New Zealand

New Zealand

on Tuesday, 04 October 2011. Posted in New Zealand

 

New Zealand,is sometimes refer to their country as "God Zone," a rather prideful twist on the phrase, top deals, "God's Own." 

If you like gorgeous scenery and gutsy people,cheap hotel rooms, you'll agree with them. Travel New Zealand and you’ll discover some of the most varied and dramatic terrain in the world, from glaciers and fjords and beaches to mountains and meadows and rain forests. If you're so inclined, you can admire the breathtaking scenery while skiing, surfing, horseback riding, mountain climbing, hiking (which the locals call "tramping") or kayaking.And if those pursuits aren't exciting enough, during your New Zealand holiday you can try some of the adventures the Kiwis (as New Zealanders are called) have invented: You can bungee jump off cliffs or bridges; paddle through white-water rapids; rocket through narrow caverns on jet boats; or strap yourself inside a giant plastic ball and roll down a hillside,cheap hotel stay,If you prefer more leisurely activities, you can still enjoy New Zealand's natural wonders by strolling on its pristine beaches, sailing along its picturesque coastline, fishing in its crystal clear rivers and lakes, exploring magical vineyards, dining on the freshest seafood, scuba diving, soaking in thermal baths or settling in to one of the magnificent lodges which complement this land of magnificent vistas.New Zealand is one of the quirkiest, quaintest, craziest places on earth. It's one of the most favoured holiday destinations of the new millennium, and even whilst still there, book motels,you'll be planning your next New Zealand holiday back.The North Island's beautiful landscape comprises pristine lakes and is home to cosmopolitan cities. Although a mecca for backpackers and bungee jumpers, New Zealand’s North Island also appeals to the rich and retired who come for the bountiful trout fishing and the new 'superlodges' - small country hotels in remote and beautiful places, flight deals,North Island walking tracks are less commercial than those of the South Island and require a little more planning.  The terrain is generally less mountainous than on the South Island.

Cosmopolitan Auckland, the largest Polynesian city in the world, is the home to a wide range of shops and restaurants, as well as busy harbours and beautiful beaches. The best views of the city can be seen from Auckland's Sky Tower, the tallest free-standing structure in the southern hemisphere, and from Mount Eden's summit, the highest point in the city.As for Wellington, New Zealand's seemingly staid capital, turns out that it does have an up-beat side. This is manifested by its determined attempt to shake off the dowdy, conservative image, reinventing itself first as a city of gourmands (it has more bars, restaurants and cafés per head than New York) and latterly as the home of New Zealand's hobbit-led film industry. By basing himself here, Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson has guaranteed the future of,cheap accommodation, 'Welliwood'.The South Island offers an unparalleled variety of scenery - snow-capped peaks that tower over sun-parched plains, mesmerising waterfalls that cascade deep down into fjords and translucent glaciers that melt into serene lakes. New Zealand’s South Island is also the home to vast sheep stations, vineyards and welcoming cities. Larger than the North Island, it is much less populated, leaving great expanses of land to be discovered on your own.For train enthusiasts the popular railway trip, the TranzAlpine, departs from Christchurch every day along 223.8 kilometre-long tracks, through 16 tunnels and over five viaducts, arriving in Greymouth onthe South Island's western coast. The scenic route takes you across the South Island Canterbury Plains, farmland, and the gorges and rivers.Some of the world’s most popular and spectacular walks are part of the appeal of the South Island: the Milford Track is the most famous track that stretches for 55 kilometres from Lake Te Anau to Milford Sound; the Routeburn Track, almost as popular as the Milford for its beautiful mountain scenery,  40 kilometres in Mount Aspiring and Fiordland national parks; Abel Tasman Coast Track which takes walkers along beaches and bays on the South Island's northern coast, the Nelson and Marlborough regions.Self drive tours are a pleasure around the South Island, especially when you can choose a day of blazing sunlight and intermittent scudding clouds, where you can drive through valleys, farmlands and hills, past turquoise lakes and dramatic mountains, hotel rooms, The drive can reflect the essence of the South Island – complete enjoyment in awe-inspiring landscapes.

