New Zealand Travel Guide

With the Aussie dollar riding high a visit to our most prominent abroad goal has never been a superior esteem. New Zealand’s nearness, awesome skiing, fabulous landscape and for the most part laid back (practically incapacitated in a few spots) lifestyle make it an extraordinary place for a holiday or broadened trip. In 2008 very nearly 900,000 Aussies went to New Zealand. Late promoting pushes from the New Zealand government has kept individuals coming – it’s hard not to get a little enthusiastic following a terrible week at work when those includes come… it truly is an incredible place to loosen up. So what’s the most ideal approach to arrive and around?

Flights to New Zealand

There are a lot of incredible arrangements to New Zealand, with not too bad rivalry for your cash from various carriers. This has made flights as cheap as they have ever been, yet be careful, booking early is as yet key as cheap seats will be sold up well ahead of time, particularly for pinnacle times. Non-stop flights into Queenstown from Australia are constantly full over winter.

Critical tips for booking flights to New Zealand:

New Zealand’s worldwide airplane terminals are Auckland, Christchurch, Wellington and Queenstown (restricted non-stop flights from Oz in Ski season)

A decent time of year to purchase tickets is January. Air New Zealand will discharge their specials around this time and seats will be promptly accessible for later in the year (for ski season or flights up until September).

Part your arrival admission between two carriers is an approach to spare cash – Qantas, Virgin Blue or Air New Zealand may be the cheapest in transit over to Auckland, while Emirates are frequently the cheapest on the arrival leg (a great opportunity to fly an extraordinary aircraft). Check online for one way admissions as opposed to returns. A touch of seeking will spare you cash.

When all is said in done you ought to budget around $450-$500 Aussie return inc. charge for flights to New Zealand. Any cheaper than this and it’s an incredible arrangement.

Non-stop flights into Queenstown will in all likelihood be nearer to $600 inc charge on the off chance that you get in ahead of schedule

Virgin Blue is the main budget bearer that flies to the three noteworthy airplane terminals from Australia

Lan Chile and Aerolineus Argentina may some of the time have cheap seats as they stop here in transit through to South America (by means of Auckland)

New Zealand is the most prominent worldwide goal for online flight appointments and there’s truly no compelling reason to utilize an operator on the off chance that you are cheerful to book online. Spare yourself the commission operators will charge by setting up for the web

Round the World On Star Alliance New Zealand is a simple stop while in transit to either the states or pacific Islands.

On One World Qantas or Lan Chile will get you there either while in transit to the States or South America. It considers some portion of the Australian locale on landmass based tickets.

The best time to go Autumn (March to June) or spring (August to November) are incredible circumstances to visit. Passages are cheap at these circumstances, and there is less tourist activity around the mainstream spots. The hues are incredible, and your holiday will surely be more casual. On the South Island September – October is an incredible time with the blend of the change of seasons and snow topped mountains making for dynamite drives.

As in Australia and around the globe attempt to stay away from neighborhood school holiday times as costs will be higher. Attempt to maintain a strategic distance from January, the primary week of February, April and the initial couple of weeks of July.

Getting around

Enlisting an auto

The cheapest time to lease an auto is over the winter months from June to October. The immense scope of decision of contract organizations and the solid dollar means it’s a simple and cheap approach to get around whenever of year. $40 a day will kick you off. Check the enormous administrators, for example, Hertz, Easy Rent and Budget, alongside a cluster of littler administrators.


Leasing a campervan has turned out to be a standout amongst the most prevalent approaches to see New Zealand, and in light of current circumstances. It will give you add up to flexibility and will work out somewhat cheaper than staying in hotels over the length of your stay. There’s an awesome system of campgrounds to stop in, or generally simply propping for the night out in the nation is considerably less demanding than on Australia’s East coast – you will once in a while be pestered by an officer at 6 am attempting to fine you $300 for stopping in an open place. (those officers, they’ll get ya)

By and large a campervan will set you back around $100.00 every day with every one of the extravagant accessories. A decent tip is that purchasing far reaching travel protection in Australia will spare you on your auto protection in New Zealand. A not too bad Australian approach will have a high rental vehicle overabundance cover, enabling you to pick the cheapest protection alternative for the camper van. The travel protection strategy will pay for itself a couple times over.

Look at organizations, for example, Britz, Pacific Horizon, KEA, Apollo and Maui. There’s loads of rivalry for your dollar.

Make certain you comprehend the changing street conditions in New Zealand – driving around in winter through tight streets with slush and snow can be exceedingly troublesome and put a dampener on any trek.

For longer stays purchasing an auto is a choice – second hand autos can be very cheap and the way toward changing proprietorship is simple (only a trek to the mail station).

