12 Months of Travel: August 2017 – New Zealand

Glide into New Zealand’s glacial landscapes on a helicopter excursion from Queenstown – the icy terrain and plunging crevices are like the surface of another world.

In celebration of our 2017 calendar, Anywhere Anytime Journeys has created the “12 Months of Travel” to accompany the calendar’s breath-taking photos.

2017 continues with …

New Zealand

A land and people rich with stories…

It suffices to say that getting to know New Zealand’s relaxed and friendly people will be one of the things you love most about your visit. Strike up conversations along your journey – a casual chat at a bar or restaurant or at a local market – it’s the best way to get insider knowledge on the area you’re visiting and you may even pick up the local Kiwi lingo and make new life-long friends!

Within a day or two’s drive you can see spectacular glaciers, picturesque fiords, rugged mountains, vast plains, rolling hills, subtropical forests, a volcanic plateau, and miles of coastline with sandy beaches. Much of these landscapes are protected by National Parks with thousands of kilometres of walks and trails opening their beauty to the public.

New Zealand has 15,000 kilometres of blissfully uncrowded coastline with a diversity all of its own. The West Coast is rugged and untamed with many black-sand beaches, while the East Coast has gentle gold-sand beaches, quiet coves and harbours dotted with islands.

Home of Middle Earth

New Zealand’s dramatic scenery – golden plains, towering mountains and enchanting valleys – plays the mythical world of Middle-earth on the big screen in both The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit Trilogy. The similarities between New Zealand and Middle-earth are remarkable. Bubbling brooks intersect with gentle waterfalls; snow-capped peaks cast shadows over lush forest valleys, and ancient glaciers – frozen in time – cascade almost to the sea.

Matamata is home of the original Hobbiton village set from “The Lord of the Rings” movie trilogy. A guided tour of the site will showcase details on the creation of the Hobbiton set. Whether you have seen the movies or not, you will find the story and unusual setting of the village fascinating. There are spectacular views across to the Kaimai Ranges from the rolling green hills of the farm, which is a working sheep and beef unit. The Hobbiton movie set has been returned to its natural state. However, hobbit holes and some structures from the film set are still present.

To see Hobbiton, choose from any one of these packages:

National Parks

New Zealand’s 14 national parks showcase more than 30,000 square kilometres of diverse, natural scenery ready to explore by foot, boat, car or air.

Abel Tasman – Known as the finest coastal walk in the country with golden beaches and sculptured granite cliffs surrounded by diverse native forest. Featuring the Abel Tasman Coast Track Great Walk.

Exploring the edges of the Abel Tasman National Park in a sea kayak is a rare type of freedom. There are golden beaches for swimming, secret coves to discover and chance meetings with seals. At the end of the day, pitch your tent on the sand and enjoy the night symphony of owls and insects. Photo credit: Gareth Eyres / Tourism New Zealand
Exploring the edges of the Abel Tasman National Park in a sea kayak is a rare type of freedom. There are golden beaches for swimming, secret coves to discover and chance meetings with seals. At the end of the day, pitch your tent on the sand and enjoy the night symphony of owls and insects. Photo credit: Gareth Eyres / Tourism New Zealand

Aoraki/Mount Cook – New Zealand’s great alpine park with the highest mountains and the largest glaciers.

Arthur’s Pass – A park of contrasts, with dry beech/tawhai forest in the east and luxuriant rainforest on western slopes.

Egmont – Dominated by the 2518m high volcanic peak of Mt Taranaki (also known as Mt Egmont), which offers a challenging climb and spectacular views.

Fiordland – One of the great wilderness areas of the Southern Hemisphere with The Kepler, Milford and Routeburn tracks, each highlighting different aspects of this spectacular park.

Carved by glaciers over thousands of years, Fiordland is a world of deep waters, tall peaks and waterfalls. Milford Sound can be explored by cruise boat or sea kayak. Theres also a network of walking tracks in the area, including the world famous Milford Track. Most visitors use the lake town of Te Anau as a base for explorations. Photo credit: Rob Suisted / Tourism New Zealand
Carved by glaciers over thousands of years, Fiordland is a world of deep waters, tall peaks and waterfalls. Milford Sound can be explored by cruise boat or sea kayak. Theres also a network of walking tracks in the area, including the world famous Milford Track. Most visitors use the lake town of Te Anau as a base for explorations. Photo credit: Rob Suisted / Tourism New Zealand

Kahurangi – Covering the West Coast at the top of the South Island it includes the Heaphy Track, the longest of the country’s Great Walks.

Mount Aspiring – Straddling the southern end of the Southern Alps it’s a walker’s paradise and a must for mountaineers. The three largest of 100 glaciers in the region flank Mount Aspiring itself.

Nelson Lakes – Protects the northern-most Southern Alps and offers tranquil beech forest, craggy mountains, clear streams and lakes both big and small.

Paparoa – Most famous for the Pancake Rocks and blowholes of Dolomite Point, near the settlement of Punakaiki.

Rakiura National Park – Explore pristine beaches, sheltered inlets, and coastal forest, and see seals, penguins, kiwi, weka and many other birds. Makes up about 85 percent of Stewart Island/Rakiura.

Te Urewera – Most famous for its remote, rugged forest and lakes, it includes the Lake Waikaremoana Great Walk.

Lake Waikaremoano. Te Urewera national park. North Island. New Zealand. Photo credit: Chris McLennan / Tourism New Zealand
Lake Waikaremoano. Te Urewera national park. North Island. New Zealand. Photo credit: Chris McLennan / Tourism New Zealand

Tongariro – A dual World Heritage area and a place of extremes and surprises; featuring active volcanoes and the Tongariro Northern Circuit Great Walk.

Westland Tai Poutini – Extends from the highest peaks of the Southern Alps to the rugged and remote beaches of the wild West Coast.

Whanganui – Tramping tracks through wild lowland forests and river trips down the mighty Whanganui are popular activities. The area has a unique history and Maori culture is an important part of the park experience.

The Mountains to Sea cycle trail in the North Island delivers an irresistible mix of beautiful natural scenery and fascinating historical stories. You’ll discover the mysterious Bridge to Nowhere, bike through lush native forests and catch a jet boat to the river settlement of Pipiriki. It’s also easy to add a canoeing leg to your journey. Photo credit: Tourism New Zealand
The Mountains to Sea cycle trail in the North Island delivers an irresistible mix of beautiful natural scenery and fascinating historical stories. You’ll discover the mysterious Bridge to Nowhere, bike through lush native forests and catch a jet boat to the river settlement of Pipiriki. It’s also easy to add a canoeing leg to your journey.
Photo credit: Tourism New Zealand

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For more information or to book your Trip-Of-A-Lifetime, contact Brad Martin at Anywhere Anytime Journeys.

[SOURCES: Anywhere Anytime Journeys’ Destination Site & the Pocket Travel Guide App.]


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