12 ideas to kickstart your summer travel plans

Summer is just around the corner! We’ve picked out a dozen fresh ideas for things to see and do around...


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Road trips

Classic New Zealand Wine Trail: Napier to Blenheim

What better way to taste your way across islands and through three of New Zealand's major wine-producing regions than on the Classic New Zealand Wine Trail... Read the story . . . 

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Inland Scenic Route 72: Christchurch loop

Round trips are immensely satisfying. There’s a pleasing symmetry in ending up back where you started, a closing of the loop, a real sense of achievement. Read the story . . . 

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Southern Scenic Route: Queenstown to Dunedin

If you get as far as Te Anau, it’d be rude not to keep going, don't you reckon, and explore the deep south.  Read the story . . . 

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The Great Alpine Highway: Christchurch to Greymouth

This is probably the most staggering piece of road you'll ever come across. So keep your hands on the wheel and your eyes off the pies. Just stop often. Seriously: this is stunning.  Read the story . . . 

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Activities

Loved by the locals: Marlborough

From pies and pastries to planes, art galleries and Great Walks, it's all here in Marlborough. Read the story . . . 

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Food and drink

Street food and markets: around the world in New Zealand

From bacon butties in Dunedin to dumpling and donuts in Auckland or fresh veges on Wellington's windy waterfront, New Zealand's food markets are a great way to eat. Read the story . . . 

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Activities

Adventure time: Te Anau Glowworm Caves

To sit in a boat deep beneath the Fiordland peaks and see glowworms reflected in the still water is a truly magical experience. Read the story . . . 

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Food and drink

Nelson kaimoana: enjoy the catch of the day

Nelson is the largest fishing port in Australasia, so you’d expect the kaimoana to be pretty good in these parts. Read the story . . . 

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Heritage and history

Larnach Castle: a vision of past and present

Larnach Castle stands proud and bold on the highest point of the entire Otago Peninsula. Read the story . . . 

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Natural attractions

Arrowtown: golden history

The beauty of Arrowtown is that it was built to last and if you look carefully, you’ll get some sense of what life was like for the gold miners who originally founded the town.  Read the story . . . 

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Food and drink

New Zealand produce: fresh is best

Fresh is best. That is undoubtedly the case when it comes to New Zealand produce – it’s one of the single greatest things our country has to offer. Read the story . . . 

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Things to do

Te Weheka Walkway/Cycleway

Walk or cycle through bush from Fox Glacier township to the Fox Glacier car park on this shared-use track.  Read the story . . . 

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Activities

Climbing: facing your fear

Climbing is the unique blend of physical and mental exertion that leads both to a feeling of accomplishment and a sense of calm. All in some of the most breathtaking landscapes in New Zealand. Read the story . . . 

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Natural attractions

Loved by the locals: Clutha

From beautiful beaches to cycle trails, campsites, conservation projects and quirky art attractions, there is plenty to see and do in Otago's Clutha District. Read the story . . . 

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Things to do

Ulva Island: birdwatchers’ paradise

Reached on a short boat trip from Stewart Island, Ulva Island is administered as an ‘open sanctuary’ by the Department of Conservation making it a birdwatchers’ paradise. Read the story . . . 

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