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New Zealand has it all. Whether it's taking to the open road in a campervan, hiking past soaring mountains or channeling your inner adventurer in epic watersports, you're guaranteed a good time. If you're looking to make new friends on an adventure-filled tour or are looking to apply for a great value working holiday visa, you've come to the right place. We'll have you living the Kiwi dream in no time!

New Zealand: The world in miniature

New Zealand has a new adventure waiting to start everyday. It's about hopping into your campervan, turning up the music and letting the open road guide you to the heart of the ancient Maori nation. Journey to Middle-earth and come face to face with towering mountains, natural beauty and thrill seeking activities. While we can't promise you'll bump into Frodo and his mates, we can definitely guarantee you a jam-packed holiday with plenty of things to see and do.

Travelling to New Zealand

New Zealand is a year round destination with most attractions open all year. Just remember that the seasons are opposite to ours.

 

You can fly to several entry points: Auckland, Christchurch, Wellington or Queenstown. Whether you're upping sticks and travelling one way, need a return ticket or even want to include New Zealand as part of a Round The World Trip, we've got amazing fares for you!

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NEW ZEALAND'S BEST PLACES TO VISIT

See the best places to visit in New Zealand, from untouched nature to vibrant cities.

Auckland and the Northland

Auckland and the Northlands have lots to offer. Take to the water in the ‘City of Sails’ and enjoy 360˚ views with a drink at Auckland’s Sky Tower or do the Sky Jump and get your adrenaline pumping. Zip Line through Waiheke Island or get your hiking boots on and explore Waitakere Ranges. Swim with dolphins at the Bay of Islands and venture to Cape Reinga to see two oceans collide.

 

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Wellington and Marlborough

Wellington is New Zealand’s culinary and cultural capital and boasts the most visited museum in the southern hemisphere, Te Papa. Ride the old-school Wellington Cable Car, then sit back, relax and pour yourself a nice glass of New Zealand's finest wine. Explore the Marlborough region and take the ferry through Marlborough Sounds to the South Island for spectacular views.
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Hobbiton and Rotorua

At Hobbiton you can step into the Shire and get in touch with your inner Frodo at the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit movie set. Or give your skin a break from all that sunbathing and soak in the hot springs and mud pools of Rotorua. Visit Te Puia to learn more about Maori culture or put your swim vest on for the highest raft-able waterfall at the Kaituna River.

   

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Queenstown and Milford Sound

There are many different ways to get your adrenaline fix in  Queenstown: hang-gliding, skydiving, rafting or mountain biking are just a few of them. Hike up Bob’s Peak and ride the Skyline Gondola for picturesque vistas. The town is also popular amongst skiers and snowboarders during winter. At Milford Sound you can spot playful seals and dolphins from a catamaran and trek through Fjordland.
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NEW ZEALAND TOP TIPS

We have handpicked the best activities for thrill seekers and nature lovers.

Top 7 Adrenaline packed Activities

  • Glacier climbing at Fox Glacier and Franz Josef
  • Jet boating at Lake Taupo
  • Hang gliding over Lake Wakatipu
  • Dune-surfing at Ninety Mile Beach
  • Nevis Bungy Jump and Canyon Swing
  • Blokarting or Drift Karting at the Bay of Plenty
  • Diving the Coromandel

 

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Top 7 Ways to see New Zealand

  • Swimming at the Maori Rock carvings at Mine Bay
  • Mountain Biking at Makara Peak
  • Getting your inner hobbit out in Middle-earth
  • Paddling around Cathedral Cove
  • Spectating at Christchurch’s World Buskers Festival
  • Seal-spotting and whale-watching at Kaikoura
  • Dancing the Haka at Te Puia
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Hop-on-hop-off Bus Passes
Explore New Zealand with awesome hop-on hop-off bus adventures for travellers by travellers. If you would prefer a bit of structure but still a lot of freedom - a hop-on hop-off bus pass is for you! Plus it is a great way to meet fellow travellers.
Campervan Hire
Without a doubt, the best way to get around New Zealand is on the road. As scenic as it gets, one could think that the two islands were purposely built for those legendary road trips. Grab yourself some friends, dust off the usb’s for your soundtrack, put them together with a campervan and you’ll come out with feelings of nostalgia, years later.
New Zealand Adventure Tours
Have an epic adventure in this country filled with jaw-dropping scenery and the world's best adrenaline activites. Cruise through the fiords of Milford Sound, heli-hike the glaciers of Franz Josef, swim with dolphins in Kaikoura and the sparkling lakes of Rotorua
Work and Travel Starter Packs
Landing in New Zealand on a working holiday doesn't have to be scary. You can nab all sorts of jobs, from ski instructor to to kiwi harvester, from sales person to grape picker - and you get to make new friends along the way with our amazing value working and travel starter packs!
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New Zealand Mini Adventures
From jumping off Auckland’s Sky Tower, climbing Franz Josef Glacier or a Tandem Skydive in Queenstown, you can find action filled mini adventures or see the unique and versatile landscapes of New Zealand. Join our half day to 5 day tours.
Flying Kiwi Ultimate Adventures
Flying Kiwi is a fantastic way for travellers to truly experience the outdoor beauty of New Zealand. It is a unique bus service that does a continuous loop of New Zealand meaning that you can explore the diverse scenery and enjoy all the activities of both the North and South island.

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