teal and yellow signs draw your attention to places of interest along the highway. The highway takes between 2 ½ and 3 ½ hours to drive non-stop. Allow a day if you want to see the sights.
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Built on colonial bridle paths formed in the late 19th century, the highway is remote and mysterious to the extreme. “A bit upsy downsy” is how one local resident puts it—a classic New Zealand understatement to describe a road that hugs the rugged contours of the land to provide a natural roller coaster experience.
Unusual man-made landscape features will capture your imagination on this journey. The historic 180-metre Moki Tunnel, built in the 1930s, takes you through the heart of a hill. At Maraekowhai Reserve you can see the niu poles. The war pole, Rongo niu, was built in 1864 by the Hauhau warriors to make them invincible to musket fire. The corresponding peace pole, Rere kore, was built at the end of hostilities.
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While it’s only 150 kilometres long, the Forgotten World Highway is a highly memorable driving journey.
Wairarapa & Wellington
The capital of New Zealand, Wellington is also a cultural centre. It is home to the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and national treasures such as the original Treaty of Waitangi and Katherine Mansfield’s birthplace.
Napier has one of the finest collections of 1930s buildings in the world.
he city is compact and interesting, set between a scenic harbour and bush clad hills. Martinborough, a short drive from Wellington, is a popular wine growing area— specialties include pinot noir and riesling.
Classic New Zealand Wine Trail While this touring route has a food and wine focus, you’ll also find plenty of culture, adventure and scenery. From Hawke’s Bay to Marlborough, it’s a journey of the senses. Find country scenery, forest parks, wildlife encounters and indulgent food experiences while you journey from Hawke’s Bay in the North Island to Marlborough in the South Island. Taste your way through three significant wine regions, discover the cultural entertainments of Wellington city and enjoy the rural hospitality of Tararua, famous for its iconic brewery.
Route Summary The Classic New Zealand Wine Trail is a sign-posted 380km (240 mile) selfdrive touring route that leads travellers off the beaten track. Travel through five
of New Zealand’s most interesting and scenic regions, including three major wine growing areas that account for more than 70% of the country’s wine production.
KEY FEATURES On this touring route you’ll have the opportunity to taste and shop at more than 120 cellar doors, as well as a multitude of vineyard restaurants and cafés. Hawke’s Bay is the land of robust cabernet sauvignon and merlot; in Wairarapa, pinot noir gets star billing; Marlborough is blockbuster sauvignon blanc country. Another appealing aspect of this journey is the chance to visit a variety of provincial towns and cities. Hastings and Napier have some of the finest Art Deco and Spanish Mission architecture in the world, courtesy of a major rebuild following a catastrophic earthquake in 1931. You’ll also find an Art Deco masterpiece in the middle of Tararua’s lush countryside—the Tui brewery’s brick brewing tower isn’t in use today, but it marks the spot for brewery tours and a beer or two. Around the Wairarapa region there are charming historic townships to discover: Greytown, Featherston, Carterton and Martinborough. In the South
Island you can explore the port town of Picton, where life revolves around the sea. Marlborough’s main centre is Blenheim, a friendly town that looks after the local wine industry with great restaurants and interesting places to stay (you can even stay in a convent). Recently, a new museum opened in Blenheim—it houses the world’s largest private collection of WWI aircraft. The most urban element of the trail is Wellington, New Zealand’s capital city. You can browse the exhibits at Te Papa, the national museum; catch a cable car to the botanic gardens and observatory; stroll around Oriental Parade to Mount Victoria; and see the extraordinary Beehive, the centre of political power in New Zealand. The Classic New Zealand Wine Trail can show you some fascinating wildlife. Hawke’s Bay has the world’s largest mainland gannet colony. In Tararua you can hike in the forest park or visit the Mount Bruce wildlife centre. And if you need to burn off some calories, hiking, biking or kayaking the beautiful Queen Charlotte Track is one of Marlborough’s most satisfying adventures. 11
Key Tips To avoid drink/drive issues, hire a bike and cycle around the wineries or jump aboard a local winery tour. Stock up at roadside stalls, artisan food producers and farmers’ markets—you’ll always be ready for a spontaneous picnic. Look for small town museums— they’re full of quirky stories, amazing artefacts and local memories.
