If you are fortunate enough to book a New Zealand travel package, you will be in the wonderful position of choosing between a huge range of activities. New Zealand is a fabulous holiday destination in the Pacific and offers something for everyone. It is a long, narrow country made up of two main islands, the North Island and the South Island. Nowhere is too far from the coast and the interisland ferries travel across the Cook Strait each day to take people between the main islands, via the ferry terminals at Wellington and Picton.
A New Zealand travel package gives so many options for the visitor, from Maori cultural experiences, to water sports, amazing scenery including glaciers and volcanoes, unique flora and fauna, friendly people and world class adventure experiences. To capture all of New Zealand’s diverse culture and beauty, your travel package should include the best of each island.
One option is to arrive in Auckland and then travel north to the gorgeous Bay of Islands for a variety of experiences including ancient Kauri trees, sailing and spotting the amazing sea life. Passing back through Auckland again on your way south, you may want to experience some of the tourist delights such as the Sky Tower, Kelly Tarlton’s Underwater World and some of the walks through the citys green areas or along the waterfront.
A great place to visit just south of Auckland is the natural and unspoiled Coromandel Peninsula with treats such as Hotwater Beach and Cathedral Cove. You will definitely want to make a beeline to Rotorua as part of your New Zealand travel package. It’s the centre of New Zealand for Maori culture and geothermal activity and you can enjoy relaxing in the warm natural springs as well as a Maori culture evening complete with a traditional Hangi meal.
Wellington is another must see on your New Zealand travel package. It’s the country’s capital city and includes the national museum Te Papa as well as plenty of fascinating government buildings. You can enjoy a cable car ride, a walk along the waterfront and may also want to visit the home of Peter Jackson’s movie creations known as the Weta Cave.
If you thought the North Island was amazing, you will be blown away by the delights of the South Island. During your relaxing journey across Cook Strait you will be in awe of the gorgeous Marlborough Sounds coastline. This area is home to several national parks which are definitely worth a visit. The climate in this part of New Zealand is the sunniest of anywhere in the country, so it’s a great place to indulge in some beach walking, bush walking and water sports.
There are treats in the South Island no matter which way you travel, whether it’s down the east coast past Kaikoura where you can do some whale watching, or down the west coast to enjoy the natural environment and fabulous sights including the pancake rocks at Punakaiki. Other South Island gems continue to offer choices as you travel south or inland. You can visit some of the well known tourist attractions in Christchurch including Orana Wildlife Park and the International Antarctic Centre or you can stay close to the native flora and fauna of the west coast and cross alpine rivers, pass snow capped peaks and see spectacular glaciers at Franz Josef and Fox and glorious mountains such as Mt Cook Aoraki. You can also take in the wonderful Fiordland National Park as well as the popular tourist areas of Queenstown, Te Anau and Wanaka. Travelling even further south you can stop at the historic city of Dunedin and visit Stewart Island at the very end of New Zealand.
There’s so much to see and do in a New Zealand travel package that you will probably have to come back to see all the things you missed on the first visit. You’ll be welcomed with open arms by this friendly nation’s locals and will find even more delights on your travels.