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Where to Spot Wildlife in New Zealand

Whale Watch Kaikoura  
Photo: Whale Watch Kaikoura

Located at the bottom of the planet, New Zealand has a diverse range of landscapes in a country with a population that is tiny by world standards. With snowy alps, fjord-like sounds, volcanic plateaus, ancient forests and subtropical beaches, it’s no surprise that New Zealand has equally diverse and abundant wildlife.

By Travel New Zealand - Monday, December 10, 2018 - Full Story

Learn the Haka on All Blacks Hallowed Turf

Learn the Haka on All Blacks Hallowed Turf
Watching the All Blacks perform the haka before a match is a goosebumps moment for many sports fans around the world. Now there’s the opportunity for visitors to Auckland’s Eden Park to step onto the field and learn the Haka themselves.

By Travel New Zealand - Tuesday, December 4, 2018 - Full Story

Scenic Coastal Pacific Train Operating to Kaikoura

Scenic Coastal Pacific Train Operating to Kaikoura
One of New Zealand’s great rail journeys – KiwiRail’s iconic Coastal Pacific scenic journey – will begin rolling again on December 1, 2018, two years after the service was put on hold as the railway line was rebuilt following the devastating November 14, 2016 Kaikoura earthquake.

By Travel New Zealand - Thursday, November 22, 2018 - Full Story

Visitors invited to act as guardians of New Zealand

Tiaki – Care for New Zealand, Tiaki Promise
New Zealand’s tourism industry has come together to launch a major initiative inviting visitors to care for its unique land and environment.

Under the banner of Tiaki – Care for New Zealand, the industry has launched the Tiaki Promise, which actively encourages all visitors to experience New Zealand in a way that keeps them safe, protects the natural environment, respects all cultures and preserves the country for future generations.

By Travel New Zealand - Saturday, November 3, 2018 - Full Story

New Zealand issues ‘new’ world map

New Zealand issues ‘new’ world map
How do you solve being missed off world maps? Take a Prime Minister, a global rock star, a Kiwi comedian and a Hollywood director, create a new map and put yourself at the centre of it.

By Travel New Zealand - Sunday, October 28, 2018 - Full Story

Travel: St Albans, Hertfordshire


Verulamium was a Roman town in the city of St Albans in Hertfordshire.

We discover this during a two-night stay at The Straw House in Spicer Street in the historic cathedral quarter.

By Tim Saunders - Thursday, October 4, 2018 - Full Story

Off-The-Grid New Zealand Accommodations

Peas in a Glass Pod
Drop your phone, ditch the tablet, and enjoy the peace of being tech-free in these out-of-the-way New Zealand destinations. At these spectacular off-the-grid locales, you can surround yourself with nature and the incredible embrace of silence.

By Travel New Zealand - Tuesday, October 2, 2018 - Full Story

Affordable New Zealand

Roy’s Peak Track – a hiking trail near Wanaka.
With a little know-how and going into shoulder season (September, October, November, March, April and May), you can be budget-friendly in New Zealand.

Finding your way around New Zealand is easy, people are friendly and helpful, local produce is plentiful and reasonably priced, and it’s possible to enjoy million-dollar scenery for no cost at all. And New Zealand is great for solo female travellers since it’s so welcoming and safe!

By Travel New Zealand - Monday, October 1, 2018 - Full Story

Giant New Zealand Truffle in Special Edition Ale

Giant New Zealand Truffle in Special Edition Ale, Brew Moon Brewing Company
The largest truffle found in New Zealand on record, unearthed in North Canterbury, has found its way into a special edition local ale. The whopper 1.37kg black Périgord truffle was dug up by Jax Lee, general manager of Kings Truffles in Waipara (near Christchurch), after her five-year-old dog, Freddy, sniffed it out beside an oak tree.

By Travel New Zealand - Friday, August 24, 2018 - Full Story

New Zealand’s First Fully Smart Hotel

New Zealand’s First Fully Smart Hotel
I hope you are having a great day.

