New Zealand, as a tourist destination, is a study in contrasts.
You have plains gently sloping into seashores with long sandy beaches. And then, you have the rugged coastline of fiords carved by seawater that resolutely wrestle the coastal cliffs. Truly, a beautifully varied land of lush green valleys and snow-covered mountains, deep glacier lakes and active volcanoes.
The fascinating diversity of the land makes New Zealand a haven for tourists of varied inclinations and budgets; keeping which in mind we have designed various New Zealand Tour Packages from India.
Laze around the beaches or take a cycling trip through the vineyards-trail to soothe yourself. Or add a little vigour and go exploring the mountain tracks or go swimming, diving, surfing or sailing. Give yourself an adrenaline shot with kayaking, rafting or jetboating. Or bring out the adventurer in you and go mountaineering in the snow-peaked mountains.
And if you have it in you, give it back to the world and scream “I am crazy”; crazy enough to go bungee jumping.
Whatever your disposition, we at the Flying Squirrel Holidays, have an array of amazing New Zealand Tour Packages from India which we can customise to suit your interests.
Lying in the south-western Pacific Ocean, New Zealand is an island country, about 2000 kms south-east of Australia and near the centre of the water hemisphere.
Mountains and glaciers and volcanoes, caves and bushes and forests, lakes and rivers and beaches; the country offers mysteries to unravel wherever you chose to go, making it one of the most beautiful countries in the world.
It comprises largely of two long landmasses, the North Island and the South Island along with 700 other smaller islands, Stewart Island being the largest among them. The two islands are separated by Cook Strait just 22 kms at its narrowest.
Bushes and forests and islands and beaches; if that’s what you are looking for, North Island is the place to be. Mountains and glaciers and cliffs and caves will draw you to the South Island.
If you are just a water person looking for swimming, sunbathing, fishing or if you are fascinated by water sports like surfing, diving or even sailing then North Island beckons you. You get to round off your water-side days with an amazing array of nightlife too at Auckland or Wellington.
On the other hand, if you are drawn by adventure activities like mountaineering, hiking, tramping, or thrills of rafting and kayaking or jetboating then South Island is the place to head for. There is a bit of everything in both the islands. You can mix and match your visit according to the disposition of your spouse or other family members.
Much of what makes a trip pleasant depends on how you plan it. The plethora of choices can make it daunting. Leave it on us to plan your New Zealand Tour Itinerary for a hassle-free vacation.
The South Island or Te Waipounamu, as it is officially called, is bigger of the two. The South Island is divided in its middle by the Southern Alps that run through the entire island from north to south like a vertebra.
This 500 kms of round-the-year snow-capped mountain range is a series of breath-taking scenic destinations. Feeding glaciers and crystal-clear water into the rivers, this alpine wonderland of rock, snow and land is a dream destination to be at. Once in the lifetime at the least.
Rolling down from the mountain range towards the sea on the eastern side of the South Island is the Canterbury plains. The city of Christchurch with its Christchurch Botanical Garden and the coastal village of Kaikoura with its whale watching tours are popular destinations this side of the alps. The city of Dunedin in the area is adored by the visitors looking for eco-adventures.
On the western side, the mountain ends into rough coastlines of the West Coast, the native bushes, the glaciers and the national parks. The fiords of Milford, Dusky and Doubtful Sounds are the famous inlets of the sea carved by the glaciers in the region.
Franz Josef glaciers here are the most easy-to-reach glacier in the world. The famous hiking track, the Milford Track in the Fiordland National Park, is an absolute favourite among the visitors in the area.
Up in the heart of the alps lies the tallest mountain of New Zealand, the Mount Cook, and the longest glacier in the country, the Tasman Glacier. They both form part of the Mount Cook National Park which is the mountaineering hot spot of the country.
The gateway to Mount Cook and to the whole of the southern alps is the city of Queenstown situated on the shores of Lake Wakatipu. The city’s location makes lovers of bungee jumping, mountain climbing and adventure sports flock to the place in droves. No wonder it is called the adventure capital of the world.
Towards the northernmost end of the South Island is the Tasman Bay overlooking the Abel Tasman Coast Track, a 51 kms hikers’ delight through one of the sunniest regions of the island.
The North Island, officially Te Ika-a-Maui, though smaller than the South Island, is more populous. It accounts for 77% of the New Zealand’s population that mostly live in the twelve urban centres including Auckland, Rotorua and Wellington.
Auckland, towards the north of the North Island, is the most populous city of New Zealand. A narrow strip of urban land surrounded by sea, it is spread between the volcanic hills on one side and the twin harbours on the other, making it an exciting mix of natural wonders and urban thrills.
