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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 Māori culture, go wildlife spotting or simply soak up the breathtaking scenery, New Zealand holidays tick every box.

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

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    Austravel Presents New Zealand

Where to go

What kind of holiday experiences are you looking for?

Select your travel interests to find the experiences you’ll love.

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Bay of Islands

Bay of Islands

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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.

There are 9 itineraries to choose from below. Use the filters to refine your options.

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APT New Zealand Getaway and East Coast Australia

29 Day Escorted Tour
From £8,899 per person

Embark on a trip of a lifetime with APT on this 29 day escorted tour covering all the highlights of both Australia and New Zealand.

Great for
  • Beaches & boats
  • Escorted tours
  • Food & wine
  • Wildlife & nature
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Best of New Zealand

22 Day Self Drive
From £3,999 per adult

New Zealand is the perfect country for a road trip, plus you’ll have the freedom to explore at your own steady pace. This 22-day self drive takes you to all the iconic sights.

Great for
  • Adventure
  • Food & wine
  • Round the world
  • Self-drives
  • Wildlife & nature
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South Island Wanderer

15 Day Suggested Itinerary
From £3,149 per person

Spot whales at Kaikoura, see albatross and yellow eyed penguins on the Otago Peninsula, and taste the award-winning wines of Marlborough on this self drive through the South!

Great for
  • Adventure
  • Food & wine
  • Self-drives
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North Island Wanderer

9 Day Self Drive
From £821 per person

Discover the best of the North Island on this easy to follow self drive, with a co-pilot kit to guide you along the way.

Great for
  • Adventure
  • Food & wine
  • Self-drives
  • Wildlife & nature

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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 must request an Electrical Travel Authority (ETA) and pay the International Visitor Conservation and Tourism Levy prior to travel.

    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