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Abel Tasman National Park, named after the 17th-century Dutch merchant Abel Janszoon Tasman, encompasses the granite mountain range that lies beyond Kahurangi National Park. While there is plenty to see and do here, the park is most famous for the Abel Tasman Coastal Track, a multi-day hike that winds its way along white sandy beaches and past crystal clear bays. You may even see New Zealand wildlife like little blue penguins, fur seal colonies or bottlenose dolphins. Head east to the nearby Marlborough region, and explore New Zealand’s celebrated largest producing areas. You can experience the region’s wine industry by visiting vineyards, and touring the wineries - there’s more than 30 cellar doors to choose from. Just don't forget to try the internationally-renowned Sauvignon Blanc. Guided tours are available or you can rent a bike and explore them at your leisure. Popular vineyards include Framingham Wines, Yealand Estate Winery, and Saint Clair Family Estate. Marlborough has far more to offer than just fine wine. The region also boasts stunning scenery, most notably Marlborough Sound, an extensive network of sea-drowned valleys. You can rent a boat to explore hidden coves and come face-to-face with local fauna including the rare Rowi kiwi, tuatara, and weka. You can even swim with five different species of dolphins on special guided tours.

Timezone
GMT+4
Currency
AED Dirham
Flying Time
~6 hours 40 minutes
The Marlborough region is a fantastic year-round destination. Remember that New Zealand is in the Southern Hemisphere so summer ranges from November to February while winter occurs between June and August. In summer, the region has plenty of sunny days with average temperatures around 19 degrees Celsius. Winter brings colder temperatures, at -2 degrees Celsius with a chance of snow. The harvest season happens between February and May so this is a great time to see the vineyards at their best.
You should carry some identification with you at all times and it's also a good idea to keep a photocopy of your passport. A tourist visa is required on arrival. Visit GOV.UK for more advice on passports, visas and travel.
Abu Dhabi understands fine dining, and you'll discover some fantastic international cuisine alongside the Middle Eastern flavours typical of the region. However, the cuisine of the UAE incorporates some of the best-loved foods in the world: like hummus, falafel and kebabs, which would make any foodie happy. Be sure to taste some try a camel burger with its rich, gamey flavour. For dessert, sample some luqaimat (also known as lokma), these little fried balls of dough are infused with rose water and saffron then covered with a sticky date syrup.
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