New Zealand Travel Guide

With the Aussie dollar riding high a visit to our most fashionable overseas destination has under no circumstances been far better value. New Zealand's close proximity, impressive skiing, spectacular scenery and commonly laid back (practically comatose in some places) way of life make it a impressive location for a holiday or extended trip. In 2008 practically 900,000 Aussies visited New Zealand. Current marketing and advertising pushes from the New Zealand government has kept many people coming - it is tough not to get a little emotional just after a poor week at work when those adds come genuinely is a impressive location to unwind. So what is the most effective way to get there and about?

Flights to New Zealand
There are plenty of impressive offers to New Zealand, with decent competitors for your money from several airlines. This has created flights as low-priced as they have ever been, but beware, booking early is nevertheless important as low-priced seats will be sold up properly in advance, particularly for peak times. Direct flights into Queenstown from Australia are consistently complete over winter.

Critical ideas for booking flights to New Zealand:

New Zealand's international airports are Auckland, Christchurch, Wellington and Queenstown (limited direct flights from Oz in Ski season) A superior time of year to purchase tickets is January. Air New Zealand will release their specials about this time and seats will be readily out there for later in the year (for ski season or flights up till September). Splitting your return fare amongst two airlines is a way to save money - Qantas, Virgin Blue or Air New Zealand could possibly be the cheapest on the way over to Auckland, when Emirates are normally the cheapest on the return leg (a superior chance to fly a impressive airline). Check web based for one particular way fares rather than returns. A bit of searching will save you money. In general you need to spending budget about $450-$500 Aussie return inc. tax for flights to New Zealand. Any less expensive than this and it is a impressive deal. Direct flights into Queenstown will practically surely be closer to $600 inc tax if you get in early Virgin Blue is the only spending budget carrier that flies to the 3 significant airports from Australia Lan Chile and Aerolineus Argentina might occasionally have low-priced seats as they cease over right here on the way through to South America (through Auckland) New Zealand is the most fashionable international destination for web based flight bookings and there's genuinely no require to use an agent if you are happy to book web based. Save yourself the commission agents will charge by booking on the net

Round the Globe
On Star Alliance New Zealand is an painless cease on the way to either the states or pacific Islands.

On One Globe Qantas or Lan Chile will get you there either on the way to the States or South America. It counts as component of the Australian region on continent based tickets.

The most effective time to go
Autumn (March to June) or spring (August to November) are impressive times to visit. Fares are low-priced at these times, and there is much less tourist traffic about the fashionable spots. The colours are impressive, and your holiday will surely be far more relaxed. On the South Island September - October is a impressive time with the mixture of the adjust of seasons and snow capped mountains making for spectacular drives.

As in Australia and about the globe try to stay clear of local school holiday times as rates will be higher. Attempt to stay clear of January, the first week of February, April and the first couple of weeks of July.

Acquiring about

Hiring a auto

The cheapest time to rent a auto is over the winter months from June to October. The impressive range of option of employ firms and the powerful dollar implies it is an painless and low-priced way to get about at any time of year. $40 a day will get you began. Check the huge operators such as Hertz, Easy Rent and Spending budget, along with a bunch of smaller operators.


Renting a campervan has turn out to be one particular of the most fashionable techniques to see New Zealand, and with superior reason. It will give you total freedom and will work out a little less expensive than staying in hotels over the length of your stay. There's a impressive network of camping web sites to park in, or otherwise just propping for the night out in the nation is a lot easier than on Australia's East coast - you will hardly ever be bothered by a ranger at 6 am attempting to fine you $300 for parking in a public location. (those rangers, they'll get ya)

In general a campervan will set you back about $100.00 per day with all the bells and whistles. A superior tip is that getting complete travel insurance in Australia will save you on your auto insurance in New Zealand. A decent Australian policy will have a high rental automobile excess cover, allowing you to pick out the cheapest insurance selection for the camper van. The travel insurance policy will pay for itself a couple of times over.

Check out firms such as Britz, Pacific Horizon, KEA, Apollo and Maui. There's lots of competitors for your dollar.

Be sure you have an understanding of the varying road conditions in New Zealand - driving about in winter through narrow roads with sleet and snow can be extremely difficult and put a dampener on any trip.

For longer stays getting a auto is an selection - 2nd hand automobiles can be pretty low-priced and the approach of changing ownership is painless (just a trip to the post workplace).

