A trip to remember down under: New Zealand holidays
Escape from the world to New Zealand
New Zealand is one of the most remote countries on Earth. It is seen by many holidaymakers as a once-in-a-lifetime destination and the ideal place to tour during an extended trip. It was made world-famous thanks to the filming of the Lord of the Rings trilogy, which was done exclusively on location all over New Zealand. We've handpicked the best locations, hotels, tours and holiday packages to New Zealand for our members. Whether you want to visit for a two week beach holiday or enjoy an extended tour of both islands, our selection of holiday deals is always changing.
Take a trip to the cosmopolitan North Island
The country’s economic, cultural and financial powerhouse is certainly the North Island. The biggest cities, Auckland and Wellington are located here, as is the majority of the population. Wellington may be the capital but Auckland is the most populated and arguably the most cosmopolitan place in the country. This city is the best place to enjoy a spot of fine dining, art and culture. The North Island is also the best place to discover more about Maori culture and history, particularly in Roturoa. Despite being the more urban of the two, the North Island is still sparsely populated in comparison to the UK or France and is also home to a fair amount of geothermal activity. The water is warmer, making the North Island better for swimming, plus it is also a globally renowned location for scuba diving.
Enjoy walking in the beautiful, mountainous South Island
The South Island has a third of the population of the north and is characterised by majestic mountains and huge lakes, making it quite simply one of the most jaw-dropping landscapes on Earth. Hiking is almost mandatory on the South Island, where you’ll find some of the most famous walks in the country, including the epic Milford and Routeburn Tracks.
The South Island is also home to a huge array of wildlife and many visitors head here to see dolphins, whales, penguins and seals. Despite all this opportunity for seclusion and tranquillity, the South Island is also home to the ‘Garden City’ of Christchurch as well as Dunedin, New Zealand’s oldest city, famed for its Victorian architecture. We have handpicked the best and most exclusive hotels in these cities, as well as top North Island locations, just for you. Sign up today to discover New Zealand holidays of a lifetime with discounts of up to 70%.