Looking to go off the beaten track these holidays? We showcase the best of The Catlins, New Zealand.More
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Want to go somewhere a little different on your New Zealand journey? Here’s all you need to know about Stewart Island New Zealand.
Discover New Zealand's Middle-earth on a themed Lord of the Rings vacation.
After the best New Zealand vacation spots? See our top places to visit.More
See the best places in New Zealand when you go off the beaten track these holidays.More
One of our favourite scenic drives in New Zealand, the East Cape Road is a little known route. But it's one you shouldn't miss because it showcases the wild and untouched side of our country.More
Explore the life of kiwi gold miners in the 1800’s.More
Tucked in behind the rugged shores of New Zealand’s West Coast is glacier country. The towns of Fox Glacier and Franz Josef are not far from the glacier surrounded by rain forest, rivers and snow-capped mountains. Which on should go on your itinerary?
There are many New Zealand South Island ‘must-see’ or ‘must-do’ attractions. Too many, in fact. But what do you expect in a country as beautiful as this? If we had it our way, we’d list them all — but then this article would be ten pages long. So in the interests of being efficient, here are our nine favourite South Island attractions that you really ‘must-see.’More
Re-emerging with vigour, no other city is developing as fast as Christchurch New Zealand. Points of interest include renewed cultural and historical attractions, as well as a host of innovative locations and re-invigorated restaurants and bars.More
Perhaps the ultimate luxury alpine adventure and accessible only by helicopter, Whare Kea Chalet near Wanaka offers an unforgettable accommodation experience.
We take a look at the best scenic drives in New Zealand beginning with the South Island’s West Coast and the drive from Franz Josef to Wanaka.More
If you’re looking for a fun-filled holiday down under choose one of these top ten New Zealand adventure activities.More
Whether you’re looking at a New Zealand honeymoon or a simple romantic escape, Kiwiland should be top of your list.More
Sounds Connections offers you a memorable New Zealand wine tour. This day tour is a chance to see some of the magical wineries around the gourmet world of Marlborough.More
Go behind-the-scenes on Pete’s Dragon: New Zealand’s newest movie phenomenon. Forget about Orcs, Hobbits and Gandalf the Grey - there’s a brand new reason to take a holiday down under. Pete’s Dragon, New Zealand’s latest movie success is turning heads for its spectacular showcase of Kiwiland scenery.More
Truly ‘untouched’ New Zealand, Fiordland National Park is a magical world of mirror lakes and towering fiords. At its heart lie two of the most stunning attractions in the country - the Milford and Doubtful sounds... Which one should you visit?More
There’s no shortage of things to do in Auckland, and remarkably - some of the best activities are free. A natural playground of volcanoes, deserted beaches and subtropical rain forests, this ‘City of Sails’ is home to a multitude of art galleries, museums and cultural icons.
If it's an adrenaline rush you're after, there's plenty of thrilling things to do in Rotorua. Known for its exhilarating activities, this geothermal city is New Zealand’s adventure playground.More
Ultimate Hikes offers you a chance to experience one of New Zealand's 'Great Walks' with a level of comfort foreign to most hikers...More
Can't decide between South Island Itineraries? Read on! We’ve got you covered.
New Zealand wildlife tours are unique and accessible - and provide many opportunities for spotting our native animals in protected sanctuaries and the wild.More
Looking for luxury accommodation in Russell? Our experience of the week, The Flagstaff Lodge New Zealand, is the perfect place to stay.More
With its natural diversity and pristine landscapes, one of the best ways to see this country is by air. So take a scenic flight in New Zealand and make your holiday that little bit extra special. Luckily, we’ve put in a bit of legwork when it comes to flying so here's our ultimate bucket list to tempt you.More
Go off-road today on this back-country rural adventure. If you're a city dweller (like us) then this is the experience for you!More
Heading to New Zealand for the 2017 British and Irish Lions tour and want to see more than just the game? Look no further - we’ve got your back.
An Abel Tasman kayak trip along, arguably, the South Island’s most picturesque coastline bordering Abel Tasman National Park with Wilsons.More
A two and half hour Milford Sound cruise with Real Journeys. Perhaps the quintessential must-do New Zealand experience.
Hassle Free Tours ‘Central city bus tour’ is a ‘classic’ 1960’s London open-top double decker bus experience. On this hour long Christchurch New Zealand tour you will learn the city’s history and visit some iconic landmarks like...More
Spend 24 hours in Wellington, New Zealand and three things are clear - its reputation for cultural diversity, five-star cuisine and Lord of the Rings is entirely accurate. Oh, and the strength of its wind. So four things then.
‘The Ledge’ Queenstown bungy jump with AJ Hackett. New Zealand’s only ‘freestyle’ bungy experience is worth checking out.
