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How to Plan a Trip to New Zealand: Frequently Asked Questions

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Milford Sound, fiord with snow capped Mitre Peak on New Zealand’s South Island

Milford Sound, New Zealand

New Zealand embraces the extremes of the natural world, while enjoying a relaxed ambiance, and the following are the most common questions travelers ask when planning their New Zealand trip. From exploring the wilderness of ancient forests, towering mountains and stoic glaciers to learning about Maori culture, the British influence and local wildlife, New Zealand can feel like a glimpse into extreme discovery or a quiet place to escape.

Not yet open to travelers, we recommend connecting with a travel specialist if you have interest in travel to New Zealand in 2022 or 2023.  An extremely popular destination, we expect increased demand when the borders open.

From winelands to beaches, fiords to snowcapped peaks, the following information will help you discover how to plan your best New Zealand trip for you.

Can I travel to New Zealand in 2021?

New Zealand has not yet announced its re-opening to American travelers.

While we await opportunities for other international travelers, our travel specialists advise putting plans in motion for 2022 as pent-up demand will be significant. If you are interested in traveling to New Zealand, working with a travel specialist now will put you in an excellent position to book when the time is right.

Related: Countries Open to American Travelers

How do I plan my trip to New Zealand?

You can still book your next trip through Zicasso for travel. Visiting a new country raises plenty of questions and travel after Covid-19 may be different.

“Will I need a rental vehicle in the area I plan on visiting or is the public transportation sufficient?” “How much do daily expenses actually cost?” “Are there safety procedures in place at my accommodations?” Your travel specialist can answer these questions and more. A travel expert can also handle any emergency that may arise during your vacation — everything from a missed flight connection to a hotel that closes unexpectedly.

Related: How to Plan Your Trip in 3 Easy Steps | How to Plan Your Trip Budget

What should I do on my trip to New Zealand?

Our New Zealand travel specialists have recommendations for any length of trip, as there are many must-see places in the country. Depending on the time of year and who you are traveling with, the islands offer so many spectacular things to do and amazing places to visit.

Queenstown | Auckland | Waiheke | Rotorua | Abel Tasman National Park | Fiordland National Park | Napier | Kaikoura | Bay of Islands | Lake Taupo

  • Explore the natural wonders of Waitomo Cave and the glow-worm grotto
  • Follow the walking trails or cruise the waters of Lake Wakatipu
  • Take in the spectacular views of the Milford Sound from the sky or the sea
  • Delight in the local wines on both the North and the South Islands
  • Wander through the vineyards, beaches and olive groves of Waiheke
  • Stop by Hot Water Beach on the North Island and enjoy the natural jacuzzi
  • Enjoy an immersive visit to a village in the geothermal area for deeper insight into traditional New Zealand culture and Maori heritage
  • Learn to weave traditional Maori patterns and designs
  • Watch for whales in the Pacific Ocean around Kaikoura
  • Wander into the fantasy world of J.R.R. Tolkien and The Lord of the Rings in Hobbiton
  • Enjoy the glassy waters of Tasman Bay on kayak and snorkeling excursions
  • Dive the waters of the Tutukaka Coast, the Poor Knights Islands or Milford Sound
  • Experience the heritage and art in endless galleries and museums
  • Trek across the Tongariro Alpine Crossing and explore this UNESCO World Heritage site
  • Hike through the Fiordland National Park
  • Spend the night at Milford Sound and enjoy the natural tranquility
  • Hike the rugged trails that wind around the ridges, hills and bays of Marlborough Sound
  • Savor time in the Abel Tasman National Park, with wildlife and spectacular scenery
  • Wander the wine-growing regions of Marlborough, Hawkes Bay and more
  • Glamp on a secluded riverbank with a private guide and chef

Related: Top 8 Things to Do in New Zealand | Top 10 Must-See Places in New Zealand

When is the best time to visit New Zealand?

The best time to visit New Zealand is between December and February, though New Zealand is a fantastic destination year-round.

December, January and February are the summer season for the Southern Hemisphere and offer the perfect escape from winter weather in the United States. March and April offer brisk weather, perfect for outdoor excursions. July and August are winter and fantastic for skiing, geothermal explorations, whale watching and more. September and October bring the end of the snow season, an inspiring time to visit.

Related: The Best Time to Visit New Zealand

Is New Zealand safe for travel?

New Zealand is very safe for travelers. While you should exercise normal safety precautions, such as not leaving your belongings unattended, New Zealand is incredibly safe and rated in the 2017 Global Peace Index as one of the world’s most peaceful countries.

Is it easy to get around New Zealand?

Your Zicasso travel specialist will ensure that your logistics are as smooth as possible by including private airport transfers, domestic flights and any necessary helicopter or city transfers between destinations to create a stress-free New Zealand tour.

Which airports should I be looking at?

For most travelers, the most convenient airport is Auckland (AKL), followed by Christchurch’s International Airport (CHC). The busiest airports in New Zealand include:

  • Auckland (AKL)
  • Christchurch (CHC)
  • Wellington (WLG)
  • Queenstown (ZQN)

Can Zicasso help me with flights?

Zicasso Flights is an international air-ticketing service that eliminates the stress of finding and booking the right flights for your upcoming vacation. By employing the same personalized service you can expect from planning a trip with Zicasso, our competitive flight pricing, 24x7 service and support, and complimentary consultation of Routing vs. Pricing with an expert flight specialist make finding the perfect flight for your trip effortless.

Does Zicasso assist with travel insurance?

You’ve booked your dream vacation, now protect it with travel insurance. A wide range of factors can leave your vacation in limbo. Medical emergencies, inclement weather and unexpected cancellations can cause turmoil for your trip, so in the unlikely event of a disaster, get the travel insurance coverage that provides peace of mind. To get a quote, visit our travel insurance page.

Ready to Plan Your Trip to New Zealand?

New Zealand embodies natural wonder, immersing you in the grandeur of geothermal activity, sparkling coves, whitewater rafting adventures, and remarkable hiking excursions. Relax at a winery, enjoy quiet gardens, sail along the islands, or visit the incredible wildlife areas. Uncover how you can travel New Zealand your way with sample itineraries from our New Zealand Tours & Vacations. Find more tips for your trip with Zicasso’s New Zealand Travel Guide. When you are ready to start planning you can speak with a New Zealand travel specialist by filling out a Trip Request or by calling our team at 1-888-265-9707.

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