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Majestic glaciers, staggering mountains, bubbling hot-springs, rich culture and adrenalin-pumping activities; New Zealand is truly an incredible destination that should be added to your bucket-list right away!

Welcome to New Zealand! A trip to New Zealand is a trip you will never forget! Home to some of the most breath-taking natural landscapes in the world, New Zealand truly is an incredible destination to add to your bucket list. From adrenalin-pumping activities to authentic Maori culture, from world-class food & wine to top-quality ski resorts. This incredible destination offers something for every style of traveler, whether you are looking for a self-drive getaway, a thrill-seeking adventure or even a world-class culinary experience; New Zealand has something for you!

Here at Entire Travel Group, our goal is to save you time and offer the “best of the best” holiday experiences possible. We have teamed up with our local hand-picked suppliers and have built a range of holiday experiences that we know you will love!

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When to visit

New Zealand has something special to offer every month of the year - there is never a bad time to travel to New Zealand! It just comes down to what is it that you are after from your holiday; whether it may be hiking, skiing, less crowds, access to lots of adrenalin sports or seeing the spring blossoms or autumn foliage. We have made it easier for you by breaking it down to what each season offers:

Summer Months:  December to February

Average temperature 21-25°C

Travelling during these summer months will give you some of the best weather, it’s a great time to visit beaches and to participate in outdoor activities such as hiking & kayaking. It’s also the busiest season as the locals are on holidays and so are international tourists, this results in higher prices and crowds. You should plan to book well in advance if you wish to travel in the summer months.

December is the optimal time for penguin viewing in the South.

Autumn Months:  March to May

Average temperature 17-21°C

Autumn is the best time for hiking as temperatures are starting to cool down however the days are still long. Locals have gone back to work, so the trails aren’t as crowded. During this time of the year, you will see the leaves changing into the stunning autumn foliage; the bright orange, yellow and red hues are a beautiful sight. This is also a great time for Self-Driving holidays as the roads are less busy (around the Easter Holidays of course). March is when many vineyards see an abundance of lush grapes, so it makes for the perfect time for some wine tasting – keep in mind it can be the wettest month of the year.

May is when the temperatures really start to drop so make sure to remember to pack some more layers.

Winter Months: June to August

Average temperature 12-16°C

The ski season usually runs from June through to the first week of October and attracts lots of keen and beginner skiers. Once you get away from the mountain areas, the winters are relatively short and mild. There will be many days or nights where you will have clear, crisp skies. Driving throughout the high country can be hazardous due to the snow, however the snow rarely makes it down to the lowlands. The North Island tends to see more rainfall during the winter months than the South Island.

There’s also plenty of festivals to keep you busy during this season.

Spring Months: September to November

Average temperature 16-19°C

New Zealand during the spring months is in full bloom; hiking and outdoor activities become popular again as temperatures start to warm up. The white peaks are still visible on the mountain tops, creating the picture-perfect backdrop to any photo. For adventure seekers, this is the perfect time for whitewater rafting as the snow is melting from the mountains, which creates strong and high rivers.

September is New Zealand’s windiest month so make sure to pack and windproof jacket!

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Official language
English, Māori and New Zealand Sign Language
Local currency
New Zealand Dollar (NZD)
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People and Culture

The population of New Zealand is made up of a range of backgrounds, such as European descent, indigenous Māori, Asian and non-Māori Pacific Islanders. Over three-quarters of the population live in the North Island, with one-third of the populartion living in Auckland. 

New Zealanders (in other words Kiwis) are very friendly and down-to-earth people. They embrace the spirit of "Manaakitanga" which is an indigenous Māori word that translates to hospitality. It is a way that travellers are made to feel welcome when visiting New Zealand, no matter who they are of where they are from.

New Zealand's indigenous Māori people have a unique and fascinating language and culture, which plays a huge role in New Zealand life. Their culture is a very central part of life in New Zealand and it includes Māori food, language, and customs.

You should experience Māori culture by visiting a Marae (which is a sacred communal meeting space). During a visit to a Marae, you will hear Māori speeches & songs, will greet locals with a hongi (pressing of the noses) and enjoy a hāngi (feast cooked in earth ovens). It's a great way to truly immerse yourself into a different culture. 

Driving in New Zealand

Driving in New Zealand is a very popular way to explore this beautiful country! We wanted to point out some important facts about driving in New Zealand:

  • To drive in New Zealand, you must hold a valid driving licence. If your licence is not in English, you must bring an English translation or obtain an International Driving Licence.
  • New Zealand drivers, drive on the left-hand side of the road and give way to the right.
  • The speed limit is 100km/h on the open road and 50km/h in urban areas.
  • Fuel is usually 30-40% more expensive than diesel, if you have the choice, we would recommend hiring a diesel vehicle – even if it costs more initially as it will likely save you money in the long run.
  • It can take longer than expected to drive around New Zealand, especially at certain times of the year when there are more tourists or when there are many logging trucks around.
  • There is a free tourist driving quiz that most large rental companies recommend tourists to complete before driving in New Zealand, this helps you understand the road rules that may be different to that of your home country.  