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Choose your campsite carefully; set up your camp on firm, high or sandy ground. Only camp in designated areas. Please do not camp where camping is not permitted. Be tidy and always leave campsites clean. Take your rubbish with you if bins are not provided. Food scraps attract vermin. Use a cooker, fireplace or BBQ. Light fires only where permitted, collect dead wood and keep the fire small. Soak the fire with water before you go. Detergents, soap and toothpaste can harm aquatic and marine life. Use biodegradable products and wash in a container well away from the water. Always use toilets provided. There are toilets at all Department of Conservation campsites. When camping elsewhere follow the environmental care guidance provided at www.camping.org.nz Motorhome or campervan users—please always dispose of waste at official dumpstations. If you don’t have a toilet onboard, please camp where there are toilet facilities. Do not dispose of waste in public places. Campgrounds are social places but everyone needs some rest and relaxation.
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Please respect the rights of others for quiet enjoyment of the outdoors. Pay your fees to help keep campsites available in the future. Always thoroughly clean your equipment before and after trips to minimise spreading weeds and diseases. Protect native plants and animals.
above: a relaxed motor home holiday gives you the freedom to discover heavenly places beyond the main highway. below: Native rainforest of the Fiordland National Park frames the road near Milford Sound.
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A coastal track makes it easy to explore the perfection of Abel Tasman National Park.
Nelson & Marlborough
The Nelson region is known for its year-round sunshine, golden beaches, national parks, boutique wineries, micro breweries and a large creative community of working artists.
It takes three to four days to hike the Abel Tasman Coastal Track, one of New Zealand’s best walks.
cross the Cook Strait is the Marlborough region— one of New Zealand’s largest wine-growing regions. While sauvignon blanc is considered the region’s specialty, Marlborough’s methode traditionelle and chardonnay wines are also well known. The Marlborough Sounds is another key attraction, featuring spectacular scenery where bush and mountains rise straight from the sea. The Sounds can be explored by boat or by foot—the 67 kilometre Queen Charlotte Track offers excellent views as it passes through coastal forest, around coves and inlets and along ridges. The Nelson region is known for its yearround sunshine, golden beaches, national parks, boutique wineries, micro breweries and a large creative community of working artists. With locally grown produce, freshly caught seafood, historical streetscapes and waterfront restaurants, it is easy to see why many New Zealanders are relocating to Nelson to enjoy the lifestyle it offers. From Nelson it’s easy to access any of three national parks—Abel Tasman National Park, the Nelson Lakes National Park and Kahurangi, New Zealand’s secondlargest national park, comprising 450,000 hectares of mostly upland wilderness, with magnificent three to four-day hiking trails.
Sea-kayaking safaris are an excellent way to explore this region.
Driving Route Chetwood Forest Dimrill Dale Start Nelson / Finish Nelson Recommended Time: 3 Days Distance: 246km (154 miles) With three national parks, a fascinating arts and crafts community and renowned high sunshine hours, you’ll be sure to have loads of fun exploring around Nelson and Motueka. The area boasts some of the most dramatic locations used in “The Lord of the Rings” movies. But, be warned, some of them were also pretty remote, so you may find you temporarily forgo your car keys for a seat on a flight-seeing tour! Many of the props used in the epic trilogy were also made around Nelson, so have some fun trying on rings for size or drinking stout just like that served in The Prancing Pony!
Nelson - Motueka Marahau The city of Nelson is home to a fascinating community of beach, bush and art lovers. From here you can organise yourself an
eco-adventure or become immersed in the local creative culture. Every year the city hosts the Montana New Zealand Wearable Art Awards, where art comes off the wall and onto the body. The road to Motueka hugs the coast, which makes it easy to browse beaches as you go. The Waimea Inlet and the villages of Mapua and Ruby Bay are particularly irresistible. Art and pottery studios, vineyards and excellent cafés are other local distractions. In the horticultural town of Motueka you can indulge your love of fresh fruit and vegetables, and feed your imagination with local arts and crafts. Because it’s so close to the Abel Tasman National Park and the Kahurangi National Park, Motueka is an ideal place to plan and prepare for hiking adventures. The short trip to Marahau takes you past the road to Kaiteriteri Beach, one of the most beautiful beaches in the region. The picnic area in the Riwaka Valley is another scenic detour—you can walk to the source of the Riwaka River. Marahau is often called ‘the Abel Tasman Village’, because it’s where many people begin their explorations of the Abel Tasman National Park. You can hire kayaks, swim with seals or catch a water taxi to one of the park’s amazing beaches. The Coast Track in the Abel Tasman 17
National Park is the most popular ‘great walk’ in New Zealand. The track takes you past pristine golden sand beaches and calm turquoise waters.
