Rotorua - The geothermal wonderland of New Zealand

Rotorua is in the Bay of Plenty and it is 140 miles from the southeast Auckland. Population of Rotorua is around 56,000. It is in North Island of New Zealand.

Fundamentally, Rotorua is known as the Spa city. This is the one of the vacationer spots where consistently 3 million individuals visit and it is well known for tourism since 1800s. 9% voyagers are worldwide and 91% are local people.

Wanaka - New Zealand's premier playground

Kia Ora Welcome to Wanaka!

New Zealand's premier playground for snow sports, water activities, epic hiking and fun adventures. Come to Wanaka, New Zealand and you will find endless thrills, mountains of snow to ski and hike, breathtaking sceneries of Lake Wanaka and Mt. Aspiring National park. Discover world-class cuisine from the freshest locally grown organic produce offering excellent food and exceptional wines. Experience a night full of stars or boat sailing across Lake Wanaka. Discover Wanaka and follow our stories and travel tips on how to explore and enjoy Wanaka.

Kid Friendly Activities in Bay Of Plenty

Packing and planning for a vacation is generally an easy task, however, it immediately changes when the child factor is added to it. Going on a vacation with yours kids is not always an easy task as they constantly need some sort of stimulus that keeps them excited and on their feet. This is exactly why we bring to you some of the finest destinations, here at the bay of plenty that would give you your much needed relaxation time while keeping your kids occupied in some of the most fun activities here in New Zealand.

Queenstown - The Adventure Capital of The World

"Do you want to escape to a Kingdom that offers a lot of adventure and surreal views of nature? Do you love the feel of adrenaline pumping through your veins? Are thrilling escapades your kind of holiday? Then, Queenstown’s the perfect getaway for you, mate!

Auckland's treasure island

Waiheke Island is one of Auckland's must-see destinations. Located in the Hauraki Gulf, the island offers visitors stunning beaches, coastal walking trails and celebrated vineyards. It is easy to escape the city life by taking one of the daily 40-minute ferry trips from Auckland CBD or Devonport. The ferry cruise is operated by Fullers, who has a vast timetable ranging from early morning to late night which makes it perfect for only spending a day out, or even stay for a couple of days longer. The schedule can be viewed online, and tickets can be purchased on or at the Auckland harbour.

Kura Omanawanui Loop

When I was putting the Auckland Outdoor content together this was one of the few tracks I hadn’t done and never even heard about. And it sounded great – a bush walk, followed by the ridge overlooking the Manukau. And as it turns out, the Kura Track - Omanawanui Track loop is one of the most interesting as well as one of the most scenic tracks in the Waitakere Ranges. Much of it is a real tramping track - steep, high and exposed in places plus rugged underfoot. Quite doable but be prepared if wet. The Omanawanui also forms a section of the multi day Hillary Trail.

My Alps 2 Ocean adventure

We recently added Alps 2 Ocean bike trail as a theme partner on Gratia. The trail is about 300 km long and you can start either in Tekapo (easy first day) or from Mt Cook Aoraki (harder first day). It takes in stunning scenery – views of the Southern Alps and Mt Cook, Tekapo, Pukaki and Ohau lakes, the flats of the MacKenzie Country, the Waitaki valley and its three man-made hydro lakes, walking tracks, wineries, pastoral farms and some great options for accommodation and food. The trail finishes in Oamaru, arguably the single most interesting town to visit in NZ at present. We did the tour in 5 days but 6 to 8 is more relaxed and provides time to do a few other things and take some side excursions.

Re-discover your city with a Photography Walk-Shop

Recently, and for just two hours, I became a tourist in my own town, [the place in which I was born and have lived for over 50 years]. I ended up in places I’d never been, and saw Auckland in a different light. Actually, there was little natural light, because this adventure took place at night. But the sun’s absence was well compensated for by the abundance of man-made luminescence.

Villa Maria

A Kiwi Story of Entrepreneurship and Innovation

You’ve probably heard of Villa Maria before. As a New Zealander, it’s pretty hard not to recognize the brand name and you’ll probably have sampled their world renowned sauvignon blanc at some stage. What you may not be aware of is the amazing story behind Villa Maria. It’s a journey of a kiwi entrepreneur with a passion for wine and with the drive to create an iconic New Zealand success story and leave a legacy that every New Zealander can be proud of.

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