Across Auckland, just a short ferry ride away is the Waiheke Island of the golden beaches and amazing vineyards. The Coromandel Peninsula with its pristine hot water beaches and native forests is an enticing invitation to a laid-back and calming day trip.
Further north to Auckland is the Bay of Islands with its astounding coastlines and wondrous forests.
Rotorua sits in the central part of North Island just 253 kms away from Auckland. The region is the hub of constant geo-thermal activities that has resulted in its exceptional landscapes, hot springs and waterfalls, hot lakes and pools and a plethora of unique flora and fauna.
Extending from the north-east to south-west of North Island is the 100 kms long semi-circular bay called the Hawke’s Bay, a delightfully alluring cycling and wine trail.
At the tail end of the North Island is Wellington, the capital city of the country, with its stunningly beautiful natural harbour and lush green hills dotted with colonial villas.
Give yourself a little indulgence you always deserved and set out on the journey through these amazing landscapes. And while you are at it, you can also add another fascinating country Australia to your pampering.
We at Flying Squirrel Holidays will make it an unforgettable experience with our customised Australia and New Zealand Tour Packages from India.
Culture vultures are drawn to the Auckland Art Gallery that also houses the New Zealand Historic Art Gallery and the Maori Portraiture Gallery.
Sea Life Kelly Tarlton’s Aquarium and Antarctic Encounter is a big hit with visitor families as well as the thrill addicts.
The aquarium houses thousands of marine animals including the stingrays, seahorses and sharks and are observed up-close from a tunnel walkway.
Enchanting sight of penguins at play is a favourite with the children. Adrenalin junkies are lured by the Shark Cage Snorkel.
Waitomo, a village in the Waikato region, has great appeal with tourists who throng the place for an amusing boat ride on underground river flowing through a network of underground caves including the unique glow-worms cave.
Waitomo region is also home to the extremely popular Hobbiton movie set of the Lord of the Rings fame.
The diverse and varied topography of New Zealand lends itself to offer a wide variety of activities centred around nature that visitors can enjoy.
An advanced, modern and developed nation with an amalgamation of cultures that date back thousands of years, it has much to offer in urban pleasures, arts, culture and cuisine too for you to feast upon.
Whether you want to relax lazily, or you want to hustle up thrills of extreme adventures, there is a whole gamut of activities for you to do.
The best part is that you can do most of those activities either from the comfort of an urban stay just thirty minutes away or a charming day trip.
Go for the thrill
If thrilling experience is what you are looking for, go Bungee Jumping from under Auckland Harbour Bridge; or for a more extreme thrill, from the Kawarau Bridge near Queenstown and drive your inner devils away.
Skydive in Queenstown or Wanaka from thousands of feet above and you will have an altogether different perspective of life and landscapes below. There are arrangements for first-timers to go step by step through the experience.
If you find bungy jumping or skydiving too extreme, go for jet boating which is suitable for all ages and fitness levels and available all through the year. Speed away and spin past marvellous cliffs and awe-inspiring landscapes for an experience of a lifetime in the Lake Taupo region.
Paragliding, rock climbing; mountain biking; there is so much to do.
For a saner adventure and outdoor experience, go for walking, hiking, skiing, trout fishing, whale watching and stargazing.
Getting to picturesque locations to enjoy the scenic splendour is your fascination? Reach Te Anau and leave for an afternoon cruise around stupendous fiords, marvellous waterfalls and stunning snow-covered mountain peaks of Milford Sound.
The entire region of Queenstown, Milford Sound, Lake Tekapo and the journey in between is a witness to nature’s grace and grandeur, calm and fury. Magical scenic beauty awaits at every point your legs and eyes can carry you to. Go archive it to a lifetime memory.
If reaching unspoiled lands excites you then go exploring the rugged West Coast. Heli ride to the top of the glacier and then take a guided walk down the Franz Josef and be overwhelmed by the magical site of glacier so close. Or go on a mountaineering track at Mount Cook.
For the gentler outing, go cycling the wine yards trail or just walk in the Fiordland National Park, Bay of Island or Tasman Bay.
If you are drawn to experiencing exotic cultures, then get acquainted with one that is thousands of years old. Get a fascinating introduction to Maori culture at a pre-European Maori village in Rotorua. Enjoy delicious Hangi feast listening to traditional music.
Be a gourmet
If you are enticed by culinary delights, the North Canterbury Food and Wine trail will let you in to delectable local flavours and excellent wines. You can also go relish the fully guided food and wine experience at the Hawke’s Bay.
Turn a wanderer
Go backpacking. Just about anywhere in New Zealand is a place to go camping and loafing. Seek shelter in the hideouts of the fascinating countryside and beyond.
And then you can just relax.
