Christchurch Update

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.

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Major Shooting Incident in Christchurch

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.

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Things to Do in Wellington in Winter

Looking out over the bay from Mount Victoria in Wellington

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.

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How to Get to the Coromandel from Auckland

Looking through Cathedral cove cave towards the ocean

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

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Our Favourite Māori Legends and Myths

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.

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Free Tickets to the Destinations Travel Show 2019

Free tickets to the Destinations Travel and Holiday Show 2019

Come and meet us as Destinations: The Holiday and Travel Show at the Olympia London between Thursday 31st January and the 3rd February 2019.

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

New Zealand in May brings together the lush warm colours of autumn with the chills of early winter – it’s magical! With New Zealand heading into its winter months, booking a trip here between the months of May and September will be very cost effective whilst giving you the true beauty of a New Zealand landscape. Visiting in May is definitely one of the better times of year to venture out of the comfort of your own home and visit this this extraordinary country.

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The Lord of the Rings Fan’s Guide to Visiting New Zealand

This post covers just some of our favourite New Zealand spots that were immortalised in the Lord of the Rings trilogy. A country this big, a trilogy this rich, there are plenty more places to see and they are all pretty breathtaking.

Whether you’re a die-hard fan, or someone looking to structure a sightseeing holiday, follow in the footsteps of a team of native, knowledgeable Kiwi film producers and take a Middle-Earth tour of New Zealand. Continue reading

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New Zealand Honeymoon Ideas

An Autumn day in Queenstown with the light reflecting off the water

A wedding day can be your best day ever, a feat of logistical wizardry, your third most stressful life event (according to research), and sometimes all of these things at once. So just as well you have a special treat lined up for the other side of it. A honeymoon is a wonderful and welcome break after your big day. It can be an adventure, the height of decadence or simply a chance to do nothing for a while. And we’re here to tell you that whatever you want from your post-nuptial getaway, New Zealand is the best place to find it! Continue reading

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Visiting New Zealand in March

The view over New Zealand's coastline in Autumn

March marks the arrival of autumn on the beautiful islands of New Zealand. The attractions are less crowded, the prices are often lower, and the deciduous trees introduced across the country start to change colour adding more drama and beauty to an already stunning landscape. In short, it’s a great month to visit!
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