As the world gradually emerges from the COVID-19 pandemic, the travel landscape is evolving with new preferences and patterns.
Initiatives like the eTA, which travelers can now get through travel agencies like HandyVisas, are making travel to NZ even easier.
Air New Zealand, a forerunner in the aviation industry, has revealed its predictions for travel in 2024, offering insights into emerging trends and destinations that are shaping the future of travel in and out of New Zealand.
Short Local Getaways: The Rise of Mini-Vacations
2024 is poised to be the year of short, 2 to 3-day breaks. Air New Zealand has identified a growing trend for brief yet fulfilling escapes.
These mini-vacations are perfect for those seeking a quick rest or an adventure-filled weekend. The convenience of these getaways, often located within close proximity, caters to the modern traveler's desire for more frequent and diverse experiences.
This trend is a testament to the changing work-life balance and the increasing value placed on regular, short-term leisure.
The Allure of Premium Travel
On the other end of the spectrum, long-haul travel is witnessing a surge in demand for luxury and comfort.
Air New Zealand reports an increasing preference for premium travel options, indicating a shift towards more opulent and comfortable travel experiences.
This trend reflects the evolving expectations of travelers who seek enhanced comfort and exclusive services during their journeys.
Christchurch: A City in Transformation
Christchurch is fast becoming a top choice for travelers. After rebuilding from past events, the city has transformed. It's now full of life and exciting places to visit.
But Christchurch is also close to some stunning natural spots. Banks Peninsula is a beautiful area with hills, bays, and wildlife. It's a great place for a day trip to enjoy nature. Hanmer Springs is also known for its relaxing hot springs and scenic views.
Upcoming developments like Te Kaha Stadium and Parakiore Recreation and Sport Centre are adding to the city's appeal, making it a must-visit location in 2024.
Queenstown: The Perennial Favorite
Queenstown, consistently attracting tourists, shines as a destination with its diverse range of activities available throughout the year. Its popularity is such that it's advisable for visitors to make their bookings well in advance, particularly during the high-demand seasons.
Queenstown is celebrated for its vibrant offering of adventure sports, appealing greatly to those seeking thrills and excitement. Activities like bungee jumping, skydiving, and jet boating are synonymous with the town, drawing adrenaline enthusiasts from around the world.
The city’s ability to offer something for every type of traveler, coupled with its natural beauty and range of activities, solidifies its status as a must-visit destination throughout the year.
Exploring Regional New Zealand
In 2024, exploring regional New Zealand is a great idea for those looking to experience the true essence of the country. Each region in New Zealand has its own unique charm and offers a variety of experiences, from peaceful vineyards to adventurous walks.
Hawkes Bay Vineyards is a region famous for its vineyards. It's a place where you can enjoy wine tasting and learn about how wine is made. The vineyards in Hawkes Bay are set in beautiful landscapes, making your visit both relaxing and scenic.
For the more adventurous, the Abel Tasman National Park offers some of the most scenic walks in the country. These walks take you through beautiful forests, along stunning beaches, and sometimes even involve a boat ride. The Abel Tasman walks are a great way to see the natural beauty of New Zealand and are suitable for a range of fitness levels.
International Travel Trends
As we look at international travel trends for 2024, it's clear that Kiwis are eager to explore beyond New Zealand’s shores. Australia, the Cook Islands, Bali, and Japan are standing out as popular destinations, each offering their own unique experiences.
Australia: A favorite close to home
Australia continues to be a top choice for New Zealanders looking to travel abroad. Australia's appeal lies in its variety - from the bustling cities of Sydney and Melbourne to the beautiful beaches of Queensland.
The Cook Islands and Fiji: Island paradises
The Cook Islands are becoming more popular with New Zealanders, known for their beautiful beaches and friendly locals. Accommodations here range from luxury resorts to cozy beach bungalows, catering to all types of travelers.
Fiji is also a top island destination, beloved for its crystal-clear waters, rich cultural experiences, and the warm hospitality of the Fijian people. Both these island nations offer a perfect tropical getaway.
Bali and Japan: Diverse cultural experiences
Looking further afield, Bali and Japan are set to be big favorites in 2024. Bali is known for its stunning beaches, vibrant culture, and spiritual atmosphere. It’s a place where you can relax on the beach, explore ancient temples, and enjoy delicious Indonesian food.
Japan, on the other hand, offers a blend of traditional and modern experiences. From the neon lights of Tokyo to the historic temples of Kyoto, Japan is a country of contrasts. The unique culture, delicious cuisine, and beautiful landscapes make it a must-visit destination.
A Year of Diverse Travel Experiences
As we step into 2024, the travel landscape is more diverse and exciting than ever. From short local breaks to luxurious international journeys, these predictions reflect a dynamic and evolving travel industry.
Whether you're seeking a quick getaway or a long-haul adventure, the upcoming year promises a plethora of options to satisfy every traveler's wanderlust.