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New Zealand Endangered Penguins Wearing Onesies

Dec 28, 2018 — Travel New Zealand

New Zealand Endangered Penguins Wearing Onesies

With Penguin Awareness Day coming up on January 20, 2019, I wanted to send you some information on The Wildlife Hospital in Dunedin, on New Zealand’s South Island. They are using baby onesies to aid in the recuperation of endangered penguins.

To prevent the penguin from scratching and plucking, the veterinary staff found an innovative solution in a baby onesie.


Christmas in the Land of the Long White Cloud

Dec 20, 2018 — Travel New Zealand

Pohutakawa -- Photo: Kaiteriteri Recreation Reserve
Meri Kirihimete! That’s “Merry Christmas” in Māori and just one of the many unique things you’ll notice while celebrating Christmas in New Zealand. A Kiwi-style Christmas is all about summer, outdoor fun and relaxation. This doesn’t mean that age-old traditions are ignored; they just get a different treatment. Here’s how some festive celebrations will play out in various corners of New Zealand this holiday season.


Where to Spot Wildlife in New Zealand

Dec 10, 2018 — Travel 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.


Learn the Haka on All Blacks Hallowed Turf

Dec 4, 2018 — Travel New Zealand

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.

Haka at the Park is a new experience for people keen to learn the famous haka pre-match ritual and to take a close-up look at New Zealand’s most famous sports ground.


Scenic Coastal Pacific Train Operating to Kaikoura

Nov 22, 2018 — Travel New Zealand

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.

The rail journey between Picton, at the northern end of the South Island, and Christchurch, on the eastern coast, is a spectacular journey. Beginning (or ending) in Picton, in the Marlborough Sounds, the train passes through the Marlborough wine region and follows the dramatic coastline south to Christchurch.


Visitors invited to act as guardians of New Zealand

Nov 3, 2018 — Travel 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.

Tiaki means to care for people and place in New Zealand’s native language Te Reo Māori and the Tiaki Promise is an invitation to visitors to care for New Zealand alongside Kiwis.


New Zealand issues ‘new’ world map

Oct 28, 2018 — Travel New Zealand

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.

New Zealand is back with their ongoing investigation into why the country is missed off world maps, launching a follow-up video to check in on conspiracy theorist Rhys Darby and his attempt to solve the mystery.




Off-The-Grid New Zealand Accommodations

Oct 2, 2018 — Travel New Zealand

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.

Peas in a Glass Pod
The most comfortable way to be fully wrapped up in nature, a PurePod is pretty special – and this is a full-on opportunity to immerse yourself. The “pods” are made entirely from glass, and this includes floors and ceilings. While they don’t have television or Internet coverage, they do feature the most advanced environmentally friendly tech available for the generation of power and disposal of waste. PurePods are integrated into the breathtaking natural environments they inhabit (there are four locations around the Christchurch region) and feature views of the sea, mountains, rivers and the glorious southern night sky.


Affordable New Zealand

Oct 1, 2018 — Travel 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!

There are also many activities that come without a price tag such as: lying on a remote beach, walking tracks and trails through unspoilt wilderness or lush native forest, body surfing, swimming in a clean fresh lake, watching abundant wildlife in natural surroundings, enjoying an outdoor concert or tumbling down a pristine sand dune.


Giant New Zealand Truffle in Special Edition Ale

Aug 24, 2018 — Travel New Zealand

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.

The next challenge was to clean it up, extremely carefully, and make sure that it was put to good use. Lee had just the place in mind. The family-owned Brew Moon Brewing Company, started by Kieran McCauley and Belinda Gould, located down the road in Amberley, has now added shavings from the record-setting truffle to a golden ale.


New Zealand’s First Fully Smart Hotel

Aug 21, 2018 — Travel New Zealand

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. A first in New Zealand and in the world, the new mi-pad Queenstown is described as a next generation, energy-conscious hotel experience for the smart traveller – bringing together technology, sustainability, comfort and convenience. The key to mi-pad Queenstown is that there is no key.


New Zealand Bungy Pioneer Unveils World-First Catapult Experience

Aug 21, 2018 — Travel New Zealand

AJ Hackett Bungy New Zealand co-founder Henry van Asch revealed a new world-first adventure tourism experience – the Nevis Catapult – in the remote Nevis Valley near Queenstown, New Zealand.

The Catapult sees thrill seekers experience up to 3G of force and speeds of almost 100km per hour in 1.5 seconds, as they are propelled 150m out across a ravine before dropping suddenly towards the valley floor and experiencing a series of jaw-dropping bounces.


New Luxurious Cruising in New Zealand

Jul 26, 2018 — Travel New Zealand

The Pacific Jemm

For those who love the Queenstown and Fiordland scenery and have a few dollars to spare, you will love the new cruising offerings on the South Island of New Zealand.


New Zealand’s Unique New Accommodations

Jul 20, 2018 — Travel New Zealand

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.

At this fully working farm with 5,000 sheep, gaze across the river or up at the stars from the deck of the beautiful canvas safari tent set on a permanent timber floor; luxuriate in the super king bed with beautiful linen, feather duvets and woollen blankets; enjoy the comfy furniture and perfectly appointed little vintage-style kitchen and the bathroom with its hot running water and steaming shower; and wake up to the sun rising over the river, the sound of birds, and the gentle splash of fish in the river. Enjoy a dip in the swimming hole, a walk or cycle on one of the many tracks in the area, and at the end of the day – stargaze to your heart’s content in a hot steaming outdoor bathtub.

Rates start at $290 NZD per night (approx. $260 Cdn).


Five Uniquely Kiwi Spa Experiences

Jul 6, 2018 — Travel New Zealand

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.


Auckland’s Next Big Foodie Destination

Jun 30, 2018 — Travel New Zealand

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.

Tucked behind a New York Times Square-style billboard on Auckland’s most famous street, Queen’s Rise brings together 11 of the best Auckland independent hospitality specialists and restaurateurs who are known for creating innovative and authentic dining experiences.


Learn About/Receive a Maori Tattoo at Te Puia

Jun 25, 2018 — Travel New Zealand

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.)

The studio, which opened on June 14, gives visitors an insight into the traditional and contemporary art form and sits proudly alongside the Wananga Precinct’s existing disciplines – wood carving, weaving, stone and bone carving and a bronze foundry.


See the All Blacks’ Haka in New Zealand

Jun 18, 2018 — Travel 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. The world-famous All Blacks are set to play several matches throughout New Zealand this year. And this is an iconic New Zealand experience.


Restaurant Offers Maori Language Lessons

Jun 7, 2018 — Travel New Zealand

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.

“We expected probably a dozen or so people to turn up, but when we put it online the feedback and demand for the lessons was overwhelming,” says co-owner Anton Matthews.


Jackson’s New WWI Trench Experience

Jun 7, 2018 — Travel New Zealand

Quinn’s Post Trench Experience
An extraordinary sensory experience opened at The Great War Exhibition in Wellington in April. Created by Sir Peter Jackson, The Quinn’s Post Trench Experience combines his world-acclaimed storytelling artistry with a personal passion for World War I military history and stories of the experiences of New Zealand soldiers.


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