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Outside’s Active Travel Awards 2012 Honors Active New Zealand as Cycle Tour to Do in Best New Adventure Hub

Queenstown, NEW ZEALAND – Active New Zealand Cycle Tours has been selected by Outside, America’s leading multimedia active-lifestyle brand, as a featured outfitter in its first-ever Active Travel Awards in the April 2012 issue.  Active New Zealand’s 8-day cycling tour, The Zone, which includes a 40-mile ride from Wanaka to Queenstown, was honored as part of the award for Best New Adventure Hub: Lake Wanaka, New Zealand.

Best New Adventure Hub: Lake Wanaka, New Zealand”
When tourists in New Zealand want adventure, they go to Queenstown. When Kiwis want to escape, they head an hour north to tiny Lake Wanaka, a town of 5,037 right next to Mount Aspiring National Park that’s emerging as the country’s Jackson, Wyoming… Cyclists: sign on to Active New Zealand’s eight-day Zone ($2999; activenewzealand.com), a challenging trip that starts in Christchurch and crosses the South Island’s two major passes: 3,018-foot Arthur’s and 1,850-foot Haast. The last two days, you’ll bike the 40 miles from Wanaka to Queenstown.”

The full list of award winners is published in the April issue of Outside magazine, available on newsstands March 13, 2012 and online at Outside Online. “Outside magazine has long been one of the world’s most trusted advisors for active and adventurous travelers,” says Outside editor Christopher Keyes. “This year we’ve bottled up 35 years of collective wisdom to select our first Outside Travel Awards, an annual edit franchise that honors the best trips, hotels, lodges, luggage, islands, and new destinations that will be an invaluable travel resource for years to come.

To select this year’s awards, Outside tapped their global network of correspondents to showcase a definitive roundup of the best new adventures, exotic retreats, beaches, local food, bars with a view, on-time airlines, screaming deals, gorgeous islands, and more. The awards reflect more than just a collection of unforgettable trips—it’s a road map to life-changing experiences. The issue also highlights a list of the best online travel tools as well a roundup of Outside’s all-time favorite destinations.

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