A New Zealand vacation is all about learning to appreciate the marvels of nature. The island country is composed of two major landmasses in the form of the North and South Islands. Travellers love New Zealand because of its Alpinesque beauty coupled with cosmopolitan destinations like Auckland and Wellington.
A fascinating mosaic of the Maori culture (New Zealand's indigenous people) and contemporary Kiwi life, New Zealand is a progressive utopia. Picture rugged mountains, hot springs, lush meadows, mighty fjords, shimmering lakes, dormant volcanoes, and an environmentally inclusive political agenda to protect it all; that's New Zealand for you in a nutshell. Teeming with legends and geographical wonders, wonderfully maintained roads and timely transport, easy-going, warm and disciplined locals and perhaps every other imaginable excellence, the land of Sir Edmund Hillary is as close as one can get to the real 'Middle Earth'! (Lord of The Rings anyone?)
How To Reach New Zealand
Travelling to New Zealand might be a tad bit intimidating considering how far it is from almost every place in the world. However, regular international flights (albeit long, with two stop if flying from most European cities) go in and out of the country. Booking your tickets much in advance is always a wise thing to do.
There are fourteen airports in New Zealand including five international airports. Auckland (North Island) is the busiest international airport in New Zealand. For direct access to South Island, Christchurch International Airport is the most popular. Other international airports are in Wellington, Queenstown and Dunedin.
Visa requirements to visit New Zealand
You have to apply for a Visa Online to visit New Zealand as a visitor. In some instances you need to send your documents to the embassy to get your visa, while in other cases you will be granted an E-Visa. This visa will be valid for nine months.
Getting Around in New Zealand
In order to get around this beautiful country, you have excellent bus and train connections both of which are frequent and reliable. Additionally, the cities also have trams and metered taxis. A lot of travelers prefer renting cars and driving around New Zealand, however, you have to be quite a bit of an expert at the same. The fastest way of travelling across the two islands (North and South) is by taking a flight.
Where to go in New Zealand
Here is a 13 Day/12 Night itinerary to help you experience the best of this charming country and take home a truckload of happy memories.