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  • Best of the South Island New Zealand Touring Holiday


    Best of the South Island Touring Holiday

    14 Nights / 15 Days 
    Nelson and Abel Tasman – Blenheim and Marlborough – Kaikoura – Christchurch – Arthur’s Pass – Franz Josef – Wanaka – Queenstown 
     
    About this tour 
    The Best of the South Island Touring Holiday is the perfect holiday for those looking to discover this scenic, wild and adventurous region of New Zealand. Perhaps you only have time for a shorter trip and don’t want to feel rushed on a full tour of the country, perhaps you have been to the North Island before but never really made it South, perhaps you want to comprehensively discover the South Island. No matter what your interest, this 14-night tour promises to show you some of New Zealand’s best scenery, wildlife and adventure, and is perfect as a tour on its own, or when coupled with one of our other tours in Australasia. You will see the Abel Tasman National Park, Blenheim and Marlborough, Kaikoura, Christchurch, Arthur’s Pass, the Franz Josef Glacier, Wanaka and Queenstown. 
    Highlights 
    This list includes optional activities possible in the featured locations of the tour, they will entail an additional cost on the base price of the itinerary. 
    • Explore true wilderness in the turquoise bays and native forests of the Abel Tasman National Park 
    • Sample the world famous green-lipped mussels on the Marlborough Sounds 
    • Taste some of New Zealand’s best wines in the Blenheim and Marlborough region 
    • Find the ‘maritime Serengeti’ in the rich waters of Kaikoura 
    • Swim with dolphins or come face to face with 60 feet long Sperm Whales 
    • Drive the eastern seaboard of the South Island to reach Christchurch and the Canterbury Plains 
    • Venture into the heart of the Southern Alps as you ascend to Arthur’s Pass 
    • Live like a local on a 4,000-acre sheep farm and nature reserve in the heart of Arthur’s Pass 
    • Land on the pristine pale blue ice of the Franz Josef Glacier in a helicopter 
    • Find ancient rainforest and indulgent glacial hot pools in this astonishing region 
    • Stop in the charming and refreshingly understated Wanaka home to outstanding outdoor pursuits 
    • Explore the adventurous and iconic Queenstown with a full range of exciting activities on offer 
    Tour Description
    Starting in the wilderness of the Abel Tasman National Park, this tour will take you via the Marlborough Sounds to the outstanding vineyards of Blenheim. From here, you will drive down the eastern seaboard of the South Island into the ‘maritime Serengeti’ of Kaikoura to find rich waters and a rugged setting. Next, explore Christchurch and the Canterbury Plains before ascending into the Southern Alps at Arthur’s Pass to live like a local on a 3,000-acre sheep farm. Your final legs offer a true alpine experience as you journey first to the pale blue ice of the Franz Josef Glacier, onto the outstanding beauty of Wanaka and through to your final stop in the famously adventurous Queenstown, packed with activities for all the ages. 
    Our range of accommodation includes everything from luxury boutique hotels, to remote wilderness eco-lodges. Hand-crafted experiences make your bespoke holiday to New Zealand even more special, and a seemingly infinite number of possibilities are available upon request. Please do not hesitate to get in touch and let us know how we can further personalise your once-in-a-lifetime tour through New Zealand. 
    Prices 
    From £4,990 per person in ‘value hotels’.
    From £6,660 per person in ‘luxury hotels’.
    Please see our hotel list for more information on what is included in these basic rates. 
    Dates 
    This holiday can be arranged throughout the year. Timings may vary depending on the month and day of the week. 
    What’s Included 
    • Return scheduled flights with British Airways, Qantas, Air New Zealand or Emirates from London to Nelson, returning from Queenstown to London in economy class.
    • Car hire where specified in our itinerary. 
    • Accommodation for a family of four sharing one or two rooms depending on the hotel. Please see our suggested list of hotels for details of base accommodation type. 
    • The meals included with your tour will vary by chosen accommodation. Please see our hotel suggestions for included board basis. 
    What’s not included 
    • Meals and drinks, except as specified in our hotel suggestions. 
    • Optional tours and activities within each location, except where explicitly specified as included in our itinerary, or by hotels in our hotel lists. 
    • Personal expenses. 
    • Insurance.
    • Visa and Passport. 
    You will need a full British passport with at least six months validity. To do not need a Visa for travel to New Zealand as a British Passport will allow the holder a six month stay upon arrival. More details are available from https://www.newzealand.com/uk/visas-and-immigration/

