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& weddings
  
Honeymoons and weddings abroad are tailor-made by Expressions Holidays. Contact us for a range of honeymoon and wedding destinations around the world and an amazing choice of honeymoons from island-hopping to visiting cultural sites.
Authentic
Experiences
  

With Authentic Experiences from Expressions Holidays you enter a world of genuine holiday and travel experiences within the framework of one of our tailor-made holidays, be its significance culture, gastronomy, wine appreciation, wildlife, sports or special occasions.
Spa
holidays
  

Expressions Spas opens a world of tailor-made spa holidays that allows you to choose according to region, type of treatment desired, product type and recommends for your party type, whether it be for couples, singles or perhaps mothers and daughters travelling together.
Family
holidays
  

Expressions Families affords you an amazing choice of sophisticated resorts ideally suited to families in selected destinations worldwide. You can also choose according to required facilities in resort and we suggest holidays for families with grandparents and single parent families too.
Rail
holidays
  

Expressions Holidays offers you tailor-made rail holidays and journeys by train, including luxury trains, scenic journeys and classic rail tours.
Worldwide
journeys
  

Tailor-made journeys and tours for individuals and small groups to selected destinations around the world from Burma to Italy, from Vietnam to India.
  • Luxury holidays and tailor-made tours to New Zealand

    Luxury holidays and tailor-made touring holidays to New Zealand

    Luxury holidays and tailor-made tours for individuals as well as authentic travel experiences in New Zealand are at the heart of what we provide at Expressions Holidays.
    New Zealand
    New Zealand starts as an enigma; for many of us it is such a familiar name with obvious connections and associations that have been with us all our lives (the All Blacks, kiwis, the Maoris, sheep and dairy produce, more recently its wines and Lord of the Rings) and yet mostly it is completely unknown to us in reality. We do not really know its geography, its landscape, its climate, its people, its culture, its way of life. For these reasons, you approach it as a journey of a lifetime.
    A journey around New Zealand is an intrinsically enriching experience. You are engulfed by what can only be described as pure and simple luxury. You are surrounded by spectacular natural scenery on a scale and magnitude that overwhelms. Coupled with this feast of beauty there is a fundamental wholesomeness and cleanliness attached to it all. You notice a caring for the environment; it feels clean and pure. This in itself creates an incredible luxuriousness and state of privilege. In addition, the scenery and the climate changes almost every couple of hours as you travel from region to region, and yet everywhere there is something attractive
    to behold.
    Added to the landscape then is the range of experiences on offer, mainly associated with outdoor life, from tramping to fishing, from rafting to parabungy. You can learn about life on a sheep station, you can take a bush walk with a botanist, you can learn about wine making, you gain an understanding of volcanoes. You can swim with dolphins, you can see seals basking in the sun, you can watch sperm whales feed, you can marvel at penguins in their natural habitat.
    Finally, there is the human contact. In New Zealand you will be exceptionally well looked after. Not only is some of the accommodation on offer the most luxurious in the world in terms of spaciousness, quality and comfort, the personal interaction that awaits you is disarming and warming. New Zealanders typify the country they have both nurtured and created. They are genuine, open, welcoming and keen for you to embrace their world. And so the visitor here does easily embrace this new world. You will take it to heart so much that on leaving what was this distant land, you can only think of the next time you will come back.
    What we offer you
    We ensure that you combine the awe-inspiring experiences of the natural scenery, wildlife and activities with organised and secure arrangements, luxurious yet unique accommodation and levels of service and cuisine that satisfy the demands of the most discerning traveller. Yet, generally, our clients want a range of accommodation that combines luxury and practicalities, and reflects the geographic location of each part of the tour.
    Our accommodation
    Our New Zealand holiday programme is based on lodges, houses, boutique hotels and hotels (personally selected by our team of experts) for luxury holidays, touring itineraries and tailor-made travel arrangements.
    Our authentic experiences
    We offer you tailor-made activities and experiences that may include fishing, sailing, helicopter trips, city sightseeing, guided walks, wine-tasting and so on.
    How we work
    Our holidays are all completely tailor-made. Unless otherwise requested, we will include international and domestic flights, land and sea and all local arrangements as well as accommodation, in as many places for as many nights as you want, and any authentic experiences you might want us to include.
    Full financial protection
    Expressions Holidays offers clients full financial protection with our ATOL (3076) for all holidays including a flight and our ABTOT for all non-air holidays.
    How to start
    Our website gives you an introduction to the touring holidays we offer. These can be booked as they are or we can adapt them in any way, with adding or reducing nights and changing the type of hotels. Our website also gives an idea of the accommodation available in each region of New Zealand, breaking down the range of hotels into geographic regions. However, we think once you have a basic idea about where you want to go, it is best to talk to one of our sales consultants who will base a suggested itinerary on what you want to see and do, how long you can be away for and the type of accommodation that suits you best. We will then construct the itinerary for you and price it, giving options for alternatives as appropriate. All based on our own personal knowledge and experience of the country.

