Roughly the same size as Great Britain, New Zealand is an enchanting, naturally beautiful country.
Explore the diverse scenery of the North Island, with its lush pastures, vineyards, rolling hills, dense rainforests and glorious white beaches, or visit the sparsely inhabited South Island, where you'll discover dramatic mountains and glaciers sweeping down to mysterious fiords carved deep into the coastline.
New Zealand's largest city, Auckland has two superb harbours and a thriving waterfront. Getting around this cosmopolitan city couldn't be easier. You can hop aboard a bus almost anywhere, or you can use pedal power to explore the shopping, dining and natural wonders Auckland has to offer.
The country's capital city, Wellington enjoys a picturesque harbour setting with a panoramic hilly backdrop. This popular New Zealand luxury holiday is full of great restaurants, culture, shopping, and a vast array of sports both on-land and on the water.
Situated on the east coast of the South Island, Christchurch is a pretty, English-style city with spectacular coastal surroundings. The 'Garden City', Christchurch boasts well preserved 19th Century buildings, contemporary galleries, laneside eateries, and extensive open parks.
The seasons in New Zealand are opposite to the UK, with the warmest months being December to February, and the coldest June to August.
New Zealand is jam-packed with things to do. Exploring the country's magnificent landscape and coastline tops the list for many. If adventure is your game, you've chosen the perfect holiday destination, as New Zealand has a long list of thrilling activities to get your blood racing. If you're planning a relaxing holiday, hot pools, vineyards and cultural attractions are sure to keep you entertained.
You'll find that food outlets range from casual cafés to formal, more expensive, restaurants. One thing is for certain, you'll love New Zealand's affordable fresh cuisine and world-class wines and beers.
As you would expect, cities such as Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch have a plentiful supply of restaurants, bars and clubs.
It is your responsibility to ensure you have the correct travel insurance and vaccinations and / or special medication for your destination. Please consult your GP for advice at least one month ahead of travel. It is essential that you meet the visa and passport requirements for your chosen destination. Visit the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (http://www.fco.gov.uk) website for up to date entry requirements listed by country.