With over a thousand years of South Pacific heritage, New Zealand culture is youthful and diverse. Maori and Pacific cultural performing arts happily coexist with The New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and Royal New Zealand Ballet. And if your passion is for shopping or museums, libraries, art galleries or the theatre you can utilise the Guest New Zealand travel guides.
Lifestyle in New Zealand
Most of us live within half an hour's drive of the coast, so swimming, boating, diving and fishing are national pastimes. We have 14 National Parks providing some of the worlds most breathtaking bush walks. In winter, our 10 commercial ski fields and numerous club fields provide inexpensive yet challenging skiing, heli-skiing and snowboarding. Throughout the country our parks host organised various team sports, however we're passionate about our Rugby!
New Zealand Cuisine
For dishes that have a distinctly New Zealand style look out for lamb, pork and venison; salmon, crayfish, Bluff oysters, paua (abalone), mussels and scallops; kumara (sweet potato); kiwifruit and tamarillo; and pavlova, our national dessert, made from meringue and lashings of fresh whipped cream and fresh fruit or berries.
New Zealand Wines
Our Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir wines have achieved an international reputation for excellence, with Rieslings now also gaining international acclaim. Great New Zealand wines is a key focus for our travellers. Guest New Zealand will ensure you get to experience some of wines in a very personalised setting.