Marahau - Collingwood State Highway 60 will take you up and over Takaka Hill. At the start of your journey, a sign on the left points to Riwaka Valley, a picturesque picnic area. Near the summit of Takaka Hill you can explore Ngarua Caves. Enjoy the views from the top, then wind down through the beautiful Takaka Hill Scenic Reserve. If you’re in the mood for adventure, follow the side road to Harwood’s Hole, New Zealand’s biggest cave. Takaka is the main centre for the northwest corner of the south Island. It has an interesting local community of artisans, growers and alternative life-stylers. From here you can discover Pupu Springs, Wharariki Beach, old gold-mining works, the bird sanctuary on Farewell Spit and the walking tracks of the Kahurangi National Park.
scenic highlights massive sandspit has two entirely Kahurangi National Park Huge and wild, Kahurangi National Park will surprise you with tropical palm forests, caves, alpine herb fields and rare creatures.
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Christchurch & Canterbury
Christchurch and Canterbury has an Ocean to Alps backdrop − spectacular Pacific coastline, snowcapped mountains to the west and the hidden bays of an ancient volcanic peninsula to the south.
Fur seals are an appealing sight on the rocks around Kaikoura.
and food experiences of Waipara, the spa delights of Hanmer Springs and the marine mammal encounters of Kaikoura.
Site for its recognition as a ‘special place’ in
During winter, you can add skiing to your list of things to do. Between the three main destinations, you’ll cruise through beautiful country landscapes and rural towns, where always counting on friendly hospitality.
he southern west coast is part of the larger South West New Zealand area
designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage the world.
The Canterbury region includes a large central portion of the east coast of the South Island, centred around the city of Christchurch. One of the highlights of the region is the Alpine Pacific Triangle, a touring route which links the alpine and thermal village of Hanmer Springs, the wine valley of Waipara and Kaikoura. Kaikoura, (which translated from Maori means ‘a place for eating crayfish’) is where the Southern Alps meet the coast. Fur seals, dusky and Hector’s dolphins can be seen from the land, and a few kilometres further out, giant sperm whales (the third largest whale in the world) can be seen yearround. The Whale Watch organisation in Kaikoura offers tours and is renowned as an ecotourism operator. There are two scenic driving routes in this region: the Alpine Pacific Triangle and the Inland Scenic Route 72.
Alpine Pacific Triangle Compact and highly scenic, the Alpine Pacific Triangle takes you to the wine
Route Summary This South Island road journey is 370 kilometres long and has three legs— Waipara to Hanmer Springs along State Highway 7, Hanmer Springs to Kaikoura along State Highway 70, and Kaikoura to Waipara on State Highway 1. You can connect with the route from the north, south or west.
Key Features If it’s your mission to unwind and reward yourself with indulgent experiences, the Alpine Pacific Triangle is a driving route made in heaven. You can start your journey at any of the key destinations—Hanmer Springs, Kaikoura or Waipara. In the eco-tourism world, Kaikoura is known as a top place for marine mammal viewing. Once a sleepy little fishing village, the town is geared up to provide travellers
with unforgettable, close-up encounters. You can see whales, dolphins and fur seals—you can even dive with sharks. Aside from the marine environment, Kaikoura has an astounding landscape—mountain ranges tower above the town, and in winter they’re swathed in snow. The area’s seafood delicacy, crayfish, is another reason to stay a while. If you want a quiet trip to Hanmer Springs, take State Highway 70. Traffic will be very light and the scenery is wildly beautiful. At Hanmer Springs, you’ll be greeted by the trappings of a prosperous spa town. Against a backdrop of forested mountains, there are many options for active and passive relaxation. At night, everyone converges on the hot springs, to soak in naturally heated water. Waipara, the third destination in the triangle, is one of New Zealand’s newest wine areas. Pinot noir and riesling are the favoured wine styles. Lunch at a winery is definitely on the agenda; locally produced hazelnuts, olive oil and lavender products will also tempt you. If you’re in Waipara on a Sunday, you could catch the Weka Pass Railway. It runs on 14 kilometres of the original Hurunui-Bluff Main Trunk line, built in 1882. 19
Key Tips There are comprehensive information
boards for travellers at Amberley, Waikari, Culverden, Waiau and Cheviot.