    Day One: Nelson and Abel Tasman
    Arriving in Nelson, you are transferred to your luxury accommodation by private chauffeur. Settle into the time zone with the help of your luxury accommodation, and the stunning views in this wild region of New Zealand. 
    Day Two: Nelson and Abel Tasman 
    Today would be a great day to venture into the true wilderness of the Abel Tasman National Park. Preferably, you could join your own private charter so that you get to see the major sights along the coast and have time for a swim and sunbathe and a picnic lunch on a pretty-much deserted beach. Either way, the Abel Tasman National Park is a mecca for wildlife enthusiasts the world over. Here lush vegetation and hills of native bush cascade into sheltered inlets of turquoise water and idyllic beaches. The Park can only be reached by water or foot, and it is this isolation that makes the Abel Tasman such a special retreat into nature.  
    Day Three: Blenheim and Marlborough
    Picking up your 4x4 hire car, your road trip through the South Island begins today. Today’s drive is particularly pretty as you head along the coast passing Nelson and then through wooded hills skirting the edge of the Marlborough Sounds near Havelock. Stop here for a fantastic lunch of the local Greenlip mussels before reaching the more expansive, drier country of the Wairau valley around Blenheim. Vineyards here stretch for miles with easily recognisable names such as Montana, Cloudy Bay and Stoneleigh. Enjoy a spot of wine-tasting in the late afternoon, as the sun cast golden hues over the pastoral landscape. 
    Day Four: Blenheim and Marlborough 
    Another full day of exploring the world-famous vineyards of Marlborough could await guests. One of the most exciting ways to do this would be by riding The Golden Mile, a series of excellent vineyards connected by easy and scenic bike trails. Otherwise choose from a variety of activities to showcase the best of the region. For example, explore the local museums that tell the history of New Zealand, or hike and kayak around the Wairau Lagoon, where the site of New Zealand’s earliest human habitation, and over 90 species of bird are found. 
    Day Five: Kaikoura 
    Set out South East en route to Kaikoura. Spot striking beaches, and the friendly faces of sunbathing seals before arriving into Kaikoura for lunch of local crayfish, the delicacy from which this town takes its name. Set between the rugged Seaward Kaikoura Range and the vast Pacific Ocean, this wild place has been made famous by the exceptional marine life found just off the shores. Perhaps today though, explore the wonderful terrestrial environment with scenic tramping on the Kaikoura Coast Track, or take to the air with a scenic flight over this pristine ecosystem. 
    Day Six: Kaikoura 
    Having gazed over the coastline by foot or by air, it is now time to take to the water in order explore the rich biodiversity found below the waves. Sperm whales are found here in greater numbers than anywhere on earth. They can reach a length of 60 metres making them the world’s largest toothed mammal. Join one of the whale watching boats to get up close and personal with these wonderful creatures. Alternatively, you could choose to swim with the wild dolphins of the region, kayak with the inquisitive seals, or spot albatross by boat. There is no end to the once-in-a-lifetime encounters possible in Kaikoura. 
    Day Seven: Christchurch 
    Continue leisurely onto Christchurch, and perhaps explore this fascinating city as it rebuilds in creative ways from the devastation of the 2011 earthquake. The surrounding area of the Canterbury Plains is just as interesting, and home to a variety of exciting activities. Here, guests may enjoy a spot of white-water rafting, or alternatively a thrilling jetboat ride on the Waimak River gorge. For those looking for a little less thrill, and a little more leisure, the Canterbury Plains are home to some of the South Island’s best vineyards, and the city of Christchurch itself will delight with its pretty parks and the interesting museums dedicated to its traumatic tectonic past. 
    Day Eight: Arthur’s Pass 
