Travel Geeks: New Zealand adventures — 25 June 2019

When it comes to adventure, New Zealand doesn't disappoint. Join our panel as we get the lowdown on New Zealand's wild side.

By National Geographic Traveller (UK)
Published 4 Apr 2019, 17:38 BST, Updated 15 Jul 2021, 14:40 BST
A bay in New Zealand

New Zealand is frayed by sweeping bays

Photograph by Getty Images

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Mother Nature was feeling generous when she created New Zealand. These dramatic islands are frayed with mammoth fjords and silent, sweeping bays; bubbling geysers and soaring green mountains — all of which makes New Zealand a veritable adventure playground for the more intrepid traveller. Whether it's taking to the air and admiring the islands from above, meandering through the landscapes on horseback or exploring its coasts in a kayak, the country is rife for some high-octane, first-class thrills. In this session, our panel will be on hand to answer all your questions and quandaries, as well as share tips and tales to inspire a Kiwi adventure of your own — whether you're a first-timer looking to test your mettle or an avid adrenalin-junkie wanting your next fix.   

Don't rush off, join our after-work get togethers.

Top tips, advice, technical know-how, photo ideas… and a glass of something cheery. Our series of informal chats are tailored to fit in with your busy lives. Travel Geeks is just an hour long, and offers you the chance to hear from our experts, share a drink and join in the lively debate.


Liz Dodd, travel writer and adventurer
Liz is a contributor to National Geographic Traveller (UK) as well as the likes of The Guardian and The Telegraph. She recently returned from 18 months cycling around the world and also writes about food and drink and has written foodie guides to New Zealand, Mexico, Buenos Aires and Rio de Janeiro.

Paul Mexson, Travelbag
Part of the Travelbag family since 1997, Paul has travelled in New Zealand a number of times, covering everywhere from Auckland and the Bay of Islands to a helicopter ride over the Franz Josef Glacier.

Melanie Brown, founder, The New Zealand Cellar
Founder of The New Zealand Cellar, an online wine retailer, Melanie has been instrumental in changing the perception of New Zealand wine in the UK. Unearthing a collection of wines driven by her native New Zealand, she curates one of the largest selections of premium wine outside of her homeland.

Kate Fenton, Tourism New Zealand

Kate Fenton is Tourism New Zealand’s Trade Manager and Luxury Specialist in the UK and Europe. Kate is a destination marketeer with over 12 year’s experience representing destinations in the UK market and has been with Tourism New Zealand for almost six years. 

Moderated by Connor McGovern, assistant editor, National Geographic Traveller (UK)

Event details

When: Tuesday 25 June 2019 from 18.00 to 19.00
Where: Wallacespace Clerkenwell, 18 Clerkenwell Green, Clerkenwell, London EC1R 0DP
Tickets: £10 — includes a free glass of wine, a beer or soft drink, plus nibbles.

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