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9 Amazing New Zealand Experiences

New Zealand is not a country that does things by halves. So much more than just a nice backdrop to Ian Mckellen’s horse riding antics, it’s a wild, seeking, joyful, seemingly limitless land stuffed full of adventures just for you. Which ones specifically? Read on for a glimpse into everything waiting for you when you turn left at Australia and go straight on till morning…

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5 New Zealand Travel Myths Busted

New Zealand has been on the backpacker map since backpacking became a thing. Who knows why, probably something to do with landscapes out of a storybook, buzzing cities, ridiculously nice people and more adrenaline activities than you can shake a massive stick at.

However, just because lots of backpackers make the journey, doesn’t mean there aren’t still myths floating around about travelling in New Zealand. We don’t mean that old worry about whether you’ll meet Orlando Bloom hiding behind a tree on your forest trek (you won’t, we checked), but some slightly more sensible questions you may have about an antipodean adventure.


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60 Day Adventure Week 4: Wine & Cheese & Tubes, Oh My | 60 Day Adventure | STA Travel

This week started out with a trip to the Hunter Valley for a wine tasting day. Picked up nice and early again by our very friendly tour guide, Ronnie, and off we went. Unfortunately it was a rainy start to the day, but a perfect day to taste some wine at the cellar door! As my wine knowledge was zero, I was especially looking forward to learning all the tips and tricks to tasting and knowing about wine.

Travelling north from Sydney, our first stop was the McGuigan Winery. On entering we were treated to a quick tour of their wine-making facilities and then escorted through to a lovely bar where the tasting commenced. What a beautiful selection of wine we had, very spoilt indeed. I learnt the proper way to judge the alcohol content – the “legs” as they say – and how to get the most flavour out of it when sipping. My dad would be very proud!

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5 New Zealand Hikes You Have to Experience for Yourself

Around 4.5 million people live in New Zealand. To put that into perspective, in the UK around 8.5 million people live in London alone. Which means New Zealand has a lot of empty, open space and, even more importantly, that open space is really quite beautiful.

A simple equation tells us that not many-people + beautiful open space = perfect hiking opportunities. Throw the fact that Kiwi land is peppered with breathtaking lakes, out of this world mountains and some wonderful coastlines, and there’s really no reason why you’d want to explore any other way than on foot.

Tongariro Alpine Crossing

Follow the yellow brick road to New Zealand's best hikes | Image by chris.murphy

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The Most Amazing Experiences to be Found on New Zealand’s South Island

Lakes so blue you’d think they’d been photoshopped if you hadn’t seen them with your own eyes, mighty ancient glaciers, rolling green hills, snow capped mountains and rugged beaches where you can spot whales and dolphins playing between the waves.

If you like a bit of breathtaking beauty thrown in with your travel experiences then this could be your little slice of heaven. Here are our favourite ways to really get the very best from your time.

Watch the whales in the ocean off Kaikoura.

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