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New Zealand, is an island country in the southwestern Pacific Ocean. The country geographically comprises two main landmasses, that of the North and South Islands, and numerous other islands. It is situated east of Australia across the Tasman Sea and roughly to the south of the Pacific island nations of New Caledoni, Fiji, and Tonga. Here comes the New Zealand Holiday Package!

Tourist Attractions:

With plenty of options, you may start your trip with Dunedin, the second-largest city in the South Island of New Zealand, and the principal city of the Otago Region.  The cityscape glitters with gems of Victorian and Edwardian architecture, the legacy of the city's gold-rush affluence. Many, including First Church, Otago Boys High School, and the Larnach Castle were designed by the most eminent architects.  Other prominent buildings include Olyeston and the Dunedin Railway Station. Some memorable buildings or constructions are Baldwin Street, claimed to be the world's steepest street, the Captain Cook tavern, Cadbury Chocolate Factory, Cadbury World and the local Speight’s brewery. The heart of the city lies on the relatively flat land to the west of the head of the Otago Harbour. Here is the Octagon, once a gully, and now to create the present plaza. Mount Cargill is at the extreme left and the Otago Peninsula is beyond the harbour to the centre.

Dunedin has several art galleries spread around,  the most   substantial being the Dunedin Public Art Gallery,  a notable art space,  The city also hosts the world's southernmost professional theatre company, The Fortune Theatre  as well as having a large theatre venue, the Regent Theatre in the Octagon.  Smaller theatres in Dunedin include the Globe Theatre, the Mayfair Theatre and the Playhouse Theatre, all of which have fascinating performances!  Dunedin is a regular venue for touring ballet and dance companies, and also has multiple dance studios.

The Canterbury Plains are an area in New Zealand, centred to the south of the city of Christchurch in the Canterbury Region. The rivers of the Canterbury Plains have well-formed channels,and extremely rare fauna which is endemic to the plains.

Ashburton is a large town in the Canterbury Region on the east coast of the South Island, a territorial authority encompassing the town and the surrounding rural area, which is also known as mid-Canterbury.   The beaches adjacent to this area are steep and shiningly with a strong undertow, making them unsafe to swim, but suitable nonetheless for surf-casting. Lake Hood is a recreational waterway, which provides water -skiing, rowing and swimming opportunities. The Rakaia River in particular is renowned for its salmon fishing and the Rangitata River is ideal for fishing, frequently kayaked and rafted.   The Lakes such as Lake Heron, Lake Camp and Lake Clearwater also offer water sports and fishing opportunities. On the road to these lakes are the Mount Somers walkways, superb for a trek. Mount Hutt in the South Island is a perfect ski field for its patrons.

The climate of Dunedin in general is temperate; however the city is recognised as having a large number of microclimates and the weather conditions often vary between suburbs, mostly due to the city's topographical layout. It is also greatly modified by its proximity to the ocean. This leads to warm summers and relatively mild winters, which can occasionally be frosty but sunny, with significant snowfall except in the inland hill suburbs such as Halfway Bush and Wakari, which tend to receive a few days of snowfall each year. Spring can feature "four seasons in a day" weather, but from November to April, it is generally settled and mild.

The South Canterbury Museum is the main museum for the region, containing exhibits relating to physical geography and the environment, fossil remains of Maori  rock art, the early settlement of the district, local maritime history, scrimshaw, the  Aigantighe, a Scots Gaelic   word pronounced "egg and tie". Art Gallery is the third largest art museum. It holds a collection of New Zealand, Pacific; Asian and European art works from the sixteenth century to the present day, and includes a sculpture garden. 

Timaru has within its area, a number of open spaces, public gardens and parks. The Trevor Griffiths Rose Garden at Caroline Bay Park is a major feature of the Timaru Piazza development. The parkland of the Bay Area contains a mini golf course, a roller skating rink, a maze and staging of musical events. It is home to the annual Summer Carnival that takes place over the Christmas and New Year holiday period, featuring live performances, games and side shows. To the south of the city centre are the Timaru Botanic Gardens, with a notable collection of roses and native tree ferns. To the west is the Centennial Park Reserve, that includes a tranquil walkway following the wooded valley of the Otipua Creek. The DB Mainland Brewery in Sheffield Street offers tours and tastings sessions.

