New Zealand Travel Information
New Zealand is the youngest country on earth, being the last major
landmass to be discovered.
It consists of three main islands. The
North Island, The South Island and Stewart Island (the lesser known
situated in the South).
Slightly bigger in
size than the UK, New Zealand is famous for its breathtaking scenery,
stunning walks, adventure activities and world class food and wine.
Filling the space in this country are mountains, glaciers, lakes,
volcanoes, sulphur springs, fjords, rainforests and the ocean.
Although Wellington is the capital city and is situated at the lower end
of North island it seems that more well known is the beautiful harbour
city of Auckland. This is likely to be your arrival point into the
The Maori make up 14% of the total population of New
Zealand and the "European Kiwis" dubbed "Pakeha" by the Maori make up
The Maori culture is an important part of life in
New Zealand and includes traditional and contemporary crafts. Their art
and carvings depict the stories and legends of the Maori.
New Zealand Travel and Flight
THE NORTH ISLAND
Smaller than the
South with a warmer climate and home to approx two thirds of the New
PLACES TO VISIT
Island - (35 minutes by ferry from Auckland) is a picturesque blend of
farmland, forest, beaches, vineyards and olive groves. There is a great
range of activities on Waiheke. Options include sightseeing, mountain
biking, sea kayaking, a relaxed vineyard tour and much more.
Looking down from a hill on Waiheke Island,
over the water to the islands in the harbour
New Zealand National
Museum of Te Papa in Wellington.
renowned art deco and indulge in the excellent Hawkes Bay Wineries.
Cruise the Bay of
Islands and discover local marine wildlife.
Explore customs and
traditions of the Maori culture by visiting a local Marae. The Marae is
a sacred open meeting area.
Visit one of the
many geothermal attractions in Rotorua, a wonderland of hot geysers,
bubbling mud pools and silica edged thermal pools.
PLACES TO VISIT
Snow capped peaks of
the Southern Alps.
from Christchurch to Greymouth - one of the worlds greatest scenic
Milford Sound - an
overnight cruise is the ideal way to experience this area of the
Fiordland National Park.
Abel Tasman - The
smallest yet most popular National Park.
Iconic walks -
Milford or Routeburn tracks.
Golden Sand Beaches,
waterways and vineyards all dominate the sun soaked north.
Home to Mount Cook, New Zealand's highest
mountain and within only a short walking distance the Tasman Glacier,
New Zealand's largest glacier.
Top Attractions in New Zealand
The "City of Sails" is sandwiched between two
harbours and said to possess the highest number of boats per head of
population. Visit the Skytower, the city's most striking landmark. At
1078 ft tall it is the tallest building in the Southern hemisphere. The
city is also surrounded by 50 extinct volcanic peaks.
Auckland on a Summer evening
BAY OF ISLANDS
A drive north of Auckland will take you to
this breathtaking area , home to 144 stunning and mostly deserted
islands. Clear blue seas, golden beaches and secluded bays make this
region an ideal place to relax. Wildlife includes dolphins, penguins,
whales, marlin and gamets. Also take time to discover the areas
colourful history and well preserved relics. Take a cruise to explore
the "Hole in the Rock" and the historic port of Russell.
Coromandel and Pacific Coast
Surrounded by ocean the Coromandel region is
one of the country's most ruggedly beautiful, with waterfalls, secluded
hot springs and huge expanses of wind swept beaches.
CENTRAL PLATEAU of the North Island
This is a geo thermal wonderland in a rare
and mystical place including the areas of Rotorua and Taupo.
is a popular holiday resort and the major centre for Maori culture.
There are endless photo opportunities in this area to capture the mass
of thermal activity including the bubbling rock pools, spouting geysers,
and the healing mineral pools.
is growing a reputation for golfers with several courses in the region
and it is also home to the largest lake in New Zealand "Lake Taupo".
South of Lake Taupo this is one of only
twenty places in the world awarded dual world heritage listed status as
a national and cultural icon. It is home to three volcanoes and world
class walking tracks
HAWKES BAY and NAPIER
Hawkes Bay is the start of New Zealand’s wine
country. Indulge in wine tasting, alfresco dining, long walks and Maori
culture. Then venture into Napier, an attractive seaside town with an
art deco style of architecture.
New Zealand’s vibrant capital city boasting
"TE PAPA" the state of the art national museum. The city is also widely
regarded as a centre for arts, night life and culture.