 

Auckland

on Wednesday, 24 August 2011. Posted in New Zealand

Auckland's waterside location has fostered the locals' love affair with the sea, earning this place thenickname "City of Sails".Auckland sprawls over a narrow isthmus between the sparkling waters of the Waitemata and Manukau Harbours. A cloak of rainforest covers the surrounding hills, dozens of dormant volcanic cones dot the landscape and enchanting holiday islands are scattered throughout the vast Hauraki Gulf. Two of the best island getaways are Waiheke Island and Great Barrier IslandHighlights

Auckland has so much to see and do - there's plenty of entertainment for a few hours, a few days or a few weeks. Here's a taste of some of Auckland's unique activities:

Rangitoto Island Walk or ride to the summit of Rangitoto, the lava rock sleeping volcano in the middle of the Hauraki Gulf. 

Rangitoto emerged from the sea in a fiery explosion around 600 years ago and now is an iconic jewel in the Auckland harbour.

Island escapes,Enjoy wine and olive tasting, lazing on the beach and art trails on laid back Waiheke Island, a 35 minute ferry ride from downtown Auckland. Or escape to the wilderness of Great Barrier Island, with bush tracks leading to natural hot springs and historic kauri tree dams.

On the water ,Take a cruise on a chartered launch or classic yacht on the Waitemata Harbour. Or go racing on an America's Cup yacht, take a dolphin-spotting excursion or a gentle ferry ride to a seaside suburb.

Culture and heritage,See the biggest collection of Maori taonga (treasures) in the world at Auckland War Memorial Museum, 

plus see a performance of traditional Maori songs and dances. Learn about New Zealand's unique flora and fauna, and the European settlers who shaped its colonial heritage.

Sky Tower,Jump off the tallest building in the Southern Hemisphere – SkyJump is 192 metres of cable-controlled base jumping from the Sky Tower. Alternatively walk around the outside of the tower with SkyWalk, or just admire the view from the safety of the observation deck and restaurants.

Kelly Tarlton's Antarctic Encounter and Underwater World

Spend a day at Kelly Tarlton's and discover the unique sea life that lives in and around New Zealand's waters. 

Walk through an underwater glass tunnel, see real life King and Gentoo penguins or for the brave at heart, swim with stingrays and sharks!

Auckland Harbour Bridge,Spanning the Waitemata Harbour, the Auckland Harbour Bridge offers spectacular views of Auckland city and the islands of the gulf. To admire these views and get the heart racing, climb over the bridge or bungy jump off it!

Christchurch

on Friday, 26 August 2011. Posted in New Zealand

Christchurch is the largest city in the South Island, with a population of over 350,000. The Garden City is also, arguably, the most attractive city in New Zealand, with extensive inner city public gardens and parks, the shallow Avon river meandering though the city centre, and a pedestrian oriented downtown centred on Cathedral Square.

Christchurch was a planned settlement founded by English colonialists. This rich English history is still apparent in the city's atmosphere; historic trams loop around the city, you can punt down the Avon, and the city is scattered with impressive Neo-Gothic buildings.

Christchurch enjoys the largest collection of Gothic architecture in the country, with Christchurch Cathedral, the Canterbury Museum, Christ's College School, and the former University of Canterbury, which now forms the bustling cultural centre of Christchurch, the Arts Centre.

Christchurch is also a city which embraces festivity, with a continuous stream of events and festivals throughout the year, including the Christchurch Arts Festival, New Zealand Cup and Show Week, the World Buskers Festival, the Lyttelton Festival of Lights, the Ellerslie International Flower Show and the Antarctic Festival - each celebrating particular aspects of Christchurch's unique character.

