Kia Ora

Go Travel New Zealand - - Editor’s Corner - Gary J Cody Ed­i­tor-in- chief

If any­thing has im­pressed me in the travel in­dus­try it has to be the chance to drive a brand new Audi on the ice-test­ing track at the Southern Hemi­sphere Test­ing Grounds in the Cardrona Val­ley. Read about this ex­cit­ing place and the op­por­tu­nity you have to do some­thing very dif­fer­ent.

Vir­tu­ally pi­o­neered by pi­lots and skiers in New Zealand, heli-ski­ing is sought by ad­vanced skiers and board­ers as the ul­ti­mate moun­tain “buzz”. Mark Se­don, one of New Zealand’s most ex­pe­ri­enced moun­tain men, takes us on a down­hill jour­ney of spec­tac­u­lar pro­por­tion. Along with an over­all moun­tain win­ter story we have loads of snow and ice in this edi­tion.

A piece on Par­nell - one of New Zealand’s first bou­tique shop­ping ar­eas - gives Auck­land-bound trav­ellers an in­sight into this beau­ti­ful precinct.

Steve Khatib our rov­ing golf ed­i­tor plays some of the best cour­ses Auck­land has to of­fer and en­joys a few days in “the big Ap­ple”. Auck­land is ex­pe­ri­enc­ing record in­bound visi­tors and is ob­vi­ously pro­vid­ing great accommodation, ac­tiv­i­ties and events that are sat­is­fy­ing these trav­ellers.

I had a won­der­ful week­end on Ste­wart Is­land re­cently fol­lowed by an­other in­cred­i­ble ex­pe­ri­ence at Mt Cook. Read these sto­ries in the re­gional sec­tions along with other in­ter­est­ing ac­counts our travel writ­ers have ex­pe­ri­enced.

En­joy our fas­ci­nat­ing coun­try, cul­ture and our spec­tac­u­lar scenery. Give your­self plenty of time as we of­fer so many op­tions. It re­ally is a big small coun­try.

Hei konā mai

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