With movie set landscapes, shorelines serving up perfect seafood, and world-class vineyards scattered across the country, it’s easy to see why New Zealand continues to be a holiday hotspot.
A wide choice of hotels and activities to suit all budgets and some of the most diverse and inspiring terrain on the planet mean it’s impossible to get bored while travelling around New Zealand. However, with so much to see and do it can be easy to feel overwhelmed in this stunning country, so we’ve compiled a list of the best things to see and do there to make planning your next trip even easier. So put away those brochures and leave the research to the pros as we present our definitive guide to exploring the land of New Zealand!
Eating and drinking
The food and drink produced and served in New Zealand is reason enough to warrant a visit to this country. From north to south, east to west, each region offers up something special and delicious that will satisfy even the fussiest of taste buds.
A great way to experience all of what New Zealand has to offer when it comes to its food and drink is to experience it all on a dedicated culinary tour. What’s more we’re currently offering £200 off our New Zealand Food and Wine tour, which takes in both the north and south islands and some of the country's very best vineyards and eateries.
Whether you book our tour or plan your own journey there are a few places you shouldn’t dream of missing. World famous for its whitebait, the west coast of NZ is a must visit destination for all fish lovers. You’ll find small shacks serving up whitebait patties and sauce with incredible views to match on the western shoreline, but if it’s crayfish you’re craving then a trip to the east coast is also essential!
A visit to one of the country’s many vineyards is also a number one priority for anyone who fancies themselves as a bit of a wine connoisseur. Lovers of red should head to Wairarapa, a region world renowned for its Pinot Noir wines, while fans of flavoursome whites should definitely make their way to Hawke’s Bay to visit the award winning wineries.
Exploring and adventuring
What makes New Zealand such an appealing destination is that there really is something on offer for everybody, no matter the budget, and no matter the age group. From scenic tours to adrenaline-pumping activities, this country really has it all.
Movie buffs and nature lovers alike should take a look at our out-of-this-world Middle Earth Experience tour. Drink in New Zealand's wild and mountainous landscapes over 24 days, including visits to the filming locations of the Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit films!
Adrenaline junkies should pay a visit to Wanaka while in New Zealand to take part in some extreme sports on this picturesque lake. Alternatively, if you’re on the lookout for something slower paced then a punting trip on the Avon River is a must in Christchurch, an area dubbed the “garden city.”
Of course it’s also worth trying out the many ways of getting around the islands of New Zealand. It’s a fantastic self-drive destination, so hiring a car could be a great option for you, but if you don’t fancy driving then trains, cruise ships, coaches and helicopters are other options to transport you up and down New Zealand.
Wildlife and nature
New Zealand was one of the last countries to be discovered on earth and as a result it is still home to an unbelievable array of wildlife. Make sure you witness as much of the country's brilliant fauna as possible with our Feather and Flora 24 day tour across the country.
Up north in Auckland and the Bay of Islands you’ll find hundreds of thousands of different species of trees, hundreds of varieties of birds, dramatic rainforests and sweeping shorelines to top it all off. Past the capital of Wellington and down to Kaikoura is where you’ll see whales, fur seals and dolphins, not forgetting the Great Albatross found near the boat harbour.
Over to the west coast is where New Zealand’s most iconic and breathtaking scenery sits. Much of south west New Zealand is actually a World Heritage area, meaning it’s pretty much unspoiled by human hands.
Culture and nightlife
Although it is New Zealand’s gorgeous landscapes and diverse wildlife that attract most to the country, its cities and towns also have something to offer. Experience it all on our Highlights of New Zealand tour and explore both the natural and manmade sights that are to be found in NZ.
At the very top of the country, beyond Auckland, is where you’ll find most of New Zealand’s historic culture but it is further down south in Wellington, the capital, where things get a little more lively. For an alternative option to Wellington and Christchurch visit Dunedin, New Zealand’s Victorian city, or for fine dining and great bars make sure to stay in beautiful Queenstown overlooking the majestic Lake Wakatipu.
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