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. As one of the most photogenic countries in the world, prepare to be astounded by New Zealand’s stunning landscapes.

A surprisingly 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 - New Zealand is a small place in an extremely good package.

Blessed by Mother Nature, New Zealand is renowned for its exquisite natural beauty. From majestic alpine peaks to lush sub-tropical rainforests, golden sandy beaches to spouting geysers, one day is seldom like the next. It’s no wonder that its landscapes have been used 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.

Wellington – New Zealand’s capital city – Auckland and Christchurch lure the foodies and art crowd, while Queenstown is dubbed 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.

New Zealand has everything you could wish for when on holiday: lush scenery, an incredibly laid-back atmosphere and plenty of adventure, especially around the glacier regions.
Stephanie, Travel Designer

Must-see places

Islands of New Zealand

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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 there

    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

    Both New Zealand’s North and South Island are ideal road trip destinations. Epic scenery, well-maintained roads and the distances are manageable – you can see a lot behind the wheel in two weeks. Another popular way to explore New Zealand is the transport and accommodation combo of a motorhome. Have the freedom to choose where and when you stop, and enjoy waking up to glorious mountain views or the sound of waves lapping the shore meters from your bed. Other options for travelling around New Zealand include regular 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