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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.

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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

Highlights of New Zealand

19-day tailor-made self-drive from £3,045 pp incl. flights

Special
offer

Flight offer – Save up to £80 pp
Book by: 18 October 2018

With boutique hotel stays and car hire included throughout, this curated road trip perfectly showcases the unique cultures and natural wonders of New Zealand's North and South islands.

Best of the South Island

13-day tailor-made self-drive & rail journey from £3,345 pp incl. flights

Discover New Zealand's South Island, bringing all to life with an included glacier heli-hike, an overnight Doubtful Sound cruise and a journey on the iconic TranzAlpine train.

Australia and New Zealand Discoverer

21-day tailor-made journey from £4,690 pp incl. flights

This 21-day tailor-made itinerary combines the best that Australia and New Zealand have to offer. You'll explore New Zealand's world-famous glaciers and remote fjords with a self-drive before discovering Australia's sacred Ayers Rock, stunning beaches and delightful waterside cities.

Cultural Highlights of New Zealand

19-day tailor-made self-drive from £3,540 pp incl. flights

A tip-to-toe tour of New Zealand, taking in the best of its landscapes and culture, and calling into filming locations from The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings.

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Top offers for New Zealand Nature Holidays

Highlights of New Zealand

19-day tailor-made self-drive from £3,045 pp incl. flights

Special
offer

Flight offer – Save up to £80 pp
Book by: 18 October 2018

With boutique hotel stays and car hire included throughout, this curated road trip perfectly showcases the unique cultures and natural wonders of New Zealand's North and South islands.

Antarctica and the Ross Sea on Silversea

29-day stay & expedition voyage from £29,320 pp incl. flights

Exclusive
cruise offer

Exclusive Tailor-made fares
Book by: 31 March 2019

Start 2021 with a bang and prepare for the unforgettable as you set sail on a voyage that takes in 10 different species of penguin, six species of whale and countless seabirds.

Majesty of Milford on Regent Seven Seas

15-day cruise from £9,375 pp incl. flights

Exclusive
cruise offer

Exclusive - Receive $500 Spa or shipboard credit per suite

Take advantage of special fares and on board credit for you to use in the spa, gift shop or that special vintage bottle of wine.

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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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