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New Zealand - Accommodation Options

We feature a variety of accommodations, from city hotels to boutique and adventure lodges. Most itineraries feature a moderate, superior and deluxe category option. These can be adjusted to suit the experience you prefer in each location. Due to some locations however, all three hotel types may not be available and in this case we provide you the best possibel hotel grade and will advise this at time of enquiry. Our most searched and selected accommodation options are listed below. You can also refine your search by using the sub region list for more detailed information on each of our preferred accommodation options in each destination we have on offer.

Aitutaki Lagoon Private Island Resort


Aitutaki Lagoon Private Island Resort is the only resort in the Cook Islands to offer Overwater Bungalows, it is the only private island resort in the Cook Islands and it is the only resort set directly upon world-famous Aitutaki Lagoon. Marvel at the jaw-dropping views of water the colour of the most brilliant turquoise. The ultimate luxury is privacy, and here at your own private island resort, you can immerse yourself in the rhythms of nature, the tides, the sun, the moon, and the incredible canopy of trillions of twinkling stars unaffected by any light pollution. Experience the incredible charm of your own thatched bungalow, enjoy some complimentary stand-up paddleboarding, hand feed the reef fish or kayak to a nearby deserted island for a picnic, deeply relax with a spa massage, celebrate your good fortune with long cool sunset cocktail and a Private Candlelit Dinner on the beach. A blissful and unique romantic escape.  

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Our premium day sightseeing tours allow you to experience the very best of New Zealand your way. GreatSights offers the flexibility to tailor your travel and create a bespoke itinerary that suits you perfectly.

With over 50 tours, all the key destinations are covered, including the sparkling waters of the Bay of Islands, the stunning sight of glow worms at Waitomo Caves, the mythical movie set of Hobbiton, a taste of Māori culture and the geothermal wonderland of RotoruaMount Cook, the highest peak in the Southern Alps, the tourist mecca of Queenstown, and the majestic fiords of Milford Sound and the glaciers of the West Coast

Our specialty is ‘once in a lifetime’ experiences, whether you’re seeking adventure, relaxation, authentic cultural experiences, wildlife and nature, or all of these. If you have limited time, you can rest assured you’ll get all the unmissable scenic highlights, and know that every detail is taken care of. If you have longer to spend, we can make extra stops and combine day tours to make your time truly memorable.

You’ll travel in style and comfort with GreatSights – our coaches are equipped with air conditioning and WiFi, reclining seats and onboard video. Tours provide multi-lingual commentary, while our Milford Sound coaches feature glass roofs to view the region’s spectacular scenery. Our expert local drivers give you informative and entertaining commentary on the history and geography of the locations you visit.

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InterCity provides New Zealand’s largest passenger transportation network, with coaches taking people to more than 600 destinations around the country.

The network is designed for independent travellers to experience New Zealand like a local. With InterCity, you get access to more than 130 daily bus services to take you between towns and cities. With economic fares and frequent and reliable services, travelling with InterCity offers great value.

InterCity’s high level of service and comfort, breadth of network, the frequency of service and flexibility makes it the ideal New Zealand transport choice. Its modern coach fleet offers a comfortable trip between destinations, experienced drivers, good seating and free WiFi.

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New Zealand is a food and wine lover’s paradise. Vineyards stretch throughout every region, chefs put playful local twists on fine cuisine. New Zealand food and wine festivals serve up taste sensations with a side of local music. New Zealand is made up of sublime forests, mountains, lakes, beaches and fiords and makes for one of the best hiking destinations on Earth. Discover this outdoor enthusiasts’ playground through cycling, hiking, surfing, fly fishing, or jet-boating. You name it – New Zealand’s got it.

Top 10 Things to See and Do: 

  1. Bay of Islands: settler history, Maori culture, cruising, beaches
  2. Auckland: sailing, black sand beaches, offshore islands
  3. Rotorua: geysers, mudpools and Maori culture
  4. Waikato: Waitomo glowworm caves, Hobbiton Tours
  5. Hawke’s Bay: art deco city, winery, restaurants
  6. Wellington: National Museum, cafe culture, Wellywood
  7. Marlborough: waterways, walking and wine country
  8. Queenstown: bungee jumping and adrenalin capital
  9. Kaikoura: whale watching and seafood
  10. Nelson: sea kayaking, World of WearableArt and Classic Cars Museum

Travel Tips:

Conditions around Auckland are subtropical, with warm, humid summers and mild winters. Further south, winters can be chilly, with frost. The South Island is generally cooler, with occasional snow in the winter and mild summer evenings. As New Zealand lies in the Southern Hemisphere, it has opposite seasons to those living in the northern half of the world.

Weather/ Climate: 

Season: Temperature Range (Celsius) Seasonal Comments
Spring 3°C to 19°C
Summer 8°C to 24°C
Fall 4°C to 21°C
Winter -1°C to 16°C
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