New Zealand Vineyards

January 18th, 2010

There is a wonderful selection and variety of vineyards and wineries to visit in New Zealand. Below is an overview of five ‘can’t miss’ New Zealand vineyards.

Margrain Vineyard, located in Martinborough, boasts that they offer “a complete vineyard experience.” As a company, their goal is, and has been, to grow the highest quality grapes in order to create sophisticated wines of excellence. Husband and wife owners Daryl and Graham Margrain are passionate about refined wines, elegant food and the country lifestyle. Fully enjoy the vineyard experience by exploring the wine cycle from budburst to maturation to harvest. Stroll amongst the grape vines and walk along the wine trail while relaxing and enjoying a glass of their award winning wine.

Mountford Vineyard located in Christchurch is described as a ‘boutique vineyard and winery.’ It’s lovely setting perches guests on a hillside in the Waipara region. This vineyard takes pride in the details, resulting in distinct and elegant wines. In 1991, the vineyard was mostly Chardonnay and Pinot Noir vines and now is expanded to incorporate Riesling vines. The Mountford Estate vineyard is unique in that they utilize many biodynamic techniques. Their “hands on” wine production techniques even include stomping grapes by foot. Mountford’s winemaker is also a unique characteristic of this vineyard. C.P., their winemaker, lost his sight when he was two and has developed his senses of smell and taste, which helps him craft the wines.

Dog Point Vineyard in Marlborough was started in 2002 by the Sutherland’s and the Healy’s. They are passionate about crafting and drinking fine wines in styles they personally enjoy. The release of their first wines occurred in February 2004. The Dog Point specializes in Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. The owners are completely involved in the entire process, from winemaking to regional marketing.

Takatu Vineyard is located in Matakana. The warm hillside is an ideal location. For this particular vineyard, an extensive search was initiated to locate the finest site, soil and microclimate combination. These elements combine to produce top-notch grapes that ultimately produce the pleasant flavors of the wines made here. The owners and staff tender each vine by hand and each harvest is hand picked as well. On the grounds are accommodations providing guests with a one-stop vacation destination to relax in a soothing atmosphere while enjoying the wine making process as well as the famous Takatu wines available. The word “Takatu” translates to “Well Prepared,” which describes this New Zealand vineyard’s approach to growing and making wine perfectly.

Alana Estate Vineyard is in South Wairarapa. Alana Estate’s viticulture as well as their winemaking techniques are all hands on – hand picked, hand sorted, and handcrafted. Their state-of-the-art gravity fed winery is a gentle way of handling the grapes and is a rare method. Beginning in 2005 the ‘Alana Wine and Food Experience’ started and has seen huge success that now include catering events such as weddings and corporate functions. Then there’s the lunchtime Wine and Food Experience where the experts match the wines to the lunch food for a sophisticated twist on this mid-day meal.


A Look at the New Zealand Wine Regions

January 18th, 2010

New Zealand is a country that has a widely diverse climate and terrain. As such the ten primary New Zealand wine regions are also widely diverse. From north to south the regions are:

  • Northland
  • Auckland
  • Walkato/Bay of Plenty
  • Gisborne
  • Hawkes Bay
  • Nelson
  • Wairarapa
  • Malborough
  • Canterbury/Waipara Valley
  • Central Otago

Northland Region

Wine grape vines were first planted in the Northland region in 1819, although wine production in this region nearly died out until quite recently. Northland is the New Zealand’s smallest wine region. It has the warmest climate conditions and is popular for Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot grapes.

Auckland Region

The Auckland region’s vineyards are mostly on the flat land on the east coast or they are planted in the shelter of the western ranges. Waiheke Island in Auckland Harbor are known for top quality red wines and the east coast which is about one hour by car north of the city of Auckland is known for its Cabernet Sauvignon and other red and white wines.

Waikato & Bay of Plenty Region

South of Auckland are the Waikato and Bay of Plenty regions. While relatively small, they represent a steadily expanding region of vineyards growing mostly Chardonnay grapes as well as both Cabernet Sauvignon and Sauvignon Blanc grapes. The vineyards are scattered amongst the acres of rolling farmland.

