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Top Rated Hotels for your New Zealand Vacation

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Novotel Auckland Airport
Novotel Auckland Airport
4.5 out of 5.0 Ray Emery Drive, Mangere
Free Cancellation
$153
4.4/5 (40 reviews)

This Auckland airport Novotel is particularly cleaner than most. Food here is also better than other Novotel hotels.

Reviewed on May 2, 2019
Situated in Mangere, this luxury hotel is 0.8 mi (1.3 km) from Butterfly Creek and 3 mi (4.8 km) from Villa Maria Estate. Rainbow's End and Otuataua Stonefields ...
Stamford Plaza Auckland
Stamford Plaza Auckland
5.0 out of 5.0 22 - 26 Albert Street, Auckland
Free Cancellation
$90
4.4/5 (20 reviews)

Nice and Comfortable room, but bath towels are kind of old and thin. Toilet area does not seem very clean for a 5 star hotel. King size bed is nice but too bouncy for us as I move during my sleep and thus keep waking up my wife. We could not get the two twin bed room, don’t think this hotel offers ...

Reviewed on Feb 13, 2019
Located in Auckland Central Business District, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of DFS Galleria Auckland, Britomart Transport Centre, and Auckland ...
Cordis, Auckland by Langham Hospitality Group
Cordis, Auckland by Langham Hospitality Group
5.0 out of 5.0 83 Symonds Street, Box 2771, Auckland
Free Cancellation
$96
4.2/5 (34 reviews)

Professional team, great service and food. The location is quite convenient. Excellent pool

Reviewed on Mar 16, 2019
Located in Newton, this spa hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Karangahape Road and Queen Street Shopping District. Auckland Town Hall and University of Auckland ...
Skycity Grand Hotel
Skycity Grand Hotel
5.0 out of 5.0 90 Federal Street, Auckland
$111
4.2/5 (52 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
Located in Auckland Central Business District, this luxury hotel is steps from Sky Tower and SkyCity Casino. Auckland Ferry Terminal and University of Auckland ...
Skycity Hotel
Skycity Hotel
4.5 out of 5.0 Corner Victoria and Federal Streets, Auckland
Free Cancellation
$96
4.2/5 (22 reviews)

Central location, views on the city, a memorable rotating restaurant on 52nd floor, comfortable room.

Reviewed on Mar 23, 2018
Located in Auckland Central Business District, this luxury hotel is steps from SKYCITY Auckland Convention Centre, Sky Tower, and SkyCity Casino. Queen Street ...
Naumi Auckland Airport
Naumi Auckland Airport
4.5 out of 5.0 153 Kirkbride Road, Mangere, Auckland
Free Cancellation
$68
4.1/5 (13 reviews)

The ambiance and decorations of the hotel were quite unique and quirky. Very pleasant.

Reviewed on Apr 21, 2019
Situated near the airport, this luxury hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Villa Maria Estate, Otuataua Stonefields, and Ambury Regional Park. Butterfly Creek is ...

Introduction to New Zealand

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

Glacier Explorer

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

Diveworks Dolphin and Seal Encounters

Diveworks Dolphin and Seal Encounters allow travelers the opportunity to swim with these incredible creatures.

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.

Introduction

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.

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.

Glowworm Caves of Waitomo

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

Flying Fox Helihike

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

Kawarau Bridge

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

Queenstown Resort

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

Insider tips for New Zealand travel

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.

SidArt

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

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.

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

Key Facts:

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.

Language:

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.

Climate:

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.

Currency:

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.

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* Prices reflect the lowest "base rate" found over the next 30 days. Rates are subject to change and may not include taxes and fees, hotel service charges, extra person charges, or incidentals, such as room service. All rates are displayed in USD unless otherwise noted. Converted rates are provided for your convenience. They are based on today's exchange rate, but the hotel will charge you in the local currency.