Culture and History The island is reported as being named in honour of Apollo's grandson Mykons. The island was inhabited by Phoenicians, Egyptians, Cretans and ultimately Ionians. Being at a crossroads for shipping and with its close proximity to Delos, the island flourished during the time of Roman occupation and...
Capturing the Spirit and Romance of New Zealand
Escape to New Zealand for your honeymoon, romantic break, adventure holiday or a touring holiday and you will discover a destination with unspoilt countryside and charming towns and vibrant cities offering unique Kiwi hospitality.
Adventures and Things to See
Spending a holiday in New Zealand offers things to do and places to see like no other. Here is a selection of things to do and see:
Hire a kayak together on the pristine waters of the Abel Tasman National Park – Discover secret sandy coves in Northland or ride a horse along a deserted beach in the same area at sunrise. Cruise amongst the 144 islands of the Bay of Islands or take the helicopter for a bird’s eye view – visit the Coromandel Peninsula and dig a hole on Hot Water Beach for a thermal soak. Visit the Art Deco capital of the world at Napier – tour the geysers of Geothermal Rotorua – Jet boat to the mighty Huka Falls while visiting Lake Taupo, the largest freshwater volcanic lake in the world – at Wellington visit the Te Papa Museum or take the cable car for stunning views of the natural harbour.
Admire the beauty of the volcanoes like Mount Taranaki – Go hot air ballooning over Canterbury flat plains and admire the view – Swim with the world’s rarest dolphins – the Hectors at Akaroa or Dusky dolphins at Kaikoura (or whale watch in the same areas) – Travel over the Southern Alps – (try the famous TranzAlpine Train) – Take ‘The West Coast Road’ one of the world’s top drives – Try a Heli-hike for the best views of Fox Glacier and Franz Josef Glaciers – Take a scenic flight from Wanaka over Milford Sound or take a cruise to admire the spectacular scenery – Explore Dart River by Jet safari or Funyak – At Queenstown, the adventure capital, try white-water rafting or jet boating on the thrilling Shotover River- many other thrilling activities are available in abundance in Queenstown area including Tandem Hang Gliding & Paragliding, a j Hackett Bungy Jump (home of the first commercial bungy jump), Nzone Skydive, several types of helicopter based experiences and much more.
All types of accommodation are available
Many types of accommodation are available – why not include in your itinerary some boutique-style accommodation which is normally located in truly stunning landscapes with excellent facilities. You may be on a budget and some of the time you may wish to ‘eat in’ at many of the motels with accommodation which offer kitchen facilities. Or you may prefer a resort style hotel and spa or luxury apartment. There are some marvellous 5 star B&Bs like The Fletchers Lodge at Dunedin, Takatu Lodge and Vineyard at Matakana or The Summit Lodge at Masterton to name a few. Just as your adventures can be varied so can your accommodation.
Touring in New Zealand
Driving in New Zealand is easy and an itinerary can easily be arranged so that your average driving time is no more than 3 to 4 hours per sector, and obviously you will not be driving longer distances every day. Just apply for details of a suggested route and examples of what accommodation you think you would require. Plus of course with a budget in mind, there are other options like using a Camper Van for all or part of the time – tours, coach and rail travel are also available.
New Zealand with its stunning unspoilt scenery, friendly hospitality and list of experiences will be a holiday or honeymoon to remember and cherish for a lifetime.
New Zealand can be combined with several other countries including the USA, the islands of the Pacific, Australia, Japan, the Far East and Middle East – ask for further details.
This is just a small selection of options to whet your appetite. Please contact me for more information on New Zealand and Worldwide Trips.
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