destinations

New Zealand

Destinations

New Zealand

North Island

New Zealand’s North Island is an essential part of any visit to New Zealand, and its dramatic landscape is dominated by the vast volcanic and geothermal areas around the Rotorua and Taupo. 3 touring routes link the Central North Island , The Thermal Explorer Highway, The Pacific Coast Highway and the Volcanic Loop. The wild shoreline has an abundance of marine life, and the rolling countryside is dotted with fruit orchards and world-class vineyards. The 2 main cities, Auckland and Wellington, deserve a few days of anyone’s time, bustling with activity and events year-round. Prepare to be monumentally impressed.

Best time to visit

New Zealand’s seasons are the opposite of our own, and the North Island is generally warmer than the South Island. The summer months (Dec- Feb) see temperatures typically between 20-30°c, with winter (Jun-Aug) cooling down to around 10-15°c. The far north of the North Island is classed as a sub-tropical climate.

  • Flight Time: Approx 24 hours
  • Time Difference: GMT +12 hours
  • Currency: New Zealand Dollar
  • Visas: British passport holders can enter New Zealand as a visitor for up to 6 months on arrival without a visa.

South Island

The dominant feature of New Zealand’s stunning South Island is the Southern Alps, mountains which from the island’s back bone, and create a dramatic landscape of glaciers, lakes, rivers and fiords. To the east of the mountains lies the fertile patchwork f the Canterbury Plains, whiles the rich soils to the north have lent themselves to one of the world’s finest wine-producing regions, Malborough. There’s a real flavour of home in the ‘Garden City’ of Christchurch, and in Scottish-influenced Dundedin, whilst Queenstown is the activity capital, which challenges all the senses.

Best time to visit

The South Island is considered a temperate climate, and the best time to visit is summer (Dec-Feb) when temperatures average 20-30°c. The winter months (Jun-Aug) are mild, typically around 10-15°c; although the alpine areas and ski resorts experience regular snowfall and below zero temperatures. The west coast is wetter than the east coast, much of which lies in the rain shadow of the Southern Alps.

  • Flight Time: Approx 24 hours
  • Time Difference: GMT +12 hours
  • Currency: New Zealand Dollar
  • Visas: British passport holders can enter New Zealand as a visitor for up to 6 months on arrival without a visa.