SELF DRIVE IN NEW ZEALAND
mountains, active volcanoes, cavernous fjords and craggy coastline,
scenic lakes, streams and beaches, bubbling mud pools and geysers,
its distinctive Maori culture and genial hospitality; makes New
Zealand a perfect destination for a remarkable self-drive vacation.
The enormous diversity of its topography is comparable to an
entire continent. One is no farther than 70 miles from the ocean
at any point in time. A couple hours of travel can take one from
subtropical beaches to alpine glaciers, from fjords to rainforests
and from cosmopolitan cities to great expanse of wilderness.
The best way is to self-drive in camper vans or motor homes.
Moreover, an Indian driving license is valid in New Zealand. The
fact that all cars are right-hand drives and signposts are in
English make driving there a piece of cake. New Zealand Tourism
offers efficient touring routes especially themed for the convenience
AND THE OUTDOORS
Dramatic landscapes, lush vegetation, and inimitable wildlife
make New Zealand a paradise for nature lovers. Steep mountains
provide countless hiking, climbing and skiing opportunities, others
being fishing, golf, mountain biking and swimming.
New Zealand society is diverse, sophisticated, and multicultural,
with an impressive blend of Kiwi warmth and honesty.
All of New Zealand's natural beauty and proximity of the different
locales make it the destination of choice for moviemakers. It
is not surprising then, that some of Hollywood's biggest movies
such as The Lord of the Rings, Whale Rider, The Last Samurai,
King Kong and now The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch
and The Wardrobe have chosen NZ as their location of choice. Some
of the popular Bollywood movies shot on location New Zealand include
Kaho Na Pyaar Hai, Rehna Hai Tere Dil Me and Mein Prem Ki Deewani
Hoon. Special package tours are also on offer to visit the locations
where the movies have been shot.
LODGES IN NEW ZEALAND
Sumptuous cuisine, superb accommodations and magnificent country
settings amidst the scenic beauty of New Zealand, personalized
hosting with a flawless sense of style - are all exceptional and
charming characteristics of the lodges of New Zealand.
Lodges are a luxury statement in New Zealand today and offer a
unique range of services and seclusion options. With some of the
best lodges in the world, they are the optimum place where one
can be close to nature and the country.
At each location, visitors may self-cater, captain the rowboat
from their own lakeside jetty and enjoy total privacy and anonymity.
From stocked goodies, to delicately prepared gourmet meals New
Zealand is a culinary delight. At Pukeko Landing, the bathroom
tub opens onto birdsong and native forest on the shore of Lake
Tarawera. The Te Kowhai landing property, which is adjacent to
the gorgeous Lake Taupo, features ancient native timbers alongside
state of the art technology.
A sneak preview into some of New Zealand's lodges:
The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs: The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs affords
stunning 180-degree views of the Pacific Ocean. Guest activities
include world famous game fishing, scuba diving, snorkelling,
sailing, sea kayaking, and hunting for boar and pheasant, picnics
at the three private beaches with a picturesque waterfall.
For more information on Kauri Cliff log onto: www.kauricliffs.com
The Lodge at Paratiho Farms
The Lodge at Paratiho Farms sits on a 2000-acre farm, which is
situated in the heart of New Zealand's centre of art and culture
- town of Nelson. It has all kinds of leisure facilities, including
a tennis court, a separate petanque and croquet lawn as well as
a heated swimming pool, along with health and beauty spa facilities.
For further information: Phone: 64 3 528 2100, Fax: 64 3 528 2101,
Wharekauhau Country Estate
The 'grand' lodge, is modelled on an Edwardian country mansion
and is located in the middle of a 5,000-acre working sheep farm.
Sitting on a plateau overlooking Palliser Bay, affords a spectacular
view of the craggy coastline. The activities the country-estate
offers are mountain biking, coastal and bush walks bird watching,
clay target shooting and wine tasting tours in the nearby Martinborough
For further information: Phone: 64 6 307 7581, Fax: 64 6 307 7799,
Each location provides a distinctive experience, leaving a lasting
impression on the visitors.
For more information on New Zealand, log on to www.newzealand.com