Packing for New Zealand

Something of a nightmare to think of packing to cover temperatures in three countries – since we’ll be in the humidity of Singapore, the relatively pleasant temperatures on New Zealand’s North Island, but possibly cold nights on the South, particularly on the Milford Track, so I’m definitely into a multi-layered approach.

I also find New Zealand must be one of the best places in the world to get your washing done “en route”, pretty well every hotel or Bed & Breakfast we stay at has laundry facilities, and on some occasions, I’ve found our hosts have even done the washing while we’re out enjoying ourselves!

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New Zealand Here We Come!

Three days to go before we head off for New Zealand. Can’t remember how many separate trips this is to God’s Own – but it never ceases to amaze me how it’s always a mad panic to clear up the paperwork, sort out the technology and get packed.

Barbara and daughter Sarah (12) are with me for the first part of the trip, via Singapore and then walks on Abel Tasman Coastal Path and the Milford Track.

In between the track walks, we’ll catch up with friends at our favourite Bed and Breakfasts, and check out some of the latest New Zealand experiences – looking forward to a trip with Wanaka River Journeys and enjoying an overnight on Doubtful Sound.

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New Two Day Hike for the Hollyford Track

Following its busiest season to date, Hollyford Track is launching a new 2 day hiking product for 2014-15.

The new ‘Ocean to Alps’ guided walk is a 25 km (15.5 mile) trek though some of the most spectacular scenery that New Zealand’s rugged Fiordland region has to offer.

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Work Starts on Wellington Airport Terminal Extension

Work has now commenced on a NZ$58m, 6000 square metre extension of Wellington Airport’s main terminal building and apron.

In 1999, when Wellington’s main terminal building was opened, around 9,500 passengers passed through the airport each day. Today, on average, the airport processes over 15,000 passengers per day, and on busy days up to 20,000.

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Enjoy a Taste of Auckland

New Zealand’s vibrant ‘City of Sails’ invites you to sample some of its culinary delights as it once again hosts one of the country’s most glamorous food festivals, ‘Taste of Auckland’.

The annual ‘Taste of Auckland’ food festival is designed to give food lovers the chance to try signature dishes from some of Auckland’s finest restaurants. At the festival, top local and international chefs will showcase their skills and teach you their culinary secrets. Returning festival favourites include the Fisher & Paykel Chefs Kitchen, the Ultimate BMW Experience with Josh Emett, and Peter Urlich curating the Magners Cider Bandstand. New and exciting features for this year’s festival include the Dilmah Tea Garden, NZ Avocado Urban Garden Party, and the G.H.Mumm Champagne Bar.

If you are visiting Auckland this month as part of your New Zealand holiday, be sure to partake in the mouth-watering delights of ‘Taste of Auckland’. Celebrate the start of summer with some of the finest food New Zealand has to offer, learn from culinary superstars, and enjoy the festival atmosphere.

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