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About New Zealand Holidays - Spot a cotton-white flock of sheep grazing on rolling pastureland. Tread along spiky mountains dotted with steep coves that make excellent hiking trails. Whiz past immaculate lakes and raging rivers that paint a beautiful picture. All this can be found only in New Zealand. If you wish for a holiday experience that feels too good to be true, let Thomas Cook India take the lead. Our New Zealand holidays promise you unforgettable memories with personalized experiential tour packages. Thomas Cook India’s range of New Zealand holiday packages fit every kind of traveler. Be it a short Explorer Dream Cruise (Auckland - Sydney) trip to a more detailed and intricate New Zealand Drive Around. To explore more such vacations to New Zealand, head to the Thomas Cook India website starting from a budget-friendly INR 40,700 with Explorer Dream Cruise (Auckland - Sydney) to a grand INR 4,34,959 being Spirit Of Australia with Scenic New Zealand. What are you waiting for? Book your New Zealand tour by logging onto the Thomas Cook India website right away. Once that is done, let go of the reigns and let Thomas Cook India plan the perfect vacation to New Zealand for you. We will make sure that your trip to New Zealand is one you shall remember for a lifetime.
Thomas Cook India’s team of travel experts curate and lovingly plan every New Zealand tour with a touch of magic. The aim is to ensure that your New Zealand holiday is not just a holiday, but an unforgettable experience that creates happy memories with your family. With cosy accommodations, lip-smacking meals and expert guides Thomas Cook India aims to make hearts happy while on vacation.
With New Zealand holiday packages available from all major cities such as Mumbai, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi, Ahmedabad and Trivandrum getting to New Zealand with Thomas Cook India is convenient and comfortable.
About New Zealand
New Zealand’s balmy beaches, snowy slopes and dense rainforests promise you the best of both worlds.Walk amidst the exquisite gardens of Larnach Castle in Dunedin as you watch the sky break into colours of soft blues and white. Pump up your adrenaline as you engage in river rafting at the Kaituna River, holding on tight to your partner as you splash your way through the water. Explore age-old vintage Victorian buildings in Christchurch. Or take a stroll alongside floral heaven at the Botanical Gardens. Heaven is waiting to be explored. Where are you?
Best time to visit New Zealand
New Zealand’s climates ranges from tropical with sun kissed beaches and spiffing trudging weather to cold with traversing around the region on magical skis and snowboards. The best time to visit New Zealand is between the months of December to February, when you can let the adventure seeker in you come out and play. Summer in New Zealand calls for extreme exploration. Go tramping amidst deep cut valleys, silent meadows and majestic forests at the Tongariro National Park. Or spend the last day of the year under the stars in east-coast Gisborne. The entire country is on vacation as summertime approaches. With people gearing up for Christmas and shops fully packed, this island country is getting ready for a grand party. If you wish to take the road less travelled, go for the low season discounted New Zealand packages between June to August. This time of the year calls for half-asleep warm beach towns and gleeful ski and snowboarding rides. Visit the Thomas Cook website to check out discounted New Zealand tour packages during this period.
By Air - Given the distance from New Zealand to India, the only practical way to reach this region would be by booking a flight. Regular flights are available from all the major cities in India; Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, Hyderabad and Bengaluru to Auckland. Almost all international flights land in Auckland which is identified as New Zealand’s largest city. From Auckland, domestic flights connect you to several airports across the country. If you are travelling from India, chances are that you will have common stop-over locations in Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Hongkong and Bangkok. This depends upon the airline of selection.
However, if you are an international traveler, direct flights are available from Australia, USA, Canada, Singapore, Korea, Malaysia and Japan. Make sure you book your tickets well in advance, especially if you are travelling in the peak season. New Zealand is bustling with activities all year long, resulting in busy airports. Flight time from the capital takes approximately 16 hours and 55 minutes. However, quite a few airlines take as long as 38 hours depending on the transit destination and waiting period.
One can choose between any of the following airlines to travel to New Zealand - Jet Airways, Emirates, Cathay Pacific, Air India, Air Asia, Thai Airways, Singapore Airlines and Malaysia Airlines.
Auckland International Airport is the busiest airport in New Zealand, situated at a distance of 32 km from the city centre. With over 21 million passengers, this is known to be the largest airport in New Zealand. From duty-free stores, restaurants, bars, cafes, ATM’s and currency exchange services, one can find just about anything under the sun. Upon arrival, individuals can avail of the bus, taxi or hotel shuttle or train services to reach their required destination.
New Zealand is also home to other efficient airports such as Christchurch Airport, Dunedin Airport, Queenstown Airport and Wellington Airport.
By Sea - As much as you would want it, India does not offer direct cruises to New Zealand. However, you will have to travel to Australia if you are keen enough to travel to New Zealand via sea. Other ports through which you can go to New Zealand via sea are Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide. With Thomas Cook’s Explorer Dream Cruise (Auckland - Sydney), all the seekers of the sea are in for a treat. The cruise starts from Auckland, taking you to Sydney within a span of 7 days.
Travelling within New Zealand
By Rail - You can travel by train between this island country’s three main cities – Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch. You can easily navigate your way across Auckland that covers the city centre till Waitakere in the east and Pukekohe in the south. Take the Northern Explorer if you wish to travel from Auckland to Wellington and enjoy picturesque locations of the Northern island whiz past you. Hop on to the Coastal Pacific if you are looking to have an immersive travel experience as you witness the Canterbury Plains on one side and the Pacific Ocean coastline on the other.
