New Zealand

New Zealand - Travel Directory
New Zealand is famous for its awe-inspiring beauty and breathtaking scenery.

Our diverse and dramatic landscapes form the background for sophisticated and energetic cosmopolitan cities that each has a unique sense of culture and history. Beyond these cities you will discover small towns that will surprise you with their charm and limitless vacation activities. Find a spa tucked away in an alpine village or stroll through a private vineyard before enjoying cuisines that have found their way to New Zealand from every corner of the globe.

The North Island offers subtropical forests, thermal geysers and golden beaches, whilst in the South Island you will find mountainous peaks, majestic fiords, ancient glaciers and tranquil countryside.

Southern World will introduce you to our country's very special cultural heritage. Our people are renowned for their genuine warmth and friendliness. Give your clients the opportunity to sample this by booking a New Zealand family homestay or farmstay.

No other country in the world has so much to see - so much to do - all in such a small area. Our clean, green environment is an outdoor activity paradise, from bush treks and whale watching to cycle touring and bungy jumping.

Whether you explore by car, four-wheel drive, coach or boat; uncommonly beautiful places can be discovered in every region of the country whilst all the time, Southern World's dedicated Customer Service Managers ensure superior levels of customer support and welfare whilst in destination. We spend the time to ensure our clients feel welcomed and have the facilities available to contact any of our offices 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days of the year.

Allow Southern World to provide you with the best service, idea's, pricing and support and your clients with creative, innovative itineraries that become holidays of a lifetime.

The Southern World Group has its roots in New Zealand and our two offices in Auckland and Christchurch have the country well covered. Martin Horgan heads the local operation and both offices are well established with experienced destination specialists. Our dedication to service and quality is combined with destination knowledge that is second to none and our staff takes great pride to showcase the best of New Zealand so that our clients have an unforgettable stay in our unique land.

Follow your heart, and keep your camera loaded. It's all here waiting for you!

New Zealand has a mild, temperate climate making it, like Australia, a year-round destination. Our temperatures range from 40° - 60°F during winter (June to August) and from 60° - 85°F during summer (December to March). This means lots of sunshine for water-based activities in summer and snow on the mountains in winter providing world class skiing.

Top ten things to do in New Zealand:
  1. Cruise on Auckland harbour
  2. See bubbling mudpools and geysers in Rotorua
  3. Try blackwater rafting or abseiling into spectacular caves
  4. Sample NZ's great wine and gourmet food at a vineyard
  5. Take a thrilling jetboat ride
  6. Walk on Fox Glacier
  7. Swim with the dolphins and see the whales
  8. Soak in thermal pools
  9. Lord of the Rings four wheel drive tour
  10. Take a wildlife cruise on Milford Sound or Otago Peninsula
A Few Facts:
  • Population: Around 4 million people live in our country, which is roughly the size of California, Britain or Japan.
  • Time Zone: New Zealand is 12 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time. Daylight Saving Time (an advance of 1 hour per day) is observed from early October to late March.
  • Electricity: 220 - 240 volts AC is the standard. Outlets for 110 volts for electric razors are usually supplied in hotels.
  • Tipping: New Zealanders do not depend on tips or gratuities for their income, and tips are not expected for normal service. However, tipping in appreciation of extra-special service is at the discretion of the visitor.
  • Goods and Services Tax: A government tax (currently 15%) is applied to all goods and services supplied in New Zealand.