Many tourists speed past Okarito on their way to see the Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers on the West Coast of New Zealand’s South Island. However, this small community and the lagoon that takes its name, offer visitors a quiet peace and closeness to nature that can often be difficult to find in today’s modern world.
New Zealand is a role model for the rest of the world for the way it is dealing with the pandemic. When international travellers are able to visit New Zealand, there is no doubt it will be one of the safest destinations to enjoy an amazing holiday.
However, in the meantime we understand that travellers are cautious about booking a trip to New Zealand not only because of health concerns, but the financial commitment that a ‘trip of a lifetime’ means.
That is why we are introducing our Covid-19 Promise
Book with Confidence
Once you have booked, you can relax about everything until 30 days prior to departure when your balance is due.
At that point, if you still have concerns about Covid-19 and feel unable to travel you may:
• Postpone your trip with us to a future date; as far in advance as 31 December 2021
• Cancel outright and receive a full refund of the land arrangements in New Zealand
Travel with Confidence
Our Hamilton office on North Island monitors New Zealand’s Covid-19 situation on a daily basis so that we can comply with all national and local regulations that may be in place when you travel.
For Pure Discoveries Small Group Tours we use our own vehicles so we have complete control when it comes to implementing safety and hygiene practices.
For all holidays, our close relationships with accommodation providers, car rental agencies, activity operators and local guides mean we work together to safely welcome you.
You may have heard about the BBC’s latest offering that’s coming to our screens on June 21st. The Luminaries is an exciting dramatisation of Eleanor Catton’s Man Booker Prize-Winning novel set during New Zealand’s 19th Century gold rush and is penned to be one of the best series of the year.
No other place sums up the unique landscape and culture of New Zealand quite as well as Rotorua.
It is a proud centre point of Māori heritage, where you are welcomed by Māori tribes to experience and explore their culture. It is a geothermal paradise, studded with spas and hot pools that were millennia in the making. It is an adventurer’s playground, with as many activities for adrenaline junkies as there are for hikers and bikers.
Life in lockdown has made us realise many things, especially how important community is in order to make it through the tough times we’re faced with. New Zealanders are no exception, they’re known the world over for their community spirit and welcoming demeanor. So it may come as no surprise that they’ll go to great lengths to guarantee that everyone in their community is taken care of.
Whether it’s providing support for local businesses, keeping spirits high with an innovative approach to entertainment or just ensuring no person is forgotten, we wanted to check out how Kiwi’s have been responding to the Covid-19 crisis.
Mount Cook is the highest mountain in New Zealand at 3,724 metres (12,218 feet). It is part of the Southern Alps range which dominates the landscape of the country’s South Island. Throughout the year, the mountain and the other prominent peaks of Mount Tasman, Mount Hicks and Sefton offer a stunning visual backdrop to the scenery of the West Coast, Lake Tekapo and the Canterbury region of the East Coast.
The mountain holds particular significance for the Maori people, who named it Aoraki according to local legend. It is definitely a “must-see” sight on any New Zealand tour, since you can’t truly understand the geology of the country or the mountain’s prominence in the national psyche without a visit to the park that bears its name.
New Zealand’s early lockdown policy appears to have been successful in reducing the infection rate and fatalities. That is starting to ease and as the New Zealand winter approaches the country has time to plan its new tourism strategy.
If there’s one thing that we’ve definitely learned the value of since lockdown, it’s travel. The ability to visit far off lands and discover the hidden gems they offer has never seemed so sweet. But while we might not be able to take a trip right now, the power of technology does mean that we can still immerse ourselves in the wonders of the world from the comfort of our sofa.
It is generally acknowledged that New Zealand’s Covid-19 Strategy has been one of the most successful throughout the world in tackling the virus.
Jacinda Ardern, the Prime Minister of New Zealand (pictured above), announced this week that the country’s health department had recorded the lowest number of daily cases since 22nd March, four days before the country went into lockdown. So far, there have been just 13 reported deaths in the country.
As we settle into life on lockdown, being unable to get out and about might mean you’re finding it tricky to occupy your time. So, if like us you love all things New Zealand and you want to flex those brain muscles a bit, why not test your Kiwi knowledge with our fun little quiz?
But that’s not all, if you really want to raise the stakes, you can submit your answers* to us at the end and you could win what we think is one of New Zealand’s finest exports… a box of Devonport chocolates worth almost £30!