Destination Spotlight: New Zealand

24
Mar

new zealand walkingNew Zealand is about much more than bungee jumping (though the daredevil sport was invented there). It’s about crystal clear fjords, stunning hikes leading to ocean vistas, swimming in natural hot tubs and relaxing at world class hotels.

Active Options

The options abound in this country of just 4 million people. For gentler adventures, try tramping (as the locals call hiking) or for something more adrenaline-pushing experience rafting, windsurfing, a helicopter ride up to the Fox Glacier, alpine ascents and – did we mention? – bungee jumping. Your Vision Travel Advisor can also help you with RV rentals, a hugely popular option in New Zealand where even though you drive on the left, the roads are for the most part blissfully quiet.

Wine Country

The wine industry in New Zealand has achieved remarkable success and a great international reputation in a relatively short time.The long growing season and cool maritime climate make conditions ideal for grape growing, producing some distinctive, premium quality wines. visitors are encouraged to explore by following the Classic New Zealand Wine Trail from Hawke’s Bay to Marlborough. Plus the main wine regions each host an annual wine and food festival.

HAWKES BAY,- JANUARY 11: The 13th, 14th, 15th, 16th,and 17th holes at Cape Kidnappers, on January 11, 2005, in Hawkes Bay, New Zealand. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)

The 13th, 14th, 15th, 16th,and 17th holes at Cape Kidnappers, on January 11, 2005, in Hawkes Bay, New Zealand. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)

Hotels & Golf Courses

From international hotels to intimate and luxurious lodges, beach resorts and health spas, New Zealand offers some truly indulgent experiences.New Zealand has six lodges in the Relais & Chateaux collection, and eight listed with Small Luxury Hotels of the World.

New Zealand is home to a stunning array of golf courses set in incredible locations. Accessibility really sets New Zealand apart from other countries. There is literally a new golf course to try around every corner. Travel from alpine areas to idyllic beachside locations within a few hours. It’s no wonder that golf is the highest participation sport for New Zealanders, for both men and women.

Wherever you go we guarantee there will be a warm Kiwi welcome in this charming country which melds Maori, Asian and European cultures seamlessly.

 

Courtesy of New Zealand Tourism