Quick Guide to New Zealand: The home of Bilbo Baggins, Kiwi barbie and wine-tasting on Waiheke Island

2018-11-13 15:34
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6 Guide essentials + Things you should know:

  • 1. Visa requirement – Visa required for South African passport holders. Find info here.  
  • 3. Key Airport hub - Auckland International Airport
  • 4. Peak Season - The summer months from December to February
  • 5. Language - English, Maori and NZ sign language
  • 6. Time-zone - (GMT+13)

Top Cities

  • Auckland
  • Queenstown
  • Wellington
  • Christchurch
  • New Plymouth

Top Attractions

  • Auckland
  • Abel Tasman National Park
  • Hobbiton
  • Milford Sound
  • Bay of Islands

What to do

  • Explore the home of Bilbo Baggins, The Shire, in Hobbiton
  • Do some adventure sports in Queenstown

What to eat

  • Hokey Pokey (creamy vanilla ice cream with pieces of honeycomb)
  • Paua (the Maori word for abalone)
  • Roast lamb

Destination drawcards

  • Incredible landscapes
  • Adventure activities
  • Modern, cosmopolitan cities and towns
  • Fascinating blend of European and Maori culture

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Cultural highlights

  • Maori culture and tradition
  • Modern art, contemporary architecture
  • European heritage 

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