To get started, contact the nearest Tourism New Zealand office for a complimentary copy of its New Zealand Vacation Planner. Their offices can be found in the United States at 501 Santa Monica Blvd., Ste. 300, Santa Monica, CA 90401 (tel. 866/639-9325 in the U.S., or 310/395-7480); in Canada at 888 Dunsmuir St., Ste. 1200, Vancouver, BC V6C 3K4 (tel. 800/888-5494 in Canada, or 604/684-2117); in Australia at Level 8, 35 Pitt St., Sydney, NSW 2000 (tel. 02/9247-5222); in England at New Zealand House, Haymarket, SW1Y 4TQ, London (tel. 020/7930-1662); in Germany at Rossmarkt 11, 60311 Frankfurt am Main (tel. 069/9712-1110); and in Hong Kong at Unit 1601 Vicwood Plaza, 199 Des Voeux Rd. (tel. 852/2526-0141).
The official Tourism New Zealand website is www.newzealand.com, which provides comprehensive details for every aspect of your trip and is a must-visit. Click on your home country to see the latest deals, with contact information for travel agents. Other good sites include New Zealand on the Web (www.nz.com), which has hundreds of great links; for up-to-the-minute ski information, check www.nzski.com.
When you arrive in New Zealand, you'll find 80 official i-SITE Visitor Centres (www.i-site.org) scattered around the country. Friendly staff members can book accommodations, activities, and tours; provide maps; and sell stamps and phone cards. You can pick up a list of i-SITE locations at Auckland and Christchurch international airports.