Make sure your camera is the first thing you pack in your suitcase, as New Zealand is one of the most photogenic countries in the world. From lush ancient forests, to stunning snow capped mountains, it’s a country built for adventures and those with a spirit to match! A land which from underground caves are lit with the spectacular patterns of glow-worms, all the way up to the tips of towering volcanoes, nature didn’t leave any detail behind. It’s no wonder that its landscapes have been used in both the Chronicles’ of Narnia and Lord of the Rings films. If you’re a fan, we can be sure to make time to take the tour of Hobbiton and grab a drink in the Green Dragon Inn.
It’s not just the sights and landscapes that make a trip to New Zealand one to tick off the bucket list – we can ensure that the cosmopolitan cities and fascinating Māori culture is on your itinerary. Many of New Zealand’s museums feature house paintings and artefacts’ from the Māori people; although if you want to see the culture a little more up close, we can head to an ‘All Blacks’ rugby game to watch them perform the traditional haka.
While the culture, cities and stunning sights can be found in both the North and South Island, the climate of the two is quite different. The North Island boasts warmer air, so the variety of beaches, coves and natural hot springs are a big hit with both locals and visitors alike. So much so, that Auckland has been affectionately named ‘The Land of Sails’ because people just can’t wait to get out on the water. If you’re not too tired out from all the daytime activities, Wellington – New Zealand’s capital city – is host to a huge range of nightlife, from ambient restaurants to extravagant theatrical shows.
The cooler climate in the South Island makes it the perfect home for two fascinating glaciers. They provide stunning views and we can arrange for you to walk across them, or better still, arrange for you to see them from the air on a spectacular helicopter flight. If you’re a wildlife lover, make sure you take the opportunities’ for whale and seal watching here too.