New Zealand

Travel Guide

Whether it's spending a gap year in New Zealand, or setting off on a backpacking mission, this place 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, 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 fast facts

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Languages Spoken

English, although natives will speak Māori. Kia Ora!

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Currency

New Zealand dollars ($). $1 is approximately 60p. 

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Time Zone

During daylight savings time: UTC+13. Outside of this: UTC+12. 

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 $2. 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.

Best places to visit in New Zealand

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.

New Zealand tours

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Kiwiana Panorama
Feed your adrenaline cravings - relaxation is overrated! Blackwater raft in Waitomo before you hit Rotorua. Have a hāngi, cruise Lake Taupo then head to the adventure Capital of the World, Queenstown where you’ll take a spin on the Shotover Jet. Ever tried bungy jumping or canyon swinging? Now 's the time! 
14 days | Was £1,715 | Now from £1,458
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The Big Tiki
No other country spoilts travellers quite like New Zealand, between the staggering natural beauty of the North and South Islands and its endless list of thrill-inducing activites. This trip for 18-35's covers all bases from the Bay of Islands to arty Wellington, and from student-friendly Dunedin to dolphin-friendly Kaikoura. 
17 days | Was £2,015 | Now from £1,713
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New Zealand South
NZ - North Island Encompassed
New Zealands North Island thoroughly engages the body and the spirit, often at the same time. This ten-day trip promises loads of both. Up here, youll pick up some sustainable living tips on a conservation farm and learn Maori culture straight from the source while bunking in villages in the bush. Elsewhere, youll sea kayak in a secluded harbour, get a surfing lesson from an expert, and overnight on a houseboat.
10 days | Was £919 | Now from £781
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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 from £599 return

More ways to travel in New Zealand

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
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Hostel hop in New Zealand
We offer backpackers the best digs across the whole of New Zealand at the cheapest prices! Bed-hop from Nomads or Base hostels from Auckland down to Queenstown and you'll get a free night in each stop. Click below to find out more...
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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.
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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.

When is the best time to go to New Zealand?

New Zealand is well worth the visit any time of year! With highs of 30C in the summer and snow fall in the South Island in the winter. A ski/ snowboard addict? Head over to New Zealand between June and September and benefit from the country’s fantastic slopes.

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.

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