The i-SITE Visitor Centre at Hanmer
Springs is open seven days a week.
Snow and ice are potential road
hazards during winter. Check road conditions before you set out.
ALpiNe pACiFiC TRiANGLe
right: hot pools come in every size, shape and temperature at hanmer Springs.
bottom left: All aboard for Cathedral Square, or anywhere else you want to go in central Christchurch.
Tourism New Zealand
Drive along the dotted line where the Canterbury Plains meet the Southern Alps and find a rare kind of heaven. On one side, serene pastures and fields; on the other side, the rock solid beauty of New Zealand’s longest, highest mountain range. Opportunities for outdoor fun can be found at every turn—bring your fly rod, hiking boots and sense of adventure.
Inland Scenic Route 72
From Methven it’s easy to arrange
transport to the Mount Hutt ski area, and safer than taking your own vehicle.
Weather can change quickly around
Mount Somers—hikers should be prepared for all conditions.
Luxurious lodge accommodation is a
feature of this driving route. Consider splashing out for a night or two.
inland scenic route 72
Inland Scenic Route 72 journeys from Rangiora, north of Christchurch, to the farming centre of Oxford. The route continues along the foot of the alps to Mount Hutt, Canterbury’s premier ski field. Mount Somers is next, for a hike in the mountains. Then it’s over the Rangitata River to Geraldine, where you can link to State Highway 1 or head inland to Mount Cook.
Key Features Outdoor adventures—both gentle and daring—are your reason for choosing to follow Inland Scenic Route 72. In any season, you’ll find captivating ways to appreciate the breathtaking landscapes. Around the country town of Oxford, there are farm stays and horse riding opportunities. Oxford Forest is a popular spot for walks and picnics. The Ryde Falls Walk is an easy excursion, while a trip up Mount Oxford is a challenging one day expedition. Flicking a fly rod is a relaxing way to absorb the beauty of the Southern Alps. A totally different kind of river entertainment can be found in Rakaia Gorge, where you can catch a jet boat to see waterfalls, hair-raising rapids and amazing alpine scenery. The Rangitata River’s special
talent is white water rafting—incredibly exciting, but also suitable for first timers. Geraldine offers clear mountain views, beautiful walks, a vibrant boutique shopping village and is conveniently located within two hours’ drive of eight ski fields. You’ll want to get close to the Southern Alps on this journey, but the type of interaction depends on the time of the year. In winter and spring, Mount Hutt ski field has some of the most reliable skiing and snowboarding conditions in New Zealand.
Once snow levels have receded, the hiking season begins. Make it your mission to complete the Mount Somers Walkway—a ten hour return trip that takes you to historic coal mines, impressive volcanic formations, tussock lands, a deep river canyon and rugged bush country. You can also climb to the top of Mount Somers for lofty views of the mountains and plains. Top: Hot air ballooning on the Canterbury plains takes you from the alps to the sea. above: vast fields of yellow canola flowers are a happy sight on the Canterbury plains.
Southland & Otago
New Zealand’s southernmost region, Southland, is home to the fishing port of Bluff and its key attraction, the famous Bluff oyster.
Dunedin’s five kilometre stretch of surf beach is perfect for a long walk.
rom Bluff, visitors can catch a ferry to New Zealand’s third island, Stewart Island, a haven for native bird life and one of the only places in New Zealand where you can readily see kiwi in their natural habitat. Approximately 85% of Stewart Island comprises New Zealand’s newest national park—Rakiura National Park, which opened in 2002. New Zealand’s first university city, Dunedin, is memorable for its historical architecture. It is regarded as one of the best preserved Victorian and Edwardian cities in the Southern Hemisphere. The city is also renowned for its proximity to wildlife. Within a short drive from the city, visitors can see the hoiho, or yellow-eyed penguin (the world’s rarest), the world’s only mainland breeding colony of the royal albatross and rare New Zealand sea lions.
Southern Scenic Route
If you want to escape the material world and re-connect with nature, the Southern Scenic Route is the road to big skies, dramatic scenery and meaningful encounters with native animals. From exploring an authentic castle in Dunedin to kayaking across a wilderness lake, the memories you’ll collect will echo the bold beauty of the landscape and the determination of early pioneers. Route Summary Starting in the historic city of Dunedin, this route follows Southland’s wild coast down to Invercargill, then continues northwest to Manapouri and Te Anau. Highlights could include sea life encounters along the Catlins Coast, an expedition to Stewart Island, lake cruises and walking the Tuatapere Humpridge Track.
