Reasons to Visit
This small nation has established a name for fabulous wineries, many internationally acclaimed. Whilst most will point connoisseurs to the Marlborough region for the finest vintages, Hawkes Bay and Martinborough should not be ignored. A trip here would not be complete without trying the local 'fush 'n' chups' or traditional Maori fare either.
For a small country, New Zealand incorporates landscapes as diverse as they come. Mountains, volcanoes, beaches, lakes, fiords, valleys and caves - to the everyday traveller these remarkable sights are other-worldly. Both the North and South islands share many common features, but are also wonderfully contrasting.
It's not necessary to throw yourself off a suspended platform in order to fully experience New Zealand. Alternative options include air safaris over White Island, heli-hiking the Fox and Franz Josef glaciers and wilderness cruises in Milford and Doubful Sounds.
New Zealanders are proud of their Maori roots. Maori song, dance and mythology are prevalent, towns are adorned with carvings and rooms are dressed in flax weavings. Most physical locations also have Maori names with literal translations such as Waimakariri River (Cold water river).
The 'outdoors' perception of New Zealanders is not something consciously cultivated; with such a plentitude of mountains, beaches, fiords lakes and forests on their doorstep it is simply a way of life.
New Zealand has wonderful roads - scenic, safe and, especially on the South Island, largely empty. They even drive on the left and some of the most scenic routes are waymarked. There are car hire stations at all of New Zealand's airports.
There are so many excellent hikes - or 'tramps' as the locals call them - in New Zealand that it is sometimes difficult to know which one to select. We feature several of the country's 'great walks' which can easily be incorportated into any itinerary.
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Enjoy the spectacular views of the Canterbury Plains from the air.
There are many scenic places in the world, but few, if any, surpass that of New Zealand. The regions all offer something slightly different, from wonderful towns and cities, unique flora and fauna, great food and wine, to a fascinating and vibrant Maori culture.
The beautiful landscapes and abundant national parks make for perfect walking holidays in New Zealand, whether you are looking to incorporate short day walks or multi-day treks into your tailor-made itinerary.
New Zealand is now recognised as a producer of world-class wines and for the wine connoisseur no trip to the country would be complete without a visit to a winery.
Cycling in New Zealand is incredibly rewarding and there is perhaps no better way to immerse yourself in the landscapes and magnificent scenery than from the saddle of a bicycle.
The influence of Maori culture can be seen all over New Zealand from traditional song and dance to local carvings and structures. Discover some of the Maori experiences available through Audley.
Whether you’re a first-time visitor or are making a return trip, the sheer majesty of New Zealand’s landscapes are a wonder to behold. What’s more, there’s excellent local food, wine and accommodation, and the people who make up the tiny population are a model of hospitality.
14 Days from £2,780pp
Enjoy the highlights of the North Island, from the stunning scenery of the Bay of Islands to the fertile winelands of the Wairarapa.
14 Days from £3,120pp
A shorter itinerary, designed to give a flavour of New Zealand's varied and exciting scenery, incorporating time in both islands.
25 Days from £3,825pp
Explore the main highlights of both the North and South Island, experiencing beautiful unspoilt beaches and dramatic mountain scenery.
26 hours via LA or 25 hours via Hong Kong
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