New Zealand: Holidays

Land of the Long White Cloud

Backpacking

Backpacking in New Zealand

New Zealand is the perfect destination for backpackers, and a backpacking holiday in New Zealand is a great way to see the country on a budget. New Zealand is firmly on the international backpacking route and there are numerous high quality hostels all over the country offering a range of accommodation, from simple shared dorm rooms to very comfortable hotel standard double and single rooms. There is also a very popular backpacker bus company running reasonably priced tours of the whole country, stopping overnight at recommended hostels and arranging excursions and activities for passengers.

Beach

Beach in New Zealand

A beach holiday in New Zealand isn’t perhaps the first thing that comes to mind if you’re thinking of travelling to the country, but many of New Zealand’s beaches are truly stunning, and a wide variety of water sports are available. Beaches north of Auckland aren’t the best for sunbathing, but are popular with windsurfers and other outdoor sports enthusiasts – the hard sand of Ninety Mile Beach in Northland – the longest beach in New Zealand - is well suited to biking. Other beaches in New Zealand, such as at Mount Maunganui, Whangamata and Ohope Beach, are great places for surfing, and there are also plenty of remote sandy beaches where you can enjoy a safe beach holiday in New Zealand.

City Breaks

City Breaks in New Zealand

Most foreign holidaymakers come to New Zealand for its beautiful countryside, and although few come all this way for a city break, New Zealand’s cities also have plenty to offer visitors. If you have just a few days stopover, on, say, a round the world trip, Auckland is an ideal destination for your city break in New Zealand. With its museums, art galleries, great shopping and fantastic restaurants and bars, Auckland has everything you could wish for in a city break to New Zealand. Wellington, too, makes a good New Zealand city break destination. The New Zealand capital is a cultured and sophisticated city, where you can find the excellent national museum and an active and dynamic local arts scene. You can also take in a show at the Royal New Zealand Ballet or the opera.

Culture and Arts

Culture and Arts in New Zealand

If you’re looking for a culture and arts holiday, New Zealand is the perfect destination. Cities such as Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch have so much going on throughout the year, with numerous arts festivals and cultural performances. Wellington is regarded as the cultural heart of New Zealand. The New Zealand School of Dance, Royal New Zealand Ballet, New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and New Zealand Opera are all based here, while the Museum of New Zealand is the best in the country. Wherever you go in New Zealand, cultural festivals and exhibitions are easy to find, from local arts and craft fairs to major music festivals and theatrical productions. You could also join a cultural tour in new Zealand to visit sites used in big budget films like Lord of the Rings or destinations associated with New Zealand authors and artists. You certainly won’t be disappointed with your arts holiday in New Zealand.

Disabled Needs

Disabled Needs in New Zealand

Wheelchair users in New Zealand are well catered for, and all new buildings in the country are legally required to provide reasonable access for people with disabilities. Throughout New Zealand, disabled travellers should find little difficulty accessing most hotels, restaurants, museums, shopping centres and so on, but you should always check ahead just in case. Guide dogs are welcome everywhere. However, disabled visitors will normally need assistance when using public transport. Outside the main cities, facilities for disabled travellers in New Zealand may be less common, especially in cheaper hotels or hostels.

Family Holiday

Family Holiday in New Zealand

If you are travelling with children, New Zealand has countless attractions and activities to keep everyone happy. On your family holiday in New Zealand there is so much to see and do. You can spend your time on New Zealand’s beaches, perhaps learning how to surf, or try the countless outdoor activities available all over the country, like jet-skiing, jet-boating,, zorbing, bungee-jumping or just walking in New Zealand’s unspoilt countryside. There are also plenty of adventure parks and water parks, where kids can try out water slides, go-karts and funfair rides, a great zoo in Auckland and science-centres and fascinating hands-on museums that are sure to delight children on your family holiday to New Zealand.

Gay and Lesbian

Gay and Lesbian in New Zealand

New Zealand is known as an easy-going and liberal country, and is very welcoming to gay and lesbian holidaymakers. There are plenty of gay and lesbian friendly hotels across New Zealand, and several gay owned and operated travel companies dedicated to gay and lesbian holidays in New Zealand, including various tours and activities. The big cities like Auckland and Wellington have a number of gay bars and clubs, and there are several gay and lesbian events in New Zealand, such as Auckland’s Hero Festival in February and Gay Ski Week in Queenstown in August.

Couples Holiday

Couples Holiday in New Zealand

New Zealand is the perfect destination for a couples holiday if you and your partner are looking for a longer holiday, and is an ideal stopover if you are going on a round-the-world trip. With such varied landscapes there are plenty of things to see and do, and whether you’re interested in outdoor activities, wildlife spotting, sunbathing or a spot of fine dining, you’re sure to find what you’re looking for in New Zealand. If you want to get away from it all, there are some wonderful remote areas of New Zealand renowned for their pristine beauty and breathtaking scenery, and you and your partner can relax in one of New Zealand’s many fine country lodges or pamper yourselves at a top class spa. If city life is more appealing, a couples holiday in Auckland or Wellington may be for you, with great restaurants and bars on your doorstep and theatres, art galleries and museums to explore. Whatever your interests, New Zealand is a great choice for a couples’ holiday.

Honeymoon

Honeymoon in New Zealand

With its beautiful and varied scenery and excellent choice of hotels, New Zealand is perfect for honeymooners. Whether you’re looking for somewhere quiet and discreet, or you want the big city buzz, there are so many places to choose from when arranging your honeymoon holiday in New Zealand. Stay at one of New Zealand’s five-star lodges and you certainly won’t be disappointed. Many have onsite spas and all the comforts and facilities you could ask for, all in a beautiful and romantic lakeside or riverside setting. While on your honeymoon in New Zealand, you can join unforgettable excursions such as whale-watching trips, swimming with dolphins or hiking on glaciers, or for something more laid back, you can join a winery tour or simply enjoy a day out at a thermal spa.

