AUSTRAVEL IS promoting its top three activities for travellers to experience while in New Zealand in the run up to the Rugby World Cup which starts on September 9.

They include the New Zealand Cycle Trail, which will consist of 18 ‘Great Rides’ and 2,000km of cycleway. It has sections of 15 trails open to cyclists and one trail will be fully completed in advance of the Rugby World Cup. All 18 of the cycle routes, which will be spread throughout the North and South Islands will showcase the best of the countryside and will be completed by summer 2013. For those who prefer to walk through New Zealand’s landscapes, Te Araroa, otherwise known as The Long Pathway, is due to open later this year. Stretching from Cape Reinga in the North of New Zealand to Bluff in the South, the 3,000km trail will wind down the coastline, through forests, over volcanoes along river valleys and through seven cities.


Meanwhile, for travellers looking to unwind, The REAL New Zealand Festival takes place from September 9 to October 23, bringing the World Cup experience alive with a nationwide celebration of arts, food and wine, heritage, culture, entertainment, business and lifestyle. Events will take place all across the country including Marlborough’s best wine and food at the historic Brancott vineyard and the Whitianga Scallop Festival in the Coromandel. The operator says that clients looking for flexibility to take in New Zealand’s sights on their own schedule should consider hiring a motorhome.

Prices lead in at £2,169 per person, based on twin share and a September 27 departure. It includes flights and a two-berth Apollo Motorhome for 14 days.

For more information or call 0800-988 4834. 

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