Travel and Resorts

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Old travel pages from 2007 and Before

Ready, Set, Go - New Zealand’s Vineyard Marathons

The combination of great landscapes and award-winning wines is hard to resist – and what better way to earn that indulgent glass or two than with a vineyard marathon? Whether you’re a “social” runner or a serious athlete, you’ll find a trail for every fitness level. Each marathon or half marathon provides a way to experience the regions, from cellar doors and across beachfronts to winding island roads. With a flagship vineyard at the end of each run, you’ll also have the perfect motivation to reach the finish line.

By Travel New Zealand - Monday, April 18, 2016 - Full Story

Clean Eating in New Zealand

You would expect New Zealanders to eat well. The country’s rolling pastures, ample rainfall and isolation have always created plenty of seasonal produce and the traditional food culture was based on whole foods, home baking and preserving. In recent years though, Kiwis have gone further, embracing clean eating, organics and artisan producers as part of their daily routine.

By Travel New Zealand - Tuesday, April 12, 2016 - Full Story

Travel feature: Bridport and Lyme Regis

Holidays are sacred.  So when a bank holiday arrives you don’t really want to be stuck at home doing the chores. Much better to explore the great British countryside. That’s what I did when I visited Dorset with my wife Caroline and baby daughter Harriett.

By Tim Saunders - Friday, April 1, 2016 - Full Story

Barbequing, Kiwi Style

As Canadians, we are sweeping the snow or, on the West Coast, dusting the pollen off our barbeques this time of the year, but New Zealand is knee deep into their barbequing season.

By Travel New Zealand - Tuesday, March 15, 2016 - Full Story

Falling for New Zealand - Autumn Invigorates the Body & Soul

If you are looking to engage all five senses while on vacation, New Zealand in autumn has it all. A real feast for the senses, autumn is a time of plenty in every imaginable way. During the months of March, April and May, skies are blue and foliage is ablaze with golden colours. Fruit harvests are underway and New Zealanders are heading out on weekends to play and enjoy a jam-packed calendar of events.

By Travel New Zealand - Friday, March 11, 2016 - Full Story

Pete’s Dragon Trailer - Real New Zealand Locations

From the land that was the backdrop for blockbuster movies such as The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, The Hobbit Trilogy, King Kong and many others – New Zealand is once again front and centre on the big screen.

By Travel New Zealand - Tuesday, March 1, 2016 - Full Story

TRAVEL FEATURE: Hampshire: Shawford and Winchester

The little known village of Shawford on the outskirts of Winchester is famous for two things. Firstly, it has the longest railway viaduct of over 2,000 feet in length and 40 feet in height. Secondly, its village pub The Bridge Inn was chosen as the location of the cantankerous Victor Meldrew’s hit-and-run death in the final episode of BBC comedy One Foot in the Grave.

By Tim Saunders - Tuesday, March 1, 2016 - Full Story

A European Winter Sun Destination

With the cold nights dragging on, the distant memory of the summer sunshine is exactly that, a distant memory! So you can be forgiven for looking forward to your summer holidays already, but why wait. Jetting off for some winter sun is easier and closer than you think. Just a quick 2 and a half hour journey away (travelling from the UK) and you can arrive to the sunny shores of Benidorm.

By David Powell - Thursday, February 11, 2016 - Full Story

An Insider’s Guide to Wellington, New Zealand

With its compact size, creative spirit, world-class coffee and progressive craft beer scene, it’s easy to see why Lonely Planet named Wellington the “coolest little capital in the world.” These local characters are as cool as the city they call home, so you know their insider tips are worth noting.

By Travel New Zealand - Thursday, February 4, 2016 - Full Story

Travel feature - Dorset: Lulworth Cove and Wareham, UK

I have fond memories of visiting Lulworth Cove and Wareham as a child. During the warm summer days my mother, sister and I would enjoy walking to the beach and when we were feeling adventurous enough we would make our way up the cove itself. This is the backdrop to the historic fishing village, which featured in blockbuster Hollywood film World War Z starring Brad Pitt as well as Doctor Who.

By Tim Saunders - Tuesday, February 2, 2016 - Full Story

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

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