THINGS TO DO IN NEW ZEALAND
Hike the heaphy track
This 80km walking trail showcases New Zealand’s wide-reaching biodiversity with even gradients, broad river bridges and well-maintained, heated huts allowing access to Kahurangi National Park all year round. Ancient beech forests, limestone cliffs and alpine plateaux ensure Heaphy is a haven for hikers as well as birds with cuckoos, kingfishers, kiwis, kakas and Swedish blue ducks all known to inhabit the trail. It takes around five days to complete without having to rush and mountain bikers can expect to do it in half this time, although access on two wheels is restricted to between May and November. Hiking Heaphy in its entirety is fine for those in good health and the five hour drive back to Motueka is the perfect excuse to take in the Buller Gorge without having to walk 80 klicks all over again.
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the isolated, Subantarctic islands, halfway between new Zealand and Antarctica, have been granted the highest conservation protection possible.
Exceptional bird watchingOn these remote specks of land, albatross, penguins and shearwaters can be found in their thousands alongside petrels, terns and teals. Grab your binoculars and botany book before boarding a research vessel and sailing to the Snares, Auckland and Campbell Islands, to name but a few of the locations that you’ll encounter on an absolutely exceptional bird watching cruise.
Just 30km south of Rotorua, these are a must for travellers wishing to get up close to some incredibly surreal, and safe, volcanic activity. Well-designed tracks and an excellent visitor centre enhance the experience with regular talks and natural displays helping to put New Zealand’s proximity within the Pacific Ring of Fire completely into context.
the sacred maori waters of waiotapu on north island are alive with gushing geysers and spluttering mud pools.
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Small Group Tour - North and South Island of New Zealand
From £5290 to £6545 23 days ex flights
Small group travel:
2021: 19 May, 13 Oct, 24 Nov
2021: 19 May, 13 Oct, 24 Nov
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Get your grape on
New Zealand’s wine industry is world-renowned, with flagship regions such as Marlborough, Hawke’s Bay and Central Otago now a regular sight on supermarket shelves. Climate, soil and mastery of the grape are in perfect symmetry here, so tasting your way around a handful of vineyards is a dreamy way to spend a day. Hawke’s Bay on North Island is a good place to whet your appetite. Some 80% of New Zealand’s Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah grapes originate here, and there is an exquisite range of Chardonnays and reds to be discovered, and paired with gourmet cheeses too, might we suggest?
More about New Zealand
Our temperature & rainfall chart will prove useful when choosing the best time to go to New Zealand, and this page also contains some handy advice on festivals and events.
If you’re looking for your next holiday destination then read our New Zealand travel guide before you consider any other options. We’ve compiled tips and advice for what we think is one of the world’s most exciting holiday destinations right now.
Make the most of your time in New Zealand with our interactive New Zealand map & itineraries page, helping you get around both islands with maximum efficiency, minimum fuss.
If you've got plans to go travelling in New Zealand with kids then right here is what we recommend in terms of activities for families in New Zealand and what to do with little ones.
Maori mythology ascribes New Zealand’s fiords to a giant stonemason, but these deep valleys were actually carved by glaciers over millions of years.
From enormous whales to miniscule glow worms, the wildlife in New Zealand is like nowhere else on Earth – literally - many species, such as the Hector’s dolphin, are found here and here only.
New Zealand walks are some of the finest in the world, taking you through such astonishingly diverse and awe inspiring scenery you may be tempted to just keep going, and going.
As appealing as they may be, you can find mountains, dolphins and bungee jumps in many countries - no, what makes New Zealand truly unique is its Maori culture.
You may not be planning on doing any bungee jumping, but that aside, New Zealand is a very accessible country for travellers with special requirements.
This should always be the first page you come to when looking for New Zealand holidays advice as we've asked for tips from our friends in New Zealand, including Miles Clark, Linzi Bird and Caroline Stafford.
Our guide to responsible tourism in New Zealand is a worthwhile read, with sections on Maori culture, dolphin watching and Easter bunny hunts all helping you travel right.
Small group holidays are the perfect option for any age whether you’re holidaying solo, as a couple or a group of friends, and they're especially good for less confident travellers.