Oamaru, the largest town in North Otago in the South Island of New Zealand, is the main town in the Waitaki District. There are some important archaeological sites around this town, worth a visit. The Taieri Gorge Train is a sightseeing train trip travelling through spectacular scenery and departs from the historic Dunedin Railway Station. Departing every day, it takes you on a journey through the rugged and spectacular Taieri River Gorge, across wrought iron viaducts and through carved tunnels. With full commentary, photographic stops and on board refreshments, the train offers year round, all-weather entertainment.

Pukerangi, is the name of this peaceful location in Maori, meaning `hills of heaven’, a scenic area which encloses a vast high-country farm in the rolling hills, remnants of historical gold mines and pan for gold in the Taieri River, an informative farm tour, or simple relaxation on the front porch, admiring the spectacular view of the Rock and Pillar Mountain range. Then, there is graciously renovated historical farmhouse, uniquely themed as the homestead accommodates couples seeking a romantic getaway, or larger groups or families wishing to occupy the entire house. A hearty continental or cooked breakfast is included in the tariff.  The homestead's fully appointed kitchen is available for self-catering or meals that can be provided by prior arrangement on this exuberant New Zealand Holiday Package! 

Central Otago is an informal name for the inland part of the Otago Region in the South Island of New Zealand. The motto for the area is` A World of Difference’. The region celebrates a magnificent natural and historic wealth, distinguished through its expansive rocky mountainous landscapes,friendly Townships, year round curling and ice skating defined seasons, renowned heritage, wine trails and New Zealand’s first rail trail.

In a nutshell, set your own tempo of activity in Central Otago.  Cycle a section of the  Otago Central Rail Trail,  taste award winning wines in amazing locations,  play a round of golf, visit picturesque historic gold mining towns  or just kick back and relax at a  boutique, historic or picturesque places, a place where you rejuvenate, explore and indulge.  The calm pace, unrivalled scenery, seasonal weather, space, solitude and wide range of recreational opportunities go hand-in-hand with quality housing, facilities and organisations, commercial centres, communities that value their lifestyles and plan for the future. Habitants and tourists may bask in the glory of the summer, roll back in the autumn golden glow, and hunker down under the blanket of winter, and recharge the body and soul in the flourish of spring growth. An angler’s paradise, you may revel in the excitement of the Central Otago goldfield, discover towering sliced cliffs, herringbone tailings, tunnels, water races, tailraces, dams, stone masonry, mud-brick cottages, assorted relics, and a land of contrasts. It is sometimes barren and a rocky desert-like environment bisected by rivers and towering mountains, to provide a hugely diverse palette for the walker. There are walks to suit all tastes and energy levels.  Imagine ... a serene, cool day in a forest of tall trees, where you are relaxing ... waiting ... then you are off……. feet first, the sled scrapping against the ice, cold air rushing past your face, negotiating the bends, as the trees are becoming a blur, faster and faster you go. This is Naseby Luge.

Franz Josef is another tourist destination, and the Franz Josef Glacier is the prime reason for tourist traffic.  Being a slow moving frozen river, the stunning glacial landscape changes daily, and all safety warnings should be taken seriously. There is white-water rafting and hot pools, a total wilderness experience, awesome and rapids, contributing to a stunning scenery.The Franz Josef Glacier Poutini National Park on the West Coast of New Zealand   is unique in descending from the Southern Alps above sea level, amidst the greenery and lushness of a temperate rainforest. The area surrounding the glacier is a World Heritage Site Park. A chopper can take you through the first icefall frozen waterfall, icefalls, glacial landscape, though some walks include passages through ice tunnels. New Zealand contains many glaciers, including the Franz Josef Glacier, which leads travellers to  experience a dynamic glacial environment, enjoy a breathtaking guided glacier walks onto the world famous Fox Glacier and ice adventures. Currently Fox Glacier is the most accessible West Coast Glacier offering the choice of trips onto the ice either by walking up on foot or by helicopter and valley guided walks to the dynamic glacier face. The Day Heli-Treks and overnight Alpine Trekking high above with superb views of the fascinating Fox Glacier,is a  part of the Westland National Park, a World Heritage Area.