Gisbourne Region

The Gisborne region is home to the eastern most vineyards in the world with grape vines that are the first to see the sun break the horizon each day. About half Gisborne’s vineyards grow Chardonnay grapes and is appropriately nicknamed the Chardonnay Capital of New Zealand.

Hawkes Bay

With more than 80 vineyards, New Zealand’s second largest wine growing region is Hawkes Bay. The wide range of soil and the widely varied topography make it an ideal place to grow a wide variety of wine grapes. Chardonnay is again the most popular wine grape variety grown here but because of the long days and plentiful sunlight, grapes that ripen later also do well here and contribute to Hawkes Bay’s century-long wine heritage.

Nelson Region

The eight largest of New Zealand’s wine regions, Nelson is also known for artists and artisans as well as its wines. Nelson is on the country’s South Island on the western side. The winemakers here are known for varieties that excel in cooler growing conditions, including Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling and Pinot Noir.

Wairarapa Region

Wairarapa is on the lower east side of New Zealand’s North Island. The wine district is centered in Martinborough, a town that is the oldest and best known wine center in the region. Pinot Noir grapes dominate although Sauvignon Blanc grapes do exceptionally well making a tremendous contribution to New Zealand’s reputation for quality wines.

Marlborough Region

While a relatively young wine region, Marlborough has become New Zealand’s best known and largest wine growing region. With nearly 150 vineyards, this region’s wines are known worldwide. The area enjoys a long growing season which plays a large role in the fruity flavors for which this region’s wines are known.

Canterbury/Waipara Valley Region

The fourth largest, this New Zealand wine region has two major areas—the plains around the city of Christchurch and the valley area that’s about one hour north and is known as Waipara. The region’s long and dry summers boast a lot of sun and cool weather make Chardonnay and Pinot Noir among the most popular grape varieties.

Central Otago

Finally, Central Otago is both the world’s most southerly wine region as well as New Zealand’s highest. This wine region is relatively new but it is growing aggressively and is now the country’s seventh largest. Central Otago wines are known for their intensity, vibrancy and purity, which are a perfect match for the region’s pure mountain air.


A Queenstown Adventure

January 18th, 2010

If you are planning a trip to beautiful New Zealand, you are in for a spectacular time. New Zealand is the world’s youngest country with human inhabitance only dating back approximately one thousand years. Its fabulous climate, diverse populations and amazing beaches along with its array of outdoor activities make it a stunning place to visit. You will definitely enjoy watching how it’s combination of Maori, European and Asian influences have made New Zealand a one of a kind cultural mixing bowl.

When exploring New Zealand a visit to Queenstown is definitely a must. Queenstown was first explored by Jade hunters. These Jade hunters were men that were looking for the rare, beautiful green colored stone used for making elaborate jewelry.

When visiting Queenstown New Zealand you will find some phenomenal things to do. There are so many things to choose from you might just have to extend your visit to get them all in. If you are intrigued by the outdoors you can choose from an amazing array of activities, all depending on the time of year you choose to visit.

If you are visiting Queenstown during their winter months you will have the opportunity to take advantage of their phenomenal skiing, snowboarding and tubing activities. They have accommodations for all proficiencies and awesome playgrounds for your beginners as well. If you are a daredevil and coming to Queenstown, New Zealand for some heart pumping action then you are going to have to give Heli Skiing a go. Heli Skiing is a top of the line boarding and skiing operation. Once onboard the helicopter you will travel with a group of professionals to the powdery paradise that awaits you. Once above the ultimate drop you will jump to extreme powder. Don’t worry about not being an experience powder skier; you will be with experience jumpers.

If you decide to visit Queenstown during the summer months, you be dumbfounded the beauty of the beaches and stunning natural beauty the town has to offer. You can also take part in some adrenaline pumping water activities. Shotover Jets are the only boats of its kind that are permitted to use the Shotover River Canyon for its boating adventures. You are sure to accelerate to tremendous speeds as you tear through the canyon. This is surely an adventure you don’t want to miss.

