Experience the magic of these two islands, which together form one of the most beautiful, secluded countries on earth. A trip to New Zealand is all about nature. Hike through the Abel Tasman National Park and enjoy its turquoise waters. Take a snapshot of the famous Milford Sound fjord at sunset, nicknamed the eight Wonder of the World. Marvel at the spectacular steaming geysers in Rotorua.
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Milford Sound is New Zealand’s premier tourist attraction - and for good reason! Dramatic cliffs, rocky valleys, raging waterfalls, and ink black waters are all part of its glacial landscape that was formed millions of years ago. Spot the fur seals, penguins, and dolphins that navigate the deep waters of this unofficial "eighth wonder of the world." They say nothing lasts forever - but your memories of Milford Sound will.
Abel Tasman National Park is another great destination for nature lovers. Located at the northern end of New Zealand’s South Island, this natural wonder offers visitors the chance to see a huge variety of marine life residing in a true natural paradise. If you’re feeling active, hire a kayak and paddle alongside dolphins while exploring turquoise waters. Alternatively, take a relaxing boat ride through Tasman Bay. If you prefer to stay on dry land, be sure to visit Medlands Beach - the perfect place to start a hike along the Coast Track.
Visit Rotorua located in the Bay of Plenty region and you’ll find a unique city that boasts volcanic springs and epic woodlands. 18 lakes surround this settlement, making it the perfect destination for travelers interested in fishing, boating, and other watersports. If you’re looking to unwind during your New Zealand trip, Rotorua is also a natural choice, as this city has a multitude of exceptional wellness centers that offer massages, hot pools, and pure relaxation.
At the tip of New Zealand’s North Island, 144 subtropical landforms make up an enclave known today as the Bay of Islands. These untamed lands offer you a rural countryside feel and a real sense of adventure. Famed for fishing and sailing excursions, the Bay of Islands is a great location for kayaking and scuba diving explorations in the Pacific Ocean. For the adrenaline junkies out there, it’s also a popular place for skydiving.
On the west coast of the South Island is the Franz Josef Glacier. It flows almost at sea level (just 985 feet below), and the temperate climates make for easy access into this striking ice glacier wonderland. Step between these glaciers and take a hike through ice caves. Under expert guided tuition, there’s an opportunity to ice climb—not for the faint hearted! Less
As you explore New Zealand, you’ll notice the vast number of sheep that dot the picturesque landscape. Considering the ratio of sheep to New Zealanders currently stands at six to one, it’s no surprise that roast lamb is a national delicacy and local favorite! Hāngi is a traditional Māori style of cooking fish, chicken, and other foods. It involves heated rocks buried in a pit oven, and creates a unique taste. Hāngi is particularly popular on special occasions.
New Zealand’s unique geographical position and spectacular natural environment influence its culture makeup. Its indigenous Māori people and the various waves of migration that followed British colonization have created a fascinating cultural melting pot. Be sure to watch the haka—an emotive, ceremonial dance that is part of Māori culture—during your New Zealand tour.
The national sport in New Zealand is rugby, and its national team, the All Blacks, are one of the world’s most decorated. If you love live sport, consider timing your tour of New Zealand to coincide with a live game - a truly unforgettable experience that starts with New Zealand performing the haka dance in front of the opposition. If you’re a fan of live music, then visit during Rhythm and Vines - New Zealand’s biggest music festival that is internationally acclaimed and showcases the world’s most talented musicians in a beautiful setting.
In terms of climate, New Zealand is a country where you can experience four seasons in one day. For that reason, it’s best to visit New Zealand from December to February, during the country’s warmer summer months. While the two main islands that make up New Zealand don’t have wildly different climates, there are some differences to keep in mind. The North Island has a subtropical climate; while offering better beach weather in the summer, you also get more rain in spring and winter. The South Island offers a much milder, temperate climate, with more seasonal changes than the north. An insider’s tip: the best travel time for those who want to discover the country in peace—and at a lesser expense—is typically November, March and April.
New Zealand is located in New Zealand Standard Time (UTC+12).
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The official currency is the New Zealand Dollar (NZ$).
The official language of New Zealand is English.
Auckland (AKL) and Christchurch Airport (CHC) have direct flights to the USA.