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A spacious country with a dramatic landscape that belies the humble slither on the map, New Zealand's unique Maori heritage, charming cities, outdoor pursuits and world-class food and wine make for a real breath of fresh air. The country's north and south islands and their smaller counterparts jut out of the Pacific Ocean 2,000km southeast of Australia –about as far from the UK as it's possible to get. The location of innumerable films –perhaps most famously The Lord of the Rings –this diverse country is renowned as one of the most beautiful in the world: you'll find towering mountains, fjords, formidable coastlines, volcanoes, lakes, quiet beaches, native bush and rolling meadows, all within an area around the same size as the UK. New Zealand's population of just over four million people is mainly clustered in and around Wellington, Auckland and Christchurch, making it possible to ditch the crowds at a moment's notice. Understandably, the country is a haven for outdoor pursuits: whether you're seeking a gentle stroll or a rush of adrenalin you will find it here. With all this landscape to explore, it's easy to forget the charming cities: heart-stealing Wellington, a blend of old and new and handy for the wine region nearby;vibrant Auckland,;Christchurch, with its British colonial architecture;and bohemian Nelson, the sunniest place in the country. Take in the dreamy Art Deco architecture of Napier, head to Kaikoura for delicious seafood and wildlife spotting, walk in the rugged hills surrounding Akaroa, or immerse yourself in Maori culture amid the feisty volcanic landscape around Rotorua and Taupo.
 
New Zealand with A&K
If there's a more dramatic destination for an al fresco tipple we'd like to know. After spinning around the vertiginous walls and serene water of Milford Sound, A&K's surprised guests found their helicopter touching down in the mountain top snow for champagne and canapés. Of course you expect poetry-inducing scenery in New Zealand. You might be surprised, however, to find it also offers the perfect pillow. We'd like to take some of the credit. When we heard that a client of ours was dissatisfied with the ones in her hotel, we immediately relayed the information to her next accommodation. The result? The owners of South Island's superb Eden House rushed out to buy plump, supportive pillows. The country that gave the world the bungee jump, had now given it the ultimate night's kip.

It's the sort of attention to detail our Australasian office has been delivering for the last two decades. Its expert consultants have tried and tested just about all the country's hotels, guesthouses and excursions - one of many reasons we were recently voted Tour Operator of the Year. Travel to New Zealand with Abercrombie and Kent in 2014 and we'll deliver our handpicked highlights.

You can chose your sand variety: do you want Karekare's volcanic black, Gisborne's gold or the Bay of Island's honey blonde? Or you can soak in Rotorua's emerald geothermal waters, sip fine wine around Hawke's Bay, or dine in Auckland's gourmet restaurants - we'll design a culinary tour of brilliantly creative chefs and acclaimed vineyards.

Alternatively you can burn off a few calories paddling through Abel Tasman park, or with some high octane adrenaline in Queenstown, before heading into the mountains for the astounding Franz Joseph and Fox glaciers. Unsurprisingly the Land of the Long White Cloud is glorious self-drive country, and clients have written poetically about touring through the sublime Haast Pass with its snow-licked peaks and alpine lakes.

Many also tell us their first reaction to the idea of a New Zealand holiday is it's a long way to go. But once they've been, they're adamant they'd happily give up a couple more days of their life to return. We can't think of a better recommendation.



Our experts can tailor-make the perfect holiday to suit your individual requirements, however, if you need inspiration or a starting point, below are some of our suggested trips and experiences:

Classic New Zealand

Nights: 19 | from £7,220pp

Hit the open road in New Zealand, a country of spectacular highways, perfect for self-drives. A three-week trip from Auck-land to Queenstown crams in... Find out more

Holiday type: Tailor-made

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Highlights of New Zealand

Nights: 12 | from £4,295pp

An action-packed itinerary spanning the entire country, from the Bay of Islands in the north to Marlborough Sound in the south, with plenty of thermal... Find out more

Holiday type: Tailor-made

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Ultimate New Zealand

Nights: 15 | from £23,785pp

Explore New Zealand's iconic landmarks and magnificent scenery in style, travelling by private helicopter and staying at the finest hotels during this... Find out more

Holiday type: Tailor-made

Honeymoons

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Glacier, Lakes & Wilderness

Nights: 20 | from £4,960pp

This 21 day journey is ideal for those seeking remote wilderness landscapes and for repeat visitors to the country who want to delve a little deeper. Find out more

Holiday type: Tailor-made

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Luxury Small Group Journeys –Australia & New Zealand: The Lands Down Under 2017

Nights: 19 | from £10,875pp

Journey through a diverse range of landscapes from the outback of Australia to the glaciers of New Zealand Find out more

Holiday type: Group departure

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Below are some of our suggested places to stay:

Edenhouse

Nelson

Edenhouse was built in 2003 for Peter and Bobbie Martin who personally look after each guest. They moved to the Orinoco Valley in 2002 after living in...Find out more

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The Farm at Cape Kidnappers

Hawke's Bay

Set atop 6,000 rolling acres of pasture land, The Farm at Cape Kidnappers encompasses terrain which is reminiscent of Montana but plunges 800 feet into...Find out more

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Honeymoons

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The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs

Northland

Set on 6,000 acres near Matauri Bay, Northland, The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs affords spectacular 180-degree views of the Pacific Ocean. Cape Brett and the...Find out more

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Wilderness Lodge Arthurs Pass

Arthur's Pass

Wilderness Lodge Arthur's Pass is nestled in mountain beech forest, midway between Greymouth and Christchurch. Discover nature in the spectacular mountain...Find out more

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Matakauri Lodge, New Zealand

New Zealand

Stay 4 Pay 3
Book a 4 night stay at Matakauri Lodge and receive one night complimentary. Valid for travel 1st May - 30th September 2016. Subject to availability. Terms and conditions apply.

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Annie, Brandon, Debbie, Margaret, Vicky Hamlin, Vicky Smith and Rachel - are experts in designing travel experiences across the region to suit your personal needs, interests and budget. Their intimate knowledge of every hotel and resort featured in our Orient, India, Australasia and Indian Ocean portfolio, together with our own network of offices throughout these areas, allows us to offer unique in-depth knowledge, unparalleled insider access and the VIP service for which Abercrombie & Kent is renowned.

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Best time to be there

Summer on the north island (December to February) is ideal for outdoor pursuits with mild temperatures and hours of sunshine. Venture to the numerous ski slopes and warm up close to a crackling fire during the winter months in June to August.

Fly to

Auckland (Air New Zealand, Air Tahiti Nui, daily)

flying time

26 hours, one stop

time difference

GMT +12 hours

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Not required for UK passport holders

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Yellow Fever certificate if arriving from an endemic area

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