Free Travel Newsletter : February 2011
Written by Steph Kendall
Brought to you by New Zealand Tourism Guide www.tourism.net.nz.
From flowers to flying kicks, from film-making to Fiji, this month's newsletter covers a diverse array of topics as diversity is exactly what you can expect during your travels through New Zealand. There's an attraction, tour, accommodation and event to suit almost any taste – so you're almost guaranteed a good time whatever the weather.
Find out about:
- Taekwon-Do World Championships, 9 - 13th March
- The Hobbit, March 2011
- Pacific Island Stopovers
- Off the Beaten Track to... Puheke Beach
- New Zealand Fast Facts
Taekwon-Do World Championships, 9 - 13th March
High-kicking action from the top practitioners of taekwon-do in the world during individual and team competitions held in central Wellington (North Island). Join the crowds watching the sparring, patterns and the ever-impressive power-breaking...(more)
The Hobbit, March 2011
If you are a fan of Peter Jackson's 'The Lord of the Rings' trilogy, you will know that after a number of delays and setbacks, filming of J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit is finally due to begin in New Zealand in March. Much-loved characters, actors and sets from The Lord of the Rings films are back...(more)
Pacific Island Stopovers
If you're heading to New Zealand (especially from the northern hemisphere), you may be undertaking the one-off 'down under' journey of your lifetime. If your budget and time allows, why not stop over en route in one of the other South Pacific Islands? They are a relatively short distance from New Zealand and 'island time' offers visitors the perfect opportunity to enjoy Pacific Island culture and recover from long journey times or from a frenetically busy New Zealand holiday...(more)
Off the Beaten Track to... Puheke Beach
A remote and quiet beach in the far north of the North Island with sweeping white sands and beautiful views of Doubtless Bay. Doubtless Bay was named by Captain James Cook in 1769, when he recorded in his journal that is was 'doubtless a bay'...(more)
New Zealand Fast Facts
Peter Jackson, New Zealand's most famous film-making son was born in Pukerua Bay (north of Wellington) on the Kapiti Coast on the west of New Zealand's North Island. A total of 23,000 New Zealanders worked on the Lord of the Rings films, whose special effects included 10,000 prosthetic faces and 1,800 pairs of hobbit feet.
If you are a fan of The Lord of the Rings trilogy, check out the Lord of the Rings Tours which take visitors to the real locations used in the films.