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Last month was the coldest October for 64 years throughout much of New Zealand, including Wanganui. Figures released from the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research [NIWA] show that temperatures in the lower North Island were on average 2 degrees colder than normal.Read the full post
The Rees Hotel in Queenstown has introduced a water taxi service from its new Pier, providing guests with a convenient, fast and scenic transfer across the waters of Lake Wakatipu. While some guests choose to drive the short distance to the centre of Queenstown, this new option by water taxi service will enable them to soak up the local scenery during the ten-minute trip.Read the full post
The Australian Society of Travel Writers are holding their AGM and annual convention in Rotorua 29-31OCT, where over 70 delegates will experience attractions and activities around Rotorua. Tourism New Zealand is partnering with Destination Rotorua Tourism Marketing to leverage this opportunity which includes preand
post-conference tours that will showcase other highlights of New Zealand.
The Waikato Times reports that a convoy of vehicles has arrived at Matamata’s Hobbiton set ahead of location shooting of The Hobbit movies. A security guard has reportedly been posted at the front gate and the Hobbiton set is closed to visitors, with a few traffic signs and road cones placed to deal with an expected increase in traffic on the narrow country service
The summer 2011/12 season has started on the Tuatapere Hump Ridge Track. The track is now open and the lodges have been readied for the new season of trampers.Read the full post
The Tutukaka Coast is one of the top three coastlines in the world, according to the prestigious National Geographic Traveler. The coastline was named equal second best with the Pembrokeshire coast in Wales and pipped for the top spot by the remote, austere Avalon coast on Canada's Newfoundland. Local tourism operators say money could not buy the kudos given Tutukaka Coast by the magazine's finding.Read the full post
Farmers in Rotorua, Taupo and Whakatane face emergency milk disposal after a major disruption to the gas pipeline supply network in the North Island yesterday. The line, which links the Maui gas field to the upper North Island, closed yesterday morning after gas began escaping in north Taranaki. The Gas Industry Company said there had been a notice of "immediate curtailment" of gas use by all consumers other than residential customers in the areas north of King Country and in the Bay of Plenty.Read the full post