The video is a compilation of the best clips from two weeks trip around the South Island in New Zealand. We went from Christchurch through lake Tekapo, lake Pukaki, Mount Cook, Hooker Valley, Tasman Lake, Kea Point, Lake Hawea, Lake Wanaka, Lake Wakatipu, Te Anau, Doubtful Sound, Milford Sound, Gertrude Saddle, Key Summit, and back to Banks Peninsula and Christchurch.
Beautiful views of majestic Mitre Peak in this special timelapse feature. See the activity on Milford Sound as boat cruises, hikers and kayakers do their thing.
If you’re heading over to New Zealand for a break, you’ve probably had to shell out a fair fortune for the flights. Unless you have a literally unlimited budget, you may find that you can’t go all out with the holiday spends after splashing the cash on the journey out.
However, sometimes you’re going to want to treat yourself to something special – a great meal out, renting a car to head to the beach, something like that – so you’ll need a little extra money.
To save up for that occasion, why not try out some of the New Zealand capital’s free activities? There are loads of things to do for free in the Windy City; you can have a great holiday without spending a dime on activities if you want to!
Museum of New Zealand
The Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa (known as Te Papa for short) is a fab little place, and there’s always plenty to do and see there. A recent survey found that if you were to read absolutely everything here, it’d take you about 60,000 hours – nearly 7 years!
Make sure you visit the Colossal Squid exhibition!
Get Your Politics Head On
You can learn a little about the government of New Zealand by going on an education tour through the various Parliament Buildings in Wellington – tours go on every day, and they leave on the hour. The Beehive is a unique building, well worth seeing!
Embark on the Writers Walk
This lovely trek around the waterfront will serve as a wonderful introduction to the hordes of talented and beloved writers who call (or have called) Wellington their home.
The Wellington Writers Walk is a self-guided tour, so you can do it whenever – just pick up a map and enjoy your day!
Like Lord of the Rings?
If you’re a fan of Peter Jackson and his films (he’s a Kiwi, don’t you know?), then you will enjoy a visit to Weta Cave, a small museum dedicated to his works, complete with behind the scenes looks, tonnes of movie memorabilia and video interviews.
If You Have Money to Spare…
One way of saving money is by looking at Cheapflights in New Zealand; if you can manage to spend less on your trip over, then you can afford to spare a little more on the attractions while you’re there.
If you can afford a little expense, we would recommend spending a day riding the fantastic crocodile bikes along the waterfront before stopping off at Maranui for refreshments in the form of a fantastic milkshake.
Ride those bikes up to Zealandia, a conservation sanctuary where you can get up close and personal with some of NZ’s rarest animals. Finish off your evening with a nice meal then pop over to Ciocco for a warming chilli hot chocolate!
One More Thing
Golden Girl Betty White proves age is just a number as she gives us the old school version of Air New Zealand’s in-flight safety. Watch and be in to win a trip for 2 to either sunny Palm Springs USA or spectacular Hanmer Springs in New Zealand.
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Mario Vitanelli is a writer and blogger who specializes in international politics and finance, retirement and investment for www.iexpats.com. His areas of expertise include European, Asian and the Med region’s economic policy; SIPP schemes and QROPS. When away from his keyboard, he enjoys photography and appreciates the rest of the Vitanelli family’s endless patience with his football dependence.
Although nowadays much of New Zealand’s appeal will likely have been inspired by the Lord of the Rings trilogy (and, fingers crossed, the second and third Hobbit movies), I was hooked the moment I found out about Napier- an entire town built in… art deco. It is just as amazing as it sounds. For the rest of you wild eccentrics who would seek a place out for something other than its art deco architecture, New Zealand offers some other appealing attributes as well, I suppose. There is the incredible beauty of New Zealand and the incredible variety of terrain- where else can you find an island nation that size offering stellar snowboarding and skiing on dramatically jutting snowcapped mountain peaks, quiet pastoral fields dotted with sheep and sub-tropical forests teeming with exotic fauna all within a day’s distance?
As always seems to be the case though with places and plans that amazing, the practical intrudes. In this case, that practicality is money. Although the cost of living in New Zealand rates slightly higher than the same in Blighty, NZ’s overall quality of life metrics rank at literally twice the UK’s- not such a shabby trade. Considering that over 200,000 Brits have expatriated to begin new lives as born-again Kiwis, it seems that the ratio has proved attractive to a great many souls.
That quality of life, natural beauty, mild climate and a charming population has drawn one of the biggest demographics among those transplants: the retired pensioner. Among those pensioners expats, the QROPS (Qualified Recognised Overseas Pension Scheme) has become the most popular pension investment and management tool. QROPS initially won popularity by offering freedom from double taxation- having pension income taxed both by Britain and the expat’s newly adopted home.
