World class New Zealand

THEY proved they were the best in the world at rugby, but New Zealand is also a world beating holiday destination with wild, breathtaking scenery and some heart-thumping experiences.

New Zealand, known in Maori as ‘The Land of the Long White Cloud’ is a country of breathtaking beauty. Stretching 1600 kilometres across two islands, it is a land of active volcanoes, rugged coastlines, glacial valleys and alpine lakes, ripe for exploring by those who want to get outdoors during their luxury holiday. North Island’s thriving cities are the perfect place to enjoy the islands’ food, nightlife and history, as well as to explore its rich Maori culture and heritage.

South Island is the place to witness the sheer power of the natural world, from towering mountain peaks to peaceful fjords.

Enjoy the diverse Abel Tasman National Park, drift through the fjords on a Milford Sound cruise, or lace up your boots to scale the famous Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers. Offshore, spend the day whale watching, or take a swim with dolphins at Kaikoura. That’s before trying out the myriad adventure sports, that take travellers to the edge.

Over 250 locations across New Zealand were used as the stunning locations for the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit film trilogies, and New Zealand’s dramatic scenery is every bit as breathtaking in real life as it is in film. Start with a visit to Hobbiton (Matamata), where you can walk around the Shire and visit the film set.

A holiday in New Zealand will charm, delight and captivate everyone – from thrill seekers and lovers of culture, to those who like to take things at a more relaxed pace.