New Zealand

New Zealand

the real middle earth

The magic of new zealand

 

From the awe-inspiring beauty of its national parks to the warm, welcoming nature of its people, it’s not hard to see why New Zealand is such a well-loved holiday destination.

Bigger than the UK but with a population of under five million, this peaceful, picturesque country offers an alluring combination of relaxation and adventure.

Our luxury holidays in New Zealand offer truly stunning and diverse scenery. Bask in the beauty of everything from tranquil fiords, meandering rivers and sandy beaches to imposing, snow-capped mountains, magnificent volcanoes and icy glaciers. Take a helicopter flight to enjoy aerial views of the Marine Volcano, or to see the undulating Southern Alps. You can also visit the country’s natural hot springs and dramatic shooting geysers.

Reconnect with nature on your holiday with some whale and dolphin watching off the coast. Kaikoura is the perfect place to view these majestic sea creatures, and it’s possible to see them by boat, helicopter or fixed-wing aircraft. You can even take the opportunity to swim with dusky dolphins.

Famed for its delicious fresh produce, including some of the world’s finest organic foods, New Zealand is also a food lover’s paradise. Tuck into beef from the Waikato, freshly landed seafood and fruit picked in the Bay of Plenty. There are plenty of mouthwatering wines to sample too. Considered by many to produce the best ‘New World’ wines of any country, New Zealand is dotted with beautiful vineyards. The north is known for its Syrah and Bordeaux style blends, while Riesling and Pinot Noir are grown in the south.

You can immerse yourself in the rich culture of this enchanting holiday destination too. Māori traditions help to give the country a unique character. From performances of song and dance, to hangi feasts prepared in earth ovens, to sculptures made of bone, shell and stone, the Māori culture remains very much a part of New Zealand’s identity. Meanwhile, Auckland, which has been rated the third most liveable city in the world, boasts an abundance of museums and art galleries, and it has a vibrant café and restaurant scene.

The country is also a mecca for thrill-seekers. Offering windsurfing, white water rafting, mountain biking, bungee jumping, heli skiing and much more besides, it’s a popular place among those looking for an adrenaline fix.

At Azure, it’s our mission to help you make the very most of your time in this idyllic holiday destination. We offer a range of luxury tours in New Zealand and packages tailored to fit your desires. From lavish lodges on the banks of Lake Wakatipu to tranquil villas set in the rolling hills of the Banks Peninsula, which come with a private Pacific Ocean bay, we offer unrivalled experiences that will leave you with memories to last a lifetime.

To discover more about the delights of New Zealand and our indulgent holiday packages, don’t hesitate to contact our friendly and professional team by phone or live chat. We’re here to help you enjoy the ultimate holiday experience.

What's here?

 

Highlights

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    A foodies paradise, the variety of fresh and organic food available are amongst the best in the world. In addition the diversity of wines is considered by many the best of 'New World' wines anywhere. Vineyards are located throughout New Zealand offering many award-winning wines from Bordeaux style blends and Syrah, grown in the north, and Pinot Noir and Riesling grown in the south.

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    New Zealand's only active Marine Volcano. Flying by helicopter you can enjoy aerial views of the active crater before landing and walking on this extraordinary lunar like surface.

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    Kaikoura, meaning 'meal of cray fish' is not only know for this delicious shellfish but also for whale watching. Whether you view these majestic creatures by fixed wing aircraft, helicopter or boat the magnificent sperm and humpback whales which wallow in the waters of Kaikoura year round are a national treasure as are the dusky dolphins with whom it is possible to swim.

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    Considered by many The Eighth Wonder of the World, helicopter through the grandeur of the Southern Alps by flying over rainforests and frozen lakes to iconic Milford South touching down on an age old glacier to wonder in amazement at the extraordinary blue and green ice fall formations.

Our Destination Specialists

 

our destination specialist

Paul Jones
Paul Jones Specialist area: Asia 20 years in travel industry
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Jessica Jones Specialist area: Caribbean and Indian Ocean 19 years in travel industry
Julie Crump
Julie Crump Specialist area: Africa 32 years in travel industry

Have you ever wondered about the team behind your holiday? Our expert team are on always on hand and invite you to give them a call to discuss your perfect holiday with Azure.


We are passionate about travel and that passion drives our desire to ensure you have your perfect holiday every time. Our promise to you is your best ever tailor-made holiday

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Annual weather

 
SUMMER - Dec - Feb - 21°C

The warm sunny days of summer make this an ideal time to visit, particularly for snorkelling or outdoor pursuits, but it can be harder to find accommodation.

AUTUMN - Mar - May - 18°C

Temperatures begin to rise and snow on the mountains starts melting, making this a fantastic time for white water rafting as the rivers are full and fast. The weather is changeable, but as most tourists are yet to arrive the roads are quiet and accommodation is easier to secure.

WINTER - Jun - Aug - 12°C

Winter in New Zealand can be both beautiful and challenging. While the North Island sees much rain, snow in the South Island can make mountain passes more difficult and many excursions cease to operate. It is, however, a spectacular draw for skiers and a fantastic time to see the country away from the crowds that the summer brings.

SPRING - Sep - Nov - 16°C

The arrival of autumn brings cooler days and quieter roads. While the weather will be more changeable, there is still a fantastic array of wildlife to be seen and the changing colours of the autumn leaves add a new dynamic. If you are happy with cooler weather then this is a great time to make the most of lower prices and fewer crowds.

travel information

Find out the essentials before you go.

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    Destination

    New Zealand

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    Time Difference

    GMT + 13

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    Flight Duration

    23 hours 50 minutes

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    Language(s)

    English

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    Capital

    Wellington

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    Currency

    New Zealand Dollar

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    Best Time To Travel

    March - May/September - November

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    Visa Needed

    UK passport holders do not require a visa

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    Combines Well With

    Australia/South Pacific

The Essentials

Private transfers are 60 minutes from Mauritius Airport / 162 Suites & The Villa / 3 Restaurants / 5 Bars / Fitness Centre / Spa / Golf Course / Aqua Gym / Water Sports / Tennis Academy / Kid’s “Only” Club for 3-11 years

When to travel

December to February are the warmest months with July being the coldest, but the weather is pretty settled year-round

How to get there

Air New Zealand offers a service via Los Angeles and Emirates offer access over Dubai.

a taste of our hotels

 

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