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New Zealand has to be one of the most beautiful and diverse countries in the world, if not the most beautiful. The land is scattered with active and extinct volcanoes, the mountain ranges rival those of the big European ranges, there are beaches galore and the cities are laid back and charming. There are also some
There are more than two dozen ski resorts in New Zealand, of which the Mount Ruapehu ski area on the North Island is one of the country’s favourites. Snowboarders have natural
Mount Hutt Ski Area is located on the South Island in the Southern Alps, where the mountains are really big. Mount Hutt offers excellent skiing and snowboarding on its wide slopes as well as great
Queenstown is the adventure capital of New Zealand and it offers a full range of slopes on its Remarkables mountain range at the Coronet Peak ski resort. There is night skiing here and snowmaking facilities. Lake Wanaka near Queenstown harbours four ski areas, of which Cardrona is a snowboarder’s paradise, boasting four boarding parks.
Nearly all visitors to New Zealand arrive by air and there are seven international airports, with Auckland handling the bulk of flights. Other airports are situated at Christchurch, Dunedin, Hamilton, Palmerston North, Queenstown and Wellington. There is no ferry service to New Zealand by sea, although cruise ships regularly dock in Auckland. The rail network isn’t extensive; however, reliable bus services run all over the islands, as do backpacker shuttles. Driving is relatively
New Zealand is a safe country and the roads here are a pleasure to drive on, although care should be taken on approach to the ski resorts due to hairpin bends and tractors.
If you’re travelling here, we recommend that you take a good guidebook. We like the layout and content of the Lonely Planet book. It provides an excellent mix of travel information and practical advice. Click below to purchase. You won’t regret buying it!