New Zealand by Cruise Ship: A Guide

  Summer is here, and the cruise ship season, predicted to be New Zealand’s biggest ever, has begun. Between November 1st and April 30th 33 ships (up from 28 ships last summer) will make as many as 600 stops in ports all around the country. Another biggest ever is the arrival before Christmas of the Ovation of …

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West Coast Rebirth: Greymouth & Hokitika

The West Coast is a remote, sparsely populated column of land in New Zealand’s South Island, separated from the relative bustle of Canterbury by the Southern Alps. Facing a spectacular but intolerant Tasman Sea, the region was built on blue collar industrialism: mining, forestry, farming and fishing. The 20th century was tough on these trades, …

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Cycle Challenge Events In New Zealand

Every year thousands of New Zealanders take part in a number of fun and competitive cycling events held around the country.  These events are often fundraisers and offer the chance to see the countryside from a different perspective as well as contributing to a worthy cause. Towns and cities hosting cycle events come alive with …

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Jean Batten, Garbo of the Skies

High above the arrivals hall in Auckland’s international airport is a plane. It looks tiny in the cavernous, reverberating terminal – merely a decorative prop. But this is the plane that flew from England to Brazil in 1935, and England to New Zealand in 1936, both record-breaking achievements. And today is the birthday of its …

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The Mail Boat Tour From Picton

It’s 1.20pm, and a catamaran idles with a baritone murmur at the wharf. On neighbouring jetties water taxis tug nonchalantly at their lines, a giant cruise ship towers over Waitohi wharf, and Picton harbour glitters in the pale afternoon sun. With cartons of groceries and canvas bags of mail safely stowed, a gaggle of eager sightseers are …

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The Vanishing Fleet – Part II

Last week I wrote a post about “visible shipwrecks” of the North Island coastline, wrecks that you can visit on foot. Our fascination with these rust-ridden hulks comes partly from our simultaneous love/fear of the sea, and partly the fading link they provide to New Zealand’s past. You can read part one here. Sadly, they are …

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The World’s Fastest Mini

These guys will have had almost all their thunder stolen by the hubbub of the Olympics, so let’s give them a bit of attention.  Project ’64 is a team of Kiwi’s who last week broke two under-1000cc land speed records at Bonneville Speed Week, driving a 52 year old Mini Cooper. The car proved to …

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The Vanishing Fleet

Shipwrecks have a special lure, don’t they? The spectre of tragedy that surrounds them, the resonance of loss, and a reminder of the ocean’s uncompromising power. More than most historical artefacts – restored cars, preserved buildings, antique furniture; embalmed in modern veneer; enshrined in modern surroundings – a dead ship feels like the past reaching …

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The Ultimate Pie

The pie. Surely our most iconic food, the lowly, unpretentious pie is at the core of any true New Zealander’s diet. In my youth these were “maggot packs”, the most basic form of nourishment you could plunk down your school lunch money for, and available in a long list of tempting flavours: mince, steak & …

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Contact

If you have any questions or need help or advice about rental cars or your New Zealand travel plans we’re here to help you. Please contact us

New Zealand Free Phone: 0800 800 956

Australian Free Phone: 1800 771 302

Other international enquiries. Find your nearest New Zealand rental cars branch.