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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), chilling next to an active volcano, to living in an Insta-heaven, you're guaranteed to have the time of your life. There's no country that screams freedom quite like this little slice of land! If you're looking to make new friends on an adventure-filled tour or are looking to apply for a great value New Zealand working holiday visa, you've come to the right place. 
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English, although natives will speak Māori. Kia Ora!
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Best places to visit in New Zealand

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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.
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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.

Top New Zealand tours

New Zealand might not be big on a map, but once you’re there you’ll realise how much there is to do. Start planning your Kiwi adventure now! View all New Zealand tours.  
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The Big Tiki

Queenstown > Franz Josef Glacier > Christchurch > Wellington > Mount Ruapehu > Rotorua > Paihia > Queenstown > Auckland

No other country spoils 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. 
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Kiwiana Panorama

Lake Ohau > Te Anau > Queenstown > Franz Josef Glacier > Christchurch > Wellington > Mount Ruapehu > Rotorua > Christchurch > Auckland

Feed your adrenaline cravings - relaxation is overrated! Kick it off in Queenstown, the adventure-adrenaline Capital of the World. Ever tried bungy jumping, or luging? Now's the time! As you head North, see stunning glaciers, visit Christchurch, try a Maori 'hangi', cruise Lake Taupo & hit Rotorua to try the 'Zorb' or luge!
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Plan your trip to New Zealand

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Campervan hire in New Zealand

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. 
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Kiwi Experience hop-on hop-off buses

New Zealand’s leading Freestyle Travel bus network makes it easy to explore the country the way you want to. The flexible tours offer easy access to all the top sights and unique spots. Kiwi Experience offer trips and tours to suit your travel style, budget and appetites for adventure.  
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Working holidays in New Zealand

Earn money while you travel for up to 23 months. Take the stress out of budgeting, by working and creating a lifestyle that makes the most of everything New Zealand has to offer. Let our experts take care of everything, so you can focus on discovering your next mountain hike or kayak adventure.
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Accommodation 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.

What we love about New Zealand

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A stunning ocean inlet flanked by towering rock faces brings you the ultimate Instagram opportunity.
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Stay in stunning locations, with tents and cabins by the mountains, lakes and oceans. 
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Take your pick from jet boating, bungy jumping and ski diving in the world’s epic adventure capital. 

Frequently asked questions about travelling to New Zealand

How do I get to New Zealand?

New Zealand is a year round destination with most attractions open all year. You can fly to several entry points: Auckland, Christchurch, Wellington or Queenstown. Plus, once you're in there, it's so easy to travel across the rest of the country - small in size but BIG on adventure.

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. However, if you're travelling after 1st October 2019, you'll need to apply for a ETA (Electronic Travel Authority). 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?

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.

Need a little more inspiration? Check out the STA Travel blog!

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