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New Zealand Holidays

A holiday to New Zealand truly is a trip of a lifetime. New Zealand is home to some of the most beautiful and diverse scenery in the world and in a single day you could pass soaring volcanic peaks, drive through dense forest with lakes and rivers, across fertile plains and end on a glorious beach. And remember that in autumn the colours are just magical

Why we like New Zealand

Wide open spaces, outstandingly beautiful and varied scenery, a healthy outdoor lifestyle, world class cuisine and wines, warm friendly people and a pleasant climate are just a few of the many reasons why we love to holiday in New Zealand. The country is about the same size as Great Britain, and yet the population is many times smaller with just four million people.

What to expect on your New Zealand Holiday

New Zealand society is diverse, sophisticated, and multicultural, and the honesty, friendliness, and openness of Kiwis will impress you. The culture of its indigenous Maori people affects the language, the arts, and even the accents of all New Zealanders. Their place in the South Pacific and their love of the outdoors, sport and the arts make New Zealanders and their culture unique in the world.

As you might imagine, accommodation in New Zealand comes in every shape, size and style, so discuss your likes and dislikes with our team. The roads tend to be empty and New Zealanders drive on the left making it the ideal self-drive destination. For the ultimate adventure, consider a helicopter flight through Hobbit country.

Some Ideas for a New Zealand Holiday

  • Take a tour through the wine growing areas and ship a few cases home.
  • Famous for its geysers and bubbling mud pools, Rotorua is the geothermal centre of New Zealand.
  • To see New Zealand’s most endangered bird species, take a trip out to Kapiti Island - access is restricted to just 50 people a day.
  • For dolphins and whales in abundance, Kaikoura is the place to go.
  • The southern tip is a land of beautiful fjords and glaciers. Take a gentle cruise through the ice blue waters.
  • Kayak in the crystal clear waters of the Abel Tasman National Park.
  • Heli-hike on one of the west coast glaciers such as the Franz Josef or Fox Glacier.

Beyond the Ordinary

A helicopter tour of Milford Sound offers a trip of a lifetime as well as a stunning glacier landing in Fiordland National Park.

New Zealand has many beautiful botanic and private gardens in stunning locations. Steppes Travel can organise private garden tours or include a garden festival within an itinerary. Waiheke Island Garden Safari (November) and Taranaki Garden Festival(Oct/Nov) are well known events.

Our New Zealand Expertise

Our travel expert Amy has travelled the length and breadth of the islands. Our aim is to use their specialist knowledge to step away from mainstream tourism and give you a different holiday to New Zealand by introducing you to the less travelled areas while ensuring you still visit the important sites.

New Zealand FAQs

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How will I get around the country?
Self drive is hugely popular in New Zealand, with stunning scenery and plenty of places to stop off at during those longer journeys. However, journeys can sometimes take longer than estimated by satellite navigation, due to some roads being hilly and winding, so we advise being vigilant. When in the city getting around on foot is the best way to explore, and is inevitably when you will come across those hidden gems.
Is it safe to be out in the sun during the hotter months?
During the summer, the sun can be exceptionally strong and in many areas as there is very little ozone, so we advise using a high-factor suncream and covering up along with avoiding the midday sun.
Is the country safe?
New Zealand is safe, with an extremely low crime rate. We always advise, wherever the destination, to be careful with your personal belongings – especially when out and about in crowded areas.
What should I see?
With glaciers, mountains, winding rivers, golden beaches, exciting cities and stunning scenery around every corner, New Zealand has so much to offer visitors. Queenstown’s stunning setting with its breathtaking backdrop of the Remarkable Mountains makes it one of the country’s most picturesque towns. To get away from it all, there are numerous treks and walks throughout the country, which can be finished off with dinner and wine at a local vineyard.
What are the rules on tipping?
On the whole, tipping is not the norm, and is only now becoming more popular in some of the more expensive restaurants and bars. Tips are only usually made in cases of good service by the locals for around 10% of the bill, but this is of course up to you as to how much you wish to give.


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