    Capital
    Wellington
     
    Airports
    International gateways are Auckland and Christchurch. Most other towns and cities have airports for domestic flights.

    Currency
    New Zealand dollar ( approx £1 = NZ$1.9)

    Climate
    New Zealand enjoys a maritime climate, which explains partly the lush vegetation and the rich pastures, but also makes it very changeable. It is subject to prevailing winds from west to east although most rain falls in winter (June to August) and the summer months (December to March) are generally drier. The southern and western parts of the country are wetter than the northern and the eastern parts. On top of this longitude and altitude plays a role, with the northern part of the North Island enjoying an almost ‘winter-free’ year and being subtropical.  

    Out and about and travelling around New Zealand

    The North Island offers an abundance of scenery and attractions with a variety of climates to match. From the subtropical, almost winterless northern tip with its beautiful coastline and lush vegetation to the ski fields of Mount Ruapehu at nearly 3000 metres, from the graceful relaxation of Auckland to the Art Deco architecture of Napier, from the bubbling mud and spouting geysers of Rotorua at the heart of the island to the sun-drenched vines and orchards of Hawke’s Bay. The South Island is overwhelmingly attractive with its vast expanses of dramatic, varied scenery. The variety astounds as you pass through the island; there are the lush bush-fringed sandy coves and mild climate of the Abel Tasman National Park, the hidden inlets framed by native bush and calm seas for kayaking of the Marlborough Sounds, at Blenheim the flat lands full of vines beyond which rise parched-looking mountain ranges, verdant dense, rainforests of the west coast north of Fiordland and its mighty glacial valleys, lakes and inlets, snow-capped Mount Cook and the peaks of the southern Alps and then acres of fertile, flat, farmland on the east coast in Canterbury. Above all you are struck by the height of the land, its emptiness and the enormity of the canvas before you. The South Island is also home to numerous wildlife colonies; you can see whales year round at Kaikoura, seals in the Abel Tasman National park as well as along the east coast, dolphins of various species around the country from the north to Kaikoura and in Fiordland, penguins including the yellow-eyed, the Fiordland crested and the blue penguin are at home here.

    A holiday to New Zealand, particularly for the first time, will involve a fair amount of travelling. Distances may not seem particularly great but due to the terrain and the speed limits, you have to allow plenty of time if travelling over land or fly. The quality of the road surfaces (other than when you leave the public road to go onto lodge or farmland) is very good. However, the speed limit is a strict 100 kmh and hardly any of the roads are dual carriageways. In addition to this, you have to allow for mountainous or at least hilly terrain in many regions. Driving will be part of the holiday if you are to explore in any depth. With our holidays we include a Hertz group J car (Ford Escape or equivalent four wheel drive), although smaller and larger cars are available too. You may and probably should choose to fly internally between some regions. Obvious examples here are between Bay of Islands and Rotorua, Wellington and Nelson or Blenheim, Christchurch and Queenstown. The domestic air network with Air New Zealand is excellent and criss-crosses the country with numerous services. In addition to road and air, you may want to take the Interislander ferry service between the North and South Islands. These vessels travel between Wellington and Picton, with a travelling time of about 3 hours. There is also a scenic train service, the TranzAlpine, that traverses the South Island between Christchurch and Greymouth, travelling through the Southern Alps.