Looking for culture and a place to relax after your flight into Christchurch close to local restaurants? At Eliza’s Manor Boutique you are guaranteed superior bed & breakfast accommodation.
It's hard to avoid a long haul flight if you want to visit New Zealand from the Northern Hemisphere. We've put together a list of ideas that will help make the flight to New Zealand more comfortable and ensure you arrive relaxed and ready to enjoy your trip.
You won't forget this 4 day New Zealand hiking tour on the Queen Charlotte Track with Wilderness Guides in a hurry. Take in breath-taking coastal views and changing landscapes, as you walk from shoreline to ridgeline and around bays, coves and inlets.
Planning a trip to New Zealand these holidays? Come prepared! With this country's varying weather it can be hard to know what's essential and what really should be left in the wardrobe. Yes, we mean those five extra pairs of ‘just in case’ jeans. So we’ve made a list of the more crucial things you’ll need - the rest is up to you!
Dive! Tutukaka is New Zealand’s full-service dive charter operator, servicing the Poor Knights Islands off the coast of Tutukaka, Northland. A world-class underwater experience!
With a wine-friendly climate, New Zealand produces many world-renowned wines. With 11 distinct regions stretching the length of the country, various regions produce a vintages with distinctive geographical characteristics. We’ve put together our top five vineyards to visit...
New Zealand is considered among one of the best places in the world to Tandem Skydive. You won’t regret choosing Wanaka for your New Zealand skydiving experience.More
If you're considering traveling to New Zealand for your next vacation, choose to self-drive. Admittedly, we’re a little biased, but we promise there's good reason for it. Here's why.More
From the rolling hills of Hobbiton to the desolate slopes of Mt Doom, discover the real Middle-earth when you visit these five iconic Lord of The Rings locations. Whether you're a die-hard hobbit hunter or just a curious fan, when touring New Zealand’s spectacular scenery you're sure to be transported into the realms of fantasy.More
Although only a small island nation, New Zealand's gastronomic reputation far outweighs its relative size. Globally renowned for its blend of European, Asian and Polynesian influences, New Zealand cuisine is driven by the seasons and heavily influenced by local produce and climate variation.
Combine a taste of adventure with dramatic scenery and local history - the best way to experience the beauty and thrill of the Skippers Canyon. Located in Queenstown’s glorious backcountry, Skippers Canyon is a truly remarkable area, rich in gold mining history and outstanding scenery.More
Ananda Tours Waiheke Island gourmet food and wine tour is true unique experience in the Hauraki Gulf of New Zealand. There's nothing better than fresh oysters straight from Te Metuku Bay, accompanied by a glass of carefully matched boutique wine.More
Northland, New Zealand's northernmost region, is the only subtropical area in NZ and the most sparsely populated. Known as The Winterless North for its mild climate, the only city is Whangarei and the largest town is Kerikeri - a town in the Bay of Islands region.More
Want the ultimate New Zealand adventure? Georgina, our content wizard, may have found your answer. She headed to NZ's Siberia to fly, hike, and jet-boat her way through one of most remote parts of the country.
If you're planning a trip to New Zealand this Autumn, you've struck tourism gold. And we’re not just referring to the color of the leaves (although they are pretty spectacular in some parts).More
Considering a Queenstown adventure vacation? We say re-evaluate. Here's why.
Apparently, mountain biking in New Zealand is the next best thing since; well since Tourism New Zealand put Megan Gale on a bike and called her a ‘cycling ambassador.’ And according to the Financial Express, mountain biking in Kiwiland is experiencing a kind of resurgence (although in our opinion, it's always been going strong). Anyway, we digress.More
From cascading tropical rivers to tumbling icy meltwater, go beyond New Zealand’s traditional holiday highlights and bag ringside seats at one of nature's most spectacular performances - the Waterfall.
If you're planning next year's vacation and feeling a little bold, why not step outside your comfort zone? Head south to New Zealand and take a walk, a Great Walk, through the real middle earth.
If you live in the Northern Hemisphere, chances are you've never heard of tramping. The American equivalent of hiking, tramping is uniquely Kiwi - and with its dramatic landscapes and diverse scenery it’s no wonder thousands of holidaymakers head to New Zealand every year to get lost in the great outdoors.
Smack-bang in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, New Zealand is about as far south as you can get before reaching Antarctica. So while we may not seem the traditional choice for a beach-side holiday, we think we should be. Here's why.
Here in Kiwiland, there's nothing we hate more than losing. Oh, wait. There's nothing we hate more than losing to Australia. Not that we have anything against our trans-tasman counterparts as such - we just like to be better.
