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New Zealand - Nelson
The Te Waikoropupu Springs ('Pupu Springs')
The Te Waikoropupu Springs ('Pupu Springs') are located in Golden Bay, on NewZealand's South Island. The springs are known for the clarity of the water, andthe volume of water discharged. The springs are spiritually significant to theMaori People.
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New Zealand - Nelson
Anatoki Salmon. Great for Kids!
Nelson and Surrounds.If anyone is wondering what to do with children in New Zealand I would highly recommend a visit to Nelson at the northern tip of the south island. It is a comfortable and interesting 6 Hours drive north from Christchurch (with a lunch break and several scenery stops). It is also just across the bay by ferry from Wellington should you wish to come that way. Along the way we saw a seal colony just by the roadside and enjoyed our very first fresh Lobster Sandwich (just $5NZ –....
New Zealand - Canterbury
I just wanted to say a few short words of encouragement to anyone who isthinking of visiting New Zealand. It is amazing, wonderful, beautiful, astounding.The views are simply spectacular.We booked our flights on and although they stuffed up ourbookings to begin with a very helpful senior staffer soon put it right and we flewinto Christchurch International Airport as scheduled. We had previously bookedour motel on and also booked a hire car through soi....
New Zealand - Canterbury
Capital of the South Island.
New Zealand - West Coast
Punakaiki Pancake Rocks
Punakaiki is the town centre for the Paparoa National Park - 30,000 ha of varied landscape from classic West Coast native rainforest and mountain tops, to the expansive rugged coastal beaches. The short track from the road leads through native ferns, pongas, and nikau palms to the pancake rocks. This is where rain and sea water have widened the joints in a well-bedded limestone that dips gently seaward into many deep narrow channels. The remnants survive as narrow ridges and pillars in which the....
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New Zealand - South Island
campervans or motorhomes
wow just back from a tour of the south island of new zealand, its all you expect and more, breathtaking scenery, exciting adventure sports, and whales thrown in for good measure. We travelled with a beautiful campervan with all you needed and more besides, friendly service and extremely helpful. Some of the bigger companies out there cant possibly look after you the way did. Recommend them to anyone.
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New Zealand - West Coast
The Heaphy Track
The Heaphy Track is best known for its beauty and diversity. For 77 kilometresit crosses a range of landscapes in the Kahurangi National Park, from thejunction of the Brown and Aorere Rivers, over expansive tussock downs to thelush forests and roaring sea of the West Coast.The track usually takes 5 days. It is classified as a walking track, being wellformed and suitable for most people. All rivers and major streams are bridged.The Heaphy Track is one of New Zealand's "Great Walks".
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New Zealand - South Island
camper vans
Really good quality and very inexpensive camper vans for trips to the South Island. Younger campers especially will appreciate it...the vans are older but sturdy, full of all the necessities (really, EVERYTHING) and the extras are out of this world (MOUNTAIN BIKES!!) It's just one local guy with 6 vans, so phone ahead for reservations. He's very helpful, will pick up and drop off at the airport. Reasonable rates, scaled by season, just as good as the big commercial companies. Better, ....
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New Zealand - Nelson
Farewell Spit Visitor Centre and Cafe
Farewell Spit is a bird sanctuary, wetland and nature reserve of international importance. Walking is permitted out to approximately three kilometres. This loop walk, out the inside and back the outside, takes about three hours. The Farewell Spit Visitor Centre and Cafe is also the beginning of several other magnificent coastal walks Westwards. Several days are needed to truly experience this area. For those who prefer a less energetic look, there are informative four wheel drive tours travellin....
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New Zealand - Nelson
Farewell Spit 4wd Trip
A long natural sandspit separating the wild west coast from placid Golden Bay. A world heritage site so access by organised 4wd tours only. Two operators based in Collingwood. Miles of mud flats exposed at low tide support many thousands of migratory waders such as godwits and knots from October to march.
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