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Welcome to the New Zealand travel blog where you can read about the real New Zealand, as experienced by real people, not hobbits! who will give you the absolute inside word on all the cool stuff you can find here!

So who's doing the blogging?  Well it's going to be quite a mix of folks, from born-and-bred New Zealanders (or "kiwis" as they're known in these parts) to a few 'imports' (folks that have moved here from elsewhere in the world and now call New Zealand home).  We've also got some Regional Tourism Operators on board (how official!) to keep you up to date with what's happening across the country.

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Although justly famous for action and adventure, New Zealand boasts a wide range of other activities to keep you entertained from dawn till dusk ... and beyond!

North Island

A lush green island enjoying a warm temperate climate. Fringed with sparkling harbours, beaches and covered by rugged volcanic mountains and vast forests.

South Island

Vineyards, wineries, white sand beaches and turquoise waters, breathtaking glaciers, alpine resorts, towering fiords, coastal widlife and adrenaline adventure.

Activities and Attractions

Amazing activities and stunning sights on offer to suit any age, budget and inclination. From wine tasting to white-knuckle thrills and wildlife encounters, we’ve got it all!

recent blogs

Auckland to welcome Global Ocean Race Posted by: Ben Allan - 21 June 2013

The ‘City of Sails’ has been confirmed as the halfway stopover port for the gruelling, round-the-world Global Ocean Race in 2014. Auckland’s legendary hospitality and the city’s unmatched enthusiasm for

Filed under: Auckland, Event, Global Ocean Race, sailing

Amisfield Winery & Bistro named New Zealand's best winery restaurant Posted by: Ben Allan - 21 June 2013

Queenstown’s Amisfield Winery and Bistro is celebrating being named New Zealand’s best winery restaurant in the prestigious Cuisine NZ Good Food Awards. 

Filed under: awards, Food and Wine, Otago, Queenstown, Wineries

Neil Perry Cooks at Kauri Cliffs Posted by: Ben Allan - 19 June 2013

As part of the Winter Food & Wine Series, renowned Australian chef Neil Perry will share his passion for Italian food at a special dinner on Saturday, 27 July at

Filed under: Accommodation, cooking, Event, gourmet, luxury

45th National Fieldays underway Posted by: Ben Allan - 14 June 2013

Early morning fog over Mystery Creek lifted quickly on Wednesday for the first day of the annual New Zealand National Agricultural Fieldays – the Southern Hemisphere’s largest agribusiness exhibition, now

Filed under: Events, Exhibition

Gibbston Valley Winery opens flagship deli, café and cellar door in Arrowtown Posted by: Ben Allan - 13 June 2013

Award-winning Gibbston Valley Winery has opened its Mediterranean-style delicatessen café and cellar door experience this week in the historic Central Otago township of Arrowtown. Following a six week refurbishment of

Filed under: Arrowtown, Food & Wine, Latest News, Shopping, winery

Awards Hat-Trick Puts Southern Discoveries At The Top of the World Posted by: Ben Allan - 28 May 2013

Premier South Island tourism operator Southern Discoveries has cemented its position as one of the country’s best tourism operators with two prestigious accolades from the world’s largest travel community, TripAdvisor.

Filed under: Activities and Attractions, awards, boat cruise, Milford Sound, Queenstown

Wellington’s Carter Observatory Celebrates Matariki Posted by: Ben Allan - 23 May 2013

Carter Observatory in Wellington is joining the growing celebrations across Aotearoa to bring in Matariki, the Māori New Year. Matariki is a special time for many Māori families and communities.

Filed under: Activities and Attractions, Event, Wellington

Chocolate, couture and charity collide at Cadbury Couture Posted by: Ben Allan - 22 May 2013

Applications are now open for the 2013 Cadbury Couture runway show, part of the Cadbury Chocolate Carnival (which runs from 20-26 July in Dunedin). The theme for the 2013 show

Filed under: Competition, Dunedin, Event, Fashion, Festival

Good living and good wine from Gibbston Valley Winery in Arrowtown Posted by: Ben Allan - 21 May 2013

Arrowtown is already a favourite winter holiday destination, and its appeal (especially for wine-lovers) has only been enhanced by the planned expansion of Gibbston Valley Winery’s Arrowtown Tasting Room. The

Filed under: Arrowtown, Food & Wine, New Zealand wine, Shopping

Rotorua Named Among Red Bull’s Eight ‘Best Bike Trails on Earth’ Posted by: Ben Allan - 10 May 2013

Rotorua’s world-renowned mountain bike trails have today won the city global praise from Red Bull as one of the eight top mountain biking destinations on earth – the only Southern

Filed under: awards, Latest News, Mountain Biking, Rotorua

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