Queenstown New Zealand is around the world and a world of its own. You many never want to come back.


Christchurch Backpackers

January 17th, 2010

A popular destination for Backpackers, Christchurch and the Canterbury area is on the east coast of New Zealand’s South Island. Like the entire country, Christchurch is a study of contrasts with natural beauty and a steadily growing cosmopolitan atmosphere. The friendly city’s residents and business owners are pleased to welcome traveling adventurers. This fact alone, makes Christchurch a perfect stop on a backpacking adventure and a chance to meet new friends and experience the local culture first hand.

Internationally known as “The Garden City” Christchurch has a certain elegance that is reminiscent of the past and offers plenty for backpackers and visitors of all types to enjoy with cultural heritage, gorgeous gardens and parks, entertainment, sports and shopping. As with most must-visit locales there are several sites that shouldn’t be missed if you’re backpacking through the area, including Christchurch Cathedral, Botanic Gardens, International Antarctic Centre and the weekend Arts Centre market. In addition, the Willowbank Wildlife Reserve boasts New Nealand’s largest daytime kiwi viewing areas and the country’s largest wildlife reserve, Orana Park, is also here.

The surrounding area offers plenty of options for adventurous travelers with the Banks Peninsula and the open ocean off to the east and plenty of sandy beaches, rocky coastline, sheltered bays and high untamed spaces. In the opposite direction, to the west, backpackers will find forested hills and lakes and a view of Australia’s tallest mountains. Heading north, visitors are treated to forests, rolling green hills, long, empty beaches and a whale-watching paradise known as Kaikoura. Finally, to the south is farmland, pristine rivers that offer fantastic opportunities for fishing, kayaking or whitewater rafting.

A Brief History & Important Facts for Backpackers-Churchchrist and Canturbury

The area’s oral history indicates that people first lived in the area more than 1000 years ago. The first inhabitants were moa-hunting tribes. Europeans didn’t land in the Canterbury region until 1815. English settlers founded Christchurch in the mid 1800s, and became a city by Royal Charter in 1856, which makes it the oldest established city in the country.

The city of Christchurch is now home to nearly 350,000 people, or about 8 percent of New Zealand’s population. English is the predominantly spoken language, although it is one of two official languages of New Zealand, the second language is Maori.

Christchurch Backpackers Accommodations

There are a wide variety of inexpensive options for accommodations for backpackers visiting or passing through Churchchrist, ranging from historical buildings and environments to facilities that are ultra modern and provide an ecologically friendly lodging experience. In particular, Cathedral Square is a backpacker’s haven, with places to stay that cater to the budget minded as well as travelers who are simply looking for a quiet place to stay.

  • Around the World Backpackers
  • Base Backpackers is located in the heart of Christchurch
  • Charlie B’s Backpackers Hostel
  • City Oasis
  • Coachman on the Square Backpackers
  • Cokers New Zealand Backpackers
  • Dorset House
  • Greenspace
  • Jailhouse Accommodation
  • Stonehurst Backpackers
  • YHA Christchurch City Central
  • YMCA Christchurch


A Visit to Queenstown – Backpackers Guide

January 17th, 2010

Adventure travelers who make New Zealand a stop shouldn’t miss Queenstown. Backpackers from around the world have found the city, the third largest in the Otago region to be exceedingly friendly and a great place to serve as headquarters for their adventure.

Queenstown is surrounded by New Zealand’s southern Alps and is located on the shores of Lake Wakatipu, a crystal-clear lake, formed by glaciers that left it’s long and jagged lightning-bolt shape behind. The lake and the surrounding mountains make Queenstown a year-round lake and alpine holiday destination.

