Travel Guide In New Zealand

A trip to beautiful New Zealand is no less than a trip to nature’s fantasy land. The natural beauty is underlined by a streak of fantastic adventures that enhance its unique experiences. The untamed nature markedly heightens the sense of adventure that is seldom experienced elsewhere in the world. From its gleaming cities to its stark glaciers, the canvas of a New Zealand trip is adorned with a rich palette of adventure and excitement.

The country offers a range of options to uncover its hidden delights and bathe in the warm glow of its dazzling beauty. The whales at the Bay of Plenty and the world’s fastest moving glacier are but a couple of treats that await you. But a trip to New Zealand is not a day in the park. It requires meticulous planning and a finely coordinated execution, which cannot be possible without an experienced guide. While an experienced guide may be hard to come by, we offer you the next best thing in the form of a comprehensive travel guide.

This travel guide is full of handy tips and a wealth of information to make your trip to New Zealand a memorable one.

The basics:

The culture of New Zealand is a beautiful marriage of European and Māori influences. It is an inclusive culture that has even adopted traditions and practices from Asia as well as the Pacific Islands. While it does have its share of art galleries and museums, the real essence of New Zealand thoroughly seeps its outdoors. Here is some more information that will make it easier for you to travel to and get around New Zealand.

  • The travel time from Mumbai or Delhi to New Zealand’s North Island is about 15 hours.
  • You can visit New Zealand at any time of the year.
  • You will need an approved visa before you can set foot in New Zealand.
  • The New Zealand Dollar (NZD) is the official currency of New Zealand which can be easily obtained before travelling to the country.
  • Though New Zealand boasts of a well-developed public transport system, driving yourself around is the best way to explore the country.
  • Biking is yet another popular way to experience New Zealand. Bike rentals are easy and biking trails criss-cross all over the country.
  • Sightseeing in New Zealand is made easier with themed tours that are grouped geographically to minimise travel time.
  • Distance is measured in travel time rather than kilometres. With the excellent network of roads all over New Zealand, great distances can be covered in shorter time.

With your basics now set, you can explore the various means of travel available in New Zealand.


Transportation in New Zealand:

New Zealand has an evolved public transportation system that seamlessly transitions between road, rail and water. 

  • Buses are the main form of public transport to travel between towns and cities.
  • InterCity and Skip are the two main operators that offer bus services all over New Zealand.
  • Hop-on hop-off buses are another poplar means to get around if you do not have a fixed itinerary.
  • Bus fares start from NZ$10 per person, making buses the cheapest mode of transport to get around.
  • Trains are not as common and easily available as the buses and do not cover New Zealand as comprehensively.
  • KiwiRail operates the three main railway lines of New Zealand:

1. Auckland to Wellington (Northern Explorer)

2. Picton to Christchurch (Coastal Pacific)

3. Christchurch to the West Coast (TranzAlpine)

  • The TranzAlpine Line is considered to be one of the most scenic train routes in the world.
  • Train tickets start at NZ$49 per person.
  • Two ferry services connect New Zealand’s North Island and South Island; InterIslander and Bluebridge.
  • Ferries also connect New Zealand’s mainland to its smaller outlaying islands.
  • Ferry fares start at NZ$55 for passengers without vehicles.
  • Water taxis are smaller vessels that will take you to those islands that the regular ferries cannot reach.


Where to stay in New Zealand

Cavalli Beach House
From luxury hotels to youth hostels, you certainly won’t face a dearth of choices when it comes to staying in New Zealand. Here are some popular alternatives to regular hotel stays in New Zealand.

Youth Hostels

Rotorua
Youth hostels offer an affordable, safe and social accommodation to travellers on a budget. If you’re roughing it out, then a youth hostel will save you a considerable amount of money. Many of the tourist destinations like Rotorua, Taupo and Queenstown have good youth hostels. YHA, HostelWorld and Jucy Snooze are some of the chains that are pocket-friendly and are present all over the country.

AirBnB

Though not among the cheapest ones available, AirBnB in New Zealand has some interesting accommodation options. While most of AirBnB seems dominated by luxurious lakeside cottages, you can still find one that suits your budget.

Book a Bach

‘Bach’ in the Kiwi language means ‘small house’. This homegrown alternative to AirBnB offer more affordable alternatives to a hotel stay. You can get a number of seaside rentals through this service.

Couch Surfing

Where AirBnB and Book a Bach allow you to stay in somebody’s home in their absence, Couch Surfing allows you to stay with the homeowner for free. Save money on your accommodation and get personalised cultural insights to enrich your understanding of the Kiwi culture.


Activities in New Zealand

New Zealand offers a wealth of outdoor activities that will get your adrenaline pumping and set your heart racing. It is mostly these outdoor activities that bring travellers to New Zealand’s doorstep. Here’s a list of outdoor activities that will keep you entertained on your Kiwi holiday.

Hiking

Chapple Motutapu
Hiking is perhaps the national pastime of New Zealand. From dense virgin forests to lofty mountains and even active volcanoes, New Zealand has a hiking option for everything. While most treks are free, some may need you to pay a fee to the Department of Conservation.

Skiing

treble Cone
If flying down mountains at breath-taking speeds gives you a rush, skiing is a wonderful way to channel your excitement. The Remarkables and Coronet Peak are two of the most well-known skiing spots in New Zealand.

Cycling

This is a healthy way to soak in the essence of New Zealand. There are many cycling trails that take you through some of the most stunning locales around the country. Many of these tracks connect you directly with history as they pass through historic locations.

Bungee Jumping

Shotover
Bungee Jumping gives you a great surge of adrenaline in a split second. And to experience it at the birthplace of this sport is one of life’s little joys. You will find bungee jumping all over the country, even at the tallest building, bang in the middle of Auckland’s business district.

Your trip to New Zealand will be much more enjoyable with this handy little travel guide. Now, you can spend lesser in deciding what to do and doing it instead. 

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