    Today an easy drive will take you from the Canterbury Plains of Christchurch into the start of the Southern Alps. The scenery from the road is some of the best in New Zealand, and postcard images of the South Island will pass by in their dozens, from pastures of grazing sheep to craggy cliffs and distant snow-clad mountain peaks. The vistas reach their crescendo as you approach Arthur’s Pass. Here, settle into your friendly and cosy luxury hotel, and perhaps join one of the walking tours of this alpine environment before tucking into a well-earnt hearty meal. 
    Day Nine: Arthur’s Pass 
    Live like a true Kiwi local today by a tour of a real working sheep farm. With 3000 sheep and 120 Angus cattle, experienced guides will show you this typically New Zealand way of life, including traditional blade-shearing demonstrations, and handfeeding of tame shape. Alternatively, guests could hike or join an ecological guided tour of the area. The focus really is on the great outdoors, and the alpine scenery provides a magnificent playground in which to indulge oneself. In the evening, observe the stars of the southern sky in this second-to-none setting where clean air and zero light pollution reveal the entirety of the milky way. 
    Day Ten: Franz Josef Glacier 
    Continuing west across the Pass, today’s drive will eventually take you down to the coast. Here awaits a marvel of the latitude, with the pristine glaciers of Franz Josef and Fox advancing close to the sea. Settle into your luxury lodge, and take a trip into town to find a charming town alive with Kea – a cheeky and comical West Coast Parrot. For pure relaxation, why not indulge in the glacier hot pools that weave their way through the lush rainforest. 
    Day Eleven: Franz Josef Glacier
    Today can be adventurous in the most Kiwi of ways. One of the delights of the Franz Josef Glacier is the opportunity to take a thrilling helicopter ride onto the pale blue pristine ice formations, and hike along with the help of a qualified guide. This adventure is deceptively safe, and your well-trained guides will walk with you every step of the way. The views are exceptional, and the experience is unlike anything you will have tried before. It really is one of the highlights of a trip to New Zealand. 
    Day Twelve: Wanaka 
    A scenic drive will take you along the west coast of New Zealand, past a number of achingly pretty stops. Enjoy the sights and sounds of the Mount Cook National Park, Haast and Mount Aspiring National Park before arriving in the idyllic surrounds of Wanaka. This charming resort town is surrounded invitingly by the pristine rivers, waterfalls, native forests and mountains of Mount Aspiring National Park, as well as containing 750km of walking, hiking and mountain biking trails. There are excellent facilities for thrill seekers with canyoning, skydiving, off road tours and airborne adventures, as well as jet-boating, kayaking and paddle boarding in the summer, and world class ski resorts in the winter. In the evening, relax under the incredible star displays of this remote region. 
    Day Thirteen: Queenstown 
    Driving further south, touching the wineries of Otago, and passing into the famously adventurous Queenstown. Set on the shores of Lake Wakatipu, and surrounded by snow-capped peaks, New Zealand has saved the best for last. Settle into your lake-side accommodation and revel in the alpine surrounds. The choice of activities on offer in Queenstown is truly staggering. In the winter, head to the aptly-named Remarkables to find some of the best skiing in the Southern Hemisphere. In the summer, choose from mountain biking, white-water rafting or horse-riding amongst other activities. Many of these opportunities operate year-round, allowing you to acquaint yourself with Fiordland in an adventurous way. Queenstown itself is a beautiful and exciting home from home amidst all the adrenaline. There is a youthful energy available, as well as a palpable air of sophistication for those seeking outstanding hospitality, food and wine. 
    Day Fourteen: Queenstown 
    On your last full day in New Zealand, make the most of the adventurous capabilities of Queenstown in a way that suits you. Another option, is to join a day cruise of either Milford or Doubtful Sound to the South West of the city. These incredible fiords are home to an extraordinary mix of wildlife, from orcas to penguins, and feature some of the best scenery in New Zealand. In the evening, return to Queenstown and raise a glass to this incredible country. 
    Day Fifteen: Return Home 
    With memories to last a lifetime, drop your hire car at Queenstown Airport and catch your flight home.

