Luxury New Zealand Holidays are famed for clean, green environments and remarkable scenic beauty that encompass everything from snow-capped mountains to sparkling coastal waters and from sandy beaches to rolling green countryside.
It's not all about scenery though; traditional Maori heritage has blended with modern european and Polynesion influences to create a rich and fascinating culture; the fertile land is responsible for some of the world's most sought after wines that are more than matched by the quality of the Pacific Rim cuisine; and there are outdoor activities that offer everything from the serene to the adrenalin-fuelled.
Say New Zealand to those who have never visited her islands and they’ll immediately envisage verdant green countryside carved out by dramatic waterways and without even a hint of civilisation as far as the eye can see… and they’d be spot on. It’s not all about scenery though; traditional Maori heritage has blended with modern European and Polynesian influences to create a rich and fascinating culture, and with the fertile land responsible for some of the world’s most sought after wines, a tipple or two is a necessary part of any visit.
Time difference: GMT +12 hours Flight duration: 26 hours (via Singapore to Auckland)
Currency: New Zealand dollar
British Airways and Qantas fly from London Heathrow via the Far east and Australia. Singapore Airlines flies from London Heathrow and Manchester via Singapore. Emirates flies from London Heathrow, London Gatwick, Manchester, Birmingham, Glasgow and Newcastle via Dubai and Australia. Air New Zealand flies from London Heathrow via Los Angeles.
In the summer months of December to February temperatures occasionally reach up to 30° but are more usually a pleasant 20-25°. Late spring and early autumn are also a good time for a touring itinerary, while in the winter months of June to August there's great skiing in the popular South Island.