New Zealand Regions
Any analysis of this country's regions will be either academic or subjective. This one is unashamedly subjective and open to constant improvement. Keeping abreast of everything wonderful and new which makes its appearance is impossible. It's a particularly enjoyable part of our job, but time and money - sadly - are not unlimited. Please also bear in mind this is not a guidebook.
This is the area north of Auckland. It can be characterised by beach life, yachting, diving, game fishing, a strong Maori presence, and the destinations of the Bay of Islands and 90-Mile Beach. If you want sun, sand and sea, this is where to go. For those after something more offbeat - the Hokianga (the cradle of Maori) and the far north are all interesting. This is where we... > Read more
Often misunderstood, this city has grown to dwarf New Zealand's other cities. The reason, according to one eminent historian is lifestyle. I agree with him. This is not an easy city to understand for those who want to do it themselves. Our clients have had an excellent time. With the maritime playground - second to none - of the Hauraki Gulf and its marine life,... > Read more
This is a traditional tourism area which also includes some offbeat gems. The destinations of Rotorua (geothermal activity), Taupo (lake) and Waitomo (glow-worm caves) have enjoyed significant popularity for a long time. Unknown are remote East Cape and Taranaki, for those who wish to explore. The area includes mountain, bush (rainforest), geothermal activity, remote rivers... > Read more
Wellington, apart from housing the country's politicians, is also the arts capital of New Zealand. A small, windy city perched on a number of ridges sloping down to the sea, it has many fans - mostly of the cafe and restaurant scene and the excellent Te Papa museum. A short drive up the West Coast is the pristine nature reserve of Kapiti Island, while up the East Coast (wilder, more... > Read more
This is a unique area, comprising the beautiful Marlborough Sounds (fjords), the Blenheim vineyards, sunny and artistic Nelson and the Abel Tasman National Park. Still not overly commercialised (although Abel Tasman and the Queen Charlotte Track at the height of the season get very busy), it is worth spending a few days here to soak up the atmosphere. Our favourites include an... > Read more
This is the lovely mountainous, rugged scenery many people associate with New Zealand. Snow-capped peaks, the Canterbury Plains, and the rugged West Coast with its glaciers. Again not too developed and with superb natural beauty complemented by activities such as glacier hikes, helicopter adventures, private jet boat tours, horse rides and hikes.
An area of contrasts. Home of “adventure capital of the world” Queenstown, which unfortunately not many travellers get beyond. Queenstown is a picturesque alpine village with a great buzz where you can find lots of young people, and lots of easily accessible commercial activities - bungy jumping, jetboating, rafting, and now also wonderful wine tours. Most people take a... > Read more