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. And the great advantage of New Zealand is that all of its diverse physical, cultural, and artistic landscapes are so close to each other!
Although English is predominantly spoken, Maori is an official language in New Zealand, similar to Hawaiian and Tahitian and has a unique and melodic sound.
New Zealand’s exchange rate is generally favourable against most other currencies and New Zealand offers excellent value for your money. Once you have arrived mostly you will find your money goes a long way against the New Zealand dollar. New Zealand packages often include more activities and variety than other destinations, offering excellent value for money.
Weather: New Zealand is a temperate land with four distinct seasons with no real extremes. January and February are the warmest months and July the coolest. Most of the country lies close to the coast, which means mild temperatures, moderate rainfall and abundant sunshine. When it comes to packing, the key is layering. In summer, visitors spend most of the time in shorts and tee shirts although it’s wise to keep a jacket or sweater handy. Rain can occur at any time of year so a waterproof jacket is essential. Pack warm winter clothing if visiting between May and September – gloves and a hat are a good idea. Remember too that New Zealand is a relaxed kind of place – smart casual clothes are acceptable at most restaurants.
CUISINE: New Zealand has welcomed people from all over the world as immigrants and they have brought with them their culinary skills. All of the world’s great cuisines are represented and dining out is often a highlight of a New Zealand holiday. Combine world class chefs with some of the freshest produce and seafood in the world, free-range meat dairy and vegetables straight from the farm gate.
This waterside city has a strong pulse and a nautical twinkle in its eye. Its bewitching location on a thin stretch of the North Island, which is surrounded by the Pacific on just about every side, is complemented by the lush subtropical forests of the nearby hills and islands.
Auckland is the largest city in New Zealand and it is known as “city of sails” because of its strong maritime background. It’s a modern metropolis with all sophisticated amenities and facilities and it’s a must in New Zealand visit.
Kelly Tarlton’s Underwater World
Explore deep beneath the ocean to see giant stingray, moray eels and come face to face with the awesome predators of the deep – sharks – only centimeters away. Hours of operation: open 7 days from 9am.
Sky Tower & Skycity
You can’t miss Auckland’s top attraction! While you’re in Auckland, a visit to the amazing Sky Tower is a must. Travel 328 meters up the tallest structure in the Southern Hemisphere! Stunning 360º views of the city, glass floors and lifts make a visit to Sky Tower truly memorable. Plus interactive displays, audio guides, café, shop and restaurant, there’s plenty to do while you’re up there – day or night. Skycity is a multi-faceted entertainment complex crowned by the Sky Tower. Take in spectacular views and unique dining, and enjoy 24-hour gaming at SKYCITY Casino. It also boasts a 344-room hotel and 700-seat live theatre
The Pride of Auckland
Long established in providing high quality sailing and dining cruises within the City of Sails, entertaining guests from all over the world and introducing many to the thrill and joy of sailing. A fleet of four identical 50 foot yachts is extremely comfortable for non-sailors, yet can provide experienced sailors with the thrills they seek from helming and trimming the yachts. Each yacht comfortably accommodates 21 passengers in the cockpits with seating arrangements for dining below decks allowing for 19-21 passengers on each yacht. Also passengers are provided with windproof and waterproof gear to keep our customers warm and dry when the occasional shower crosses Auckland.
Victoria Park Market offers a unique shopping experience in the heart of Auckland, New Zealand’s largest city. As with every major city in the world, Auckland has a shopping centre that offers visitors a unique experience – Victoria Park Market. Open 7 days a week from 9am to 6pm, the experience includes an amazing range of products for sale, many of which are not available elsewhere in Auckland or New Zealand
Highly acclaimed as a world-class facility the New Zealand National Maritime Museum is a ‘must see’ attraction. Every gallery draws you in as the museum shows the remarkable achievements of early and modern day mariners.
See Te Waka: Our Great Journey – a 10-minute fully animated movie – portraying one of the most remarkable migrations in human history.
Rotorua sits on the edge of the North Island Volcanic Plateau; the area is sizzling with thermal activity. Thermal lakes, street-side miniature geysers, craters, forests and many miles of walking tracks are here to be explored. Rotorua is rich in Mäori history, and as the original settlers, Mäori were attracted to the hot thermal waters for bathing and cooking. To the west of Rotorua lies the township of Waitomo Caves.
