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Affectionately known as ‘Middle Earth’ for being the filming destination for fan-favourite movies like The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings and the costume and special effects spot for the movie, Avatar, New Zealand is a country that is much-loved by visitors from all over the world.
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New Zealand is filled with true adventure as well; enjoy sailing, kayaking, diving, hiking, bungy jumping, jet boating and more as you plan your itinerary and travels with us! Connect with the Maori culture by partaking in dinner performances, joining a Māori Hāngī, and sacred land tours. Then stop and smell the fresh air whilst sipping one of the region’s world-class wine, overlooking one of either the country’s magnificent mountainous landscapes or serene coastlines.Overlooking some of the world’s most incredible mountainous landscapes, coastal sceneries, dense forests, and flora and fauna is where amazing adventure lies.
New Zealand has every adventure, activity and extreme sport you can think of - and of course, there are ones you've perhaps never dreamt of partaking in, such as zorbing, jetboating or caving! Adventure is all around in both the North and South islands and as New Zealand specialists, we pride ourselves in incorporating as many activities as possible in your vacation itinerary to fully capture the Kiwi experience.
Adventure doesn’t stop there; from nature walks to camping, mountain biking, off-road driving, and more, the possibilities of adventure and amazement in this country are absolutely endless – if anything, finding time to cover all experiences just may be your biggest challenge! Of course, downtime can be incorporated in your trip proposal—we won’t just fill up your itinerary with back-to-back activities, relaxation time could very much well include enjoying the calm beaches and coves or a scenic cruise through the delightful Milford Sound or Marlborough Sounds – these regions offer vertical cliffs rising from the water and peppered with streams of waterfalls throughout. A well-recommended relaxation must-try are the geothermal natural steam baths for that final “ahhh” to complete end of any full day.
Often we’ll recommend staying in this two-island country for a minimum of two weeks just to fully immerse yourself with the locals, learn about the Māori culture, rent a car and hit the open road and whip around the scenic country on your own, stationing at several exciting places along the way – we’ll even provide you with maps, guides and anything you need to help make your independent travelling experiences stress-free.
Hobbit fan? Lord of the Rings fan? Never seen the films? Not to worry, there’s plenty to explore at the Hobbiton Movie Set on the North Island for visitors whether or not they’re fans. Nothing makes our team happier than to include a sprinkle of magic in every New Zealand itinerary, such as the sparkling glow worms that light up the ceiling of the Waitomo Caves, or grabbing a pint at the Dragon Inn, exactly where Hobbiton is located.
New Zealand is also home to a permanently set 1930s Art Deco town – Napier. Sending travellers back in time, Napier has become a pure Art Deco city due to an unfortunate earthquake that hit in 1931 and once rebuilt the architecture reflected the time of rebuilding and never changed.
Downunder Travel is your go-to representative that’ll assist with your New Zealand vacation – we sell reputable products in the two-island country, can offer self-drives, great walks, scenic trains, bird-watching, golfing, and get you to be part of unique cultural experiences. With our personable agents and no wait times when you call in, you’ll be in the hands of knowledgeable staff on all things for your Kiwi adventure!
Glow Worm Caves Kayaking
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The Hobbiton™ Movie Set
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The Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers
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Overnight Doubtful Sound Wilderness Cruise
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Rotorua's Champagne Pool Thermal Spring
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Information and Facts
New Zealand is known as the land of many options for all kinds of adventure for all different types of travellers. Looking to explore the country’s fascinating landscapes? The breathtaking coastlines? Be on some great cycling and walking trails… or partake in aquatic activities like kayaking, sailing or diving. Whatever you fancy, this is the destination that will never be dull.
New Zealand’s climate is the opposite of our climate and altogether a lovely destination to visit year-round. Summer is between December and February, autumn is between March and May, winter is between June and August and spring is September to November. Snow can appear throughout June to October, yet most of the snow calls in mountainous regions.
New Zealand is generally a very safe destination. We recommend that all our travellers purchase travel insurance to cover theft, loss, cancellations/travel interruptions, accidents and non-pre-existing medical problems. Take necessary travel precautions; bring sun block and sun glasses with you, have copies on-hand of your important documents.
WHO recommends travellers be up to date with Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, meningitis, polio, measles, mumps and rubella (MMR), Tdap(tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis), chickenpox, shingles, pneumonia and influenza.
Currency & Customs
The currency in New Zealand is the New Zealand Dollar, which more or less at-par to the Canadian Dollar. Tipping is not customary in the country; however, hotels, tour guides/ground operators and restaurants do not add service charges to your bill and if you feel your service provider went above and beyond, it is recommended to tip about 10%.
The electrical current for New Zealand (and Australia) is 220-240 volts; it is recommended for certain appliances such as hair dryers and straighteners to bring both a plug adapter and converter. For newer electronics such as tablets or smartphones, a plug adapter may only be needed as the voltage could automatically adjust.
The main spoken language in New Zealand is English. As well, the Māori language of the indigenous residents of New Zealand is also recognized as a national language.