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A country on most traveler’s bucket list, it is not hard to see why. New Zealand offers a world of extraordinary scenery, dramatic landscapes, outdoor activities, exquisite culinary delights, unique wildlife and seamless luxury lodges with plenty to explore. From action-packed adventures to relaxing getaways here is your travel guide to the North and South Islands of New Zealand.
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Home to three-quarters of New Zealand’s population, explore the cosmopolitan delights of Auckland to the north of the island or New Zealand’s capital of Wellington to the south. Head to the volcanic heart of New Zealand and enjoy a hot mud spa treatment or a soak in a natural hot steam in Rotorua. Hike past Mt Ngauruhoe’s volcanic cone on New Zealand’s best day walk, the Tongariro Alpine crossing. For those looking for a more coastal retreat, the east coast of the Far North District is where you will find an island paradise of golden, sandy beaches & charming towns on the Bay of Islands. On the west coast wander or kayak through the accessible subtropical wilderness of the Coromandel Peninsula or enjoy cool-climate wine and artisan food in Hawkes Bay.
Famed for its untouched natural environments, the South Island is home to 10 out the 14 National Parks in New Zealand. It is no wonder that hiking is one of the South Island’s quintessential activities which makes it the perfect place to lace up your hiking boots and take to one of the South Island’s 6 Great Walks of New Zealand. Those who prefer exploring on two wheels, cycle the iconic Alps 2 Ocean trail or Central Otago Rail Trail. For thrill seekers, look no further than the adventure Capital of the World, Queenstown. Food lovers will delight in the smorgasbord of seasonal produce, world-class regional restaurants and some of the world’s best cool-climate wines from the renowned sauvignon blanc of Marlborough to the superior pinot noir of Central Otago.
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Best Time To Visit New Zealand
For enjoying the stunning beaches and vast array of outdoor activities, the best time to visit New Zealand is during the summer months, running from December to March. These months bring long, bright, sunny days with temperatures ranging from 16 degrees Celsius to 24 degrees Celsius. New Zealand has some of the best ski fields in the world so for those looking to hit the slopes, the ski season runs from June to October.
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Experience New Zealand’s most awe-inspiring landscapes on foot. New Zealand’s ten Great Walks pass through diverse and spectacular scenery - from native forests, remote beaches, vast lakes and wild rivers to snow-capped mountain peaks, dramatic gorges and lush valleys.
New Zealand’s ten Great Walks
New Zealand is a country known for its outdoor pursuits.The jaw-dropping scenery, crystal clear air and array of natural wonders are all celebrated in a variety of activities that bring adventure-seekers closer to the action.
The bustling and picturesque seaside town of Picton on New Zealand's South Island is located at the end of Queen Charlotte Sound in the famous Marlborough Sounds, a short 25 minute flight from Wellington.