    Best of the South Island Touring Holiday Map

    Value Hotels
    Nelson
    The Resurgence

    With a welcoming village feel, complete with a green, streams and cottages, this hotel provides a prime position for exploring the best of the Nelson and Abel Tasman region. We include room only for two sharing a 1 Bedroom Cottage with Spa.
    Blenheim and Marlborough
    The Bell Tower on Dog Point

    Set spectacularly on the vineyards of Marlborough, this rustic Provencal style farmhouse casts spectacular views over the Richmond Range and Wairau Plains. We include room only for two when sharing 1 x French Barn. 
    Kaikoura 
    Manakau Lodge
     
    With a peaceful setting on the foothills of the striking mountains that fringe the eastern seaboard, Manakau Lodge is a modern Bed and Breakfast with outstanding vistas from its comfortable accommodation. We include Breakfast for two when sharing 1 x Lodge Room. 
    Christchurch 
    The George

    Just steps from the cultural precinct and attractions, The George is an award-winning boutique hotel offering impeccable service and a peaceful feel in the city of Christchurch. We include room only for two when sharing 1 x Executive Room. 
    Arthur’s Pass 
    Wilderness Lodge Arthur’s Pass
     
    Live like a local on a 4000-acre merino sheep farm and nature reserve in the heart of Southern Alps. Guided ecological walks, kayaking and much more will introduce you to the best of the region. We include Dinner and Breakfast for two when sharing 1 x Alpine View Lodge. 
    Franz Joseph Glacier 
    Westwood Lodge
     
    Surrounded by a wonderful bush garden Westwood Lodge features the cosiness of a ski chalet and stunning views of the West Coast rainforest, the Southern Alps and the Franz Josef Glacier. We include Breakfast for two when sharing 1 x Main House Suite. 
    Wanaka 
    Tin Tub Wanaka
     
    Tin Tub Wanaka is a peaceful and well-appointed retreat surrounded by the stunning landscape of Wanaka, and boasting superb hospitality and personal service. We include Breakfast for two when sharing a Peak View Room. 
    Queenstown 
    The Rees Hotel and Luxury Apartments

    There is no better way to enjoy the vistas of Lake Wakatipu and the proximity of Queenstown than from the comfort of your private luxury apartment. We include room only for two sharing a 1 Bedroom Apartment (Executive Lake View).
    Luxury Hotels 
    Nelson 
    Te Koi the Lodge at Bronte
     
    Overlooking the tranquil waters of the Waimea Estuary, this recently refurbished luxury lodge offers an enchanting location from which to explore the magic of the Nelson and Abel Tasman region. We include Breakfast for two when sharing 1 x Suite. 
    Blenheim and Marlborough 
    Marlborough Lodge
     
    In the midst of the best vineyards of Marlborough, the Lodge is an elegant and sophisticated traditional Kiwi country estate surrounded by 16-acres of park-like grounds. We include Dinner and Breakfast for two when sharing 1 x Lodge Room. 
    Kaikoura
    Hapuku Lodge 
    With balconies that overlook the farm's deer's grazing in paddocks adjacent to the Kaikoura mountains, these rooms offer a refined elegance in the heart of this wild region. We include Dinner and Breakfast for two when sharing a Lodge Room.
    Christchurch
    Otahuna Lodge

    Offering pastoral surroundings, this historic residence was recently revitalised with luxury accommodation, glorious gardens and sophisticated cuisine. It now one of New Zealand’s most elegant hotels. We include Dinner and Breakfast for two when sharing 1 x Suite. 
    Arthur’s Pass 
    Wilderness Lodge Arthur’s Pass
     
    Live like a local on a 4000-acre merino sheep farm and nature reserve in the heart of Southern Alps. Guided ecological walks, kayaking and much more will introduce you to the best of the region. We include Dinner and Breakfast for two when sharing 1 x Alpine View Lodge. 
    Franz Josef Glacier
    Te Waonui Forest Retreat

    Surrounded by native bushland, the boutique styling of Te Waonui provides a warm, calming, almost chalet style home in which to recuperate from a day exploring the glaciers and waterways of Franz Josef. We include Dinner and Breakfast for two when sharing 1 x Deluxe Room. 
    Wanaka 
    Tin Tub Wanaka
     
    Tin Tub Wanaka is a peaceful and well-appointed retreat surrounded by the stunning landscape of Wanaka, and boasting superb hospitality and personal service. We include Breakfast for two when sharing a Master Lodge Room. 
    Queenstown
    Azur Lodge

    The aptly named Sunshine Bay on the shores of Lake Wakatipu is home to the once-in-a-lifetime Azur Lodge, a panoramic retreat set within 3.5-acres of private bushland near to the adventure of Queenstown. We include Breakfast for two when sharing 1 x Villa.

