Ten reasons why we love New Zealand
The diversity of the landscape
From sweeping seascapes and soaring mountains to volcanic peaks and rainforest-clad gorges, the scenery in New Zealand is varied and beautiful. Probably one of the best ways to enjoy it is on a bicycle, and our specialists can recommend the best routes and locations to suit your preferences.
- Find out more about cycling in New Zealand
Allegra House, Paihia
The friendly locals excel in making you feel welcome, sharing tales, and then sending you on your way feeling like you have made a friend for life. One of our favourite B&Bs is Allegra House, which overlooks Paihia. We receive consistently excellent feedback from our clients and the hosts are fantastic.
Delicious fresh salmon
You certainly won’t go hungry in New Zealand as the food here is just as diverse as the landscape. Our Wellington Food Tour introduces you to the hidden culinary treasures in the country’s café capital with a personal guide.
Enjoy a half-day wine tour with an expert guide around the heart of the world-renowned Marlborough wine region, Blenheim or Hawkes Bay.
- Find out more about the Hawkes Bay wine tour
The outdoor lifestyle
Ideal tramping country
It’s no wonder the Kiwis enjoy the outdoors, with so much space to play with and such stunning surroundings, it’s impossible not to. New Zealanders even have their own name for walking and trekking – ‘tramping’.
- Read our guide to walking and trekking in New Zealand
The low population
Abel Tasman National Park
It’s very easy to get away from it all in New Zealand. With only four million people populating an area similar to the UK, it’s not uncommon to go for a walk and not see another soul. The Abel Tasman National Park is the perfect place to escape into the wilderness.
The abundance of activities
Milford Sound, Fijordland
The concept of the ‘adrenaline activity’ originated in New Zealand. But if this isn’t your thing you'll always find something of interest, whether it be a scenic boat journey or a cultural performance. We offer a range of activities that means you're never too far away from a new adventure.
- Outdoor activities you can build into your trip to New Zealand
Maori culture show
The traditions and tales of generations of Maori are still evident around the country. This culture, woven with that of the European settlers, makes for an interesting and sometimes dramatic backdrop to today's New Zealand.
- Find out more about Maori culture in New Zealand
The actual kiwis, and other wildlife
A kiwi foraging
New Zealand is home to a plethora of unique and wonderful birdlife, as well as mesmerising marine animals. With conservation a high priority, Stewart and Ulva Islands are ideal places to visit if you're interested in the natural world.
The passion of the New Zealanders for their country
Mount Cook National Park
There's a strong cultural identity here and it’s easy to come away feeling privileged to have experienced it. Our Classic New Zealand trip idea is the perfect way to experience the best parts of the country and get a feel for why New Zealanders are so rightly proud of where they live.