Free Travel Newsletter : April 2011
Written by Steph Kendall
Brought to you by New Zealand Tourism Guide www.tourism.net.nz.
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This month, we're thinking surf, seafood and heading down south. Be inspired by the world's best female surfers to grab a board and feel the salt spray on your face, or travel south to sample succulent seafood including the famous Bluff oyster and explore the remote wilderness that is George Sound.
Find out about:
- Women's Surf Festival, Taranaki, 26th April - 1st May
- NZ Music Month, 1 - 31st May
- Bluff Oyster and Food Festival, 21st May
- Booking Your Accommodation Online Through NZTG
- Off the Beaten Track to... George Sound
- Online Travel Games
- New Zealand Fast Facts
Women's Surf Festival, Taranaki, 26th April - 1st May
The surf's up for New Zealand and international women surfers in New Plymouth on the North Island at the end of April. New Zealand's best female surfers will compete in the New Zealand Women's Open with the winner taking on 17 of the top female surfers in the world on the ASP Women's Dream Tour...(more)
NZ Music Month, 1 - 31st May
When you're travelling through New Zealand, turn up the volume on your radio and sing along to songs by the best of Kiwi-grown musical talent. Having started in 2001 with the aim of increasing the proportion of New Zealand music played on commercial radio, NZ Music Month now also celebrates new and established Kiwi artists publicising new releases and concerts throughout the country. Look and listen out for news of local concerts and gigs. Visit the NZ Music Month website for more information.
Bluff Oyster & Food Festival, 21st May
Join oyster lovers from around the world, as well as from New Zealand, as they head down to the small town of Bluff in Southland to sample and celebrate the much-loved seafood delicacy, the Bluff oyster. The 2010 season was a bumper year with the oysters larger, juicier and more delicious than ever – 2011 promises the same and more...(more)
Booking Your Accommodation Online Through NZTG
Finding accommodation and getting the best available rates for your dates is really quick and easy with our on-site Bookit tool. This handy booking tool is located on our homepage and all you have to do is choose where you want to go and for how long. We'll show you what's available, what it looks like and what it costs – all within a few seconds.
Off the Beaten Track to... George Sound
Whilst Milford Sound and the Great Walks in the Fiordland National Park in the southwest of New Zealand's South Island are popular and well-known with travellers, the beautiful and dramatic George Sound offers hikers a real off the beaten track challenge. In fact the George Sound track provides no real track at all and hikers will have navigate their way along deer trails and overcome natural hazards including wet weather, flooding and the ever present sandflies...(more)
Online Travel Games
Compete with your family, friends and fellow travellers to find out who has the best travel and geographic knowledge by playing our free, fun and fast online travel games. Find out who really knows the flags, the capitals and key visitor attractions of the world.
New Zealand Fast Facts
To tip or not to tip? If you eat out in a restaurant, cafe or hotel in New Zealand, the staff are not expecting you to offer them a tip (though they will be happy to accept one). Tipping is not customary in New Zealand. Most New Zealanders do not offer tips as a service charge is already included in the bill. Many would probably prefer that you didn't tip either, as they regard tipping as an undesirable custom.