North Vs South Island New Zealand? Why the South is better. We already discussed some differences between the North and South Island in a previous article, here we take a more unbalanced view. If you only have a short time to travel in New Zealand 10 days- 2 weeks then we would advise you to choose an island. In our opinion that island should be the South. Flying in and out of Christchurch would make the most sense, as most of our tours would start and finish there. We do really like the North Island, its great for beaches, bush and culture. Read more about it here. However, we think the South Island has everything you would expect to see in New Zealand; snow capped mountains, glaciers, lakes, fjords. It's just so typically New Zealand it would be a shame to miss it. You can tick off all your must see's in just a few days.
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Scenic views, unique wildlife, delicious food and drinks equals perfect holiday, right? Well, New Zealand is where you will find all of these to make your vacation one to remember. Winter in New Zealand (June-July-August) is considered the ‘off-season’ as most tourists flock in the summer months, but winter is just as beautiful with even more activities and sights that the summer months don’t provide. "But it will be so cold In New Zealand in winter!" We hear you cry. Yes, it will be cold in winter - but if you’re prepared, it could just be your favourite adventure yet. Here are your essentials to surviving a winter holiday in New Zealand.
You might only ever go to New Zealand once in your life. You will want to make the most of the opportunity. Your precious time and money are worth considering before choosing the tour you wish to do in New Zealand. There are a number of considerations that will affect you maximising your time and money. Take these factors into account with your tour decision.
By now you’ve probably realised that the scenery in New Zealand is unbelievable, with stunning vistas around almost every corner. At some point you’ll arrive in Queenstown, one of the many jewels in New Zealand’s crown and the adventure capital of the world. After bungy jumping, skydiving, rafting, skiing, jet boating and partying you’re down to your last few pennies. Now’s the time to break out those hiking boots, enjoy the fresh air and experience South Island of New Zealand up close and personal.
The first people to call New Zealand home were Maori who settled the country sometime before the 14th century. They had travelled from Polynesia to New Zealand and then through a period of isolation developed their own distinctive and rich culture. In better understanding Maori culture, you will better understand what it is to be a New Zealander. These tours have dedicated Maori cultural experiences included in their itineraries.
Whether it's travelling in summer or winter, New Zealand always delivers. With a population of around 4 million, this small country has many visitors falling head of heels in love within just a few days of arriving. We are putting New Zealand at the top of our list for must visit places to travel to in 2017, and here's 11 reasons why.
What to bring in your backpack for your trip. Heading to New Zealand but not sure what to bring? Thinking about what to pack to keep your bag under 20kg? Here’s some useful tips on preparing for your New Zealand adventures tour. We are all guilty of overpacking, which sucks when you have to carry your backpack on and off the bus on tour. We always used to pack way too much and only wear half the clothes...so here is our guide to what to bring to New Zealand.
No tours start in Wellington, however, most North Island tours and all National tours will have some free time here as part of their itineraries. Wellington is the capital city of New Zealand, home the country's parliament and government infrastructure. Wellington is often called 'Windy Wellington' because of the strong winds that funnel between the ocean and the surrounding hill valleys. More recently it's become well regarded as a cultural capital with coffee, film studios, fashion, and creative technology driving the economy and local zeitgeist.
What are the best adventure activities in New Zealand? New Zealand has so much to offer a visitor. From rolling hills, snow capped mountains, vast lakes, and glaciers it has a landscape that invites you to get stuck in and do some crazy activities in it.
After writing our last article about how if you only have a short time to travel you should just pick the South island, we wanted to give the North Island some love.