Key Features Dunedin is a treasure box of Victorian and Edwardian architecture. You can see amazing examples of revival Gothic, Italianate, Palladian and Georgian architecture. Eco-tours to penguin, albatross and fur seal colonies are Dunedin’s other claim to fame—some include a cruise up the beautiful Otago Harbour. Waterfalls, forests and marine mammal encounters await you on the Catlins Coast, a stretch of wilderness that begins just south of Balclutha. Be sure to take the track to Purakaunui Falls, a magnificent 20 metre, three tier waterfall. Nugget Point is the surest bet for wildlife viewing—it’s the only place where you can find fur seals, Hooker’s sea lions and sea elephants coexisting. It’s also home to colonies of yellow-eyed penguins and blue penguins. At Porpoise Bay you can scan the waves
Ben Crawford Kieran Scott
Southern Scenic route
TOP:A 26 kilometre stretch of sand and surf is patiently waiting for you at the bottom of the South Island. RIGHT: Catch the penguin procession first thing in the morning or last thing at night.
key tipS for Hector’s dolphins. Curio Bay has a very curious fossilised forest—it’s 180 million years old. At the town of Bluff, admire Fred and Myrtle’s paua shell house then catch a ferry to Stewart Island, home of New Zealand’s newest national park. Back on the mainland, the Tuatapere Humpridge Track leads you to beach, forest and sub alpine scenery, with historic wooden viaducts for added interest. Your final frontier is the eastern edge of Fiordland, where you’ll come to the lakeside towns of Manapouri and Te Anau. Cruise Lake Manapouri to the impressive West Arm power station or embark on a kayaking and sailing expedition to the fiords. Te Anau entertainments include a wildlife park, walking the Kepler Track, caving and horse treks.
The southern portions of the South
Island enjoy a long twilight in summer—as late as 10pm.
BOTTOM:Packed with antiques and fascinating stories, Larnach Castle is Dunedin’s favourite icon.
There are i-SITE Visitor Centres in
Dunedin, Invercargill,Te Anau, Gore and Stewart Island.
If you’re planning to visit Milford
Sound, consider a coach tour— ice and snow can make the road hazardous.
The Southern Lakes Region
Haast River Safari
The Southern Lakes region is characterised by adventure, luxury living, snow sports and scenery. As one of the most dramatic and beautiful parts of New Zealand, Fiordland is another part of the World Heritage Site of South West New Zealand and is often called the sightseeing and walking capital of the world.
Explore the untamed beauty of the Haast River in the remote Wahipounamu World Heritage area.
ou can explore Fiordland National Park by foot, sea kayak, boat, or from the air. The park covers 1.2 million hectares and showcases dramatic wilderness on a grand scale. Famous walking tracks in the area include the Routeburn, the Milford, the Greenstone, the Hollyford, the Kepler and the Rees-Dart.
Located on the shores of Lake Wakatipu and overlooked by the Remarkables Range, Queenstown is one of New Zealand’s most popular holiday destinations, featuring action such as skiing and snowboarding, jet boating, bungy jumping and white water rafting. Queenstown and its surrounds also offer more relaxing activities such as golf, wine tasting in the many boutique wineries, and exploring the historical gold mining townships of Central Otago. Wanaka is a scenic drive away from Queenstown over one of the highest road passes in the Southern Hemisphere—the Crown Range. Wanaka is located on the southern shores of Lake Wanaka. Considered the region’s second resort town after Queenstown, it offers spectacular views of Mount Aspiring National Park. 24
The Great Alpine Highway This beautifully scenic route will carry you through charming historic towns and dramatic ever-changing landscapes from one side of the South Island to the other. Winter skiing and summer hikes provide opportunities to stretch your legs, while memories of your roadside stops to take in the scenery will keep you smiling for years to come. And along the way you’ll discover relaxing cafés and vineyards to help fuel your alpine adventures.
Route Summary From Christchurch, this 255-kilometre route follows State Highway 73 west across river plains before rising to traverse the Southern Alps through Porters Pass and Arthur’s Pass National Park. Highlights include the impressive Waimakariri and Otira River gorges, driving along the Otira Viaduct and exploring natural wonders like the Castle Hill Rocks and Cave Stream Reserve. You’ll also discover alpine lakes, fairytale waterfalls and some fascinating high-altitude cloud formations.