 

Weather in New Zealand

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Flying to New Zealand

Flying to New Zealand

New Zealand is a short and easy flight from Australia. Direct flights depart from Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Adelaide, the Sunshine Coast and the Gold Coast! Many of these flights land in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Queenstown. Domestic services connect Auckland airport with a number of other airports in New Zealand.

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FAQs

Who are Entire Travel Group?

Entire Travel Group is celebrating 50 years of passionately delivering unique and memorable travel experiences. We are an Australian, family owned, award winning business, with a friendly team ready to match your expectations to the perfect holiday package.

Entire Travel Group used to be known by the individual brands shown in the footer of the website. The company has not changed, but we have amalgamated under one brand - Entire Travel Group.

For more details please visit - About Us | Entire Travel Group

What are Entire Travel Group famous for?

Well, put simply - we’re famous for building things. We offer an exclusive range of pre-designed, purpose-built, independent holiday packages full of unique and memorable experiences. The packages are delivered by our global network of handpicked suppliers, who also provide on ground travel support to our clients.

Is Entire Travel Group Australian owned and operated?

Entire Travel Group is proudly Australian family owned and operated and as it stands today represents 50 years of experience, progress, and evolution. We proudly support the community with our long-term commitment to many important charity organisations. We were awarded the best operator in our class at the most recent National Travel Industry Awards.

Is Entire Travel Group industry accredited?

Entire Travel Group is ATAS Accredited. ATAS, which stands for AFTA Travel Accreditation Scheme is administered by the Australian Federation of Travel Agents (AFTA). AFTA is the industry body for the Australian retail travel industry. We are also a registered member of the Council of Australian Tour Operators (CATO).

Does Entire Travel Group have industry awards?

Entire Travel Group was awarded “Best Specialty Wholesaler” at the 2019 National Travel Industry Awards (NTIA), which are held annually by the Australian Federation of Travel Agents (AFTA).

The awards recognise quality and excellence in the Australian travel industry. We were extremely honoured to receive this recognition and we will continue to deliver the best service and value to our customers.

Are the Entire Travel Group holiday packages exclusive?

In some cases, we are the sole representative in Australia for the overseas travel operator. In other circumstances the product developed has been exclusively built for Entire Travel Group and can’t be found elsewhere.

What’s unique about Entire Travel Group Holiday Packages?
  • They are not group tours with set departures - they are pre-designed, purpose built, independent holiday packages full of unique and memorable experiences.
  • Our holiday packages have been exclusively built for us in collaboration with our handpicked suppliers, who also offer full on-ground support for the clients.
  • We are offering unique travel experiences which cannot be found elsewhere.
  • Many packages include our “Freedom of Choice” options which allow you to tailor the holiday experience. Like a sommelier matching wine to a meal, we have used our experience to carefully select and offer the right experiences in each location.
  • They include our Peace of Mind Booking Plan.
  • A wide selection of our packages are compliant with the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) Covid Safe Travels.
What is an independent holiday package?

Our motto for Independent Holiday Packages is start your holiday when and with who you want!

Our Independent Holiday Packages are NOT group tours with set departure dates. Group Tours have specific set departure dates, and of course, you are travelling with unknown passengers in a coach. These tours are great for certain travellers and there are many reputable tour operators providing a wide range of options around the world.

At Entire Travel Group, our focus is Independent Holiday Packages. Available daily, they are pre-designed, purpose built, packaged itineraries full of memorable experiences delivered by our hand-picked local partners.

Our holidays suit every demographic, from couples to singles, to retirees to families and everyone else in between.

Why travel with Entire Travel Group?

Of all the attributes Entire Travel Group offer - we have settled on “Experience” as the one quality we believe adds the most value to our customers. That’s how our tagline “When Experience Matters” came to life and encapsulates our business in three words, as experience does matter!

We have been operating for many years and have the experience to determine what sightseeing, duration and accommodation style makes a great itinerary. Our technology is continually enhanced, giving our team the ability to provide a great customer service experience. Our relationship with our operators is extremely strong, which ensures we are confident of the travel experience and on ground support for our clients.

For more details please visit - About Us | Entire Travel Group

How does the Peace of Mind Booking Plan work?

Our Peace of Mind Booking Plan allows you to book with confidence in the new international travel environment. With low deposits, a cooling off period and a flexibility period where you can cancel and rebook later, we really do have you covered.

For more details please visit - Peace of Mind Booking Plan | Entire Travel Group

Is there a cooling-off period?

Look for packages with our Peace of Mind Booking Plan logo on the website.