Putting your auto/campervan/individual on the interisland ferry

Acquiring amongst the two islands with your auto or on your own is painless and pretty reasonable. Ferries depart five times daily amongst Wellington in the North and Picton in the South. Appear out for offers on these web sites:

-Inter Islander
-Blue Bridge

Anticipate to pay about $50New Zealand dollars for a single trip without a auto.

Backpacker Buses

New Zealand is by far one particular of the easiest countries to get about backpacking. A close to perfect network of hostels is served by impressive public buses or, the easier option, backbacker buses such as the Kiwi Expertise. The later is a hop on hop off style bus that will take you about the islands at your own pace, conveniently stopping at all the significant sights and outside the door of selected hostels. If you can put up with the odd white shoe wearing Brit spending dad's money then this can be a impressive way to see the islands, with plenty of possibilities for adventure activities along the way. Also check out the 'magic bus' and 'stray travel' internet sites for comparable services.


There are a couple of impressive scenic train rides in New Zealand that are reasonably priced and a superior way to ditch the employ auto for a couple of days. In the North Island you can travel amongst Auckland and Wellington, or on the South Island the train from Christchurch-Picton is consistently fashionable. The later takes in the Kaikoura ranges on one particular side and the Pacific coast on the other side. The trip takes about five hours, takes in 22 tunnels and is extremely recommended.

Domestic flights

At present Zuji or Air New Zealand are two web sites that will enable you to book and pay for New Zealand domestic flights web based. Rates are fairly low-priced spending budget about $90 inc tax one particular way from Auckland to Wellington as an instance.

As with flights booking properly in advance is the important to acquiring a reasonable price tag for accommodation. If you are winging it and booking just a night and employ auto be aware in Ski season and New Zealand school holidays accommodation options thin out particularly rapidly. Furthermore, there can be a enormous difference in price tag through agents and several internet sites. Be sure to take the time to check out at least a couple of options prior to you book.

Low-cost fares and packages, along with decent snow make a ski trip to New Zealand an painless option rather than the overpriced and inconstant trips within Australia. A week in New Zealand genuinely can be less expensive than staying at property.

The significant difference amongst Australia and a lot of other destinations is that you cannot stay suitable at the snow (with the exception of Cardona, above Wanaka, and these apartments are booked months in advance). You will be staying in towns close purchase, but this is no drama as transfers to the mountains are low-priced and becoming in Queenstown any night throughout ski season is not a poor issue.

Booking early is the important, particularly for huge groups. Attempt and book any flights and packages in January - there is consistently a multitude of offers out there. Take into consideration booking late season - August through to October. The snow is fairly reliable and you will stay clear of peak rates.

Main regions


The capital in New Zealand for both Skiing and adventure activities, Queenstown has under no circumstances lost its appeal. You can ski up to five regions, like nearby Wanaka. There is accommodation from the plushest digs through to a bunch of backpacker style options that we commonly lack in resorts in Oz. Queenstown is also impressive in summer, with plenty to maintain you busy off the mountains.


Some 70 km's from Queenstown, Wanaka is a huge resort even though much less crowded and hedonistic than Queenstown. It is a less expensive option than Queenstown, but has much less scenic value and comes with little of the village style atmposphere that you get from its flashier neighbour.

Mt Hutt

Mt Hutt enjoys the longest ski season in the South Island due to its status as one particular of the highest ski fields in the Southern Hemisphere. It is located just 1.five hours drive from Christchurch. Accommodation possibilities are either Methvan or Mt Hutt, and range from low-priced and hassle-free motels to luxury resort style.

Mt Ruapehu

Situated on the North Island, Mt Ruapehu is little recognized to many people outside New Zealand. To locals, this area represents constant snow and the country's most developed ski regions. Tour operators virtually ignore this region, even though it is a lot of New Zealand locals first option over winter. Heli skiing is far better served in the South Island, along with other adventure activities.

Heli Skiing
For heli skiing trips or scenic flights over components of both islands a multitude of option abounds. Just be sure to check the safety record of the operator you pick out.

Some other valuable ideas
Remain longer than the typical five days most Aussies do - a month of travel right here need to leave you asking yourself what the rush is back property

Don't bother getting road maps - the Value Tours brochure, from any agent in Aus, has a complete rundown of accommodation options, and a 100 % free and decent map. Some thing like an NRMA guide book. Failing that 100 % free tourist maps when you arrive are just as superior.

Usually check for offers in January for the Ski season

Also appear into skiing in the North Island for a thing several