KEY FEATURES When gold was discovered on the west coast in the 1860s, Christchurch wanted in on the economic action. The city commissioned a road between the two regions through an alpine pass once used by pre-European Maori traders. Built in just a year, the road was a perilous route and only one small shipment of gold ever took the journey. Today the highway provides easy access to large areas of fertile productive land and some remarkable alpine landscapes. In recent times, vineyards, lifestyle blocks, farm tours, alpaca farms and walnut orchards have helped to create a relaxed café, arts and crafts lifestyle for the towns around Darfield on the Canterbury Plains. Early trials of the world’s first jet boat took place on the Waimakariri River near the historic town of Springfield. Today you can take an adrenalin-filled jet boat ride deep into the foothills of the Southern Alps. Six winter ski-fields along the route provide thrills and spills for skiers and boarders of all ages and abilities. During summer, hiking and biking trails, ranging from a few
Key Tips Heavy snowfall in winter can
occasionally close Arthur’s Pass. If there’s any doubt, check a road report before heading out.
E ven in summer it can be much cooler
in the alps. Pack some warm clothes and a raincoat, just in case.
The New Zealand Department of
Conservation website has good information about the walks and hikes in this region.
The GreaT alpine hiGhway
hours to several days, will lead you through some of the most beautiful alpine landscapes in New Zealand. A stop at the Craigieburn Forest Park or Arthur’s Pass National Park is a must, even if you only venture a short way down a trail. If you prefer to explore while seated, try a horse trek through high country farm and tussock land. Don’t miss the ancient monolithic limestone rock formations at Castle Hill. They’re loved by rock climbers, but most people simply enjoy a little bouldering, some great views and unique photo opportunities. If casting a line in the silence of alpine landscapes appeals, you’ll want to put salmon fishing on the top of your list. There are several local guides who can kit you out and show you where the trophy-size fish can be found. You can drive the route without stopping in 3.5 hours. However, with so much to enjoy along the way, it’s a good idea to plan an overnight stop or two if you have the time. The end of your journey will reveal the raw beauty of the rugged west coast. Expect long isolated beaches strewn with natural driftwood and mountains covered in native beech forest. Your camera will be kept very busy.
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10% DISCOUNT FOR 2 ADULTS Expires May 31st 2011. The 3 hour tour, with ‘No Walking’, takes you to within 3 metres of these amazing birds. During your trip enjoy panoramic views of Hawke’s Bay.We cater for individuals and groups, with departures daily at 9.30am or 1.30pm September to May. For all booking and enquiries contact: GANNET SAFARIS OVERLAND LTD Summerlee, RD2, Hastings P: (06) 875 0888 | 08004ASAFARI or 0800 427 232 F: (06) 875 0893 E: firstname.lastname@example.org www.gannetsafaris.co.nz
10% OFF THE TICKET PRICE OF A FULL FACTORY OR SHORTENED* TOUR. ONE VOUCHER PER TICKET TRANSACTION. Cadbury World is a Chocolate experience guaranteed to evoke all of the senses. See how some of your favourite Cadbury chocolates are made, sample a range of products, then finish it all off at the chocolate fall, where you will see one tonne of melted chocolate drop before your eyes! The Cadbury Tour is a must do when in Dunedin! ( *Please note shortened tour does not enter factory)
FREE PHONE NZ 0800 4 CHOC TOUR 280 Cumberland Street, Dunedin. E: email@example.com
www.cadburyworld.co.nz Scenic helicopter flights and snow landings. Franz Josef, Fox and Tasman Glaciers. Mount Cook & Mount Tasman. 100% locally owned and operated for over 25 years.
$20 OFF PER ADULT on standard flight options on presentation of touring map when booking. Subject to minimum numbers.
Alpine Adventure Centre, Main Road, FRANZ JOSEF Fox Guides Building, Main Road, FOX GLACIER E: firstname.lastname@example.org
FREEPHONE 0800 800 793 www.scenic-flights.co.nz
10% Discou nt when you quote this code AP10 • WORLD FAMOUS MAGIC MAIL RUN • FANTASTIC DAY WALKS • MOTUARA ISLAND BIRD SANCTUARY • STUNNING SCENIC CRUISES • LUNCH’N’CRUISES
The Waterfront, Picton P: +64 3 57 36 175 Freephone: 0800 62 45 26 (NZ only) email@example.com www.mailboat.co.nz