Top Things to See and Do
Anchorage is the perfect place to enjoy flightseeing trips by floatplane or an excursion to Prince William Sound. The region also offers ocean habitat for whales, sea lions and seals.
Glacier Bay National Park
A true icy wilderness, Glacier Bay boasts massive tidewater glaciers, abundant marine life and huge mountain peaks. See glaciers calve into the bay with an almighty crack. Go kayaking and see resident wildlife including Glacier bear that has silver blue-hair.
With such a vast landscape to discover, a scenic flight may well be one of the best ways to see the grandeur of Alaska. Take to the skies from one of the busiest seaplane airports in the world, Lake Hood, to get the bird's eye view of some truly spectacular sights.
Prince William Sound
A Premier recreation area for water-based activities, Prince William Sound is sure to impress. Go Sailing or kayaking through glacial waters surrounded by 10,000 glaciers and mountains. See the variety of marine animals that call the sound home, including porpoises, sea otters, seals and more.
Denali National Park
Denali National Park & Preserve is home to vast landscapes, remarkable wildlife and Denali itself - the highest mountain peak in North America. Endless activities are on offer here from hiking and cycling to flightseeing and wildlife viewing. Spot all five animals - bear, wolf, Dall Sheep, moose and caribou - for what is known as the 'Denali Slam'
Small Ship Cruises
Small Ships show you what other cruises cannot. Explore the inner reaches of Alaska's amazing fjords, sail so close to glaciers you can almost touch them and experience the unique wildlife.
The colourful streamers of light dancing across the night sky really are a sight to behold. Whether you're viewing the Northern lights on a tour, or from a nature lodge, this natural phenomenon will have you awestuck. The best viewing is from late August to April.
Kenai Fjords National Park
Stunning Fjords, incredible wildlife and icebergs the size of small buildings - Kenai Fjords National Park is a glacial wonderland begging to be explored. Ice and snow cover 60 percent of this amazing place, while the green moss-covered rainforest provides the perfect contrast. Take the time to spot whales, sea lions, sea otters, bears, moose and coyote.
The splendid waterways of the famed Inside Passage begin in the dense forested coastlines of the Pacific Northwest and continue to Juneau, Skagway and Glacier Bay
Though it's not uncommon to spot whales right from the deck of the Cruise Ship most whale watching experiences can be an easy day cruise away. When the whales migrate from the warm waters of Mexico in April you can start to spot until September a collection of Orcas, Humpbacks, Grays or Beluga Whales
Travelling by dog and sled has been part of Alaskan culture for centuries. Don't miss the opportunity to ride in a sled basket or stand on the runners yourself on a dog sledding tour. Another chance to get close to man's best friend is at the dozens of dog sled races held in winter.
Bring a pair of binoculars - this is what it's all about! Imagine seeing a Brown Bear catching salmon from a stream, or a shy Black Bear with her endearing young in tow. Take a day tour or stay at a nature lodge to fully appreciate these majestic creatures.
Last Updated: 11 July 2018
All travellers to the USA must carry a machine readable passport valid for at least six months beyond the date of departure. Travel advice is available from the New Zealand Government Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade at www.safetravel.govt.nz
All travellers to the USA are required to obtain the Electronic System for Travel Authorisation (ESTA) prior to travel, see www.cbp.gov/esta for more details.
GETTING AROUND by Car
Take the time to explore and discover as you make your way around the Alaska. Driving is on the right hand side of the road. Talk to your Travel Consultant for details about Rental Car Hire.
The US Dollar (USD) is the official unit of currency in Alaska.
As a guide tipping is expected in restaurants, bars and taxis (15-20% of the bill) as well as for hotel porters (USD1-2 per bag), and tour guides (10% of the tour prices)
110V 60Hz. Two flat pin plug. (An adapter is required)
Many properties charge a Daily Resort Fee or Mandatory Checkout Cleaning Charge. These are compulsory fees, payable direct to the property, covering a variety of inclusions. Fees and inclusions are always subject to change.
Last Updated: 12 July 2018
Weather & Events/Public Holidays
Daylight hours in Alaska differ from what you may be used to. There are 16 to 22 hours of daylight in summer and four to six hours of daylight in winter.
New Years Day
Martin Luther King Jr Day (Third Monday in Jan)
President's Day (Third Monday in Feb)
Seward's Day (Last Monday in Mar)
Good Friday (Friday before Easter Sunday in Mar/Apr)
Memorial Day (Last Monday in May)
Midnight Sun Festival
Gold Rush Days (Jul-Aug)
Alaska State Fair (Aug-Sep)
Labour Day (First Monday in Sep)
Thanksgiving Day (Fourth Thursday in Nov)
Alaska Bald Eagle Festival