Adventure Awaits

The summer season in Queenstown falls between December and February. The long days of sunlight and temperatures that range from the mid 70s to around 90F (20-30C) make the area a fantastic place to enjoy outdoor adventures, including jet boating, hiking, canyon swinging, tramping, wine trails, not to mention breath-taking scenery. No matter what type of adventure you’re seeking you’ll likely find it in Queenstown. Backpackers and other young travelers from around the world flock to this area each year because of the many things to see and do while experiencing New Zealand, which is often called the “adventure capital of the world.”

During the winter months Queenstown is a hub for snow sports; and people come from all over the world to ski the powder at Coronet Peak, The Remarkables, Cardrona Alpine Resort and Treble Cone. Cross country skiing is also a great way to enjoy the area’s pristine beauty in the winter months.

Yesterday and Today

The city of Queenstown was founded in the 1860s as a gold mining camp. The origin of the name is somewhat debated, however the most popular is tells the tale of a gold miner who was so taken with the town that he proclaimed it “fit for Queen Victoria.” Today is a sophisticated, cosmopolitan city surrounded by beauty and adventure. The city has a very active night life with live jazz, wine bars, DJs, and garden bars with locally brewed beer.

Getting There and Finding a Place to Stay

If Queenstown is the first of your places to visit during your backpacking adventure, it’s an easy destination to get to with major airlines flying into Queenstown daily. Or, if you’re starting in another part of the country there are scenic coaches or even rental cars that can get you where you want to be when you tire of walking. The city itself is actually pretty compact so walking makes a great way to explore it.

Backpackers accommodations are plentiful and affordable. No matter if you’re looking for a quiet place to stay or a more lively hostel where you can meet other travelers to share your adventures, there are plenty of options to choose from. Some of the Queenstown backpackers are located within historic buildings or areas; or, if you prefer more modern accommodations, you’ll find plenty of those as well. There are also opportunities for farm or home stays which will allow you to get to know the locals and learn more about the area’s culture and heritage.


Christchurch Events

January 17th, 2010

Christchurch was founded in 1850 and has since grown to be the largest city on New Zealand’s South Island. It boasts a population of over 350,000 and is usually the first port of call for those tourists who want to explore the South Island. Christchurch also caters to large student market, and many events and attractions in the city have been developed with students in mind.

People visiting Christchurch for the first time will, no doubt, want to see the major attractions, which include the Christchurch Cathedral, which dates from 1904, and the Air Force Museum with its full-size fighter ‘plane replicas. Also popular are the Botanic Gardens, as nourished by the tranquil Avon River, and the ultra-modern Art Gallery that was opened in 2003. There is also much to do in Christchurch, and visitors will also enjoy buying fresh produce at the Lyttelton Farmers Market and getting on their bikes to take the City Bike Tour. For those who have already traveled The Garden City, however, there are numerous seasonal events that shouldn’t be missed. Visitors should therefore plan their trips with some degree of foresight in order to attend their favorite festivals.

Summer in the South Island wouldn’t be the same without the city’s annual Summertimes, which consist of free musical and other live entertainment events in the city’s 160ha. Hagley Park. Each individual event can attract up to 100,000 people and the program also includes major art exhibitions and sporting events. Summertimes take place regularly from December through late February every year, and tourists should make time to attend as many as possible.

Winters are also a time for celebration in The Garden City and this is when The Christchurch Arts Festival comes to town. Mid-winter of every second year will see this magnificent event entertaining both locals and tourists alike and it usually runs from late July to early August. The World Buskers Festival is another event that should be marked on the calendar, and this is an international festival that attracts comedians, circus troupes and street performers from a host of overseas countries. The Buskers Festival usually takes place every January and lasts for about two weeks.

February in Christchurch wouldn’t be the same without The Festival of Romance that celebrates love and laughter throughout the city and culminates on St. Valentines Day. The Burst! Festival of Flowers – also known as The Garden Festival – is up and running almost before The Festival of Romance has wound down and usually gets underway in mid-February. Highlights of this festival will include a tree-climbing competition, a summer poetry competition as well as the 11-piece topiary menagerie that will liven up Victoria Square until the close of the festival. Christchurch is also home to Carnival Week, which features a gigantic Guy Fawkes fireworks display at New Brighton Pier as well as The Canterbury Agricultural and Pastoral Show.

