New Zealand's subtropical northern peninsula is nothing less than a water sports paradise. This natural playground is stunningly beautiful and embraces 1,000 kms of unspoilt coastline, eight glorious harbours and hundreds of offshore islands.
If you want to go deeper, steeper, wetter and wilder in the wilderness this is the place for you. North Westland has almost limitless adventure possibilities - whitewater rafting, underground tube rafting, heli-rafting, jet boating, caving, mountain biking and horse trekking.
Drive one hour north of Christchurch and you enter a rural lifestyle of irresistible charm. North Canterbury is an exquisite part of New Zealand where you will find ample space for complete recreation and rejuvenation.
Visit a chosen land where warmth, hospitality, fine wines and gourmet foods delight visitors all year round. Marlborough has a beautiful varied landscape of golden tussock downland, rich green beech forests, wide braided rivers and stark lofty mountains.
Hawke's Bay has consummate style - chic restaurants, world class wines, fine foods and passionate craftspeople. The Bay is an unbroken crescent of land between the Mahia Peninsula and Cape Kidnappers - the world's largest accessible gannet colony.
Discover a world untouched by man - a true wilderness where deep ocean meets towering peaks. Fiordland National Park is the largest park in New Zealand and just the wildest, wettest and most isolated part of the country.
Surrounded by crisp air and standing under a magnificent Oak Tree, I watched while night became day. As the light filtered through the dying leaves slowly things became clearer. Features on faces emerged, details of our surroundings more obvious.
Wanaka means ‘Renewal of the Soul’ in Maori, which says it all. This alpine resort has a stunning location that borders on pristine perfection, with reflections of snow-capped alps often mirrored in Lake Wanaka, framed by lakeside poplar trees.
As you enter the town, a giant fibreglass iconic sculpture will catch your eye. It is in the form of a cluster of ripe fruit, calculated to tempt the taste buds. Fruit stalls beside S.H.8 offer delectable confections - this is truly the ‘Fruit Bowl’ of the south.
The town is a little golden nugget - born of gold and still maintaining its original character. You can easily visualise the pioneer diggers swaggering down the street and elbowing their way into bustling saloons, dance halls and gambling dens.