The New Zealand Holiday Package could also include Queenstown, a great resort town in Otago in the south-west of New Zealand’s South Island, having spectacular views of nearby mountains such as The Remarkables, Cecil Peak and Walter Peak. The Queenstown-Lake-District has a land area with its inland lakes, Lake Hawae, Lake Wakatipu and Lake Wanaka. The town boasted adventure tourism, with skiing, snowboarding, jet boating, white water rafting, bungy jumping, mountain biking, skateboarding, tramping, parapenting, sky diving, fly fishing and paragliding. Also a major centre for snow sports in New Zealand, with people from all over the country and the world, travelling to ski at the four main mountain ski-fields. Ride the scenic gondola witnesses the best views in Queenstown.

Choose Queenstown rafting for your ultimate adventure activity when on your holiday vacation in New Zealand. Situated in the South Island of New Zealand, Queenstown is regarded as the original adventure capital of the world. Here you can experience your white water rafting skills with a bungy jump, skydive, helicopter trip, canyon swing and jet boat ride.

The Kawarau River is ideal for first time rafters or suited to those looking for a more relaxed rafting experience. There is plenty of white water action, but also time to sit back and enjoy the eclactic New Zealand scenery. Keep an eye on the other rafts though, as there is a good chance of a spellbound water fight. Before returning to Queenstown, enjoy a sauna and hot shower at Cavell's Rafting base and perhaps treat yourself to a well earned hot chocolate or snack at the licensed cafe.

Try to squeeze an unforgettable coach trip into the Skippers Canyon:

Take the winding road up into Skippers Canyon, famous for its' incredible twists and turns, tight corners and exciting cliff edges, as the  Shotover River runs through it and was considered as one of the richest gold bearing rivers in the world.

Imagine visiting one of the most remote areas - untouched, unspoiled and visited by only a privileged few…paddling and camping your way down the magnificent Landsborough Valley, gliding past mountains, hanging glaciers and through dense rainforests. A perfect mix of tranquillity and pure adventure. The Landsborough River is unique, running parallel in the Southern Alps before meeting the sea at Haast in South Westland, a World Heritage Area. Its upper reaches are protected by wilderness and provide spectacular glaciers, bushes, rivers and a mountainside panorama. Just can’t complain on the New Zealand Holiday Package!

Another range is the Mitre Peak, an iconic mountain in the South Island of New Zealand,  and the most photographed peak in the country, also a  World Heritage Area. The distinctive shape of the peak in southern New Zealand gives the mountain its name, after the mitre headwear of Christian bishops. It was named by a survey crew from the HMS Acheron.  Discover Milford Sound with Mitre Peak Cruises for an unforgettable journey, as the boats allow plenty of room for you to experience the grand peaks, cascading waterfalls, abundant wildlife sounds, deep icy waters, sheer rock faces, glacial hanging valleys and thick native forests.

Activities in Queenstown, New Zealand include something for everyone, in every season.  Most activities can be experienced all year round and the region has a fantastic ski and snowboard season from June to early October.  World-renowned for its adventure, the town is home to a huge choice of adrenalin based activities. There is also plenty on offer if you enjoy the great outdoors, superb food and wine, and a more relaxed pace. Families have lots to choose from on land, lake or in the air, and if you love golf, biking, walking, sailing and fishing, then you are in a real fantasy land!

Your next destination could be Auckland, a city of volcanoes, with the ridges of lava flows forming its main thoroughfares and its many cones providing islands of green within the sea of suburbs.  As well as being the largest, it is the most multicultural cities of New Zealand, also called ‘Tamaki Makarau’ by its native Maoris. It is popularly known as the “City of Sails”, because the harbour is often dotted with hundreds of yachts, whereas the green swathe of the Auckland domain contains sports fields, interesting sculptured, formal gardens, wild corners and the Wintergarden, with its fernery, tropical house, cool house, cute cat statue and the neighbouring cafe.