Just 30 km from the heart of Auckland and teeming with native birds and other unique wildlife, Tiritiri Matangi is the perfect addition to your nature holiday.More
Head to Wellington for a visit to the city’s iconic Weta Cave, a mini-museum full of props and trinkets from Peter Jackson’s films.More
The Hauraki cycle route offers riders an easy 83km trail that weaves its way through the Coromandel’s rich gold mining history.More
The official languages of New Zealand are English, Maori and NZ Sign Language. Don’t worry if you can’t speak Maori or NZ Sign Language though, we all mainly speak English.
Nestled in the southern Wairarapa region, Martinborough is a jewel in the North Island’s crown, and is perfect for food and wine tours.More
Christchurch is a fantastic city with tonnes to offer all kinds of visitors. Enjoy these great free activities when you visit the Garden City.More
If you’re planning an adventure or nature holiday to Milford Sound, make sure you leave plenty of driving time for all the beautiful stops along the way. Here are three suggestions to start you on your journey.More
Take a trip to the South Island this winter for a golfing holiday you won’t forget in a hurry. There are plenty of courses to enjoy here.More
If you’re staying in New Zealand for less than three months then don’t worry, you can always come back!
New Zealand has plenty of delicious and unusual dishes to offer, such as the traditional Maori hangi. Make sure you also check out the outstanding Sauvignon BlancMore
Seeing a traditional Maori village is one of the best ways to get an insight into their fascinating history. Here are two ideas for Maori cultural hotspots to try on your next Rotorua adventure.More
New Zealand has a mild, temperate climate and can be visited any time of the year. New Zealand does not have any ’storm seasons’ or ‘wet seasons’ to avoid.
Make sure to top your Rotorua adventure holiday off with an exciting day at Skyline Rotorua. What will you do while you are up there? Read on.More
The South Island’s Fiordland region is beautiful when explored by water, but it can also be enjoyed via bicycle or on foot. Best of all, it’s family friendly.More
New Zealand has some of the best diving locations, and the Bay of Islands is a great place for a bit of everything, from wrecks to a bright and bustling reef.
Whether you’re a Lord of the Rings enthusiast or you simply love hiking and natural scenery, you’ve got to take on the Tongariro Crossing when you’re in the North Island.More
To drive in New Zealand you must have a full license printed in English. You can obtain an International Drivers License from your home country if your current license is not already in English. You must carry your license with you whenever you are driving and while you’re at it, you must always wear your seat belt!More
Book with Black Cat Cruises to add a unique Hector’s Dolphin experience to your nature tour that you can’t get anywhere else in the world.More
Dunedin is a city with great heart, heritage and culture. Explore these, and more, at these top museums and galleries in the city.More
Be sure to include the Gulf Harbour Country Club on any golfing holidays that include Auckland on the itinerary.More
Woo-hoo, no needles for you! You don’t need any travel vaccinations before holidaying in New Zealand. We have no weird tropical diseases on any of that. We do get the odd mozzie and sandflies which love to feast on our sweet blood but you won’t catch anything dodgy so all good.More
For those of you with a need for speed, the North Island has you covered. Try out one (or more) of these three great jet boat rides on your next New Zealand adventure tour.More
If you’re looking to explore New Zealand up close then consider doing one of these incredible walks. No matter where in the country you are, you’ll be sure to find one nearby.More
Take some time out in Lake Takapo to enjoy the spectacular night sky at the southern hemisphere’s first dark sky reserveMore
The Classic New Zealand Wine Trail covers more than 400 kilometres and over 70 per cent of New Zealand’s wine producing regions, making it the perfect self-drive journey for any wine aficionado.More
There are lots of great golf courses in New Zealand. Next time you’re planning a golfing getaway, why not check out some that are right by the beach?More
Take the hassle out of planning a family holiday by adding these three family activities to the top of your must-do list.More
New Zealand has five international airports located in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch, Queenstown and Dunedin.More
Nelson is the home of micro-brewing in New Zealand. Hop along to one of these breweries to raise a glass on your next self-drive holidayMore
Take the plunge with an underground adventure through the Waitomo Caves, where glow-worms are just one part of the experience.More
Waiheke is home to some amazing wineries, vineyards, restaurants and more, making it perfect for food and wine holidays.More
Many travellers on adventure holidays head to White Island for the ultimate adrenalin-pumping activity.More
Not only is Dunedin home to one of the country’s top yellow-eyed penguin conservation reserves, but it is also home to the only mainland royal albatross breeding colony in the world. And you can visit both of them.More
If you’re keen on some hiking on your next self-drive holiday on the North Island, check out these three fantastic walksMore
We like to make things simple here. Tipping is not expected and taxes are always included. The price you see on the packet or on the bill, is price you pay. Easy!More
To play golf surrounded by flourishing, beautiful native wildlife, drive just a few hours south of Auckland to Taupo and visit the Wairaki International Golf Course.More
Matakana, a village just north of Auckland, is home to one of the North Island’s most popular farmers’ markets. Drop by on your visit to Northland.More
In the mood to groove? Want to hear some live music while on your cultural holiday in New Zealand? Check out our top three live music venues in Wellington.More
If you’d like a unique nature holiday, travel to the Driving Creek Railway and witness the charming red and green train for yourself.More
New Zealand has an extensive and efficient bus network throughout the country. You can get almost anywhere on the main bus line called Intercity and the scenic train journeys are a great way to break up your self drive holiday.
