Tucked away on the far corner of the globe, New Zealand may seem at times more like the setting for a fantasy novel than an actual, real country. But, believe us, it is real — and oh so incredible to visit. For a destination so far away, mystery may shroud much of the experience. You might be asking yourself: How do I get there? Are the people friendly? Do they drive on the other side of the road? No need to fret! (But they do drive on the other side of the road). For everything else, our bare essentials, need-to-know New Zealand travel trips should do the trick.
Getting to this enchanted landscape on the other side of the globe is now more straightforward than ever. With more direct flights from North America arriving in 2020, it’s now possible to get here from many major airports covering each of the time zones in the U.S. without ever having to deal with dreaded layovers or connecting flights. You’re only ever one sleep away from the Land of the Long White Cloud.
Ever found yourself turned around when attempting to navigate a new place? Or utterly flummoxed as to what delectable cuisine you should try? There’s no shame in it — it’s foreign to you, after all. Thankfully enough, New Zealand is a nation of naturally hospitable people — their easygoing nature and respect for others are pillars of the nation’s identity. Their campaign to wish the entire world good morning is some good-hearted proof of the mindset.
Or, for a consolidated hub for asking locals what’s what, seek out an i-SITE. Think of these kiosks as formal one-stop-shops for everything you’d want to know about where you are, as told by a local expert. And with a network of 80 i-SITEs nationwide, every town — whether you’re in Auckland, Wellington or Queenstown — is very likely to have one.
But, saving the best for last, consider exploring New Zealand with the help of a local guide. Whether you’re perusing the open countryside, kiwi-spotting, visiting a marae or watching a rugby game, no doubt a local would be more than happy to make sure nothing gets lost in translation.
As straightforward as the flight may be and as friendly as the locals are, you can’t count on just those two factors alone for an otherworldly experience — that’s where our travel agents come in. Besides offering a cache of travel-industry advice you didn’t know existed, their professional relationships throughout the world unlock exclusive perks and amenities that you’ll never want to pass up again — especially with regards to our New Zealand specialists. These travel agents have acquired in-depth training as well as firsthand experience to earn certified gold status; a standard of excellence you’ll certainly notice when it comes to planning your trip.