New Zealand holiday highlights

New Zealand North Island Highlights
• Visit a geothermal wonderland with bubbling sulphur pools and erupting geysers at Wai-O-Tapu in the Rotorua, Taupo & Central Region.
• Search for dolphins and whales cruising the beautiful Bay of Islands or at Coromandel.
• Witness incredible views on the Tongariro Crossing, repeatedly voted one of the world's Top 10 one-day treks.
• Take a campervan trip from Auckland to Wellington, stopping wherever and whenever the mood takes you.

New Zealand South Island Highlights
• Experience a magical morning swimming with wild dolphins or whale watching off the coast of Kaikoura in the Christchurch & Kaikoura region.
• In the West Coast & Glaciers region, take a helicopter ride to the top of the mighty Franz Josef or Fox Glacier and walk on the face of the glacier, through crevasses and ice caves.
• Choose from a thrilling range of activities in the adrenalin capital of Queenstown - jet boat down the Dart River, go horseriding around The Lord of the Rings country, parasail, bungee jump or even river surf.
• Visit the Fiordland areas to cruise or sea kayak in stunning and dramatic Milford Sound, dominated by the imposing Mitre Peak and home to abundant wildlife.

New Zealand – The Essentials
• Tipping is a matter of choice. For excellent service, a discretionary tip of 10% may be given.
• There are no compulsory vaccinations but one for tetanus is recommended. For more detailed information contact your GP or a specialist vaccination centre.
• Charge your camera regularly and keep it on you at all times – this is one of the world’s most photogenic countries.
• Bring suitable footwear for walking and a light rain coat.

Random Fact
The New Zealand All Blacks are renowned for their performance of a traditional Maori ‘haka’ before each game of rugby. They form a semi-circle and perform the Ka Mate haka which involves chanting, thigh slapping, feet stamping and various gestures while facing down the opposing team.

New Zealand key facts

Time difference

GMT +12 hours (GMT +13 hours from the last week in March to the first week in October)

Capital

Wellington

Currency

New Zealand Dollar (NZ$) comprising of 100 cents.

Flying time to destination

Auckland: 23 hours, Christchurch: 24½ hours.

Language

English. Maori is also spoken but is not widely used.

Passport & visas

Visas are not required for UK passport holders.

Voltage & electricity

230 volt AC. Three round pin plugs are used, therefore an adapter is required.

New Zealand good to know

Tipping

Tipping is a matter of choice. For excellent service, a discretionary tip of 10% may be given.

History

The history of New Zealand dates back to approx. 1250 AD. It was discovered by Polynesians, who settled and developed a distinct Maori culture centred on kinship links and land. New Zealand is often referred to as the 'youngest country', as it was one of the last major landmasses to be inhabited, and has a fascinating mix of Maori and European heritage.