Cultures combine and echoes remain from long ago. A land of coastal farmland and bustling markets, vibrant art and natural beauty.
The south’s rich mix of cultures is mirrored in its exciting art, music and cultural festivals, and traces of former Māori settlements still remain after 800 years.
The region is one of contrasts – markets and fine dining, gardens and glamping, wine and walking tracks. There’s heaps to do for families, including feeding farm animals, a tropical butterfly house, paintball and the rides at Rainbow’s End theme park.
“There are so many cool things to do out near the airport – mountain biking, mini golf, paintball, go karting and heaps more. Check it out if you’ve got kids or visiting family, but beware, it brings out the competitive streak in some of us!”
Sir John Kirwan