New Zealand, located on the Tasman Sea is made up of two main islands, North Island and South Island. Between them, visitors will find stunning mountains, scenic beaches, frozen glaciers, burbling hot springs, and more. Whether your outdoor passion is skiing, scuba diving, hiking, mountain biking, or even bungee jumping, you can do it all in this outdoor paradise. New Zealand is the perfect place to get away from it all. During your stay, you’ll find many pleasant cities where you can meet some friendly kiwis and enjoy comfortable New Zealand accommodation.
The weather will vary depending on where you plan a holiday in New Zealand. The southern tip of South Island tends to get chilly winters, while you’ll find warmer weather the farther north you go on North Island. Before you book a flight to New Zealand, consider that the busiest tourist season tends to be during the school holiday from the middle of December through January. Hotels and flights may be more difficult to book, especially in tourist towns, so it’s important to make plans in advance.
New Zealand is filled with natural parks where you can hike, climb, and mountain bike, including Fiordland National Park, Tongariro National Park, and Aoraki Mount Cook National Park, where you can climb the country’s tallest mountain. Explore the Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers at Westland National Park, or ease into a simmering hot pool in the town of Rotorua.
Meanwhile, Auckland, located on North Island, is a friendly, busy town that offers museums, great dining, and the famous Sky Tower, the tallest building in the Southern Hemisphere. Other great cities to visit on North Island include the nation’s capital, Wellington, and Napier, known for its intriguing Art Deco architecture. Down on the South Island, stop by Queenstown and Christchurch, the “Garden City.” You may want to consider a car hire in New Zealand, as attractions can be spread apart.
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