New Zealand - Overview
The Southern Alps divide the east and west of the Island South Island, in Māori, Te Wai Pounamu. On the West Coast, a remote rugged terrain, with giant glaciers, fiords, spectacular coastlines and fast-flowing rivers; in the East, a countryside ranging from gentle rolling green pasture to deep clear lakes.
Cook Strait separates the South Island from the North Island, in Māori: Te Ika-a-Māui. Known for its geothermal activity, geysers, hot mud pools and three volcanoes, the North Island also has New Zealand's largest city, Auckland.
Māori Legend and History
According to legend and history, the Māori arrived more than one thousand years ago, sailing from the legendary island of Hawaiki. They called New Zealand ‘Aotearoa’ or ‘Land of the Long White Cloud’.
Green, Clean and Safe
For six years in a row, readers of the prestigious Condé Nast Traveller magazine have ranked New Zealand in the top five best destinations in the world. New Zealand is known for its fantastic food, its Māori culture, and for being one of the safest places on the planet.
In addition, and according to the new Global Peace Index (GPI), New Zealand is now officially your best bet for a risk-free destination,
New Zealand promises the most unforgettable experience and draws experienced travellers, including moviemakers, celebrities and politicians, from around the world,
New Zealand’s Seasons
New Zealand enjoys four distinctive seasons, but you can experience four seasons in one day anytime of the year, that’s the real New Zealand.
Nevertheless, the climate is generally very mild, making travel a pleasant experience all year round. The weather patterns in particular areas of New Zealand also vary due to the mountainous terrain in certain regions.
New Zealand is located between the Tropic of Capricorn and the Antarctic Circle, (41° 28' S and 174° 51’ E). The latitudes of New Zealand pass through the temperate zone of the world, but the surrounding sea influences the climate greatly.
New Zealand Accommodation and Transport
We have a wide range of standard and luxury operators and transport providers: rental cars, vans with or without a chauffeur, mini coaches, helicopters, small and private planes. For the larger groups you might enjoy a specially designed full-size coach, complete with Business class seats and TV screens.
New Zealand – Perfect for Outdoor Activities
Stunning and with a natural magnificence, New Zealand has a wide range of opportunities catering for all tastes and ages. You can enjoy and appreciate each of New Zealand’s four seasons individually.
The added bonus being, its diverse physical, cultural and artistic landscapes are close together and accessible. Climate, while changeable, is pleasant and enjoyable, and perfect for any type of outdoor activities: from climbing and kayaking to white-water rafting and skydiving.
Travel and Accommodation in New Zealand
From North Cape to the Bluff, be it to Te Awamutu, Whangamomona or Paekakariki, travel within New Zealand is easy, perhaps even easier than pronouncing some of the tongue-tripping names.
Whether you want to go by plane, bus, rail, or car, you’ll find all transport options convenient and efficient. The roads system is very easy, so you will never be lost!
Accommodation too is plentiful, ranging from excellent multi-functional modern hotels to unique luxury lodges, guesthouses and bed and breakfasts.
Wining and Dining in New Zealand
The New Zealand gastronomic experience is fresh and wholesome, as well as remarkably creative and full of pleasant surprises.
New Zealand’s abundance of fresh produce allows talented chefs to express passion and artistic flair. Venison, fresh fish, seafood, fruits and vegetable all taste the way you remember and all can be beautifully complemented by an array of New Zealand’s distinctive award-winning wines.
Many licensed restaurants offer a broad selection of New Zealand wines to enhance your dining experience while vineyard visits and tastings are a must.
Choosing New Zealand Activities for Your Agenda
Below are just some of the activities that are available to you in New Zealand and may assist you in planning your ideal itinerary.
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