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  • Kiwi Family Adventure Touring Holiday

    Kiwi Family Adventure Touring Holiday 

    18 Nights  / 19 Days  
    Auckland – Bay of Islands – Rotorua – Marlborough Sounds – Kaikoura – Arthur’s Pass – Franz Josef Glacier – Queenstown 
    About this tour 
    The Kiwi Family Adventure Touring Holiday is perfect for a special family holiday to New Zealand. Over the course of 18 nights, we transport you to destinations packed with activities for all the ages, and we choose hotels and lodges designed with children in mind. In the process, you will come face to face with the best of New Zealand, from Auckland to the Bay of Islands, Rotorua to Wellington, the Marlborough Sounds to Kaikoura, Arthur’s Pass to Franz Josef Glacier and finally to the iconic and adventurous Queenstown. 
    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.
    • Take in the panoramic views of the city and the Pacific Ocean from Auckland’s iconic Sky Tower
    • Learn to surf on one of New Zealand’s best beaches at Piha 
    • Feel the wind ruffle your hair as you sail in Auckland Harbour on a real America’s Cup yacht 
    • Enjoy the rugged Pacific Coastline of the Northland 
    • Find paradise in the tropical beaches and crystal-clear water of the Bay of Islands
    • Experience the magic of The Shire at the Hobbiton Movie Set as seen on Lord of the Rings
    • Come face to face with Maori culture and a volcanic landscape in Rotorua
    • Trek through the pristine rainforest of Whirinaki
    • Sail through the sheltered and idyllic waterways of the Marlborough Sounds 
    • Meet the wildlife of the Sounds by foot, horseback or from the water 
    • Sail, and possibly swim, with dolphins, whales and seals in the rich waters of Kaikoura 
    • Live like a local on a 4,000-acre sheep farm and nature reserve in the heart of the Southern Alps 
    • Land on the pristine pale blue ice of the Franz Josef Glacier in a helicopter 
    • Explore the adventurous and iconic Queenstown with a range of exciting activities on offer 
    Tour Description 
    Starting in the cosmopolitan and trendy city of Auckland, this tour will take you and your family to the paradise tropical beaches of the Bay of Islands, and south past Hobbiton into the volcanic plateau of Rotorua. Stop here for incredible geothermal displays, lush rainforest, and a taste of true Maori culture, before continuing briefly onto Wellington, and sailing to Picton. Having crossed the Cook Straight, head to your stunning accommodation in the Marlborough Sounds and revel in the wildlife of these secluded waterways. Next, drive South East to meet the rich marine life of Kaikoura, and stay in a luxurious treehouse, before ascending into the heart of the Southern Alps to live like a local on a 4,000-acre sheep farm and nature reserve. Continue your alpine experience with a drive to the Franz Josef Glacier where radiant blue ice, rainforest, lakes and hot pools await. Finally, drive south to the adventurous and thrill-seeking city of Queenstown, packed with activities for all the family. 
    Our range of accommodation includes everything from luxury boutique hotels, to remote wilderness eco-lodges. Hand-crafted experiences make your bespoke family 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.  
    From £4,800 per person. 
    Please see our hotel list for more information on what is included in these basic rates. 
    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 Auckland, 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. Until 30 September 2019 you do not need a Visa for travel to New Zealand as a British Passport will allow the holder a six month stay upon arrival. From 1 October 2019 you will need a visa which can be arranged easily on-line. More details are available from the New Zealand government here

