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*(Please note that Wildsouth Discovery offers a small group – the West Coaster Discovery Tour which includes 3 to 4 star accommodations)
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New Zealand is much larger than many people realise. It's slightly larger than the UK and about the same size as California. On top of this is the fact that the country is split into 3 main islands and the roads are generally narrow and windy when compared to other places in the world. To comfortably visit both North and South Islands by a road tour, you will need at least 14 days. This time can be reduced if you include some longer drives or if you decide to fly between destinations (for example, from Rotorua to Christchurch).
From our experience and as a general guide, the following are examples of what can be achieved…
There is actually a lot of variety to see in New Zealand and South Island. The diversity of the landscapes is a real feature and truly amazing. Depending on the tour you will probably experience...
Wildsouth Discovery offer tours that are exclusive, personally guided, bespoke small group tours for groups of up to 10 guests. They are generally inclusive of guided walks although tours are offered without walks. The personalisation means that you get a variety of extras not possible on a coach tour. For example, you get to stop at any stage for scenic sights or photographs or where we stop for lunch and the picnic morning and afternoon teas are a delightful addition (usually made at a beautiful location).
The wilderness aspect means you get to go to places and go along roads that coaches do not and cannot go. Your guides converse with you rather than talk at you and will answer all your questions and explain in as much detail or as little as you would like.
We also know of some special secret places which other tour operators and coach tours do not.
As a general rule, "travelling" days include a range of short walks ranging from 5 minutes up to a couple of hours. Longer walks can be made when we stay at a particular location for two nights or more.
If you are not much of a walker, then the tour can be varied accordingly. With our exclusive private tours and tailor made tours, walks and activities can be included to suit the guest's own personal wishes.
We normally stay at the best accommodation venues available in the region. Generally, we incorporate 4 to 5 star accommodations and tend to stay away from the larger hotels (although this is sometimes not possible). The accommodation can certainly be varied to suit any particular wish that you may have.
* (please note that Wildsouth Discovery offers a small group – the West Coaster Discovery Tour which includes 3 to 4 star accommodations)
Most visitors to New Zealand do not require a visa to enter New Zealand for the purpose of a holiday or vacation, or under the visa waiver program. Please check the New Zealand Immigration website here.
If you do need a visa to visit New Zealand, please contact your nearest New Zealand consulate in your home country.
Please Note - nearly all visitors to Australia require a visa to enter, even if you only transit. It is the responsibility of the travel agent or airline to advise you of this requirement but please make sure you ask about this if you know you are travelling via Australia.
As we include guided walks on our tours, it is advisable to bring along sturdy walking shoes or boots. Due to the weather possibly producing "4 seasons in one day", we also suggest that you bring along a wind proof jacket and clothes suitable for cooler weather. On the longer tours, it is definitely advisable to bring along a rain-proof jacket as we usually include a rainforest walk.
New Zealand is an informal country and so strict dress codes are rare. Comfort and practicality is the key as New Zealand is a very relaxed destination. Open collared shirts for men are a good idea as some of the locations where we could stop for evening meals have what we call a neat-casual dress standard.
Bring clothes that travel well and can be added and removed in layers to adjust to the conditions. Cotton and wool are best and of course make sure it is New Zealand merino wool so you don't offend our 40 million sheep.
Flat soled shoes for walking. Solid hiking boots are generally excessive however light weight hiking boots are good. A hat is also suggested as the sun can be intense here in New Zealand.
A rain / windproof proof jacket is advisable as our weather conditions change regularly, even in the height of summer. If your tour includes a trip to Fiordland National Park (Milford or Doubtful Sound) or the West Coast Glaciers, then there is a strong possibility of rain. These are amongst some of the wettest places on earth and this is also what makes them so special.
New Zealand operates on a 240 volt system and most cameras, phones, laptops and electronics are dual voltage but you may want to bring a voltage adapter just in case. Most accommodations have hairdryers but If you need to use one every day, please check with us to make sure that each property provide them.
If you have specific medication that you need to bring with you, bring enough with you for the length of your visit as some medication may not be available in New Zealand. Do make sure that you bring a copy of your prescription or a letter from your prescribing doctor, for Customs purposes.
New Zealand has the ACC (Accident Compensation Corporation) and ACC is an organisation that provides 24 hour, seven day a week injury cover for everyone in New Zealand, including visitors. If you are injured during your visit to New Zealand, you may be able to receive a range of help from ACC and this includes help to pay your treatment costs. Please check www.acc.co.nz for more information.
However, we strongly recommend that you purchase travel insurance at the same time you book your tour and flights. In the event of having to make a claim, this will make dealing with your claim that much easier when you return home. There are many possible circumstances that could cause you to cancel or change your trip, such as illness or family reasons. Having insurance cover which has cancellation and interruption cover is also wise.
Unfortunately, no. All goods and services purchased while you are here in New Zealand are liable for all local taxes (all prices in New Zealand must by law include taxes).
However, some stores will post your purchases (at your cost) which will negate the GST charge. Stores which have a duty free agreement will be able to sell you items without duty and GST applied and then these are likely to be sent to airports or directly to your home overseas to collect. Usually this is only possible on larger or higher value items.
The following dates are indicative of school holidays but may vary by a few days from school to school...