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New Zealand

Best of New Zealand & Australia

13 Nights / 14 Days
Availability : 26 Aug / 02 Dec

Christchurch, Queenstown, Sydney, Gold Coast & Melbourne

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New Zealand, the world’s youngest country, marries dramatic landscapes sculpted by recent ice ages with a rich human history shaped by Polynesian seafarers and European settlers over the past 800 years. From steaming volcanoes to ancient kauri trees, the islands at the edge of the South Pacific offer captivating experiences, blending adrenaline-charged adventures, Maori heritage, renowned culinary scenes, and expansive natural spaces.

Location and Population

Stretching across two major landmasses—the North and South Islands—New Zealand spans roughly 1,600 kilometres at the southeastern edge of the Pacific. Shaped by tectonic forces, the diverse landscape encompasses volcanic peaks, glaciers, lakes, and rainforests across 270,000 square kilometres. With over 5 million residents, known as “Kiwis,” major urban centres include Auckland, Wellington, and Christchurch.


From Polynesian voyagers shaping enduring Maori traditions to European exploration by Abel Tasman and James Cook, New Zealand’s history involves clashes and negotiations, culminating in the 1840 Treaty of Waitangi. The ensuing colonial era, marked by economic highs and lows, saw cultural renaissances and infrastructure development, shaping the progressive and innovative nation we know today—a harmonious blend of breathtaking landscapes and storied human histories.



Base yourself in New Zealand’s biggest city to explore nearby Waiheke Island’s wineries, relax on black sand beaches, or visit Rangitoto Island volcano. Don’t miss the Sky Tower and vibrant Viaduct Harbour area.


Crowned New Zealand’s culture and arts capital, Wellington hugs a scenic harbour dotted with museums like Te Papa Tongarewa and Victorian wooden houses on hilly streets.


Rebuilt after the 2011 earthquakes, the South Island’s largest city, Christchurch, boasts botanic gardens along the Avon River, punting as a popular pastime, and displays of street art.


The adventure sport mecca of Queenstown in Central Otago provides easy access to ski fields in winter and hiking trails in summer, alongside Lake Wakatipu’s captivating vistas.

Fiordland National Park

This Southwest New Zealand park is home to breathtaking Milford and Doubtful Sounds, with verdant rainforest-clad cliffs plunging into deep fiords carved by glaciers. Wildlife cruises explore landscapes filmed in The Lord of the Rings films.

Best Time to Travel to New Zealand

Choose the ideal season for your New Zealand adventure. Summer (December to February) offers outdoor exploration and festive vibes. Autumn (March to May) charms with mild temperatures and fall foliage. Winter (June to August) is perfect for skiing on the South Island, while Spring (September to November) showcases blossoming flowers and pleasant weather for outdoor activities.

Things To Do

  • Māori Cultural Experiences

Gain insight into centuries-old traditions by attending a concert and hāngi feast, joining a waka (canoe) tour, or visiting an intricately carved Māori village.

  • Hiking and Mountain Biking

Traverse one of New Zealand’s nine Great Walks, like the Routeburn and Milford Track, or hit biking trails ranging from gentle to extreme, showcasing stunning backdrops like Aoraki/Mount Cook.

  • Glaciers and National Parks

From Franz Josef Glacier Valley hikes to kayaking remote Abel Tasman National Park or surfing at Surf Highway SH1, outdoor adventures abound across New Zealand’s conserved lands.

  • Skiing and Snowboarding

During the June-October snow season, hit world-class ski areas like Queenstown’s Remarkables and Coronet Peak, Canterbury’s Mt Hutt, and club fields offering terrain from beginner to expert.

New Zealand’s Culinary Highlights

  • Lamb: Renowned globally for its succulent and flavourful lamb, New Zealand’s pastures provide the ideal conditions for raising high-quality, grass-fed meat.
  • Seafood Extravaganza: With its extensive coastline, New Zealand offers an abundance of fresh seafood. Green-lipped mussels, crayfish, and iconic whitebait fritters are must-try delicacies.
  • Māori Hangi: Experience traditional Māori cuisine through a Hangi feast. This cooking method involves slow-cooking food in an earth oven, resulting in a unique and delicious blend of flavours.
  • Pavlova: A dessert classic, Pavlova is a meringue-based treat adorned with whipped cream and fresh fruits. The debate with Australia over its origin adds a bit of friendly rivalry.
  • Kumara (Sweet Potato): A staple in New Zealand cuisine, kumara features in various dishes, showcasing its versatility and sweetness.

New Zealand Wine

  • Sauvignon Blanc (Marlborough): Internationally acclaimed, New Zealand’s Marlborough region produces Sauvignon Blanc with distinctive tropical fruit and crisp acidity, setting a global standard.
  • Pinot Noir (Central Otago): The cool climate of Central Otago contributes to the production of exceptional Pinot Noir, characterised by rich berry flavours and a velvety texture.
  • Chardonnay (Hawke’s Bay): Hawke’s Bay is renowned for its elegant Chardonnays, displaying a perfect balance of fruitiness and oak influence.
  • Riesling (Waipara Valley): Waipara Valley’s Rieslings are celebrated for their vibrant acidity and intense citrus and floral notes.
  • Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon (Waiheke Island): Waiheke Island is known for its Bordeaux-style red blends, offering a rich and complex taste profile.

