The 5 great train journeys of New Zealand

Trains provide a relaxing and absorbing way to see New Zealand. Compared to other countries, New Zealand is a relatively light user of rail for city commuting but it provides some stunning opportunities for passengers who want to see the … Read More

Top 13 places to visit in New Zealand

Sooner or later, it seems everyone who lives in New Zealand is asked by an overseas friend or relative: “I’m coming to New Zealand for a holiday – where should I plan to go?” And it’s always a difficult call, … Read More

The best ski resorts in New Zealand

The best place to ski in New Zealand is at Mt Hutt, about a 90-minute drive from Christchurch, according to the international judging panel of the World Ski Awards. The World Ski Awards are the ‘Oscars’ of the global ski … Read More

The 10 top scenic drives in New Zealand

If you are looking for a leisurely New Zealand holiday then the country’s roads offer a fantastic opportunity to see outstanding scenery close-up.  New Zealand Autocar magazine has published its top 10 roads trips, based on the quality of scenery, the … Read More

Where to find the best beaches in New Zealand

Everyone in New Zealand seems to have their favourite beach and Kiwis will passionately argue for their chosen strip of sand. Top-selling weekend newspaper the Herald on Sunday asked its readers to help decide which was the best beach in … Read More

The 10 “luckiest” places in New Zealand

A list of the 10 “luckiest” places in New Zealand suggests the most fortunate of all is a Waikato town famous for its collections of Kiwiana. The residents of Otorohanga (population 2,700) win more money per head in the national … Read More

The best ski hotels in New Zealand

New Zealand’s best ski hotels are mainly in the South Island and they offer luxury surrounds at the end of a busy day on the slopes. The hotel currently judged to be the best of all is The Rees Hotel, … Read More

Best fish and chips in Southland

Blue cod is a South Island specialty and you might have to be prepared to put in some travel to scoff some of the best battered samples in Southland. Our top choice for a fish and chip experience in the … Read More

Best Christmas mince pies in New Zealand

Canterbury bakeries make the best Christmas mince pies, according to the results of a national competition to find who bakes the festive fare the best. The top 10 mince pies (as judged by an expert panel) include four baked in … Read More

Best fish and chips in South Canterbury

One of New Zealand’s top award-winning fish and chip shops is in the South Canterbury town of Waimate. To help identify the best fish and chips in New Zealand, we’ve drawn on many sources including which fryers have taken awards … Read More

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