9 Tips for Making the Most of Your New Zealand Vacation
A trip to New Zealand is a vacation you must experience and cross it off your bucket list. Planning a New Zealand vacation can be tricky if you don’t know a few things first. The following are some tips and tricks for making the most of your New Zealand vacation.
1 Book early to make sure you get that nice hotel room
New Zealand is gorgeous — that’s why you want to travel there in the first place! Problem is, everyone else thinks the same thing. New Zealand has a few large cities that can deal with large tourism numbers in the peak season, but many of the best natural landmarks are located in smaller places with a limited number of hotel rooms. If you want to make sure you get that room with a view, book many months, even a year, ahead. Ask your travel team agent for details by calling 1-800-788-0829!
2 Want to be spontaneous? Travel in a motorhome
Some travelers like to take the road less travelled and explore the country like a local in a motorhome. Travelling by motorhome guarantees that you’ll always have a roof over your head and that you won’t be tied down to availability of accommodations. It allows you the freedom to pick where you sleep and where you head to next on any given day – like a self-drive tour, but without the need to pre-book accommodations for each night. Ask your travel team agent for details by calling 1-800-788-0829!
3 Travel in the shoulder season of Spring or Fall
If you want to avoid the crowds but still take advantage of the incredible weather, head on a New Zealand vacation in the shoulder season of spring or fall. the crowds will be noticeably smaller and the prices will be more affordable. Seasons are reversed so Fall is March – May and Spring is September- November.
Hotels and restaurants will be cheaper in the spring or fall, which is always a bonus when travelling, especially in a popular country. As well, the moderate temperatures are great for getting outside, as you don’t have the summer heat to wipe you out.
4 You can take advantage of great deals by traveling in the winter
Try a New Zealand winter vacation. Winter is the low season in New Zealand, which means fewer fellow tourists to get the nice accommodations and see all the incredible sights. Prices are much lower for great hotels, and the winter is moderate compared to North America.
5 Have a Flat White
This is a specialized coffee drink from New Zealand. It is sort of like a latte but with less foam and volume. This is a very popular drink in New Zealand.
6 Indulge in the world-class wines
New Zealand may not produce a lot of wine but the wine it does is ranked best in the world. In particular, the Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc are fantastic.
No matter where you go in the country, you’ll find wine regions that you can explore in their full. The country’s climate is well-suited to winemaking as the large amounts of sunshine, moderate climate, and cool breezes are ideal for grapes to grow. Visit Marlborough or Queenstown; Marlborough is famous for its Sauvignon Blanc, which is considered the best of its vintage in the world. Queenstown is surrounded by wine valleys on all sides.
7 Taste the country’s seafood
New Zealand offers a bounty of seafood, as no matter where you head to in the country, the ocean is nearby. If you like fish, you’ll be treated to some of the world’s best king salmon at Mount Cook. Mount Cook salmon has some of the highest natural amounts of Omega 3 fats of any fish.
8 Take advantage of all the adventure
The city of Queenstown is known as the worldwide capital for adventure tourism, so if you’ve ever wanted to go zip-lining, sky-diving or bungee-jumping, you best head there. It’s also smart to plan what activities you want to take part in ahead of your New Zealand vacation so you’re not wasting time planning the details once on your trip.
9 Visit Wellington
Make sure to visit the capital, Wellington. This city is full of activity. There is plenty to keep you occupied no matter what your interests are. If you’re curious about the country’s history, head to Te Papa Museum – it explores the country’s formation and is free!
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