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Whale Watching in New Zealand

New Zealand Nature Holidays

Nature holidays in New Zealand

Introduction

Having separated and drifted away from both Antarctica and Australia many millions of years ago, New Zealand developed a unique profile of flora and fauna. It was a land teeming with birds, unthreatened by predators of any sort – the only mammals at the time were bats. Now, extraordinary birds such as the kiwi and kakapo still exist, their conservation carefully managed. Add in hulking glaciers, natural hot springs, whale watching, fjords and mountains, and New Zealand's natural landscape is impossible to ignore.

Discover the healing properties of Rotorua’s hot springs, or waiariki

Although found both in the South and North Island, it is the North Island where hot springs are most densely distributed. The largest exist in Rotorua on the North Island, a product of the area’s volcanic geothermal activity. Here you’ll find hot waterfalls at Hell’s Gate, spouting geysers at Te Puia, and natural mineral pools and spas, offering mud treatments, or just a good soak. And did you know the Manaroa Spring spouts roughly 1,800 litres of boiling thermal water every minute?

Watch the sperm whales and dolphins go by in Kaikoura on a wildlife holiday

Although whales of all types can be seen around New Zealand’s coast, as a result of its resident sperm whales it is Kaikoura that is most famous for whale watching. They can be seen all year round, and from December to March it is also possible to see killer whales. The sperm whales take to the environment due to the combination of deep water canyons and warm and cold waters that generate nutrient rich waters in the area. And if you are lucky there is often even more to see - dolphin sightings are an almost daily occurrence.

Prioritise the things that interest you the most with Wexas

New Zealand offers a lot, and you'll want the expertise of an experienced travel consultant. Let us tailor your trip based on what is most important to you, and a schedule that comfortably enables you to fit it all in. Enquire today.

Our top itineraries for New Zealand Nature Holidays

Best of the South Island

13-day tailor-made self-drive & rail journey from £3,125 pp

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Free car hire

– Save up to £415 pp
Book by: 22 September 2017

Discover the best of the South Island on this two-week self-drive, taking in Christchurch, Kaikoura, Queenstown and beautiful Lake Tekapo. Included tours, from whale-watching cruises to heli-hikes, help bring it all to life.

New Zealand – A Mythical Journey

19-day tailor-made self-drive from £3,345 pp incl. flights

Free car hire

This country-spanning tour takes in the best New Zealand's North and South islands. And, between stays in the Bay of Islands, Rotorua, Mt Cook and Queenstown, you'll call into some of the locations used in filming of The Lord of the Rings and, more recently, The Hobbit.

Best of the North Island

17-day tailor-made self-drive from £4,330 pp incl. flights

Free car hire

Designed to showcase the best of New Zealand's North Island, this self-drive brings begins with Auckland and the Bay of Islands before dipping south past Coromandel's golden beaches and volcanic Rotorua. Then, via lakeside Taupo and the vineyards of Hawke's Bay, you'll end with a stay in Wellington.

A Taste of New Zealand

19-day tailor-made self-drive from £3,435 pp incl. flights

Free car hire

A tailor-made self-drive through much of the most spectacular scenery of the North and South Islands. Discover Auckland, Coromandel Peninsula, Rotorua, Hawke's Bay, Wellington, Abel Tasman and the glaciers and mountains of Franz Josef and Queenstown as you journey through this stunning country.

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Top offers for New Zealand Nature Holidays

Best of the South Island

13-day tailor-made self-drive & rail journey from £3,125 pp

Special
offer

Free car hire

– Save up to £415 pp
Book by: 22 September 2017

Discover the best of the South Island on this two-week self-drive, taking in Christchurch, Kaikoura, Queenstown and beautiful Lake Tekapo. Included tours, from whale-watching cruises to heli-hikes, help bring it all to life.

Wilderness Highlights of New Zealand

23-day tailor-made self-drive from £6,355 pp

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offer

Free car hire

Free car hire – Save up to £105 pp
Book by: 30 September 2017

Discover the Bay of Islands, Coromandel and Rotorua on the North Island and Kaikoura, Fox Glacier and Fiordland on the South Island at your own pace, with the chance to sample a full range of off-the-beaten track adventures and excursions.

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Why book with Wexas Travel?

At Wexas, we specialise in bespoke travel experiences. Our itineraries are just samples of what we can arrange, and can be changed depending on your precise needs, finances and ideas by our experienced destination specialists.

Contact one of our consultants on 020 7590 0610 to discuss how we can tailor your holiday.

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