Kiwi beauty

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - MATTA FAIR -

STUN­NING New Zealand, a tiny coun­try made up of two main is­lands, is just one of the world’s great­est tourist des­ti­na­tions.

From un­spoilt di­verse land­scape of rain­forests, moun­tains, lakes, beaches and glaciers to the unique in­dige­nous cul­ture, it is the place to go for a laid- back hol­i­day or a trip filled with end­less ad­ven­ture ac­tiv­i­ties.

* Visit the Hob­biton movie set:

Dubbed the Home of the Middle- earth, New Zealand is iconic for be­ing the film­ing site of the mas­sively pop­u­lar Lord of the Rings and the Hob­bit movie fran­chise. To­day, you can still see the mag­i­cal movie set of 44 per­ma­nently re­con­structed Hob­bit Holes in the same de­tail as seen in the movies. Ex­pe­ri­ence the Shire like never be­fore with the evening ban­quet tour that starts off with a ban­quet feast fit for a Hob­bit.

Af­ter din­ner, stroll the wan­der­ing paths of the Hob­biton, with in­di­vid­ual hand- held lanterns, path light­ing and the glit­ter­ing starlight as you see the vil­lage breath­tak­ingly lit up.

Sky­line Ad­ven­ture at Ro­torua and Queen­stown:

A must- do ac­tiv­ity in Ro­torua or Queen­stown with fun ac­tiv­i­ties for the en­tire fam­ily.

While Sky­line Ad­ven­ture of­fers many ac­tiv­i­ties, its ul­ti­mate ex­pe­ri­ences in­clude the tran­quil up­hill gondala ride and the thrilling down­hill Luge ride.

In Ro­torua, the gon­dola will ride up 487 me­ters above sea level to the side of dor­mant vol­cano Mount Ngongo­taha, giv­ing you the best views around Ro­torua.

With the Luge ride, choose three tracks to ride the three- wheel cart down New Zealand’s volcanic won­der­land with dra­matic scenery and lake views. Then get filled up at award- win­ning Stratos­fare Restau­rant and Bar, or the Mar­ket Kitchen Cafe.

Ski Hol­i­day on Whaka­papa, North Is­land

New Zealand in late June to early Oc­to­ber is great for a ski hol­i­day in Whaka­papa, on Mt Ruapehu’s north- west slopes. Whaka­papa’s slopes has lev­els for dif­fer­ent ski­ing abil­i­ties with gen­tle long slopes and home to a big learner’s area of Happy Val­ley. In­ter­me­di­ate skiers can choose from more than 30- groomed trails with a large va­ri­ety of choice for bumps, chutes, drops and nice wide runs.

Sea­soned skiers can also keep up their pace and get their adrenaline pump­ing.

Mag­nif­i­cent whales at Kaik­oura:

East coast of the South Is­land is Kaik­oura – a mag­i­cal place where tec­tonic plates col­lide, tow­er­ing peaks fall to the sea and ocean cur­rents con­verge to lure an abun­dance of marine wildlife, the most fa­mous be­ing the gi­ant sperm whale, which can be seen year- round and close to shore.

Vis­i­tors can get an aerial view of whales or watch them up close on a whale watch­ing cruise tour.

Scenic he­li­copter flights

Some of New Zealand’s most amaz­ing views are from a he­li­copter flight – such as the Alpine Snow Land­ing flight – with spec­tac­u­lar alpine scenery be­fore land­ing among snow- capped peaks. Or take “The Re­mark­ables” flight soar­ing to the top of The Re­mark­ables moun­tain range.

Then see New Zealand’s two most fa­mous glaciers on a Twin Glacier flight, land­ing at the head of ei­ther the Franz Josef Glacier or the Fox Glacier.

Cruis­ing the Mil­ford Sound

Mil­ford Sound is part of the Fiord­land Na­tional Park, a World Her­itage Area and dubbed the “eighth won­der of the world”.

See the sound’s dra­matic scenery on a tour cruise, with its cliffs ris­ing ver­ti­cally from the dark wa­ters, moun­tain peaks scrap­ing the sky and wa­ter­fall cas­cad­ing down­wards from an­cient forests as high as 1,000m.

This MATTA Fair, see Hol­i­day Tours for a pic­ture- per­fect New Zealand trip and en­joy un­be­liev­able value- adds, terms and con­di­tions ap­ply.

Visit Hol­i­day Tours at Booth No. 1245- 1268 ( Hall 1) or con­tact 03- 6286 6288 for more in­for­ma­tion.

cruise ship in re­mote dusky sound, Fiord­land Na­tional Park, New Zealand.

he­li­copter flight land­ing on the spur of The re­mark­ables.

Auck­land with the sky Tower dom­i­nat­ing its sky­line.

sky­line ad­ven­ture with a view at ro­torua.

scenic he­li­copter flight over glaciers.

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