Put your feet up at the hot water beach of Coromandel and let all your urban fatigue dissipate.
Queenstown is not merely an adventure hub. It is quite a relaxing place to be. It is surrounded by a soothingly beautiful trail of scenic spots.
There is so much to do in New Zealand and would need professional help to decide where you need to go to find your own interests. We at Flying Squirrel Holidays are there to help you.
Auckland is the first city most international visitors arrive at before they fan out to different tourist destinations in the country. The city itself has several fun places to go to.
The Sky Tower Observatory Deck atop a 328-metres high building reached by a glass elevator and The Auckland Harbour Bridge guided climb are the two major attractions of the city. Tourists flock them for stunning views of the city, the harbours and the surrounding region. Thrill-seekers use them for sky-diving and bungee jumping.
A ferry ride away from Auckland is the Waiheke island in the Hauraki Gulf Marin Park, that beckon travellers with lovely beaches and easy walking trails through its vineyards.
Yachting, sailing and sport fishing are activities that have their own followers who flock to the Bay of Islands.
The claim to the popularity of Te Puia Thermal Reserve at Rotorua is its hot spring and steam clouds. Rainbow Springs Nature Park is a popular destination with wildlife lovers looking for a close acquaintance with the wildlife and a possible sighting of the kiwis. Many are enamoured by Agrodome Farms just to get an authentic farm experience of the New Zealanders.
Tourists love to congregate at The Church of the Good Shepherd just to take pictures of this world heritage site commemorating the early settlers. Lake Pukaki with its heavenly blue waters is another pretty picture most travellers can’t resist.
Among the most picturesque place in New Zealand that vacationers are attracted to is the Lake Tekapo in the McKenzie Basin. The intense milky-torque coloured lake in the backdrop of the magnificent southern alps is a bewitching site traveller want to be stored in the memory forever.
Aoraki/Mount Cook, the tallest mountain in New Zealand draws sightseers in droves for helicopter flights over the mountain or to simply watch the glaciers and snowy peaks under the starry sky.
A.J. Hackett Bungy Jump Site at Kawarau bridge is an ode to the New Zealanders zeal for the thrill and a must-go place for those seeking extreme adventure.
Tourists who look for a more leisurely way to enjoy the sublime sights of the alps around Queenstown take to cruise in the steamship over the beautiful Lake Wakatipu.
The cosy township of Te Anau, lying cuddled around the Lake Te Anau, is a picturesque base for the visitors to take a breath before they set on for the long walk of the Milford Sound.
Voyagers love to trudge the 53-kms expedition through the mountain passes, suspension bridges and boardwalks giving some of the most exhilarating views of the imposing mountains and misty valleys.
And how can anyone end her visit to the southern alps and not go to the Fox Glacier or Franz Glacier? Glaciers can be found elsewhere in the world, but they are mostly unapproachable. Fox and Franz glaciers are the most accessible in the world, reaching from the mountain almost to the sea level.
The TranzAlpline train ride from Greymouth in the west coast through the scenic alps and then through the Canterbury plains to Christchurch on the east coast is a popular tourist attraction.
Planning an itinerary can be a challenging exercise. It needs to be planned according to your area of interests, your purpose, duration and budgets. We have tour packages keeping this in mind which can be customised for you.
Here is a sample itinerary of New Zealand Tour Packages from India. This will be customised to suit your interests.
Day 1Our representative will pick you from the airport and transfer to the hotel where a sumptuous brunch awaits you. After a tiring flight, you will be taken for a leisurely outing to the city. You will visit the Auckland Art Gallery that also houses the New Zealand Historic Art Gallery and the Maori Portraiture Gallery. You can skip the visits and roam the city streets shopping. If you have an inclination, you can go base jumping at Sky Tower Observatory Deck or bungee jumping at The Auckland Harbour Bridge on your own. You will be left to do your own things in the evening. Dinner at the hotel.
Day 2After breakfast at the hotel, you will leave for a day trip by bus from Auckland around both sides of the Coromandel Peninsula. You can have a relaxing day at the hot water beach at Coromandel. Lunch at Coromandel. You can explore the township on your own or join a short ride to Whitianga and back. Return to Auckland in the evening for dinner and sleep at the hotel.
Day 3After breakfast at the hotel, you will leave for a day trip by bus to Bay of Islands covering a visit to historical Waitangi Treaty Grounds and the seaport of Russel. Explore a series of unique settlements, vineyards, cafes and gourmet shops. Return to the hotel for dinner and rest.
Day 4After breakfast at the hotel, you will leave for the city tour of Auckland. Visit Sea Life Kelly Tarltons Aquarium and Antarctic Encounter. The aquarium houses thousands of marine animals including the sharks. Enchanting sight of penguins at play. Its a fun place to be with children.
