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NEW ZEALAND

New Zealand makes for a great multi-sport destination. With strong competition and outstanding facilities, New Zealand sport will test your limits. Maori culture is a fascinating and important part of New Zealand life and history. Everyone talks about Auckland (which, contrary to popular belief, is not the capital), but the real magic takes place in Wellington (the capital). The architecture and eclectic vibe give this city a great personality that should not be missed. The long distance travelling is evident in the price, however, New Zealand proves to be a phenomenal destination.

With a great deal to do in your spare time as well as fantastic sightseeing experience, it makes for an exceptional tour.

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VISA REQUIREMENTS

To apply for a Visa to New Zealand, you would need to pay a Visa Fee. Immigration New Zealand (INZ) has introduced new, stricter quality requirements for photographs accompanying visa applications. The new requirements, similar to passport photos, are needed to support a new immigration identity management system that improves detection of people trying to commit identity fraud. Applications can take up to 25 business days to process.

Visa Cost:

Application fee NZ$165 + VFS R620 service fee + Passport handling fee R530 + courier fee R150

Compulsory Vaccinations Required: No.

Please note: Visa and vaccination information is correct at time of publish and are subject to change

BEST TIME TO TRAVEL

We recommend that the best time to travel to New Zealand for Rugby, Netball and Hockey is May, June, July (last 2 weeks), August and September (first 3 weeks only). Traveling for Tennis and Cricket, February (last 2 weeks), March and October (last 2 weeks), would be best.

AREAS TO VISIT AND THEIR MAIN ATTRACTIONS

AUCKLAND

Also known as “The City of Sails “, Auckland sprawls over volcanic hills and around twin harbours, offering an exhilarating mix of natural wonders and urban adventures

Central Auckland is a vibrant mix of shopping, dining and entertainment. Explore the city’s wide range of different shopping experiences from local and international designer clothes to retro and vintage fashions.

Leave Auckland with no regrets and having pushed all your limits. Try a Sky Jump from the iconic Sky Tower, or walk its edge – 192 metres above ground level! And if that’s not enough, head to the Auckland Harbour Bridge for New Zealand’s only Bridge Climb or bungy into the Waitemata Harbour.

Waiheke Island is the ultimate island retreat, just a 35-minute ferry ride from downtown Auckland. Known as the ‘island of wine’ for its many wineries and vineyards, a wine tasting tour is a must. Enjoy a day trip and explore the beaches, restaurants and other activities on the island.

One of the most popular day trips for visitors to New Zealand, immerse yourself in the Lord of the Rings franchise in Hobbiton.Here, you can explore the hobbit holes that were built for use in the Hobbit trilogy, and enjoy the stunning natural beauty of the region. You can also enjoy Lord of the Rings themed drinks at the Green Dragon Inn and sample some of New Zealand’s fine cuisine at The Shire’s Rest Café

CHRISTCHURCH

As the largest city in New Zealand’s South Island, Christchurch acts as a gateway to some of the most beautiful scenery in the world. Having suffered a major earthquake in 2009, the city is still regenerating. A lot of the damage remains today, with seemingly endless construction works and a destroyed church right in the city center. Nevertheless, Christchurch natives have managed to turn the disaster around to help build community spirit in the city.

Christchurch Gondola – After being closed for a time after the Christchurch earthquakes, the Christchurch Gondola offers a beautiful Christchurch sightseeing experience above Christchurch on the Port Hills. Ride above the valleys in a cable car and enjoy breathtaking views of the Christchurch cityscape, the Canterbury Plains, the Southern Alps and the dramatic hills of Banks Peninsula.

Christchurch Tram – A gentle tram ride around Christchurch City and see the changing face of Christchurch. Your ticket lasts for the day, so you can get on and off the tram at your leisure and check out the shops and attractions along the way.

Punting on the Avon – One of the iconic attractions of Christchurch, punting on the Avon is a gentle 30-minute boat ride along the beautiful, tree-lined Avon River.

ROTORUA

Centred around Lake Rotorua, the town (known locally as Rotovegas) is packed with adrenaline sports activities like parachute jumping, bungee jumping, and zorbing. If you are traveling with kids, there is a very popular go-kart track that winds around the nearby hills, giving great views over the countryside.There are great Maori cultural centers for you to experience the indigenous history and a native redwood forest for day hikes. The town is the centre of geothermal activity, making it excellent for visiting natural spas and checking out the steam.

It does also, however, give the town a very distinctive rotten-egg smell, so keep this in mind before you go.

NAPIER

Napier, a coastal city on New Zealand’s North Island, is set amid the renowned wine-producing region of Hawke’s Bay. Rebuilt after a 1931 earthquake, the city is known for art deco landmarks like the zigzag-patterned Daily Telegraph Building. Along the tree-lined waterfront promenade the Marine Parade, the Pania of the Reef statue depicting a Maori maiden, is a symbol of the city.

Street after street of stunning and beautifully-restored Art Deco buildings have made Napier famous as one of the most complete collections of Art Deco buildings in the world. In 1931 a massive earthquake rocked Hawke’s Bay for more than three minutes, killing nearly 260 and destroying the commercial centre of Napier.

WELLINGTON

Labelled the world’s ‘coolest little capital’ by Lonely Planet, Wellington is renowned for its vibrant creative culture. Here are the city’s must-dos.

Visit the world’s tastiest laneway

Right in the heart of the city, Hannahs Laneway is the perfect place to taste local flavours and pick up souvenirs. This lane is gourmet heaven thanks to residents Leeds St Bakery, Wellington Chocolate Factory, Shepherd,  Fix & Fogg and Golding’s Free Dive.

Ride the Wellington Cable Car

The bright red Wellington Cable Car is a bit of a classic. Enjoy a ride up from the terminal in the heart of the Lambton Quay shopping district up to the lookout for panoramic views of the city. You’ll also find the Cable Car Museum, Space Place at Carter Observatory and Botanic Garden.

Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa

No trip to New Zealand is complete without a visit to the incredible Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. Discover great treasures and stories of this country, its unique natural environment, Māori culture, art, heritage, and fascinating history at this innovative museum.

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