Every week I try to spend some time on the road visiting places and meeting people in different parts of our great little country. At times, this can lead to a pretty hectic schedule, but it is hugely rewarding.
Because even though I have seen a lot of New Zealand and visited many of our communities, there is always something more to discover about our land and our people.
There is a new turn in the road, a new tourism venture, a new event, or some beautiful stretch of countryside I’ve never seen before. And even in the places that are familiar, there are always new people to meet, new experiences to be part of, or a new way of looking at the things you have seen so many times before.
Because the more you travel around New Zealand, the more there is to see. The more you understand about our country and its people, the more there is to learn.
That’s why, as Prime Minister and Minister of Tourism, I’m keen to encourage Kiwis from all walks of life to see more of New Zealand, to visit the parts of this land that you have never been to, and to enjoy with fresh eyes the places that are familiar.
There is no better time to do this. With overseas travel looking less attractive at the moment, home is a great place for a holiday.
So I hope that more Kiwis will take the opportunity to hit the road, head out of town, and explore. And I hope that this magazine will help you find your way.
Best wishes and happy travels.
Prime Minister and Minister of Tourism