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National parks

New Zealand has many national parks, some of which are on the World Heritage list of UNESCO. Abel Tasman National Park is the smallest national park of New Zealand. It is mostly known for its Golden Beaches and sculptured granite cliffs. Walk the Coastal Track, which takes you along beaches and through idyllic woods. While in Tongariro National Park, go on the Tongariro Alpine Crossing. It’s one of the best known hiking trails in New Zealand.

Outdoor

New Zealand offers the most spectacular activities on both the North and the South Island. If you’re an adrenaline junky, this is the place to be! In the most beautiful surroundings adventurers can get their adrenaline rush. Abseiling, mountain climbing, bungee jumping, zip lining, skydiving, paragliding, jet boating or rafting. The sky is the limit!

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If you wish to discover ocean life, you just have to visit Kaikoura. This small town offers a great wildlife experience where you see a glimpse of fascinating sea life. You can easily spot whales, fur seals, dolphins, penguins and albatrosses while you’re here. If you want to get even closer, you can swim with the dolphins. In Queenstown, the Adventure Capital of the World, the opportunities are endless. Jump off the Kawarau bridge on a bungee rope or try your luck a little higher at the Nevis Bungy. With a 143 meter drop, it’s an exhilarating experience. Dangle between two mountains with your best friend while you try the so-called canyon swing.

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With dazzling landscapes, fascinating wildlife, the authentic Maori culture and a wide range of activities, New Zealand will impress you everywhere you go. This country will make your finest dreams come true.

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Time zone
In summer +10, in winter +12
Visa
Not required
Vaccinations
None required
High season
December – February
Currency
New Zealand dollar (NZD)

Where to stay?

Where to stay?

New Zealand is well-known for:

  • Marvellous landscapes, varying from glaciers to volcanos
  • Authentic Maori culture
  • Ideal backpacker destination

Keep in mind:

  • It takes at least 25 hours to fly to Auckland
  • It’s a large country, take your time to discover it all
  • Major differences between the landscape on the North and South Island.

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Tongariro National Park
National parks

New Zealand has many national parks, some of which are on the World Heritage list of UNESCO. Abel Tasman National Park is the smallest national park of New Zealand. It is mostly known for its Golden Beaches and sculptured granite cliffs. Walk the Coastal Track, which takes you along beaches and through idyllic woods. While in Tongariro National Park, go on the Tongariro Alpine Crossing. It’s one of the best known hiking trails in New Zealand.

Paragliding Queenstown
Outdoor

New Zealand offers the most spectacular activities on both the North and the South Island. If you’re an adrenaline junky, this is the place to be! In the most beautiful surroundings adventurers can get their adrenaline rush. Abseiling, mountain climbing, bungee jumping, zip lining, skydiving, paragliding, jet boating or rafting. The sky is the limit!

Whale watching Kaikoura
Active

If you wish to discover ocean life, you just have to visit Kaikoura. This small town offers a great wildlife experience where you see a glimpse of fascinating sea life. You can easily spot whales, fur seals, dolphins, penguins and albatrosses while you’re here. If you want to get even closer, you can swim with the dolphins. In Queenstown, the Adventure Capital of the World, the opportunities are endless. Jump off the Kawarau bridge on a bungee rope or try your luck a little higher at the Nevis Bungy. With a 143 meter drop, it’s an exhilarating experience. Dangle between two mountains with your best friend while you try the so-called canyon swing.

Rafting
Adventure

Thrill seekers, New Zealand is your adrenaline rush! In the most beautiful surroundings adventurers can get their adrenaline rush in any part of the country. Abseiling, mountain climbing, bungee jumping, zip lining, skydiving, paragliding, jet boating or rafting. The sky is the limit!

