With so much to see and do, it’s no surprise New Zealand is one of the world’s most sought after destinations. New Zealand combines stunning scenery with action and adventure, fine food and wine, and rich cultural immersion. ‘Kiwis’, as the locals are affectionately known, are keen travellers themselves and love welcoming fellow adventurers to the ‘land of the long white cloud’. Whether you’re an active senior, travelling with children, or a couple in search of romance, there is plenty to keep you (and the kids) entertained here. With easy-to-access towns and tours to suit every taste and budget, New Zealand has plenty of ‘don’t miss’ things to see and do.
New Zealand’s climate can vary greatly between the north and the south. The higher you go, the warmer it gets. Down south the temperatures can drop to well below zero in winter. January and February are the warmest months, and July is the coldest month of the year. Skiing is a popular pastime in winter. If you are heading to a town either on or near the ski fields, prices can be high at this time of year. Some roads are closed due to snow in winter so keep an eye on driving conditions. Summer is traditionally more affordable although the Australia and New Zealand school holidays can change this as New Zealand is a popular destination for families. Autumn offers fewer crowds as does spring, although you might get some rain at this time of year.
Book accommodation in advance, particularly in smaller towns, as the best and most affordable places fill up early.
The cost of living in New Zealand is quite high so you’ll pay more for things like groceries, tours, meals, accommodation, etc.
Travel distances look small on the map but you should allow extra time for winding roads and slowing down to drive through small towns.
New Zealand is made up of two islands. First time visitors may want to stick with one and come back to do the second on another trip.