New Zealand holidays

No Expedia cancellation fee to change or cancel almost any hotel reservation
Collect both Expedia+ and Nectar points
24/7 Support

Experience New Zealand

Introduction to New Zealand

New Zealand remains one of the world’s most popular holiday destinations. With an extensive coastline and a southerly latitude, the temperatures are generally mild; so expect plenty of sunshine!

As New Zealand is in the Southern Hemisphere, the average temperature drops the further south you trek. Head to the north of the islands if you are seeking subtropical summers; venture south if you enjoy skiing and snowboarding.

From beaches to forests, New Zealand has something for everyone!

Best Places to Visit

Holidays to New Zealand are like no other. Urbanites can lap up the hidden gem that is Wellington: a small city which boasts a vibrant arts scene. Visit the quirky backstreets to explore the local markets that seem to appear out of nowhere and head to the Wellington Cable Car – which runs from Lambton Quay and Kelburn every ten minutes - for a unique view of this pretty little city.

Coffee-lovers can rejoice in New Zealand’s coffee culture. Auckland, in particular, is full of fantastic cafés and coffee connoisseurs. The country also has a long list of stunning restaurants which offer popular local dishes, such as Māori hāngī: a mixture of meats traditionally slow cooked by the Maori population. You can find some of the best traditional hāngī by heading to Rotorua; a city with a large Maori population. It’s also home to the Hobbiton film set!

If you like a little taste of home while on holiday, you will be please to know that New Zealand loves fish ‘n’ chips. In fact, many traditional ‘chippies’ can be found across the country.

New Zealand holidays wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the state of Queenstown. Its offshore Great Barrier Reef hosts thousands of marine species, while its extensive coastline (nearly 7,000km!) offers up some of the world’s best waters for surfing. Dip into Queenstown to get the most out of New Zealand package holidays.

Top Landmarks

If you travel to the south of the island, make sure to visit Milford Sound. Package holidays to New Zealand are incomplete without a visit to this majestic fiord; dominated by Mitre Peak and surrounded by cliffs slashed with waterfalls, here you are likely to encounter penguins, seals and dolphins. You can find out more about these subaquatic wonders by visiting the Milford Discovery Centre and Underwater Observatory.

For something a little more land-locked, head to tropical Waiheke Island. After a 40-minute ferry from Auckland, you will find yourself on soft, sandy beaches, peppered with palm trees and swathed by rainforests. The island is also home to some of New Zealand’s best wines. There are several superb vineyards, offering wine tastings for any would-be sommeliers in your group.

Entertainment in New Zealand

New Zealand is widely hailed as the world capital of extreme sports. From bungee-jumping in Queenstown, to snowboarding in Wanaka, there is plenty on offer for those who want their New Zealand package holidays to involve a shot of adrenaline.

For something just as thrilling, but without the fear factor, make sure your New Zealand package holidays include a trip to Hobbiton; the village used in the Lord of the Rings movies.

Although actual wizardry isn’t promised as part of New Zealand deals, it is safe to say that your trip to this exotic and fabulously diverse country will open your eyes to some of the world’s best natural magic.

Our best deals in New Zealand

Need to know

Language

Both English and Maori are the predominant languages of New Zealand. Travel to either the north or south islands on your holidays to New Zealand and you’re likely to come across Maori tribes. With more than 4.5million inhabitants, there are around half a million Maoris, of which 70,000 speak the native language. The country also has its own official sign language.

Currency

The official currency of New Zealand is the New Zealand dollar. For the best exchange rates, you are advised to change up your sterling before flying to New Zealand. If you run out of cash while you’re there, don’t panic, there are ATMs across the country: from the big cities to small towns. However, it’s worth noting that most of the ATMs are owned by banks and will charge a small fee for withdrawal. Smaller ATMs, such as those in petrol stations, tend to be privately owned and the withdrawal fees are noticeably higher.

Visas

If you are flying to New Zealand from the UK, and you’re a UK resident, you won’t need a visa. It is possible to extend your trip for up to six months, as long as you can provide enough information to an immigration officer and meet the requirements. If you intend on visiting New Zealand to work, you will need a visa, which should be applied for before you leave the UK.