With Kidsfest and Carols by Candlelight also on the list, something exciting should be happening in Christchurch whenever you visit.


Christchurch Tours

January 17th, 2010

Christchurch is the largest city on New Zealand’s South Island and is also the most populated. There is also an argument for it having the most attractions of any city on either island and, in order to orient themselves and get to know the city, all new visitors should book themselves a seat on one of more of The Garden City’s fascinating tours.

There are two types of tours that visitors to Christchurch can choose between and these are tours within the city itself and tours that start out from the city, take the guest to some exotic – but nearby – location, and then return to the city. First on the list of those tours that introduce the city must be that which takes the world-weary traveler to renew his energy levels in the beautiful and tranquil Botanic Gardens / Hagley Park complex. This peacefully planted wonderland sprawls over 407 acres in the middle of the city and offers its visitors such delights as a golf course, sports facilities, acres of cultivated flower beds as well as the gentle Avon River.

The folk of Christchurch are understandably proud of their beautiful city – which is said to be the most evocative of Olde England of all New Zealand cities – and can’t wait to show it off to visitors. Typical ‘Discover Christchurch’ tours will include stops at the Canterbury Museum, which features permanent Maori and colonial exhibitions, and Mona Vale, an imposing Victorian manner that is now over a hundred years old. The city’s Victoria Square is also a favorite destination, and there visitors will marvel at the living Floral Clock, the 6m high Maori carving called the Poupou that is made out of the trunk of a single Totara tree and the illuminated electric HL Bowker Fountain. No Christchurch tour would, however, be complete without visiting the statuesque Port Hills, Lyttelton with its Timeball Station, the eclectic cultural hub that is the Christchurch Art Centre and the quaint seaside village of Sumner.

Tours that begin in Christchurch and introduce the visitor to the surrounding countryside include day trips to the Southern Alps and Arthur’s Pass National Park, which feature a ride on the famous TranzAlpine Express train. This is a favorite for both locals and tourists alike as available activities include four-wheel drive excursions and white-water jet boating. Another popular day trip is that to Queenstown and, here, tourists can choose from between two routes. The first route travels to Queenstown via Mount Cook, which is, at 3,754m high, Australasia’s highest mountain. This magnificent peak lies in the midst of 200sq.km. of rugged, mountainous territory that labors under twelve separate glaciers. The second route takes visitors through the skiing towns of Wanaka and Methven before offering them a comprehensive tour of Queenstown and the surrounding area.

Whether your tour stays in, or strays out, of Christchurch, you can rest assured that you will be seeing some of the most stunning scenery in New Zealand, if not the world.


Christchurch Hostels

January 17th, 2010

Backpackers have no worries as to finding inexpensive places to stay in Christchurch, New Zealand. About twenty hostels and budget locations advertise lodging for $20 a night or less.

Base Christchurch consistently receives high ratings from visitors. Located on Cathedral Square at the center of the city, its location is unsurpassed. There is 24-hour reception, free WiFi and a public communal and game room and a kitchen and B-B-Q. Rooms come with linen, and a separate, optional area for women is provided. Base Christchurch is popular for its evening bar.

Another hostel regularly ranked high is the Old Countryhouse. Cost includes linen, WiFi, parking, kitchen facilities, B-B-Q, common room and library. Old Countryhouse is located at the corner of Stanmore Road and Gloucester Street, a 20-minute walk from city centre. The hostel is best known for its quiet charm as it is housed in a restored villa with impressive woodwork, handmade furniture and a large garden.

For those looking to stay near the train station, Jailhouse Accommodations is popular with travelers simply making connections for the Tranzscenic and Tranzalpine railway tours. Included is linen, WiFi, a kitchen and B-B-Q, common room, library, and pool table.

