Okay. We know. Writing an article about the best views in New Zealand is like trying to list the best websites on the internet: there’s something different and amazing everywhere you look (I mean, have you seen www.silverfernholidays.com?!). But the glorious sights in New Zealand are such a wonderful part of a trip there that we decided it was high time we picked out a few of our North Island favourites. To avoid this article running to a word count that War and Peace would be proud of, we’re going to limit our coverage just to our top ten favourite views, and just to the North Island for now. Let the arguments commence!
August marks the last of the winter months in New Zealand, before September ushers in the spring. You might wonder what on earth would make people want to travel during the cold winter season, but in New Zealand, there are actually distinct advantages to doing so! With snow still crowning the mountain tops, the scenery is as jaw-dropping as ever, low season travel means fewer tourists and lower prices (flights to New Zealand in August can often be cheaper), and you’ll find that actually many of the activities you can do in the summer are still on offer. And then there’s the skiing… August is actually a great time to visit New Zealand.
Chris and Margaret Sinclair talk about their recent trip to New Zealand.
The majority of New Zealanders will be fluent in English but this doesn’t mean it’s the only language spoken there, far from it. Te Reo Māori is the language of New Zealand’s native people and is finally being embraced across the whole country.
New Zealand is known for its remarkable countryside. From volcanoes to alpine ski slopes, from rainforests to jaw dropping beaches and a host of wineries, farmland, glaciers and fjords in between, it’s easy to overlook another of the country’s main attractions: its cities.
Being in the southern hemisphere, New Zealand’s seasons are flipped from the UK’s. This means that the height of our summer is the depths of their winter. It also means that if you are into skiing, snow sports and a world dusted white, then July is your perfect time to visit the country.
All of the Landing Sites in New Zealand visited by Captain Cook during his voyages to the Pacific are preparing activities and events in the coming months to commemorate the 250th anniversary of his arrival in New Zealand.
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.