New Zealand cultural holiday
Description of New Zealand cultural holiday
This tailor made New Zealand holiday will introduce you to the very best of the country, with a stopover in Fiji thrown in for good measure. New Zealand has an incredible amount of variety - dramatic scenery, plentiful wildlife and a rich history and culture. This itinerary will give you a real feel for both the landscape and its people.
Youíll be presented with incredible beauty throughout your trip, from deserted sandy beaches, to wild mountain ranges, to untrammelled native forest, to spectacular geothermal activity. For wildlife enthusiasts, highlights of the trip will include watching the sperm whales and dolphins in Kaikoura, spotting kiwis on Stewart Island, taking a nature cruise along Milford Sound and visiting protected colonies of royal albatross, sea lions, fur seals and penguins on the Otago Peninsula.
Youíll also get the chance to learn more about the indigenous Maori people, whose culture influences all aspects of New Zealand life. You'll visit Rotorua, which is steeped in Maori culture and history, as well as the renowned Waitangi Treaty Grounds in the Northland and the fascinating Te Papa museum in Wellington. Added on to the end of your New Zealand sojourn, a four night trip to Fiji will take you to the rugged beauty of Viti Levuís interior, where youíll join a traditional kava ceremony in a Fijian village as well as explore waterfalls, rainforest and mountains, not just in a vehicle, but also on foot and by kayak. Next, youíll head to the pristine beaches and clear waters of the Mamanuca Islands where, as well as relaxing on the beach you can explore the incredible world underneath the water, either snorkelling or diving. You can also learn more about Fijian culture from the staff at your resort.
To make the best of the above itinerary you should avoid the winter months of June, July and August. The ideal time to visit New Zealand is from November until the end of March. The best time to visit Fiji is the dry season of May to October, but the mild climate means that itís a year-round destination. Bear in mind, however, that cyclones are more common between November and April.
Environment: Several of the properties and excursions mentioned in this itinerary are locally owned by New Zealand residents but also use sustainable practices in their accommodation to support sustainable travel and tourism for consumers.
In general, New Zealand is a very environmentally friendly country, but certain properties have excelled in their eco-friendly approach. The Purepod in Waipara is a one of a kind glass room that introduces you to the surrounding environment and uses solar electricity for the fridge and water system and bio-fuel capable heaters. Their attention to conservation attracts bird species to the surrounding property and allows you to switch off from the hustle and bustle of the everyday world.
Kapiti Island day tour from Wellington is wholly owned and operated by Maori families, and part of the revenue supports local conservation programmes. Dolphin swimming in Kaikoura is a Maori-owned enterprise, hugely proud of their commitment to education and their affiliations with international organisations involved in the research of marine life in the Kaikoura Trench. On-board naturalists offer a wealth of information about both the wildlife and the local Maori history and culture.
Community: The Maori heritage is an inherent part of New Zealand life, and there are countless opportunities to experience Maori traditions, crafts, food and dance. Waitangi Treaty Grounds is an excellent place to learn more about all facets of Maori life and history.
New Zealand excels in its small, family-run bed and breakfast properties, where visitors experience true kiwi hospitality as well as often learning more about the area they are staying in and meeting the people who live there. This itinerary includes a variety of such properties, many of which are buildings of historic interest and are in stunning locations, a wonderful contrast to the impersonal, international hotel chains.
PeopleWhen we travel, we have a responsibility to make sure that the countries we visit are left in the same or better state than we found them. With this in mind, our itinerary features hotels, tours and transportation means which minimize the impact on the environment. We choose suppliers who are dedicated to preserving the environment by minimizing their impact on the surroundings and so we have carefully hand-selected properties with this in mind.
Within this itinerary we have included properties offering boutique accommodation, which have small numbers of guests who can be catered for specifically, reducing excess waste. Not only does this create a more personalized and unique experience, our guests are minimizing their impact on the environment whilst they travel. The Tauhara Sunrise B&B has been included within this trip because it offers eco-friendly activities such as walking trails. Our guests are therefore, enjoying nature and their surrounds without impacting the natural beauty of the region and knowing that they are travelling responsibly.
Aligned with our responsible travel values, we have also selected tours which provide up-close encounters with native wildlife, without impacting the animals in their natural habitat. Included within this itinerary is Kapiti Island, a place known for its pristine, abundant bird population and plethora of fauna. It comes as no surprise that the island is listed as an Important Bird and Biodiversity Area (IBA) and is renowned for its high conversation and community values. We have carefully selected a visit to this spectacular destination in support of the active effort to protect the life and land.
We support a charity which encourages guests to take three items of litter from the beach when they visit, to help keep our oceans clean by reducing waste and pollution. We also encourage our guests to travel via low carbon transport to minimize their impact on the surroundings.
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