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New, Heart-Stopping Bungee Catapult Launches in New Zealand

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 08/29/2018, 4:15 PM

New Zealanders are like Elphaba in Wicked—they're obsessed with defying gravity.  The world's first permanent commercial bungee operation was established by AJ Hackett Bungy (that's how Kiwis spell it) in 1988 over a gorge near Queenstown on the country's South Island. In the three decades since, many more places for playing human yo-yo have been set up over New Zealand's lakes, dramatic mountain...

Epic New Zealand Rail Line to Reopen After Quake

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 08/15/2018, 12:00 PM

New Zealand's gorgeous Coastal Pacific rail service, which runs between Picton and Christchurch on the South Island's east coast, announced it will return on December 1. KiwiRail's popular five-hour, 335-km (208-mile) trip was halted in November 2016 after a major earthquake devastated the Christchurch area. For much of the journey, the route hugs the coast, with the sea on one side and the ...

New Zealand to Start Taxing Tourists

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 06/20/2018, 5:30 AM

The price of a vacation in New Zealand is about to go up.  The country's government has announced plans to charge a new tax on tourists, expected to go into effect in the middle of 2019. International visitors staying less than 12 months will be charged somewhere in the range of NZ$25–35 (US$17–24). Citizens of Australia and most Pacific Island Forum countries will be exempt from the fee.  Acco...

Here's One for the Books: A New Reason, Never Before Announced, for Making a Trip to New Zealand

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 09/20/2013, 3:15 AM

The following--so help me--is an actual e-mail received last week from a reader of this website: "Hello, I am currently in New Zealand on a 3 month stay. Your website is one of the most famous for travelers all around the world. I often look at it for good advice. I am sending this to suggest you add something to your travel guides: during my stay in Auckland, I stopped...

Travel Freebies Of All Sorts from Services To Entrance Fees to Hotel Nights

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 09/11/2013, 7:45 PM

There are few lovelier words in the English language than "free" and "travel". Combine them and you have a blockbuster of a phrase. Here are a few of the good deals--all very different from one another--that we've found this week. Cheaper New Zealand, with Free Car Rental and Free Hotel Night Tourism New Zealand apparently wants to drum up some business. So it has teamed with Hawaiian...

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