Christchurch contains one of the two main international airports for the country, and is connected via a tunnel to a seaport at Lyttelton on Bank's Peninsula. It is widely regarded as the Gateway to the South Island and is the perfect place to base your New Zealand holiday.

Dunedin

on Friday, 26 August 2011. Posted in New Zealand

Dunedin (Maori: Otepoti) is the second-largest city in the South Island of New Zealand, and the principal city of the Otago Region. It is considered to be one of the four main urban centres of New Zealand for historic, cultural, and geographic reasons.[7] Dunedin was the largest city by territorial land area until superseded by Auckland on the creation of the Auckland Council in November 2010. Dunedin was the largest city in New Zealand by population until about 1900.

 

The Dunedin urban area lies on the central-eastern coast of Otago, surrounding the head of Otago Harbour. The harbour and hills around Dunedin are the remnants of an extinct volcano. The city suburbs extend out into the surrounding valleys and hills, onto the isthmus of the Otago Peninsula, and along the shores of the Otago Harbour and the Pacific Ocean.

The city's largest industry is tertiary education – Dunedin is home to the University of Otago, New Zealand's first university (1869), and the Otago Polytechnic. Students account for a large proportion of the population: 21.6 percent of the city's population was aged between 15 and 24 at the 2006 census, compared to the New Zealand average of 14.2 percent.

Picton

on Friday, 26 August 2011. Posted in New Zealand

Picton is one of the earliest European settlements. It was discovered when a number of cattle went missing in the early days of the colony and were found in 1795 by a convict near the Nepean River. The valuable herd, which had increased in number, were allowed to remain and breed in a sealed-off area stretching from the Nepean to the Bargo River.

This became known as Cowpastures and then Stonequarry until 1841. The name Picton is believed to have been chosen to honor Sir Thomas Picton, an old soldier friend of Governor Brisbane.

In the 1860's the railway system came to Picton and created a building explosion. The area was proclaimed a municipality in 1895, and in 1939 Wollondilly Shire Council (then centered in The Oaks) and Picton Municipality amalgamated to create the Shire that we have today.

Visitors are encouraged to discover Picton and Appin Villages through the self-guided history walk brochures available from the Visitor Centre. Many of the historic buildings are now converted for commercial and residential usage.

Attractions within Wollondilly include:
The Wollondilly Heritage Centre at The Oaks has a broad display of heritage information and memorabilia. Here you will see documentation and inter active exhibitions on the Wollondilly Shire, Burragorang Valley, Warragamba Dam development, Yerranderie, the coal mining and agricultural industries of this area plus periodic feature exhibitions.

The Rail Transport Museum at Thirlmere provides a peep into the past with a huge collection of steam, diesel and electric locomotives on permanent display. Heritage train rides are offered on Sundays and travel between Thirlmere and Picton Villages.

Redbank Range Tunnel (locally known as the Mushroom Tunnel) in Picton is a hard to find site and best visited with Picton Ghost Hunts. These tours visit many sites that are not open to the general public and historian Liz Vincent is a font of knowledge on Wollondilly history. Dinner and Supper Hunts are available. More info call the Wollondilly Visitor Centre on 02 46773962

Picton Historical Society can supply information for family traces and contact details are available through the Wollondilly Visitor Centre

Yerranderie Village located in the Catchment lands west of Lake Burragorang is a fascinating peep into the past. Isolated by the damming of the Wollondilly River to form the Warragamba Dam and the resumption of the private lands in the Burragorang and Nattai Valleys, Yerranderie has developed into a wildlife sanctuary with a heritage twist. Bushwalkers, nature and wildlife enthusiasts and campers delight in the tranquility of the World Heritage Listed Blue Mountains National Park. Access to Yerranderie is through Oberon via Wombeyan Caves or the Blue Mountains. Accommodation available includes bunk style, Bed & Breakfast or camping. For more information Contact the Wollondilly Visitor Centre.