Mount Cook
Mountains

Mount Cook, in Aoraki Mount Cook National Park, is the highest mountain in New Zealand. Climb your way up for a stunning view of the national park. Visit stunning volcanic areas on the North Island. In Tongariro National Park, between Roturua and Taupo, you’ll find Mount Tongariro. This volcano last erupted in 2012. Mount Ngauruhoe, also in this national park, is famous for its appearance as Mount Doom in the Lord of the Rings films. While there, go on the Tongariro Alpine Crossing. It’s one of the best known hiking trails in New Zealand. It takes you across a beautiful volcanic landscape.

Hobbit home
Art & Culture

The famous trilogy of The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit were filmed in New Zealand. For this reason, New Zealand is also known as Home of Middle Earth. With over a 100 film locations it has become a part of the local culture. Visit the Hobbiton film set, where you can glance at the little village where the hobbits lived. Imagine yourself in a fantasy world of hobbits, elves, dwarfs and trolls while you visit one of the magnificent film locations in Wellington, Nelson and Queenstown.

Vineyard New Zealand
Dining

Typical New Zealand food is influenced by culinary traditions from all over the world. Being part of the British Empire, you’ll find dishes like fish and chips, sandwiches and English breakfasts on every street corner. Besides that, New Zealanders love their lamb, fish and fruit. Do you like a nice glass of wine for dinner? Then you’re in the right place. New Zealand has over 120 vineyards producing some great Sauvignons and Chardonnays. Combined with their fine cuisine it is a great culinary experience! Another great experience is to try an original Fergburger in Queenstown. Fergburger is the best known hamburger restaurant in New Zealand. 

Golf Queenstown
Golf

With New Zealand’s beautiful scenery and landscape as backdrop, you will enjoy a day on the golf course. With mountaintops, stunning views of the ocean and more than 400 golf courses, it’s a paradise for the passionate golfer. Kauri Cliffs and Jack’s point, both 18 holes, are designed so that New Zealand’s nature shines through. The New Zealand Open is held on the most beautiful golf courses in Queenstown and Arrowtown. Both professionals and amateurs compete on the fairways of ‘The Hills’ and ‘Millbrook’, where the immense mountain range, The Remarkables, ensure a stunning scenery.

Maori
Local culture

New Zealand has many cultural traditions. The Maori are the indigenous people of New Zealand. They arrived more than a 1000 years ago. They live in harmony with nature and believe the gods have bestowed New Zealand upon them. Very important to the Maori culture is singing and dancing. The Haka, is a well-known ceremonial dance where they call upon the gods. At the beginning of every international match of the 'All Blacks' rugby team, the Haka is performed to impress opponents.  

Auckland Museum
Museums

The best place to observe Maori culture is on the North Island. Many museums display artefacts, handcrafted jewellery and traditional weaponry. The Te Papa Tongarewa Museum in Wellington is New Zealand’s national museum. As its architectural structure is one of a kind, it’s definitely worth a visit. The Auckland Museum has the most extensive collection of Maori and Polynesian artefacts. Carvings, canoes and treasures are displayed in one of New Zealand’s heritage buildings.

View Pacific Coast
Nature

Volcanic landscapes, stunning glaciers, a long coastline and beautiful sandy beaches. New Zealand has it all. New Zealand has many national parks, some of which are on the World Heritage list of UNESCO. Christchurch is also known as the ‘Garden City’ of New Zealand. When you stroll through the Botanic Gardens here, you’ll find lovely rose gardens, water gardens and beautiful trees. Waipoua Forest, on the North Island, is host to the famous Kauri tree. It is a tree species that is over a thousand years old. In the past, Maori people used the trees for numerous reasons. Nowadays it is a protected species and in several forests they’ve planted new trees to prevent extinction. The Kauri tree can grow up to 50 meters tall.

Ski area Remarkables near Queenstown
Winter sports

New Zealand winters are good fun. There are a few mountains on which you can ski or snowboard. For a unique experience try skiing on a working volcano, Mount Ruepehu on the North Island. On the South Island there are three large ski resorts in Christchurch, Mackenzie and Queenstown-Wanaka. Both beginner and experienced skier will find lots of good spots to ski. Remember that New Zealand winters occur at the same time as our summer.

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