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From north to south and east to west, a road trip is the best way to appreciate New Zealand and discover it's natural beauty and quirky attractions.
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Dunbar Wharf, Picton 7281, New Zealand
As the port town where the Interislander Ferry picks ups and drops off travellers wanting to go from North Island to South Island and vice versa, Picton has become a passing through kind of place. It’s a shame really for this small town has a few...
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188 Wanaka-Luggate Hwy, Wanaka 9382, New Zealand
It’s the weird and wonderful architecture that first attracts visitors to Stuart Landsborough’s Puzzling World. After all, how could it not when the first thing you see from the road is a ‘cartoon like’ leaning tower that seems to be defying all...
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Hampden, New Zealand
Legend has it that these boulders are the food baskets of the great ancestral canoes that brought the Maori to New Zealand. On a recent trip to New Zealand to celebrate my retirement, my husband and I enjoyed walking around the beach marveling at...
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Lake Tekapo, Canterbury 7999, New Zealand
Even on a cloudy day, Lake Tekapo's brilliant shades of blue are caused by "rock flour" - finely ground particles of rock from the glaciers at the head of the lake and suspended in the melt water. The treeline is comprised of Monterey Pines which...
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Oamaru, New Zealand
Oamaru is a Victorian town with a twist. Townspeople actually wear vests, trousers, wide-brimmed hats, and long dresses. There are shops where you can find a bookbinder working away with a whale bone. You can partake in cucumber sandwiches, tea,...
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Milford Sound Visitor Centre, Milford Sound Hwy 94, Milford Sound 9679, New Zealand
It's probably one of the most recommended activities for travelers headed to New Zealand's south island and it sure doesn't disappoint. A cruise on Milford Sound is an absolute must on any visit to Fiordland. With the gorgeous blue water, the...
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Blenheim, New Zealand
New Zealand, although quickly becoming a tourist hot spot, is still a country populated by farmers. There are more sheep than people on the islands, and most towns have a local “farmers market” on the weekend where they sell their crops. While in...
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14 Beach St, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand
There’s a little wine bar right in the heart of Queenstown that provides just about all the comforts of home. Complete with leather armchairs and fireplace, it’s a perfect place to take a wine tour of over 80 award wining New Zealand wines,...
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Unit 3 a, Matiatia wharf, Matiatia, 6 Oceanview Rd, Waiheke Island, Auckland 1081, New Zealand
We originally planned to rent bikes to visit the wineries on Waiheke Island, but due to the threat of rain, we decided to rent a car. Unexpectedly, we ended up with a roadster with bat-wing doors (felt like it would break down at any minute, but...