New Zealand

Deep fjords, thundering waterfalls, bubbling geysers, dramatic volcanoes and pristine glaciers; holidays to New Zealand offer some of the world’s most spectacular scenery. Home to the Southern Alps, escorted tours of New Zealand’s South Island will take you to some of the country’s most dramatic landscapes. Where you can enjoy a star gazing tour by glacial Lake Tekapo, join a guided hike up Franz Josef Glacier or cruise past the thundering waterfalls and dramatic gorges of Fjordland to spectacular Milford Sound, once described as the ‘eighth wonder of the world’. But there’s more to holidays here than scenic grandeur; from gold rush tours of Arrowtown in Central Otago (backdrop for many scenes from Lord of the Rings) to excellent whale watching tours in Dunedin. Crossing over to North Island, laid back Wellington is a must see on any New Zealand tour with its botanical gardens and picturesque harbour. Other North Island holiday highlights include meeting Maori village elders at Wareki Terraces, exploring the bubbling geysers and thermal springs of Rotorua and escorted hiking tours to discover the volcanoes of Tongariro National Park and beautiful Lake Taupo. New Zealand’s capital, Auckland, is another holiday must see and boasts an attractive water front, beachside promenades, stylish restaurants and luxury boutiques. Encircled by white sand beaches and emerald islands, popular tours from Auckland include wine tasting tours in some of its 100 different wine estates and cruises to the sub-tropical Bay of Islands where you can swim with dolphins and marvel at the stunning ‘Hole in the Rock’. Holidays to New Zealand offer a blend of culture, heritage and natural wonders you won’t find anywhere else.

  • Food & Wine

    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.

  • Shopping

    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.

  • Culture

    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. 

  • Geography

    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.

  • Nature & Wildlife

    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.

  • Activity & Adventure

    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!

Highlights

  • Meeting Maoris – fierce, friendly and fascinating, all at the same time
  • Milford Sound – relaxing overnight cruise amongst waterfalls and majestic peaks
  • Franz Josef Glacier – huge valleys of ice just begging to be explored
  • Waiomio Caves, the ultimate glow worm experience
  • Fiordland National park – a dramatic and scenically beautiful area

Travel Times

Flying Times

London - Los Angeles 11 hours 30 minutes

Los Angeles - Auckland 13 hours

Auckland - Chrsitchurch 1 hour 20 minutes


Time Differences

Auckland GMT +12 hours