Climate

Travel to New Zealand in January or February and you will experience the hottest months of the year. Go in July and it’s the coldest. As a rule of thumb, it’s the north islands you want if you’re looking for sunshine. The further south you go, the lower the temperature gets. Hit the north islands in January or February and you can expect sub-tropical heat.

Main Airports

New Zealand has seven international airports and is well connected to the rest of the world. Depending on where in the country you’re flying to, you can expect to land in Auckland Airport, Hamilton Airport, Rotorua Airport, Wellington Airport, Christchurch Airport, Dunedin Airport or Queenstown Airport. There are also smaller, regional airports scattered around the country.

Auckland Airport is the most popular hub for many people flying to New Zealand. There are two international terminals: one on the ground floor and one on the first level of the main building. The departure areas have been recently refurbished and are packed with shops, restaurants and a beautiful backdrop in the form of Manukau Harbour. As part of the refurbishment, the designers have decided to theme the waiting areas with water features, pebble-style sofas and suspended shoals of metal fish.

Flight Options

Typically, flying to New Zealand takes around 24 hours from the UK – although flight times vary. A flight to Wellington, for example, may include stop-offs in Dubai and Sydney, which can add an extra five hours to your journey time. From New Zealand’s major airports, you can get connecting flights to smaller airports across the country.

Other Advice

Getting from Auckland Airport to Auckland City Centre should only take around 20 minutes. There are plenty of taxis on hand at the airport itself and you will find car hire companies at the main terminals.

All the check-in desks at Auckland Airport are conveniently located on the ground floor. When it’s time to end your holidays in New Zealand, it’s recommended that you arrive at the airport at least three hours before you’re due to fly out.

Bus

Many buses and coaches run across New Zealand and serve the main tourist routes. Quick and cost-effective, you can choose a scheduled route and hop-on or hop-off as you see fit. New Zealand buses are clean and the majority sport air-conditioning as standard. With plenty of networks and services, it’s a value-for-money way to see the best of the country.

Taxi

Taxis are readily available in New Zealand; whether you want to book in advance or hail one from the roadside. The best option in the city is to book ahead by telephone, so the fee is agreed in advance. Although smaller towns do have taxi services, there are more roadside cabs. However, It’s worth asking the price before you agree to travel.

Trams

New Zealanders have been using trams since the 19th century, however, since then, most of the routes have been closed down. There are still some Heritage Line trams running in Auckland and Christchurch. The Christchurch tramline circuits the city, allowing you to explore at your leisure.

Rail Services

If you are looking to visit the three major cities of Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch on your holidays to New Zealand, the train is one of the best ways to do it. Trains are cost-effective, clean and offer some of the best views of the country’s most spectacular scenery.

MAP

FACTS

  1. No part of New Zealand is more than 79 miles from the ocean.
  2. There are no land snakes in New Zealand.
  3. New Zealand is the official home of bungee jumping.
  4. Approximately one-third of New Zealand consists of protected national parks.
  5. New Zealand has two official national anthems.

FACTS

  1. No part of New Zealand is more than 79 miles from the ocean.
  2. There are no land snakes in New Zealand.
  3. New Zealand is the official home of bungee jumping.
  4. Approximately one-third of New Zealand consists of protected national parks.
  5. New Zealand has two official national anthems.

Holiday Types

Similar destinations

+
Sat, 26 Jan - Sat, 02 Feb
7 nights from £556/pp Including taxes and fees
+
Sat, 26 Jan - Sat, 02 Feb
7 nights from £977/pp Including taxes and fees
+
Sat, 26 Jan - Sat, 02 Feb
7 nights from £672/pp Including taxes and fees
+
Sat, 26 Jan - Sat, 02 Feb
7 nights from £1192/pp Including taxes and fees
+
Sat, 26 Jan - Sat, 02 Feb
7 nights from £588/pp Including taxes and fees
+
Sat, 26 Jan - Sat, 02 Feb
7 nights from £515/pp Including taxes and fees