New Zealand

Paradise of the Pacific!

New Zealand, or Aotearoa, the land of the long white cloud, is an island country in the south-western Pacific Ocean, made up of the North Island and the South Island, and numerous smaller ones.

It is a country of stunning and diverse natural beauty. Its dramatic and varied landscape, with jagged mountains, steep fjords, pristine lakes, wild rivers, scenic beaches, grand forests and active volcanoes, has made it a popular location for the production of films.

Due to its long geographic isolation from the rest of the world, New Zealand has one of the most unusual flora and fauna on Earth, many species of
which are endemic. The kakapo, takahe, katipo, weta and kiwi are only a few of the many examples of species unique to New Zealand.

The Maori culture continues to play an important part in everyday New Zealand life, and there are abundant opportunities for the visitor to understand and experience the history and the present day form of Maori life.

Apart from being a fantastic adventure playground, New Zealand also boasts splendid, world-class cuisine. New Zealand’s seafood, lamb, and wines are widely known, but the country also offers award-winning cheeses and delicious subtropical fruits orchards.

What To See & Do

Maori culture in Rotorua

Whale watching

Golf, wine and dine in and around Napier

Black water rafting and various other extreme sports

Red deer hunting in Fiordland National Park

Heli-hiking at Fox Glacier

Sailing

When To Go

New Zealand has a temperate climate in the South island and sub-tropical climate in the North Island. Due to the nature of its terrain, prevailing winds (the Roaring Forties) and length of the country, sharp contrasts can exist between regions.

New Zealand’s weather is highly changeable.

During summer and early autumn months, from about December to April, the westerly winds tend to move south giving more settled weather. Random weather systems from the tropics can make their presence felt, mainly over the North Island, with a period of warm wet windy weather.

In winter, from May to August, the weather tends to be more changeable. Cold fronts often bring a period of rain to western areas, followed by a cold wind from the south bringing snow to the mountains. When the weather turns cold and wet in the east, to the west of the mountains it will be fantastic. At this time of the year it is not uncommon for high pressure systems and clear skies to park over the whole country for long periods bringing crisp frosty nights and mornings followed by cool sunny days.
In spring, from August to November, the westerly winds are typically at their strongest. It tends to rain more in western areas, and especially on the South Island, while in the east, warm dry winds can give great weather.

Mean temperatures range from 8°C in the South Island to 16 °C in the North Island. January and February are the warmest months, July the coldest.

Subtropical conditions are experienced in Northland. Maximum daytime temperatures sometimes exceed 30°C and only fall below 0°C in the elevated inland regions.

Sample Itineraries

dmASIA - Pure New Zealand.pdf
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