Welcome to
New Zealand

New Zealand's awesome landscape, lush forests, amazing wildlife and pleasant climate make it a haven for many outdoor activities and a great place to unwind.  The country's society is diverse, sophisticated and multicultural, and the honesty, friendliness and openness of Kiwis will impress you.  New Zealanders have a unique and dynamic culture, with European, Maori, Pacific and Asian influences.  It's a culture that celebrates the many different lifestyles they live and the stories they have to tell.  You could go to New Zealand for a hundred holidays and have a totally different experience each time, as the country presents such a huge variety of opportunities.

North Island

Two huge harbours enfold an environment that's alive with cultural excitement and sea-flavoured challenges.  You should expect all the assets of a modern city but be ready for the scope of adventure.

The seething power of inner earth comes to the surface here.  Explore the geothermal areas and discover the unique culture of New Zealand's Maori people.  At the end of a day of exploration you can relax in pools of naturally heated mineral water and experience for yourself why Rotorua is called 'Nature's spa of the South Pacific'.

Waitomo CavesWellington
The capital, a city experience that will reveal the creative, political and cultural nature of New Zealand's backdrop of spectacular scenery. 

Waitomo Caves
For over 100 years these caves have attracted visitors.  Here you can discover an underground labyrinth of ancient limestone caverns and formations and marvel at a galaxy of tiny living lights.  Visitors never fail to be amazed by the splendour and beauty of the limestone formations.

South Island

Chritchurch is a fascinating mix of old English charm, sophisticated nightlife and glorious parks and beaches. This city is alive with colour, atmosphere and world-class attractions.  It's a place known internationally for its beautiful gardens but with so much more to offer you will find a fresh experience each day. Queenstown

Blessed with some of the world most exquisite geography, it also never fails to amaze travellers with its scope for excitement. The rugged mountains and crystal clear lakes are the perfect backdrop for a whole host of adventures. From jet boats to bungy jumping, skydiving to canyon swinging, white water rafting to heli-skiing, Queenstown has it all.

Milford SoundMilford Sound
Was once described by Rudyard Kipling as the 'eighth wonder of the world'.  It was carved out during successive ice ages and at its deepest point plunges to a depth of 265 metres.  You can view the grandeur of the Sounds from the air or on water.  Bottlenose dolphins, New Zealand fur seals and Fiordland crested penguins are all resident in the fiord and can be seen close up from the many cruise or kayak trips that can be taken.

Is a unique combinations of ocean and mountains offering stunning coastal alpine scenery and a host of eco-tourism oriented activities including whale watching, dolphin and seal swimming, walks, a winery and cave tours.

New Zealand has the power to touch your soul with its landscape of brooding mountains, icy glaciers, primal forests, vineyards, volcanoes, hot springs and surreal coastal formations.  And the great advantage is that all of its diverse physical, cultural and artistic landscapes are so close to each other!

Winter Sports
Winter SportsNew Zealand offers ski adventures that will keep you coming back for "just one more run".  In the North Island there are two commercial ski fields, both on Mount Ruapehu, an active volcanic cone.  In the south, the Southern Alps offer a wide choice of ski fields with spectacular alpine scenery and lively resort towns for fun at the end of the day.  There is also a Nordic skiing area near Wanaka, with 25 kms of groomed cross-country trails.
For a ski experience that's pure adrenalin, experienced heliski operators will take intermediate and advanced skiers up into the alps to discover open bowls or powder and steep, high-speed chutes.

White Water
White Water RaftingFrom a quiet drift through the forested wilderness to a white-knuckled, wide-eyed journey down turbulent rapids, rafting in New Zealand covers the full adventure spectrum.
The mountains of the interior feed a myriad of fast flowing rivers that run through the forests to the sea.  Grade 1 rivers offer relatively tranquil waters, while grade 5 is regarded as an extreme sport.

With around 15000 kms of coastline and hundreds of offshore islands, New Zealand offers divers a vast and diverse underwater landscape.  You can dive wrecks, drop-offs and sub-tropical reefs; explore huge kelp forests, swim with schools of fish or clown around with the seals.  Poor Knights Marine Reserve has been considered as one of the world's top five diving locations.  Other popular areas are the Bay of Islands, the dramatic fiords of the South Islands and Stewart Island's kelp forests.

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When to go

The north of New Zealand is subtropical and the south temperate. The warmest months are December, January and February and the coldest June, July and August. In summer the average maximum temperatures range fro 20°C - 30°C and and in winter from 10°C - 15°C. The highest rainfall is expected between June and July. The weather in New Zealand can change unexpectedly as cold fronts or trpoical cyclones quickly blow in.

Additional Information

Time Difference Local Currency Local Language Average Flying Time
GMT/UTC + 12 DST applies New Zealand Dollar English 19 hours 30 mins