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New Zealand

Holidays on a grand scale

Where to go in New Zealand

Introduction

New Zealand offers such a vast array of experiences, it's perhaps hard to know where to start. That's where our specialists come in. They've travelled the length and breadth of the country, taking in all of the excursions and itineraries we recommend while constantly seeking out new adventures that showcase the very best of this spellbinding country.

Perhaps you'll focus your attention on the North Island, where volcanic landscapes share the headlines with everything from historic vineyard to the sub-tropical beaches of the Bay of Islands. For hiking enthusiasts, it's hard to look past the iconic Tongariro Crossing, a perfect pairing with a stay in the shores of beautiful Lake Taupo. The North Island is also home to New Zealand's largest city, Auckland, and its capital, Wellington, home to the famous Te Papa Museum.

Then, across the Cook Strait in New Zealand's South Island, the dreamy landscapes of Marlborough Sounds give way to the sandy bays of Abel Tasman to the west and Kaikoura to the east, where dolphins and whales play in the Southern Ocean swells. Towering above it all, the mountain range known as the Southern Alps, stretches south to Queenstown, where the likes of jet boating,  skydiving and rafting offer plenty of adrenaline-fuelled fun. And, it doesn't end there. Be sure to thttps://www.wexas.com/holidays/australasia-and-pacific/wellingtonake in the sheer beauty of Milford and Doubtful Sound, then head north up the coast to explore the always-spectacular Fox and Franz Josef glaciers.

Of course, for the full experience, you might decide to combine both islands in your holiday. Either way, speak to our New Zealand specialists, who'll be on hand to tailor you a truly bespoke holiday.

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List of regions

Lake Tekapo, South Island, New Zealand

New Zealand's South Island

The clean, green and serene South Island is an ideal destination for independent travel, with spectacular drives and access to dramatic wilderness areas containing giant glaciers, lakes, rivers, rugged peaks and  a stunning coastline.

Cathedral Cove, Coromandel Peninsula

New Zealand's North Island

With the modern cities of Auckland and Wellington, and scenery that ranges from rugged coastlines and ancient kauri forests to spurting geysers and bubbling hot springs, the North Island is as exciting as it is varied.

Coromandel Peninsula, New Zealand

Rotorua, Taupo & Coromandel

The North Island’s central region is shaped by millennia of volcanic activity. Summit volcanic peaks and dive down into tranquil troughs and sandy beaches as you take in a world of geothermal delights, from hot-spring beaches to hikes among still-smoking calderas.

Lake Wanaka, Queenstown, New Zealand

Queenstown & Wanaka

Spectacular Queenstown bustles year-round with thrill-seekers looking for that ultimate adrenaline rush. Meanwhile, nearby Wanaka offers all the same beauty, but with more of a laid-back vibe.

Milford Sound, New Zealand

Milford Sound & Fiordland

Fiordland is one of New Zealand's most iconic wilderness regions. Immersing yourself in these magical surroundings – whether by foot on the celebrated Milford Track or on board an overnight or daytime cruise – is a defining Kiwi experience.

Views across Waitemata harbour to Auckland, New Zealand

Auckland

You're never far from the water in Auckland, a city that has more recreational boats per capita than any other city in the world, earning it the name the ‘City of Sails'. Head out from its bustling harbour to discover islands and wineries in the Hauraki Gulf.

Marlborough Sounds, New Zealand

Top of the South Island

Vast flooded valleys characterise the South Island’s northern tip – the imposing front to rolling vineyards, national-park beaches and historic towns. Expect adventure aplenty, coupled with amazing seafood and, in Marlborough, some of Australasia's finest wines.

Bay of Islands, New Zealand

Northland & Bay of Islands

Explore wild west coast of Northland and the beautiful Bay of Islands – a region of rich Maori culture, spectacular beaches, historic townships and unforgettable wildlife encounters.

Aoraki, Mount Cook, South Island, New Zealand

New Zealand's West Coast & Southern Alps

Extreme climate and extreme geography are the hallmarks of the west coast of New Zealand, a narrow strip of land hemmed in by the Tasman Sea and the Southern Alps, the backbone of the South Island.

Kaikoura, New Zealand

New Zealand's East Coast

Discover the east coast of New Zealand's South Island, from whale and dolphin watching in Kaikoura to wild walks in Akaroa and Christchurch's English-urban charms.

Otago Peninsula, New Zealand

Dunedin & Otago

The south-eastern corner of the South Island is perhaps the least explored part of the country. Its largest settlement is Dunedin, an attractive and welcoming place with strong Scottish roots.

Wellington, New Zealand

Wellington

Set right by the coast, New Zealand's capital is one of the country's most sparkling cities. Take a ride on its famous cable car, head out into nearby Martinborough to sample fine wines and visit Te Papa – New Zealand's world-renowned national museum.

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 0614 to discuss how we can tailor your holiday.

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