Handy hints and tips never go amiss when we travel, so here are a few to ensure a stress-free trip to New Zealand…
WHEN TO GO
New Zealand is an all-year-round destination. December to February is the summer and is prime time for the beaches but Spring and Autumn are also stunning times to visit New Zealand and ideal for enjoying crisp blue sky days and enjoying the same array of outdoor activities as well as a variety of festivals and events. May to August (low season) is the time to hit the alps for a spot of skiing.
Car hire is highly recommended. Driving is on the left and the country is relatively compact so very few long distances and aroad-trip means you can make the most of the stunning landscapes en route.
Helicopters are the norm for luxury travel in New Zealand, private charter is available throughout the country, providing a brilliant perspective of these stunning islands.
Sailing is in the Kiwi’s blood, Auckland is known as the City of Sails, and taking to the water and viewing the country from it’s stunning coastline is a must do. Transferring between islands is easy, boats and ferries will often be your best bet to transport you between coastal destinations.
Daily direct flights to Auckland are available from the UK via Los Angeles International . Total flying time from the UK is 24 hours and from the West Coast of the US it’s just 12 hours, LA makes a great night stopover.. Direct flights from the UK via Asia and Dubai are also daily, with stops in Hong Kong, Singapore and now Dubai being the most preferential. From the US there are direct flights to Auckland from Los Angeles, San Francisco and Honolulu.