Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Take A Trip On The Alpine Pacific Triangle Touring Route

The South Island of New Zealand holds many scenic treasures for visitors especially in and around North Canterbury, in an area known as the Alpine Pacific Triangle. This area offers visitors a wide range of places to explore and activities to participate in all whilst experiencing this beautiful area of the country. You can explore this area by taking a guided tour if you are perhaps travelling alone, or if you are keen and fit you can cycle the route, however if this is not your style, then a self-drive option, whether in your own car, a rented vehicle, or the most ideal option, a motor home allows you to set your own pace, create your own itinerary, and explore at your leisure.

The Alpine Pacific Triangle touring route starts in the Waipara wine region, where you can avail yourself of some of the award winning wines created in this area of New Zealand. There are a large number of wineries in the region and you can take day tours or explore on your own, each one offers some unique for their guests.

From Waipara the route heads inland through a number of quaint rural settlements that have both historic and cultural significance, including Weka Pass where you will be fascinated by the ancient Maori rock paintings.

Continuing your journey you will then travel to Hanmer Springs, which has recently been publicly voted number one in the Top 101 Things To Do in New Zealand. The springs offers an array of activities suitable to for all ages. The children will have hours of fun in the AquaPlay area, whilst the adults can enjoy some quiet time in the private spa's. If you have mobility issues or are recovering from injury the resort style walk-in pool is ideal. There are also barbeque areas if you choose to stay all day, and if you are in need of a little pampering you can spend the day at the beauty spa. If adventure is more your style there are plenty of walking and hiking trails to explore, or if you are an adrenalin junkie then jet boating or bungy jumping should be on your to-do list.

If you can tear yourself away from Hanmer the triangle route leads to the beautiful coastal location of Kaikoura. Most famous for being the birth place of whale watching and along with whales you will also be able to see dolphin and a range of seabirds. Kaikoura is almost as famous for its abundant seafood and you'll find plenty of local cafes and restaurants in which to indulge in the catch of the day.

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