New Zealand, or Aotearoa (which translates to 'land of the long white cloud') as it is universally known, is a land of rare natural beauty and breathtaking contrasts. A visit to New Zealand will leave you no time to waste because there's so much to see and do. You can quench your thirst for adventure by jumping out of a plane (skydive!) or off a bridge (bungy jump!), or relax a little by cruising Auckland's Hauraki Gulf or sampling the local drop in one of the many wine-producing regions.
New Zealand is located at the junction of major tectonic plates producing a geological fault line through the length of both Islands. Creating a diverse landscape with the formation of spectacular glacial mountain ranges in the south, active volcanoes and geothermal regions in the north with lakes, fast flowing rivers and rich fertile farmlands over much of the country.
New Zealand features spectacularly beautiful landscapes including vast mountain chains, steaming volcanoes, sweeping coastlines, deeply indented fiords, lush rainforests and amazing wildlife.
Comparable in size and/or shape to Great Britain, Colorado or Japan, New Zealand has a population of 4 million - making it one of the world's least crowded countries.
New Zealand is a world class tourist destination with spectacular scenery in any season. From snow capped ranges and hills in Winter, golden yellow landscapes of Autumn, blossom filled vistas of Spring and the lush green splendour of Summer. Offering visitors a diverse range of activities from enjoying the natural beauty of this scenic wonderland, absorbing the History and Maori Heritage to breathtaking adventures for the thrill seekers. It is a haven for those seeking peace, rejuvenation and relaxation as well as a playground for thrill seekers and adventurers. A temperate climate with relatively small seasonal variation makes it an ideal year-round holiday destination.
From the sub tropical rainforests of Northland and Bay of Islands to the fascinating geothermal regions of the Central Volcanic Plateau at the centre of the North Island to the rich fertile farmlands of the Eastern and lower North Island.
The South Island with it's snow covered Mountain Ranges, lakes, rivers, moving glaciers, World Heritage Fiordlands, rugged West Coast shoreline and world class ski fields provides some of the most spectacular natural scenery in the world.
One third of the country is bounded by Native Forests and National Parks with abundant walking tracks, crystal clear fast flowing rivers, waterfalls, lakes and abundant native fauna. With 15,000 kilometres of coastline, travellers are never far from the many pristine and deserted beaches. The rich fertile soils and climate making New Zealand one of the worlds leading food producing nations and the developing wine industry is fast becoming world renown for the production of many award winning wines.
Accommodation in New Zealand includes luxury hotels to stylish country lodges, self-contained New Zealand accomodation and friendly, affordable backpackers hostels. New Zealand offers you a range of accommodation choices for every budget.