LOS ANGELES, April 15, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- National Plan A Vacation Week - http://www.planavacationweek.com - features New Zealand vacations where visitors will find pristine beauty, deeply carved ravines and trek paths encircling the glorious Milford Sound. Marvel at the same unspoiled inlets as Captain Cook did when he sailed past these captivating fjords in 1774. Today travelers to New Zealand will find well-trained guides, bungee enthusiasts, uncrowded vast mountain chains, and a rich Moiri culture co-existing among English and Scottish descendants.
Although it is roughly comparable in size to Japan, the national New Zealand Tourism office describes it as "a haven for those seeking peace, rejuvenation and relaxation as well as a playground for thrill seekers and adventurers." The moderate climate makes New Zealand an ideal year-round holiday destination.
Playing host to 2011 World Rugby Cup in less than 150 days, the All Blacks NZ team will compete in Dunedin's new stadium. Across the street from the Cadbury chocolate factory stands the iconic Dunedin train station, which opened in 1906 and still offers idyllic routes connecting to Christchurch, a university town famous for technology, and Queenstown, the vacation playground and a mountaineering hub on the South Island. Christchurch can be best seen by originally restored trolley cars, the botanical gardens tram, or punting along the Avon river.
Tom Schnugg, a mountaineering expert from Base Elevation and US executive trainer, scales the peaks outside of Queenstown and has made several personal growth expeditions here. Two weeks later and upon returning to the North Island, adventurers can visit Lake Rotorua's volcanic region for kayaking, hiking the luge course and stop at the 100-year-old Polynesian Spa, rated as a top-ten spa in the world. The steamy outdoor geothermal baths feature four separate pools and therapeutic treatments.
Several cruise lines sail around both islands so guests can experience the coastlines and grandeur, feel a thrilling jet boat ride and spin in 360-degree circles on a river, or ride the sky gondolas overlooking Lake Rotorua and then traverse down the luge course. Upon scouring the unmistakable Auckland modern skyline, pop into the classic War Memorial museum for a complete investigation of NZ history, preserved dinosaurs, rare birds, and a fascinating interactive volcano exhibit. For wine lovers, be sure to sample the Marlborough wine-growing region, which beat premium California varietals in a blind tasting at Red White and Bluezz in Pasadena.
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According to VAX VacationAccess in Milwaukee, New Zealand rose to the forefront in 2011 as a very popular destination served by quality tour operators, excellent airline service, unique adventures and comfortable lodging selections on both islands. Americans will definitely satisfy their adventurous spirit in New Zealand.
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