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Old travel pages from 2007 and Before

Food From the Source: Eating Local in New Zealand

New Zealand is famed for its extraordinary cuisine – think from gate to plate, sea to pan, market stall to salad bowl. Visitors to the country come home raving about what they ate, and not just from meals in upscale restaurants. You don’t have to go out of your way to experience astonishingly fresh and flavourful foods in the land of the long white cloud – even if you are just visiting the country.

By Travel New Zealand - Tuesday, January 26, 2016 - Full Story

New Zealand’s Coast to Coast Mountain Race

Looking for a world-class sporting event to highlight a vacation? Coast to Coast is an iconic multi-sport event held on New Zealand’s South Island. Beginning on February 12, 2016, at Kumara on the west coast, the race traverses the width of the island, finishing on the east coast at New Brighton.

By Travel New Zealand - Monday, January 4, 2016 - Full Story

Travel feature: Salisbury, UK

Only 16 miles lies between Romsey, Hampshire and Salisbury, Wiltshire, UK - a matter of just 40 minutes or so.

By Tim Saunders - Monday, January 4, 2016 - Full Story

New Zealand’s Honey Trail

New Zealand honey is creating quite a buzz with its health benefits, attracting both the curious and the sweet-toothed. New Zealand has thousands of beekeepers managing more than 500,000 hives. Thanks to growing awareness about the unique health benefits of bee products, demand is blossoming. Discover the secret world of bees through apiarists opening their hives and lives to visitors.

By Travel New Zealand - Monday, December 21, 2015 - Full Story

Ten Reasons to Visit New Zealand in 2016

New Zealand might not be very large, but it is a land of dramatic contrasts. There are striking shorelines and majestic peaks where, if you plan your trip right, you can snow ski and surf in the ocean all in the same day. It’s also a nation where the inhabitants are dedicated to sport, art, culture, history and the great outdoors.

By Travel New Zealand - Tuesday, December 15, 2015 - Full Story

Wellington, New Zealand’s Craft Beer Scene - Kelp, Oysters and Beervana

The craft beer movement, initially fuelled by a resurgent interest in home brewing, has overturned traditional and mainstream ideas about beer and brewing all around the world. Nowhere is this more evident than in New Zealand’s capital city of Wellington, where more than a dozen craft and boutique breweries, nano-breweries (brewing just one batch at a time) and brewpubs (pubs that brew onsite) are based.

At least as many others are located just beyond the city limits, among the hillsides and valleys of the Kapiti Coast and Wairarapa.

By Travel New Zealand - Monday, December 7, 2015 - Full Story

The Pioneer - New Bike Race Launched in New Zealand

For those who love to travel the world around biking events, The Pioneer is an audacious, seven-day mountain bike stage race for elite and amateur athletes alike. It takes riders (in teams of two) through the best of New Zealand’s spectacular landscape – along trails that few ever get to enjoy – and is following in the footsteps of New Zealand’s early explorers.

By Travel New Zealand - Monday, November 23, 2015 - Full Story

Find your selfie heaven in New Zealand

In today’s social media-driven world, when a simple landscape shot just isn’t enough, a selfie can be the best bet to make your friends and family jealous, increase your followers or add a bit of humour to the average travel diary.

By Travel New Zealand Ben Rogers- Tuesday, November 17, 2015 - Full Story

Tea and Scones During Marathon

What happens if you take Rotorua, New Zealand’s North Island home of spectacular scenery, geothermal activity, lakes and forests, add in a cultural heritage that’s been nurtured for hundreds of years, and then drop in over 1000 local and international runners? You get a trail running experience like no other.

By Travel New Zealand - Monday, November 2, 2015 - Full Story

New Zealand - Accommodations Fit for a King

Generations of royals have visited New Zealand since the Queen first stepped ashore in 1953, and next in line to visit is also next in line to the British Throne – Prince Charles. Their Royal Highnesses The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall will visit New Zealand from November 4 – 10 and will visit Wellington, Dunedin, Nelson, Westport, Ngaruawahia, New Plymouth and Auckland.

By Travel New Zealand - Wednesday, October 28, 2015 - Full Story

New Zealand’s Shotover Jet Turns 50

In 1965, Shotover Jet took its first passenger and helped put New Zealand on the global tourism map. On November 13, 2015, Shotover Jet will be turning 50 years old. And on that day, it will become the first jet boat operator in the world to have operated continuously for this many years.

By Travel New Zealand - Tuesday, October 13, 2015 - Full Story

Black Water Adventures

Stubbs is operations supervisor for The Legendary Black Water Rafting Co. in Waitomo, established in 1987 and New Zealand’s first “black water” (think underground rivers) adventure tour company.

By Travel New Zealand - Monday, October 5, 2015 - Full Story

Travel feature: St Mawes, Cornwall

Those hunting a subtropical climate will be pleased to hear that they do not have to endure long flights to Vietnam or Taiwan. Thanks to the Gulf Stream, Cornwall enjoys the very same conditions. This means that spring comes early and autumn lingers longer, allowing for a rich variety of plants to thrive. There is over 1,500 hours of sunshine annually in the county. No wonder it is such a popular tourist destination. In fact during our trip to St Mawes, which lies within the Cornwall Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, we encounter visitors from Germany, Czechoslovakia, Poland and America.

By Tim Saunders - Tuesday, September 29, 2015 - Full Story

Holiday Like a Celebrity in New Zealand

Fancy a celebrity-style holiday? It may be much easier than you think.  New Zealand is the perfect place to get away from it all – as some of the biggest names in the world have discovered. Below are some secret celebrity vacation spots in New Zealand – and you don’t need a superstar-size bank balance or an entourage to enjoy them.

By Travel New Zealand - Monday, September 28, 2015 - Full Story

Travel feature: Herefordshire and Wales

“A room without books is like a body without a soul.”


I spy this quote in the window of one of the many bookshops in Hay on Wye during our trip to Herefordshire and Wales.

By Tim Saunders - Wednesday, September 16, 2015 - Full Story

New Zealand Spring Means Food & Wine

Spring in New Zealand is a season inspired with vibrant colours and unfurling new life, brimming with the flavours of early produce and new vintage releases, and a feast of imaginative festivals celebrating everything from seafood to wine. Below are three of the most popular spring events.

By Travel New Zealand - Saturday, September 12, 2015 - Full Story

New Zealand’s Must-Eat Seafoods

True foodies and lovers of “fruits of the sea” won’t want to miss out on trying these tasty fresh seafood delicacies while travelling in New Zealand. New Zealand has one of the world’s longest coastlines and richest marine environments. The waters of the vast surrounding oceans offer some of the best seafood on the international market.

By Travel New Zealand Paul Holman- Friday, August 21, 2015 - Full Story

Discover New Zealand’s Best Chefs

New Zealand’s boasts a thriving food scene due to the quality of the ingredients, the innovative cuisine, the presentation, and the style and design of the restaurants themselves. Below is a list of five New Zealand chefs worth seeking out.

Fleur Sullivan

Fleur’s Place, a small and affordable restaurant, café and bar on the Moeraki Wharf, has earned iconic status in New Zealand’s cuisine heritage. After 20 years working as the owner and host of the award-winning Central Otago establishment, Oliver’s, Sullivan felt a need to connect back with a simpler lifestyle.

By Travel New Zealand - Wednesday, June 17, 2015 - Full Story