New Zealand is famous for its awe-inspiring beauty and breathtaking scenery.
The diverse and dramatic landscapes form the background for sophisticated and energetic cosmopolitan cities that each has a unique sense of culture and history. Beyond these cities you will discover small towns that will surprise you with their charm and limitless holiday activities. Find a spa tucked away in an alpine village or stroll through a private vineyard before enjoying cuisines that have found their way to New Zealand from every corner of the globe.
The North Island offers subtropical forests, thermal geysers and golden beaches, whilst in the South Island you will find mountainous peaks, majestic fiords, ancient glaciers and tranquil countryside.
New Zealanders are renowned for their genuine warmth and friendliness and you have the opportunity to sample this by booking a New Zealand family homestay or farmstay.
No other country in the world has so much to see – so much to do – in such a small area. The clean, green environment is an outdoor activity paradise, from bush treks and whale watching to cycle touring and bungy jumping.
Whether you explore by car, 4 wheel drive, coach or boat; uncommonly beautiful places can be discovered in every region of the country.
Follow your heart and keep your camera loaded. Its all here waiting for you!
New Zealand has a mild, temperate climate making it, like Australia a year round destination. Temperatures range from 4°C – 15°C during the winter months (June to August) and from 15°C – 30°C during the summer (December to March). This means a lot of sunshine for water based activities in summer and snow on the mountains providing world class skiing.
Top 10 things to do in New Zealand:
- Cruise Auckland harbour.
- See bubbling mud pools and Geysers in Rotorua.
- Try blackwater rafting or abseiling into spectacular caves.
- Sample New Zealand’s great wines and gourmet foods at a vineyard.
- Take a thrilling Jetboat ride.
- Walk on Fox Glacier.
- Swim with the dolphins and see whales.
- Soak in a thermal pool.
- Lord of the Rings 4 wheel drive tour.
- Take a wildlife cruise on Milford Sound or the Otago Peninsula.
A few facts:
Population: Approximately 4 million people live in New Zealand which is roughly the size of Great Britain.
New Zealand is 12 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time.
New Zealanders do not depend on tips or gratuities for their income and tips are not expected for normal service however, tipping in appreciation of extra-special service is at the discretion of the visitor and will be greatly appreciated.