However, the explosion of enrollment by overseas pension scheme devotees (the amount of money in QROP schemes is expected to increase something like 2700% over the next couple of years) is attributable to the schemes’ choice of currency, exceedingly low tax rates in many case, avoidance of any inheritance tax and 100% pension receipt by the pension-holder’s next of kin, and flexibility of investment. The HMRC-recognised overseas schemes can be invested per the holder’s preference in stocks, bonds, commodities, currencies and in many cases even real estate and comparable tangible assets.
What’s particularly appealing about New Zealand QROPS though is the Inland Revenue Department’s (their HMRC) apparent tailoring of the tax and expat pension management statutes to make foreign pension investment that much appealing to foreigners. In fact, New Zealand has one of the best QROPS infrastructures on the planet, and it’s certainly the most popular with 47% of all QROPS anywhere based there. Most of the specialists I’m familiar with and have interacted with count NZ among the top five QROPS destinations cited. When working with pensioners who’ve emigrated to any number of foreign climes, Canada for instance, New Zealand often comes as the first jurisdiction recommended.
As suggested already, that aforementioned flexibility also extends to the QROPS jurisdictional placement. There are very few cases in which a retiree in the States, Spain or Thailand can’t draw their pension income from a preferentially-financially-tailored jurisdiction like Gibraltar, the Isle of Man, Guernsey or… New Zealand. So were you to trade the bulldog for the Kiwi bird, however appealing the New Zealand QROPS was for your pensioner counterparts there and elsewhere, everyone’s situation is different and if Gibraltar better met your needs, you’d be free to choose a scheme in Gibraltar.
Whatever you decide to do- do it carefully, and only after a good deal of research. Perhaps most importantly- work closely with a QROPS specialist. The specialists stationed at iExpats.com are an excellent example of the type. And above all else- enjoy an amazing retirement and good luck.
To really discover the finest culinary delights of New Zealand, you have to be prepared to relax. While the food itself is delicious, one of the things that most enhances the experience is the Kiwi preference for long, languid and laidback meals where you can savour every mouthful. Plan your trip accordingly and be sure to try sample as much of the Pacific Rim cuisine as you can.
Wild Food Festival
Foodies who are keen to try anything and aren’t particularly squeamish must compare tickets to New Zealand to coincide with the annual Wild Food Festival. Held in Hokitika, this festival draws about 10,000 people, and gives them the chance to sample some bizarre delicacies from a massive selection of stalls. Think bug larvae, wild highland beef, curried Hoki Tikka, pesto ice cream, mountain merino and much more. Also, while you’re in Hokitika, you must soothe your palatte with some of the delicious Hokey Pokey ice cream.
Flavours to savour
No matter where in New Zealand you’re visiting, there are some national favourites that must be sampled. Look for slow cooked lamb, pork and venison and be sure to try some of the massive range of fresh fish, especially local Kiwi shellfish, pipis and tuatua. You’ll be offered sauces and garnishes that draw inspiration from Europe, Asia and Polynesia, but have their own unique twist.
Have your fresh meat or fish barbequed and finish it off with a glass of the sauvignon blanc or chardonnay (make sure you try Cloudy Bay if it’s on the menu) New Zealand is famous for.
Traditional Maori hangi
True foodies won’t be able to resist experimenting with a traditional Maori hangi during their holiday. Traditionally cooked in an underground pit covered with fire, your meal of meat and vegetables will have a distinctive and delicious smoky timbre. You won’t find hangi-cooked food everywhere, but there are several tourist resorts offering the experience, most notably Rotorua in the North Island
There are many other festivals for those who’d like a slightly more subdued taste explosion, with the best of the bunch taking place in Auckland, Hawke’s Bay, Martinborough, Nelson, Canterbury and Queenstown. Grab some cheap flights and time them to visit a festival or two or plan a tour of some of New Zealand’s biggest and best vineyards, where you’ll find excellent restaurants serving food designed to show off the qualities of the local wine. Your taste buds will love you for it.
Air New Zealand is offering up the chance to win a trip to New Zealand – the only catch is that the trip is in a couple weeks, so you have to enter by September 15th.
Here are the prize details:
We’re giving away a stunning trip to Wellington, New Zealand for the World of WearableArt™ 2013.
The WOW® Prize Package includes:
Roundtrip economy class flights for two from Los Angeles, San Francisco, Honolulu or Vancouver to Wellington, New Zealand on Air New Zealand.
Three night’s hotel accommodation in Wellington.
Two tickets to WOW® on Saturday, 5 October, 2013.
Sounds really cool! Sign me up!
This sweepstakes is open to a legal resident of the 48 contiguous United States, (excluding Rhode Island and New York and Florida) or Canada (residents of Quebec are not eligible) who is 21 years or older at the time of entry.
Limit: The maximum number of entries allowed per individual is one (1) entry per person/e-mail account.
You have to enter by September 15th – which is Sunday – so enter fast!
Great new video from Tourism New Zealand.