New Zealand is a country in the southwestern Pacific Ocean and is made up of two islands. The abode of peace and ancient rock formations, the country attracts visitors from around the world. The cities to visit include Christchurch, Auckland, Queenstown and the capital-city of Wellington. Be it the local food or wines, or the friendly and welcoming nature of the locals, the jaw-dropping views of Mt. Victoria at Wellington or the world class shopping opportunities - New Zealand has something for everyone.
Best Time to Visit
Visit New Zealand between the months of December and February. It is the period of summer in the Southern Hemisphere. The temperature during the day usually stays below 30 degrees Celsius. Spend Christmas at the outdoor venues of Wellington and make memories of a lifetime.
How To Get There
Major cities in New Zealand are served by international airports which connect it to the world. However, Indian cities like Mumbai, Bangalore, New Delhi, Kolkata and Jaipur do not have direct flights to New Zealand. For your convenience, several international airlines like Air India, Jet Airways
, British Airways, Emirates, Lufthansa
, Malaysian Airlines, Thai Airways
International and Etihad Airways have indirect flights from Bangalore to Wellington - the capital city. Over 1,000 hopping flights connect to Wellington from Bangalore every week.
Places to Stay
There are hotels in Wellington, Auckland, Christchurch and every other destination in New Zealand to suit every budget. The hotel rent per night at Wellington depends upon your choice of accommodation and time of reservation. It could range from about Rs. 3,000 to Rs. 23,000.
Visit the vineyards to savour the local wines at Blenheim. You will not be disappointed. The “Home of Middle-Earth’ is how New Zealand is recognised the world over, ever since the movie the ’The Lord of the Rings’ was filmed here. The Hobbiton Movie Set Tour will show you the place. Spend an afternoon on the black sand beach of Piha at Auckland. At Wellington, the cable car ride offers spectacular views of the city and the harbour. It will take you to the top of the Botanic Garden. To view the Fox and Franz Josef Glacier, tour Hokitika.
Shopping in New Zealand
If you want to shop, you have come to the right place. Head to Queens Street at Auckland for shopping at the top boutiques. The Victoria and Featherstone Streets at Wellington are dotted with stores which sell vintage goods, locally designed products etc. The Riccarton Market at Christchurch comes alive every Sunday. Tour it, to view the local art and craft. The Bay Shopping Center and the Chartwell Shopping Center are the malls to visit for designer goods.
The local cuisine is partial towards seafood as the country is surrounded with long coastlines. Try the fish and chips, prepared from the freshest catch. Roast Lamb is another Kiwi favorite. The ‘Maori’ style of cooking is special to the region. Food is wrapped up in leaves and buried underground, to be cooked with geothermal heat. It cooks both meat and vegetables. Cheese and wines also accompany meals. Desserts are laden with local berries and the Pavlova is loved by all.
For cheap air-tickets to New Zealand, download the Yatra app on your smartphone. The lowest fare-finder option will help you find cheap air-tickets
. The flight schedules of airlines are also available on Yatra.