The tourists would be enchanted with the attractions of The Auckland Art Gallery housing an important and extensive collection of New Zealand contemporary art, and The Quarried Auckland Civic Theatre,  a famous heritage atmospheric theatre in downtown.  The Harbour Bridge is an iconic symbol and the Auckland Town Hall with its concert hall has some of the finest acoustics in the world hosting both council and entertainment functions. The  Auckland War Memorial Museum, is a large multi-exhibition museum in the Auckland Domain, known for its impressive neo-classicist style and dominating this magnificent museum, an imposing Greek temple, with a modern dome and a comprehensive display of Pacific Island and Maori artefacts on the ground floor, deserving to be on the `must-see’ list. Another highlight of this place is a 25m war canoe and an extant carved meeting house from the Thames area. There is the Aotea Square, a site of crafts, markets, rallies and arts festivals, the St. Patrick’s Cathedral, the Britomart Transport Centre, a historic Edwardian building.  Eden Park, the city’s primary sports stadium, Karangahape Road, known as `K’ Road, a street famous for its bars, clubs and smaller shops, and Kelly Tarlton’s Underwater World, a well-known aquarium, also showcasing penguins, turtles, sharks, tropical fish, sting rays and other marine creatures, leaving you in awe of these sites!

The Howick Historical Village is a `living’ museum and its gardens are a faithful reconstruction of the Victoria fashion, the ponds with ducks and geese, and a cafe with home made goodies.  One Tree Hill (Maungakiekie) a volcanic cone was the isthmus’ key `pa’ and the great fortress in the country, and the travellers could explore the craters and  move to the surrounding Cornwall Park, which has  impressive mature trees and a historic cottage. The Auckland Zoo is an ecstatic modern zoo with spacious, natural compounds and a large selection of native birds and tuataras with the infrared lighting of the nocturnal house offering a rare chance to see kiwis fossicking about!  The Auckland Botanical Gardens would thrill you with themed gardens, rare plants and plenty of greenery around!

Shopping:

There are plenty of shopping malls and galleries selling a trove of precious items designed and crafted by the local people, consisting of individual pieces of jewellery with reference to nature, icons and identity of the city, made of precious metals, shells, fabrics, stone and found objects. Tourists may find some beautiful Maori designs and pounamu-greenstone jewellery   and  a huge variety of goods including clothes, pottery, leather work, handicrafts, kiwi t-shirts, lambswool rugs are also available  with cafes to give that `chill’ and live entertainment on weekends. South Pacific fashions, food and music may be explored.  Fun souvenirs like kitschy tea towels, chilli pepper fairy lights, woven flax bags, baskets, clothing and tin toys could be purchased  and reputed artists like Fatu Feu’u may excite you with Pan-Pacific art on your visit to a gallery store which accommodates a colourful treasure trove of Polynesian craft and gifts, as well.           

Cuisine:

There is a gamut of culinary spread to bring a `growl’ in your stomachs with an amazing variety on the menu, such as Vietnamese, Japanese, Malaysian, Chinese,Thai, Korean,Mexican, Wok, Sushi, Indonesian and Indian with some renowned classical restaurants  and also  authentic Indian food may be tasted  serving a buffet, takeaways  along with a bar range. There are mouth-watering main meals and vegetarian food, along with fast food centres serving pastas, pizzas, lasagne, sandwiches, burgers, croissants, Danish, pastries, sundaes, potato fries, milk shakes and cold coffee all over the country to answer that gurgling call! Attending to that noisy stomach on the New Zealand Holiday Package!

Climate:

New Zealand has a mild and temperate maritime climate, with conditions varying sharply across regions from extremely wet on the west coast of the South Island to Christchurch which is the driest, wettest and receives average sunshine, throughout the year. The southern and south-western parts of the South Island have a cooler and cloudier climate and the northern and north-eastern parts are the sunniest areas of the country.

Return back with everlasting memories of a perfect escapade on the New Zealand Holiday Package!

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