If the budget is the primary concern, Point Break is listed as the cheapest place to stay, under $15 a night. The location is good, just 1/4 mile from the New Brighton Beach, and very near the New Brighton Mall. From there, it is a 15-minute bus ride to city centre. There are fewer amenities than some hostels, but Point Break does offer 24-hour check in.

Around The World Backpackers is a small, family-owned hostel five minutes from city centre. Amenities include kitchen, B-B-Q, games, library, TV and internet, laundry and bicycles to rent. For a more intimate experience, Around The World may be a good choice– rooms sleep two or four.

Kiwi House has two locations: Gloucester Street and Hereford Street. Included are linen, WiFi, B-B-Q, and a common room. They also offer pick-up service from city centre, or it is a 15-minute walk.

Dorset House offers the kind of accommodations one might expect at a hotel rather than a hostel. Beds are fully made– no bunks. There is free internet access, breakfast, kitchen, common room, TV, games and library. Dorset is an historic building located next to Hagley Park. No children under 10.

For a perfect location, consider the YMCA. Less than two blocks from city centre. There is a 24-hour reception desk, linen, kitchen, common room and internet access. One can use the gym facilities for an extra charge.

New Excelsior is located in a trendy area with cafes and shops nearby with nightlife opportunities. Stonehurst offers hookups for RV’s, dorms, motel rooms or apartments. City Oasis is also near city centre and offers free soup and a free spa.

There are many more low-cost options available around Christchurch. With hostel/ low-budget accommodations it always pays to decide which amenities are your priorities and select accordingly.


Kaikoura

January 14th, 2010

The east coast of the South Island of New Zealand is home to the town of Kaikoura. The location is 180 miles north of Christchurch on State Highway 1.

There has been a 2.03 percent decrease in population since the 1996 census, as the permanent resident population is 2,172, according to the 2006 census. The town is located in the Kaikoura District, of which it is the governmental seat, in the Canterbury Region. The are is 2,046.41 km² (790.12 sq mi), and in 2006 had a population of 3,621.

Because the Kaikoura Peninsula extends into the sea to the south of town, the resulting upwelling currents carry a great deal of marine life from the bottom of Hikurangi Trench, which is located nearby. The town was created because of the whaling industry and owes its beginnings to this. The name ‘Kaikoura’ actually means a ‘meal of crayfish’ (‘kai’- food/meal, ‘koura’ — crayfish), which is natural given that the crayfish industry still plays a key part in the economy of the area. Kaikoura’s popularity as a tourist destination has increased in recent years, mainly due to whale watches and dolphin swimming. On the eastern edge of the town is a large, observable colony of Southern Fur Seals. At low tide, you can see the seals better because the ocean recedes to a rocky base, which can be easily traveled on foot for quite a distance.

To view seabirds such as albatrosses, an open ocean seabird, this is one of the most accessible places found in the world.

Fyffe House

The Southern Alps slope down towards the sea near this point, and this is the reason the town’s view of the Seaward Kaikoura mountains is so beautiful. As a result, there are lots of walking trails that go up and around the mountains. A common destination for many of the tourists is the Mt. Fyffe track with ends up at Mt. Fyffe, giving a panoramic view from the summit of the peninsula of Kaikoura.

The Fyffe House is maintained by the New Zealand Historic Places Trust. Mt. Fyffe name is named for the Fyffe family because they were the first family to settle in Kaikoura. The small house that was their home was built in 1842 and is still in the same location. Today, the New Zealand Historic Places Trust maintains it as a tourist attraction. Whalebone is used in the construction of the house’s supporting foundations which makes it very unusual.

