Although New Zealand is a small country compared to many travel destinations; it sure is big on what it has to offer! One of the fastest growing areas when it comes to the NZ tourism industry is “Adventure Tourism” This growing niche can cover anything from walking one of the many beautiful tracks right through to choosing to take lessons and learn to fly with one of New Zealand many aviation schools. I would like to introduce two adventure tourism companies here; one in the North Island and one in the South.
Ohakune is a small ski village town in the North Island of New Zealand. Sitting beneath the majestic Ruapehu mountain; Ohakune certainly has a busy buzz right through the winter skiing season. However do not for a minute think that Ohakune falls asleep during the summer months – No way! From walking the Tongariro crossing either guided or a self planned trip; to taking a guided Canoe trip on the Whanganui River; Ohakune can keep you busy all year round. Yeti tours even offers Wanganui River Canoe Hire services for those that like to go at their own pace or have a group of friends travelling together. In fact this village is a great place to base yourself from for a few days and explore the surround region. You can rent a car and take a drive across to the other side of the mountain and have lunch at one of New Zealand’s oldest and grandest Chateau’s. Or perhaps visit the Sir Edmund Hillary Outdoor Pursuits Centre to explore the many activities they have to offer in the region. All in all you will not be disappointed you spent some time in this part of the North Island.
Late 2010 and early 2011; Christchurch in the South Island of New Zealand became front page and leading segment news for all the wrong reasons. Struck by one of the most destructive earthquakes the world has seen, this once picturesque city was essentially flattened and thrown into a very testing time for its 360,000 residents. Nearly three years on the rebuild seems barely underway with many inner city sites still a flat gravel patch.
So what is there to offer a tourist when it comes to visiting this part of New Zealand? Well to continue the adventure tourism theme; Christchurch sits a little over 100 Km’s drive from Mount Hutt. This ski resort offers a compact number of runs suitable for the beginner right through to the more advanced skier. Christchurch also makes a great place to base yourself from and visit the many beautiful parts of the central South Island. A day trip across to the French settlement Akaroa never fails to please; with is quaint cafe’s and seaside situation. Christchurch is also home to a small intimately operated South Island Motorcycle Tours company specialising in iconic classic motorbikes. You know the ones you wished you could afford in your younger years. Touring the open roads in the South Island on a dream bike has to be on the bucket list. Motorcyclerental.co.nz has a range of guided tours as well as allowing for self guided trips with great motorbike rental rates including all the nessesary gear to have a safe and warm trip. As a side note; while in Christchurch, make sure you get out to Ferrymead and get your hands on the best pizza Christchurch has to offer. Winnie Bagoes just does it better, they have a great gourmet range and along with a fun and relaxed atmosphere; as long as you like pizza it is hard to beat.