Why New Zealand is hot and the hottest way to go

Spectacular scenery, friendly people, superb food and wine… what’s not to like? But savvy travellers don’t just like NZ – they love it.

New Zealand is so hot right now, for many reasons, not the least that it’s achingly beautiful, everyone speaks English and it’s safe, being literally a world away from troubled destinations.

New Zealand is a land of unspoilt, unending, unforgettably spectacular scenery along the road less travelled. A relatively small country, it offers visitors an expansive menu of travel options including Alpine mountain ranges, sandy beaches, wooded national parks, spectacular fiords, quaint historic settlements, cosmopolitan cities and unique wildlife.

But with 29 regions stretching over 1600 kilometres across two main islands, the big question is, how can I see so much in a relatively short time? Well at Holidays of Australia & the World, we have the perfect answer – you cruise – with our exclusive packages that cherry-pick the best of NZ.

The beauty of cruising is threefold: 1. You don’t have to spend days driving to reach out-of-the-way wilderness wonderlands. 2.  You get a broad taste of New Zealand’s diverse landscapes and 3. You can visit places that no road-bound travellers can, like Dusky Sound, in the famed Fiordland National Park, home to three of the most scenic inlets in the world. As there’s no road in you’re more likely to encounter rare bird and marine life including the kakapo flightless parrot and the native kiwi.

On our NZ cruise package onboard Voyager of the Seas, you’ll spend the day cruising through the west coast’s Fiordlands with their spectacular waterfalls, rainforests, mountainous peaks and crystalline water.

Image credit: RCI – Voyager of the Seas

First is Milford Sound, 20 km long and dominated by awesome Mitre Peak. The tranquil grandeur continues in the long and winding Doubtful Sound, the deepest of the fiords, rich in fur seals, penguins, waterfalls and small islets. Then onto remote Dusky Sound for 40 more kilometres gliding through breathtaking scenery and wildlife sanctuaries – prepare the camera and binoculars!

Of course you’ll also want a good taste of NZ’s towns and cities and this cruise lays on a smorgasbord. Dunedin (gateway to Queenstown on the south island) is picturesque and with its grand Victorian and Edwardian architecture, is often called the Edinburgh of the south.

You’ll love Akaroa (gateway to Christchurch) with its delightful French heritage and fine food, historic buildings, beautiful beaches, dolphins and penguins and your opportunity to explore vibrant and creative Christchurch where historical elegance lives happily with quirky contemporary culture.

Christchurch

Picton, a pretty port town at the head of Queen Charlotte Sound oozes charm with its seafront cafes, restaurants, floating museum, aquarium, shops and galleries.

Finally you’ll spend the day in Wellington and understand why it’s called the cool ‘little’ capital. A compact city big on features including the waterfront, Mount Victoria summit, cable car and botanic garden. Nearby fine wine regions, beautiful countryside and rugged coastlines are also easily discovered.

Sold on NZ? Then you’ll love that we’ve also packaged this brilliant cruise with the world-famous rail journey on the Indian Pacific. Bonus! Here are the details…

Indian Pacific & Radiance of the Seas SA & NZ

18 nights departing 28 February 2018 from $4499 (Sydney – Sydney)

Jump onboard the famous Indian Pacific to Adelaide where you’ll spend 5 nights exploring vibrant ‘new’ Adelaide including a city sights tour, a morning in the Adelaide Central Market & a full day tour of the Barossa Valley & Hahndorf. Then board the Radiance of the Seas for your 12 night cruise to New Zealand & returning to Sydney. More

Radiance of the Seas South Australia & NZ, Sydney & Indian Pacific

16 nights departing 6 March 2018 from $4219 (Adelaide – Adelaide)

Board the luxurious Radiance of the Seas for your 12 night cruise to New Zealand culminating in Sydney where you’ll enjoy 2 nights in this spectacular harbour city before experiencing one of the most famous trans-continental rail journeys in the world, travelling back to Adelaide and calling in at Broken Hill. A once in a lifetime holiday. More

Words by Alison Bennett for Holidays of Australia & the World.

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