New Zealand

About This Destination

There is perhaps nowhere in the world more enchanting nor more naturally beautiful than New Zealand. Here is a diverse fantasy land of dramatic mountains and forested valleys, majestic ice floes and glacial lakes, dormant volcanoes and rolling vineyards. From Maoris to Middle Earth, New Zealand enjoys a legendary reputation that belies its small size, packing mountain chains, volcanoes, sweeping coastlines and lush rainforest into a country roughly the size of Great Britain.

The North Island is known for its beaches, islands, volcanoes and geothermal areas, and for showcasing the country’s Maori heritage. Its major cities, Auckland and Wellington, are hubs of culture, cuisine and nightlife. The South Island is famous for its dramatic landscapes and wildlife. The Southern Alps stretch almost the length of the island, with glaciers and alpine lakes as well as world-class ski fields. Wine lovers should head to Marlborough, while Kaikoura is the place to go for whale watching. From Christchurch you can ski, golf, bungee jump, raft, mountain bike, hot-air balloon, wind surf, whale watch and visit internationally acclaimed wineries and gardens.

Fact File

  • Flight Time

    Flight time:

    Approx. 25 Hrs

  • Time Difference

    Time Difference:

    +12 Hours

  • Best Time To Travel

    Best Time to Travel:

    October – April

Our experts loved

Taking a helicopter trip to the top of Franz Josef Glacier and stepping out onto the pristine white snow and marvelling at the superb views from a flight by light aircraft over Mount Cook. Experience a magical morning swimming with wild dolphins off the coast of Kaikoura. A trip to Hobbiton is great fun for diehard fans of Lord of the Rings; try to spot which tree is not real! New Zealand expert Garry also advises travelling light, taking as much time as you can afford to explore and breaking up the long journey with stopovers.