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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 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.
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.
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'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
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The Rees Hotel & Luxury Apartments Queenstown is a beautiful property that welcomes you to enjoy the ultimate Queenstown accommodation experience and savour the heritage, culture and diverse attractions of New Zealands glorious Southern Lakes District. Located on the... 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
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Luxury hotel with rooftop gardens adjacent to theaters and shoppingThe Rendezvous Grand Hotel Auckland, the largest hotel in New Zealand, offers travelers upscale accommodations in the heart of the city, within walking distance to posh shopping and dining. Guests arrive... More
Featuring free Wi-Fi and parking, Bealey Avenue Motel offers accommodation with well-equipped kitchenettes and satellite TV. Christchurch city centre is just a 15-minute walk away. All units have cooking facilities with a microwave and refrigerator. Each unit has a... More
Meet and unwind at a stylish city centre retreatMillennium Hotel Rotorua invites sophisticated travelers to a plush retreat with top-notch conference and recreational facilities in the heart of Rotorua, New Zealand. This upscale hotel provides full-service business center... More
Enjoy the comforts of the centrally located Lodge, perfectly situated near the picturesque Queenstown gardens, only a 2 minute walk to the heart of Queenstown. Locally owned & operated The motel offer hospitality that is genuine & warm. Whether you are visiting... More
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Friendly home from home in Wellington's Cuba QuarterLeisure Inn Wellington is a brilliantly affordable hotel in the Cuba district of Wellington, near Colonial Cottage Museum and other Wellington attractions. The hotel's many amenities include a ballroom, and meeting rooms... More
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Centrally located, SKYCITY Hotel facilities are top-class, rooms are spacious and the iconic Sky Tower is right on your doorstep. Choose to dine in style at one of 20 plus restaurants, caf and bars and experience the thrill of the world-class Casino. FREE WI-FI for... More
Rendezvous Hotel Christchurch, located in the heart of the city, provides modern and stylish accommodation for the savvy business traveller and leisure guest, at an affordable price. Offering clean, contemporary design, Rendezvous Hotel Christchurch is a place where you... More
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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.
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