High tech and stylish, New Zealand’s first fully “smart” hotel has opened its doors in the heart of Queenstown.

By Travel New Zealand - Tuesday, August 21, 2018 - Full Story

New Zealand Bungy Pioneer Unveils World-First Catapult Experience

By Travel New Zealand - Tuesday, August 21, 2018 - Full Story

New Luxurious Cruising in New Zealand

The Pacific Jemm

By Travel New Zealand - Thursday, July 26, 2018 - Full Story

New Zealand’s Unique New Accommodations

Clifton Glamping


New Zealand has several new unique stays available for guests looking for something in nature and a bit out of the ordinary.

Clifton Glamping


Clifton Glamping is perfect for those who love to camp, but want all of the comforts of home. This luxury glamping site overlooks the picturesque Maraetotara River in Hawke’s Bay and feels a world away from the hustle and bustle of modern living.

By Travel New Zealand - Friday, July 20, 2018 - Full Story

TRAVEL DEAL: National Hammock Day

TRAVEL DEAL: National Hammock DayJuly 22 is National Hammock Day and Mahekal Beach Resort in Playa del Carmen is celebrating all month long! To slow things down a bit and keep with the spirit of “hammocking,” Mahekal is offering a “Swing in the Sun” escape - starting at $195/night and providing travelers with 50% savings along with breakfast and lunch or dinner daily, $200 resort credit for 5+ nights and early check-in and late checkout.

By News on the Net - Friday, July 20, 2018 - Full Story

Five Uniquely Kiwi Spa Experiences

Five Uniquely Kiwi Spa Experiences
From geothermal mud to manuka honey, New Zealand’s natural bounty is the inspiration behind a wealth of pampering beauty treatments.

A session at the spa is always a treat, but in New Zealand it’s even more special. Maori massage is a holistic experience for body and soul, and the geothermal mud, native plants and manuka honey will soothe and revitalize your skin.

By Travel New Zealand - Friday, July 6, 2018 - Full Story

Day Out: Exbury Gardens

Day Out: Exbury Gardens
Spending time with family is the way I enjoy marking a significant birthday. And for this milestone occasion we make our way to Exbury Gardens deep in the New Forest.
It has been persistently raining for the past week and it really is risky deciding to spend an entire day out with such questionable weather. The sky continues to be grey and threatening but we are blessed with absolutely no rain whatsoever during our trip.

By Tim Saunders - Saturday, June 30, 2018 - Full Story

Auckland’s Next Big Foodie Destination

Auckland's Next Big Foodie Destination
Queen’s Rise, a new laneway-style dining precinct boasting world-class design, impressive ambience and worldly cuisine, opened its doors last week at the iconic facade of 125 Queen Street introducing an exciting and unique collection of eateries to Auckland’s Central Business District.

By Travel New Zealand - Saturday, June 30, 2018 - Full Story

Learn About/Receive a Maori Tattoo at Te Puia

Maori Tattoo at Te Puia, Arekatera Maihi
Visitors to Te Puia – New Zealand Maori Arts and Crafts Institute (NZMACI) – in Rotorua, are now able to take away a permanent reminder of their visit at the new ta moko studio. (Ta moko is traditional Maori tattooing, often on the face, and its purpose and applications are sacred.)

By Travel New Zealand - Monday, June 25, 2018 - Full Story

See the All Blacks’ Haka in New Zealand

See the All Blacks’ Haka in New Zealand
Most sports fans (and even non-fans) know who the New Zealand All Blacks are – and recognize the fierce and electric haka that they perform prior to a match. Now, there is a chance to see the All Blacks play in their home country of New Zealand.

By Travel New Zealand - Monday, June 18, 2018 - Full Story

Restaurant Offers Maori Language Lessons

Restaurant Offers Maori Language Lessons
Popular Christchurch, New Zealand seafood restaurant Fush has introduced free Maori language classes on Monday nights and the first event attracted over 600 people.

By Travel New Zealand - Thursday, June 7, 2018 - Full Story