13 June 2018
New Zealand’s rustic blend of Western and Polynesian culture combines with its stunning scenery to create a land of contrasts. The ‘Land of the Long White Cloud’ is an adventurer’s paradise, with opportunities to try activities like scuba diving, hot air ballooning, rock climbing, and other extreme sports. Major cities like Auckland, Christchurch and Wellington have excellent restaurants and nightlife, along with an array of fascinating museums and cultural attractions.
Best time to visit New Zealand
The weather in New Zealand is fairly temperate all year round, though the south of the country gets cold in the winter. The western sides of the islands tend to be very rainy, while the eastern parts are shielded from ocean winds by the mountain ranges. Most locals and overseas tourists take a New Zealand holiday in December, January and February, crowding most beach destinations. The best time to visit New Zealand is in spring (September to November) and autumn (March to May) when the temperatures are moderate.
Recommended length of stay: Two weeks
Local currency: New Zealand dollar (NZD)
Top three experiences
Dart River adventure, Mt Aspiring National Park
Spend a day with Dart River Wilderness Jet from Queenstown - an exhilarating and spectacular journey deep into the heart of the world-renowned Mt Aspiring National Park. This rich and diverse experience features stunning scenery that unfolds as you travel deep into the rivers and forests of the Dart River Valley and into the Te Wai Pounamu World Heritage site.
Wineries and delicious cuisine, Auckland
Explore Auckland, on the beautiful Waitamata Harbour. Try its award-winning wineries and delicious local produce in the inner-city, or venture to its stunning black-sand beaches on the west coast – less than an hour away from the city centre.
Maori Village, Rotorua
Journey back to a time of proud warriors and ancient traditions at Tamaki Maori Village in Rotorua. You’ll experience ceremonial rituals, powerful performances and learn about the customs and stories of the Maori people.
Where would you like to visit on your next adventure? Contact your local Travel Counsellor for a tailor-made holiday, or read our Authentic Encounters brochure for more inspiration.