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New Zealand Holiday

Walk the ancient forests and glacier-carved mountains of this island nation and you’ll soon discover why movie directors and outdoors enthusiasts love "Aotearoa".

With snow-capped peaks, primeval forests, and active volcanoes, New Zealand’s stunning natural diversity has played a staring role in movies like Avatar and The Lord of the Rings trilogy. It’s not just movie directors who are drawn here; outdoors enthusiasts also come in droves to trek mountains, ski glaciers, abseil into limestone caves and experience white-knuckle rides down river rapids. With Maori society dating back over 700 years, and English settlement almost 200, Aotearoa, as New Zealand is traditionally known, is a place of diverse cultural riches too.

At the top of the North Island, discover the “City of Sails”, Auckland, then lose yourself in the fabulous Bay of Islands. Just to the south, the geysers and bubbling mud pools of Rotorua await. Visit the Whakarewarewa Thermal Village to learn how the Maori coexist with the unpredictable nature of the landscape. Near the North Island’s center, hike through herb fields and forests near the active volcanoes of Tongariro National Park

New Zealand’s political and cultural capital Wellington, sits at the southern tip of the North Island. Ride the Wellington Cable Car, tour the city’s museums and galleries, and order a short black in Cuba Street, the city's bohemian enclave. 

From Wellington, it’s just a short ferry ride to the South Island. Explore the glaciers and lakes of the Mount Cook region or take a TranzAlpine rail journey though Arthurs Pass. If you’re into mountain biking or skiing, carve up the slopes around Queenstown, or saddle up for a multi-day adventure along the Otago Rail Trail. New Zealand is the birthplace of bungee jumping, so leap off the Kawarau Gorge Suspension Bridge, or take a jet-boat ride through the swirling waters below. For a change of pace, paddle a sea kayak across the pure waters and silence of Milford Sound

Located in the southwestern Pacific Ocean, New Zealand is a three-hour flight from Australia. Its major cities have direct connections to over 20 major cities worldwide.

Q: Should I book a car while on holiday in New Zealand?

A: Get a rental car and travel about like a local, not a tourist. Jump into the driver's seat and discover everything that Auckland and Wellington have to offer, from major attractions to off-the-beaten-path gems. Your own set of wheels is also a must if your plan is to road trip around the region of New Zealand or farther afield. Cheap Car Hire in New Zealand? We can help.

Q: Which airports can I fly in to for a holiday to New Zealand?

A: Here's a list of airports that operate international flights in New Zealand:

  • Auckland (AKL-Auckland Intl.): 2,279 international flights per month.
  • Christchurch (CHC-Christchurch Intl.): 403 international flights per month.
  • Wellington (WLG-Wellington Intl.): 272 international flights per month.

Q: What are the most popular types of hotels for a holiday to New Zealand?

A: Some of the most readily available types of accommodation in New Zealand include motels, private holiday homes and bed & breakfasts. You might also like to choose one of the apartments. You'll find all of these property types when you book with Expedia.

Q: What does a New Zealand holiday booking with Expedia include?

A: Experiences and activities close by? Check. Airfares? Yes. A snazzy set of wheels? Of course. And after a big day of travelling, you'll be eager for a cosy room to unwind. We've got it all covered. Lock in what you need and get ready for a memorable New Zealand getaway.

Q: What is the best way to save money on my holiday to New Zealand?

A: The simplest way to save dollars is to bundle your bookings with the help of Expedia. Flights, Hotels and Car Rentals can all be quickly combined into a neat little holiday package — and by doing this, you'll save some time as well. Keep this in mind before you book.

Q: What are the best things to do in New Zealand?

A: Sky Tower, University of Auckland and Kelly Tarlton's Underwater World — if Auckland is on your itinerary, be sure to check out these renowned attractions. We promise you won't regret it.

Wellington is another popular place with plenty to keep you busy. Be sure to visit Te Papa (Museum of New Zealand), Westpac Stadium and Courtenay Place while you're in town.

Yet another exciting city with plenty on offer is Christchurch. Don't forget to see New Brighton Beach, Mona Vale and Lyttelton Harbour.




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The Grand by SkyCity AU$212
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The Grand by SkyCity

The Grand by SkyCity

90 Federal Street, Auckland
     
    4.5 of 5
    5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Wonderful location and in close proximity to every type of restaurant. The room was clean and modern and super comfortable. Such great staff, well presented and professional. Overall the place has an electric vibe, will definitely be the place I always stay whenever I'm in Auckland.

    Avani Auckland Metropolis Residences AU$166
    Reviewed on 16 Jul. 2020
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    Avani Auckland Metropolis Residences

    Avani Auckland Metropolis Residences

    40 Kitchener Street, Auckland
       
      4.4 of 5
      4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      We stayed as a family. The check-in was efficient, room immaculate and spacious. Indoor spa and pool great for after a days excursions and beautifully maintained. Clean, modern and excellent kitchen and bathroom facilities. Close to inner city vibe, train and bus stations

      Hilton Queenstown Resort & Spa AU$208
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      Hilton Queenstown Resort & Spa

      Hilton Queenstown Resort & Spa

      Kawarau Village, 79 Peninsula Road, Queenstown
         
        4.4 of 5
        5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        An upmarket hotel, in a quiet, sunny location with great lake views. It's convenient to the airport (but not too close) and away from the congestion of central Queenstown. Nice pool and lakefront terrace, and enough food options that you don't need to go into town if you don't want to. But at a time ...

        SkyCity Hotel AU$196
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        SkyCity Hotel

        SkyCity Hotel

        Corner Victoria and Federal Streets, Auckland
           
          4.4 of 5
          4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Fabulous friendly hotel right in the middle of it all

          Auckland Harbour Suites AU$111
          Reviewed on 6 Jul. 2020
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          Auckland Harbour Suites

          Auckland Harbour Suites

          16 Gore Street, Auckland
             
            3.7 of 5
            3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Great location, easy to find & parking nearby. Good value for money!

            Oaks Wellington Hotel AU$125
            Reviewed on 24 Jul. 2020
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            Oaks Wellington Hotel

            Oaks Wellington Hotel

            89 Courtenay Place, Te Aro, Wellington, Wellington
               
              4.3 of 5
              4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Room and location was excellent. The breakfast was nice if a bit pricey. Parking very tight. Hospitality very good. Over all very good

              Hilton Auckland AU$201
              Reviewed on 26 Jul. 2020
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              Hilton Auckland

              Hilton Auckland

              Princes Wharf 147 Quay Street, Auckland
                 
                4.5 of 5
                5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                I really enjoyed my stay last week. The staff were so welcoming, the room was very clean and location was just what I needed. Will be booking another stay

                James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor AU$125
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                James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor

                James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor

                147 The Terrace, Wellington
                   
                  4.2 of 5
                  4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Great welcome room and a variety of eating options. Car park a bonus

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