Places I Remember with Lea Lane

New Zealand: 'The World's Favorite Country'

August 10, 2021 Mark Everard, one of NZ's most respected private guides, takes us around the North and South Islands of this spectacular Pacific destination.. Season 1 Episode 28
Places I Remember with Lea Lane
New Zealand: 'The World's Favorite Country'
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Mark Everard is just who you would imagine a New Zealander to be: warm, fit, open, informative, hospitable, polite -- and extremely proud of his very special homeland. He is one of New Zealand's most sought after private guides, and on this episode we speak to him in Auckland, as he tours us through the North and South Islands of this stunning Pacific country.

We first discuss the joys of the North Island of New Zealand-- beaches, bays, Maori culture, Hobbiton, Rotorua's hot springs -- and cities including the largest in NZ: Auckland; and artsy Wellington, the capital.

Then we focus on the exceptional beauty of the mountains and fiords of the North Island, including Milford Sound.  Christchurch and Queenstown are the primary small cities of this island of vineyards, sheep farms, national parks and exceptional vistas, perfect for  outdoorsy tourists.

Lodging, foods best amount of time and best time to visit are talked about, of course. And Mark ends with a special memory.
Mark Everard is Managing Director of the Adrenalin Group in New Zealand, specializing  in premium executive offsite event management. For over 20 years he has individually guided hundreds of people throughout New Zealand. Mark’s private clients have included Russian oligarchs, celebrities, politicians, business leaders, sheiks, crown princes and princesses, barons and baronesses. And  just plain folks!
Podcast host Lea Lane blogs at, has traveled to over 100 countries, written nine books, including Places I Remember, and contributed to guidebooks. She's @lealane on Twitter; Travelea on Insta; on  Facebook, it's Places I Remember by Lea Lane. Website: placesirememberlealane.comPlease follow, rate and review this weekly travel podcast!

What makes NZ so special?
Maori culture
Cape Reinga
Best Time to Visit
North Island- Auckland and Wellington, and special things
Food scene/wine
Mark's favorite things to do on the North Island
Rotorua-- hot springs and waterfalls
Caves and glowworms/sand dunes
South Island Highlights
Christchurch and Queenstown, South Island cities
How much time do you need?
Fiords-- gorgeous rain or shine, Milford and Doubtful Sound
Mark's special memory