Part of Wellingtons charm is its close
proximity to nature, nestled between a stunning harbour, forested hills
and seaside village. Extending just 2km in diameter it is a true
A charming village synonymous with some of
New Zealand's finest red and white wines. A sleepy village with gourmet
restaurants, it is the perfect place to relax in a for a couple of days
on your tour. Learn about how wine is made on the Martinborough trail
Home to the annual food and wine festival
each year. An ideal base to explore the regional wineries many of which
are within easy cycling distance.. Visit the glorious public gardens.
A convoluted maze of waterways which consists
of three Sounds, Queen Charlotte, Keneperu and Pebrus. Admire the deep
coves, secluded bays, untouched forest and native bush. Wonderful walks
allow you to take in the coastal scenery or for the more adventurous you
could take a kayaking trip.
NELSON and ABEL TASMAN
This region enjoys the highest number of
sunshine hours in the country. Nelson is the gateway city nestled
between sweeping beaches and the northern edge of the Southern Alps. It
is home to many fine cafes, restaurants, galleries and interesting
Tasman is the smallest and most popular National Park. Walk the full
length of the coastal track in just a few days, admiring and enjoying
the remote sandy beaches.
Home to the best whale watching on the South
island. Kaikoura is a seaside settlement overlooked by majestic
mountains, snow capped for many months of the year. The town offers a
host of eco-tourism oriented activities.
This city is based around the cathedral and
is known as the "most English city outside of England". Familiarise
yourself with the city by taking a ride on a historic tram circling the
inner city. Also known as the "Garden City" due to the stunning botanic
gardens and tree lined avenues which reflect the vivid colours of the
ever changing seasons.
The country's third largest island and the
most southerly land mass before Antarctica. You can travel there by air
or by ferry and revel in the crisp air, amazing scenery and abundant
wildlife. A large portion (85%) of this island has been designated a
National Park and you will find over 150 miles of walking trails.
and THE GLACIERS
Famed as New Zealand's Pioneer heartland.
Legends and stories from the past cling to every dramatic feature of
this landscape. With five national parks there is much to see from New
Zealand's highest mountains, lowest glaciers, lowland forests, wildest
beaches, longest caves and most stunning natural rivers.
and see the incredible "Pancake Rocks" formed over millions of years -
watch the huge plumes of water spewing up from the blowholes as the tide
worth a visit is HAAST where there is a whole wildlife paradise and
glorious turquoise blue river.
FOX and FRANZ JOSEF GLACIERS
Nowhere in the worlds temperate zones are
there glaciers as accessible as these two. View these awe-inspiring
glaciers as the ice cascades down the valley to the sea. They are the
largest of 60 glaciers in Mount Cook National Park and there are a
variety of options in which to see them. Take a guided glacier walk, a
climbing experience, a heli-hike or a scenic flight landing on the
Situated midway between Canterbury and
Westland, connecting the South Islands West and East Coasts this is the
highest of three roads that cross the Southern Alps.
and LAKE TEKAPO
Mount Cook is New Zealand's highest peak
known to the Maoris as AORAKI. It is 3755 metres high and considered one
of the most iconic images of the country.
Lake Tekapo is a turquoise glacial lake at
the heart of the Mckenzie District.
This area runs from the dramatic landscapes
of Fiordland in the South to the rugged mountains and international four
season resort of Queenstown and to Lake Wanaka in the North.
lies to the east known as the "Edinburgh of the South". Discover its
history and its Scottish roots. Right on its doorstep is the OTAGO
PENINSULA, home to a wonderful variety of bird life including the only
mainland breeding colony of albatross and the rare yellow-eyed penguin.
- the ideal destination for outdoor adventures and soothing relaxation.
Surrounded by spectacular scenery of Mount Aspiring National Park.
Outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy hiking, rock climbing, mountain biking and
Lake Wanaka, New Zealand
Trying to fit so many available activities in
this town will be tricky. With its reputation as the adventure capital
of the world Queenstown has an "anything is possible" atmosphere with
bungee jumping to wine trails, hiking to jet boating and dining out on
world class wine to heli-skiing.
Tucked into a picturesque bay on the calming
shores of Lake Wakatipu this town hasn't forgotten how to unwind either.
Treat yourself to a pamper in an exclusive spa, relax in one of the many
bars or enjoy some of the worlds best food and wine.
TE ANAU and
The exceptional beauty of this landscape has
led to the Fiordland National Park being recognised as one of the worlds
greatest wilderness areas. An overnight cruise is the ideal way to
explore this vast and remote region. Try the "Milford" or "Doubtful"
Sound. Be enthralled and stunned buy the power of nature, from its
endless stretches of shimmering lakes and granite peaks to its tumbling
waterfalls, forested valleys and lonely fiords.
Walking in this area is truly sensational.
is the gateway to the Fiords and although is a small town it has varied
shops and many fine restaurants.
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