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  • The New Zealand Wine Country Touring Holiday

    The New Zealand Wine Country Touring Holiday

    14 Nights / 15 Days 
    Waiheke Island – Hawke’s Bay – Martinborough – Nelson – Blenheim – Otago 
    About this tour

    The New Zealand Wine Country Touring Holiday is the perfect first-time trip to New Zealand for those looking to explore some of New Zealand’s best-known wine regions, as well as wonderful areas which are still up-and-coming in New Zealand’s gastronomy scene. In the process, you will see a great deal of broader New Zealand. On the North Island, you will travel from Waiheke Island in the North to the Hawke’s Bay and Napier Region to Wairarapa in the South. On the South Island you will sail through the Marlborough Sounds to reach the Blenheim and Marlborough region, you will road trip via Kaikoura to Christchurch, before finally reaching the picturesque Otago and Fiordland region for a truly exclusive send off. 
    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 the beaches, vineyards, olive groves and farmland of Waiheke Island
    • Take a day trip into the dazzling, welcoming and friendly city of Auckland 
    • Explore the rolling green pastures and spectacular coastline of Hawkes Bay
    • Travel from vineyard to vineyard and stop at the impossibly pretty art deco city of Napier
    • Drive south through classic rural scenery to reach the pastoral Wairarapa where great
    • produce, idyllic scenery and wonderful vineyard meet
    • Stop in Wellington to savour the sights and sounds of New Zealand’s wind-blown capital
    • Sail across the Cooke Strait and through the sheltered waterways of the Marlborough
    • Sounds to reach the scintillating South Island of New Zealand
    • Sample some of the best wines produced anywhere in New Zealand as you hop between vineyards in the pleasant climate of the Blenheim and Marlborough region
    • Take a road trip down the wild eastern seaboard of the South Island, passing the rich waters of Kaikoura 
    • Stop regularly as you skirt the Waipara wineries of the Canterbury Plains
    • Spend a fascinating evening in the revitalised city of Christchurch
    • Drive one of New Zealand’s most scenic roads as you ascend to your luxury accommodation in the mountains of the Otago and Fiordland region
    • Sightsee by helicopter and drink wine to celebrate your journey in this picturesque southerly region of New Zealand
    Tour description
    Starting on the sparkling and tropical Waiheke Island near Auckland, this tour will take you south into the rolling green pastures of Hawke’s Bay, and further south still into the idyllic, pastural, and classically Kiwi scenery of Wairarapa. From here, you will cross the Cooke Strait and sail through the Marlborough Sounds to reach the enviable climate and world-renowned vineyards that comprise the Blenheim and Marlborough region. Next, an eastern seaboard road-trip via the rich waters of Kaikoura will bring you to the fascinating city of Christchurch, providing an agreeable overnight stop before you fly south to the picturesque Otago anf Fiordland region of Southern New Zealand. 
    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 £6,300 per person for our favourite ‘wine-centric’ hotels.
    Please see our hotel lists 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, Air New Zealand, Qantas or Emirates from London to Auckland, returning from Queenstown to London in economy class.
    • Domestic flights from Auckland to Napier and from Christchurch to Queenstown.
    • Transfers and car hire where specified in our itinerary. 
    • Accommodation sharing a double or twin room. 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: Waiheke Island
    Arrive in Auckland. You a met upon arrival and transferred to your accommodation by private chauffeur to Wynyard Wharf, and then a small ferry will take you to Waiheke Island. Today, simply settle into the time zone, the climate, and your luxury accommodation. 
    Day Two: Waiheke Island
    Spend a leisurely day to explore this beautiful island of farmland and olive groves as well as spectacular views of the ocean and neighbouring islands and coastline. While beaches are Waiheke’s biggest drawcard, wine is a close second. The varieties are 57% red, with Merlot and Syrah the most widely planted, although Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Gris are rising ascendency. In total, there are about 30 boutique wineries scattered about, many with tasting rooms, swanky restaurants and breath-taking views, but much of the wine does not leave the island or gets sold well in advance. Mudbrick is the place for lunch to try its own wines and excellent food under a pergola on a deck overlooking the vines. 
    Day Three: Napier and Hawke’s Bay
    Today, travel back to Auckland to catch your flight south to Napier. From here, pick up your 4x4 hire car, and set out into the magnificent region of Hawke’s Bay. With the pleasant and charming art deco capital of Napier, Hawke’s Bay is one of the North Island’s most picturesque landscapes. Rolling green hills, clad with forest and incised by rivers, cascade onto the sparkling blue of the South Pacific Ocean coastline. Perhaps spend the afternoon taking some time to fully appreciate the natural assets of Hawke’s Bay by taking a drive along the Tukituki River, or otherwise take a stroll through the charming streets of Napier. Flattened by an earthquake in the 1930s, Napier was rebuilt in a quirky and likeable art deco style, and now presents an altogether agreeable place for an afternoon potter in the wonderful climate. 
    Day Four: Napier and Hawke’s Bay
    On your second day in Hawke’s Bay, it’s time to turn your attention back to wine. Explore the wineries of this traditionally dry and sunny region, famous for its rich and complex chardonnays, as well as Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah grapes. Some of the most established in the region include Mission Estate and Te Mata Estate and have been joined by more recent ventures including Sileni Estates (also with a good restaurant, wine education centre and shop), CJ Pask winery, Black Barn and Craggy Range. Many offer visits and tastings and some have excellent restaurants. Perhaps also try to visit Clearview Estate, a vineyard on the coast that produces small quantities of hand-made wines. 
    Day Five: Martinborough and the Wairarapa 
    After a leisurely breakfast, drive south through rolling farming scenery to reach the region of Wairarapa, a typically Kiwi pastoral landscape dotted with sheep farms and a spectacular coastline to the South at Cape Palliser. You are headed for Martinborough, a quaint and traditional town made famous by the excellent Pinot Noir vineyards that surround it. Of its 24 wineries, many are within walking distance, and welcome visitors with warm hospitality and excellent tastings. Low rainfall, high sunshine hours and cool nights have conspired to create the perfect conditions for the notoriously tricky Pinot Noir grapes, and there are some wonderful hidden gems of the New Zealand wine scene to be found in Martinborough.  
