On a map, New Zealand seems to be a tiny island effectively separated from the rest of the world. This is not at all true. There are flights from Europe, United States and Asia to Auckland and Christ Church. People travelling to New Zealand often find that New Zealand is a pleasantly different place. The people in New Zealand are very friendly. They speak English and have food similar to North America.
The climate in New Zealand
New Zealand lies in the Southern Hemisphere and hence has winter during the months of June and July and summer during the months of December and January. New Zealand can be visited any time of the year but the best times are April and October.
Travelling with kids
The first exciting thing about taking kids to New Zealand is that they do not have to endure hours of exhibitions, museum tours and presentations. New Zealand is famous for its adventures and outdoor activities that involve children. New Zealand offers spectacular mountains, glaciers, mud pools, volcanoes, beaches, fjords, lakes and many more. Diverse landmarks and attractions enthrall the visitors.
New Zealand is synonymous with bungee jumping. Other outdoor activities that are available are skiing, rafting, mountain climbing, jet boat riding, exploring glaciers, sheep shearing, hiking and soaking in natural hot springs. Kids would love these as kids above three years of age can participate in rafting while kids above ten years of age can go for bungee jumping. To ride rapids, a kid must be over thirteen years of age. This is a treat for the younger members of the family.
Staying during the trip
There are motor homes and cars that are available on a self drive basis. They are affordable and flexible for the entire family. The best way to experience living in New Zealand is through a farm stay. Living in a self sustained cottage near farms that grow fruits and vegetables is a different experience. Guests can involve themselves with horse riding, farm tours and shearing of sheep. This kind of a stay is a relaxing stay as most people do not have such an experience anywhere else.