New Zealand Holidays
One of the best ways to see this breathtaking destination is to join a New Zealand tour. As the lush vistas roll into view, you'll understand why this country is often chosen as a backdrop for blockbuster movies. There are volcanic landscapes, green forests, mountain ranges and miles of pretty coastline in this compact country set over two main islands. Spot penguins, taste the local wines, or take a Lord of the Rings tour – it's all here on a New Zealand holiday.
Things to do
It's hard to know where to start, with so many New Zealand attractions to choose from. This is a great destination for adventure sports – surfers should check out the Taranaki Coast in the north or Dunedin in the south. Visit Stewart Island to see the aurora australis, or take a boat out from Kaikoura for an unforgettable swim with friendly dolphins. If you're missing the atmosphere of a big city but still want to be near the beach, head to vibrant Auckland.
Food & restaurants
New Zealand restaurants are unquestionably good, with plenty of seafood on the menu, as well as the famous New Zealand lamb and wines. Vineyards often have onsite restaurants where you can have a good meal along with the local vintage. For super-creative upscale dining, there's Meredith's in the Mount Eden suburb of Auckland. This city's also good for cheap eats – Lucky Taco for Mexican and Holy Land for Middle Eastern cooking.
A diverse range of New Zealand accommodation makes holidays here really special. Adventurous types will particularly love the lodges, spectacularly sited in areas of stunning natural beauty. You can combine your lodge stay with fishing and hunting trips, or even wine-tasting excursions. American-style motels along the major road routes are convenient stop-offs on your way from hub to hub – Settlers Motel in Hanmer Springs Village is a good bet.
There's loads of choice when you go shopping in New Zealand. The busy capital of Wellington is a good place to start: hit Rag Mama Rag and Hunters and Collectors for vintage clothing and accessories. In Auckland shop designer wear on Nuffield Street, and browse for fresh produce at the farmers' market and handicrafts at Victoria Park Market. Queenstown offers plenty of good-quality, and often expensive, fashion and jewellery stores and malls.