I was flooded with emotion as a New Zealander walking in the Fiordland National Park because of the birds. I have been walking in New Zealand forests my whole life, but I have never seen or heard such incredible birdlife as I did walking through the Clinton Valley in April.
After writing about whether it was appropriate to promote airlines on an eco travel blog last week, which prompted a great discussion, I discovered Air New Zealand was named the winner in the Global Tourism Business category at the 2013 Tourism for Tomorrow Awards in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
It certainly made for a strange afternoon. Fifteen excited lion lovers had boarded the enclosed safari truck, along with one of the park’s keepers, and an inordinate amount of fresh meat.
Known to the Maori as Aotearoa, or Land of the Long White Cloud, New Zealand certainly packs a punch for all the size of the country. If you’re vying for somewhere to stay that appeals to your green side, then you will be spoilt for choice. Here we present just five of the many wonderful lodges available across the country.