The country where the critically acclaimed Lord of the Rings movie series and many others were filmed features some of the most gorgeous scenery on the planet. Mountaintops that stretch into the sky, lush forests as green as the eye can see, and clear blue waters make New Zealand any adventurists’ dreamscape.
Where You Want to Go: What New Zealand has to offer
Travelers will be enthralled by Queenstown for hours of day and nighttime fun. From the ever-popular bungee jumping scene to out-of-this-world food to a nightlife atmosphere like no other, Queenstown is bound to keep you entertained for much longer than planned. Likewise, an outdoor excursion to Hike Franz Josef Glacier will test your physical strength and adventure-seeking spirit, especially since part of the journey means going through a series of glacier tunnels!
Fans of the Lord of the Rings franchise cannot deny the coolness factor of visiting Tongariro Crossing, the filming site for the legendary Mordor stronghold. Pack the essentials though, as this hiking trip will take a full day to complete. Last but certainly not least, finish your vacation by skydiving over Lake Taupo; a 14,000-foot plunge over a breathtaking landscape is Kodak-moment approved!
Fast Facts: New Zealand By the Numbers
● 68-77 F is the average temperature in the summer (Dec-Feb); 53-61 F is the average temperature in the winter (June-Aug)
● 31 mph is the speed you can reach while zorbing (rolling down hills inside a giant inflatable ball)
● 32% is the % of savings you can gain by booking airfare to Auckland in November (based on 2017 data)
● 75 miles is the farthest you can be from the coast at any given location in New Zealand
● 1893 is the year NZ allowed women to vote, the first country to do so
● 7:1 is the ratio of sheep to people in New Zealand; the ratio used to be as high as 20:1!
● 144 is the number of islands in Northland's Bay of Islands
Tips for Travelers Visiting New Zealand
Saving money here means avoiding eating out whenever possible. A meal at a typical sit-down restaurant runs $20 per person, whereas a week’s worth of groceries can be purchased for under $50. Use the public bus system (advance reservations on the Naked Bus are under $1 thanks to promotional fares), and keep inner-country flights to a minimum. New Zealand country tours are extremely expensive, so plan your itinerary carefully to avoid budget pitfalls!
We know you are eager to see the ins and outs of this awesome country, but be forewarned that almost all of the popular tourist excursions cost a hefty chunk of change. Let Skyscanner help you spend your hard-earned cash on the fun stuff by booking hotels with our price comparison search!
Cheap flights to New Zealand are available in the off and peak seasons, so book early!
Flights to New Zealand
New Zealand has a wealth of international airports, but the largest and busiest can be found in the country’s capital of Auckland. Auckland Airport (AKL) transported nearly 19 million passengers in 2017, with Christchurch International (CHC), Wellington International (WLG), and Queenstown International (ZQN) comprising an additional 13 million passengers for the year. Perhaps not surprisingly, the air traffic to New Zealand has steadily increased over the years, which is a case in point example of its popularity as a world tourist spot.
Direct flights from the U.S. can be booked with Air New Zealand and Hawaiian Airlines, while the top international carriers are United, Emirates, American Airlines, Virgin Australia, ANA, Air Canada, and Delta.
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