Why New Zealand
New Zealand is a land of beauty and nature – spectacular glaciers, picturesque fiords, rugged mountains, vast plains, rolling hills, subtropical forests, a volcanic plateau and miles of coastline with sandy beaches. In addition to the stunning scenery, New Zealand has a rich and fascinating history, reflecting a unique mix of Māori and European culture.
Where to Go
Fiordland National Park – Kayak past towering waterfalls and pods of dolphins in beautiful Fiordland National Park.
Milford Sound – See magnificent mountains gliding by as your helicopter winds its way through the Southern Alps on an unforgettable flight to Milford Sound. This breathtaking flight takes you over secluded alpine lakes, lush rainforest, through deep bush-fringed valleys and past rugged mountain peaks. And you can land on a glacier!
Bay of Islands – New Zealand’s world famous Bay of Islands is best seen by boat. View the diverse marine life and learn about the significance of the Maori and maritime history in the area.
Taupo – Anglers flock to New Zealand for some of the world’s best fly fishing set amongst some of the most spectacular scenery in the world. The Taupo region is full of rivers, streams and lakes – all providing fantastic wild Rainbow and Brown Trout angling.
Hawke’s Bay – The glorious Hawke’s Bay has a lively food scene and is known as the “fruit bowl” of New Zealand with many orchards, vineyards and wonderful local cheeses. Its chardonnays and sauvignon blancs are renowned.
Kauri Cliffs – Tee off on spectacular golf courses set high on cliff tops with panoramic sea vistas.
Abel Tasman National Park – Explore some of the most magnificent coast line that New Zealand has to offer, where native bush meets golden sands and crystal clear waters. Swim, snorkel and sea kayak.
Routeburn Track – Hike one of New Zealand’s most famous alpine walks with stunning vistas of sweeping valleys below and majestic peaks above.
Queenstown – Queenstown is the iconic adrenalin sports destination in New Zealand. Paraglide, quad bike, jet boat and bungy jump off the bridge where it all started! The area’s beauty and easy going town are major draws.
When to Go
New Zealand has mild temperatures, moderately high rainfall, and many hours of sunshine. While the far north has subtropical weather during summer, and the inland alpine areas of the South Island can be as cold as 14°F (-10°C) in winter, most of the country lies close to the coast, which means mild temperatures. January and February are the warmest months, and July is the coldest month of the year.