Maoris, Mother Nature and Magnificent New Zealand
26 DAY TOUR FROM £6,595 PER PERSON
Lying in the midst of the South Pacific Ocean, New Zealand is quite literally on the other side of the world from the UK and slightly larger.
The food and wine in New Zealand is some of the best in the world. You’ll find internationally acclaimed wines from the Hawkes Bay, Marlborough and Martinborough regions as well as a tantalizing array of Pacific Rim cuisine. Food goes well beyond the world famous fish and chips and the traditional ‘barbie’. Prepare to indulge in fresh seafood including greenlipped mussels and Bluff oysters and of course, the famous New Zealand lamb.
There are plenty of local goods and souvenirs to tickle your fancy. Take home some beautifully handcrafted jewellery including greenstone and jade and shop for famous merino wool garments. For serious shoppers, the big cities including Auckland, Christchurch and Wellington have a host of chic malls and department stores where you can buy internationally acclaimed labels and designer goods. There are many intriguing studios and workshops where you can meet artists and have jewellery designed for you.
Kiwis are very laid back and you can expect a friendly welcome and a warm smile regardless of where you travel in New Zealand. The Maori culture is a rich part of Kiwi life and Maoris are the indigenous people of this land. Their history and traditions are still very much evident and offer a unique experience for visitors. Culture vultures will be completely satisfied with the array of galleries, museums and arts on offer.
Lying in the south-west Pacific, New Zealand consists of two main islands - the North Island and the South Island. It squeezes so much diversity into a land mass roughly equivalent to the UK, encompassing staggering snow-capped peaks, plunging fjords and active volcanoes. People often say that New Zealand looks and feels like Britain did fifty years ago and we know just what they mean.
There are few places on the earth where you can experience unique wildlife and natural spectacles side by side. You’ll be intrigued by New Zealand’s unusual bird life including the famous kiwi. Off-shore cruises bring you up close to albatross, penguins, dolphins and seals. Explore places that have been shaped by geothermal forces for thousands of years. Experience the boiling mud pools in Rotorua and the landscapes that hiss with steam.
Get your kicks in the adrenaline capital of Queenstown, indulge in a helicopter flight over Mount Cook or take just take the gondola ride high above stunning scenery. New Zealand is a hive of adventure. A popular activity is caving and you can explore some of the most challenging and spectacular caving systems in the world. From a glow worm grotto to a high impact, strenuous, heart stopping subterranean adventure!
Find out about a variety of festivals that take place in the lesser known areas and regions that offer a flavour of real New Zealand life.
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