Fodor's New Zealand (Full-color Travel Guide)
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Fodor’s correspondents highlight the best of New Zealand, including Auckland, Fiordland National Park, Marlborough wineries, the Southern Alps, and the Bay of Islands. Our local experts vet every recommendation to ensure you make the most of your time, whether it’s your first trip or your fifth.
MUST-SEE ATTRACTIONS from Queenstown to Wellington
PERFECT HOTELS for every budget
BEST RESTAURANTS to satisfy a range of tastes
GORGEOUS FEATURES on Middle-Earth and Māori art
VALUABLE TIPS on when to go and ways to save
INSIDER PERSPECTIVE from local experts
COLOR PHOTOS AND MAPS to inspire and guide your trip
after their long sea voyage from Polynesia. Beside Kawhia Wharf, the Kawhia Regional Museum interprets this long history, but it is not often open. What those in the know come for, however, are the Te Puia hot springs at Ocean Beach, east of town. There’s road access to the beach (or it’s a two-hour walk from Kawhia). You can find the springs only by digging into the sand a couple of hours either side of low tide, so check the tide tables in Raglan before you set off. Surfing Raglan Surf Co.
glorious century-old gardens is one of New Zealand’s most important historic homes. Built in 1895 in Queen Anne style for Sir Heaton Rhodes, a high profile Member of Parliament of the time, the three-story homestead has been restored to its former grandeur, yet has all the modern amenities you would expect in an exclusive luxury lodge. Each of Otahuna’s seven suites has a distinctive character and reveals a different element of the Otahuna story. Original fireplaces complement the rooms and the
Book accommodations and activities in advance between November and March. If your trip revolves around skiing or snowboarding, then winter is a wonderland here, albeit a somewhat inaccessible one during snow storms. Getting Here and Around The 330-km (205-mile) drive from Christchurch straight through to Aoraki/Mount Cook Village takes four hours. Take Highway 1 south out of Christchurch. At the tiny town of Rangitata turn right onto Highway 79 to Lake Tekapo. Pass through Lake Tekapo and look
(8.6 miles) northeast of Dunedin | 03/476–1616 | www.larnachcastle.co.nz | 12 rooms (6 with private bath) | Breakfast. The Southern Man The laconic “Southern Man” has a special niche in the Kiwi mind—the typical specimen lives in the country, has a trusty dog by his side, is a rabid rugby fan, and adheres to a rugged lifestyle of farm work, fixing the ute (pickup truck), and hitting the bars for pool and beer. Speight’s beer has gotten a lot of mileage from this icon, using it for a successful
permitting), all leave from Whitianga Wharf. The trips take two hours and cost NZ$95. When the water’s warm, they’ll also stop for a snorkel. Bookings are essential. | 07/867–1962 | www.glassbottomboatwhitianga.co.nz. Water’s Edge Charters. This highly experienced operator charters fishing trips, specializing in half and full day outings, from Whitianga Marina. | 07/866–5760 | www.watersedgecharters.co.nz. Whitianga Sports Centre. You can rent both diving and fishing gear from the Whitianga