• Feb 08

Flying Kiwi News - Feb 08

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As romance blossoms and the Kiwi summer peaks, we've filled this newsletter with our favourite couples "hot" spots. Flying Kiwi is always popular with independent travellers but its also a great option for couples too! With the chance to share sunset drinks on beaches, stunning hikes and many once in a lifetime experiences, its no surprise that couples often join and enjoy the tours.....we've even had 3 Flying Kiwi inspired weddings in the last few years! So whether your looking for love, found love or just adventure.....this ones for you. 

Hot Spot: The Coromandel Peninsula

If your thinking of romance then 3 ingredients spring to mind - sun, sand and sea. The Coromandel Peninsula, lying east of Auckland, across the Hauraki Gulf, offers all 3 in supreme style. Although only 90 minutes from Auckland, the Coromandel feels
like it's a world away.

The jagged, volcanic hills of the Coromandel Peninsula still retain
much of their original rainforest, including giant kauri trees. Although there are great hiking trails in the forested hills, probably the greatest attraction is its spectacular coastline of sandy beaches, coves and harbours that provide boundlessopportunities for fishing, boating and swimming. There's even a beach with warm water bubbling up through the sand that allows bathers to scoop out their own spas.

The Coromandel's history is reflected in charming colonial architecture and historic buildings found in the small towns around the region, which had their heyday in the mid-1800s following the discovery of gold. As one of the first regions visited and settled by Europeans, the region has the oldest European villages in New Zealand and many.

Sail the Abel Tasman

There's nothing quite like the feeling of cruising along through turquoise waters, sipping a cold drink and laying anchor on an untouched shore. Well that's just what you can enjoy in the Abel Tasman and its always a favourite with everyone on our trips.

Imagine... ghosting along effortlessly through pristine clear waters while relaxing aboard a spacious sailing catamaran, surrounded by secluded coves, golden beaches, islands and lush nativeforest. Sound good? Options range from 6 or 7hr sail and hike to a Full Day sailing tour in New Zealand's coastal paradise. You can choose to just chill out and relax or get involved in the sailing or learn as you go... you decide! Experience some great sailing, stop at some stunning beaches, with a full hour to enjoy your lunch and relax on Anchorage beach. A great opportunity to go swimming or take a short walk and explore the caves. Visit the Fur Seal Colony, Split Apple Rock, and much more on this unforgettable trip.

There are a number of sailing options and prices start from an unbeatable $NZ70.

For the second year in a row New Zealand has been named as the top destination by Wanderlust magazine. The 3,000+ voters commented on the amazing scenery and authentic experiences as the big draw. This follows on from the Daily Telegraph's recent accolade voting New Zealand holiday destination of the year. So if you haven't had a chance to visit yet and you really want to immerse yourself in the most amazing scenery why not check out a Flying Kiwi trip yourself.