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Middle Earth is your playground
Using our wealth of worldly knowledge, gained over the past 24
years while organising its adventure tours across the globe, Kumuka
can now plan the perfect personalised holiday for you, no matter
the destination – yes, even Middle Earth.
umuka’s tailor-made travel is just one of the most fascinating aspects of New cataclysmic volcanic activity. The
that: tailor-made. Your destination Zealand is the Maori culture. She believes geothermal activity continues today,
and itineraries are limited only by that mixing in some sights that focus on the with several geysers spewing hot
your imagination. Of course, if you’d history, culture and heritage of the Maori fl uids skyward; the bubbling mud
like to call on Kumuka’s extensive knowledge people, truly add to the Kiwi experience. baths have long been dubbed the
to fi ll gaps or to suggest experiences that you What might you include on your tailor- South Pacifi c’s natural spa. Rotorua’s
may not be aware of, we are happy to do so. made trip into Middle Earth? 16 lakes and numerous rivers offer
Michelle Desmarchelier, Kumuka an array of experiences, including
Worldwide’s Group and Tailor-made Tour

kayaking, windsurfi ng, jet skiing,
Manager, is feeling a swell of interest for Sandwiched between the windy waters rafting and trout fi shing.
tailor-made tours of New Zealand. “The great of the Pacifi c Ocean and the Tasman Sea, fabulous white sand beaches, the bay offers
part is that clients can choose how they see Auckland is undoubtedly a sailor’s dream. up myriad outdoor activities. Hit the water
the country’s amazing sights – there are However, the ‘City of Sails’ is more than and swim with dolphins or dive to the depths 4
Although the nation’s capital,
countless options. For instance, Kumuka can just a nautical nirvana: it’s blessed with to see Manta rays and even Orca whales. In Wellington’s population is a mere 165,000.
arrange a motorhome for them to explore beautiful beaches, numerous hiking trails fact, there are over 100 dive sites in the bay Its magnifi cent harbour is hemmed in by
the mighty island nation, or we can get through lush subtropical forests and a area, with not only corals to explore, but steep hills that are terraced with wooden
them a quality car and arrange comfortable dozen brilliant islands offshore, including also sunken ships. If you’d like to stay dry, Victorian buildings. It’s here that you’ll
accommodation in various lodges along their Waiheke and Great Barrier Islands. Mix there is great game fi shing; marlin, kingfi sh fi nd the country’s parliament and national
chosen path. We can also organise guided in Auckland’s cosmopolitan fl are with the and snapper all patrol these waters. Sailing treasures, as well as splendid views, a
camping tours, where clients can hop on and rhythm of Polynesian culture and you have an and canoeing are also great options here. thriving café culture and walks that will take
hop off our selected transportation, allowing intriguing and exciting destination. There’s Bird enthusiasts will laugh at the antics of your breath away. The arts are highly praised
them the fl exibility to spend as much time as also no shortage of fabulous restaurants, fi ne blue penguins and revel in the sight of grey in Wellington and exploring the many
they like at each destination.” If you’re weary wines and shopping venues. warblers, Tui, Pukeko and the endangered galleries is very rewarding.
about driving yourself, Michelle notes that New Zealand dotterel. The Tutukaka coast,
“New Zealand is really easy to get around
and locals are more than happy to assist with 2
BAY OF ISLANDS AND THE which sits between Auckland and the Bay of
TUTUKAKA COAST Islands, is more rugged, but equally serene. 5
The best way to experience this rugged
directions.” Captain Cook gave this bay, with its 150 or so wilderness is to take the TranzAlpine
While the landscapes and activities of New islands, its present name when he stopped train. Rated as one of the world’s top six
Zealand are well-documented attractions for here in 1876 during his epic round-the-world 3
Spiritual home of the Maori, Rotorua’s train journeys, it travels 224km between
international tourists, Michelle thinks that voyage. Trimmed by a stunning coastline of dramatic landscape was formed by Christchurch and Greymouth, crossing from
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