Travel writer and editor specialising in South Asia & New Zealand
Wine production on a large scale is relatively new to New Zealand, booming in the last couple of decades, but vines were first planted in the early 19th century, by missionaries and monks. Nowadays, wine offers a different kind of religious experience in New Zealand.
While it is possible to get between popular tourist destinations in New Zealand by bus and train, to get to some of the more remote spots it’s necessary to have your own wheels. And, in reality, a lot of the most beautiful places in New Zealand are remote and out-of-the-way.
Question: Can you name the first woman to have summitted Mt. Everest? You probably know the first male duo to do so, Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay. But the first woman? If you can’t (and you aren’t alone), then you need to read The Woman Who Rode a Shark and 50 More Wild Female Adventurers, written by Ailsa Ross, and illustrated by Amy Blackwell.
New Zealand is a dream travel destination for many travelers: it's naturally beautiful, with a rich culture, and it's generally pretty safe, with easygoing people. But, unless you live in eastern Australia or a handful of tiny Pacific Islands, New Zealand is also really, really far away.