New Zealand is so far away. but is so familiar. A country divided geographically into two distinct halves by the Cook Strait, both the North Island and the South Island are a holiday destination in their own right. You could visit one or both.. there is no doubt in our minds that you’ll come home wanting to go back.
The North Island is where the beaches are but you don’t come to New Zealand for beaches.. this is all about exploring and discovering. Auckland is the largest city and your likely point of entry. Auckland doesn’t feel like a large city and it is warm and friendly and easy to get around. North from Auckland is the Bay of Islands which is exactly that only more beautiful than you can imagine. Likewise the Coromandel Peninsula to the South-East. Further south and you’ll come across Rotorua, famed for its bubbling volcanic rock pools, thermal springs, and geysers. Napier is famed for its art-deco architecture, and Hawkes Bay for its wine, and then you reach Wellington, the nations capital, and last city on the North Island before crossing to the South on the 3-hour ferry.
South Island begins at the north end, rolling hills and wonderful wine-growing regions, but things soon change. Beyond the whale watching town of Kaikoura, heading south, the scenery changes to the imposing mountain peaks of the Southern Alps. Where there are mountains you’ll find crystal clear lakes, giant glaciers, and deep fjords. Beautiful Queenstown sits at the heart of all this majesty and is a great base from which to explore Mount Cook, Fox Glacier, and Milford Sound. Finally, half way up the eastern coast is Christchurch, the second largest and most English of New Zealand’s cities.
Millington Travel has staff who have been there and explored New Zealand so you can be sure of expert advice based on first-hand knowledge. We think New Zealand is best explored by car or Motorhome, giving yu the freedom to wander as you please, but that’s just our opinion. If you prefer someone else to take the wheel, there is sure to be a coach tour to the suit, whatever your interests and budget. In addition, much of the country can be explored by rail, where journeys don’t come much more spectacular than the Tranz-Alpine journey from Christchurch to Greymouth.
Our Top Ten places to go on a New Zealand Holiday
When to go?
New Zealand’s weather is like the UK’s but the seasons are reversed. The best time to visit is from December to March when days are longer and warmer, and nights are milder. New Zealand never gets extremely hot, but during our summer months from May to October, it can get cold, especially South Island where snow is common. Whenever you go, pack an umbrella ready for the inevitable shower.