New Zealand is known as ‘the World in miniature’ due to the huge natural diversity to be experienced by visitors. Whether you want to fly over inspiring Mount Cook, sail through the spectacular Milford Sound, experience unique geothermal activity in Rotorua or sample the Maori culture, it can all be done in spectacular New Zealand.
The country is similar in size to the UK, but a population of around 4 million combined with the varied landscape makes New Zealand a very special and unique place to visit. Although distances don’t appear to be huge, the roads often don’t travel in the most direct route, due to glaciers, mountains, lakes and rivers being in the way! This has lead to New Zealand being regarding as one of the best touring destinations in the World, with a huge range of incredible experiences filling every day.
You can explore this great land in a variety of ways. Self drive tours are very popular and Ponders can help plan your perfect tailor made trip to ensure you make the best use of your time down under. Escorted tours are also a great way to discover New Zealand, with varying durations and standards of accommodation available, including ‘Small Group Touring’ with 1st Class Holidays – ‘the Ultimate Way to Travel’.
New Zealand’s size means that you can easily visit all the major attractions in 2-3 weeks. If you’re unsure where to go here are some top tips. This includes some of the highlights of both the North and South Island.
- Book in advance – many tours will have a maximum number of people, this is especially true for experiences such as Milford Sound and Whale Watching, and it is cheaper to pre-book than organise locally.
- The warmest months of the year and therefore peak season for travel is December, January and February, where maximum temperatures can be up to 30°C. Winter runs from June to August when the mountains will be snow-capped.
- Visa requirements – British citizens do not require a visa to travel to New Zealand for up to 6 months
- With a population of around 4.3 million, and around a third of this living in Auckland, roads are quiet, cities are easy to navigate around, and you won’t have to share that spectacular view with many other people!
- Some of the best sites:
- A trip up to the Bay of Islands, which is home to uncrowded beaches and native forests.
- Visit Rotorua for an essential Hangi tour – a night of authentic, traditional Maori culture where you’ll get to share a Hangi feast, cooked on hot stones in an earthen oven.
- Kaikoura on the south island is one of New Zealand’s leading eco-tourism destinations – head out to spot humpback and sperm whales, dolphins and seals.
- No trip to New Zealand would be complete without a cruise on the spectacular Milford or Doubtful Sound, cruise past waterfalls, ancient rainforests and towering
Contact Ponders for your 144 page ‘Complete Guide’ brochure to New Zealand or to discuss your travel plans.