  • We understand that occasionally plans may change, so we give you the confidence to proceed with a cooling off period.
  • You may cancel for any reason within 7 days, where you will receive a 100% refund of your $100 per person deposit.

For more details please visit - Peace of Mind Booking Plan | Entire Travel Group

What is Freedom of Choice?

At Entire Travel Group we understand that our customers have their own personal tastes and interests - so throughout our packages look for “Freedom of Choice” which gives you the ability to tailor your holiday from the various experiences offered on selected days. Like a sommelier matching wine to a meal, we have used our experience to carefully select and offer the right experiences in each location.

The Freedom of Choice options are included in the package price, and the price remains the same regardless of the choice you make on each day.

For more details please visit - Freedom of Choice | Entire Travel Group

Do Freedom of Choice options cost extra?

Our Freedom of Choice program offers flexibility, by allowing you to choose from different options on pre-selected days in the itinerary.

  • Our per person price includes one tour on each Freedom of Choice day in the itinerary.
  • The price of the package remains the same regardless of the choice you make on each day.
What is the Safe Travels program?

This specially designed program allows travellers to recognise governments and companies around the world who have adopted health and hygiene global standardised protocols, so consumers can experience “Safe Travels”.

For more details please visit - Safe Travels Stamp | Entire Travel Group

What is Book Now?

Book Now offers you the ability to make a reservation on our website for Holiday Packages that include our Peace of Mind Booking Plan. But it’s not just a static offer – you have complete flexibility from travel dates, passenger numbers, single supplements, room upgrades, optional extras, flexible booking terms and more.

What happens after Book Now?
  • Our team will contact our overseas suppliers and confirm all arrangements.
  • A Confirmation from our reservation system will be sent in the coming days.
  • The Booking Number on this confirmation supersedes the website reference.
What forms of payment can be used at Entire Travel Group?
  • To confirm a booking using our on-line Book Now process, a credit card must be used to pay the refundable deposit.
  • For additional payments on the booking, Entire Travel Group supports bank transfer, credit card, TravelPay B2B, PaymentGate.
  • For further details please visit our Payments page.
How secure is the Entire Travel Group's on-line payment portal?
  • Entire Travel Group have partnered with TravelPay to ensure secure on-line credit card payments.
  • TravelPay is a level 1 PCI DSS compliant, which gives you peace of mind that your payment card data is in safe hands.
  • Entire Travel Group does not store any credit card information.

For more details please visit - Security and Compliance - TravelPay

Can you book my international airfares?

On some Islands Holiday Packages (e.g. Fiji), it is practical to include flights, so where we have done this it is indicated by the plane icon.

However, on the majority of our Holiday Packages, we do not include international flights.

We found that many customers may prefer to:

  • Travel on a specific airline of their choice
  • Have the flexibility to book flights with Frequent Flyer points
  • Select flight dates that may be different to our Holiday Package start/end dates
  • Use a Travel Credit already held with the airline
  • Use their travel agent for this service

We are able to assist with flights on any Holiday Package, so please just notify us during the Book Now process or contact our team.

Why do some packages not offer the ability to Book Now on the website?

If a package on our website does not include our Peace of Mind Booking Plan, it will not be available to Book Now.

Due to the boutique nature and limited capacity of some travel experiences offered, they have strict payment and cancellation policies. (e.g., a remote bear lodge in Canada with only a few cabins).

Although technically possible, we have decided that it is impractical for us to try and sell these type of travel services on-line. We believe it is important that such product is discussed, so that we can ensure these strict payment and cancellation policies are understood before we proceed with a booking.

For such product we may act as an agent only for the principal suppliers. Where we act as agent, your contract for the delivery of travel arrangements will be with the principal supplier and will be subject to their Booking Conditions.

We will advise you prior to confirming your booking if we are acting as agent and we will confirm the details of the principal supplier. Our responsibility to you where we sell travel arrangements as agent for the supplier is specified in the ‘Responsibility’ section of our Booking Conditions.

Should I take travel insurance?

Travel insurance is strongly recommended. During the Book Now process please confirm you require assistance, and our team will be in contact with you.

What should I do before travelling?

Before you travel it is your responsibility to ensure you have the appropriate documentation including visas. If you are travelling on a passport other than Australian or New Zealand, you will require a permit to re-enter Australia. It is your responsibility as the traveller and/or travel booker to meet all government entry requirements.

For more information please visit - Before you travel | Entire Travel Group

How does a Travel Agent make a booking?

Please visit the Entire Travel Group's Agent Portal. We are here to support our industry partners with a range of informative updates, marketing collateral for campaigns and a reward & recognition program.

How do I start a Booking?

  • On any page that has Book Now simply follow the booking process.
  • You must select the Travel Agent tick box and provide correct details.
  • To confirm a booking only the refundable deposit is required.
  • An agency credit card must be used for this initial payment.
How do I contact Entire Travel Group?

For more information please visit - Contact us | Entire Travel Group