Free Travel Newsletter : August 2010
Written by Steph Kendall
Brought to you by New Zealand Tourism Guide www.tourism.net.nz.
Fans of fun, fish and film will love holidaying in New Zealand during August as this month offers visitors the opportunity to wind up with high-energy adrenalin-filled snow sports and wind down with world-class seafood cuisine and internationally-acclaimed movies. Check out the NZTG directory to find out where to go, when to go and what to do!
Find out about:
- Whitianga Scallop Festival, 28th August
- New Zealand International Film Festival, 5th - 22nd August
- Glaciers of New Zealand
- Off the Beaten Track to... Aoraki/Mt Cook
- New Zealand Fast Facts
Whitianga Scallop Festival, 28th August
Seafood lovers will congregate in Whitianga on the eastern side of the Coromandel Peninsula during 25th to 29th August this year to celebrate the Pecten novaezelandiae, or in other words, New Zealand scallops. Join in the fun and enjoy live entertainment plus over 60 food stalls offering scallops, seafood, wine and beer to tempt every tastebud... (more)
New Zealand International Film Festival, 5th - 22nd August
The annual New Zealand International Film Festival has long been the premier film event of the year and is regarded by film buffs as the cultural highlight of the New Zealand winter. You can enjoy over 50 films (including shorts and films from the Cannes and Sundance film festivals) in 15 cities and towns around New Zealand this winter. Most of these films have never been seen in New Zealand before... (more)
Glaciers of New Zealand
If you want to get up close to some of the most beautiful glacial landscapes in the world, then head to the South Island. On its West Coast lie some of the most accessible glaciers in the world's temperate zones. The country's most famous glaciers, the Fox and Franz Josef glaciers provide mountaineers, hikers and sightseers with the opportunity to explore spectacular ice formations. Local companies offer guided excursions providing safe access to and information about the geological features, flora and fauna of the area.
Off the Beaten Track to... Aoraki/Mount Cook
Roughly 40 percent of Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park is covered by glaciers. It is also home to over 19 peaks over 3,000 metres and New Zealand's highest mountain, Aoraki/Mount Cook (3,754 metres). Although this area is popular with visitors and you're unlikely to be enjoying these spectacular alpine vistas on your own, missing out on this remarkable area would be a big (some might say mountainous) mistake... (more)
New Zealand Fast Facts
Not only is New Zealand an ocean territory 'superpower', but the fishing industry's catch is widely enjoyed by its population. It's estimated that 88% of New Zealanders eat fish at least once a month and that 45% eat fish at least once a week. New Zealand's annual seafood harvest is approximately 625,000 tonnes of which 90% is exported – fortunately this still leaves plenty for the traditional kiwi Friday night supper of fish 'n' chips.