Visiting New Zealand: What’s the Difference Between North and South Island?

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There’s no question about it – New Zealand is one of the most fantastic places to visit. Some people may not even be aware that there are two quite different islands to visit: North Island and South Island.

Which island do you visit? Which is best? We’ve set about detailing the best points for each island. The information is broken down by the holy trinity of holiday clinchers – the weather, what there is to see and what there is to do.

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10 Benefits of Group Travel in New Zealand

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If you’re thinking about travelling around New Zealand, but you’re unsure whether to go it alone or in a group, we might just be able to help you. Here, we’re going to take a look at ten of the benefits of the small group tours that we offer.

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New Zealand at Christmas: What to Expect

 “Oh the weather outside is…” delightful actually! Yes, it’s Christmas in New Zealand and there’s nothing frightful about this weather…

Christmas still takes place on the 25th of December in New Zealand, but this means it falls in the summertime. So while you’ll still find Christmas trees, tinsel, even the odd novelty jumper, you’ll probably be wearing shorts, shades, and lashings of sun cream at the time. 

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Free Tickets to the Destinations Travel Show 2020

Come and meet us as Destinations: The Holiday and Travel Show at the Olympia London between Thursday 30th January and the 2nd February 2020.

Quote EXSILFER when booking your tickets online here to claim your free tickets!
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Visiting New Zealand in December

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“Here comes the sun”, sang The Beatles and they might as well have been singing about New Zealand in December! For December marks the beginning of the summer season, and brings with it long sunny days and warm summer nights. This is the New Zealand many of us have in our mind’s eye – the white sands and turquoise ocean, tropical-looking forests lining the shores … and Christmas on the beach!

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What’s the Food Like in New Zealand?

Food, glorious food! It’s such an important part of any journey; it can turn a difficult day into a heavenly one, it can calm the ‘hangriest’ of bellies, it can restore us to our finest fettle. Today we’re going to cover what to expect from New Zealand’s food, so prepare to lick those lips because as we share some of our favourite kiwi dishes. Yum!

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Visiting New Zealand in November

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If I was only going to visit one country for the rest of my life, it would be – you guessed it – New Zealand. But if there was only one month I could visit, then that month would be November. November is the last month of spring in NZ, it brings the warmth of summer to the blooming spring landscape, where and the sights and sounds of the country are already in fine fettle.

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Don’t Miss The Albatross Reality Show!

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You may have noticed that the Taiaroa Head Royal Albatrosses located on the Otago Peninsula, South Island, have been gathering some press coverage in the UK with the Guardian quoting a figure of 2.3 million people from 190 countries tuning into Youtube videos of the endangered birds rearing their chicks.

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Visiting New Zealand in October

However you look at it, October is an exciting month in New Zealand. The hills and valleys are lush and green, the flowers come bursting out of their beds. Beach lovers lay their towels on the golden sands while skiers slalom down the ski fields above. There really is something for everyone in New Zealand in October, and today we’re going to share some of the best things we’ve found on our many trips over there in this magical month. 

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VISA INFORMATION FOR ENTRY INTO NEW ZEALAND: Important Information

We are pleased to say we have finally received information from the New Zealand immigration department regarding visa requirements for entry into New Zealand (quoted below). Continue reading

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