New Zealand is one of the best places to visit this time of year. While the rest of us are struggling with colds, they’re in the middle of their summer. There’s also a number of must-see attractions, so you’ll have plenty to see and do while you’re there. Here’s what you need to know before you book your trip.
When is the Best Time of the Year to Visit
While New Zealand has a mostly temperate climate, you may be more susceptible to sunburn than back home because the UV rays from the sun are much stronger here. It’s also worth noting that the temperature will decrease the further south you travel.
The coldest month of the year is usually July, where temperatures range from 50-60°F, while the warmest months are typically between January or February, where temperatures range between 70-90°F. Similarly, many parts of the country, especially in the upper North Island, have high humidity all year round. This can have the effect of making it feel warmer in summer or cooler in winter than it actually is.
How Can You Make Your Money Go Further
One of the biggest downsides to New Zealand is that it’s relatively expensive. For a three-course meal at a mid-range restaurant, expect to pay around NZD per person. Tipping is not customary like it is in the States, but it is at the customer’s discretion.
While food and drink may cost more than back home, transportation costs around the country are very reasonable. This means you might not need to rent out a car unless you plan to take long trips quite regularly. If you're stuck for things to do, Round the World Experts have a number of ready-made itineraries, as well as the option of creating your own, custom-made experience.
Make Sure You Budget for Additional Activities
When compared to neighboring Australia, the islands that make up New Zealand are actually quite small. That doesn’t mean there isn’t plenty to do and see though. Activities, and outdoor activities especially, are a huge part of any visit here. While prices vary depending on how large your party is, you should expect these to be the biggest expense of your trip and budget accordingly.
Some of the essential experiences include hiking the Franz Josef Glacier, visiting the Nga Manu Nature Reserve in Waikanae, and seeing some of the locations that they used to create Middle-Earth in the Lord of the Rings movies.