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Experience Your Best 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 trip 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.

Things to do in New Zealand

Shotever River

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.

International Antarctic Center

The International Antarctic Center allows visitors firsthand encounters with the continent’s conditions and exotic wildlife.

Kawarau Bridge

Bungee jump at Kawarau Bridge, the birthplace of the extreme sport.

Glacier Explorer

Visitors aboard a Glacier Explorer along Tasman Glacier Terminal Lake can reach out and touch the icebergs as they pass.

Flying Fox Helihike

Flying Fox Helihike tours lift travelers to the remote upper glacier, allowing them firsthand glimpses at Fox Glacier’s changing face.

Queenstown Resort

Skiing the 4 resorts of Queenstown provides visitors a variety of courses, as well as spectacular views of inimitable mountain scenery.

Whakarewarewa Thermal Valley

The Whakarewarewa Thermal valley features 65 geysers and 500 pools best explored with a guided tour.

Glowworm Caves of Waitomo

The world-renowned Glowworm Caves of Waitomo offer spectacular guided tours of the caves, the luminescent worms’ habitat.

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.

Insider tips for New Zealand travel

SidArt

Food enthusiasts should try the Tuesday test kitchen at SidArt located in Auckland, where chefs continue to expand an already experimental menu.

Minus 5 Ice Bar

Everything is made from ice at the Minus 5 Ice Bar in Queenstown, the perfect family spot.

Southlander Bottom Bus

The Southlander Bottom Bus takes travelers to the bottom of South Island, visiting the world's most southerly city.

Auckland

Auckland heritage walks provide an insight into the hidden past of this vibrant and colorful city.

Wellington

Motel Bar, a New York-styled 50's Jazz club located in the heart of Wellington, offers delicious cocktails amidst chic ambiance.

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!

Top Rated Hotels for your New Zealand Vacation

Hilton Queenstown Resort & Spa
Hilton Queenstown Resort & Spa
5.0 out of 5.0 Kawarau Village, 79 Peninsula Road, Queenstown
Free Cancellation
$113
4.8/5 (9 reviews)

Fixtures and fittings of the hotel were in poor condition for the rating. Carpet in public areas was dirty. Wall lamps in the room were loose and wiring was exposed. The beds were extremely narrow and not up to the rating of the hotel. I recently stayed at The Hilton in Auckland. Queenstown was poor ...

Reviewed on Aug 3, 2019
At Hilton Queenstown Resort & Spa, guests enjoy a full-service spa, an indoor pool, and a fitness center. Parking is available for NZD 16 per day (NZD 40 per ...
The Grand by SkyCity
The Grand by SkyCity
5.0 out of 5.0 90 Federal Street, Auckland
Free Cancellation
$124
4.1/5 (7 reviews)

I checked in late and was informed that we would receive a gift i the room for being placed in a room with NO view. I was also informed by the same staff the next day a basket of fruit would be in our room and we never received it. The hotel and other staff were GREAT maybe the front desk persons ...

Reviewed on Apr 16, 2019
Guests of The Grand by SkyCity have access to a full-service spa, a casino, and an indoor pool. Parking is available for NZD 35 per night (NZD 55.00 per night ...
Novotel Queenstown Lakeside
Novotel Queenstown Lakeside
4.0 out of 5.0 Corner of Earl and Marine Parade, Queenstown
Free Cancellation
$119
4.4/5 (11 reviews)

I did not like the room and the parking area for the car

Reviewed on Jan 2, 2020
At Novotel Queenstown Lakeside, guests have access to a fitness center, a spa tub, and free WiFi in public areas. Valet parking is available for NZD 25.00 per ...

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