    An introduction to New Zealand 
    All about New Zealand
     
    New Zealand is a country whose name immediately conjures halcyon images of exploration and adventure, of natural splendour and wholesomeness. Yet for many the magic of New Zealand is considered too far way, and it is all too frequently relegated as an impossible dream for the future. For this reason, any journey to this fabulous country must carefully balance a degree of efficiency in experiencing its astonishingly diverse landscapes, and enough time to really soak up the scenery and culture in each locality. That is to say, the best way to holiday in the mystical enigma of New Zealand is via a bespoke touring itinerary. The majesty of New Zealand’s landscapes overwhelms from the moment of arrival. They change dramatically from locality to locality, along with the climate, and result in a patchwork quilt of achingly pretty vistas, and individualised experiences. From skiing in the aptly named Remarkables in Fiordland, to snorkelling in the crystal-clear waters of the Bay of Islands. From boating into the rich and cetacean infested waters of Kaikoura to discovering the erupting geysers and serene hot pools of Rotorua. Of course, this is a nation that thrives on the outdoors, and a range of activities are possible in New Zealand to match all energy (and adrenaline) levels. Yet in contemporary New Zealand, the thriving cosmopolitan city centres are also important sites of interest in their own right. Here you will find distinct local cultures, and a chic and fashionable ambience that feels sophisticated and refreshingly laid-back simultaneously. Indeed, the incredible rise of New Zealand’s culinary and wine scene, from the vineyards of Marlborough in the South to Hawke’s Bay and Waiheke Island in the North, have only compounded the sense of cultural refinement in this magnificent country. 
    Based upon our experience of travelling around New Zealand, we have put together several suggested itineraries, aimed at doing as much justice to the variety and scale of New Zealand as is possible within a reasonable length of time. These are merely suggestions, and any itinerary created by Expressions Holidays is bespoke and completely tailored to the interests and needs of our clients.
    The price is upon request and will depend on the exact details of the touring itinerary, and the accommodation chosen at each locality. 
    New Zealand facts 
    Location: New Zealand is a country in the southwestern Pacific Ocean consisting of 2 main islands. It is situated approximately 1,500 km east of Australia across the Tasman Sea, and roughly 1,000 km south of the Pacific Islands of New Caledonia, Fiji and Tonga. 
    Time difference: Wellington has a time zone of GMT + 12 hours. 
    Language: English 
    Population: 4.88 million.
    Size: 268,021 km2, roughly 990 miles from north to south and 250 miles from east to west. 
    Currency: New Zealand Dollars (about 1.88 to the pound) 
    Capital: Wellington, located at the southern tip of the North Island. 
    Geography and climate 
    New Zealand enjoys a maritime climate, which explains partly the lush vegetation and rich pastures, but it also makes the weather rather changeable. It is subject to prevailing winds from west to east, although most rain falls in the winter (July to August) and the summer months (December to March) are generally drier. Generally, the southern and western parts of the country are wetter than the northern and eastern parts. On top of this longitude and altitude plays a role, with the northern part of the North Island enjoying a subtropical ‘winter-free’ climate, whereas the South Island is home to sterling ski resorts in the winter months, and glaciers and snow-capped peaks are found year-round. 
    Cities and Culture 
    New Zealand is well known as a land of stunning views, wilderness expanses, and pristine ecosystems. Yet it is important to note that modern New Zealand is home to a scintillating array of urban centres, which offer a different appeal to tourists. Here, clients will find a burgeoning food and wine scene, as well as great shopping, inspiring architecture, and refreshingly laid-back and welcoming Kiwi culture. Of interest might be Auckland in the North where a historic feel meets strikingly modern architecture such as the 328-meter Sky Tower. A café culture and a truly nautical feel conspire to create a relaxing base from which to start one’s tour in New Zealand. The capital city of Wellington at the bottom of the North Island has a different feel altogether, situated on a hook-shaped harbour ringed with ranges that wear a cloak of snow in winter. Discover the dramatic scenery, theatrical climate, Victorian architecture and the cosmopolitan centre, as well as wilderness surrounds with bushy hillsides that resonate with native bird song. Finally, famously adventurous Queenstown at the foot of the South Island enjoys a magnificent setting in the mountains of Fiordland, and a culture of outdoor pursuits. 
    Landscape and Coastline 
    Despite New Zealand’s modest size, the variety of landscapes on offer are truly staggering, and pay testament to its volcanic history. In the North Island, a beautiful coastline and lush vegetation in the Northland meet the rolling green pastures of sheep farms and wineries in Hawke’s Bay. Elsewhere in the Central North Island, tourists will find pristine rainforest in Whirinaki, an active volcanic plateau in Rotorua, and vast expanses of Lake and the mountains of the Tongariro Crossing in Taupo. On the South Island, the landscape varies even more dramatically, from the Canterbury Plains that encircle Christchurch to the idyllic waterways of the Marlborough Sounds and Abel Tasman National Park, to the mountainous and glacial environment of the Central South Island and the iconic Fiordland. The coastline throughout New Zealand matches this diversity, and whilst tourist may find themselves snorkelling with tropical fish in the Bay of Islands, they will find cool glacial water in the world-famous Milford Sound, and superb surfing beaches on the Western Coastline of the North Island.
