17 February, 2019
04 February, 2019
Whiz on a bike over grassy dykes, gawp at multi-colored fields of tulips, go hunting for masterworks by Vermeer and Rembrandt, watch windmills creak in the countryside – these are the experiences that await those who score cheap flights to Netherlands from New Zealand. Most of the lowest-price deals will whisk you straight into the huge international airport in Schiphol. That's right on the edge of the buzzing capital of Amsterdam, where you can wander handsome 16th-century canal rings and hit the acclaimed Rijksmuseum just moments after touching down. Of course, it's also easy to launch explorations elsewhere from there – the rural waterways of Groningen and the youthful university city of Utrecht are only a train ride away!
Get a taste of Netherland's nightlife and culture in Amsterdam. A city of canals, it's home to cobbled lanes, Flemish architecture, and smoky coffee shops aplenty.
Transport yourself back in time with a visit to Zaanse Schans, where creaking windmills and squat 18th-century cottages hearken back to the Holland of old.
The Rijksmuseum calls culture vultures with its collection of more than 2,000 works from the Dutch Golden Age.