    Day Six: Martinborough and the Wairarapa 
    Enjoy your final day in the Wairarapa great outdoors by visiting one of the scenic excursions possible from Martinborough. To the South East lies the rugged Pacific coastline of Cape Palliser, famous for its seal colonies and stunning wilderness. Alternatively, join one of the sections of the exhilarating Rimutaka Cycle Trail, promising wonderful bike rides through a variety of landscapes including mountains, farmland, rugged coastline and the Orongorongo River. There is so much to pick and choose from, but the key idea today is to embrace one of most idyllic of New Zealand’s landscapes. Return to Martinborough in the evening to toast the North island with a glass of Pinot Noir, and some excellent food to complement. 
    Day Seven: Nelson and Abel Tasman Region
    Drive South to Wellington in the morning, and perhaps take some time to explore New Zealand’s capital city. Located on a picturesque harbour at the southern tip of the North Island, the city prides itself as a centre for culture and the arts and has a plethora of restaurants and cafes, as well as being home to the country’s parliament and national treasures. You could stop at Te Papa Tongarewa, the Museum of New Zealand to learn more of this magical country, or even visit Zealandia – an excellent wildlife conservancy where you will come face to face with the iconic kiwi. In any case, catch your car ferry from Wellington to cross the Cooke Strait and sail serenely though the idyllic Marlborough Sounds. On disembarkation, you will drive West to the Nelson and Abel Tasman region, and settle into your accommodation for late afternoon, perhaps taking some time to explore it’s 65-acre picturesque farm, and its small onsite vineyard. 
    Day Eight: Nelson and Abel Tasman Region
    Amid a mild climate and a traditionally fruit growing area, the vineyards around Nelson are now becoming more established. The winemakers here specialise in wines that respond to cooler growing conditions such as Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling and Pinot Noir. Some of the wineries to visit include Woollaston Estates, Neudorf Vineyards and Seifried. In its own right, Nelson is also a highly pleasant setting in which to while away an afternoon. Consistently voted as one of New Zealand’s most liveable cities, there is a burgeoning art scene, and tourists can visit its many galleries whilst enjoying its culinary prowess in the process. For those with more time, it may be worth extending your stay her by a night, in order to visit the pristine landscapes of the Abel Tasman National Pak located a short distance to the west. 
    Day Nine: Blenheim and Marlborough
    Today’s drive is particularly pretty as you head along the coast passing Nelson again, and then heading 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 Ten: 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. Coupled with a wonderful climate and achingly pretty landscape, it is one of the highlights of any wine tour of New Zealand. There are in fact about 50 wineries in this area, many of them producing the Sauvignon Blanc which put the region on the map, however others are producing excellent Chardonnay, Riesling, Pinot Noir and Cabernet Sauvignon. Sparkling wines are also produced here, with Le Brun specialising in méthode traditionnelle sparkling wines. 
    Day Eleven: Blenheim and Marlborough
    On your last day in the region, you could explore more of the vineyards that really put New Zealand on the wine-lovers map. Otherwise choose from a variety of activities to showcase the best of the natural assets of the region. To the north lies the Marlborough Sounds, and these sheltered and idyllic waterways are bursting with life, making for an excellent opportunity to get onto the water. A wider variety of operators allow you to sail, kayak or cruise around in search of wildlife, and for an even more intimate experience, you could choose to swim with wild Hector’s dolphins, one of the rarest species of dolphin found anywhere in the world. Elsewhere, 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 Twelve: Christchurch
    Set out South East en route to Kaikoura. Spot striking beaches, and the friendly faces of sunbathing seals before arriving into Kaikoura for lunch. If you have some extra time at your disposal, 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. As you approach Christchurch you will skirt the Waipara wine country of the Canterbury Plains. One of the unsung heroes of New Zealand wine, this up and coming region are increasingly noticed as fine producers of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, as well as fine aromatic wines. Continue in the late afternoon onto your overnight accommodation in Christchurch. Perhaps this evening, explore this pleasant and fascinating city as it rebuilds in creative ways from the devastation of the 2011 earthquake. 
    Day Thirteen: Otago and Fiordland
    Today you will drop your hire car at Christchurch airport and catch your flight to Queenstown. From here, pick up a new hire car and a drive into the mountains near Arrowtown to settle into the most spectacular accommodation so far on your tour. Set on an alpine landscape that spans 55,000 hectares, your accommodation really showcases the incredible environment of the Otago and Fiordland region. Much of this land is pristine, following extensive conservation work, and you will be sure to see some exceptional examples of New Zealand wildlife. More exciting still, an on-site helicopter is the perfect way to travel throughout this landscape, and a myriad of touring opportunities are available upon request, and for many – wine is of course the focus. In the evening, settle down to a sumptuous meal created by the talented in-house chefs, and lose yourself in the sky full of stars that surround you. 
    Day Fourteen: Otago and Fiordland
    One of the most spectacular wine tours found anywhere in the world could await you today. The Central Otago Wine Tour encompasses the Gibbston Valley, Bannockburn and Lowburn wine making regions. There is time for sightseeing, photo stops, or even a browse through the galleries of Arrowtown and Cromwell, and great food to match as you enjoy a picnic prepared by the in-house chefs, or opt for a long lunch in one of the wineries of Bannockburn. Ringed by mountains and interlaced with lakes and deep river gorges, the Central Otago wineries are spectacular, and these natural assets also provide superb climatic conditions for elegant Pinot Noir, as well as impressive white wine varietals such as Chardonnay and Pinot Gris. Taste your way through this wonderful landscape, before retiring to your luxury accommodation in the evening to celebrate this wonderful country in the only fitting way, by raising a glass. 
    Day Fifteen: Return Home
    Wake early to savour the last of the landscape before catching your return flight to London via Auckland.