Wollondilly is Living History

Queenstown

on Friday, 26 August 2011. Posted in New Zealand

Queenstown is a resort town in Otago in the south-west of New Zealand's South Island. It is built around an inlet called Queenstown Bay on Lake Wakatipu, a long thin Z-shaped lake formed by glacial processes, and has spectacular views of nearby mountains.

William Gilbert Rees, along with fellow explorer Nicholas Von Tunzelman, were the first Europeans to settle the area. Rees was in search of pastoral land, and after an initial visit returned in 1860 to establish a high country farm in the location of Queenstown's current town centre. However the Rees’ farming lifestyle was to be short-lived. In 1862 gold was discovered in the Arrow River, a short distance from Queenstown at which point Rees converted his wool shed into a hotel named the Queen's Arms, now known as Eichardt's.

There are various apocryphal accounts of how the town was named, the most popular suggesting that a local gold digger exclaimed that the town was "fit for Queen Victoria". It is now known for its commerce-oriented tourism, especially adventure and ski tourism. It is popular with young international and New Zealand travellers alike.

The town is the largest centre in Central Otago, and the third largest in Otago. According to the 2006 census, the usually resident population of the Queenstown urban area (including Fernhill, Frankton and Kelvin Heights) is 10,416, an increase of 22.1% since 2001.

Its neighbouring towns include Arrowtown, Wanaka, Alexandra, and Cromwell. The nearest cities are Dunedin and Invercargill.

The Queenstown-Lakes District has a land area of 8,704.97 km² (3,361.01 sq mi) not counting its inland lakes (Lake Hawea, Lake Wakatipu, and Lake Wanaka). It has an estimated resident population of 27,800 (June 2010 estimate).

Rotorua

on Friday, 26 August 2011. Posted in New Zealand

Rotorua, New ZealandThe Rotorua district is located on the southern shore of Lake Rotorua in the Bay of Plenty region of the North Island of New Zealand. It has a population of approximately 53,000 and about half are Maori.
The district is located 60 kilometres south of Tauranga, 105 kilometres south-east of Hamilton and 82 kilometres north-east of Taupo.
Rotorua is one of the original tourist destinations in New Zealand—it has been welcoming visitors for more than 200 years. From the moment people arrive in Rotorua they know they're somewhere quite different.
The scent of sulphur in the air is characteristic of Rotorua. At nearby geothermal hotspots, there are spouting geysers, boiling mud pools and warm geothermal springs. Silica terraces are naturally decorated with a kaleidoscope of colours.
Rotorua is the heartland of New Zealand Maori culture, and visitors have the opportunity to experience the warm spirit of Te Maori.

Wellington

on Friday, 26 August 2011. Posted in New Zealand

With so much to see and do in Wellington, we’ve selected a few of our top picks to make sure you tick all the boxes on your next visit.Visit the dynamic and interactive National Museum of NZ - Te Papa on the waterfront. Get your city bearings and some of Wellington’s best views at the Mount Victoria Lookout. Ride the historic Wellington Cable Car to the Botanic Garden. A city tour is the best way to get acquainted quickly with Wellington. Enjoy the experience with one of many local companies offering Wellington sights’ tours. 

Four Wellington restaurants have won NZ’s Best Restaurant in the last five years. It’s safe to say you’ll be eating very well while in Wellington! Hear the birdsong and spot a tuatara as you walk through ZEALANDIA: The Karori Sanctuary Experience. Get an inside peek into Wellywood at The Weta Cave in Miramar. Go stargazing and check out the amazing planetarium show at Carter Observatory. Seeking hidden treasures? Many of Wellington’s best night spots are tucked away for your finding, such as Motel, Library or Duke Carvell’s Swan Lane Emporium. Head to Cuba Street for a slice of Bohemia, boutique shopping and some of the best coffee in town

* Note: Room prices change constantly. You should check the latest availability as in many cases the room price can be even lower than the listed price on the LastBeds website.