Local name of the country : Aotearoa (means the Land of the Long White Cloud in Māori)
Languages : English, Māori, New Zealand Sign Language
For more information :
TIME Unlimited Tours : working toward sustainable practices, educating visitors on cultural heritage and biodiversity conservation. They offer Cultural Tours as Hobbiton & Waitomo, and Auckland Tours.
Hiking New Zealand : is NZ owned & operated by passionate hikers and is committed to environment and contributes $5 per hiking safari client into a Wildlife Research Fund – to date we have donated over $80,000.
Moa Trek : small group tours in Milford Sound, Queenstown and Rotorua
Zip Trek : Moa, Kea and Kereru Tours
Horse Trekking – Lake Okareka : is located in the beautiful lake district of Rotorua.
Cape Farewell Horse Treks : cantering along Wharariki Beach or ascending to the top of Old Man’s Range, horse riding from 1.5 hour to 5 hours.
Ti Tree Horse Riding : one or two hours guided group horse trek
The Sea Kayaking Company :one, two or multi-days tours.
New Zealand Sea Kayak Adventures : provides sea kayaking tours and expeditions in Northland, New Zealand within the Bay of Islands and the surrounding outer coast. Instruction at both novice and advanced levels, is included. A wide range of trip duration with single day tours and multi-day tours from 2 to 10 days.
EcoCruz : their aim is to open your eyes to the amazing oceanic world, while minimizing our impact. They approach ecotourism as an opportunity to educate by inspiring and raising awareness.
Akaroa Sailing Cruises : they sail their vessel from virtually start to finish, only using the small diesel engine for safety reasons to leave from and approach the wharf at Akaroa, weather permitting. They achieve this by driving the ship with the force of nature only.
Places to stay :
Valley Vista Eco Retreat (Kaiwaka, Kaipara District) : is an eco-friendly holiday park, with multiple accommodation options, in an ecologically sound manner, where people can relax and unwind from their busy lives. Their eco-friendly credentials mean you have a guilt free holiday – with solar power, a bio cycle sewage system, complete with wormarator and water from our own tanks
Hairy Hobbit Eco-Cottage : nestled in the Brooklyn Valley hills near Motueka, Nelson, New Zealand. The holiday cottage is modern and self contained and offers peaceful accommodation in 70 acres of native bush, bursting with birdlife and fantastic views across Tasman Bay. The eco friendly holiday bach is powered by solar and micro-hydro systems. All water is from mountain fed springs.
Golden Bay Hideaway : is a practical, comfortable and coast effective eco-home in NZ.
The PurePods : has solar electricity powering LED lighting, the fridge and the water system. Bio-fuel capable heaters are used to power the heating system and to top up the hot water when there isn’t a lot of solar power available. The PurePod is stocked with organic hand cleanser, body wash, shampoo & conditioner.
The Flying Fox : eco-friendly accommodation on the Whanqanui River. Accessed only by aerial cable car or boat, it offers from camping and glamping to comfortable cottages.
Glamping Hub : list of glamping accommodations.
Cultural characteristics :
Do not forget to put off your shoes before entering inside houses.
Some words to learn :
Kia ora – Hello / Good morning, good luck
Haere mai – Welcome
Ka kite ano – Goodbye, see you soon
Tena koe – Hello / Good morning (one person)
Moko – Tatoo on the face
Tangata Whenua – First People / Maoris