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Prime minister: Jacinda Ardern
Dialing code: +64
Population: 4.886 million (2018)
New Zealand is an island country in the southwestern Pacific Ocean. It comprises two main landmasses—the North Island and the South Island —and around 600 smaller islands, covering a total area of 268,021 square kilometres
We’re rated in international surveys as one of the world’s most peaceful, least corrupt countries. The 2017 Global Peace Index, which compares 162 countries for the risk of personal violence, rates New Zealand as the world’s second safest country just after Iceland.
There is three different languages spoken in New Zealand, English, Māori and New Zealand Sign Language. Some disagree that English is an official language of New Zealand.
We love a good festival here in New Zealand and it’s something we like to think we’re pretty good at. Over the course of a year, there are literally hundreds of festivals that take place all across the country from huge food and wine festivals to smaller community events that even include gumboot throwing! (RHYTHM AND ALPS, AUCKLAND INTERNATIONAL BUSKERS FESTIVAL, FRINGE FESTIVAL WELLINGTON and many more…)
Best time to go:
The best time to visit New Zealand is during the summer months of December to March, which bring long, bright and sunny days and temperatures of 61°F to 75°F. If you love snowboarding & skiing then you should come over during the the months of June, July, August.
You should plan to spend around NZ$183 ($121) per day on your vacation in New Zealand, which is the average daily price based on the expenses of other visitors. Past travelers have spent, on average, NZ$42 ($27) on meals for one day and NZ$25 ($16) on local transportation
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Best things to do in New Zealand
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Best things to do in New Zealand
1- Bay of Islands
At 10 am we’ll meet at Paihia Beach. There, we’ll take off our shoes and board a 33 ft catamaran that will sail us off to the Bay of Islands.
We’ll enjoy the sea breeze whipping our hair as we soak up the sun on deck and admire the lush green landscape of this area of New Zealand. Did you know this bay is made up of 144 islands? We’ll go on a cruise to one of these magnificent islands and spend two hours enjoying its paradisiacal beaches. We’ll even do some snorkelling or paddleboarding!
2- Lord of the ring tour
The captivating beautiful countryside of New Zealand was the inspiration for Peter Jackson’s vision of The Lord of the Rings trilogy. And not for nothing – the striking mountains, rolling hills and tranquil lakes of these Pacific islands inevitably come to mind when imagining Gandalf and Shadowfax galloping across mythical lands. After being picked up from your hotel in Queenstown, your adventure will begin, heading in the direction of Glenorchy, the filming location of a number of famous scenes.
3- Sky Dive in Auckland
If you’ve always fancied launching yourself out of a flying aeroplane and soaring over spectacular landscapes, you can’t miss doing this tandem skydive in Auckland. Enjoy the unique experience of free-falling through the skies above New Zealand – truly unforgettable!
1- Foley Towers – Christchurch
Free un-limited Wifi and fantastic value for independent travellers. Gorgeous gardens. Underfloor heating, lashings of hot water, loads of space. Firm beds, feather duvets. Free off-street parking and free luggage storage. NO Bunks except in dorms. Super Smiling Staff. No loud parties, no backpacker bus crowds or hard sell. Check in after 6pm (winter) and after 9pm (summer) by arrangement. Extend your stay before 10am if you’re too relaxed to move on.
2- Nomads Queenstown – Queenstown
Nomads Queenstown is backpacking in style and is the winner of multiple awards since we opened our doors 10 years ago This fantastic purpose-built property is located just metres away from Lake Wakatipu in central Queenstown, with views of the snow-capped mountains.
3- The Marion – Wellington
The Marion is your brand new hostel right in the heart of New Zealand’s capital, near Cuba Street and Courtenay Place, where the cultural and bohemian city life is happening. You came to the right place if you want an unforgettable stay in New Zealand’s buzzing capital. After a day of traveling and discovering we want you to feel at home in a stylish, relaxing and clean environment. Enjoy the view of Cuba Street from the rooftop terrace, or swap stories with your new friends over a coffee.
4- The Attic Backpackers – Auckland
Hostelworld’s winner 4 years in a row of most popular Hostel. The Attic Backpackers is a clean and modern backpackers haven, located in the heart of Auckland City. Just one street over from the iconic Skytower and a minute walk from the hustle and bustle of Queen street, our location could not be better! We pride ourselves on providing exceptional service and travel advice to our guests as well as maintaining a spotlessly clean and welcoming environment!
5- YHA Wanaka Purple Cow – Wanaka
Lively, cosy, and comfortable with stunning views out to Lake Wanaka and the mountains, YHA Wanaka is an incredibly popular hostel year-round. Our relaxed, welcoming vibe and open plan living/dining area get rave reviews in the likes of Lonely Planet. Our excellent communal facilities include several communal areas to relax in, plus a roaring log fire, pool table, reading area, balcony, and movie room. We’re on hand to help you make the most of your time in Wanaka and can offer a free travel and activity booking service.
6- Funky Green Voyager – Rotorua
A comfortable, cozy atmosphere, a beautiful backyard with BBQ facilities, an awesome kitchen and friendly, helpful staff (we will help you with anything, be it a doctor’s appointment, the best mechanic for your car, a yoga studio), make our hostel the #1 choice in Rotorua.
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Upcoming Tours and Destinations
From exotic places to ski resorts, the list is almost endless and we have an offer for you.
Travel tips & Recommendation
Travel by bus, by train or simply fly to your next destination
Passport & Visa
As expected, you need to make sure your passport is valid for the duration…
Travel insurance for independent travelers and intrepid…
Books worth reading while in New Zealand
#1 Wild Journeys by Bruce Ansley
This book was released just a few months before I landed in New Zealand. Talk about literary and travel fate! Ansley retraces the steps of some of the most iconic Kiwi journeys in history. This book about New Zealand has taught me more about this country’s rugged history than any other, all while inspiring me to forge my own path.
#2 The Pants of Perspective by Anna McNuff
This book is a trail runner’s dream. It’s also one of the best New Zealand travel memoirs, as Anna covers 3,000 kilometers of New Zealand’s backcountry in 148 days. As she scrambles through forests, along ridges, over mountain passes, and along beaches, you’ll feel like you are too.
#3 – Wildboy by Brando Yelavich
This is the story of a young guy who walks 8000 kilometers around New Zealand. It’s Bear Grylls: New Zealand edition. If you enjoy it, give Yelavich’s second book, Wildboy: To the Edge and Back, a read too.
Special Deals and Last-Minute Offers
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Deals at hotels with desert excursions included.
Visit Ulaan-bataar and learn about its history.
Indulge by the beach and relax with a massage.
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