Kia Ora. Welcome to our New Zealand Travel Guide! This place can truly be described as paradise. New Zealand is a small country, with a small population, varied geography, and miles of unspoilt beauty. Come explore our spectacular glaciers, plunging fiords, golden beaches, rugged mountains, flat plains, green hillsides, ancient forests and the active volcanic plateau.

Here you’ll find a snapshot of New Zealand history, our love for the perfect flat white coffee, plus all the practical info you need to have the holiday of a lifetime in our beautiful land. 

 

Kiwis live in a young country compared to most countries around the world. But while we might be youthful, we also have a rich culture and history. Here’s a little snapshot.

 

Today’s New Zealanders are known as outdoorsy, friendly, strong and innovative people. Here’s a little bit of who we are now.

 

If you have a question about life in NZ, here are some quick, helpful facts to help make your trip to New Zealand as enjoyable as possible.

 

New Zealand is sensational in any season. It just depends on what you want to see and do. Are you after balmy beaches or golden autumn leaves? Sun or snow? So when is the best time visit?

 

New Zeeland can truly be described as paradise. It’s a small country, with a small population, and miles of unspoilt beauty. Come explore our spectacular glaciers, plunging fiords, golden beaches, rugged mountains, flat plains, green hillsides, ancient forests and the active volcanic plateau.

 

New Zealand is a foodie paradise. With plenty of fresh produce, fresh fish in our waters, and world-class lamb and beef, you’ll always find something delicious to eat here.

 

This article explains New Zealand Accident Compensation Cover, Hospitalisation and what the law requires you to do.

 

Like most of us these days we don’t leave home without our mobile phone, laptop or tablet because want to stay connected to family, friends. So when visiting New Zealand  what is the best way to get connected?

 

When planning a New Zealand Holiday it’s handy to know how much things cost. A comprehensive guide to New Zealand prices – from the essentials to the treats.

 

A comprehensive guide to how to pay for things in New Zealand. Everything to do with money that you need to know.

 

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Yes you probably do need a New Zealand power plug adapter when you're on holiday in New Zealand, but converters are bulky and limited - read on for specific details.

 

Whether it’s fully organised group trips, personalised tours, self-driving, family or adventure holidays we’ve got all the tips and tricks to make planning a trip to New Zealand a breeze.

 

Welcome to Downside Up, a blog dedicated to inform and inspire you on all things South Pacific. This blog showcases historical curiosities, natural wonders and shares observations about the life and culture of New Zealand.

 

What New Zealand lacks in size, it more than makes up for in diversity - have a look through our New Zealand destination guide.

 

Wanting to plan a New Zealand holiday or self-drive tour? We answer those ‘all important’ questions. What is the best time to come & how to get to New Zealand? Visa’s, Travel Insurance. What about accommodation options and what should I pack? Which Island should I visit, the North or South Island or both?

 

The map featured gives a visual representation of iconic New Zealand hot spots with an option to download a more detailed map including travel distances.   

 

 

If you’re looking for touring freedom, you just can’t beat a motorhome on the open roads in New Zealand. There are various options available...

 

Find what are you looking for when hiring a self drive rental car for your New Zealand holiday

 

So you're planning a self-drive trip around New Zealand but what about car-hire insurance? Read the article that demystifies car hire insurance.

 

When planning a New Zealand self drive holiday or road trip, use our NZ Driving Time and Travel Distance Calculator to work out the best route between two towns or cities.  This calculator will give you an accurate average driving time taking into consideration obstacles like mountain passes, winding roads, single lanes etc.

 

While the very top of the country has subtropical weather during summer, the inland alpine areas of the South can be as cold as -10°C (14°F) in winter, most of the country lies close to the coast, which means mild temperatures. 

 

While shopping is unlikely to be the main focus of your trip, it's worth taking time out to browse our stores for treasures you just won't find anywhere else.