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New Zealand travel guide

New Zealand is a haven for the outdoorsy traveller

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. 

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 costs

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 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 adventure tours

Travel New Zealand
New Zealand North Island Encompassed | 10 days
Head from Auckland down to Wellington on this express trip - but that doesn't mean rushed! Hit off the hot spots like Waitomo Caves, experience Maori culture in Rotorua, take a ferry to Waiheke Island.
Now from £701 | 35% off
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The Big Tiki | 17 days
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. 
Now from £1,500 | 20% off
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Kiwiana Panorama
Kiwiana Panorama | 14 days
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!
Now from £1,308 | 20% off
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Getting 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.
New Zealand flights

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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More ways to travel in New Zealand

Bus Passes in New Zealand
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 bus pass is for you! 

Up to 45% off

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. 

Up to 10% off 

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.
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Accommodation
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. Click below to find out more...

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. However, if you're travelling after 1st October 2019, you'll need to apply for a ETA (Electronic Travel Authority). This ETA is basically a visa waiver, which costs between $9 and $12 NZD. 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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