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  • New Zealand luxury exploration holidays

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    New Zealand luxury exploration holidays

    Well known to have been the backdrop for the Lord of the Rings trilogy, the New Zealand landscape boasts a scale and magnitude that is hard to match. And, panning across its dynamic scenery, it’s a struggle to find flaw in its choosing as the setting for a mythical narrative of an epic and unyielding journey. No camera trickery required. Cue devastating cinematic beauty, larger-than-life landscape and legendary variety.

    Making landfall in sea-faring canoes, it is hard to imagine how the 13th century Polynesian pioneers would have felt upon discovering this dramatic land. But surviving Māori folklore perhaps indicates that they were instilled with an awe and reverence that meets every newcomer to the country. This is because an entire network of mythology was constructed by which to comprehend the landscape, and New Zealand’s mountainous terrain was conceived of as having been shaped by the actions of the demigod hero, Māui. For a small country, its landmarks appear excessive and oversized so that, over 800 years on, New Zealand retains the power to instil immense respect.

    New Zealand is predominantly composed of two slender island landmasses, North Island and South Island, divided by the marginal Cook Strait. Occupying a southern latitude that is not too dissimilar to the UK’s northern equivalent, the mild maritime climate is evocative of home. But this fuddled concept of familiarity, paired with its distinct isolation at one of the furthest flung spots of the globe, only goes so far to excuse anyone denying its potential to be the perfect holiday destination. Don’t be fooled; from the tip of the Northland territory down to South Island’s southern extremities there resides a storehouse of diversity. With pristine beaches, lush fiords, volcanic formations, bucolic plains, bubbling geysers, subtropical forest, snow-tipped peaks and lazy glaciers, what more could you ask for?

    Expect subtropical climes and indulgent beaches in ‘The Winterless North’, also known as the Northland territory, where the Bay of Islands is a popular haunt for sun-seekers and wildlife spotters. Beyond, the majority of the North Island is bookended from top to bottom by two cosmopolitan centres: the populous Auckland and the capital city of Wellington. Although New Zealand’s population predominantly resides in such urban centres, the country’s real treasures reside in between.

    Visit the aptly named Bay of Plenty, popular for its indulgent stretches of beach, fertile soils and proximity to the active volcano on White Island. Get to grips with Māori culture in Rotorua in between tours of the region’s bewitching hot springs and mud pools. Indulge in the Hawke’s Bay wine-producing region, taking time to explore the 1930s throw-back of Napier, which was rebuilt in the Art Deco style following a ruinous earthquake. Even venture to the historic Eastland settlement, where the Polynesians first struck land and, much later, encountered the European settlers for the first time.

    South Island is infinitely less populous, inhabited by only a quarter of New Zealand’s residents. Notice the climate become chillier as you move southwards, and witness the terrain evolve to become more powerful, extreme and mountainous. In Nelson, bask in the warming rays of the country’s sunniest region, from the inviting sands of Golden Bay or even the picturesque walking trail of Abel Tasman. Sample the local wines in Marlborough, sight the wildlife colonies of Otago, and marvel at the beauty of the Fiordland National Park, a World Heritage Site.

    Amidst this wealth of diversity, be assured of one unifying force in the New Zealand people’s warmth and hospitality, and a pervasive laid-back attitude, which is utterly contagious. Note their respect for the land and enjoyment of its gifts, undertaking leisure activities and adventure pursuits galore.

    Packed with drama, emotion, blockbusting adventure and film-star good looks, New Zealand lays a convincing claim to lead role and steals the show every time.

    Expressions New Zealand
    Our holidays to New Zealand are completely bespoke and tailored to your individual interests, requirement and budget. Marcelle has knowledge of New Zealand and is available to give personal advice and help. We can tailor anything from a first-time trip, involving a mixture of styles of accommodation to give you an overall flavour of the country, to more in-depth visits where you want to focus on one particular region, requiring more specialist local knowledge. Our website showcases a range of the places you can stay in and the sorts of holidays you can take, but really anything is possible. Use our knowledge and first-hand experience to help you plan your next holiday to New Zealand.

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    Touring holidays to New Zealand

    Most holidays to New Zealand involve a tour of some sort. It might need to take in both islands to give you a real overview of the country or it may just focus on one of the islands or regions, or a combination. Either way, Expressions can offer you the service you want. If you are thinking of travelling to New Zealand for the first time, here is the sort of itinerary that you might want to take.

