Travelling through New Zealand you'll experience spectacularly beautiful landscapes that range from vast mountain chains, steaming volcanoes & sweeping coastlines to deeply indented fiords and lush rainforests. Comparable in size and/or shape to Great Britain, Colorado and Japan, New Zealand has a population of only 4.5 million - making it one of the world's least crowded and safest countries to travel to. It's a haven for those seeking peace; rejuvenation and relaxation as well as a playground for thrill seekers and adventurers. A temperate climate with relatively small seasonal variation makes it a year-round holiday destination.
New Zealand's vivid colour contrasts and spectacular surroundings are not the only things that make this wonderfully diverse country so special. The friendly down to earth people, and relaxed yet enthusiastic culture all contribute to its overall uniqueness as a travel destination. New Zealand is made up of two main islands; the North & South Islands. The North Island has a more temperate climate and is gentler in form becoming more subtropical at the top of the Island; the South Island, the larger of the two, has its gentle side too, but the more south you go, the wilder it gets until, in its Alpine heights, it becomes a landscape of lush rainforest and steep mountains and glaciers.
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With the wild Tasman Sea buffeting the West Coast and the South Pacific lapping the East Coast, the pleasures of New Zealand's top half are deliciously salt-flavoured. In an uncrowded world of red-flowered...
New Zealand welcomes you to the Bay of Islands. Perhaps the finest collection of Islands, Bays and beaches in the country. With a total of 144 bays and islands, the variety of ocean life includes big...
Welcome to Auckland, one of New Zealand's major tourist destinations. Auckland is located in the north of the North Island and is the biggest city in New Zealand, with a population of over 1.5 million...
The Coromandel, New Zealanders favourite destination, is within an hours drive of the major centres of Auckland and Hamilton and their International Airports and yet the region is a world away from the...
See Tonys article about what to do in Auckland. Great Barrier Island is the guardian of the gulf. As its name suggests, it shields the inner islands. Its eastern side takes a pounding from the Pacific...
See Tonys article about what to do in Auckland. Waiheke Island is just a 35 minutes ferry ride from downtown Auckland and is situated in the beautiful Hauraki Gulf. It is the second largest of the Hauraki...
Rotorua is considered one of the “must visit” destinations in New Zealand, and attracts visitors throughout the year. Rotorua is a city located on the south side of the lake with the same name...
The focus of this region is Lake Taupo - New Zealand's largest lake (619 square kilometres) and the heart of the North Island. Lake Taupo was created by a volcanic eruption so big the sun went hazy in...
Read about Tonys weekend at Tongariro. Tongariro National Park is located in the middle of the North Island of New Zealand. In the ‘Central Plateau’ the underlying rocks and soils are of volcanic...
Amongst the favorite vacation destinations in New Zealand for locals and international visitors alike is The Hawke's Bay; the foremost food and wine destination of the country. It is regarded as paradise...
Eastland is the place where the first Polynesian migration canoes landed, where Captain Cook made his first landfall and where Maori and European first encountered each other. Maori life is evident in...
Welcome to Wellington, New Zealand's capital city! Come and find an escape that's inspiring and colourful, remembered for the laughter and great conversations, fascinating for the things you've never...
Nelson is a pocket paradise nestled in the top northwest corner of the South Island. The entire area is said to resemble the prow of the waka (canoe) of Maui, an important figure in Maori mythology,...
The Marlborough Sounds are an unspoilt paradise for those who love the sea, tranquillity, the natural world, freedom walking or outdoor adventure. The broad pathway of the Queen Charlotte Track lures...
Welcome to the Able Tasman National Park the only coastal national park in New Zealand and situated at the very top of the South Island. New Zealand boasts 14 national parks, with the Able Tasman being...
Christchurch city is located midway down the East Coast of the South Island, just north of Banks Peninsula. Christchurch is the South Island's largest city. It's a vibrant, cosmopolitan place with exciting...
Canterbury, a unique combination of nine supremely beautiful and different districts, on the East coast of New Zealand’s South Island. Within two hours’ drive of Christchurch International Airport...
In New Zealand, the 'West Coast' generally refers to the narrow strip of land between the South Island's Southern Alps and the Tasman Sea. It is the longest region in New Zealand.The West Coast has...
New Zealand boasts two of the most spectacular glaciers in the world - Franz Josef and Fox glaciers. They are also the most famous glaciers in New Zealand and considered to be among the worlds best...
Here, visitors are welcome to rub shoulders with West Coasters & to experience the stories of nature, history & culture that are at the heart of Hokitika. Such a special place! Hokitika is a small...
Welcome to Wanaka, one of the most treasured tourist destinations in New Zealand. Wanaka is located in Central Otago, where large flocks of moas once lived, and is sheltered behind the Southern Alps...
Queenstown is one of the most popular destinations in New Zealand, it is known for its stunning scenery, luxury accommodation, fine wine and cuisine, winter sports and adventure activities. Perched on...
Dunedin is widely regarded as the best preserved Victorian and Edwardian heritage city in the southern hemisphere. It is also home to some of New Zealand's top fashion designers and vibrant cafes and...
Fiordland is a geographic region of New Zealand, which is located on the south western corner of its South Island. Regarded as one of the most awe-inspiring and beautiful parts of New Zealand, this...
Stewart Island is located at the very bottom of New Zealand. Visiting Stewart Island and Rakiura National park is certainly a great experience. Rakiura National park compromises 85% of the island making...
From the West Coast of the United States, a direct flight to New Zealand is 12 hours. There are now also direct flights available from San Francisco & Texas. Other places on the Pacific Rim, like Singapore, Hong Kong and Tokyo, take around 10 hours.
