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UTC/GMT +13 hours
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Introducing New Zealand

Snow-capped mountains and smouldering volcanoes, big blue glaciers and white sand beaches, lush green rainforests and pulverised desert road. This tiny country is a land of giant contrasts. And from wrapping up in your warmest snow gear and skiing from the heights of Treble Cone to feeling the heat of the summer sun and diving deep into the sea at Three Kings, there’s nothing you can’t do when it comes to connecting with Mother Nature. Tucked into the corner of the Australasia ocean region and often overshadowed by its bigger sister Australia, New Zealand has become a sort of forgotten paradise but it’s a paradise all the same, and with such incredible landscapes and mind-blowing natural backdrops of just about every variety, every moment will be a ‘wow’ moment in NZ.

With the nation divided into two islands – North Island and South Island – getting around and choosing your destinations couldn’t be easier. The North is the land of volcanoes and cities, whilst the South is largely remote and undiscovered. Take a tour of North Island and visit the nation’s cosmopolitan city of Auckland where it all goes down, the hip capital of Wellington where coffee culture is enlightened, Gisborne and Poverty Bay for the hottest surf spots, the incredible Tongariro National Park to hike three of country’s active volcanoes, or Te Whanganui-A-Hei Marine Reserve for its idyllic Cathedral Cove. Go to South Island and you can’t miss the charming city of Christchurch where French colonial meets contemporary pop-up shops, Lake Tekapo National Park and its countless walking trails, Aoraki / Mount Cook for skiing, glaciers and heli-hikes, Glenorchy to tour the breathtakingly beautiful film locations Lord of the Rings, or the adrenaline city of Queenstown where bungee and sky-diving rules. And wherever your New Zealand travel takes you, you’ll stumble across some fantastic vineyards along the way, you’ll discover the nation’s superb Alps cheeses and other local produce, and you’ll find fantastic places to dine out for the whole family.


Family holidays to New Zealand are great because the country offers so much variety; there’s something to appeal to all age groups. From volcanoes and mountains to large lakes and national parks, both islands offer a natural playground for kids who love the outdoors. Many hotels in New Zealand are family friendly and there are a number of zoos and wildlife parks to check out including Auckland Zoo, Hamilton Zoo, Orana Wildlife Park, Wellington Zoo, National Aquarium of New Zealand, Kelly Tarlton’s Sea Life Aquarium, Kamo Wildlife Sanctuary, Willowbank Wildlife Reserve in Christchurch and Marineland in Napier.


New Zealand cuisine is largely driven by fresh and local ingredients and as a country with a primarily agricultural economy, New Zealand offers the finest fish and meat. Many New Zealand dishes may include the use of lamb, pork, venison, lobster or crayfish, salmon, Bluff oysters, whitebait, mussels, scallops and New Zealand shellfish (such as pipis and tuatua). Cheese and wine are award-winning so winos and cheese connoisseurs will be in their element, whilst there are many sweets and candies that can appeal to the little ones. Some popular national dishes include the Kiwi Meat Pie, Whitebait Fritter, Possum Stew, Kiwi Pavlova, and Hangi cooked meats.

History and Culture

The culture of New Zealand is largely inherited form British, Oceanian and European cultures as well as Maori and Polynesian cultures. Today, New Zealand’s unique culture reflects the nation’s multi-cultural influences and many of its cities are stylishly cosmopolitan. Whilst NZ is fundamentally a Westernised society, as a country it puts a lot more emphasis on protecting the natural environment and encouraging eco-tourism than other countries in the Western world. The people of New Zealand, often referred to as Kiwis, are friendly and outgoing – and they are notoriously welcoming of new people, visitors and tourists.

Recommended Experiences in New Zealand

Top Locations in New Zealand

This major city in the North is set along two harbours and it is well known for sights, shopping and nightlife. The city is also a great place to learn about Maori culture, with great cultural performances at The Auckland Museum and Maori village tours. Don’t miss the Sky Tower for amazing views of the city, Auckland Art Gallery for exhibitions and Kelly Tarlton's Sea Life Aquarium for the kids.
The exciting city of Queenstown is a great place to bring the whole family – it has something for everyone. From endless water sports and boat tours on the city’s Lake Wakatipu to extreme activities such as bungee and skydiving, or endless shopping for mum and a scenic bike park and Segway activities for the kids, Queenstown is a never-ending theme park of fun. There are also some great places to eat as well as some leisurely walking trails suitable for all ages.
Visit Wellington, the capital of New Zealand, a wonderful city with a cool coffee culture, a large waterfront promenade lined with restaurants, a choice of sandy beaches and some great museums and galleries. Attractions include Museum of Wellington City & Sea, Carter Observatory, Wellington Botanic Garden, Wellington Cable Car and Zealandia Sanctuary.
Milford Sound
Milford Sound in South Island is a fiord in Fiordland National Park along the south west coast. It’s also a part of the Piopiotahi Marine Reserve and the Te Wahipounamu World Heritage site. Visit Milford Sound for walking and tramping tours, fantastic boat cruises, camping and kayaking.
Tongariro National Park
This is the oldest national park in New Zealand and it has been recognised as one of the 28 mixed cultural and natural World Heritage Sites by UNESCO. Set in central North Island, it’s easily accessible from both Auckland and Wellington and it’s a great place for hiking, skiing, cycling, kayaking, waterfalls and horseback riding.

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