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New Zealand

Rolling hills, beautiful beaches and an abundance of activities to suit all travellers, New Zealand is a fantastic luxury holiday destination for families and couples wanting a whirlwind of thrilling experiences. From a host of sporting ventures and scenic hikes to wine tasting and whale watching, this corner of the world is a favourite amongst outdoor lovers and those looking for a one-of-a-kind holiday to remember.

A scenic tapestry of landscape and culture, both the South and North Island offer snowy peaks, verdant green hills, thick native forests and bustling cities. For those who enjoy a strong surf, North Island is your best spot. Thanks to this islands warmer climate, the waters are balmier, the sands are silkier and the waves are friendlier to boarders.

While in the North, fans of the Lord Of The Rings trilogy should try to squeeze in a scenic tour to delve a little deeper into The Shire. JRR Tolkein’s novels were brought to the big screen with filming shot across more than 150 locations in New Zealand, many of which were in the South, however the Hobbiton movie set is in Auckland. Here you can swing by Green Dragon Inn, see Bilbo Baggins cosy Hobbit home and hear stories of Middle Earth on a fascinating guided tour. It’s a definite must-see for movie buffs.

For a more adventurous trip, we highly recommend visiting Queenstown. Be sure to pack your nerve as you’re bound to partake in a host of thrilling activities including kayaking, caving and bungee jumping. The area is also home to the largest canyon swing in the world so you can expect your stomach to be in your mouth with this one.
  
Fancy something a little more family friendly? Head to South Island and enjoy an exciting whale watching tour. The best spot is Kaikoura, not far from Christchurch, which is known as the only place on Earth to see giant sperm whales on a tour. Not only can you see these beauties from a boat but you can also take to the skies and see them on a helicopter tour. You might even spot some fur seals and dolphins, too.

Would you prefer a more relaxing and, dare we say cool holiday? Wellington has been dubbed the ‘coolest little capital’ and is encapsulated by vineyards, mountains and an inviting coastline. A compact city, don’t be put off by this place’s size… with wine tours, museums, a harbour and plethora of delicious restaurants all within the capital’s postcode you’ll struggle to fit it all in.

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New Zealand is of a similar size to the UK making it a great spot for a maximoon or extended break away. To see as much of its fantastic cities and experience as much of the country’s attractions as possible, why not book a tour? Call one of our personal travel managers today to discuss your five-star getaway.
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Good to know

  • Time difference: UTC +12
  • Capital: Wellington
  • Currency: NZD
  • In A Word: Beautiful

Best Time To Travel

Average Temperatures
Jan: 20°c   Feb: 20°c   Mar: 19°c  
Apr: 17°c   May: 14°c   Jun: 12°c  
Jul: 11°c   Aug: 12°c   Sep: 13°c  
Oct: 15°c   Nov: 16°c   Dec: 18°c  

Location

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New Zealand in a nutshell

Soak Up The Culture 
  • Enjoy an award winning cultural experience at Tamaki Maori Village. Ceremonial rituals, traditional feasting and warrior training will immerse you in some culture as you learn about New Zealand’s past. Perfect for families and couples alike, it’s time for a history lesson. 
     
  • Wellington is home to Te Papa otherwise known as the Museum of New Zealand. Plenty of exhibitions and treasures are housed here for a true immersion into the past. Found on the waterfront why not finish your day trip in one of the nearby restaurants
     
  • Waimarino Adventure Park is Tauranga’s premier day trip for thrill seekers and adventurers. Here you can kayak until your heart’s content, do your best Tarzan impression on a swing, practise your diving and perfect your climbing.  

     
Family Fun Guaranteed 
 
  • Taranaki is home to Pukekura Park and is a 128-acre haven for the whole family. Boasting play areas, lakes and bush walks, every member of the family is certain to be in their element here. Why not make a day of it by having a picnic too? 
     
  • Animal lovers should head to Auckland Zoo, home to the largest collection of native and exotic animals in New Zealand. Set in 17-hectares of lush parkland, it’s sure to be a great hit with all the family. 
     
  • Kaikoura in South Island makes for an exhilarating day trip. Spot giant sperm whales, fur seals and dolphins either from a boat or from the skies and fill your camera roll with first-class memories that would make David Attenborough proud.
     
Tastes To Try 
 
  • Smith & McKenzie Chophouse is an authentic blend of Hamilton flavours and an ode to a New York Steakhouse. A fabulous gourmet experience, you can expect award-winning meat to be top of the menu with the option of private dining also available. 
     
  • Russell is home to the local favourite of Sally’s Restaurant which hosts a plethora of seafood to enjoy – it’s waterside dining at its finest. Enjoy the al fresco settings as you tuck in with loved ones overlooking Kororareka Bay. 
     
  • For a unique eating experience, the Christchurch Tramway Restaurant will see you devouring decadent cuisine on the move. Perfect for a date night or with friends, this is dining with a difference. 


     
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