When travelling to New Zealand from another country, you'll probably arrive here at one of four major airports - Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch, or Queenstown with the majority landing in Auckland. Domestic flights are operated out of all the main airports including Auckland, Rotorua, Wellington and Christchurch.
Auckland International Airport is New Zealand's largest and busiest airport. Most overseas visitors to New Zealand arrive here. It is located south-west of the city of Auckland in the suburb of Mangere.
Flight Times to Auckland
Sydney, Australia: 2 hrs 50 mins
Melbourne, Australia: 3 hrs 20 mins
Brisbane, Australia: 3 hrs 20 mins
Perth, Australia: 7 hrs
Los Angeles, USA: 11 hrs 45 mins
London, England: 25 hrs 40 mins
Frankfurt, Germany: 26 hrs 15 mins
Hong Kong: 10 hrs 30 mins
Rotorua: 40 mins
Wellington: 1 hr
Christchurch: 1 hr 20 mins
Queenstown: 1 hr 50 mins
Wellington International Airport is the country's newest airline terminal, opening just a few years ago. As Wellington becomes an increasingly popular tourist destination, it is handling larger and larger numbers of international visitors.
Flying Times to Wellington
Auckland: 1 hr
Rotorua: 1 hr 10 mins
Christchurch: 45 mins
Queenstown: 1 hrs 30 mins
Christchurch International Airport is the largest and busiest airport in the South Island. It is also the main New Zealand airport for flights to and from Antarctica. Christchurch International Airport is located 12 km north-west of the city.
Flying Times to Christchurch
Auckland: 1 hr 20 mins
Rotorua: 1 hr 40 mins
Wellington: 45 mins
Queenstown: 45 mins
Queenstown International Airport is one of the most dramatic in the world - surrounded on both sides by spectacular, rugged mountains. Queenstown Airport is located close to town in the lakeside suburb of Frankton.
Flying Times to Queenstown
Auckland: 1 hr 50 mins
Rotorua: 1 hr 45 mins
Wellington: 1 hrs 30 mins
Christchurch: 45 mins
How long are the domestic flights in New Zealand?
The longest direct flight in New Zealand is from Auckland to Queenstown this is 2 hours. Shorter flights are also readily available such as the flight from Auckland to Rotorua taking only 40mins and the Christchurch to Queenstown flight only takes 1 hour. So it is very easy to fly around the country visiting lots of destinations during your vacation.
When is the best time to visit New Zealand?
You can visit New Zealand at any time of the year. Summer and winter temperatures vary by only about 10°C (50°F) over most of the country, making New Zealand an ideal holiday destination all year round. There are 4 quite distinct seasons - Spring (Sept-Nov), Summer (Dec-Feb), Autumn/Fall (Mar-May) and Winter (June-Aug). In summer there's plenty of sunshine, and activities in and around the water include Fishing (saltwater, freshwater and big game) mountain biking, Scuba diving, golf and hunting. In fact just about any thing you can imagine! You'll find snow on the mountains in winter and excellent skiing. Away from the mountains, New Zealand winters are mild and temperatures generally do not fall below freezing.
Where are the International Airports located in New Zealand?
New Zealand's International Airports are at Auckland, Wellington & Christchurch most International flights will land at Auckland. Some flights from Australia also land at Hamilton, Palmerston North, Queenstown and Dunedin.
Do I need a passport or visa to enter New Zealand?
All visitors to New Zealand must carry a passport that is valid for at least three months beyond the date you intend to leave the country. Most visitors who intend to stay for less than 3 months do not require a visa. If you want to stay longer than three months, or your country of origin does not have a visa waiver agreement with New Zealand, then you will need to apply for a Visitor's Visa. Please go to www.immigration.govt.nz for more information.
It is your responsibility to ensure that you have valid passports, visas and re-entry permits which meet the requirements of immigration and other government authorities. Any fines, penalties, payments or expenditures incurred as a result of such documents not meeting the requirements of those authorities will be your sole responsibility. All travelers must have a valid passport for international travel and many countries require at least 6 months validity from the date of return and some countries require a machine-readable passport. If you need information regarding visa and other travel document requirements for your trip please let us know. You can find more information about entering New Zealand here.
Can I use my mobile or hire one in New Zealand?
New Zealand offers global roaming, but if you're phone is not compatible you can organise a mobile phone for the duration of your trip from www.vodarent.co.nz which has a pick up and drop off at Auckland International Airport.
Do I need an international licence to drive in New Zealand?
In New Zealand all drivers, including visitors from other countries, must carry their licence or permit at all times when driving. You will only be able to drive the same types of vehicles you are licensed to drive in your home country.
Make sure your driver's licence is current. If your licence is not in English, you must bring an English translation with you or obtain an International Drivers Permit.
Is it easy to Drive in New Zealand?
It is relatively easy to drive around New Zealand. New Zealanders drive on the left-hand side of the road. Drivers give way (or yield) to all traffic crossing or approaching from the right.
Do I need to tip in New Zealand?
Tipping in New Zealand is not expected. However, tipping for great service is at your discretion.
What are the taxes in New Zealand?
All goods and services are subject to a 15 percent Goods and Services Tax (GST). This is included in the displayed price of most items.
What clothes should I take?
Dress is informal and relaxed on most occasions. Smart casual clothes are acceptable at most restaurants and nightspots. Men are generally not expected to wear suits and ties, except in a few of the top formal bars and restaurants in major cities. In summer a light jacket or sweater should be included in your luggage should the weather turn cooler or you visit the high country. You can expect some rain, so include a light waterproof jacket or coat. Pack warm winter clothing if visiting between May and September. Layer your clothing.
What is the climate Like?
New Zealand's seasons are the reverse of the Northern Hemisphere. This means that the warmest months are December, January and February, while the coldest are in June, July and August. In summer, the average maximum temperature ranges between 20-30°C and in winter between 10-15°C.
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