TRAVEL to NEW ZEALAND – Tips and Information Guide 2019

New Zealand is truly the land of the Long White Cloud with a vast contrast between the epic coastlines of the Otago Peninsula to the summit of Aoraki Mount Cook.

There are basically 3 options to choose from, being the North Island, South Island or that little island called Stewart Island. Whichever you choose, you won’t be let down.

Fancy a thermal river? Then head to the North Island’s Rotorua or if you prefer snowy mountains, Queenstown is the place to go!

If none of this fancies you then why not head to the Bay of Islands only a short drive from Auckland to take in some sunshine and fresh oysters followed by a trip to the top of New Zealand, Cape Reinga.

New Zealand is probably the most surprising country you can visit as it is jam-packed full of adventure, landscapes and friendly locals. Do yourself a favour and get there ASAP!

New Zealand Travel Guide

Once you start planning to travel to New Zealand, you’re in for a wild ride! Here’s our New Zealand travel guide to get you caught up on the basics of this amazing country.

General Info

Here’s all the general info you’ll need to get started on your travels in New Zealand.

  • Currency: New Zealand Dollar
  • Language: English, Maori
  • Population: 4,695,000
  • Area: 265,150 sq. km

5 Interesting Facts About New Zealand

Wow all your friends with these interesting facts about New Zealand.

  • New Zealand seafood and beer are some of the best in the world! Stewart Island is famous for Blue Eyed Cod while The Bay of Islands has a variety of oysters to indulge in.
  • Aoraki Mount Cook stands at a whopping 3,764 metres above sea level!
  • Lake Taupo is bigger than Singapore!
  • Queenstown is the adrenaline capital of the world!
  • A kiwi lad by the name of Brando Yelavich was the first person to walk around the coast of both islands! It took him nearly 2 years and 4,000 kilometres!

Best Time To Travel To New Zealand

These are the best times to travel to New Zealand:

  • October – February for those perfect summer days.
  • June – September for all things snow.

Top 5 Places To Visit In New Zealand

Don’t miss out on these epic places to visit in New Zealand on your next trip.

  • Otago Peninsula is located only a short drive from Dunedin and is my number 1 pick by far. Rolling green hills clash with the Pacific Ocean while seals and penguins bath in the morning sun.
  • Aoraki National Park is a place of dreams complete with New Zealand’s highest peak, Mount Cook soaring to over 3,700 metres.
  • Tongariro Crossing is one of the most popular day treks in the North Island where you see scenes from the famous Mordor and Mount Doom from the Lord of the Rings.
  • Mount Aspiring National Park is honestly the most beautiful place to sit back and just stare at mountains for hours on end. Options here include a hike to Rob Roy Glacier or further onto French’s Ridge hut for those adventurous souls.
  • Milford Sound. No visit to the South Island is ever complete without cruising on a boat through the Milford Sound. Waterfalls cascade in the fjord below as dolphins play in the crystal clear waters.

Top 5 Experiences In New Zealand

If you love adventure, these are the best experiences in the country.

  • Cruising on a boat in the stunning Milford Sound is something already mentioned but it is a MUST!
  • Hooker Valley walk at Aoraki National Park is basically like walking in a piece of paradise. To your left will be snowcapped peaks and to your left will be snowcapped peaks. At the end of the trail lays Hooker Valley Lake full of icebergs and epic views of Mount Cook.
  • Star gazing at Lake Tekapo is remarkable due to limited light pollution. Opt for a summer’s night out to enjoy the Southern Hemispheres spectacular stars!
  • Snowboarding or skiing The Remarkables high above Queenstown is every snow enthusiasts dream! So get prepared to shred and smash some freshly fallen pow!
  • Wildlife watching on the Otago Peninsula can be done at any time of the year where penguins, seals and albatrosses can be seen in their natural environment.

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