New Zealand Holidays
Dynamic, rugged and uncompromisingly beautiful, New Zealand is made up of two islands – the North and the South. In the North Island you'll discover the geysers and mud pools of Rotorua, the capital Wellington as well as the vibrant city of Auckland. The South Island is where you’ll find the towering mountains around Wanaka and Mount Cook, the whales and dolphins of Kaikoura and the laid-back attitude of Christchurch, the island’s largest city.
To cover all of these highlights and more, our Experts are here to help you plan your perfect New Zealand holiday, and make sure you start your Journey the right way with the country's national carrier: Air New Zealand. Take inspiration from our sample holidays below or choose your own adventure with a bespoke itinerary.
New Zealand Holiday Inspiration
Popular Tailor-made New Zealand Holidays
New Zealand is more than just a place you simply fly to and stay in. To truly experience it all you’ve got to explore its islands, cruise its fjords and marvel at its many natural wonders. As a result, our New Zealand holidays are more than just flights and hotels, they’re tailor-made Journeys designed to showcase the very best that this country has to offer. Experience the Best of the North Island with 11 days' car hire, a Bay of Islands Hole in the Rock cruise and Tamaki Maori Village tour, or be seduced by the Best of the South Island with 13 days' car hire, a Milford Sound cruise with lunch and a thrilling Franz Josef Glacier valley walk. Feeling inspired? Check out our holiday ideas below or our tailor-made holidays above.
Where to Go in New Zealand
New Zealand can be split into two parts: the North Island and South Island. The North Island is where you’ll find Auckland, the country’s largest city and the main entry point of New Zealand. From Auckland you can explore the North Island quite easily by car with notable highlights including the Bay of Islands, Lake Taupo, Wellington and Rotorua. The South Island is larger than the North Island and is home to 10 of New Zealand’s 14 national parks. Highlights of the island include Milford Sound, Abel Tasman National Park and Christchurch. For more details on where to go, see our favourite destinations below:
New Zealand Holiday Types
With a multitude of experiences on offer in New Zealand, your style of holiday can take on any number of styles. Tramp (the Kiwi word for hike) through New Zealand’s stunning scenery on an active holiday, cruise through the wild setting of Milford Sound on a nature holiday, or plan an epic road trip exploring at your own place on a fly-drive holiday. See below for inspiration on how to holiday in New Zealand or talk to our Experts today if you have something special in mind.
New Zealand Holiday Advice and Ideas
More About New Zealand
Capital city: Wellington
Currency: New Zealand Dollar
Vaccinations: Extra vaccinations are not required.
Flight time: London to Auckland flight time is around 27 hours with a stopover included in either Asia or the Middle East.
Visas: British Citizens do not require a visa for stays of less than six months.
Top 3 Things to Do in New Zealand
- Cruise the calm waters of Milford Sound
- Watch the bubbling geysers of Rotorua
- Explore Lord of the Rings’ Middle Earth
When to Go to New Zealand
With its enduring natural beauty shining bright throughout the year, the best time to visit New Zealand is whenever you can. Even in the coldest, wettest months (June to August), some parts of the country are at the optimal time to visit. And so, whatever time of year you’re planning to visit, New Zealand will show you a good time. Just remember as New Zealand is in the southern hemisphere, the seasons are opposite to the UK, so be sure to pack your swimsuit in December and winter coat in June. Read more about when to go to New Zealand.
Why Book Your New Zealand Holiday with Flight Centre
We know New Zealand: Many of our Travel Experts have visited, lived in or are from New Zealand, and can easily craft a tailor-made trip to suit your needs and budget.
Local knowledge: As an Australasian-born company, Flight Centre has stores and offices throughout New Zealand, giving us access to fantastic local knowledge. With a team on the ground in New Zealand, we’ll not only ensure you have a fantastic experience, but also offer you insider information and tips that only locals will know.
Flexibility: We offer flexible deposits, the opportunity to pay the balance of your holiday just 10 weeks before departure and fixed change and cancellation fees.
Travel Butler and 24/7 Emergency Assistance Service: When you book a holiday to New Zealand from our range of tailor-made Journeys, you’ll also enjoy access to our inclusive Travel Butler concierge and 24/7 Emergency Assistance services.