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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 £2,825 pp

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offer

Flight offer – Save up to £150 pp
Book by: 31 January 2018

Take in the city greats and spectacular natural world of New Zealand with this curated road trip, showcasing the best of the North and South islands.

Best of the South Island

13-day tailor-made self-drive & rail journey from £2,925 pp

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offer

Air Offer – Save up to £160 pp
Book by: 31 January 2018

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

Cultural Highlights of New Zealand

19-day tailor-made self-drive from £3,460 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.

Best of the North Island

17-day tailor-made self-drive from £4,200 pp incl. flights

Bringing you between stunning volcanic landscapes, sub-tropical beaches and world-class wineries, this self-drive holiday showcases the best of New Zealand's North Island.

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Top offers for New Zealand Nature Holidays

Highlights of New Zealand

19-day tailor-made self-drive from £2,825 pp

Special
offer

Flight offer – Save up to £150 pp
Book by: 31 January 2018

Take in the city greats and spectacular natural world of New Zealand with this curated road trip, showcasing the best of the North and South islands.

Best of the South Island

13-day tailor-made self-drive & rail journey from £2,925 pp

Special
offer

Air Offer – Save up to £160 pp
Book by: 31 January 2018

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

View all offers

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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