Explore: New Zealand

Even before the association with Lord of the Rings, few could resist the spell of the ‘Land of the Long White Cloud’.
Queenstown Sunset

Holidays to New Zealand

Its natural beauty ranges from mountains and glaciers, to the majestic fjords of the South Island, most famously Milford Sound. It’s a place to get outdoors, wander through forests, explore deserted beaches and rugged coastlines, spot whales and dolphins, and see extraordinary volcanic activity.

Culturally too, New Zealand is distinctive: Maori influence remains strong, while the many of the cities are understated but lovely, particularly the capital Wellington, which is compact, cultured, has a great dining scene and a beautiful coastal setting.

New Zealand is a place to get outdoors, wander through forests, explore deserted beaches, and spot whales and dolphins
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Where to go

The North Island – and specifically Auckland, New Zealand’s biggest and most multicultural city – is your most likely first stop. From here, explore Rotorua with its extraordinary geothermal activity, then carry on to Lake Taupo and Tongariro National Park (the backdrop to Lord Of The Rings).

Don’t miss the capital city of Wellington before you get to the South Island. Here the vineyards around Blenheim are well worth exploring, while Queenstown is the city of adventure experiences as well as a spectacular place in its own right.

Milford Sound is the most famous – but by no means only – fjord worth visiting, while New Zealand’s ‘third’ island, Stewart Island, is rugged, remote, and one of the best places to see the flightless kiwi bird.

When to go

The New Zealand summer – December to February – is ideal for hiking, biking and making the most of the great outdoors, although it is worth noting that many locals travel at this time too. Spring and autumn are milder and quieter, but still a great time to visit. Skiers arrive from June until September, mostly visiting the South Island.

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