With summer only a month away and Christmas holidays looming, now is the time to lock in a getaway holiday to any one or a dozen of New Zealand's amazing holiday destinations.

A Road Trip to Southland was one of our family's favorite holidays. For seven days over Christmas, we tramped through native bush in Catlin Forest Park, body surfed with Hector dolphins in Porpoise Bay, explored petrified logs at Curio Bay, stayed at Manapouri Motels and Holiday Park with million dollar views over Lake Manapouri (for only $120 a night) and were left in awe at the magnificence and wonder of Milford Sound.

As you read through this summer's Great New Zealand Road Trip you will discover new and exciting destinations to explore and immerse yourself in the experiences, food and activities that epitomize New Zealand in the summer.

A new section this publication is our guide to Farmers' Markets in different regions throughout the country. What better way the sample the delicacies peculiar to the region you are visiting. Fresh, locally grown fruit, vegetables and produce by artisans that labor more from passion than a drive for profit.


From the top of the North to the bottom of the South, New Zealand is a Road Trip wonderland. Whether it is a Cooks Tour of four regions over a week or the proverbial "slow boat to China", investigating bays, beaches, and forests, Aotearoa will surprise and satisfy the keen traveller.

As the old advert advised, "Don't leave town till you've seen the country".

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