Planning your trip

Before you get here

As we are not a travel agency unfortunately we cannot book flights for your trip, we are however always keen to try and help our clients find great deals.  Get in touch and let us know where you reside and when your travel window to NZ is and we'll let you know what we can find!  Some useful airlines to shop around are below;

All visitors to New Zealand must carry a passport that is valid for at least three months beyond the date you intend to leave the country.
Visitors from most of the world including Europe and the United States who intend to stay for less than three months do not require a visa. If you want to stay longer than three months, or your country of origin does not have a visa waiver agreement with New Zealand, then you will need to apply for a Visitor's Visa. Click on the following link to see the New Zealand Immigration's official "Guide to Visiting New Zealand".


For the latest travel information regarding entering New Zealand in relation to Covid-19 please click here.

Prior to Covid-19 the World Health Organization advised that there are no specific vaccination requirements for any international travellers visiting New Zealand, however make sure you are up-to-date on routine vaccines before every trip. These vaccines include measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine, diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis vaccine, varicella (chickenpox) vaccine, polio vaccine, and your yearly flu shot.


Travel insurance is essential for all Adventure Junkies trips.
Insurance must indicate that you have cover for at least medical expenses and emergency repatriation.  Please ensure that your insurance covers you for all activities included on your trip.
World Nomads provide excellent insurance for customers all round the world and can be found at: 

About the trips

We operate tours throughout the year and have four fairly distinct seasons;
Spring: September - November
Summer: December - February
Autumn: March - May
Winter: June - August

Being a long narrow country surrounded by the ocean, New Zealand's climate can be unpredictable at times. During October to April when we conduct our extended South Island tours the maximum daily temperatures are generally between 20-30 degrees Celsius or 68-85 degrees Fahrenheit.  During the Summer we have particularly long days, sunrise can be as early as 5am and sunset at around 10pm. Because of the clear, unpolluted atmosphere and relatively low latitudes sunlight is stronger than much of Europe or North America, as a result people generally burn quicker than at home.
If you are coming to Queenstown for a Winter snow trip then you can expect maximum daily temperatures to be between 4 - 11 degrees Celcius or 40-52 degrees Fahrenheit with July being the coldest month.  Like many places in the World snowfall can vary greatly from one season to the next, however July and August are typically the best months for good Winter snow conditions.

We do not have a Single surcharge as we have many solo travellers joining our extended South Island tours.  Tour prices are however based on Twin/Dbl ensuite accommodation which see's same gender solo travellers twinned throughout the tour. where available.  If you would like to guarantee your own private ensuite accommodation throughout the tour you can request an upgrade priced at $850 NZD

Our extended 10 day South Island tours operate with a minimum of 4 and a maximum of 10 travellers for a premium New Zealand adventure tour experience. 
All of our other published packages including Bike, Snow and Family trips operate for private groups and family bookings, and any specific minimums and maximums are indicated on each trip page.

Our extended South Island adventure tours have multiple scheduled seasonal departures, and these dates can be found in the calendar on each trip page.

All of our other published packages including Bike, Snow and Family tours operate on demand for private group and family bookings.  Each trip page indicates the months in which it is available along with any minimum and maximum numbers.  

Private tours are available year round for couples as well as small and large groups.  Contact us with your enquiry on info@adventurejunkies.com

Centrally located, Double and Twin ensuite studio apartment style accommodation with modern furnishings will be provided as a minimum for all of our tours and packages.  We choose accommodation carefully for your comfort and convenience and to make sure you are well rested for your next adventures.  Some examples of our accommodations can be found here;

Our snow packages include accommodation at a warm and cosy boutique hotel in central Queenstown https://brownshotel.co.nz/

Our included meals will always offer superb quality and lots of choice, in fact it's likely that you will enjoy food on our trips more than you have ever done on any organised trip before!

A full menu is always available and we will take you to our favourite, cafes, restaurants, country pubs, burger bars and local eateries.  You will definitely eat well and we enjoy a great deal of praise for our culinary inclusions.

About New Zealand

New Zealand (Aotearoa) is a Southwestern Pacific Island nation that lies approximately 1500km southeast of Australia between latitudes 34 degrees south and 47 degrees south.  It is a long and narrow country that is comprised of two major islands; the North Island and the South Island.

The North Island is home to the capital city of Wellington and the largest city of Auckland which also serves as the main gateway into the country.  The North Island has a `spine’ of mountain ranges running through the middle with gentle rolling farmland on either side. The central North Island is dominated by the Volcanic Plateau, an active volcanic and thermal area. 

The mountainous South Island is the larger land mass and is divided along it length by the Southern Alps which are the `backbone’ of the island and caused by the meeting of the Australian and Pacific plates.
The South Island is spectacular in nature and home to Aoraki Mt Cook, New Zealand highest mountain (3,724m) plus numerous glaciers, deep fiords, and braided rivers which attract visitors to New Zealand from all over the world to experience it’s incredible year round adventure and nature.

New Zealand was settled by Maori people who voyaged great distances across the Pacific Ocean in small ocean-going canoes and became the first inhabitants of Aotearoa New Zealand, some 400 years prior to European exploration and settlement.  The rich Maori culture is a core part of New Zealand’s identity to this day.
The people of New Zealand, or Kiwi’s, are friendly and down to earth in nature and are made up of Maori, European, Pacific and Asian cultures and heritage.  

The land mass of New Zealand is comparable in size to the United Kingdom, Japan or the state of California in the USA and has a population of roughly 4.9 Million people.

New Zealand Dollars (NZD) are the currency here in New Zealand.  You can find out live market exchange rates at xe.com

New Zealand is 12 hours ahead of GMT (Greenwich Mean Time).  In Summer, New Zealand time uses 'Daylight Saving', with clocks put forward one hour to GMT+13. Daylight Saving begins on the last Sunday in September and ends on the first Sunday of the following April, when clocks are put back to GMT+12.  Click here for the time in New Zealand right now.
We are one of the first countries in the world to see in the New Year.

Travel to New Zealand can involve crossing the International Date Line so please pay attention to this when making your flight arrangements.

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