Welcome to Wanaka in the Southern Alps. A plethora of outdoor sports will ensure this is one of the highlights of your South Island adventure holiday.More
For a whole day’s worth of aquatic adventuring, make sure to stop by Hanmer Springs on your South Island self-driven adventure.More
Stunning fiords and mountains straight out of Middle Earth – here are some of the top places to visit on your hiking holiday on the South Island.More
Rugby is more than just a passion for New Zealanders. What better way to find out why than with these proper rugger experiences.More
New Zealand is the home of the bungy – Taupo, Queenstown and Hanmer Springs are three of the best spots in the country to take a leap of faith.More
The country’s capital offers a range of activities that are sure to get your blood pumping. Check out our list of the top three adventure attractions in Wellington.
Bluff Oysters are one of New Zealand’s most sought after delicacies. Wind your way to Invercargill to have your fill of this delicious seafood.
Make Taupo your next New Zealand adventure holiday destination and experience one of the greatest geothermal natural wonders left in the country – Orakei Korako.More
Need to contact all your friends and family to tell them how awesome New Zealand is? It’s easy.
If you’re looking for the hiking holiday of your dreams, drive to the Tongariro National Park and try some of these great trail suggestions.More
Are you a Tolkien enthusiast looking for a unique adventure tour in New Zealand? Well what better place to start than where Frodo and his friends started themselves – the Hobbiton Movie Set, MatamataMore
Hastings is at the heart of the Hawke’s Bay region. The sunny climate and excellent range of world-famous wines make it an exemplary holiday destination.More
The only currency accepted in New Zealand is the New Zealand Dollar. ATM’s, banks and currency exchange offices are located in all major airports and a readily found throughout the country.More
A visit to Curio Bay, nestled away in the southeast corner of the South Island, to see Hector’s dolphins and yellow-eyed penguins, is a must for any wildlife enthusiast.More
There’s a tour available for anyone at the stunning Franz Joseph Glacier. When you’re booking an adventure tour of the West Coast, make sure to leave some room for this fantastic World Heritage marvel.More
Being an island country, ferries are an important part of our transport infrastructure. Here’s some info one the main services. Inter Island Ferries The most important route in New Zealand is undoubtedly across the Cook Strait between the North and South Islands. There are two companies operating between Wellington and Picton. The InterIslander is the largest operator with three large ferries. They connect with the train services between Auckland and Wellington, and Picton and Christchurch.More
There’s more the Rotorua than stunning scenery. It’s also known as North Island’s adventure capital and has so much to offer thrill seekers, including treetop canopy toursMore
Wellington is rich in cultural attractions. Here are two of the best to include on your visit to the capital city.More
A massive selection of exotic dishes from around the world make Auckland’s night markets an essential stop on any food holiday.More
The Routeburn Trek crosses some diverse and spectacular scenery, making it an excellent stop on your hiking tour of New Zealand.More
Deeper, larger and longer than Milford Sound, Doubtful Sound is a far under-talked about nature experience that will leave you truly speechless.More
For a unique golf setting flanked by jagged mountains and delightfully blue waters, choose Jack’s Point as part of your next golf tour.More
Seeing a glacial lake is one thing, but getting onto it on either a fast-paced speed boat or gentle kayaking trip is another world entirely. Book a Tasman Glacier tour for your next nature holiday.More
For the New Zealand cycling tour of a lifetime, ride the gentle Otago Central Rail Trail for a truly unforgettable scenic and historic journeyMore
Postcards and key rings are boring souvenirs. Show how much you really missed your loved ones by bringing them back one of these beautiful New Zealand-made giftsMore
Kaikoura is one of the most popular whale-watching spots in New Zealand. What’s the best way to enjoy a wildlife adventure here?More
Blenheim is home to New Zealand’s greatest wines. Taste them for yourself when you take a cycle tour through the region’s world renowned vineyards and wineriesMore
New Zealand’s Maori culture is fascinating, and is best experienced in Rotorua and Waitangi. Find out what you can do to make the most of these destinations.More
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