Free Travel Newsletter : April 2010
Written by Steph Kendall
Brought to you by New Zealand Tourism Guide www.tourism.net.nz.
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Take a deep breath and fill your lungs with the smell of the New Zealand autumn, which in April is well underway. Fresh, bright days outdoors and cosy nights spent by the fire reviewing the fortunes of our rugby and netball teams are very much the order of the day – it's simply a wonderful month in which to visit New Zealand and although 'Godzone' is never exactly crowded, you may find that you have that mountain, river, lake, beach, track or campsite completely to yourself...
Find out about:
- Anzac Day, 25th April
- Off the Beaten Track to... Kahurangi National Park
- Free Maps and Driving Routes
- Eating Fresh in New Zealand
- New Zealand Fast Facts
Anzac Day, 25th April
On the 25th of April every year, New Zealanders and Australians pay tribute to the soliders who fought at Gallipoli in Turkey during World War I. The acronym ANZAC stands for Australian and New Zealand Army Corps, whose soldiers were known as Anzacs. Anzac Day remains one of the most important national occasions of both Australia and New Zealand... (more)
Off the Beaten Track to... Kahurangi National Park
If you love hiking, or tramping as it's called in New Zealand, then you will definitely enjoy the Heaphy Track, one of the more remote Great Walks situated in the Kahurangi National Park. Located in the north-west corner of the South Island, the Heaphy Track is the longest of the Great Walks and takes between 4-6 days to complete. The 78.4 km track crosses the Kahurangi National Park taking in tussock downs, lush forests and the roaring seas of the West Coast... (more)
Free Maps and Driving Routes
If you want to find out more about New Zealand's terrain and driving routes, then simply view the free maps and driving routes on our website. You'll get some great ideas on where to go and how long it will take you to get there.
New Zealand is approximately 1,600 kilometres in length, has a total land area of 270,000 square kilometres and its coastline has a length of 15,134 kilometres. That's a whole lot of exploring to do!
Eating Fresh in New Zealand
When you visit New Zealand, you really are in for a gastronomic treat – although often a casual affair, eating and dining out in New Zealand means enjoying the freshest food, finest wines and gourmet cuisine from world-class chefs and kitchens. There are restaurants, cafes and food outlets to suit every taste – whether it's eating fish 'n' chips out of the paper by the beach or enjoying boutique wines with dinner in one of New Zealand's many excellent winery restaurants.
If you prefer self catering on holiday, it's definitely worth visiting one of the many farmers' markets held in towns and cities throughout the country. These lively markets offer you a chance to meet the locals and enjoy fresh seasonal produce as well as delicacies such as handmade chocolates, exquisite cupcakes and mouth-watering cheeses. To find out where and when these farmers' markets are being held, listen to local radio stations, read the newspapers or simply ask a friendly local.
Find out more about New Zealand cuisine.
New Zealand Fast Facts
If you want to visit the most southerly capital on the planet, then visit Wellington in New Zealand's North Island at a latitude of 41° 17' S. Wellington replaced Auckland as the capital of New Zealand back in 1865 and is often known as 'Windy Wellington' because it is the windiest city in the country. Home to nearly 400,000 people, Wellington ranks consistently as the 12th best city for quality of living in the world (according to Mercer).