When is the best time to visit?

New Zealand is a fantastic destination in any season, from the hot days of summer enjoyed at the beach, to the depths of winter when the ski fields spring to life and whales cruise the coast off Kaikoura. The peak travel season is summer, December to February. For travel during this time, it is recommended that accommodation, transport, flights and activties are booked well in advance. 

Spring and Autumn are excellent times to visit if you want the flexibility offered by fewer crowds. Spring (September-November) bursts with new life, from flourishing gardens and frolicking lambs, to gushing waterfalls. Autumn (April to May) brings settled weather and vibrant natural landscapes.

Getting around New Zealand

Getting around New Zealand is easy and relatively inexpensive, thanks to a well-developed transport network. Your choice of transport will depend on how quickly you want to get from A to B. 

Rent a car or motorhome on one of our recommended trips, or take a bus or coach if you want to let someone else do the driving.

For travel between New Zealand's islands, hop on a plane or ferry. Daily flights are available between domestic airports. Several passenger and vehicle ferries offer services between the North, South and other islands.

Bus network, New Zealand

Highlights

  • Cost-effective alternative to air travel
  • Hop-on hop-off networks

Tour Buses

Bus travel and coach transport is ideal if you prefer to make your way around New Zealand without the hassle of self-driving.

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Getting to New Zealand

Flying to New Zealand has never been easier, with more one stop services than ever before. Auckland and Christchurch are the two main international gateways, but there are also international airports located in Wellington and Queenstown.

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Activities and Adventures

How much time do I need?

Whether you have a few days, a few weeks or a month, we have plenty of itinerary ideas to help you plan your trip around New Zealand. Check out these adventures and itineraries.

Recommended Experiences

  1. New Zealand Highlights Itinerary

    • Sunny Nelson beaches
    • West Coast glaciers
    • Glowworms in Waitomo
    • 14 Days
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  2. Cape to Capital - North Island Itinerary

    • Bay of Islands & Cape Reinga
    • Geothermal Rotorua
    • Coolest little capital

    CAR-FREE TRAVEL OPTIONS

    • 10 DAYS
    • 1893 km
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  3. Alpine Lakes Itinerary

    • New Zealand's highest peak
    • An ultimate outdoor utopia
    • The adventure capital

    INCLUDES CAR-FREE TRAVEL OPTIONS

    • 7 DAYS
    • 600 km
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