    Touring itinerary: The New Zealand Explorer - 21 nights
    “A comprehensive introduction to both the North and South Islands, easily extended to give more time for local exploration”
    Auckland – Bay of Islands– Rotorua–Hawke’s Bay – Waipara – Nelson – Blenheim–Christchurch – Arthur’s Pass – Franz Josef – Lake Wanaka – Queenstown
    Day One: Auckland
    Arrive in Auckland for one night’s acclimatisation.
    Day Two: Bay of Islands
    Collect your hire-car and drive northwards, passing coastline, huge ferns and green gulleys, orchards of citrus trees and roadside fruit stalls, pastures of sheep, and bumpy volcanic peaks in the distance en route to the Bay of Islands area.
    Day Three: Bay of Islands
    Explore the historic early settlements of both Europeans and Maoris in New Zealand. Swim with dolphins or to tramp in native kauri forests.
    Day Four: To Rotorua
    Fly from Kerikeri to Rotorua (changing planes in Auckland) and collect your hire-car. Take a leisurely tour of Rotorua, perhaps enjoying the mineral waters of the Polynesian spa.
    Day Five: Rotorua
    Explore the geothermal wonders of the region at the Wharekarewera Thermal area, with its mud pools and geysers. Visit the Maori cultural centre or take a scenic flight to the active volcano of White Island.
    Day Six: To Napier/Hawke’s Bay
    A day’s drive will take you past more steaming geothermal sites to Taupo and through forested hills towards the Pacific coast. Visit the Art Deco city of Napier in the fertile and sunny Hawke’s Bay region.
    Day Seven: Napier/Hawke’s Bay
    Investigate the architectural delights of Napier, then explore some of the region’s famous vineyards, perhaps having lunch at Sileni or Black Barn. Potter around the pretty village of Havelock North and take a scenic drive along the Tukituki River.
    Day Eight: To the Wairarapa
    Expect a full day’s drive through rural scenery towards the Wairarapa, stopping for lunch at the Mount Bruce wildlife centre to see the rare birds. Make a tea stop in Greymouth, browse in the antique shops and admire the graceful architecture of this historic town.
    Day Nine: In the Wairarapa
    Take time today to explore a working sheep farm and visit Martinborough, famous for its pinot noir vineyards. Make the most of local vineyards, many accessible by foot from Martinborough town centre.
    Day Ten: To Nelson
    An easy drive into Wellington, taking time to stop in the city centre to visit the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. Make the short flight of about 20 minutes over to Nelson.
    Day Eleven: Nelson area
    Do not miss Abel Tasman National Park, best with a private charter, so that you get to see the major sights along the coast. Swim, sunbathe and enjoy a picnic lunch on an isolated beach. If possible, stay a day longer in Nelson so that you have time to visit the surrounding vineyards, arts and crafts studios, and galleries.
    Day Twelve: To Blenheim
    A pretty drive along the coast, will bring you past Nelson and the wooded hills skirting the edge of the Marlborough Sounds near Havelock (stop here for a lunch of local mussels). Reach the more expansive, drier country of the Wairau valley around Blenheim. Local vineyards produce easily recognisable names such as Montana, Cloudy Bay and Stoneleigh. Visit and taste.
    Day Thirteen: To Christchurch
    A full day’s drive through breathtaking scenery, stopping for lunch in Kaikoura, where snow-clad mountains appear to rise directly from the sea across the bay. Continue south, entering the flat farmland of the Canterbury Plains before reaching Christchurch.
    Day Fourteen: Christchurch
    Christchurch is a charming city that is very easy to explore on foot. View the Botanic Gardens in Hagley Park, take a punt on the River Avon, attend the Art Gallery and browse the local craft shops.
    Day Fifteen: To Arthur’s Pass
    Drive today to Christchurch across the Plains to the Southern Alps and Arthur’s Pass; the scenery is stunning.
    Day Sixteen: Arthur’s Pass
    Set out from your hotel along one of the numerous walking routes in this area, or embark on a scenic flight over Mount Cook.
    Day Seventeen: To Franz Josef
    Continue westwards along the Pass and down to the coast, stopping at the glacier town of Franz Josef.
    Day Eighteen: Franz Josef
    Relax and walk to the glacier or, in true New Zealand style, do something more adventurous. Take a flight by helicopter or plane, and hire a local guide to accompany you on a hike across the glacier.
    Day Nineteen: To Lake Wanaka
    Continue your journey southwards, passing through the dense rainforest areas this side of the Alps near Lake Moeraki before heading inland to Lake Wanaka for the night.
    Day Twenty: To Queenstown
    Lake Wanaka to Queenstown is a drive of no more than a couple of hours. You can go over the ‘hill’ of the Cardrona or follow the valley passing through the Otago wine region.
    Day Twenty-one: Queenstown
    Queenstown offers a whole range of adventure activities and you can take your pick from jet boating to parapending and bungy-jumping. The shops in Queenstown are good, or you can spend the day tramping through the gorgeous scenery near Glenorchy the start of the Hollyford track.
    Day Twenty-two: To Christchurch or Auckland
    Leave by plane back to Christchurch or Auckland.
    Price from £4265 per person

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