22 Things To Do in New Zealand – White Island

White Island is an active Andesite Volcano located 48km from the East Coast of the Bay of Plenty, in the North Island. White Island is New Zealand’s most active cone volcano and has been built up by thousands of years of volcanic activity. The Island was discovered by Captain James Cook (the discoverer of New Zealand) in 1769 and has been known to be continuously smoking since. Attempts at mining Sulphur from the Island initially took place in the late …

Read More

22 Things To Do in New Zealand – The Otago Central Rail Trail

Construction of the Otago Central Branch Railway began in Clyde in 1879 and the 152km line took 16 years to complete. The line was originally used to transport supplies to and from the Gold Fields and then later to transport goods and livestock. By the late 1980s the line was being used less and less and the decision was made to strip the line and develop it to be suitable for walkers, cyclists and horse riders. The trail officially opened in …

Read More

22 Things To Do in New Zealand – Whale Watching

Kaikoura is the Whale Watching capital of the world and is situated on the East Coast of the South Island of New Zealand. Whale watching can take place on a boat tour or from the sky in a helicopter or plane. If you are up to it you can even get in the water and experience the wildlife up close. These tours allow you to get up close and personal with Whales, Dolphins, Seals, Sea Birds and various other marine life …

Read More

22 Things To Do in New Zealand – Taieri Gorge Railway

The Taieri Gorge railway travels through the Taieri River Gorge offering amazing views which would otherwise be inaccessible. The trips show an insight of the building of the railway as well as demonstrates the resilience of the early pioneers and settlers of New Zealand. The Otago central Railway branched from the South Island Main Trunk at Wingatui and ran through Middlemarch, Ranfurly, Omakau and Alexandra to Cromwell in the heart of Central Otago, 235 kilometres from the Junction. Before the route was chosen there were seven different options and the …

Read More

22 Things to do in New Zealand – Milford Sound

Our new Facebook series will be focusing on a variety of things to see and do in New Zealand. Tourists and residents alike enjoy getting out and about in New Zealand and experiencing everything our beautiful country has to offer. Over the next month we will be profiling a variety of different activities throughout New Zealand that will appeal to everyone. To kick off the segment we are featuring the Milford Sound which can be found on the West Coast of the …

Read More

Explore New Zealand’s diversity!

New Zealand Shores is proud to launch its Regions pages!   Through the main portal, you may access each of the 16 New Zealand regions and find out more about where you may decide to live and work. Quickly review the population and average income as well as an introduction to the region, history, geography, people, and job opportunities. These pages will grow in time with more information being added regularly. Meantime, our friendly immigration advisers will be happy to answer …

Read More

Tongariro National Park from above

As winter slowly sets in, New Zealand takes on a completely different colour and this is an opportunity to discover or rediscover some of our amazing landscapes. As New Zealand Herald writer Justine Mc Leary suggests, a view from above takes a Tongariro National Park experience to new heights. Our staff was lucky enough to hop on the plane and take in the view!

The Thermal Explorer Highway in New Zealand

The Thermal Explorer Highway runs from Hawke’s Bay through the centre of the North Island into the areas of Lake Taupo, Ruapehu, Rotorua and Hamilton & Waikato, before continuing up to Auckland. The highway is signposted clearly throughout the whole route and allows anyone to explore the central North Island with ease. The Thermal Explorer Highway features crystal clear lakes, active mud pools and geysers which put on fantastic displays. The highway also showcases a large amount of traditional Maori …

Read More

New Zealand Shores at the Tongariro Crossing

Charlotte from the New Zealand Shores team went and hiked the Tongariro Crossing in the Tongariro National Park over the long weekend. Check out the photos she took along the way. The Tongariro National Park is a World Heritage Site with dual status and has been acknowledged for its natural and cultural significance. The crossing is one of New Zealand’s most popular day hikes and crosses over the multi cratered Mount Tongariro and passes next to the base of Mount …

Read More

ICC cricket world cup 2015 coming soon!

The 2015 ICC cricket world cup is coming soon! A few more days to go and the event will be kickstarted with the first game in Christchurch, Canterbury, with New Zealand Black Caps playing Sri Lanka on 14th February. An audience of a billion fans is expected to follow the games in Australia as well as iconic New Zealand cities such as Auckland, Hamilton, Wellington, Nelson, Christchurch, etc. This large sporting event (14 teams will be hosted) is a great …

Read More