Regardless of whether you’re on the North or South Island, it’ll take you ages to travel around New Zealand. Not because of the distance; but because there are so many things to see and experience you’ll find yourself constantly stopping.
But why hurry? How many times in life are you able to – say – paddle a kayak through an astonishing marine nature reserve? Or cruise out in a boat to watch a vast whale crashing through the surface of the sea, against a backdrop of hazy blue mountains? Clamber up the sides of a volcano? Or stroll through a colony of yellow-eyed penguins?
Gina and Jeremy are two of our expert consultants on New Zealand and can help you make the most of your time on this extraordinarily diverse corner of the world. They can arrange for you to explore the ancient Fox and Franz Josef Glaciers, high up on the West Coast. Or, if you’re a real thrill-seeker you could throw yourself into Queenstown - the capital of adventure sports – and experience bungee-jumping, white water rafting, jet-boating, tandem hang-gliding and bouncing across rugged terrain in a 4 x 4.
And then relax. New Zealand is also famed for its world class wines and fine food. So you could take a wine tour, or follow your nose to the great restaurants of cosmopolitan cities like Christchurch, Blenheim, Marlborough and Wellington.