Hot Water Beach is on the east coast of the Coromandel Peninsula, approximately 12 minutes (8.6km) drive from Hahei. And its name is no exaggeration!
For one to two hours either side of low tide you can dig your own hot pool in the sand where the water temperature can be as hot as 64°C (147°F). So, remember to pack a spade, or hire one when you get there.
Hells Gate and Wai Ora Spa is approximately 18km and 20 minutes drive east of town.
The name is apt as the geothermal reserve is highly suggestive of an end-of-the-world scene – except the 45-minute walk comes complete with signage and a map.
Did you know that it is possible to have fun and keep to a budget?!
You can provide your children with exciting, new and fun experiences without having to fork out any money…
Deep within central Otago on the shores of a deep blue lake and flanked by knuckled mountains, is the holiday oasis of Wanaka.
120km north of Queenstown, it has a far less commercial feel than its clamorous neighbour but no less to do.
The small town of Oamaru gently reveals itself three hours south of Christchurch along SH1.
Home to a unique historical centre, its charm has attracted a delightful mix of friendly characters.
Gentlemen riding penny farthings will go about their business amongst tourists and technophiles, whilst artists and blacksmiths work away oblivious to the progressive world outside their walls.
The arty town of Nelson, gracing the top of the South Island, is a place rich in both culture and sunshine.
It’s an animated destination known for its abundance of fresh food, gorgeous wine, café culture and alternative lifestyle seekers.
Sheltered by mountains, it has a Mediterranean-style climate perfect for enjoying the surrounding beaches.
If you’re a fan of the ocean and its inhabitants, then Kaikoura is definitely going to be your paradise.
Fittingly called a ‘Maritime Serengeti’ for the abundance of sea animals that grace its waters, it’s a small settlement on lush pastures wedged between mountains and sea, midway between Christchurch and Picton.
With spring on our doorstep and summer just around the corner, a holiday to the sun-drenched corners of the land is a must for us all.
Richly scattered across both islands, we focus on a few of the charms of the South Island.
After a gruelling week at the office, the temptation of a relaxing weekend away seems the perfect medicine.
Whichever direction you decide to travel from the capital, there seems to be an appealing destination.
‘Winter break’ in New Zealand does not have to been a quick trip to Fiji.
Within our own country, there are countless lovely spots for a wintry break – think mulled wine, hot chocolate, and maybe a smattering of snow.