Explore New Zealand
New Zealand stretches perceptions and definitions, evoking superlatives at every turn. A country where nature reveals its power and diversity, where thrilling adventures blend into pure tranquillity. Welcome to a land like no other, where fictional worlds become eye-catchingly real, where great landscapes burst with small intimate moments. Go from Middle Earth to Maori ceremony, walking on glaciers to lounging on tropical beaches, volcanoes to vineyards to remote lodges cut off from the world. New Zealand is a long way from home but it is so worth the journey. And for such an intrepid destination, the adventure is really easy and comfortable, for families and couples alike.
Getting here and around
New Zealand is further from Central Europe than just about any other country. It takes 24 hours to get here and the jet lag isn’t easy. The great news is a new Dubai to Auckland flight on Emirates which makes it only a two-leg journey from Prague. It’s easy to combine New Zealand with other farflung Pacific countries like Australia, Fiji and French Polynesia too. The country has a superb travel infrastructure, so you can get around on planes, helicopters, trains, boats and beautiful road journeys across the islands.
Climate & seasons
Visit New Zealand in their summer. November to March is ideal. It’s warmer and dryer, plus the days are so much longer. You’ll miss the Queenstown skiing but there’s much more to do during these months than during winter. It’s a country where you can have four seasons in one day, a country where four destinations on the same holiday will have completely different climates.
Where to go
New Zealand is essentially two geologically distinct main islands, plus a few tropical and private islets. South Island is about jagged lines, dramatic mountains, epic glaciers and fjords, soothing lakes and really remote wildernesses. North Island is embodied by soft curves, rolling landscapes, Pacific beaches, Maori traditions, bigger towns and beautiful lakes. Both islands have dozens of destinations and experiences. Ultimately it’s best to combine something from both, as they are extremely different.
What to do
Think of your dream outdoor adventure and there’s a good chance it’s here. Cruise a narrow fjord to a thunderous waterfall while watching dolphins. Mountain bike through a forest then kayak across a lake to natural hot springs. Helicopter alongside snowy mountains, land on a glacier, then parasail back to your hotel. Whale watching, bungee jumping, canoeing, hiking, searching for Middle Earth and settling onto a tropical island beach. If you don’t like the outdoors travel somewhere else. New Zealand is best for active itineraries that get you out exploring some phenomenal nature.