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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.
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.
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.
In East Devon there is a positively thriving agricultural community. We discover this good news during our stay at Hawley Farm in Dalwood.
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’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.
New Zealand is an amazing destination for bird watchers. The country offers exceptional opportunities for fans of our feathered friends to see some rare species. Found only in New Zealand, the flightless kiwi is the national bird. Of the five species of kiwi – two are considered vulnerable, one is endangered, and one is critically endangered.