Putting your auto/campervan/individual on the interisland ship

Getting between the two islands with your auto or all alone is simple and entirely sensible. Ships leave 5 times day by day between Wellington in the North and Picton in the South. Pay special mind to bargains on these destinations:

– Inter Islander

– Blue Bridge

Hope to pay around $50New Zealand dollars for a solitary trek without an auto.

Hiker Busses

New Zealand is by a long shot one of the most effortless nations to get around hiking. A close ideal system of lodgings is served by incredible open transports or, the simpler decision, backbacker transports, for example, the Kiwi Experience. The later is a jump on bounce off style transport that will take you around the islands at your own particular pace, advantageously stopping at all the real sights and outside the entryway of chose inns. On the off chance that you can endure the odd white shoe wearing Brit spending father’s cash then this can be an extraordinary approach to see the islands, with a lot of decisions for experience exercises en route. Additionally look at the ‘enchantment transport’s and ‘stray travel’ sites for comparable administrations.


There are a couple of extraordinary beautiful prepare rides in New Zealand that are sensibly valued and a decent approach to jettison the contract auto for a couple days. In the North Island you can travel amongst Auckland and Wellington, or on the South Island the prepare from Christchurch-Picton is constantly prevalent. The later takes in the Kaikoura goes on one side and the Pacific coast on the opposite side. The excursion takes around five hours, takes in 22 burrows and is exceptionally prescribed.

Household flights

At present Zuji or Air New Zealand are two destinations that will enable you to book and pay for New Zealand local flights online. Costs are genuinely cheap; budget around $90 inc assess one route from Auckland to Wellington for instance.

Accommodation – As with flights booking great ahead of time is the way to getting a sensible cost for accommodation. On the off chance that you are winging it and booking only a night and contract auto know in Ski season and New Zealand school holidays accommodation alternatives disperse rapidly. Additionally, there can be a huge distinction in cost through specialists and diverse sites. Make certain to set aside the opportunity to look at no less than a couple of choices before you book.

Skiing? Cheap tolls and bundles, alongside tolerable snow make a ski trek to New Zealand a simple decision as opposed to the overrated and capricious excursions inside Australia. Seven days in New Zealand truly can be cheaper than staying at home.

The real contrast amongst Australia and numerous different goals is that you can’t stay comfortable snow (except for Cardona, above Wanaka, and these condos are reserved months ahead of time). You will be staying in towns close purchase, yet this is no show as exchanges to the mountains are cheap and being in Queenstown any night amid ski season is not a terrible thing.

Booking early is the key, particularly for huge gatherings. Attempt and book any flights and bundles in January – there is dependably a large number of arrangements accessible. Consider booking late season – August through to October. The snow is genuinely tried and true and you will maintain a strategic distance from pinnacle costs.

Primary locales


The capital in New Zealand for both Skiing and experience exercises, Queenstown has never lost its allure. You can ski up to 5 territories, including close-by Wanaka. There is accommodation from the plushest burrows through to a group of explorer style choices that we for the most part need in resorts in Oz. Queenstown is additionally extraordinary in summer, with bounty to keep you occupied off the mountains.


Exactly 70 km’s from Queenstown, Wanaka is a major resort however less swarmed and epicurean than Queenstown. It’s a cheaper decision than Queenstown, yet has less grand esteem and accompanies little of the town style atmposphere that you get from its flashier neighbor.

Mt Hutt

Mt Hutt enjoys the longest ski season in the South Island because of its status as one of the most noteworthy ski fields in the Southern Hemisphere. It’s found only 1.5 hours drive from Christchurch. Accommodation decisions are either Methvan or Mt Hutt, and go from cheap and basic motels to luxury resort style.

Mt Ruapehu

Situated on the North Island, Mt Ruapehu is minimal known to individuals outside New Zealand. To local people, this zone speaks to predictable snow and the nation’s most created ski territories. Visit administrators for all intents and purposes overlook this district, however it’s numerous New Zealand local people first decision over winter. Heli skiing is better off in the South Island, alongside other enterprise exercises.

Heli Skiing For heli skiing trips or picturesque flights over parts of both islands a large number of decision flourishes. Simply make certain to check the wellbeing record of the administrator you pick.

Some other helpful tips Stay longer than the normal five days most Aussies do – a time of travel here ought to abandon you pondering what the surge is back home

Try not to try purchasing guides – the Value Tours handout, from any specialist in Aus, has a thorough once-over of accommodation choices, and a free and nice guide. Something like a NRMA manual. Falling flat that free tourist maps when you arrive are similarly as great.

Continuously check for arrangements in January for the Ski season

Likewise investigate skiing in the North Island for something other than what’s expected