New Zealand Vacations
Your New Zealand vacation
New Zealand’s awesome landscapes, lush forests, amazing wildlife and pleasant climate make it a haven for many outdoor activities, and a great place to unwind. New Zealand society is diverse, sophisticated, and multicultural, and the honesty, friendliness, and openness of Kiwis will impress you. And the great advantage of New Zealand is that all of its diverse physical, cultural, and artistic landscapes are so close to each other!
Best time to take a vacation to New Zealand
Best Time to Go
Delineating the best time for a New Zealand vacation depends on your holiday plans. Visitors hoping to enjoy adventure sports should travel to New Zealand during the country’s summer months, while skiing and snowboarding are prime activities for the months of June, July, and August in particular. More affordable accommodations and smaller crowds are likelier during the months of May and June though skiers at this time will still encounter crowds during this prime season for the sport. Top international teams compete in the Rugby Sevens tournament during February. March is also a particularly busy time, featuring the Golden Shears Competition, the Round the Vines International Arts Festival, and the International Balloon Fiesta.
Insider tips for New Zealand travel
Auckland heritage walks provide an insight into the hidden past of this vibrant and colorful city.
Southlander Bottom Bus
The Southlander Bottom Bus takes travelers to the bottom of South Island, visiting the world's most southerly city.
Minus 5 Ice Bar
Everything is made from ice at the Minus 5 Ice Bar in Queenstown, the perfect family spot.
Motel Bar, a New York-styled 50's Jazz club located in the heart of Wellington, offers delicious cocktails amidst chic ambiance.
Food enthusiasts should try the Tuesday test kitchen at SidArt located in Auckland, where chefs continue to expand an already experimental menu.
New Zealand history and culture
While New Zealand is a relatively young country, with a rich and fascinating history, reflecting both the Maori and European heritage. Amazing Maori historic sites and taonga (treasures), some dating back almost a thousand years, are a contrast to many beautiful colonial buildings. A walk around any New Zealand city today shows what a culturally diverse and fascinating country it has become.
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.
New Zealand’s indigenous Maori people have a unique and fascinating language and culture, which plays a major role in New Zealand life. Though a diverse and multicultural people, there are many qualities, including friendliness, individuality, invention and self-reliance that you’ll find in most New Zealanders. It’s their national character!
New Zealand travel tips
New Zealand's spectacularly beautiful landscape includes vast mountain chains, steaming volcanoes, sweeping coastlines, deeply indented fiords and lush rainforests.
Comparable in size and/or shape to Great Britain, Colorado or Japan, New Zealand has a population of only 4 million - making it one of the world's least crowded countries. It is a haven for those seeking peace, rejuvenation and relaxation as well as a playground for thrill seekers and adventurers. A temperate climate with relatively small seasonal variation makes it an ideal year-round holiday destination.
English is the common and everyday language of New Zealand. New Zealand is a multi-cultural society and you may hear many other languages spoken, including Maori, which is also an official language of New Zealand.
New Zealand has four distinct seasons. 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 temperature ranges between 20-30°C and in winter between 10-15°C. While these temperatures are the norm, the weather in New Zealand can change unexpectedly as cold fronts or tropical cyclones quickly blow in. Because of this, you should be prepared for sudden changes in weather and temperature, particularly if you’re going hiking or doing other outdoor activities.
New Zealand's unit of currency is the New Zealand dollar (NZ$). Coins have values of 10, 20 and 50 cents, $1 and $2; notes have values of $5, $10, $20, $50 and $100. And the good news is that you get more for your US dollar - for $1 USD you'll get around $1.40 NZD!
There is no restriction on the amount of foreign currency that can be brought in or taken out of New Zealand. However, every person who carries more than NZ$10,000 in cash in or out of New Zealand is required to complete a Border Cash Report.
