The Greenwood Guide to New Zealand
New Zealand

To browse our Guides and Experts recommendations click on one of the following areas:

Auckland (Auckland & islands, West Auckland coast) :: Bay of Plenty (Rotorua, White Island) :: Canterbury (Christchurch, Kaikoura) :: Hawke's Bay (Napier, Hastings) :: Marlborough (Picton, Blenheim) :: Northland (Bay of Islands, Whangarei) :: Southland (Fiordland Nat Pk, Stewart Island)

Guides and Experts

Sometimes, you'll just want to let others do the organizing and perhaps put yourself in the guiding hands of experts. Whatever it is you want to find out more about, these kindly folk can show you what¹s what and exactly where what's what is.

For this purpose, we have hunted around for guides, tour operators and experts in fields as varied as architecture, wine-touring by bike and night-time kiwi-spotting to help you along your way. Each has been chosen specifically for their personalised approach, warm character and of course, in-depth knowledge of their field of expertise.

We have a whole series of guides working in specific areas of New Zealand, but for a more general operator that covers the whole country, try Jeanette at Meet New Zealand. They are tailor-made holiday specialists and can prepare achievable self-drive itineraries that fit in to exactly what it is you want from your time away.


Captain Cook took his first steps onto New Zealand soil in Gisborne on the 9th October 1769. Both a monument to Cook and a statue of 'Young Nick' (Cook's cabin boy, Nicholas Young, who spotted New Zealand first on the horizon) are found in Gisborne.

Meet New Zealand Vacations

Meet New Zealand Vacations


Jeanette is wired with the same predilections as GG for the natural, unstuffy, humorous and unusual. Her tailor-made holidays extract the stress from having to fine-plan your trip. A New Zealander with years of tourist experience, she will discuss your likes, dislikes and holiday aims and then present you with a hassle-free, pre-booked and logistically achievable self-drive itinerary. (A lot of people need some advice on what they can comfortably do in two weeks!) To truly tap into the heart of local Kiwi hospitality there is no better person to direct you off the beaten track.

  • Prices: Prices entirely dependent on each tailored tour.
  • Contact: PO Box 17667, Sumner, Christchurch
  • Tel: 021-790-054
  • Fax: 03-326-7196
  • Email:
  • Web:

Things To Do
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Travel Information

Here's some more specific information about travelling in New Zealand: when to go, getting around (car hire, inter-island ferries, train journeys) and distances.

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