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5 activities and things to do in Queenstown you shouldn’t miss

Queenstown is known as the adventure capital of New Zealand, thanks to its proximity to the Southern Alps, Lake Wakatipu and the Shotover River. Whether you’re after a thrilling, adrenaline-fuelled activity to get the heart pumping, or something a little more gentle that offers up incredible views, there are a whole host of brilliant things to do in Queenstown. Here are five activities you shouldn..

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7 of the best geothermal pools in New Zealand that’ll make you feel like new

A lakeside town and region on New Zealand’s North Island, Rotorua is one of the most romantic places in New Zealand, famed for its geothermal pools and hot springs. The geothermal pools in Rotorua are great to visit at any time of year, with the incredible geothermal landscapes and geysers offering endless photo opportunities. Their naturally warm waters are also perfect for relaxing in and lettin..

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Five Waipara Valley wineries we really recommend visiting

Part of New Zealand’s famous Canterbury wine region, the Waipara Valley is just an hour north of Christchurch and a perfect destination for those who love their food and drink. Thousands visit Waipara Valley not only for the food produced amongst its rolling hills, such as venison, beef and organic fruits and vegetables, but also to sample the wines made at the dozens of wineries in the area. The..

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Skiing and snow activities in New Zealand that will leave you wanting to hit the slopes

With dramatic mountain scenery and a variety of slopes to tackle, skiing in New Zealand is an epic experience. July and August are the perfect times to hit the slopes in New Zealand - many mountainous areas are carpeted in snow and the ski season is in full swing. If you’re not into skiing, there are also a whole host of other snow activities in New Zealand you can try, from snowboarding to snowsh..

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Stunning North Island beaches that will take your breath away

New Zealand is home to over 15,000km of stunning coastline, and some of the country’s very best beaches can be found on North Island. Alongside its national parks, volcanoes and geysers, and cosmopolitan cities, the incredible beaches are part of what makes New Zealand’s North Island so unique. From the surfing capital of New Zealand to beaches with beautiful rock formations and stretches of sand..

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Westland National Park in New Zealand: Recommendations from the experts

Located slightly off the beaten track on the western side of New Zealand’s South Island, Westland Tai Poutini National Park is a place like no other. You’d probably think it was impossible to visit beaches, rainforests and glaciers all in one morning, or even in one day, but you can do exactly that in Westland National Park. It’s among the top natural reserves and parks in New Zealand, perfect for..

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The best kayaking tours in New Zealand

Surrounded by beautiful oceans, with scenic and tranquil lakes punctuating the inland landscape, New Zealand is a haven for watersports, especially kayaking. A kayak tour of New Zealand is essential during your visit to this incredible country, and there are many great destinations to choose from, from sea kayaking off the shores of the Abel Tasman National Park to paddling on the gentle waters of..

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Best wineries in New Zealand to visit

Home to some of the world’s most southerly vineyards, New Zealand is one of the world’s top destinations for viticulture. New Zealand wines, especially the Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc varieties, are among some of the finest around the globe. Across both North and South Island you’ll find several world-famous New Zealand wine regions where you can follow a wine’s journey from vine to bottle...

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What are the best rail journeys in New Zealand? We know which ones!

If you’d like to see hundreds of miles of stunning landscapes in one incredible journey, the scenic rail journeys of New Zealand are the perfect choice. Not just a way of getting from one place to another, the railways in New Zealand are renowned for their remarkable views and breathtaking sceneries, passing through endless stretches of unspoilt landscapes.   During your visit to New Zealand,..

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Australia & New Zealand: how similar are the two countries?

Together in the South Pacific on the other side of the world, Australia and New Zealand aren’t just neighbours – in fact their relationship with each other is more like that of a big and small sibling. There are many similarities between Australia and New Zealand that provoke a feeling of familiarity when travelling between the two; yet they still have several differences that make both worth a vi..

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