New Zealand, two unique islands in the Pacific, with landscapes so breathtaking and diverse that you feel like you have gone back to the beginning of time. That's certainly what the makers of the film ‘Lord of the Rings’ must have felt, selecting New Zealand to represent Middle Earth. When deciding on a holiday destination in New Zealand, you really are spoilt for choice; South Island or North Island, wine regions or mountains, trendy cities or scenic train journeys, forests or oceans? Brightsun Travel has fantastic holidays to New Zealand including dramatic tours of some of the island’s hot spots. Among them is the capital of Wellington on the North Island, heralded by the Lonely Planet as the ‘coolest little capital in the world’. Wellington, as with most of New Zealand’s urban centres, takes its food, and its coffee, very seriously. In Wellington you are almost guaranteed a good espresso or cappuccino. An array of restaurants provide numerous dining out options and a vibrant music and arts scene will make it hard to leave. But when you do, the North Island won't disappoint. Among the island’s impressive landscapes is the Bay of Islands, with turquoise waters and 150 islands to explore, full of majestic orcas. The Bay of Islands has plenty of budget accommodation options and Brightsun Travel offers a range of cheap holidays to New Zealand to explore the bay and its surrounding natural and urban landscapes.
Onto the South Island, probably most famously known for skiing sites in the mountains surrounding Queenstown, where tourists flock not just for sporting adventures but simply to gaze at mountainous landscapes from a hotel room in the heart of Queenstown. The Southern Alps of New Zealand’s South Island are picturesque and perfectly snowcapped. Here you can bungee jump to a mountain backdrop or hike through the serene Mount Aspiring National Park. Not far from Queenstown is the quaint gold mining town of Arrowtown where you can access Milford Sounds by car, one of the most scenic drives on earth. For the less active, the TranzAlpine Railway, cutting across the South Island from Christchurch to Greymouth, offers easy access to some truly breathtaking views of New Zealand’s famous landscapes. Contact Brightsun Travel to find out how our all inclusive New Zealand holidays can make for an unforgettable New Zealand escape.