While international visitors are still unable to visit New Zealand, Tourism New Zealand has found a novel way for them explore just a few of the attractions the island nation has waiting for them on their return: by taking a meditative audio journey of both the north and south islands.

The audio journey is available for free on Tourism New Zealand’s Spotify channel, which features an album called ‘Mindful Journeys’ as artist 100% Pure New Zealand. Through the soundscapes, listeners are exposed to unique New Zealand sounds such as:

  • The call of the kiwi bird at night
  • The song of the tui bird while they feed on nectar
  • The sound of the Pacific Ocean colliding with the Tasman Sea at Cape Reinga
  • Bubbling geothermal mud pools and the Pōhutu geyser at Te Puia
  • The rush of waterfalls in Milford Sounds
  • The sound of snow falling on the top of the highest mountain range in Australasia
  • The quiet sound of stargazing in one of New Zealand’s International Dark Sky Reserves
  • The quiet solitude of watching the sunrise from atop Maunga Hikurangi – one of the first places to see the sun in the world
  • The chinking of jugs of Southfarthing Sackville Cider and Frogmorton Ginger Beer at Green Dragon Inn at Hobbiton
The sound of nature is proven to help us relax, which is something most people are seeking in the midst of our current pandemic. It is hoped that Mindful Journeys will not only bring the world to New Zealand, but also provide a tool for improved wellbeing for those in the business events industry.

It is hoped that Mindful Journeys will not only bring the world to New Zealand, but also provide a tool for improved wellbeing for those in the business events industry.

Tourism New Zealand notes: “As little as 10 minutes a day of mindfulness practice can produce tangible benefits for professionals across a company, according to research; with an increase in their ability to focus, regulate emotions, empathize and adapt to changing circumstances. They become better able to collaborate with others, more resilient and able to handle complex and uncertain conditions at work.”

Lisa Gardiner, Global Manager Business Events, Tourism New Zealand, says, “In New Zealand we are lucky to have nature at our doorstep and given the noise of the world at the moment, we wanted to share a piece of that calm and serenity. Take a moment to soak up some inspiration for your next business event.

“In New Zealand we are lucky to have nature at our doorstep and given the noise of the world at the moment, we wanted to share a piece of that calm and serenity.”

“We saw the launch of this new channel and the release of our first album as a simple way to share a small experience of New Zealand with the world, while the world can’t visit us. A gift from our backyard to yours.”

Search 100% Pure New Zealand on Spotify and look for the official 100% Pure New Zealand logo or click here.

Photo credit: Cover image – Pinnacles by Rachel Stewart RSNZ

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