Experts in Australia, New Zealand & South Pacific

New Zealand Holidays

If you’re planning a holiday to New Zealand, make sure you pack your camera. There's a reason it's labelled one of the most photogenic countries in the world. New Zealand’s stunning landscapes will blow you away.

New Zealand is a compact country; just 1,000 miles from the tip of the North Island to the toe of the South Island, and only 280 miles at its widest point. It's a small place in a spectacular package.

Blessed by Mother Nature, New Zealand is famous for its exquisite natural beauty. From majestic alpine peaks and lush sub-tropical rainforests to spouting geysers, one day is seldom like the next. It’s no wonder that its landscapes featured in both the Chronicles of Narnia and Lord of the Rings films. If you’re a fan, be sure to take the tour of Hobbiton and grab a drink in The Green Dragon Inn.

As for Kiwi cities, again, each offers something different. Wellington – New Zealand’s capital city – Auckland and Christchurch lure the foodies and art crowd. While Queenstown is an adventurer’s playground.

So whether you want to discover the country’s fascinating Maori culture, go wildlife spotting or simply soak up the breathtaking scenery, New Zealand holidays tick every box.

An adventure through New Zealand will take you through some of the most dramatic scenery you'll ever see - truly stunning
Katie, Destination Manager

Choose an area on the map to highlight the region. Select the name to read more about the region.

  • Austravel Presents New Zealand

    play video

    Austravel Presents New Zealand

Where to go

Islands of New Zealand

Recommended experiences

What kind of holiday experiences are you looking for?

Choose where you want to go and select your travel interests to find the experiences you’ll love. Then add your favourites to your Travel Plan to start building your tailor-made trip.

South Island Wanderer

12 Day Self Drive
From £1,067 per person
Great for
  • Adventure
  • Food & wine
  • Self-drives

North Island Wanderer

9 Day Self Drive
From £821 per person
Great for
  • Adventure
  • Food & wine
  • Self-drives
  • Wildlife & nature
Cable car view over Queenstown

APT New Zealand Getaway

15 Day Escorted Tour
From £2,695 per person
Great for
  • Adventure
  • Escorted tours
  • Wildlife & nature

APT New Zealand Wonderland

17 Day Escorted Tour
From £4,295 per person
Great for
  • Escorted tours
  • Food & wine
  • Wildlife & nature

From the blog

Interested in the deep blue residents? Then dive right in!

Inspired by the Blue Planet series, discover the creatures that bless Australasia's oceans and exactly where to find them...

72 hours in Queenstown

How to make the most of three days in the place they call the ‘Adventure Capital of the World’...

Travelling around New Zealand 101

From driving times to tips for road trips, all you need to know about getting to and travelling around New Zealand in one handy infographic.

Traveller's guide

  • Travellers Guide: 

    Useful information

    Currency: New Zealand Dollar (NZD)

    Language: English

    Time difference: GMT +11 to GMT +12

    Flying time: approx. 26 hours + 1 stop

    International airports: Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Queenstown

    Recommended airlines: Air New Zealand, Cathay Pacific and Singapore Airlines

    Visa: British citizens do not require a visa to travel to New Zealand (for a stay of less than 6 months), making it an easy destination to travel to.

    Best time to visit New Zealand

    A year-round destination, the best time to travel to New Zealand can depend on what kind of weather you’re after and what activities you want to do.

    High season: summer (Dec to Feb)

    • Warm, sunny weather for both islands, though temperatures are higher on the subtropical North Island.
    • Peak time for tourists and also when Kiwi’s tend to take their holidays – expect the beach to be busy.

    Shoulder season: autumn and spring (Mar to May and Sep to Nov)

    • Autumn is still warm on the North Island while the South Island, though cooler, is an explosion of colour. Rain showers are likely.
    • Spring brings new blooms and bouncing baby lambs.

    Low season: winter (Jun to Aug)

    • Winter means cold weather, but lower prices and less crowded (and sometimes empty) tourist attractions.
    • It’s ski season in the Southern Alps and Queenstown is where the action is.

    See individual city or destination pages for more specific weather information.

  • Travellers Guide: 

    Getting to New Zealand

    Flying to New Zealand does take a fair bit of time but is well worth the journey. Plus, you can stop off and spend a few days adjusting to the change of time zones while exploring an exciting new city like LA, Singapore, or Hong Kong.

    See all our stopover destinations here.

    Approximate flying times:

    • London Heathrow to Auckland = 27 hours + 1 stop
    • London Heathrow to Christchurch = 25 hours 30 minutes + 1 stop
    • London Heathrow to Wellington = 30 hours + 2 stops

    Getting around New Zealand

    Both New Zealand’s North and South Island are ideal road trip destinations. Epic scenery, well-maintained roads and manageable distances – you can see a lot behind the wheel in two weeks. Another popular way to explore New Zealand is by motorhome where you have your transport and accommodation in one. Other options for travelling around New Zealand include domestic flights, buses and trains. Or of course, you can always join an escorted tour to ensure you see all the country’s highlights.

    Approximate flying times:

    • Auckland to Wellington = 1 hour 5 minutes
    • Auckland to Christchurch = 1 hour 30 minutes
    • Auckland to Queenstown = 2 hours

    Approximate driving times:

    Auckland to Wellington = 8 hours 30 minutes
    Auckland to Rotorua = 3 hours
    Christchurch to Queenstown = 6 hours
    Christchurch to Kaikoura = 2 hours 30 minutes

How we create your trip

  1. Tell us your travel plans
    Fill in your travel plan with all your holiday ideas and preferences by clicking add on all the places you want to go. Our experts will then get to work creating your perfect itinerary and finding you the best deals.
  2. Book with confidence
    One of our team will get in touch with you to take you through your itinerary and once you're 100% happy with your travel plans, simply pay your deposit and start getting excited about your trip.
  3. Advice on call
    If you have any questions in the lead up, during or even after your holiday, we're always just a call away. We hope you have an amazing holiday!

Call free on 0800 988 4676