We all travel differently. Some of us prefer luxury, while others are constantly hunting for a bargain. Two Flight Centre consultants go head to head to provide the best New Zealand holiday tips for either style.
Whether you are on a tight budget or have money to burn, natural treasures, great food and cultural insights await during any trip to our neighbours across the Tasman.
For The Budget Savvy
Whether you are hitting the city attractions of Auckland or the cultural and geothermal highlights of Rotorua, these options are kind to your wallet.
The Auckland Explorer bus is a great way to get around and see some of the highlights that the city has to offer.
At around $42 for a 24-hour pass (way cheaper than a taxi!) this hop-on-hop-off option includes sightseeing with guided commentary as well as transport to all the major attractions, such as the Auckland Museum, Parnell Village, Kelly Tarlton’s SEA LIFE Aquarium, the Auckland waterfront and the Sky Tower.
Speaking of the Sky Tower, why don’t you check out the best outlook of Auckland while you are there – 360-degree views for up to 80 kilometres. Or take to the water on a Fullers Harbour Cruise!
The cruise takes in the best views of the three major Auckland icons, the Harbour Bridge, Rangitoto Island and the Sky Tower from the sea, in about for 1.5 hours.
The cruise includes full on-board commentary, morning or afternoon tea and a free return ferry ticket to Devonport, so you can visit this wonderful seaside village.
Rotorua is where New Zealand culture really shines. Get yourself a TePuia day pass for a great mix of geothermal touring and Maori cultural experience. Once a fortress, TePuia protected the people and its culture from warring tribes.
Today TePuia stands as a symbol of protection for New Zealand arts, crafts and culture, upholding the values of Maori – past, present and future.
On this tour you will visit the Maori Arts & Crafts Institute, Kiwi House (with real kiwi birds!), Whakarewarewa Thermal Valley where geysers, mud pools and boiling waters still play after 40,000 years and a traditional Maori performance – not to be missed! And all that for only around $55 per person.
Fancy a central CBD location and free Wi-Fi? Yes, please! Most rooms at the Auckland City Oaks have balconies and a supplied continental breakfast pack included in the rates.
Secure undercover parking directly below the property with easy access to guest rooms makes Auckland City Oaks the perfect ‘home away from home’.
The Ibis Rotorua is a great value hotel that is excellently located close to the lake shore, within a five-minute stroll to the city centre restaurants, shopping and some of Rotorua’s popular tourist attractions. Guests are also able to access facilities at the neighbouring Novotel Rotorua Lakeside.
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For The Luxury Lover
If helicopters and fine wines are more your style, you’ll find plenty to keep you happy in New Zealand.
The stunning beauty of Waiheke Island is just a 40-minute ferry transfer (or private transfer) from Auckland city.
Given its easy accessibility, a visit here is a must if you like the idea of being indulged.
Stop at Mudbrick Vineyard & Restaurant for lunch overlooking the sparkling waters of the Hauraki Gulf and enjoy sampling their premium wines.
Or for absolute indulgence the Gourmet’s Food and Wine Tour is a must.
For those who simply can’t get enough of this extraordinary island, you can spend a night or two at the luxurious Delamore Lodge. With its heated infinity pool, jacuzzi, sauna and spa treatments, you won’t want to leave.
Queenstown, in the South Island, offers something for all travellers to enjoy. To truly experience the magnificence of the city, take a private helicopter flight to The Remarkables or choose a snow landing on a nearby mountain peak.
We work with local providers to cater to almost any New Zealand itinerary and one of my favourite experiences is the helicopter flight over the breathtaking Milford Sound fiord.
Stop for a champagne picnic before enjoying a cruise on the Sound. While in Queenstown, be sure to stop into Vudu Cafe for the city’s best coffee and pastries.
The Hilton Auckland
The Hilton Auckland is perfectly positioned 300 metres out to sea on the end of Princes Wharf, yet is also located within walking distance of many restaurants and cafes in the Viaduct Harbour area.
Choose from an array of suites for uninterrupted views across Auckland Harbour. All rooms feature private balconies and spacious bathrooms.
With a totally secluded hilltop setting, yet located an easy five-minute drive into town, Azur Lodge in Queenstown is the ultimate in luxury accommodation.
All nine villas are very private, with breathtaking lake and mountain views. Airport and town transfers are included, as are evening drinks and canapes, afternoon tea and a gourmet breakfast each morning.