New Zealand comprises two unique islands in the Pacific, with landscapes so breath-taking and diverse that you’ll 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?
New Zealand’s 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. Then there’s the charming cities of North Island, including the capital of New Zealand - Wellington and the multi-cultural city of Auckland. The South Island New Zealand, most famously known for skiing sites in the mountains surrounding Queenstown New Zealand, is where tourists flock not just for sporting adventures but simply to gaze at mountainous landscapes. The Southern Alps of New Zealand’s South Island are picturesque and perfectly snow-capped.
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Fly into Auckland and not only will you enjoy a city full of galleries, museums, restaurants, parks and markets, but you will have direct access to some incredible spots in New Zealand’s North Island. Brightsun Travel has some amazing luxury holidays to Auckland so that you can experience everything the city and its spectacular surrounding landscapes have to offer. Just 40 minutes from Auckland by ferry and you could be lazing on white sandy beaches on the beautiful Waiheke Island, and spotting dolphins and whales in its oceans. Alternatively, head to Cable Bay Vineyards and taste some world-class wines coming out of the country. Take a day trip to the Waitakere Ranges Regional Park and you could experience a true wilderness in New Zealand, and roam ancient forests. Head north to the Goat Island Marine Reserve and you could dive with orcas and dolphins. And last but not least, from Auckland you could access two of New Zealand’s prime attractions, the Bay of Islands and the Bay of Plenty. The Bay of Plenty is one of New Zealand’s sunniest places, offering beaches and smoking volcanoes. And the Bay of Islands has 150 islands to explore, with spectacular untouched landscapes.
But stay a while in the city and you could have a fantastic city break in New Zealand. You could start your city tour at the tallest structure in the southern hemisphere, the incredible Sky Tower. Then on to Auckland’s food scene. Auckland is a food lover’s dream. Not only is the city full of fantastic markets, like the Auckland Fish Market and Parnell Farmer’s Market, but, in trendy neighbourhoods like Ponsonby, you will find streets lined with cafes and restaurants. Art lovers could head to the Auckland Art Gallery and explore a fantastic collection of portraits of Maori leaders. Or, take a day trip to the Auckland Museum and explore exhibits covering Auckland’s cultural, geographic and historical landscapes. Finally, end your city tour in the Auckland Domain, a park that covers 80 hectares of ground in the city, and make the most of its beautiful gardens and sports fields. Brightsun Travel has a wide range of cheap holidays to Auckland, covering the city’s highlights, and taking you into the heart of New Zealand’s North Island.
New Zealand Currency: You’ll be spending New Zealand dollars
New Zealand Language: English, Maori, and New Zealand Sign Language
Local Time: 12 hours ahead of GMT.
Flight time from the UK: New Zealand is one of the furthest countries from the UK. You can fly here from several UK airports, with most routes operating to Auckland with an average total travel time of around 24 hours (there is no direct flight to New Zealand).
Tourist Information: Visit the official New Zealand tourist information site for lots of helpful information regarding upcoming events, where to go, what to do, and how to get around.
Health/Travel Restrictions: To travel to New Zealand, British citizens need a valid passport, and although a travel visa is not required, a New Zealand Electronic Travel Authority (NZeTA) will be required. For up to date travel advice and health recommendations visit the government’s travel advice for New Zealand.
A: This depends on where is being visited in New Zealand, but generally we’d recommend visiting during the summer between December and March which sees more sunshine hours and warmer temperatures. March is a particularly ideal month to visit when the crowds start to lessen.
A: New Zealand is a long country, extending more than 1600km, and its widest point is around 400km, with a total land area of approx. 268,000 square km.
A: New Zealand has a low crime rate, however street crimes do still occur in the country’s major cities, including theft. It’s advised to not leave possessions unattended unless they are locked in a hotel safe.
A: Yes! New Zealand is an excellent skiing location and its ski season runs between June and October/November. Queenstown and Mt Ruapehu are popular ski locations.
Visit Auckland and look forward to a myriad of epic travel experiences. Take a scenic stroll through Auckland Park in Bishop, spend the day encountering wildlife at Auckland Zoo, set your sights on the city at the top of the soaring Sky Tower, travel across Auckland Harbour Bridge, and step back in time to historic New Zealand at the Auckland War Memorial Museum. From Auckland, take a short ferry journey to Waiheke Island for even more amazing leisure opportunities, from white sand beaches to olive groves, vineyards, and colourful art galleries.
New Zealand has varied climates which includes a subtropical climate in its far north, and a cooler temperature climate in its far south, plus alpine weather in its mountainous regions. For the majority of the country there is around 600-1600mm of annual rainfall, with a dry season during the summer (December-March) for the country’s northern and central regions, and drier weather during the winter (June-August) in the southern part of New Zealand.
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