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How to spend a day in Christchurch. The perfect itinerary!

Christchurch is a must-stop destination on a tour of New Zealand. The largest city in the South Island, it’s home to nearly 400,000 people – and it’s remarkably vibrant and varied. While many people choose to stay over and spread out their visit, its also small enough that you can see its highlights in a single day. Here are the things you shouldn’t miss out on when visiting Christchurch. (more..

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What to do in Bay of Islands – Top Recommendations from the Experts

Three hours’ drive or a 35-minute flight north of Auckland, the Bay of Islands is a subtropical paradise encompassing 144 islands as well as numerous charming villages including Kerikeri, Russell, Paihia and Opua. A mecca for water sports lovers, the Bay of Islands attracts visitors from all over the world to marvel at its stunning scenery. But this isn’t just a place to see and be seen: there’s p..

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The cultural differences between Australia and New Zealand that you should know

It’s all too easy to lump Australia and New Zealand together – they’re in the same part of the world and the people have similar accents (though no self-respecting Aussie or Kiwi will thank you for saying so). But they’re also a world apart, and not just because New Zealand’s temperate climate and verdant landscape bear little resemblance to Australia’s searing heat and awesomely desolate Outback...

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9 unmissable free attractions in Auckland

Auckland isn’t just New Zealand’s largest city – it’s also the most diverse, the most multicultural and the most interesting. There’s so much to see and do that you’ll feel spoiled for choice – but if your budget is starting to feel stretched or you simply fancy a change, here are a few cost-free ideas to take you off the beaten track.  (more…)..

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10 things you need to do on your first visit to New Zealand

A lot of people imagine that New Zealand is little more than a mini-Australia, forever in the shadow of its larger and more widely visited neighbour. Big mistake. New Zealand is a fascinating travel experience in its own right, with a unique atmosphere and some stunning scenery. Here’s what you need to know if you’re going there for the first time. (more…)..

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How Many Countries Can You Visit on New Year’s Eve?

The end of December is fast approaching and the year 2018 will be with us before we know it. If you’re the type to party the night away, there is an abundance of celebrations waiting for you all over the globe over the48-hour period that makes New Year’s Eve.   Let’s assume you were a billionaire. (Feels good, doesn’t it?) Now let’s give you a private jet. (Get you!) It would be good to note,..

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5 activities for a thrill-seeking trip to New Zealand

If you enjoy an adrenaline rush then there is no doubt that a trip to New Zealand will have plenty to offer you. With a range of extreme adventures in New Zealand on land, water and even up in the skies, you surely won’t be disappointed. So, depending on how brave you’re feeling, why not take a peak at our top 5 adventure activities in New Zealand, and make sure to try them out when heading on a 2..

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The Franz Josef Glacier: Facts and Figures

Situated in the spectacular Southern Alps, The Franz Josef Glacier in New Zealand is a breath-taking site of natural beauty. New Zealand is known across the globe for its magnificent scenery and dramatic landscape and the glaciers of New Zealand are a prime example. Take a look below at our fascinating facts about the glacier and we can guarantee you’ll want to take a tour visiting the Franz Josef..

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Hop aboard New Zealand’s most scenic rail journey – The TranzAlpine Express

When deciding on our top ten unmissable attractions in New Zealand the TranzAlpine rail journey easily made the list. But in order to give you a true taste of just how fantastic an adventure onboard will be, we thought we’d need to tell you a little more about it…   On a guided tour of New Zealand, there’s a lot of travelling required for you to discover all the country’s highlights and hidde..

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New Zealand’s best beaches

As an island nation, New Zealand has close ties to the sea and its people love beach life.  Australian beaches may be better known, but New Zealand has beaches which rank among the world’s best. Which beaches in New Zealand are the nation’s favourites, which should not be missed when you visit this beautiful country?   (more…)..

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