Well-being and Spa

Well-being and Spa in New Zealand

New Zealand is a great place to go for a well-being and spa holiday. There are numerous spas all over New Zealand, and upscale lodges and hotels in New Zealand often have their own spa centres. There are unique thermal spas in North Island, heated by underground volcanic energy. You will find several of these New Zealand thermal spas in and around resorts like Rotorua and Taupo, where you can enjoy a variety of beauty and well-being treatments, including various massages, facial and body treatments and more, using the local heated mineral water and the volcanic mud which has muscle relaxing properties, so your well-being and spa holiday in New Zealand will be a really unforgettable experience.

Winter Sun

Winter Sun in New Zealand

As New Zealand lies in the southern hemisphere, its seasons are reversed, so the period from December to March is the New Zealand winter, making New Zealand the ideal winter sun destination. This is a great time to visit, as everything will be in full swing, the main festivals and outdoor activities will be on and the weather will be at its best this time of year, so your winter sun holiday in New Zealand will be a very sunny experience indeed. On the downside, this is also a very popular time of year for both locals and foreign holidaymakers, and some of the more popular destinations will be crowded and the more popular hotels will book up quickly. However, there’s always somewhere you can go to escape the crowds in New Zealand, and with so many secluded sandy beaches, uncrowded and unspoilt countryside and a variety of activites, from jet-boating to bungee jumping to try out, your winter sun holiday in New Zealand won’t disappoint.

Skiing - Snow Boarding

Skiing - Snow Boarding in New Zealand

New Zealand is a great destination for skiing during the northern hemisphere summer, with the New Zealand ski season running from June to September. There are ski resorts on both North and South Island. The Whakapapa Ski Area and Turoa Ski Resort, on the slopes of Mount Ruapehu in Tongariro National Park on North Island, are the main ski resorts in New Zealand, and can get very crowded at the height of the season. On South Island, the Mount Cook region, and Mount Hutt,, in the foothills of the Southern Alps in Canterbury, is one of the best skiing destinations in New Zealand, while other options include downhill skiing at Queenstown and cross country skiing near Wanaka.

Sailing Activity Holiday

Sailing Activity Holiday in New Zealand

When a country’s main urban centre is known as the ‘City of Sails’ and boasts the highest number of boats per capita in the world, you know you’ve found a nation obsessed with sailing. For New Zealanders, sailing is the essential leisure activity: one in four Kiwis has a boat and almost every family owns a bach (waterside house or shack) – unsurprisingly, they’re pretty good at it, having won the Americas Cup in 1995 and 1999. The coastline is dotted with outstanding sailing areas such as the inlets and islands of the Marlborough Sounds, Auckland’s Hauraki Gulf and the historic Bay of Islands. Marinas and charter boats are everywhere. Is there anything this country doesn’t offer?

Hiking Activity Holiday

Hiking Activity Holiday in New Zealand

If the Lord of the Rings has you yearning for the New Zealand backcountry, then you're in for a treat. Hiking - or 'tramping' as they call it down there - measures up to any world-class standard for variety of terrain and pure scenic pay-off. We've put in backcountry miles in a lot of places, but have to say New Zealand ranks among the richest, yet easiest international adventure in the world. The experience is enhanced by the friendly Kiwis and a pervasive sense of light-hearted fun.

Touring - Driving holiday

Touring - Driving holiday in New Zealand

Rated as one of our top ten destinations for a tour driving holiday, New Zealand is abound with natural beauty and stunning scenic landscapes to drive through. The Pacific Coast Highway, traversing the spectacular east coast of New Zealand's North Island, is one of the great touring routes of this vast country. Linking The Coromandel, Bay of Plenty & Whakatane and Eastland with Auckland in the north and Hawke's Bay in the south, the Pacific Coast Highway travels through a unique region where land and sea intermingle.

The Pacific Coast Highway is well signposted along the entire route, giving a safe and easy way to navigate through some of the most spectacular coastal scenery New Zealand has to offer. Be among the first people to see the sun as it rises majestically over the Pacific, casting its first rays over the stunning white sand beaches along the length of the Highway.

Camping

Camping in New Zealand

New Zealand is the ideal destination if you are a traveller looking to spend your nights in the beautiful outdoors. With a huge selection of beautiful, clean camping grounds, campsites and holiday parks providing all the necessary facilities (powered tent sites, cabins, motel units, campervan sites and more),

New Zealand offers both experienced and beginner campers a perfect kiwi stay during your New Zealand camping holiday. Excellent food, a temperate climate, stunning landscape and nature, friendly locals and plenty of activities on offer, we just had to put New Zealand on our top 20 Camping Holiday destination list. Although a bit of a long flight from the UK, we think its worth eating plane food for breakfast, lunch and dinner!

Cycling Activity Holiday

Cycling Activity Holiday in New Zealand

With its stunning scenery and beautiful varied landscape, New Zealand is one of the top destinations worldwide for cycling holiday, It has one of the largest selections of companies who provide visitors with guided and self guided/independent cycle tours, combined with a huge range of freedom bicycle rental options.

New Zealand cycling vacations are ideal for either road cycling or mountain biking and for cyclists of all levels and all budgets. You’ll also have the chance to challenge yourself a little… or a lot if that’s what you’re after – cycling holidays in New Zealand can be organised for biking enthusiasts with a reasonable level of fitness and an interest in outdoor activities, so you don’t need to be a tri-athlete to partake! If you plan your cycling holiday well in advance, you’ll experience New Zealand at its best, biking through the most beautiful scenery on earth.