New Zealand at a glance

NZ Bush Tip No. 7

Bring the best pair of binoculars you can afford and have them with you at all times.

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New Zealand

New Zealand is one of the most spectacularly scenic countries on the planet - a place of incredibly varied natural beauty. Its vast skies, towering mountains, wide rivers, rugged coastline, golden sands and dense native bush can't fail to entice. The country is also home to some of the world's most unusual wildlife, from the flightless kakapo parrot to the weta, a giant cricket, and the ancient tuatara lizard. Known as a Mecca for adventure lovers, who enjoy the thrills of rafting, bungy jumping and jet boating, New Zealand is also a country where you can sample great wine and local produce, explore art galleries and museums and soak up the unique Kiwi culture.

“We felt we have had red carpet treatment throughout our holiday, Nigel, so a big big thank you - it could not have been better!!”
Ian Watts and Louise Wood, England

“What more can I say? A delightful introduction to New Zealand”
Al and Nancy Hirsig

When are the best times to visit?

  • The warmest months to travel in New Zealand are from around November to April - and this is a great time to come if you're planning to walk the many tracks on offer.
  • Bear in mind that Kiwi school holidays fall in December and January, so these are the busiest times for holiday makers.
  • If you're coming for the snow, the ski season is generally from June to October, though this can vary depending on region.

Annual rainfall

Auckland rainfall

Auckland - North Island

Christchurch rainfall

Christchurch - South Island

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