Friday, April 22, 2022

Nine golden reasons to visit New Zealand

Autumn colours near Arrowtown, Otago region

To celebrate our border openings to Australia (from 12 April) and visa waiver countries (from 1 May), we’ve come up with nine golden reasons to encourage your clients to travel to Aotearoa New Zealand.

All the tourism operators featured here have been awarded Qualmark Gold or Silver by Qualmark -- New Zealand’s official tourism quality assurance organisation.

Golden reason #1:
Time for a toast. The vines are turning red and gold, and Aotearoa has some seriously golden drops to taste. May is the month of sauvignon blanc, chardonnay and pinot gris. in new window)

Golden reason #2:
Pure gold. Get on a bike and follow the old trails where fortunes were once made on the goldfields of the wild West Coast. The sunsets are something else. in new window)

Golden reason #3:
Autumn is a colourful season for touring. Visit the historic little towns of Central Otago and catch Arrowtown colours at their finest. in new window)

Golden reason #4:
Check out the golden dome above Whangarei’s startling new Hundertwasser Art Centre created as an enduring design legacy and homage to the artist. in new window)

Golden reason #5:
Paddle a golden kayak across dark green waters into the narrow canyons around Lake Karapiro. in new window)

Golden reason #6:
Stay a night or two at Lake Tekapo for golden sunsets, clear dark skies and a myriad of galaxies. in new window)

Golden reason #7:
Mix up the greens and the blues with golden opportunities for wildlife spotting on the rugged Otago Peninsula. in new window)

Golden reason #8:
It’s time to book next season’s luxury hiking adventure on the Hump Ridge Track — New Zealand’s latest Great Walk in waiting is the inspiring story of how a community came together to achieve something great. in new window)

Golden reason #9:
Or simply go for a full green immersion in Fiordland’s pristine rainforests for a cure that soothes the soul and inspires the being. (opens in new window)