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New Zealand, roughly about the size of the UK, is a land where majestic views of snow-capped peaks, storybook lakes at the base of high mountain vistas in The Fiordland National Park, helicopter tours over Lake Te Anau from the Lord of the Rings, Larnach Castle in Dunedin, and skiing and snowboarding in the Craigieburn Valley are at arm’s reach in the southern part of the country. 

The country’s small size and the incredible natural landscapes that lie within its borders give the adventurous a lot to do when visiting the country. During December and March is the warm season-great for hikers, kayakers, surfers, and sailors.


During the month of August there are different festivals before the snow sets in, including the All Blacks Game of Three Halves-where the national rugby team plays for a weekend against rivals Canterbury and Otago in Christchurch.

In Wellington over three weekends is the Visa Wellington on a Plate Festival, a feast for foodies that takes over the city with hundreds of events from the best restaurants in the country.


From late August to October is when the snow comes, and  The Audi Quattro Winter Games take place in the Southern Alps. The festival brings the biggest names in the winter sports scene, and is a great stop while on a tour of New Zealand’s mountains.

For those who want an inspiring adventure in New Zealand, Ground Control Tours offers tailor-made small group tours that explore the country in style. Contact a member of our team for with your ideas to find out the many options that we can arrange. 

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