Cheap Holidays to New Zealand
Popular Destinations in New Zealand
New Zealand Holidays & Hotels
Hotels in New Zealand
From backpacker hostels to luxury resorts and apartments, New Zealand caters for all budgets. Most of the well-trodden traveller routes have a range of accommodation options across the two islands, meaning you won’t have to look too far to find something that suits your holiday plans.
A full day’s flight away from London, New Zealand remains an ultimate bucket list destination for many people. It attracts thousands of backpackers, couples and families every year, eager to explore its breathtaking scenery, unique wildlife and rich culture - and to enjoy its year-round moderate temperatures. With so much to offer everyone, it’s easy to see why you’re considering a trip to New Zealand!
Where to stay
Located at the top of the North Island, Auckland is one of the most popular cities to fly into, and is a gateway to the rest of the North Island. The city itself has a number of things to enjoy - from museums to viewing platforms and vibrant shopping opportunities. However, you don’t need to look too far afield for holiday adventures: there’s nearby Waiheke Island for ziplining, Rangitoto Island for hiking and Waitakere Ranges for breathtaking natural views.
Down at the bottom of the North Island is Wellington, the capital of New Zealand. It’s no wonder people often refer to this as a must-visit city: it’s got everything from hills to beaches and a large natural harbour, providing visitors with everything from spectacular view points to dolphin watching. You also have several forest parks just a short drive away if you want to get away from the city hubbub. From Wellington, you can also take a 3-hour ferry journey over to explore the South Island.
With its myriad of wildlife reserves, botanical gardens and beaches, Christchurch is a great destination for the entire family. It’s also rich in history, offering cultural sights ranging from the International Antarctic Centre to the Air Force museum. There are also plenty of things you can visit if you base yourself in Christchurch during your holiday: Aoraki Mount Cook National Park is home to the country’s tallest mountain, while Queenstown is where to head to if you’re seeking adrenaline sports - there’s everything from bungee jumping to skydiving, canyoning and rock climbing.
What to see
Around the same size as the UK, it’s possible to see many of New Zealand’s key sights in just a couple of weeks. The Hobbiton movie set, used as a filming location for the Lord of the Rings movies, can be visited in the North Island just outside of Hamilton. Here you can take a tour around the Shire, exploring the hobbits’ colourful little homes. In Rotorua, you can learn more about the Maori culture and the area’s geothermal activity, while the Bay of Islands offers beach days, wildlife spotting and diving opportunities aplenty.
The South Island tends to have cooler weather, but it’s still worth visiting during your holiday for some of the most jaw-dropping vistas on earth. Milford Sounds is a spectacular fjord that’s home to dolphins and penguins, while Central Otago has vineyards, views and cycling trails. Marlborough Sounds is also not to be missed; covering 150km of New Zealand’s coastline, the Sounds is a one-stop destination for many of the country’s most beautiful sights, including peaceful, secluded bays and various historic sites.
Both islands of New Zealand have a buzzing nightlife, so you’ll never be short of evening entertainment - no matter what post-sunset revelry takes your fancy. Not content with being the Adrenaline Capital of New Zealand, Queenstown is also the country’s Party Capital - it’s got the highest concentration of nightlife venues, but it’s also home to wine bars, live music and low-key pubs.
Both Wellington and Christchurch also offer a contemporary and more artsy mix of evening entertainment, while Auckland has everything from backpacker parties to chic bars and lounges at a cheaper price.
What to eat
New Zealand has a creative culinary scene, rivalling some of the country’s best producers of certain ingredients. Their artisan ice cream, for instance, has to be tasted to be believed. Don’t leave without trying their delicious hokey pokey flavour, made with vanilla and caramelised honeycomb. Carnivores should also tuck into a traditional Kiwi burger that features beetroot and a fried egg alongside your usual meat patty. For something sweet, try a bag of Jaffas (chocolate orange balls made by Cadbury’s), and enjoy a slice of pavlova - it’s commonly believed that this classic dessert of meringue, whipped cream and fruit was first made in New Zealand.
Whether you’re after souvenirs for your loved ones, or a new outfit for your wardrobe, New Zealand has plenty of shopping opportunities for your holiday. There are regular arts and crafts markets dotted around the country, where are undoubtedly some of the best places to pick up homemade goods.
Check out Wellington’s Underground Markets on Saturdays, as well as Queenstown’s offering on Saturdays down by the lakefront. Wellington is also home to boutique shops, local stores and international chains, with Cuba Street being the place to head to. Shopping fans will love window shopping along Auckland’s Queen Street, home to luxury brands such as Prada and Gucci. For more affordable treats, take a visit to Britomart shopping centre. It’s got boutiques aplenty selling clothing, make-up and must-have accessories.
Fast facts about New Zealand
Direct flight time: 24 hours+ from London
Transfer time: Varies
Time zone: GMT+13
Currency: New Zealand Dollar
Language: English / Maori
Average price of a domestic beer: NZ$10
Average price of a bottle of wine: NZ$18
Number of Brit tourists per year: 200,000