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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New Zealand & the South Pacific
Auckland is likely to be your gateway to New Zealand, and is certainly worth a couple of days to experience the cosmopolitan mix of the Polynesian world’s largest city. Known as the ‘City of Sails’, there are plenty of reasons to take to the water here.
The Sky City Hotel has a fantastic location in the centre of Auckland, and its bright, comfortable rooms all feature large windows with city or harbour views.
Located in the heart of Auckland's centre, Hotel DeBrett is a small boutique hotel. Each of its rooms has been individually designed and features an eclectic mix of furniture, fittings and artwork.
Nestled in the fashionable suburb of St Marys Bay, Mollies offers high-end bed and breakfast service in a great location.
Located in the heart of central Auckland, the Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour is just a short stroll from the many restaurants and entertainments on offer in this vibrant part of the city.
Stafford Villa is a lovely bed and breakfast surrounded by tropical trees and shrubs, and only a short drive or ferry ride away from Auckland's attractions.
The Sebel Suites is situated right in the heart of Viaduct Harbour. This all-suite property combines the services of a top hotel with the freedom of self-contained facilities.
Situated within thirty minutes walk of the beautiful waterfront, the Langham Hotel offers elegant luxury and excellent facilities in the heart of Auckland.
Sky City Grand is a luxury hotel that blends style and elegance with a central city location.
The Hilton enjoys a unique location on the end of Princes Wharf, offering its guests luxury accommodation and beautiful views across Auckland's inner harbour.
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