New Zealand has finest shopping areas where one can walk between the high fashion boutiques & delicious eateries, buy handmade art & craft, or visit wineries to enjoy the best wines produced in New Zealand.
Auckland : Chancery
When visiting Auckland, be sure to check out the Chancery, located off High Street. Chancery has a cobblestone plaza where you can walk between the high fashion boutiques and delicious eateries. Chancery is widely acknowledged as being the finest shopping experience in Auckland.
Step onto Chancery’s sunny, cobblestoned piazza and be absorbed by a quality showcase of designer style, classic fashion boutiques and sidewalk cafes. No visit to the heart of Auckland City is complete without spending some quality time at Chancery.Plan my New Zealand Vacation Now
Chirstchurch : Canterbury Wines
Canterbury’s wine-growing industry has come a long way from the humble beginnings when French settlers planted the first vines in Akaroa, Canterbury. New Zealand is one of the oldest grape growing regions in the South Island of New Zealand. Grapes are planted on the river plains and on Banks Peninsula. The plains vineyards enjoy free-draining stony soils and the peninsula vineyards are typically planted in valleys that enjoy favourable mesoclimates. The area is becoming known for its excellent wines.
St Helena Wine Estate won Canterbury’s first Gold Medal for its Pinot Noir in 1982! Since then, many Canterbury winemakers have been honoured at competitions in New Zealand and abroad. Grape varieties planted include Pinot Noir, Riesling, Pinot Gris, Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay. The Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris and Rieslings are putting Canterbury wines head-on in front of wine drinkers.Plan my New Zealand Vacation Now
Mt.Cook : Alpine Salmon
Mt. Cook Alpine Salmon is quite possibly the healthiest, firmest-fleshed, best eating king salmon in the world today. Reared in the swift cold currents of the snow fed alpine Tekapo canal in the South Island, these salmon swim constantly against the water flow. This means they develop firm flesh with high levels of Omega 3 and less inter-muscular fat than ocean-reared salmon. They are not treated with vaccines, pesticides or antibiotics at any stage of the life cycle and are naturally healthy due to living in pristine, highly oxygenated water and getting plenty of exercise. It is said that Mt. Cook Alpine Salmon are amongst the healthiest salmon in the world.Being reared in extremely cold fast-flowing water gives our alpine salmon unique properties: * Alpine Salmon freezes unbelievably well. If thawed correctly it is indistinguishable from fresh chilled. * A clean flavour and delicate taste, with lower inter-muscular fat and less cooking odour * Superior appearance with less marbling and dense, firm flesh that holds together perfectly.
The Mt. Cook Alpine Salmon farm is a unique eco-sustainable operation located in the glacial fed Tekapo hydro canal, in the MacKenzie Basin in the South Island of New Zealand. The fish are maintained at low rearing densities and other than monthly sample weigh-ups, are rarely handled. The farm does not pollute or damage the environment in any way and meets or exceeds all government regulations by the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries (MAF), Department of Conservation (DOC) and Environment Canterbury.Plan my New Zealand Vacation Now
Queenstown : Arts & Crafts Market
The “Creative Queenstown Arts and Crafts Markets” are set in a vibrant colourful arena, where visual and performing arts meld together for the public and visitors to enjoy. There are talented artists and crafts persons from around the South Island, some coming from as far as Nelson, Christchurch, Dunedin, Invercargill and the West Coast to display and sell their own quality handmade Art and Craft.
The Saturday Creative Queenstown Art & Craft Market runs throughout the year and is proud to be 100% NZ made. Set in a beautiful outdoor waterfront location in Earnslaw Park. Here you can enjoy live music and meet the artists. Everything from hand crafted Soaps, stunning Jewellery, Greenstone and Bone carving, Sculpture, Pottery, Painting, Wood turning, Flax weaving, Photography, Knitwear and much much more can be found here every Saturday on the lake front.Plan my New Zealand Vacation Now
Rotorua : Polynesian Spa
Nude bathing, electric shock therapy, mud baths and curative waters.. Visitors to Rotorua can now combine two unique world-class attractions, Polynesian Spa and Rotorua Museum, and discover the great history story that links the two. When the Bath House, now home to Rotorua Museum, first opened in 1908 as a therapeutic spa facility, it drew thermal waters for its range of treatments from both the Rachel and Priest Springs located at the Government Gardens. At Polynesian Spa visitors are still able to bathe in the thermal waters from these two springs, and it still provides some of the more relaxing therapies including the Aix message, that were historically provided at the Bath House. At Rotorua Museum innovative displays and an exciting cinema experience portray the historical story of spa treatments in Rotorua, particularly those that took place at the Bath House.
The Lake Spa is Polynesian Spa’s deluxe bathing and relaxation haven. Clients to this area can use the deluxe Lake Spa pools, four rock pools of varying temperatures from 36ºC to 43ºC, set invitingly alongside the shores of Sulphur Bay, Lake Rotorua. These pools are landscaped with native flora and designed with the creative use of natural rocks; the pools are a unique environment of tranquillity and beauty. The legendary Aix Spa massage – a water therapy that has been available at Polynesian Spa for more than 30 years is a must, you can also try Rotorua mud wraps and packs and New Zealand manuka honey polishes & wraps. The enticing array of spa therapies and hydro spa therapies are designed solely for the clients at Lake Spa Retreat.Plan my New Zealand Vacation Now
Wellington : Martinborough Wine Village
Join 10,000 food and wine lovers for a fabulous and memorable day out at Toast Martinborough. Held every year on the third Sunday in November, Toast Martinborough gives you the opportunity to celebrate the release of the new vintage, whilst enjoying culinary delights from Wellington and Wairarapa’s finest restaurants, and listening to some of New Zealand’s best live entertainment.
The Martinborough Wine Village is delightfully compact, with most of the largely boutique vineyards located within walking distance of each other. Stroll easily between wineries or jump on free shuttle buses that circulate constantly throughout the day Each vineyard expresses its own personality. Sophisticated and stylish, relaxed and laid back or pumping with energy … you choose.Plan my New Zealand Vacation Now