Tag Archives: New Zealand

Queenstown and Around: Get Out and See the Best of the Area

If you are heading to Queenstown, there’s a good chance that you are thinking about launching yourself from a bridge attached to a bungee cord or cruising down some white water rapids when you arrive. It is the extreme sport capital of New Zealand, after all. However, if you decide to take a break from […]

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24 Hours in Auckland

Auckland is New Zealand’s largest city, with nearly 1.4 million people calling it home. It’s a colorful melting pot of culture that has something for everyone, whether visitors are seeking the outdoors, art and cultural exhibitions, or gourmet food. Most travelers to the city will have more than just 24 hours, but let’s take a […]

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Hotel Review: Skotel Alpine Lodge in Tongariro, New Zealand

Traveler’s Digest toured the greater pacific in 2002 and, while in New Zealand, was fortunate to visit the area known as Tongariro. This particular region of New Zealand has been the inspiration of several great books. Your brain doesn’t quite know how to absorb this awesome country with so many massive contrasts. There is a […]

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Hotel Review: Ocean View Chalets and Abel Tasman National Park

Traveler’s Digest traveled through New Zealand in 2002, for two enchanting months. There were three of us on this Pacific tour and we were great friends. In this magnificent land of contrasting beauty, it was not hard to remain as excited as a child in Disney Land. Here, the senses are overwhelmed and the visual […]

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Tour Operator Review: Mountain Air and Tongariro National Park

After touring other beautiful areas of this phenomenal country, we decided to drive south to New Zealand Tongariro National Park in June 2002. This region of the north island is alive with massive volcano’s and raw terrain that is absolutely inspiring. While we were here, we stayed at New Zealand’s highest lodge, The Skotel. There […]

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Hotel Review: Paparoa Park Motel, Punakaiki, New Zealand

Traveler’s Digest travels the globe looking for the best each country has to offer. On our tour of New Zealand, we found more than we anticipated. This country is the ultimate blending of lakes, rolling hills, rain forest, mysterious valleys and inspiring lagoons. I prefer the beautiful west coast of the south island. This spectacular […]

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Hotel Review: Mercury Bay Beachfront Resort in Whitianga, New Zealand

There are so many beautiful and enchanting places in this fabulous country that time forgot, that it is hard to recommend any one place over the other. If I had to choose one place in particular that I enjoyed, it would be the beautiful bay of Whitianga. It’s under a three hour drive from Auckland […]

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Hotel Review: Quality Hotel, Paihia, New Zealand

My name is Mike Smith. I am the touring editor for Traveler’s Digest. Every year we travel around this glorious planet looking for unique and beautiful places. We also seek adventures that strengthen the spirit. To know your world and its people is to know yourself. Our small touring party had been in New Zealand […]

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Hotel Review: Solitaire Lodge and Rotorua

Flying into the capital city of Auckland from the amazing Hawaiian Islands we drove our rental car extensively, not wanting to miss a thing. After a dew days of touring the capital city of Auckland we ventured north through the mountains and along the stunning coast. Our appointed destination was the area known as Coopers […]

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Tour Operator Review: Paradise 4×4 Tours and Coopers Beach

As photo journalists of Traveler’s Digest we search the globe for adventures & in New Zealand we found even more than we had expected. One such adventure was in the tip of the north island in a small town called Coopers Beach. Just being in this land that time forgot was unforgettable and our next […]

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