    Day One: Auckland 
    Arrive in Auckland and settle into the time-zone, and your luxury accommodation.
    Day Two: Auckland 
    Soak up the sights and sounds of the iconic city of Auckland. For the best of the views, visit the 328-meter Sky Tower, or otherwise hike up Mount Eden, a volcanic peak that casts views over the Hauraki Gulf, Auckland, and the iconic Eden Park – home of the All Blacks. For a different sense of perspective, families could choose to sail in the gloriously protected water of the bay on a real America’s Cup Yacht. With the wind ruffling your hair, and the skyline of Auckland as a backdrop, this is a fantastic way to introduce yourself with what a holiday in New Zealand is all about. 
    Day Three: Auckland 
    Today could be spent living as a true New Zealander by journeying to one of the classic city escapes from Auckland. To the east lie the Hauraki Gulf Islands, and the largest, Waiheke Island, offers something for everyone. Children will make the most of the beautiful beaches, whilst adults can sample some of the excellent wine produced in the local vineyards. Together, take a stroll on one of island’s trails which take you from cliff top vistas into the cool and dense envelope of the native forest. To the west, families will find unique volcanic beaches in Piha and excellent surfing lessons for all ages. 
    Day Four: Northland and the Bay of Islands 
    Picking up your 4x4 hire car, your first taste of a New Zealand road trip awaits. Today you drive north through the lush vegetation, spectacular coastline, orchards of citrus trees and roadside fruit stalls, bumpy volcanic peaks, and, of course, pastures of sheep. Arrive in Russell to find a spectacular, panoramic private villa, with ample room for all the family. Spend the evening spotting dolphins playing in the ocean below you whilst unwinding in your private heated pool. 
    Day Five: Bay of Islands 
    A stay in the Bay of Islands really is about exploring the idyllic coastline that surrounds you. Lush fern filled valleys turn to cliffs, bays, inlets and beaches, and into the crystal-clear waters of the Southern Pacific. Choose from a range of family friendly activities including sea kayaking, swimming with the resident dolphins, or sailing. Land lovers may choose to admire the vistas on horseback, or by hiking. Otherwise, simply get onto the beaches and soak up the Southern Hemisphere sunshine. 
    Day Six: Rotorua 
    Driving to Kerikeri Airport in the Bay of Islands, you will drop your hire car and board your flight to Rotorua. This flight will take you deep into the volcanic heartland of the North Island, where geothermal wonders, bubbling hot pools, exploding geysers, and lush rainforest. Pick up your new hire car, and perhaps join an evening Maori cultural display in a local Maori village. Rotorua is often considered the heart of Maori culture in New Zealand, so there is no better place to learn of their historic traditions and watch fascinating song and dance before settling down to an authentic feast cooked beneath the ground on hot stones. 
    Day Seven: Rotorua 
    Today would be best spent uncovering the geothermal wonders of the region. To do so, families should visit Te Puia – a 70-hectare park that contains the world famous Pohutu geyser, as well as mud pools, hot springs and silica formation. Indeed, families will also find the Kiwi bird, and national schools of Maori wood carving, weaving, stone and bone carving. The highlight of the experience is undoubtedly Pohutu geyser, an ancient geothermal feature, and the largest active geyser in the southern hemisphere. She erupts twice every hour and sometimes reaches heights of 30 metres. Next, travel to Whirinaki forest, where lush rainforest supports a great diversity of wildlife including many rare birds. A network of trails makes walking and mountain biking a joy amongst the awe-inspiring trees. 
    Day Eight: Rotorua 
    On your final full day on the North Island, some families may rightly choose to pay homage to a more modern cultural phenomenon in New Zealand. Located about an hour’s drive from Rotorua, near Cambridge, is the magical set of Hobbiton. Set amongst rolling green lush pastures, this was the iconic filming destination for The Shire in the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies. Loose yourself in the magic of the set, where the landscape really does feel like something from Middle Earth. Alternatively, Taupo is also a convenient day trip from Rotorua where families can sail on the magnificent Lake in search of ancient Maori rock carvings, or hike on the Tongariro National Park, home to ‘Mount Doom’ from the Lord of the Rings. 
    Day Nine: Marlborough Sounds 
    Wake early to drop your hire car at Rotorua Airport and fly south to Wellington. From here, you can either cross the Cook Strait by scenic ferry, and then board a water taxi to your idyllic accommodation, or opt to fly by scenic helicopter flight directly to your hotel from Wellington. Either way, the astonishing views of the Cook Strait and Marlborough Sounds are a highlight to any holiday in New Zealand. Accessible only by boat, seaplane or helicopter, the Marlborough Sounds comprise a tranquil network of ancient sunken river valleys filled with the waters of the Pacific Ocean. Here, forested hills rise steeply from the sea around an intricate coastline of sheltered inlets and sandy bays. Settle into your accommodation, and spot dolphins jumping in the afternoon sunshine, from the deck of your private apartment. In the evening, a short walk will take you into the bush, where the twinkling light of glowworms will provide a magical compliment to the overhead star displays.
    Day Ten: Marlborough Sounds 
    A stay in the Marlborough Sounds really is a retreat into the heart of nature. On land, excellent hiking tracks, bird watching and island hopping prevail as the go-to activities. However, best of all, families can get out onto the water through a range of excursions. Here, you can choose to sail, kayak, cruise, and fish in the calm and tranquil waters of the Sounds, or even swim with Hectors Dolphins, thought to be one of the world’s rarest dolphin species! There’s plenty of time to relax too, and with fantastic beaches, an indulgent spa and swimming pools, it is the perfect way to round off a day of active exploration.  
    Day Eleven: Kaikoura 
    Taking a water taxi back to Picton, pick up a new 4x4 hire car and set out South East en route to Kaikoura. Spot striking beaches, and the friendly faces of sunbathing seals before arriving at your luxury family treehouse accommodation in mid-morning. This afternoon, families can choose to join a whale watching expedition in the rich, biodiverse waters just off the coast. Made famous by David Attenborough amongst many other naturalists, Kaikoura is home to an astonishing wealth of cetacean life, including sperm whales, orcas and dolphins, as well as variety of other species including seals and albatross. Whale watching boats really do offer a great perspective of this ‘maritime Serengeti’, however snorkelling and scenic flights are also available upon request. 
    Day Twelve: Arthur’s Pass 
    Today an easy drive will take you from the Canterbury Plains outside 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 Thirteen: Arthur’s Pass 
    Families can choose to take part in a truly authentic Kiwi experience 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 wholesome education suitable for all the family, and the alpine scenery provides a magnificent backdrop. 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 Fourteen: Franz Josef Glacier 
    Continuing west across the Pass, today’s drive will eventually take you down to the coast. Here families will find 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 rainforest. 
    Day Fifteen: 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 Sixteen: Queenstown 
    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, Mount Aspiring National Park and Wanaka, before 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 for families. Settle into your private lake-side apartment and revel in the alpine surrounds. 
    Day Seventeen: Queenstown 
    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 families to acquaint themselves 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 Eighteen: 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 Nineteen: Return Home 
    With memories to last a lifetime, drop your hire car at Queenstown Airport and catch your flight home. 
    Optional extensions to your Australian Family Adventure Touring Holiday
    Everything we do at Expressions Holidays is bespoke, and we are dedicated to personalising the itineraries of every single client. Choose from the following range of tour extensions, or get in touch today to suggest something completely different. 
    Optional Abel Tasman National Park extension (2-nights)
    Following your two-night stay in the Marlborough Sounds, venture West into the true wilderness of the Abel Tasman National Park. Arriving by foot, water taxi, or by air, families will find themselves plunged into the heart of nature, with a suite of activities on offer such as hiking, kayaking, or simply relaxing. In the evening, relax in the company of the stunning star displays and relish some proper family time away from the distractions of phone signal and WIFI. Re-join your tour by driving to Kaikoura. 
    Optional Best of North Island (3-nights)
    Following your two-night stay in the Bay of Islands, fly further south to Taupo to enjoy one night in the majestic presence of the Lake. Here, families could embark on a serene day-sail out to hidden Maori carvings, or otherwise hike out on the iconic Tongariro Crossing. This is the filming location for Mount Doom in the Lord of the Rings, as well as being known for its spectacular volcanic scenery. Next, drive East into the welcoming arms of Hawkes Bay for two-nights where excellent food and wine meet fantastic scenery and wildlife. Cycle, surf, hike, eat and drink through the typically Kiwi landscape of rolling green hills, lush forests, and mountainous ranges. There is something for everyone in Hawke’s Bay. Re-join your tour by driving to Rotorua.

