Agent Tools & Info - New Zealand
Everything you need to sell more of New Zealand.
Time Zone - Between 2 and 3 hours ahead of AEST, depending on Daylight Saving Time, which occurs between late September and Early April
Seasons - Similar to Australia, winters get very cold (but perfect for skiing!)
Peak Season - January, March, April, July, September, December
Key Booking Period - Jan, Feb, May, July, October & December
Average Length of Stay
Auckland - 2 days
Rotorua - 3 days
Christchurch - 2 days
Queenstown - 4 days
Visa - From October 2019 some visitors to New Zealand may require a New Zealand Electronic Travel Authority (NZeTA). This applies to visitors from over 60 visa waiver countries, who are staying in New Zealand for less than three months. Citizens of Australia and Australian Permanent Residents are exempt. This information is a guide only, for up to date information check with the relevant immigration department.
Events to Note - Chinese New Year (Jan), Art Deco Festival Napier (Feb), America's Cup (Mar), Easter (Apr), ANZAC Day (Apr), Queenstown Winter Festival (Jun), Matariki (Maori New Year - Jun), Queenstown Marathon (Nov)
Airlines - Virgin Australia, Qantas, Air New Zealand, Jetstar, Emirates
Top Selling Hotels
Auckland - VR Auckland City, Crowne Plaza Auckland, Grand Mercure Auckland
Christchurch - Novotel Christchurch, Hotel Ibis Christchurch, Breakfree on Cashel
Queenstown - Peppers Beacon, Novotel Queenstown Lakeside, Oaks Shores Resort
Bay of Islands - A paradisal collection of holiday islands set in tranquil waters teeming with dolphins and other forms of marine life. Hiking, kayaking and boating are ideal ways to explore and find your piece of paradise among the secluded bays and 144 islands. Importantly it is also were the Treaty of Waitangi, the nation's founding document, was signed by an assembly of Maori leaders and the British Crown in 1840.
Lord of the Rings - If you're a Lord of the Rings movie buff a visit to the village of Hobbiton in Matamata, in the Waikato region, is a must see.
Rotorua - Rotorua is a town on the North Island renowned for its geothermal activity and Maori culture. There are bubbling mud pools and the 30m tall Pohutu Geyser, which erupts many times each day. There is a living Maori village and the New Zealand Maori Arts and Crafts Institute, with traditional wood carving and weaving schools. For the adventurous and energetic there are some brilliant mountain biking options in town also.
Kaikora - Kaikora is a coastal town, north of Christchurch on the South Island, well known for its abundant wildlife. There are sperm whales, dolphins and a colony of New Zealand fur seals. There is a very scenic headland walk and it is a very picturesque village surrounded by snow capped mountains and the sea.
Hamner Springs - A picturesque alpine village 90 minutes from Christchurch, Hanmer Springs is all about natural hot pools and stunning landscapes.
The Riccarton Markets - If you find yourself in Christchurch on a Sunday, be sure to check out The Riccarton Markets. They are overflowing with crafts, hand-made and second-hand clothing, old tools, books, camera's, spices and crockery. You'll find New Zealand-made specialties like pounamu (jade) and paua (abalone) shell ornaments and jewellery, local wood products, luxurious merino or possum knitwear and sheepskin goods.
Exploring by Motorhome - New Zealand is one of the world's greatest road-tripping countries with quiet highways and epic landscapes. A brilliant way to explore is by motorhome which adds an extra fun and flexible element.
Expert Series Video's - Click here for some brilliant tips and handy hints on the North Island, Auckland, South Island and Queenstown.