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Tips to guide you around New Zealand

Scenic drives in New Zealand: The East Cape Road

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.

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We compare: Fox Glacier or Franz Josef Glacier

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?

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9 ‘must see’ attractions in New Zealand’s South Island

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.’

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New Zealand’s newest city: Introducing Christchurch

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.

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Follow in the footsteps of Pete & his dragon through New Zealand

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.

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We compare: Milford Sound or Doubtful Sound?

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?

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Take advantage of these free things to do in Auckland

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.


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5 Fun (But Slightly Crazy) Things to do in Rotorua

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.

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New Zealand Scenic flights: The ultimate holiday experience

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.

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Experience of the Week: Discover Christchurch Double Decker Tour

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...

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24 hours in: Wellington, New Zealand

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.

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Taking a trip to New Zealand? Here’s eight top tips to help you pack.

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! 

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Our Pick: Top five New Zealand wineries

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...

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Discover: Five of the best Lord of the Rings locations

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.

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New Zealand Cuisine: A unique fresh food culture

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.

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Skippers Canyon scenic jet boat tour: stunning scenery and rich history

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.

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Experience of the week: Waiheke Island gourmet food and wine tour

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.

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Spotlight on: The Winterless North

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.

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Five top tips to help you plan your New Zealand hiking trip

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.

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Off the beaten track: New Zealands top five hidden beaches

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.

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Movie magic in Wellington

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.

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Language

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.

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Magical Martinborough

Nestled in the southern Wairarapa region, Martinborough is a jewel in the North Island’s crown, and is perfect for food and wine tours.

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3 unmissable stops along the Milford Road

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.

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South Island’s best golf courses

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.

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Visas

If you’re staying in New Zealand for less than three months then don’t worry, you can always come back!

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Food and drink you have to try in New Zealand

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 Blanc

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2 unique Maori village experiences in Rotorua

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.

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Always Take The Weather With You

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.

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Family-friendly Fiordland

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.

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Why not go diving at the Bay of Islands?

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.

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Tackle the Tongariro Crossing

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.

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On The Road

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!

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Golf at Gulf Harbour

Be sure to include the Gulf Harbour Country Club on any golfing holidays that include Auckland on the itinerary.

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Vaccinations

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.

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Top 3 jet boats of the North Island

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.

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The 9 Great Walks of New Zealand

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.

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Napier to Blenheim: The Classic New Zealand Wine Trail

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.

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Why not go for a game of golf at the beach?

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?

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Come Fly With Me

New Zealand has five international airports located in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch, Queenstown and Dunedin.

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Journey into the deep at Waitomo

Take the plunge with an underground adventure through the Waitomo Caves, where glow-worms are just one part of the experience.

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Want to see Dunedin’s bird life?

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.

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Tipping And Taxes

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!

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Buses And Trains

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.

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Adrenalin junkies! Wellington has got your fix

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.

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Experience a geothermal wonderland near Taupo

Make Taupo your next New Zealand adventure holiday destination and experience one of the greatest geothermal natural wonders left in the country – Orakei Korako.

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Enjoy a wonderful wine tour in Hastings

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.

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Money, Money, Money

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.

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Enjoy a wildlife getaway in Curio Bay

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.

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Experience the enticing thrills of Franz Josef Glacier

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.

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Ferries and travel between the North and South Islands

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.

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Rotorua adventure holidays with a difference

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 tours

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Feel the burn on the Routeburn Track

The Routeburn Trek crosses some diverse and spectacular scenery, making it an excellent stop on your hiking tour of New Zealand.

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Don’t be doubtful, visit Doubtful!

Deeper, larger and longer than Milford Sound, Doubtful Sound is a far under-talked about nature experience that will leave you truly speechless.

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Get up close and personal with ice bergs at Mt. Cook

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.

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The four best souvenirs to buy in New Zealand

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 gifts

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The best way to see whales in Kaikoura

Kaikoura is one of the most popular whale-watching spots in New Zealand. What’s the best way to enjoy a wildlife adventure here?

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Tour de Blenheim

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 wineries

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New Zealand’s best culture holidays

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.

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