Small country, big attractions – From its breathtaking scenery to its sophisticated culture, and much more
Know Your Destination
Australia’s smaller neighbour Down Under, New Zealand is big on natural beauty, recreation, and culture. The last significant landmass discovered by humans, it is also one of travel’s best-kept secrets – although the hit Lord of the Rings movies from the past decade have given impetus to more and more travelers to make their own discovery.
North & South
The two islands, North and South have surprisingly volcanic landscapes, beautiful beaches and excellent sailing, ancient indigenous forests, and a strong Maori cultural influence. The South Island has a slower pace of life dominated by the snow-covered Southern Alps and the spectacular scenery of the fjordlands, with its glaciers, deep lakes, and verdant forests.
Where the Action Is
New Zealand offers a huge variety of action-packed and laid-back activities like bungee jumping, skiing, swimming with dolphins, and scenic boat cruises, as well as walking trails with unrivalled scenery. Alternatively, visitors can immerse themselves in the sophisticated culture of Auckland and the capital Wellington in the North, and Christchurch in the South.
Beyond the mountains, lakes, glaciers, volcanoes, geysers, beaches, cities… The islands of New Zealand are sparsely populated, but easily accessible. Facilities for visitors are modern, and transport networks are reasonably developed.
Get In & Get Going
Visiting New Zealand is easy: English is spoken, and the country boasts a temperate climate. Every visitor must have a passport that is valid for 3 months beyond the date of departure, an onward/return ticket to a country you have permission to enter, and sufficient money to support yourself during your stay. Visas are not required for stays shorter than 3 months. Your travel consultant offers end-to-end travel planning for every kind of trip, no matter where you’re going or what you’re doing.
Home to three-quarters of the population, the North Island has dramatic volcanic landscapes and highly active thermal springs and natural spas, long stretches of beautiful beaches, ancient indigenous forests, and a collection of easily reached smaller islands.
Wilderness treks, tours of Hobbiton, Maori encounters, sailing, the best rugby matches on the globe, and adventure sports like caving and bungee jumping are among the top draws here.
Its bustling modern cities include Wellington (the capital) and Auckland, the largest and most populous urban area in Polynesia. Vibrant Wellington, a harbor city that’s also the gateway to the South Island, teems with government and cultural activities. Auckland, at once sprawling and skyscaper-tall, captivates with its nightlife as well as proximity to vineyards, beaches, and island retreats.
The landscapes here are more isolated and the cities smaller. In Christchurch, soaring cathedrals, arts centers and galleries, and beautiful parks and gardens abound.
The South Island was made for active pursuits like cycling between vineyards, whale-watching on the east coast, close encounters with penguins and seals down south, jet-boating and glacier-trekking on the west coast, and more.
Source: World Traveler, Australia & the South Pacific