Culinary Events

  • Auckland Restaurant Month: August sees Auckland buzzing with culinary events, showcasing the city’s diverse and innovative dining scene.
  • Wildfoods Festival: Adventure seekers can indulge in unique and unconventional culinary delights at the annual Wildfoods Festival in Hokitika.
  • Wellington on a Plate: A two-week festival celebrating Wellington’s food scene, offering a range of culinary experiences, from street food to fine dining.
  • Marlborough Wine and Food Festival: Held annually in February, this festival allows visitors to savour the best of Marlborough’s wine and food in a picturesque vineyard setting.

Events and Festivals

Pasifika Festival

Immerse yourself in the vibrant tapestry of Pacific Islander culture at the annual Pasifika Festival in Auckland. This lively event brings together music, dance, traditional cuisine, and exquisite crafts, offering a unique opportunity to experience the warmth and diversity of the Pacific.


Join the nationwide celebration of Matariki, the Māori New Year, marked by the rise of the Matariki star cluster. Engage in cultural activities that honour the significance of this celestial event, providing a deep and meaningful connection to New Zealand’s indigenous heritage.


In March, the city of New Plymouth comes alive with the global rhythms of the WOMAD World Music Festival. Featuring a diverse lineup of local and international artists, the festival creates a harmonious celebration of world music, uniting people through the universal language of melody and rhythm.

Lantern Festival

As Chinese New Year approaches, Auckland transforms into a mesmerising spectacle during the Lantern Festival. Illuminated by vibrant lantern displays, the city comes together to celebrate the cultural richness of the Chinese community. Explore the enchanting atmosphere, marked by traditional performances and captivating cultural exhibits that showcase the diversity of this multicultural city.

Souvenirs to Buy in New Zealand

Discover unique treasures in New Zealand, such as authentic Pounamu (Greenstone or Jade) carvings, symbolising Māori culture’s strength and wealth. Embrace Kiwiana with cute Kiwi bird-themed souvenirs, and explore meaningful Māori art and carvings as a reflection of the country’s rich heritage. Manuka honey, prized for its health benefits, and wool products, including merino clothing and blankets, make for practical and memorable gifts. Don’t forget to bring home a taste of New Zealand with local wines or craft beers.

Travel Tips

  • Transportation

Domestic flights, buses and rental cars make getting around easier, while the Scenic Pacific and TranzAlpine trains offer panoramic journeys.

  • Accommodations

Stay in hotels around cities or lodges nestled in nature, with farm stays and Māori marae stay for cultural immersion. Book well in advance during peak seasons.

  • Safety

While very safe, always remain alert in cities and ensure proper gear and guides for extreme sports. Stay within designated paths in national parks.

  • Money Matters

New Zealand uses NZ dollars, with ATMs available countrywide. Tipping is not compulsory. Prices can be steeper in remote regions.


  • Backpacking South Island

Join other backpackers to split costs, travelling from Christchurch to Queenstown via sights like Milford Sound.

  • Wine Trail self-drive

Leisurely drive through Marlborough and Central Otago wine regions, staying at cosy vineyard B&Bs along the way.

  • Family trip

Explore the Hobbiton Movie Set, try zorbing, and visit vibrant cities with kid-friendly museums like Auckland and Wellington over two weeks.

Travelling to New Zealand from India

For a seamless journey from India to New Zealand, meet visa requirements in advance. Major airlines, including Air India, Singapore Airlines, and Emirates, connect key Indian cities to prominent New Zealand destinations like Auckland and Christchurch. Consider the 6.5 to 11.5 hours time zone difference and plan your schedule accordingly. Exchange currency to New Zealand Dollars, pack for the opposite seasons and prioritise health and safety with travel insurance, vaccinations, and knowledge of emergency contacts and healthcare facilities in New Zealand.

Connect With Us

Discover unparalleled travel experiences in New Zealand with our exclusive deals and customised tour packages from Dewan Holidays. For any inquiries or journey assistance, connect with us. We are dedicated to helping you plan an unforgettable adventure, ensuring a seamless and enriching exploration of the stunning landscapes and vibrant culture of Aotearoa, New Zealand.


1. What is the best way to experience Maori culture? 

Attend a cultural performance with traditional food, music, dance and storytelling. Also, tour magnificent carved villages and artworks.

2. How easy is it to drive in New Zealand? 

Driving is fairly easy with good roads, but remote mountain areas require extra caution. Always obey speed limits.

3. What about food options for dietary needs? 

Chef-crafted gluten-free, dairy-free, vegetarian and vegan options are on the rise across leading restaurants and cafes. Do confirm when booking.

4. What is the weather typically like? 

Summers from December to February are warm while winters bring more rain and snow. Layer clothing in mountain and coastal areas can get quite cool even in summer.

5. Is camping a good accommodation option? 

Yes, with comprehensive infrastructure across Conservation Campsites for tent and powered sites. Use the DOC website to book popular locations over the summer.

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