Nau mai, haere mai! Welcome to Aotearoa, Land of the Long White Cloud, home of the Maori people and wellspring of rich cultural experiences ...
While New Zealand does not usually suffer major climate extremes, the weather can be changeable. Pack layers and a raincoat. Seasons are in reverse of the Northern Hemisphere.
Best time Hit the slopes for spring skiing and snowboarding. Get in your city sightseeing before the summer heat really kicks in.
Best time Take your pick from a multitude of food, arts and sports events. Book ahead and take a Kiwi camping holiday.
From March to May, summer crowds disperse but the weather usually remains settled and warm. In some places, the changing colours of the leaves are a spectacular sight.
Best time Hike the Great Walks while the weather is settled and crowds are smaller. Sample wine at the cellar door in harvest season.
June, July and August are perfect for skiing, but crisp days and a dusting of snow also make this a great time for viewing the South Island’s majestic scenery.
Best time Swim with dolphins – you can wear a wetsuit for warmth and the water is clearest during the winter months. Soak in a steaming geothermal hot pool nestled among a winter wonderland.