NEW ZEALAND - North Island
Escape your daily routines and head to New Zealand where you’ll find the perfect blend of adventure, culture and relaxation.
The North Island is best known for its national parks, volcanic activity and modern cosmopolitan cities. It is home to an extensive flora and bird population, active volcanoes, island sanctuaries and an intriguing history. It is also home to more than three quarters of the country’s population.
Major places of interest include Wellington, which has a vibrant culture and stunning scenery; the largest city in New Zealand, Auckland, where you’ll find plenty of opportunity to explore, shop and relax; the popular Rotorua which is where you’ll find plenty of adventure, geothermal areas and spa rejuvenation opportunities; Mt Ruapehu, a popular destination for skiing; and Lake Taupo, the largest lake in the country where you’ll find the best trout fishing in the world.
If you have time, also try to plan into your trip a visit to the Coromandel Peninsula, White Island where you’ll experience the country’s only active marine volcano, the volcanic peaks of Mount Ruapehu, Mount Ngauruhoe and Mount Tongariro at Tongariro National Park and the Bay of Islands where you can experience the well known "Hole in the Rock".
Depending on the kind of holiday you want to take, accommodation options are endless when it comes to travelling in New Zealand. There is something to suit all kinds of traveller, from budget hostels to top quality resorts; luxury lodges to back-to-nature camping; you might even hire a motor home and drive around with your accommodation with you.
When you’re planning a trip to New Zealand, the season you decide to travel will open up a plethora of varying activities, from skiing and snowboarding in the winter, to mountain biking and hiking in the warmer months. In summer temperatures in general average between 20 and 30ºC, though in the far north it can get a lot warmer. In winter, because most of the country lies close to the coast, temperatures generally average between 10 and 15ºC, though in the inland alpine areas it can get as cold as -10ºC.
Getting to New Zealand is simple. There are numerous daily flights from all capital cities in Australia, varying in price, carrier and time of day to travel. It’s just a couple of hour’s flight from the east coast and tickets are very easy to come by. If you are Australian or British, you don’t need a visa. There are also a number of other countries who are part of a visa-waiver agreement so be sure to check before you depart.
Contact the team at E|Habla Travel on 1800 990 998 to discuss your bespoke travel requirements.