• Country Facts In New Zealand, respect for the local art, culture and indigenous people is second only to environmental concern and this tiny nation still has some of the most untouched, unspoilt locations on the planet. A concentration of pristine beaches, dense forests, volcanoes, fjords, Alpine heights and mind-boggling marine life makes this a hot spot for tourists. Bungee jumping is a must, as is snorkelling or deep sea diving and fish and chips. To get under Kiwi skin, read 'The Whale Rider' by Witi Ihimaera, watch 'The Lord of the Rings' for the awe-inspiring landscape and listen to Salmonella Dub's 'Killer Version'.
    Capital: Wellington
    Official Languages: English, Maori
    Government: Constitutional Monarchy
    Currency: New Zealand Dollar
    Time Zone:: +12:00 GMT (6½ hrs ahead of India)
    Telephone Calling Code: : 0064

  • When To Go Best time to visit: November to April. The average temperature in New Zealand is 12.5°C. The highest monthly average temperature is 20°C in January and February, while the lowest monthly average temperature is 5°C in July.

  • What To Do Kiwi cuisine is known as Pacific Rim cuisine, a blend of Pacific and Asian flavours with an Anglo Saxon mix. Wellington, the capital, is reputed to have more food joints per capita than New York, with 300 plus cafés and restaurants in an area just two square kilometres.
    What to eat and drink Hangi: Traditional Maori meat feast cooked in an underground oven
    Roasted New Zealand lamb
    Scallops and green-lipped mussels
    Downunder cheese puffs
    Muttonbird: Maori delicacy that tastes like fish-flavoured chicken
    Whitebait: A seasonal delicacy
    All kinds of cheeses
    Custard tarts and cream buns
    Pavlova: A meringue with whipped cream and fruit
    Hokey Pokey ice cream
    Ginger beer
    Wines: Chardonnay from Hawkes Bay and Sauvignon Blanc from Marlborough
    Shopping Maori carvings in wood, bone and pounamu (greenstone or jade), jewellery and ornaments made from the paua shell (abalone), handknitted wool sweaters, wall hangings, homespun yarns, manuka honey, kiwi souvenirs, oils and cosmetics, beer, wine, cheese.
  • Escorted Tours
  • The best and easiest way to see the highlights is on an escorted tour, where all your travel, accommodation and sightseeing arrangements are well taken care of. A knowledgeable local guide brings history and culture to life as you travel in the comfort of your deluxe coach.

    Unmatched selection, more included features, quality first class hotels, and vast experience make Globus the obvious choice for travelers who want more. The world leader in quality escorted travel, Globus delivers memorable vacation experiences with knowledgeable Tour Directors and local guides.

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