Destination Guide - New Zealand
One of the most diverse landscapes on earth can be found in New Zealand: on the North Island the geothermal area of Rotorua – situated on New Zealand’s volcanic plateau – attracts visitors to its mud baths and hot springs. By contrast, the South Island is flanked by arctic glaciers. New Zealanders embrace their natural surroundings in adventurous ways, including bungy jumping, jet boating, skiing, sky diving and zorbing (rolling down a hill in a giant clear ball). On solid ground, sample wine in Marlborough or Waipara. For city action, visit Auckland, Christchurch and Wellington. Queenstown is the doorway to some great snow, eh bro.
Average temperatures in summer (December to February) are approximately 25°C. In Winter (June to August) temperatures average 10-13 °C. Temperatures are usually a few degrees lower on the South Island. It gets cold enough for snow in the Queenstown region during winter.
Getting there and around
InterCity buses operate on both the North Island and South Island. Car hire is an economical option, especially for exploring multiple cities. Ferries are a great scenic option.
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