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Whale Watching

New Zealand is renowned as one of the world’s best whale watching destinations, and this unique wildlife encounter should be on every visitor’s itinerary. Just imagine coming eye to eye with a 15-metre Sperm Whale – it’s an experience you won’t forget! While Kaikoura in the South Island is New Zealand’s whale watching capital, you…

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Ski & Snowboard Gear Guide

Choosing the right gear is not just about deciding whether you’re a skier or snowboarder! Picking the right equipment starts with basic clothing and goes all the way to choosing between various board and ski styles. Ski Gear Basics When you’re heading up to New Zealand’s ski areas there’s one basic rule: you should dress…

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Ski & Snowboard New Zealand – Fast Facts

Which New Zealand ski area to choose? Where to get weather information? How much will it cost? It’s always handy to know certain things before hitting the slopes. Get prepped for New Zealand’s ski season and check out fast facts on snowboarding and skiing New Zealand. Club Ski Areas You don’t have to be a…

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Planning Your Ski Holiday

When heading to New Zealand for a snowboard or ski holiday, you can of course book a ski package that has everything from lift passes and mountain transport to accommodation sorted. Book a package tour or get help from a company who’ll put together a custom-designed snow-specific package. Some good tour operators are: New Zealand…

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The thrill and fear of the Shotover Canyon Swing

I like to think I’m up for participating in most of New Zealand’s crazy activities! I’ve jumped off a bridge with a bungy cord around my feet and thrown myself out of an aeroplane from 12,000ft. Therefore when my time arrived to do the Canyon Swing, I naively thought it would be a breeze.The Shotover…

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Zorbing in Rotorua

In the 1990s, two kiwis were looking for a new adventure challenge and came up with the idea of jumping inside a large inflatable ball and rolling around for fun! They gave it the name ‘Zorbing’, and it’s now a worldwide business with franchise agents in many countries. Seeing as Rotorua is home to the…

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Million-dollar Views from the Top of Mount Maunganui

I’ve heard so much about the fantastic walk to the top of Mauao – the ‘Mount’ for which this place is named – that I’m really keen to try it, and since I’m staying for the weekend, now is the perfect chance. Saturday morning at Mount Maunganui in New Zealand’s Bay of Plenty dawns perfectly…

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Black-water Rafting with Waitomo Adventures

Sliding, swimming, clambering, crawling … pull on a padded wetsuit, steel-capped gumboots and a helmet with a headlight, and there’s nothing you can’t do. Come on, when else do you get the chance to slither through mud, in the dark, on your hands and knees or float on your back in the blackness of an…

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Te Araroa – One of the World’s Longest Trails

New Zealand boasts some stunning multi-day walks all over the country and if you’re into walking and hiking you’ll have heard of New Zealand’s Great Walks. But when talking about Te Araroa, the term ‘great walk’ gains a whole new meaning. If you’re looking for a new challenge, this truly great walk may just be…