Whether you are planning to visit New Zealand for a couple of days or for an extended trip, you need to do research beforehand. While New Zealand may not be the biggest country in the world, I think it is one of the best. Let me help you plan your trip!

There are all kinds of tours, which can get you real value for your money. You can choose from a variety of activities and find something really fun. Look online for tour sites and you will be all set. Be sure to check reviews to confirm that the company has satisfied guests. We have lots of tour companies, big and small. We used Active Earth and they have a helpful website if you are interested: https://activeearthadventures.com. You can also try http://www.tourism.net.nz/tours/private-guides-and-personal-service#tab-locations to get a guide based on where you will be.

You can pick a good place to go based on your interests. I will give you a couple of ideas, which will make your internet searches easier. Many people who like water sports and water recreation will enjoy the Bay of Islands. For the wine connoisseur, I recommend visiting Waiheke Island, where there are many fantastic vineyards. If you like cities, then you will love everything about Auckland or Christchurch. All the convenience of modern life but you can still experience the great beauty of New Zealand’s landscape. For the adventurer, Queenstown is second to none. There is bungee jumping, jet boating, skiing, and even cliff jumping. But if you really want to get a good cultural experience, please consider Te Puia, the Maori Arts and Crafts Institute. Here you will experience some of the great aspects of the Maori culture, including a “steambox” meal and a dance performance.

No matter where you go, you can find something to do and have a wonderful time doing it. The internet is a good way to research these places, and you can find lots more information at http://www.newzealand.com

When it comes time to rest your head, never fear. You can live like a local in a rented bach (vacation home), camp under the starry skies at one of our holiday parks, or pamper yourself at one of our luxury hotels with a high Qualmark rating. You have lots of options for lodging and will be sure to find something that fits your budget. Check out regular sites like Airbnb too.

Traveling is easy. You’ll find just about every kind of transport. We have cars, motorcycles, and motorhomes you can rent: ferries and water taxis that can take you to other locations: busses, trains, and even airport shuttles. There is some detailed information on the New Zealand Tourism Guide website in the transportation section to really help you out.

One last thing to mention: there really is not a bad time to visit. The more south you go, the warmer it will be, but in general the weather stays between 16° – 25° C. July is the coldest month, and Summer is typically from December through February. Weather.com will have more information.

If you have any questions about visiting, please let me know!