If you combine a rich culture, friendly people, outdoor adventures, an exquisite landscape and world-class sauvignon blanc, you might think you've described every traveller's ideal destination - and you'll find it all in New Zealand!
Kiwis love sharing their country with visitors - after all, there's plenty of room to go around. New Zealand is home to large stretches of rugged coastlines, rolling hills, mountains, fiords, glaciers and native forest. And if you're travelling on the road, good hospitality is never far away. Just stop in one of the many small, friendly towns or one of the busy cities to enjoy five-star food and wine and a range of accommodation options.
New Zealand truly is a welcoming place - so it's no wonder the country is known as one of the world's most popular tourist destinations. Read on to find out more about why travellers love this green, friendly country.
1. Excellent food and wine
New Zealand is known for its wine industry; in particular, its world-class sauvignon blanc. Those who are fond of white or red wine will discover hundreds of wineries and vineyards throughout the country that are well worth a visit. Don't forget to sample other local specialties including lamb, venison, paua and seafood while you're here. Coastal access is never far from any New Zealand town - so you can enjoy the very freshest seafood.
2. Friendly people
Kiwis love to have a good time and are always welcoming to tourists. A friendly local is never far away - just ask for some local tips and you'll be sure to be pointed in the right direction. As the Maori proverb suggests: He aha te mea nui o te ao? He tangata! He tangata! (What is the most important thing in the world? It is people! It is people!).
3. Beautiful scenery
New Zealand is full of photo-worthy scenery - whether you're enjoying the black sand beaches of the west coast, the snowy mountain ranges of the south, or the geothermal wonders of Rotorua. With its green hills, mountains and valleys, it's no wonder the landscape is used for many Hollywood films including the Lord of the Rings. Make sure to see it with your own eyes to experience New Zealand's truly breath-taking scenery.
4. Adventure activities
In New Zealand, the varied landscape makes the ideal backdrop for a range of adventure activities. Go bungy jumping off a bridge, white water rafting down a river, zorbing down a hill or skiing on one of the snowy mountains. For those who prefer something a little more tame, there are plenty of safe swimming beaches and scenic hiking tracks to choose from.
5. Cultural experiences
Visitors to New Zealand are offered many opportunities to experience Māori culture first-hand. Tourists can enjoy Māori kai (food) cooked on hot stones underground as part of a traditional hangi, watch a Māori powhiri (welcome), visit a local marae (meeting houses), listen to kapa haka (traditional performances of song and dance) or enjoy the beautiful Māori arts and crafts.
If you want to have a true New Zealand experience but don't have the time or money to explore the whole country, Blenheim is a great place to experience all the best things the country has to offer. This small town at the top of the South Island has all the best parts of New Zealand all rolled into one place; beautiful scenery, superb accommodation, friendly people, five star cuisines and some of the nation's very best wineries.
If you're looking for a place to stay, the Hotel D'Urville offers luxurious accommodation for travellers in New Zealand. Read about our packages and specials and our award-winning Hotel restaurant, or simply make a booking with us to reserve your Marlborough accommodation.