Weather averages for Kaikoura
Month
Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec
Year
Average high °C (°F)
20.6

(69)

20

(68)

18.8

(66)

16.6

(62)

14.1

(57)

11.6

(53)

10.9

(52)

11.5

(53)

13.6

(56)

15.3

(60)

16.9

(62)

19.1

(66)

15.7

(60)

Average low °C (°F)
12.8

(55)

12.8

(55)

11.9

(53)

9.9

(50)

7.7

(46)

5.8

(42)

5.1

(41)

5.6

(42)

6.7

(44)

8.2

(47)

9.8

(50)

11.7

(53)

9

(48)

Precipitation mm (inches)
47

(1.85)

59

(2.32)

92

(3.62)

81

(3.19)

71

(2.8)

75

(2.95)

80

(3.15)

78

(3.07)

70

(2.76)

74

(2.91)

60

(2.36)

54

(2.13)

844

(33.23)

Source: NIWA Climate Data 1971 – 2000

The town can be found on the northern part of the South Island main trunk railway on State Highway 1. There is also a sealed, small airstrip to the south, about 6 km, of the main center in Kaikoura. The Kaikoura airstrip is primarily used by Wings over Whales and Air Kaikoura – Kaikoura Aero Club that sponsors flights for tourists who are interested in whale spotting, and it is also used by small private and charter flights. Sounds Air also uses it two days a week for return flights to Wellington.

The section of the South Island Main Trunk that is in the northern section, or the Main North Line, serves Kaikoura. The railway opened to the town on 15 December 1945, seventy years after a line to the town was planned; this was because of the hilly terrain located north and south of the township.

You can reach Kaikoura by the TranzCoastal long-distance passenger train. This rail line connects Kaikoura with Christchurch to the south, and the ferries at Picton and the Cook Strait in the north. Closed in 1988 after refreshments were introduced on the Coastal Pacific Express (originally called the TranzCoastal), the Kaikoura Station was the last New Zealand station to have a passenger refreshment room.

You will also find freight trains going through town. Mostly they carry freight between the marshaling yards at Middleton in Christchurch, and the Interislander rail ferries at Picton.

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New Zealand Adventures

January 12th, 2010

New Zealand is a beautiful, exotic country that is filled with a plethora of activities for everyone! Many people are attracted to this country for its scenery and friendly people but there are also many that come to New Zealand to take part of the many adventures there are in New Zealand. For those interested in their own New Zealand adventures here is a look at just some of what this great land has to offer!

The Franz Josef Glacier offers visitors the chance to explore this beautiful glacier and glacier valley. There are a few different tours that visitors can take that will take them hiking through this glacier. Visitors will marvel at the scenery and the hikes become very challenging as they can be very steep. It generally will last up to 4.5 hours and is a great way to see a different side of New Zealand.

For those who love the water and all the beautiful creatures that live in it you will love the opportunity to go swimming with dolphins. This is one of the more popular New Zealand adventures for families to take part in. A great spot for this is in Akaroa. This adventure usually takes about 3 hours and here you will get a chance to meet with some rare dolphins and see just how smart and friendly they can be.

Many people have heard of the famous glow worm caves New Zealand has. Why not see them for yourselves by visiting the Waitomo Caves for yourself. This 8 hour New Zealand adventure will take you to a whole other world underground and you will get to see thousands of these amazing little glow worms for yourself and learn about the history of the caves and the surrounding areas.

Another cave experience that is very popular when you are considering New Zealand adventures is the Ruakuri caves. These ancient caves hold a lot of mysterious history. Known as the den of dogs visitors can take part of a 9 hour tour that includes highlights such as being able to see hidden waterfalls and cave formations.

One way to see the scenery in Christchurch New Zealand is to take a jet boat ride. This three hour adventure is great for the whole family and will give you plenty of action as well as give you he chance to see all the great scenery in this area. You will see scenery that includes rural pastures to snow capped mountains. Other tours are available as well that can take you to more secluded areas that allow you to see forests, canyons and gorges.

Another one of the great New Zealand adventures includes the Rangitata white water rafting. This 2.5 hour adventure takes you rafting through rapids that start out lulling and peaceful to full grade 4 and grade 5 parts that will guarantee you adventure. This adventure will also give you the chance to go swimming in these beautiful rapids.

As with any adventure you should be sure you are physically fit and able to take part of these adventures to stay safe and have a good time. With so many great opportunities now is the time to plan your own New Zealand adventures! There are some great deals out there so go ahead and start planning now!