A sacred spiritual and personalised experience with the land, the people, the culture. World famous Pohutu geyser, incredible earth forces, geothermal wonderland, Rotowhio meeting house, midday Maori concert, evening show & hangi, personalised tours, boiling mud pools, Maori carving, live kiwi, Maori weaving, Maori village, souvenir shop are some famous attractions of this palce
The unique New Zealand experience. Still the best and most popular sheep show but there’s a lot more to see than sheep – 19 champion rams, sheep shearing, sheep dogs, cow milking, sheep auction, lamb feeding. The multi-award winning Agrodome Sheep Show is one hour of ‘full on’ entertainment. Open daily. Farm tour – daily. Other Agrodome attractions: Acrojet, Bungy, Freefall Xtreme, Swoop, Zorb, Helicopter Scenic Flights, Chocolate Factory, Woollen Mill, Pearl Farm, Restaurant & Café
Waitomo Glowworm Caves
Experience the best…. Waitomo Glowworm Caves. Discover an underground labyrinth of ancient limestone caves and formations marvel at Mother Nature’s light display as you glide silently through the famed Glowworm Grotto. Discover the magic that has been attracting visitors for over 100 years. Open 7 days from 9am. Located 21/2 hours drive south from Auckland, 2 hours drive west of Rotorua.
Waitomo Museum of Caves
Museum and visitor information centre. A must for every visitor to the Waitomo Caves. World class displays, audiovisual show, fun and educational for kids, open every day.
Memorable for its historical architecture, Dunedin is one of the best-preserved Victorian and Edwardian cities in the Southern Hemisphere. On the doorstep of the city, you can find incredible wildlife – the world’s rarest penguins, a mainland albatross colony, fur seals and sea lions.
Dunedin’s dramatic hills surround a long, natural harbour, which attracted Maori settlers to the site over four centuries ago. More recently the area was settled by whalers, gold miners and migrants from Scotland and China.
Half day trips departing Dunedin Railways Station daily. Experience spectacular scenery, wild landscapes, towering viaducts and the rich pioneer and natural history of the Taieri Gorge. Live and informative commentary. Sightseeing stops. Licensed snack bar. Don’t miss this award winning railway trip!
Dunedin Botanic Garden
This is a botanical garden with variety of NZ native plants and it also gives some shopping opportunities.
Monarch Wildlife Cruises
Unrivalled wildlife viewing. Experience albatross, fur seals and other marine mammals; penguins, shags, wading and ocean birds in their natural environment. Tours from one hour to full day. Two times winner of New Zealand Tourism Award (1994 & 1997). Green Globe member.
Set against a backdrop of The Remarkables mountain range and nestled on the shores of Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown is recognised internationally as the home of high action adventure and extreme sports.
Nothing compares with the excitement of a Shotover Jet ride which will take you speeding past rocky outcrops, twisting through canyons, and the famous 360° spin.
Milford Sound Cruises
Milford Sound Cruise is a day excursion from Queenstown in the area full of stunning views of Fjords and sea cliffs. Milford Sound is simply stunning. Relax in luxury glass-roofed coaches or self-drive and enjoy the spectacular alpine scenery en route to Milford before taking one of daytime or overnight cruises in awe-inspiring Milford Sound. Delicious meals, interesting commentaries and friendly staff. Coach/cruise/fly connections are also available from Queenstown.
The Southern Alps provides a fantastic backdrop to Christchurch. Perched on the coast, Christchurch is the doorway to the Canterbury Plains, which spread westwards towards the mountains. To the south-east, Banks Peninsula, formed by two huge volcanic craters, extends into the Pacific Ocean. Nature has been kind to this part of New Zealand and it is nature that offers the richest rewards for the visitor
Situated in the heart of the Southern Alps, Mount Cook is a national icon and perhaps represents the ultimate adventure in a country renowned for its high adrenaline exploits. Mount Cook has lot to offer for adrenaline junkies. Try one of the following
Mount Cook Ski Planes
Mount Cook Ski Planes offer you the unique opportunity to experience the special thrill of landing and walking on a glacier.