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Staggering beauty and heart-pumping thrills await in Queenstown. The alpine... more
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Queenstown
Staggering beauty and heart-pumping thrills await in Queenstown. The alpine resort on Lake Wakatipu began its life as a gold-mining town in the 1860s, but now draws droves of outdoor enthusiasts for kayaking, bungee jumping, hiking and skiing. For a more mild-mannered adventure, take a quiet cruise through nearby Milford Sound, part of the Fjordland National Park World Heritage area, or sample South Island pinot noir from one of the region's 75 wineries. Whatever the season, you won't want to stay indoors.
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Rotorua's rotten-egg aroma is the only downside to its position on a volcanic... more
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Rotorua
Rotorua's rotten-egg aroma is the only downside to its position on a volcanic fault line. With 13 freshwater lakes within 20 minutes, Rotorua is all about getting outside - and getting muddy. There is a profusion of places to experience bubbling mud and geysers in "Rotovegas", the area at the top of Fenton Street. Once you've made the most of the mud, soar nearly 2000 feet on the Skyline Gondola for views of Lake Rotorua. Discover the lakes by paddle steamer, fishing charter or WWII amphibious vehicle.
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This adrenaline-pumping city offers an abundance of skydiving, jetboating and... more
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Taupo
This adrenaline-pumping city offers an abundance of skydiving, jetboating and bungee jumping. Discover the marvels of Orakei Korako thermal park, featuring caves, hot springs and boiling mud pools. Gaze across Lake Taupo to see the spectacular volcanic mountains of Tongariro National Park, and make sure to visit Huka Falls, one of the great watery wonders of New Zealand.
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Sample the beloved vintages of the Marlborough Wine Region in Blenheim, an... more
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Blenheim
Sample the beloved vintages of the Marlborough Wine Region in Blenheim, an agricultural town in the heart of New Zealand’s renowned wine hub. More than 20 wineries are just a hop, skip and a corkscrew away from Blenheim, where a stream of cafes and restaurants serve up tasty, artisan fare. One of the sunniest towns in New Zealand, Blenheim is the perfect destination for foodies and wine lovers who love to soak up the sun while sipping the fruits of a vineyard’s labour.
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Nelson’s thriving arts and music scene has helped to establish it as a... more
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Nelson
Nelson’s thriving arts and music scene has helped to establish it as a destination for free spirits and art-lovers. Festivals, studios, galleries, craft markets… Every cranny of this South Island city seems to buzz with artistic energy. Lord of the Rings fans will flip for the Jens Hansen workshop in Trafalgar Square—Hansen is the goldsmith who designed the “precious” guarded by Frodo in the LOTR films.
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The South Island town of Wanaka appeals to both adventure lovers and... more
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Wanaka
The South Island town of Wanaka appeals to both adventure lovers and relaxation-minded travellers. Situated on the crystal-clear waters of New Zealand's fourth-largest lake, just a short drive from Mount Aspiring National Park, Wanaka is an ideal spot to go fishing, hiking, skiing, wine-tasting or golfing. The city also hosts Warbirds Over Wanaka, the largest three-day air show in the Southern Hemisphere.
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The lush parks and golden beaches of Tauranga make it a popular destination for... more
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Tauranga
The lush parks and golden beaches of Tauranga make it a popular destination for outdoorsy folks and watersports lovers. Here on New Zealand’s North Island, you’ll find a variety of opportunities for surfing, white water rafting, kiteboarding, hiking and golfing. Take a refreshing dip in the swimming holes by Kaiate Falls, which cascade beautifully over the bluffs. Families might like to visit one of Tauranga’s amusement park, take a guided nature tour or swim with dolphins in the Bay of Plenty.
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Christchurch, known as The Garden City, is New Zealand’s second-largest urban... more
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Christchurch
Christchurch, known as The Garden City, is New Zealand’s second-largest urban area. There are few places in the world where, within two hours of an international airport, you can ski at a world-class alpine resort, golf, bungee jump, go rafting, mountain biking, wind surfing, whale watching and soak in natural thermal pools. There are nine surrounding districts within the Canterbury region presenting a remarkable diversity of landscapes and activities. Christchurch City has begun to rebuild after an earthquake in February, 2011. While some parts of the city remain cordoned off, most visitor services are open. If you've visited before, your experience will be different but you'll see that the city still has a lot to offer. Many visitor services, including bus services, the International Airport, accommodation, visitor attractions and visitor information services, are open. Christchurch remains New Zealand’s gateway to the amazing experiences on offer in Canterbury and the wider South Island.
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If you long to explore New Zealand’s beautiful Bay of Islands, Paihia makes a... more
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Paihia
If you long to explore New Zealand’s beautiful Bay of Islands, Paihia makes a wonderful base. Known as “the Jewel of the Bay Islands,” this seaside town has golden beaches, lovely coastal walking trails and waterfalls, and a colorful population of local birds. Paihia also holds an important role in the country’s history. It was here, after a century of conflict between indigenous Maori tribes and Western settlers, that peace was finally made and the groundbreaking Treaty of Waitangi was signed.
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If you like Art Deco architecture, you must visit Napier. The town was... more
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Napier
If you like Art Deco architecture, you must visit Napier. The town was completely destroyed by an earthquake in 1937, then completely rebuilt in gorgeous Art Deco style. A number of local wineries also offer tours and tastings.
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