28 April, 2009

New Zealand

New Zealand's spectacularly beautiful landscape includes vast mountain chains, steaming volcanoes, sweeping coastlines, deeply indented fiords and lush rainforests. It is a haven for those seeking peace, rejuvenation and relaxation as well as a playground for thrill seekers and adventurers. A temperate climate with relatively small seasonal variation makes it an ideal year-round holiday destination.

Have you ever thought about going whale-watching???

Seeing whales surface off the coast of Kaikoura is one of those truly magnificent New Zealand sights. Kaikoura is about a 2 to 3 hour drive from Christchurch, and it’s worth everything you can do to get down here to enjoy one of the whale watching tours. You can observe orcas (killer whales), humpback whales, sperm whales, and even the occasional blue whale from either a boat or a helicopter, and it’s not something you’ll soon forget.

- Activities and Adventure: For those who want breathtaking adventure can indulge themselves in jumping, sky diving, white-water rafting, jet-boating and heli.adventures. The Waitomo Caves gives the opportunity for black water rafting under a galaxy of glow-worms. Whereas for those who love extreme adventure can try out rock climbimg and abseiling. You can also have a conducted glacier trek or view the majestic Fox and Franz Josef Glaciers from a flight. In addition to it other activities that are offered includes horse riding, safaris, 4WD tours, quad bikes, hot-air balloons and kayaking.

- Nightlife: There is something for all age groups with innumerable nightclubs, restaurants and bars. The young pub-going crowd loves to hear to live bands whereas the more matured ones attend the jazz venues. And if you are attracted to thrills and excitement of the nightlife you must try and visit the gaming tables and machines of the casino. One thing to be kept in mind before attending a casino is that one should be above 20 years. Restaurants, live music and dancing are also present in some of the casinos.

- Shopping: The regular CBD retail outlets coexist with modern hi-fashioned malls. Factory outlet centers sell well-known brands for all age groups including shoes, accessories and music. They give 70% off compared to the retail shops. A number of designer boutiques, galleries, souvenir shops as well as art and craft shops are spread throughout the country.

- Tours: The conducted tour offers sightseeing along with farm, fishing, wine and movie set tours. In addition to this one can also experience train journeys, cruises, sand safaris, with tours to historic places and factory. One can choose from a wide range of tours from the large national enterprises to small, family-run businesses.

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