New Zealand

Legends, landscapes and limitless luxury, this is New Zealand. Kia Ora!

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Breathtaking landscapes, adrenalin pumping adventure, a rich epicurean scene and the mythical Māori culture. Witness nature at its most visceral from thunderous glacial rivers to jagged alps and volcanic ridges, emerald lakes and ancient rainforests. Be spellbound by all you see and experience.

From the North Island to the South there’s diversity aplenty. The North Island, best known for its rich Maori heritage and the geothermal wonders of Rotorua, also boasts the sophisticated cities of Auckland and Wellington, abundant outdoor pursuits and world-class food. The country’s oldest wine region, Hawke’s Bay, is a highlight whilst its main city, Napier, is renowned for its Art Deco architecture. Cosmopolitan and energetic, the capital Wellington has an edgy creative vibe fuelled by great food, wine and craft beer. The Bay of Islands in the far north is the ultimate maritime playground. Blessed with sheltered coves and white-sand beaches, it’s the perfect place for boating, fishing and dolphin spotting.

With spectacular glaciers, coastlines and a mountain railway, New Zealand’s South Island promises adventures at every turn. Ride on the world-famous TranzAlpine from Christchurch to Greymouth. Come face-to-face with a dramatic glacier. And discover the adventure capital of the world, Queenstown. Unlock a spectacular world of sweeping landscapes, extraordinary wildlife and world-famous wine. Marvel at Milford Sound from the skies above or at water level. Witness wild fur seal colonies. Linger in cellars of world-class wineries. Visit magnificent castles in Dunedin and get up close to the wildlife of the Otago Peninsula and discover bohemian Nelson, the sunniest place in the country.

A&K’s range of New Zealand journeys and award-winning luxury accommodation choices offer a plethora of travel highlights and exclusive encounters that let you discover the country, and all it has to offer, as never before.

Region Australasia
Language English/Māori
Capital Wellington
Population 4,824,425
Area 268,021 km²
Currency New Zealand dollar

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Decades of in-country expertise means our Journey Designers can curate exceptional activities and experiences for you that are beyond the reach of the average traveller. Piece these together as a framework for your own bespoke adventure or find them in our featured journeys.

When to Go

A year-round destination, New Zealand’s climate is mild and varies across the islands. It can change unexpectedly from glorious sunshine to heavy rainfall, so be prepared for any season. New Zealand’s balmy summer days run from December to February with temperatures ranging from 21 to 25˚C with long days and hours of sunshine.

In the Autumn months, leaves are turning and temperatures are typically between 18 and 25˚C. The summer crowds have dissipated making it a great time for outdoor adventure. In the winter, mountains are thickly blanketed with snow, making the country a mecca for skiers, and the days are crisp and cool with temperatures between 10 and 16˚C but much cooler in the inland alpine areas. The North Island can feel cold but frost and snowfall are more common in the south.

Springtime temperatures between September and November range from 16 to 19˚C depending on which island you’re exploring. Spot baby animals and wildflowers as you traverse the scenery on the way to iconic gems like Milford Sound. It’s waterfall season in spring when cascades are at their most dramatic with the snow melt.

More Information About A&K's New Zealand

Over 30 years of experience and the presence of an office in Auckland, grants A&K in New Zealand the assurance that our long-standing local relationships and extensive operational knowledge result in a seamless travel experience. Our tailor-made itineraries, small group journeys and air safaris are extensively researched and artfully created by our own passionate Journey Designers to take you right to the heart of the destination in unmatched style.

Our guides are experts in the historical activity of their locale, enabling an insider’s perspective on special sights and events often closed to mainstream tourists. Abercrombie & Kent’s handpicked experiences encapsulate the favourite places, gatherings and perfect moments spied or sought out through street level knowledge of our destinations. As choice is the essence of true luxury, most itineraries feature a variety of options that you can select to create your ideal day of sightseeing.

This kind of unencumbered insight into the authentic heart and soul of a place — to the people and sites that exist far beyond the reach of the average traveller — is something we pride ourselves on and ensure we deliver on every journey we create.

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