New Zealand Vacation Packages
The Sudima Hotel Lake Rotorua is ideal for those who want to witness some of nature's most powerful earth forces, experience the richness of the Maori culture and be thrilled by an array of adventure activities in the country.LocationSet on the shores of beautiful Lake... More
Featuring exquisite style, comfort and genuine hospitality, the Scenic Suites Queenstown is the right choice of accommodation, while visiting Queenstown. Located on Stanley Street, the Scenic Suites Queenstown is less than 5 minutes walk from the busy town centre and 7... More
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Astelia, Its Your Choice Why you travel to Wellington is your choice, how you sleep is our focus. With a choice of studio style or open plan one bedroom options, Astelia Apartment Hotel combines space, value and location to allow you to enjoy Wellington. Each apartment... More
Luxurious 5-star property with stylish designSituated in an ideal location in the heart of the city close to most impressive attractions and eateries, SKYCITY Grand Hotel Auckland makes for the ideal luxury retreat in the vibrant Auckland.... More
Camelot Motor Lodge is a castle like Motel Complex set amongst beautiful Rose Gardens in the heart of Christchurch, offering swimming & spa pools and a children playground. Camelot has the choice of 20 Studios & One Bedroom Suites plus 14 2BR- 2 Storey Apartments... More
Quality accommodation in the heart of Rotorua, Silver Fern Rotorua Accommodation and Spa offers superior, Rotorua accommodation which is ideally situated on Fenton Street. Providing relaxed, friendly service and rooms with stylish furnishings and facilities, your Rotorua... More
Located above the shores of Lake Wakatipu with magnificent views of the Remarkables Mountain Range, this European style alpine lodge, with its stone and cedar construction, is only a short walk along the lakefront to the town centre. The property also boasts a Health club... More
Wellington’s newest landmark hotel in the capitalA stylish example of New Zealand's sophisticated hotel scene, the Rydges Wellington is perfectly located within the city center and offers spectacular views of the harbor. This stylish hotel is found on Featherston Street... More
A new, gleaming hotel tower that features the signature Dream BedRydges Harbourview Auckland brings together high-design and sophistication with the warmth of the Kiwi hospitality of New Zealand. The buildings tower over downtown Auckland and the harbor. Guests staying in... More
Southwark Apartments are architecturally designed studio apartments in the heart of Christchurch City. The studio offers a queen-size bed, kitchenette and ensuited bathroom. These near new contemporary apartments are warm and sunny, featuring a designer dcor and are... More
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New Zealand highlights
A jet boat ride on the Shotover River will get a visitor’s adrenaline pumping, featuring several 360-degree spins as well as high-speed canyon runs.
Bungee jump at Kawarau Bridge, the birthplace of the extreme sport.
Diveworks Dolphin and Seal Encounters
Diveworks Dolphin and Seal Encounters allow travelers the opportunity to swim with these incredible creatures.
Hot Water Beach
Visitors to the Hot Water Beach near Tairua can dig their own spa pool when hot water bubbles up through the sand.
Skiing the 4 resorts of Queenstown provides visitors a variety of courses, as well as spectacular views of inimitable mountain scenery.
Glowworm Caves of Waitomo
The world-renowned Glowworm Caves of Waitomo offer spectacular guided tours of the caves, the luminescent worms’ habitat.
International Antarctic Center
The International Antarctic Center allows visitors firsthand encounters with the continent’s conditions and exotic wildlife.
Whakarewarewa Thermal Valley
The Whakarewarewa Thermal valley features 65 geysers and 500 pools best explored with a guided tour.
Flying Fox Helihike
Flying Fox Helihike tours lift travelers to the remote upper glacier, allowing them firsthand glimpses at Fox Glacier’s changing face.
Visitors aboard a Glacier Explorer along Tasman Glacier Terminal Lake can reach out and touch the icebergs as they pass.
Truly a land of natural contrasts, New Zealand features stunning sub-tropical rainforests as well as white-sand beaches, volcanoes, and hot springs on its north island, while its southern island features dramatic glaciers, snow-capped peaks, and fiords. A New Zealand vacation equals adventure: the country’s landscapes provide for unending outdoor activities like sailing, scuba diving, caving, skiing, whale watching, and bungee jumping. Likewise, every city on both islands boast exiting nightlife entertainment and unique environments that make these vibrant metropolises some of the most famous in the world.