Thursday, December 9, 2010

Leisure Programmes - What can you do in New Zealand?

New Zealand is known for its vast and beautiful landscape, filled with forests, mountains, lakes and plains. With this, many sports and adventure trails can be found here, along with natural wildlife experiences.
Adventure (land/water)
      Both soft and hard adventures could be experienced here. As one of the countries with the most number of mountains, New Zealand is a perfect place for both land and water activities and sports. Here is the list of some common land activities:
-          Mountaineering and Rock Climbing

-          Trampling and Walking
-          Skiing

Coronet Peak Skilling Resort

-          Bungee Jumping

Bungee Jumping at Queenstown

-          Golf
-          Aerial Adventures (Sky diving)
-          Horse Trekking
Trekking at South Island
Even trekking on... Water! Does the scenery looks familiar? Seen in the Lord of the Rings.

Popular water activities include:
-          Surfing
-          White water rafting

-          Kayaking
-          Jet Boating

Along river canyons at Queenstown

-          Diving


      Farms can be widely found throughout New Zealand, even on tall hills. Many locals welcome visitors for farmstays, where one gets to experience rearing sheep and cows, while relaxing in a quiet environment surrounded by the peaceful country view. Even many locals living in the urban cities would go into the countryside once in a while to break away from the stressful urban life.

Wildlife experiences

Bridge at Wairarapa
     Camping grounds offers a cheaper alternatives to travel around New Zealand in caravans. Furthermore, one could get a close and authentic feel of the beautiful sceneries that New Zealand has to offer. Ecotours and heritage expenditures allow visitors to tour and experience the natural environment with the help of a guide. Because of its strong conservation laws, New Zealand has one of the world’s most amazing and untouched landscapes which attract many wildlife and nature lovers. You can also get close encounters with wildlife through bird watching, boating with wild dolphins, etc.
Bird watchin 

Boating... with dolphins trailing along

      This vast land also produces some of the world’s famous wine. Hence, Food & Wine Festivals are popular across New Zealand. Some upcoming festivals are:
1. Rhythm and Vines
(Wednesday 29th to Friday 31st December 2010)
-          New Year Celebration with audio visual feast.
-          Held at Gisborne, a great place to catch the sun rise for 2011.
-          Dazzling light shows, fireworks, programme of bands and musicians.
-          Famous R&V water slide, forest stage, circus performers. 
2.  Hawke’s Bay Wine and Food Festivals
(Saturday 29th January 2011)
-          Held at Hawke’s Bay region, famous for its world class wine.
-          More than 40 top wineries and boutique food producers.
-          Workshops offering classes on matching wine to art of cooking seafood.
-          Region surrounding by stunning view of vineyards and mountains.
3. Auckland Seafood Festivals
(Saturday 29th – Monday 31st January 2011)
-          Offer a 3 day gourmet New Zealand seafood festival.
-          Live cooking demonstrations and competitions.
-          Family entertainment with wine and beer available.
-          Held at Auckland’s Viaduct Harbour.
Food & Wine at Oamaru Otago

Other events include sports & recreation:
Water sports
Challenge Wanaka
(15 January 2011)
-          World’s most scenic iron distance triathlon (226km)
-          Takes place along lakes, Mount Aspiring Park.

Cultural Festivals like:
Te Matatini – National Kapa Haka Festival 2011
-          A regional competition every two years
-          Battle of dance between teams
-          An excellent opportunity to experience the Maori’s way, and the different types of “haka”


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