Day 5After an early breakfast, you will take a transfer by bus to Rotorua through the beautiful Waikato region and take a break at a small village Waitomo. After an early lunch, you will be guided to a wondrous boating tour on the underground river and witness an amazing network of underground caves. Your ride will take you to the magical glow-worm cave. You will then continue with your onward journey to Rotorua for the stay.
Day 6After breakfast, you will take the bus for another exciting day. Te Puia Thermal Reserve, Rainbow Springs Nature Park and Agrodome Farmhouse are the places you will visit. You will see the mud pools, the hot water springs and gushing steam; authentic life on a farmhouse and with a little luck may even sight the Kiwi.
Day 7Post breakfast, leave for the domestic flight from Rotorua to Christchurch, where you will spend the day doing your own things. You can go out shopping, at your own expense, or generally take a leisurely walk around the city. Christchurch Botanical Garden is a good place to explore. Rejuvenate yourself relaxing in the evening.
Day 8Now that you are rejuvenated, brace yourself for yet another long and eventful day. You will board your vehicle and depart for Queenstown. On the way you will be passing through the picturesque region of the charming Canterbury plains. You will make your first stop at Lake Tekapo. You will be stunned still at the Lake Tekapo by the sheer beauty of its milky-torque water in the backdrop of the snow-covered mountains and marvel at the splendour of nature. Go to The Church of the Good Shepherd nearby. Move on for your next stop at Mount Cook, the highest mountain of New Zealand and submerge yourself in its glorious beauty. Your vehicle will move south driving on the shores of the picture-perfect sights of Lake Pukaki. Pass through the historic Central Otago region to reach your hotel at Queenstown.
Day 9Snow-capped peaks, crystal clear blue-water lakes and mountains wrapped in dense foliage is a heady mix of awe-inspiring sight waiting to be explored at Milford Sound. Rush through your breakfast and jump on to your vehicle that will follow the southern arm of the Lake Wakatipu to reach there. On the way you will pass the glacial lake, the Lake Te Anau to reach Milford Sound. Spend the day surrounded by enchanting sites and taking beautiful pictures and return to the hotel in the evening.
Day 10After breakfast, you will be on your own to do your own things at the adventure capital of New Zealand. Go bungee jumping at A.J. Hackett Bungy Jump Site at Kawarau bridge, or go jetboating, rafting, gondola rides or a myriad other adventure activity available there.
Day 11Next you will be going to Franz Josef. Have a good breakfast, check-out from the hotel and hop on to your shared vehicle. You will take a stop at the Lake Wanaka. Be enthralled by the lake's beauty with the imposing Southern Alps as its background. Continue driving through the magnificent mountain ranges, forests and the glacier region to reach Franz Josef Glacier. Be thrilled by the sight of glacier so close. Head to your hotel for rest at the town of Franz Josef.
Day 12Post breakfast, you will be boarding the TranzAlpline train to return to Christchurch. It's a magnificent journey climbing through the lush forests and alpine villages and crossing the gorgeous Southern Alps. You will ride through the Canterbury plains and reach Christchurch. The ever-changing landscapes on the way is startling and insists to be captured in images. Rest at Christchurch.
Departure DayAfter a sumptuous brunch get ready for the transfer to the Christchurch Airport for your flight back home with memories for a lifetime.
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Cost of a trip depends on various factors like destinations, duration, class of travel and stay, and inclusions. We customise your tour best suited to your interests and budgets.
How far is New Zealand from India?
12,310 kms is the distance between Mumbai and Auckland.
How much is the New Zealand visa fees?
Visitor visa and immigration fees are NZ$ 170 and 14 respectively.
Group visitor visa and immigration fees are NZ$ 85 and 10 respectively.
What is the cheapest month to fly to New Zealand?
Currently, June is the cheapest and December the costliest months to fly to New Zealand but it varies depending on multiple factors. Planning ahead is always helpful.
What are the months or best time to visit New Zealand?
December to February is summer time and best suited to visit New Zealand.
Do you have a New Zealand Honeymoon Package Tour from India?
Yes, we have New Zealand Honeymoon Package Tour from India and we customise our tour packages according to the visitors’ need.
Do you have a Holiday Package to New Zealand from India?
Yes, we have many holiday packages to New Zealand from India of short and long durations and we customise them according to the need of the visitors.
New Zealand. A land of snow-covered mountains and lush green plains, of volcanos and ice-glaciers, of beautiful beaches and rugged coastlines; is one of the most picturesque countries of the world. A modern advanced society living in an embrace with the culture that is thousands of years old. A must-visit destination. Plan your holiday with our New Zealand Tour Packages from India.
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