    About Expressions Holidays and your holiday to New Zealand

    Expressions Holidays is an independent specialist tour operator which was established in 1989 and offers tailor-made holidays to New Zealand, providing personal service with a professional approach. We pride ourselves on interpreting your demands and requirements to provide you with the holiday that you want, ensuring a successful match between client and holiday.

    Personal and professional service
    We know the countries, regions and hotels we feature. Contact with Expressions New Zealand means contact with the people who know the holidays, who will share their knowledge and experience with you – our travel consultants know the country and culture very well, and operate a concierge service that helps you to explore every aspect of special interest or activity that fits with your holiday.
    All aspects of your holiday are personalised, from the itinerary to your holiday confirmation and documentation which provides you with information that is relevant to you. From the point of initial contact with us, you will deal with the same sales consultant, who will handle all aspects of your booking and ticketing.
    We approach your holiday in a way that offers you the arrangements you want, not to slot you in to pre-existing arrangements. This might mean juggling dates, securing the last available room at a hotel or tailoring a complex itinerary involving numerous components. Your holiday is as individually fashioned and tailor-made as you want it to be.
    How we price your holiday
    All prices mentioned on our website are simply guides, as there are many variations that might affect the price including exchange rates, flight costs and special offers. To find out exact prices for the holiday that you are interested in, contact us for a tailor-made quotation.
    All our holiday arrangements have been designed to afford you maximum flexibility and freedom of choice. We include travel arrangements, whether it be flight, ferry, car-hire, transfer as well as many nights' hotel accommodation as you want, in as many different places. We can also include selected special interest activities in New Zealand.
    Our Price Guarantee
    We guarantee that once you have made a firm booking with a deposit payment, there will be no increases in the price of your holiday due to currency movements. If, for any reason, there have been changes in the price of the holiday you want, you will be advised at the time of booking.
    Full Financial Protection
    Full financial protection is offered when you book a holiday with us. Our air holidays are ATOL protected, and we are a member of the Association of Bonded Travel Organisers Trust Limited to protect non-flight packages. We are also members of ABTA and AITO (the Association of Independent Tour Operators), an organisation of some of Britain’s best specialist tour operators.

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    The Best of North Island Touring Holiday is a comprehensive 12-night tour of the highlights of New Zealand's b

    Best of the South Island New Zealand Touring Holiday

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    The Best of the South Island Touring Holiday is a comprehensive 14-night tour of the highlights of New Zealand

    Doubtful sound and the Fiordland navigator overnight cruise

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    Deep in the heart of New Zealand’s Fiordland National Park, Doubtful Sound is an unspoilt wilderness area of

    Guided walk in the Abel Tasman National Park

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    New Zealand wine taster tour

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    Australia
    Capital

    Canberra
    International airports
    Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Brisbane
    Currency
    Australian dollar
    The climate

    Australia’s size results in a variable climate. The expansive interior is hot throughout the year but can often be very cold at night. The southern third of the country enjoys warm summers (December – March) and mild winters (June – August), although there are extremes of this, such as in the alpine country of New South Wales and Victoria where winters are a lot colder. The far north of the country has just two seasons because of its position on the monsoon belt – hot and wet, and hot and dry.

    New Zealand 
     International airports
    Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Brisbane
    Currency
    New Zealand dollar
    Climate
    New Zealand enjoys a maritime climate, which explains partly the lush vegetation and the rich pastures, but also makes it very changeable. It is subject to prevailing winds from west to east although most rain falls in winter (June to August) and the summer months (December to March) are generally drier. The southern and western parts of the country are wetter than the northern and the eastern parts. On top of this longitude and altitude plays a role, with the northern part of the North Island enjoying an almost ‘winter-free’ year and being subtropical.

     

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