If you’re travelling all the way “Down Under” then it might be worth making the most of the nearly 24 hours it takes to get from the UK to New Zealand, by considering a stop over in Australia en route! Australia’s main airport is in Sydney and there are few international cities that offer more when it comes to a layover. Two holidays for the price of one, anybody? Let us tell you more…
The Routeburn Track is a magnificent and inspirational hike that guides wide-eyed walkers through two national parks and some of the most beautiful meadows, mountains and alpine gardens in the world. If you have even the remotest interest in hiking, this is an absolute must-do for South Island visitors.
June marks the beginning of winter in New Zealand: the arrival of the snows, the start of the skiing season and swathes of glistening ice crystals adorn the landscape. It’s not just the chill in the air that takes your breath away at this time of year! Continue reading
New Zealand boasts such a varied landscape that you might not think of it as a beach resort location, but in fact, it’s got some really gorgeous bays, beaches, and coves to explore. So in today’s article, we’re going to look at the best beaches in New Zealand, and some of our favourite hot spots in the whole country. Because sometimes we all like to be beside the seaside… Continue reading
On 15 March 2019 (NZT), a mass shooting occurred in Christchurch, New Zealand.
New Zealand’s Prime Minister has condemned the act of violence against innocent people and has described this as one of New Zealand’s “darkest days”. New Zealand’s national threat level has for the first time been lifted to high which triggers a number of actions to help keep people safe, such as increased aviation and border security. This includes additional security screening at Christchurch Airport.
As you may know by now there has been a major incident at two Mosques in the city of Christchurch with many casualties
Our priority to all of our travellers is to ensure that they are safe at all times. We are monitoring the situation and will contact you if you are due to travel with us or have friends or relatives that are currently travelling with us in New Zealand. We will be contacting all our travellers if they need to change their travel plans and will keep you advised of any necessary changes.
Our thoughts are with the families of those affected in Christchurch.
Winter arrives in Wellington in June and stays until August. Temperatures rarely plummet, with averages for the season ranging from 6° to 12°, but it can be rather wet, and the world’s smallest cool capital isn’t nicknamed “Windy Welly” for nothing, either! The geography of the Cook Strait means that unfortunately, it acts as a superb wind funnel that can bring strong winds to the Wellington area.
Welly’s windy and wet winter coastline can be a real draw for lovers of the romance and drama of nature, but it is no friend to a newly coiffured hairdo. If you’d rather keep your locks looking lush, and your feet dry, there are still plenty of things to get up to in Wellington.
Read on as we share some of our favourite winter Welly adventures with you! Continue reading
Okay, so you’re in Auckland and it’s brilliant. You’re living it up in the biggest city in New Zealand famed for its art, culture and general good time. And if variety were not the spice of life, maybe you’d stay here for the whole trip. But then the weather clears, you look out to the east and see in the distance an outcrop of land covered in lush green rainforest, and then you know. It’s time to leave the city for a while, it’s time for adventure, it’s time to immerse yourself in nature. It’s time to go to the Coromandel. Continue reading
Māori are indigenous Polynesian people who arrived in New Zealand between the year 1250 and 1300 from eastern Polynesia. They had a long and hard journey on canoes to reach New Zealand and this voyage became known as the “Great Fleet”. The majority of the Māori people live in the North of New Zealand and today, many tourists flock to these areas in order to experience the Māori culture, history and food.