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First time visiting New Zealand?

Our travel expert, Cathy Sherman, answers your questions about holidaying in New Zealand for the first time. Also, check out some of her Queenstown snaps below.


Q: How much time should I spend in New Zealand? 

A: To see both islands comfortably, I would allow at least two weeks, but three or more would be better. You want to allow yourself at least a week on each island, but you should consider giving yourself two weeks on the South Island.

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Q: What's the best way to travel around this beautiful country?

A: Self-drive holidays are very popular, as they allow you to take it all in at your own pace. Whether you choose a hire car and hotel pass, or a campervan, driving is a great way to get off the beaten track and ensure you get the most out of your trip. In New Zealand, the journey is just as beautiful as the destination.

If you prefer a hands-off approach to holiday organisation, a tour or cruise may be right for you, and there are plenty to choose from. All you have to do is pack your bags; the details will be covered by someone else.

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Q: What are some must-see spots?

A: For me, there are three must-dos when visiting our Kiwi neighbours. The Bay of Islands (just out of Auckland) is breathtaking and has a fascinating history. 

Rotorua is rich with Maori culture, and its geothermal wonders are other-worldly. My favourite spot, though, is Queenstown. Between high-adrenalin adventures, stunning mountain scenery, and delicious food and wine, you could easily spend a week in Queenstown alone.

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New Zealand really does have it all, so it’s worth taking the time to explore and don’t forget your camera.

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