We believe that New Zealand is
without question, one of the most beautiful countries to be found
on the planet. From the North Island's Bay of Islands to the Fjord lands of the
South Island, every turn in the road
offers the visitor another wonderful scenic vista. New Zealand is
truly a magical, peaceful experience which lacks nothing, except
possibly people! Many would say that's what makes the country
There are many extremes of
landscape to experience from majestic mountain landscapes to lush
green meadows and valleys; from the magnificent pine forests of the
North Island, to the hot springs of Rotorua; from beautiful wide
flowing rivers and stunning lakes, to the lovingly tended vineyards
that are to be found throughout the country. Wine is now one
of the most exported commodities from New Zealand, overtaking wool,
dairy products and meat, and many vineyards offer tastings and
tours to the visitors.
The first recorded visit to New
Zealand by a European was by the Dutch explorer Abel Tasman in
1642, who named the islands. He was followed 127 years later
by Capt. Cook, and many others since! Sadly, very little
of the Maori history and culture has been preserved, so there is
not a great deal for the visitor to experience of the islands' very
early history, but happily there is a growing revival of Maori
culture, which is adding to the visitors unique experience.
The early European settlers'
history is mainly limited to the trading and whaling
activities that took place around the coastline of both
islands in the late 1700's and early 1800's, and the gold
mining that happened around Otago in the South Island in the mid
to late 1800's. European settlers did not arrive in any
numbers until the early 1800's, when more immigrants came from
England, Scotland and other European countries, and soon New
Zealand was claimed for the British Empire
New Zealand's climate is a mild
temperate climate, with yearly average daytime temperatures ranging
from 10°C in the south to 16°C in the north. Although
the seasons are reversed from the UK, they are similar, with
cooler, wetter winters and warmer, drier summers, but in general,
the weather is warmer and sunnier than the UK.
We offer a range of pre-planned
and booked tours that you can select from, which can be
taken by car, coach or air, plus we offer a wide range of
motorhomes and Car hire for those clients who want to be
totally independent. A visit to New Zealand will be a truly
memorable experience one which we believe you will wish to repeat,
as one visit is not enough.
Collectively, members of our
reservations team have visited New Zealand on eleven
occasions, so along with our colleagues based in Christchurch, we have a great depth
of knowledge to call on to fine tune your own
independent, tailor made tour of New Zealand. If
required we can combine your visit to New Zealand
with any of the other islands in the South Pacific,
to really make it a trip of a lifetime!
So call our reservations
department or contact your prefered Travel Agent to discuss your
special requirements, no itinerary is too difficult, for us to
Currently the vast majority of
British passport holders, travelling to New Zealand for
less than 6 months, will not need a Visa for tourist travel.
For more information, check out the NZ website, www.immigration.govt.nz
or give us a call.
The prices are all based on
the UK Pound to the NZ$ exchange rate as of the 1st
January 2016, but due to the volatility of the currency markets,
prices have increased by approximately 23% since that time.
We are in the process of amending the prices but the
exchange rates are changing on an almost daily
basis, which means the prices could be higher than any we have
quoted in our pricing tables. Prices quoted are as guide
only, and may change at any time without notice due to increases by
the supplier or differences in the exchange rates. Please
contact us get a confirmed price at todays rates for your preferred
property or service.
If you have any queries with regard
to your preferred properties price or any of our
other pricing, please do not hesitate to contact us for more
Information and photos on the
following pages by kind courtesy of, and with grateful
thanks to 'mcaretaker' and 'theboywiththethorninhisside' on Flickr,
'www.citypictures.org', Wikipedia, Wikimedia, New Zealand
Tourism Board and their photographers, Ben
Crawford, David Wall,
Peter Morath, Chris
Sisarich, Rob Suisted and Ian
Trafford, various town tourism agencies and town and city
councils in New Zealand.