New Zealand

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New Zealand

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Learn more about our destination packages and the amazing attractions New Zealand has to offer.

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.

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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!

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What you need to know

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: Facts & Information

Weather

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.

Safety

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.

Vaccinations

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%.

Electricity

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.

Language

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.

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Best Vacation Ever

Jason created the Best Vacation Ever for us – a month long trip to Australia travelling the east coast, the Red Center and south. All arrangements, locations, excursions, transfers were well executed which resulted in a stress free vacation for us! Thanks so much for your attention to all the details. Would definitely recommend that others trust Jason to make their entire trip as spectacular as ours was.
Gregory’s and Short’s

L. Gregory

Melbourne, Cairns & Sydney!

The tours in Melbourne, Cairns and Sydney were exceptional.  The guides were all very informative and helpful when explaining the sites, sometimes throwing in their own personal stories too.  In Melbourne we enjoyed: the hop on/off bus tour, the Central Historical tram, the Treasury and ANZAC Memorial is is very worthwhile, The Great Ocean Road with our small group tour was fabulous and the Penguin Parade with underground viewing is definitely a must-see!  The Cairns tours are remarkable; I enjoyed our small personalized group travel to Frankland Island (including guided walk), the Kuranda Train, Skyrail and Hartley’s offered a great variety and St. Monica’s Cathedral with its stained glass windows are a hidden gem!  In Sydney, we enjoyed so much; the Ferry boat was easy to manage, The Sydney Opera House was definitely a highlight, our Harbour Cruise was fantastic and our Blue Mountains tour with hike was lovely, definitely another must-experience.

In addition to the terrific tours, our flights and connections were seamless and the personal touches and the variety of experienced offered on this trip was one of a kind!  I look forward to working with you again in the not too distant future!

W. MGee

3 Week Australia Trip!

Our family would like to thank you for coordinating an amazing trip to Australia!  We only had 3 weeks but we were able to experience so much with an itinerary that was seamless and worry free!

Every spot was memorable, from the Grampians to Kangaroo Island, to a liveaboard on the GBR and the bright lights of Melbourne and Sydney  – a spectacular country and can’t wait to go back!

We definitely recommend Downunder Travel and are grateful to Andree for all her help and expertise in creating a wonderful adventure!

Maureen

African Safari

“Our group of 4 travelled to Africa, 4 different countries, many flights, hotels and tours under the guidance of Jason at Down Under Travel. The trip was amazing especially the safaris. Jason’s attention to detail made this trip outstanding. Truly a trip of a lifetime that was arranged perfectly. Don’t hesitate to book with this company, you will not be disappointed.”

M. O'Bryan

New Zealand Self-Drive

“We spent 6.5 wonderful weeks exploring both Islands in New Zealand. Jason met with us to understand our interests and a sense of where we hoped to travel while there. Accommodations, day trips, half day tours etc all ran without a hitch. At one point we thought we might be seeking medical assistance at a drop in clinic. Not sure about the process with Medical Insurance, we sent him a note to which he quickly responded and we really appreciated. We are very thankful for the arrangements and bookings that helped make the time there truly great. Thanks Jason.”

D. Nixon

Australia, Africa, and more!

“A group of 9 travelers wanted to do a tour of Australia. 4 of us have been using Jason at Downunder Travel since 2005. We are a group with agricultural interests so we were hoping to see the diversity of Australia with as many ag components as possible. We met with Jason and he compiled an itinerary for us which gave us another trip of a lifetime. Jason’s attention to detail is truly amazing. Everything happened without a glitch which makes for a worry-free holiday. He also allowed for some free days if anything needed rearranged. We are already planning our next holiday with his company. Kudos to Jason!”

T. Evans

A Phenomenal South Pacific Adventure

A special thanks for putting my phenomenal South Pacific Adventure of a lifetime together.  Much appreciation for all the hard work that you have endured to make my trip a most memorable adventure.  I have totally enjoyed every aspect of the trip.  I will definitely recommend this itinerary to anyone looking for a trip of a lifetime.

A. Millette

Wonderful Thailand and Myanmar!

Thanks for organizing and planning our recent trip to Thailand and Myanmar. We had a wonderful, magical month on some Thai islands, and tremendously enjoyed Mandalay and particularly, Bagan. The hot air balloon ride, is not to be missed.  Our next trip to that part of the world , we will certainly use your expertise Andree.

T. Baker

We will be recommending you to anyone we know

We absolutely loved our vacation, Jason!  Kudos to you with your recommendations, bookings, etc.  Everything came off without a hitch –  excursion pickups, airport shuttles were always on time.  We made out great driving on the wrong side of the road, and steering wheel on wrong side of car lol.  Air New Zealand was a great choice for our main flights, flight attendants came to our seats and thanked us personally for flying with Air New Zealand.  Again, we have to thank you so much Jason for helping us plan such a fantastic vacation – such a great time.  Hopefully we will vacation in another area you sell and we’ll need your services again.  We will definitely be recommending you to anyone we know.

C. Hinks

NZ and Cook Islands

“Jason planned our 3 week honeymoon to New Zealand and Cook Islands in October 2016. Jason was very knowledgeable and saved us so much time not trying to plan the trip details ourselves! We had an amazing time, with everything going smoothly. Overall, happy to recommend his service to anyone else planning to go “down under” 🙂 .”

L. Filipic

Ghan Platinum Trip

Just to let you know we arrived safely back home late yesterday after a wonderful trip. Thank you for setting it all up. We saw almost no rain but the day that it did rain was when we arrived in Darwin. Having Platinum [The Ghan] meant our transfer bus was right beside the train whereas the Gold passengers had quite a walk to get to the station. The train is almost a kilometer long so it meant a walk in the rain for some.

G. Bernhardt

Southern Africa 25 Day Tour

“Heard about this place through a friend and decided to inquire about a trip to Southern Africa. Jason did a fantastic job with very little time and set up a 25 day trip, flights included. Was excellent at every stage and everything went off without a hitch. Would absolutely recommend, and will most definitely be a repeat customer.”

J. Szoo