    The New Zealand Wine Country Touring Holiday Map

    Our favourite wine-centric hotels 
    Waiheke Island 
    Delamore Lodge
     
    Perched on a peaceful hillside setting overlooking Owhanake Bay, Delamore Lodge is one of the most spectacular hotels found anywhere in the Auckland region. It’s fitting Mediterranean style complements the almost Tuscan ambience of Waiheke Island. We include Breakfast and accommodation for two in a Suite. 
    Napier and Hawkes Bay
    Breckenridge Lodge

    In the picturesque and sunny valley of Omarunui sits Breckenridge Lodge, a stunning and refined lodge positioned in the heart of Hawkes Bay. Great attention has been given to the gastronomy and wine pairing fare on offer, and as such Breckenridge Lodge is a highlight of any foodie tour in New Zealand. We include Breakfast and accommodation for two in a Guest Suite. 
    Wairarapa 
    The Martinborough Hotel

    Standing pride of place at the entrance of The Square in the wine region of Martinborough, this elegant and traditional hotel is in walking distance of many of the 24 vineyards that hem the little town. We include accommodation for two in a Garden Suite.
    Nelson and Abel Tasman
    Te Koi the Lodge at Bronte

    Recently renovated, the Lodge at Bronte is a historic family homestead surrounded by a 65 acre farm of apple and pear orchards, flowers, and more recently a little vineyard. We include Breakfast and accommodation for two in a Suite. 
    Blenheim and Marlborough
    The Bell Tower on Dog Point

    Casting stunning vistas over the Marlborough Richmond Range and the Wairau Plains, this Provençal style farmhouse is located right in the midst of the picturesque Dog Point vineyards, and close to some of the best vineyards of the Blenheim and Marlborough region. We include accommodation for two in the self-catering French Barn. 
    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 accommodation for two in an Executive Room.
    Otago
    Mahu Whenua
     
    Occupying perhaps one of the most exclusive and picturesque positions of any of our New Zealand hotel, Mahu Whenua provides the utmost luxury in the Otago and Fiordland region. Much of the impressive excursions take place by helicopter, including exclusive visits to the best vineyards of this dramatic southerly region. We include Dinner and Breakfast and accommodation for two in a Cottage Suite.

    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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