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MORE INFORMATION: Queenstown -- www.queenstownnz.co.nz; Queenstown Top 10 Holiday Park Creeksyde -- www.camp.co.nz; Aoraki/Mt Cook: www.mtcooknz.com; Catlins: www.catlins.org.nz;
Great Barrier Island: www.aucklandnz.com; Night Sky Lodge: www.nightskylodge.co.nz; Kohukohu: www.kohukohu.com; Mt Aspiring National Park/Top Forks Hut: www.lakewanaka.co.nz;
Otarawairere Bay: www.whakatane.com; PureTrails (Opara Basin): www.puretrailsnewzealand.co.nz; Whanganui National Park: www.visitruapehu.com; Kawhai: www.hamiltonwaikato.com
Queenstown Top 10 Holiday
You can never be short of things to do in
Queenstown, no matter what sort of holiday you
have planned. Summer is a good time to check out
its amazing walking and cycling tracks or hire a
vehicle and set out to explore the scenic countryside.
Must stop at vineyards (having appointed a sober
driver!), memorable cafes, orchards and produce
For your stay, park yourself at Queenstown Top
10 Holiday Park Creeksyde. Its toilet block is located
in an architecturally designed 'Oast House, ' built
with timbers salvaged from the historic Buckham's
Brewery is something to talk about. The decor in the
men's room is like Speight's Ale House -- like a real
pub, without the beer -- and the floor is a trompe
l'oeil (an original created by Marc Spijkerbosch)
which is an art technique involving realistic imagery
to create an optical illusion.
"It's a little off the beaten track and not many
Kiwis make it here but those who do would not
have forgotten the experience. Make sure you
stay at least a night in this tiny village; you will
feel dwarfed by the surrounding mountains
and overwhelmed by the stunning scenery. My
favourite walk is the Hooker Valley walk that
leads up the valley towards Aoraki/Mt Cook
and ends at the Hooker Glacier terminal lake.
If you don't feel up for the walk, head to Glacier
Explorers, who take you out on to the Tasman
Glacier Terminal Lake with boats to explore the
ever-changing ice face of the Tasman Glacier
icebergs," says Sheena Crawford.
Affordable accommodation is also available
at Glentanner Park Centre with views of the
mountain, national park, Lake Pukaki and
Sheena Crawford, Christchurch Tourism
and Namrta Malik
Slightly off the beaten track, the Top
Forks Hut in the Upper Wilkin Valley
in Mt Aspiring National Park is an
absolutely stunning spot for a two to
three day stay during summer. You can
catch a jet boat up to Kerin Forks Hut
from Makarora and then walk to the
Top Forks Hut or fly in to the airstrip
by helicopter or plane not far from the
hut. There are a couple of day walks
from the hut, one to a series of lakes.
The smallest of these lakes, Lake Diana,
is even warm enough for a swim.
Abel Tasman region
Sunshine, golden sandy beaches and turquoise waters ...
there is much to love about this glorious region.
"Summer means providing great holidays for others
in our household," says Darryl Wilson of Wilson Abel
Tasman, which shares eight generations' of experience of
living in this region through walks, kayaking and cruises.
Darryl himself loves the idea of walking and kayaking
in the park with great food, wine and friends, staying
at their Meadowbank Homestead -- in the Awaroa and
Torrent Bay beachfront lodges. Perfect!
For Karina Rowling of Flight Centre, originally from
Motueka, holidays were spent at Kaiteriteri Beach in
tents and caravans. Between swimming, sunbathing,
playing mini-golf, eating icecream and adventuring to
see the glow worms at night time, it is the perfect holiday
destination. The Shoreline Cafe is a perfect spot for lunch
or dinner -- I recommend booking so you can get a seat
outside. It is fantastic on summer days with a chilled
glass of wine in hand.
Located at the top of the South Island's west
coast, this is one of those places that really
gives you the 'wow' factor. You're hit by the
sound of birds singing from the minute
you step out of your car. Venture along a
walking track for around 20 minutes and
the centrepiece of the basin is revealed:
an intriguing complex of caves, arches
and channels to explore. It's a part of the
South Island that is fairly unknown and
quite breathtaking (but do pack your insect
repellent). It figures on one of Pure Trails'
Hilary Weller, PureTrails New Zealand
PHOTO: VENTURE SOUTHLAND
PHOTO: TOURISM QUEENSTOWN
Abel Tasman National Park
PHOTO: WILSON ABEL TASMAN
Into The Lake:
Deep in the south, this highlight on the
Southern Scenic Route offers an awe-
inspiring glimpse of rural New Zealand
set amid native forests and fringed
by clay cliffs above golden beaches.
Must see: ancient fossilised forest at
Curio Bay, the tiered Purakaunui Falls
(among the most photographed in the
world!), the 22-metre McLean Falls
and Nugget Point with its lighthouse
perched on a spur of land jutting into
the Pacific Ocean. Accommodation
facilities here are tailored for off-the-
beaten-track experiences, including
B&Bs, backpacker hostels, motels and
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