    Wildlife and Ecology
    New Zealand’s isolation as a remote island has resulted in a truly unique set of ecosystems. Many of the species found here are endemic, meaning exclusively found in New Zealand, and their often-inquisitive manner leads to truly once-in-a-lifetime encounters for many visitors. On the North Island, lush vegetation and pristine rainforest have provided a sanctuary for many tropical species, whereas the South Island is made famous primarily for its bird life. On Stewart Island for example, tourists will find an extraordinary abundance of native species including the bell bird, tui, kaka, tomtit, grey warbler, kakariki, and the New Zealand wood pigeon. Also found here is the iconic Stewart Island Brown Kiwi, as well as albatross, and several species of penguin including the Southern Blue Penguin, Yellow-eyed Penguin, Rockhopper Penguin, Fiordland Crested Penguin and Snares Crested Penguin. 
    In terms of the underwater world, New Zealand is perhaps even more special still. On the North Island, clear and warm waters are found, creating an ecosystem where many tropical species, often also found on the Great Barrier Reef, as well as temperate marine life can co-exist in harmony. Poor Knights Island, to the east of the Northland, is a fantastic example of this, and intrepid snorkelers or scuba divers will find soft corals, sponges, vibrant anemones, and kelp forests, as well as sting rays, manta rays, and a myriad of other lifeforms. Another fantastic place to search for incredible marine life is Kaikoura on the East Coast of the North Island. Brimming with dolphins, whales, orcas, seals, albatross and more, these rich waters are often featured in nature documentaries, and they have recently been championed by Sir David Attenborough. Tourists can swim, scuba dive, sail or kayak through the waters in search of a variety of once-in-a-lifetime encounters. 
    Government advice 
    The UK government has an excellent website www.fco.gov.uk which you must use to obtain up-to-date information about worldwide destinations. This site gives details about trouble spots but also general advice about most countries. We advise most strongly that you check notices about your intended destination before you book and travel. 
    Passport and Visas 
    A full British passport is required for travel to New Zealand. Please bear in mind that it is your responsibility to ensure that your passport is valid and still has six months validity before you book your holiday and it can take some time to obtain a new one. Everyone needs his or her own passport so if you are thinking of taking an infant, allow plenty of time to get a passport. Visas are not generally required for travel to New Zealand, although full details should be obtained with the New Zealand authorities. More information is available from https://www.immigration.govt.nz/new-zealand-visas 
    Health 
    There are no required vaccinations for travel to New Zealand but you should nevertheless always check with your doctor before travelling. A leaflet is available from the Department of Health called ‘Health Advice to Travellers’, by telephoning 0800-555777. If you are suffering from any disability or illness, this should be communicated to us at the time of booking. Please note that pregnant passengers are not accepted by airlines usually after about 28 weeks into the pregnancy. You should check this with us before you make a booking. 
    Insurance 
    It is your own responsibility to ensure that you are adequately insured for your holiday. Please refer to our statement on insurance in our booking conditions. Insurance for the activities you choose to undertake during your holiday is also your own responsibilities. Additional requirements are needed for scuba diving, such as a doctor’s certificate. 
    Security and personal safety 
    When travelling you should take sensible precautions wherever you are and take care of money and personal valuables when passing through crowded and public places and cities in particular. In New Zealand, you should advise your accommodation when you set out on a long walk, drive, or venture into the wilderness. It is sensible to top up with petrol whenever you are about to leave a town for a long rural drive. 
    Wildlife hazards 
    Mosquitoes are a fact of life in the tropics. In fact, it is advisable to take your own anti-mosquito creams and lotions with you. Other insects (large beetles, cockroaches, sand flies etc) and some rodents are also common in tropical places. We cannot prevent these creatures from entering your accommodation. If this is a worry, perhaps a holiday to the tropics is not right for you. Guide books available will give you more advice on wildlife hazards. 
    Getting around 
    Main roads in New Zealand are very good. Some roads are not surfaced, particularly side roads, rural roads and private roads. These often lead to lodge accommodation. 
    What to wear 
    Due to the incredible diversity in climate and landscape, a trip to New Zealand will require a range of clothing. We advise you to check local recommendations. 
    Tipping 
    Tipping is generally expected for many services throughout New Zealand. Around 10 per cent of the bill is sufficient. This does not apply to your hotel stay.

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