Ecologically and culturally diverse, New Zealand offers a bit of everything in an amazingly small area!
From stunning coastlines to majestic alpine ranges and everything in between. It is one of the few places in the world where you can experience such a wide range of landscapes in such short distances.
New Zealand is made up of 2 main islands, the North and the South. Both islands have their charm, with the North Island being famous for its lush and picturesque coastal beaches, and the South Island for its spectacular and grandiose Southern Alps and lakes.
When travelling NZ it is easy to underestimate how much there is to see/do as well as the travel times required between destinations. The country is connected by a multitude of 2 lane winding roads through mountains and canyons, making driving one of the most interesting parts of your travel but also the most time consuming. Try give yourself as much time as possible for your trip, once here you will always wish you have more time to explore.
Each region in New Zealand offers something different and unique, from the magnificent mountain regions of the Central Otago and Fiordland to the coast wonders of Coromandel and Catlins.
- Upper North Island, the tropical paradise of NZ, amazing beaches, sprawling coastlines and spectacular seafood all within easy reach of Auckland
- Central North Island, bubbling mud-pools, geysers, volcanos and Maori villages, this is the indigenous cultural heart of NZ and also and adventure hotspot
- Lower North Island, the base of the capital city, known for its museums, art and cafe’s, the lower north is another cultural icon
- Upper South Island, the home of Able Tasman national park and Golden Bay, this is a place of lush forest, gold sand beaches and fantastic vineyards
- Central South Island, with NZ’s largest mountain at its heart, this is a place of magnificent vistas, glacial lakes, tussock plains and small quaint towns.
- Lower South Island, Milford Sound, Queenstown and Wanaka, some of NZ’s most famous destinations lie here, the most popular region consists of everything from alpine landscapes to glaciers and fiords, it is a must visit for any traveller
Your itinerary is planned to include any or all of the above, depending on the length of your trip, it is best to focus your attention on one region at a time so you get the most out of the experience. Travelling around most of the South Island will take a minimum of 2-3 weeks, as will the North. If you want to explore just the highlights of a certain few regions, such as the Southern Lakes, Mt Cook and Fiordland, this can be managed in 7-10days.
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