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New Zealand

New Zealand

New Day, New Adventures

Whether it's spending a gap year there, or setting off on a backpacking mission, New Zealand has it all. From taking to the open road in a campervan, ticking off those crazy activities from your bucketlist (like jumping out of a plane), to living in an Instagram dream, surrounded by incredible scenery, you're guaranteed to have the time of your life. 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.

New Zealand Fast Facts

Beer New Zealand

Beers

The typical cost of a bottle of beer, or a stubby as it's known in NZ, is about $8.

Food New Zealand

Meals

You're looking at between $15 - $25 for a standard meal out, or if you want to save a few bucks, there's always a $10 Maccas meal (that's McDonalds to you and me).

Taxi New Zealand

Taxi Ride

Want to catch a cab? Prices start at about $3 normally, or you could always grab a trusty Uber.

Transport New Zealand

Transport

Buses are the usual mode of transport used to get around any city in New Zealand, and the average price of a one-way ticket is $3.50. Trains are also available in Wellington and Auckland.

Hostels New Zealand

Hostels

Looking to crash in a hostel dorm? In New Zealand they average around $20-$30 per night.

Hotels New Zealand

Hotels

Stepping it up a notch and staying in a hotel? You're looking at a nightly rate starting at $120.

Up to 15% off

Adventure Tours

Travel New Zealand
Best of New Zealand
This active itinerary takes in the best bits of the North and South Islands, including dramatic fjords, renowned hiking trails and native Maori culture, all packed into 21 fantastic days. Trek the Tongariro Crossing, heli-hike the Franz Josef Glacier, party on down in Queensland and kayak Abel Tasman National Park.

21 days | From £2,049

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Travel New Zealand
Kiwiana Panorama
The ideal trip for any New Zealand newcomer, Kiwiana Panorama will take you around the country's hottest spots in just 16 days. See some of the world's most picturesque valleys, get up close to fascinating Maori culture and give your ticker a good workout with some hardcore adrenaline activities!

16 days | Now from £1,521, Was £1,738 - 12.5% off

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New Zealand South
'Sweet As' South
Unleash your wild side as you embark on a nine-day journey through New Zealand's scenic South Island. From the base of Mt. Cook to the ice of Franz Josef Glacier, and with the adventure capital Queenstown, and student town of Dunedin all thrown in, you'll get your teeth into all things Kiwi!

9 days | From £904 

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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!
Fly to New Zealand from £499

Work in New Zealand

It's New Zealand's agriculture and tourism that makes it the perfect place to get some work experience on your gap year that is 'sweet as'. On a working holiday visa you can work for up to 12 months in just about anything, from restaurants to farm work. Gain some new work skills, amazing experiences, and memories that will last a lifetime (plus, you're getting paid!).
New Zealand

Working Holidays

Bunac work packages
Working Holiday Visas
Let us help you apply for your Working Holiday Visa so you can start your kiwi adventure stress-free.
From £175
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New Zealand work abroad
Work & Travel Starter Packages
If you're looking for that extra bit of help to kick start your Kiwi adventure, then our work and travel starter packs are the perfect choice!
Travel Insurance
Work Abroad Travel Insurance
Keep yourself covered on your travels in New Zealand with our travel insurance. Perfect for those working abroad!

TOP PLACES TO VISIT

Auckland
Auckland and The Northland
Auckland and the Northland 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.
Wellington
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.
Hobbiton
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.
Queenstown
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.
Bus Passes in New Zealand
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.
New Zealand campervan
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 Josefand 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!
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.
New Zealand Adventure
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.

The Lions Tour 2017

All you sporting fans will already be getting excited for this epic event! One of the rugby world's most exciting tournaments is back and it's New Zealand's turn to host the British and Irish Lions in the 2017 tour. Get your flights, accommodation, buses and campers booked up fast and be there for all the action! Want to know where and when to catch a game? Check out our Lions blog for details.
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Do I need a visa for New Zealand?

If you’re a British passport holder, you can travel New Zealand as a tourist for up to 6 months without a visa. If you’re planning on exploring this awesome country longer than 6 months of have plans to work whilst travelling, you will need to apply for a working holiday visa or tourist visa.

When is the best time to go to New Zealand?

As temperatures only vary by about 10ºC between winter and summer, New Zealand is well worth visiting any time of year. However, if you’re a lover of skiing or snowboarding you’ll want to head over to New Zealand between June and September to benefit from the country’s fantastic slopes.

What is the currency of New Zealand?

The currency of New Zealand is the New Zealand dollar.