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Whale Watching in New Zealand

New Zealand Nature Holidays

Nature holidays in New Zealand


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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Our top itineraries for New Zealand Nature Holidays

Queenstown, New Zealand

Highlights of New Zealand

19-day tailor-made self-drive from £3,790 pp

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.

Fiordland Navigator, Doubtful Sound

Best of New Zealand's South Island

13-day tailor-made self-drive & rail journey from £4,655 pp

Discover New Zealand's South Island on this in-depth road trip, which includes a glacier heli-hike, an overnight Doubtful Sound cruise and a journey on the iconic TranzAlpine train.

Rotorua, New Zealand

Cultural Highlights of New Zealand

19-day tailor-made self-drive from £5,630 pp

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.

Cathedral Cove, Coromandel, New Zealand.

Best of New Zealand's North Island

17-day tailor-made self-drive from £4,150 pp

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

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