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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A New Zealand cruise offers the opportunity to explore some of the country's diverse and dramatic scenery, such as Milford and Doubtful Sound and the Bay of Islands, at a relaxed and enjoyable pace.
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.
Without question, New Zealand has some of the most spectacular scenery anywhere in the world, which is why a train journey through it is a must for any visitor.
Audley's New Zealand team discuss their favourite boutique hotels in New Zealand and also what makes them so special.
Getting off the beaten track in New Zealand allows you to experience a quieter side of this captivating country by avoiding the crowds, away from the well trodden tourist routes.
New Zealand's diverse landscapes have ensured the country's place as one of the world's foremost outdoor activities destinations. For a relatively small country, the diversity of adventure experiences on offer is very impressive.
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.
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