Ep04: Adventure playground Rotorua

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Marvelling over the Marlborough Sounds. Encompassing 25% of New Zealand’s coastline, the water-based options spill forth. Mike and Chris recommend the return trip from Picton to Ship Cove and Furneaux Lodge, plus we highlight the wildly popular Mail Boat excursion on Pelorus Sound. Plus get your fill of Mill’s Bay Mussels, in Havelock.

Redwood Forest Treewalk
Redwood Forest Treewalk. Photo: Tourism Rotorua

After savouring the Sounds, head to Blenheim and wine country. The Marlborough Wine Trail is a head swirl, bursting with temptations in our largest winegrowing region. Marlborough still produces 75% of the nation’s wine. Beyond some recommended cellar doors, we discuss the craft beer scene and the aviation heritage spectacle at Omaka.

Marlborough Sounds New Zealand
Cruising Marlborough Sounds. Photo: Mike Yardley

Qatar Airways is one of the world’s most reputable and globally-respected airlines. But no carrier has been immune to the ripple effects of the coronavirus pandemic. To talk about the state of the airline, the current turbulence, and the future, Qatar Airways’ Vice President Pacific, Thomas Scruby joins Kiwi Tripsters.

Qatar Airways Q Suite
Qatar Airways, Q-Suite. Photo: Qatar Airways

Fancy some soft adventure? Mike and Chris highlight a feast of outdoorsy pursuits in the geothermal wonderland of Rotorua. We showcase The Redwoods Forest, best enjoyed by day and by night, the unbeatable MTB trails and we take you on a wondrous jet boat ride with NZ River Jet to The Squeeze.

River Jet Rotorua
River Jet Rotorua. Photo: Mike Yardley
  • 1:10 Marvels of Marlborough sounds
  • 7:52 Wine country Blenheim
  • 14:00 Chat with Thomas Scruby of Qatar Airways
  • 26:30 Rotorua's spirit of adventure

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