Kia Ora

Go Travel New Zealand - - Editor's Note - Sarah Bell, Edi­tor sarahb@wa­ter­ford­press.co.nz Cover Im­age: Nick Flyvb­jerg Lo­ca­tion Round­hill Ski Area

Our mag­a­zine is evolv­ing! Over the last cou­ple of edi­tions, we have wit­nessed a slick new look be­ing un­rolled, and in­creased di­ver­sity of cov­er­age in all things re­lated to travel in this beau­ti­ful coun­try. Read on now as we re­veal New Zealand in all its win­ter glory. I’ve been think­ing about how travel marks tran­si­tions in our lives. We set off on th­ese trips to be trans­formed. As Lyn Cheyne dis­cov­ers in “Puanga, a spir­i­tual cel­e­bra­tion”, th­ese trav­els may not vis­i­bly change you, but they can change how you feel, how you think. Snow fu­eled ad­ven­tures abound - “Un­charted Ter­ri­tory” is a first-hand ac­count shar­ing the rush of heli ski­ing. Rose­mary Neilson’s Win­ter Sports fea­ture de­tails all you need to know to have a mem­o­rable ski hol­i­day any­where in New Zealand. I find the sport of Snow Kit­ing par­tic­u­larly in­trigu­ing – it’s sim­i­lar to Kite Surf­ing, but on snow! Slice of Heaven is ex­actly that; an in­ti­mate look at two of New Zealand’s pre­miere luxury lodges, Ter­race Downs and Poronui Lodge. Wish list, bucket list, call it what you like, just put a stay at ei­ther of th­ese des­ti­na­tions on yours and make it hap­pen. Dis­cover The Lost Spring, in Coro­man­del - a mag­i­cal and se­cluded retreat that com­bines the restora­tive pow­ers of na­ture’s own geo-ther­mal hot springs with mod­ern spa cul­ture. Yes please! Head to Marl­bor­ough for an in­ter­est­ing read on the Karearea, New Zealand’s only en­demic bird of prey, and the ef­forts of the Marl­bor­ough Fal­con Trust to en­sure the con­tin­u­a­tion of this mag­nif­i­cent but dwin­dling species. It may be win­ter, but there’s more than snow on of­fer. 90 Mile Beach is home to some of the best sand dune rid­ing you could ever hope for. Join Patti Brown in North­land and find out why it’s such a hot spot year round. It’s fair to say, that any time of year is a good time to visit New Zealand.

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