    Kiwi Family Adventure Touring Holiday Map

    Our favourite family friendly hotels 
    Hilton Hotel Auckland 
    With stunning views over Auckland, a true nautical ambience, and an inspiring setting 300 meters out to sea, the Hilton Hotel Auckland is the flagship of luxury in this iconic city. We include room only for a family of four in 2 x Deluxe Harbour View Rooms. 
    Bay of Islands 
    Eagles Nest 
    Watch dolphins swimming in the Bay from the serene luxury of your panoramic villa, splash about in your private pool, or simply unwind on the sun lounger. We include breakfast provisions and accommodation for a family of four in the Eagle Spirit Villa. 
    Peppers on the Point 
    Peppers on the Point is a perfect choice for families. Understated luxury, privacy and wide sweeping views of Lake Rotorua await, enjoy them all from the serenity of your private apartment. We include room only for a family of four in the Lake Villa Apartment. 
    Marlborough Sounds
    Bay of Many Coves Resort
    Overlooking a serene bay in Marlborough Sounds, this peaceful location is surrounded by wilderness, walking tracks and adventurous cruises suitable for all ages. We include room only for a family of four in a 2-Bedroom Apartment.  
    Hapuku Lodge
    Nestled 10 meters above the ground in the canopy of the native Kanuka grove, these spectacular family tree houses cast wonderful views over the mountains, Pacific Ocean and surrounding deer farm. We include room only for a family of four in a 2-Bedroom Family Treehouse. 
    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 and your family to best of the region. We include Dinner and Breakfast for a family of four in 2 x Mountain View Rooms.  
    Franz Joseph 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 Joseph. We include Dinner and Breakfast for a family of four in 2 x Deluxe Rooms. 
    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 a family of four in the 2 Bedroom Apartment with Executive Lake View.
    Millbrook Resort 
    With a serene location just 20-minutes outside of the adventurous bustle of downtown Queenstown, Millbrook Resort is a family extravaganza packed with facilities for all ages. We include room only for a family of four in a 2-bedroom cottage.

    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 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 
    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. 
    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 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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