Westland road trip: a deep green journey

Low-slung clouds obscure the landscape and as we drive closer, it turns to rain, veiling the steeply rising hills.


Ōkārito Lagoon, on the West Coast. © David Wall Photography

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Arrowtown Holiday Park Visit website

With the historical gold mining close-by and a stunning backdrop of picturesque mountains, Arrowtown Born of Gold Holiday Park provides a quiet and relaxing holiday experience. . . . More . . . 

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Canterbury Plains hot air ballooning

Ballooning is probably the most relaxing form of transport ever devised, like floating down a river on an inner-tube, only in mid-air. Read the story . . . 

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Heritage Queenstown

Queenstown, New Zealand's mountain playground, is one of the great alpine regions of the world. The sumptuous Heritage Queenstown Hotel calls this place home. . . . More . . . 

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Tramping in New Zealand

Known in other countries as hiking, bushwalking or trekking, tramping is a uniquely Kiwi term that fits the style of walking here – often rough, frequently wet, but regularly inspiring.  Read the story . . . 

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Red Tussock Motel Visit website

Situated beside beautiful Lake Te Anau, Red Tussock Motel is an ideal base to explore the majestic beauty of the Fiordland area. . . . More . . . 

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Fiordland Marine Reserves

Fiordland’s ten marine reserves border the Fiordland National Park and are a fantastic example of protected natural environments. Read the story . . . 

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Equestrian Lodge Motel Visit website

Set in 2.5 acres of peaceful landscaped gardens away from traffic noise, yet only a 5-minute stroll to shops, restaurants, 18-hole golf course and i-SITE. . . . More . . . 

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Long Island/Kokomahua Marine Reserve

Tucked away in the Marlborough Sounds, Long and Kokomohua islands are nestled inside the entrance to Queen Charlotte Sound. Read the story . . . 

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Addington City Motels Visit website

Quiet & Comfortable SINGLE STOREY UNITS. FREE SHUTTLE TO/FROM RAILWAY STATION and CASINO. FREE FAST UNLIMITED WiFi. Walk to the Horncastle Arena. . . . More . . . 

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Kahurangi Marine Reserve

North of Kahurangi Marine reserve is a remote wilderness visited more by seals than humans. Read the story . . . 

Jens Hansen Contemporary Gold & Silversmith Visit website

We create precious jewellery of uncompromising beauty. All the work is handmade, original and crafted 'to be worn', including The World's Most Famous Ring - . . . More . . . 

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Horoirangi Marine Reserve

The beautiful Horoirangi Marine Reserve lies north of Nelson city, along the eastern side of Tasman Bay.  Read the story . . . 

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Akaroa Cottages – Heritage Collection

Nestled in New Zealand native bush overlooking Akaroa, our Cottages offer a most private and serene holiday retreat. Akaroa Cottages, set on 12 acres of . . . More . . . 

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Moeraki Boulders: those mysterious spheres

On a sandy beach, just south of Ōamaru, is a collection of perfectly round boulders – some smooth-skinned, others fractured along veins of quartz, some eroded away to piles of rubble. Read the story . . . 

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Airport Palms Motel Visit website

Regularly #1 on Trip Advisor Conveniently located just 3 minutes from Christchurch International Airport, Airport Palms Motel was newly opened in November 2011. . . . More . . . 

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Doubtful Sound: powerful serenity

The most obviously dubious aspect of Doubtful Sound is its name, because as everyone knows, it’s actually a fiord, carved from the mountains by the action of a glacier long since gone the way of a Fruju in high summer.  Read the story . . . 

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