Free Travel Newsletter : January 2010
Written by Steph Kendall
Brought to you by New Zealand Tourism Guide www.tourism.net.nz.
Congratulations to Sophie Trebilco of Auckland, this month's lucky Free Travel Newsletter subscriber, winning "The Ultimate New Zealand DVD".
The popular British prince, Prince William is in New Zealand this month on his first official state visit. The prince will find out more about Rugby World Cup 2011 plans, enjoy a hangi and go sailing on Auckland's Waitemata Harbour. All things that you can do too as you enjoy your own royal tour of New Zealand, which may also include visits to some of the events highlighted below.
Find out about:
- Parihaka International Peace Festival, Taranaki, 7th - 11th January
- World Buskers Festival, Christchurch, 21st - 31st January
- Michael Hill Golf Open, Queenstown, 28th - 31st January
- Off the Beaten Track to... Lake Manapouri
- Studying in New Zealand
- New Zealand Fast Facts
Parihaka International Peace Festival, Taranaki, 7th - 11th January
This year, the festival celebrates not only the vision and example of Te Whiti o Rongomai and Tohu Kakahi, the founders of Parihaka, but its fifth anniversary.
This quiet, unassuming village has become a site of major historical, cultural and political importance in New Zealand. Its founders advocated non-violent action to resist invasion of their lands and to protect Maori independence throughout the late 19th century. Te Whiti o Rongomai and Tohu Kakahi were recognised in 2003 by representatives of Martin Luther King Jnr, Mahatma Gandhi and Daisaku Ikeda for their foundational work and sacrifice as fathers of non-violent action.
Festival celebrations for 2010 include performances by Smashproof, Te Kupu & MC Wiya and the Brian Hatcher Band, The Bellbirds, Fat Freddy's Drop, Herbs Unplugged, House of Shem, Moana & The Tribe, Tikii Taane & The Dub Soldiers, the Parihaka Festival Choir, the Parihaka Ukelele band plus over 30 other acts.
For more information and tickets, visit www.parihaka.com.
World Buskers Festival, Christchurch, 21st - 31st January
This much-loved festival of freestyle comedy, acrobatics and street performance hits the pavements, squares and theatres of Christchurch for its 17th year. The eleven-day festival features over 500 live shows at indoor and outdoor venues and features 44 of the world's best acts from the USA, Canada, UK, Ireland, Japan, Israel, Germany, the Netherlands, Australia and New Zealand...(more)
Michael Hill Golf Open, Queenstown, 28th - 31st January
Fans of golf can not only enjoy New Zealand's many golf courses as they tour the country, but watch some of the world's best golfers participate in the country's premier golfing event. Located in Arrowtown, near Queenstown, this event also offers travellers the perfect opportunity to explore and enjoy the scenery and attractions of New Zealand's so-called 'Adventure Capital'...(more)
Off the Beaten Track to... Lake Manapouri
Described as the 'loveliest of all lakes' in New Zealand, Lake Manapouri is a haven of seclusion and beauty and located in Fiordland in the south-west of the South Island. This pristine lake is the second deepest in New Zealand and is the gateway for trips to Doubtful Sound...(more)
Studying in New Zealand
Looking for more than just a holiday in 2010? Why not combine a stay in New Zealand's beautiful outdoors with an equally inspiring course of study in subjects as diverse as: adventure education, woodturning, hospitality, English language, aviation (fixed wing and helicopter training) and photography. New Zealand has a wealth of schools, colleges, institutions and academies offering a wide range of subjects for New Zealand and international students.
New Zealand Fast Facts
Bungy jumping has its roots in a traditional rite of passage, the world-famous land diving ritual, the Naghol. During this ritual, the young men of Vanuatu, throw themselves from high towers attached by vines at their ankles. The sport of bungy jumping started when the world's first commercial bungy jump took place in Queenstown, New Zealand in 1988. Operated by AJ Hacket, the first jump was a 43-metre leap from the Kawarau Bridge in Queenstown. Queenstown is now also home to New Zealand's highest bungy jump, the Nevis Bungy situated some 134 metres above the Nevis River.
Find out more about bungy jumping in New Zealand.