By Road - You can enjoy the wonders that the wide roads of New Zealand have to offer; dotted with majestic mountains and vast crystalline lakes by driving through it. If you are in Auckland, you could take a road trip to Rotorua through Coromandel Peninsula which is home to breath-taking beaches and woodlands.
Places to visit in New Zealand
The powdery white hills of New Zealand will take you back in time, reminding you of a certain poem. The glorious mountains and pristine lakes whisking past you while the wind plays with your hair will bring back the charm of long drives. Alluring landscapes at every location will leave you wondering if you could be standing right in front of a painting. This is just a preface of New Zealand for you. If you wish to further turn the pages of this striking masterpiece right till the end, here are a few places to visit as a part of your New Zealand tourism package that spell enchantment.
Blissful thermal springs and heavy sweeps of rainforests meet breezy west-coast beaches and idyllic islets. If you are a water baby, hop on to one of the many yachts at Waitemata Harbour. Embark on an unforgettable sailing adventure with your family. Delve into darkness on a boat as you swing off onto the Waitomo River. Watch creatures of the night glow in the dark. You are surrounded by ivory white little lights that twinkle. These are not stars, but glowworms.
Wellington’s starry streets are dotted with theatres, inviting museums and crafty art galleries. Head to this city’s quaint cafés at Mount Cook to enjoy a strong cup of coffee with a proper Kiwi style breakfast comprising beans, toast and eggs. Walk up to the Mount Victoria viewpoint and be greeted with far-reaching views of steep fiords lying between New Zealand and Antarctica.
In the process of a creative transition after the Canterbury earthquake, Christchurch has bounced back brighter and bolder than ever. A walk to remember as you meander along 30 tranquil riverside hectares of floral heaven at the Botanical Gardens. Or shopping for vintage clothing, surfboards or delicate hardware from beautifully refurbished Victorian buildings. The choice is yours.
Bay of Islands
The delightful company of playful dolphins and wondrous whales await. Indulge in world class diving, kayaking, big-game fishing or yachting when in the Bay. Head to Urupukapuka Island to listen to a melodious bird song. Hike extensive trails or laze around on its bed of numerous beaches.
Experience the world-famous fiord in ways more than one. Be it the Milford Sound Cruise that covers Stirling Falls and a seal colony. Or a challenging hike to the Key Summit. Criss-cross your way up to the Summit and you will be rewarded with breathtaking views of the mighty mountains.
The flurrying adventure capital of New Zealand’s South Island is ornamented with crumbling mining towns, picturesque vineyards and bungee jumping points. If you are visiting during the winter season, make your way to the slopes of The Remarkables and Coronet Peak to engage in some adrenalin pumping skiing.
What to eat in New Zealand
New Zealand’s culinary classics are dominated by scrumptious seafood and sugary items of confectionery. Be it fried bread, a wealth of shellfish or some heartwarming kawakawa tea, New Zealand’s food scene is brimming with flavor. Do try these delicious dishes that will certainly make you wish for more than one cheat day!
Afghans - If you have a sweet tooth, you are in for a treat. These sweet bite sized morsels are made of cornflakes, flour, butter and sugar mixed with cocoa and glazed with chocolate icing. These are then topped off with crunchy walnuts as a finishing touch. Enjoy this sweet snack at one of New Zealand’s charming bakeries with a steaming cup of coffee or hot chocolate.
Crayfish - Hark at all the seafood lovers out there! Eat like the locals do as you relish this delicacy loved by the New Zealanders. Small lobsters are cooked in a subtle sauce giving you a slightly sweet, palatable flavor and a meaty, tender texture. This dish will make your taste buds tingle. One bite and you will know why the locals are cray-cray for Crayfish!
Fried bread - For all the health-conscious people out there, fried bread is a healthy alternative to doughnuts. These crispy crumbs can be picked up from night markets or local bakeries. Find some comfort on a cold day by pairing these crunchy crumbs with a hot soup or some stew.
Desserts in Auckland - If you are a chocolate connoisseur, head to Aotea Squares’s OKO. Dig into delicious caramel mousse and dark chocolate crumble topped off with hot chocolate sauce. Make your way to Giapo, and bite into frozen sweet treats that resemble works of art.
Things to do in New Zealand
New Zealand feels like a fairytale with its old-world charm intact. Our New Zealand packages make sure they capture each and every experience. Here are some things to do while you are in New Zealand. Make sure you add them to your shortlisted New Zealand tour packages.
Embark on sunset gondola rides in Queenstown
Explore the adventure capital of the world. Sunset gondola rides and a scrumptious buffet meal are some of the experiences waiting to be embraced. Marvelous views of Queenstown amaze you as you whisk 450 metres above the ground. Head to the Moke Lake and pick your favourite picnic spot. Or spend a night by the lake as you fall asleep to the nocturnal sounds of nature.
Say hello to playful penguins in Auckland
Watch these adorable creatures waddle about on the land with their heads held high. While they gracefully dive into the water with sharp precision and perfection. Watch out for the world’s smallest penguin- the korora species that come ashore at night in the Tiri Matangi island. You can also spot the yellow-eyed penguin around the Catlins region.
Wander along the Wellington Waterfront
If you are looking for a leisurely wander with no particular agenda, head to the Wellington Waterfront. Stop by old-word cafes, bakeries and eateries that dot the Waterfront. Explore the city’s oldest market and take back home some souvenirs and mementos to remember this trip forever.
It is now no secret that there are a range of activities and things to do in New Zealand. This fusion of dense rainforests, classic culinary experiences, cheery beaches and ancient buildings is what intrigues and hence tempts you to opt for our New Zealand tour packages. What are you waiting for? Head to our Thomas Cook website and book your New Zealand family tour package or New Zealand honeymoon package right away!
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