Located in the Antipodes of France, New Zealand or "Land of the long white cloud" fascinates hikers, geologists and thrill seekers. Projected to the forefront by the famous film trilogy, the destination's large supernatural spaces and colours are constantly confusing. Extended in length, its two islands each have their own personality. Older, the North Island has more rounded curves and a tropical climate that gives way to dense and abundant vegetation. Volcanic activity is intense: it is impossible not to stop at Rotorua to observe the bubbling geysers or at Tongariro National Park for its colourful lakes and active volcanoes. The North Island is also the cradle of Maori culture that can be seen in the architecture, language and traditional tattoos of the local people. It includes Auckland, the island's economic and academic centre, and Wellington, a political and artistic centre. More wild, the South Island is home to breathtaking mountains that can be covered by the day, by the week or in several months for the most adventurous. A must-see stopover and a sports paradise, Queenstown is the home of bungee jumping and a pleasant winter ski resort. A few kilometres away, the beauty of the milky blue of lakes Pukaki and Tekapo is matched only by the size of the southern fjords where whales and killer whales come to rest. Finally, take a look up to admire the eternal snows of the Franz Joseph and Fox glaciers in ULM. To your hiking boots!

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When to go to New Zealand?

In New Zealand the seasons are reversed: summer is from November to January and winter is in full swing in July/August

The high season is therefore from mid-December to the end of January, the most active period for tourism. Hotels are overbooked and tourist places are overcrowded. It should be noted, however, that we do not meet many people outside the beaten track.

For winter sports enthusiasts, July and August are filled with powder on the South Island

The off-season. The best thing is to go through the key months of February and March or October and November, which benefit from less rainfall, pleasant temperatures and everyone at school or at work

Please note that if you wish to do the long walks called "Great walks" the calendar of booking of the cottages is to be closely monitored because the places are expensive and the number of visitors is limited.

How to go to New Zealand? Our advice & tips

  • Organised trips
  • Going alone
  • Moving around

There are many tourists in New Zealand, mainly from the French side. Tour operators usually offer thematic trips combining the two islands: hiking, volcanoes, Maori culture, fauna and flora. An on-site trip can last from 10 days to 1 month, ideally 3 weeks to avoid running too much. The trip can be made in parallel with a visit to Australia or a Pacific island.

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New Zealand is a very accessible country. The tourist network is modern and everything can be planned, booked online before departure or on site at the last minute. However, it should be noted that very few sites are translated into French, so plan a small pocket dictionary. On the spot, New Zealanders have their hearts on their hands and will not hesitate to help you if necessary.

By plane. This is a somewhat expensive method and can be practical if you have to travel long distances in a short period of time

By ferry. Two companies operate daily flights between the two islands, except in case of heavy seas

By bus. Several companies compete for the market and connect the big cities

By car or van. The best way to travel because it allows you to explore freely and discover secret places. Note: we drive on the left.

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Transportation
  • Airport/Station car parks
Accommodations
  • Find a hotel
  • Airbnb rental
  • Holiday rental
Stays
  • Tailor-made trip
Services / On site
  • Book a table
  • Activities & visits

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When to travel?

In New Zealand the seasons are reversed: summer is from November to January and winter is in full swing in July/Augus...
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Weather forecast

The North Island enjoys a tropical climate, with temperatures generally ranging from 30°C in summer to 10-15...
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Budget

New Zealand currency is the "New Zealand dollar" (NZ$ or NZD). New Zealand's standard of living is quite high, partic...
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Formalities

For French nationals, it is possible to travel to New Zealand as a tourist for a period of 3 months without a visa bu...
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Health

New Zealand poses no major health risks, and even if they are expensive, medical services are available in cities. Read more about it

How to travel by yourself?

New Zealand is a very accessible country. The tourist network is modern and everything can be planned, booked online...
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How to get organized?

There are many tourists in New Zealand, mainly from the French side. Tour operators usually offer thematic trips comb...
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Getting around

By plane. This is a somewhat expensive method and can be practical if you have to travel long distances in a s...
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