New Zealand is so far away, but is so familiar. A country divided geographically into two distinct halves by the Cook Strait, both the North Island and the South Island are a holiday destination in their own right. You could visit one or both, there is no doubt in our minds that you’ll come home wanting to go back.
Nature-lovers feel drawn to this country. A visit to New Zealand presents ample opportunities to meet some of the country’s most unique and endangered animals – whether it is on a predator-free island sanctuary, a national park, or a natural enclosure in the heart of the city.
Get your heart thumping with one of many adventure sports on water, land or in the air. In Queenstown, take a jet boat for a spin, or give quad (4-wheel) biking a try. Like New Zealand’s bungy-jump innovation, there’s always an adventure awaiting!
No other place offers more golf course land per person than New Zealand, a nation of golf-lovers with over 400 golf courses.
Big Time Holiday have been selling New Zealand since years so you can be sure of expert advice based on first hand knowledge. We think New Zealand is best explored by car or Motorhome, giving yu the freedom to wander as you please, but that’s just our opinion. If you prefer someone esle to take the wheel, there is sure to be a coach tour to suit, whatever your interests and budget. In addition, much of the country can be explored by rail, where journeys don’t come much more spectacular than the Tranz-Alpine journey from Christchurch to Greymouth.
Top Ten places to go on a New Zealand Holiday
Rotorua. Experience the wonder of steaming mineral lakes, bubbling mud pools and busrting geysers as well as the rich Maori culture of this attractive town.
Milford Sound. Flanked by towering peaks. A cruise on this deep fjord is a must. Even the road to the town has earned World Heritage status for it’s stunning beauty.
Blenheim. In the heart of the Marlborough wine growing region this is the place to pick up a fabulous bottle of sauvignon blanc to take home.
Kaikoura Whale Watching Sperm whales occupy the coastal regions off Kaikoura year round so you’ll have a fantastic chance to view these majestic mammals.
Hanmer Springs. A thermal nature reserve, where you can take a dip in one of the many naturally heated pools at any time of year.
Dunedin. the ‘Scottish’ city of the South, with wonderful gardens, classical architecture, and a vibrant cafe and arts scene.
Franz Josef & Fox Glaciers. All glaciers are amazing but few are as accessible and fewer still in the southern hemisphere advance so close to the ocean.
Queenstown. Location location location! Is there a town anywhere in such a dramatic setting, on Lake Wakatipu and backed by the Remarkables mountain range.
Coromandel Peninsula. Two dramtically different coastlines form this region jutting north into the Pacific. Pretty coastal townships and hidden bays feel remote despite their proximity to Auckland.
Wellington. A beautiful harbour city and the nations capital. Modern buildings sit alongside painted wooden Victorian houses, backed by mountains. Warm, friendly and wonderful.
When to go?
New Zealand’s weather is like the UK’s but the seasons are reversed. The best time to visit is from December to March, when days are longer and warmer, and nights are milder. New Zealand never gets extremely hot, but during our summer months from May to October it can get cold, especially South Island where snow is common. Whenever you go, pack an umbrella ready for the inevitable shower.
Food & Drink
You’ll probably be relieved to hear that New Zealand is one of the countries whose food is not that different from what we are used to in the UK. You’ll see familiar items on the menu almost everywhere. Fish & chips are popular, and you’ll have no trouble finding a great cup of tea!
English & Maori
New Zealand’s unit of currency is the New Zealand dollar (NZ$). Coins have values of 10, 20 and 50 cents and $1 and $2. Notes have values of $5, $10, $20, $50 and $100.
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