Top Things to See and Do
Dubrovnik is Croatia's most glamorous tourist destination and centers around the magnificent old town. No visit would be complete without a walk around the city walls and forts where at the top visitors can see spectacular views over the old town and shimmering waters.
Krka National Park
This magical place of rivers and gorges is popular among all travelers. The series of 7 waterfalls can be seen by a boat trip, which is include in the entrance fee. Swimming is also permitted in some locations throughout the park so don't forget to bring your swimming togs along.
Overlooking the Adriatic Sea, the palace was built by Roman Empire Diocletian. Proclaimed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, visitors will also find the Cathedral of St. Domnius with its elegant bell tower. The palace has 4 gates and incorporates streets packed with cafes, restaurants and shops.
The seafront city is known for its protected harbor, beaches and roman ruins. The most famous sight in Pula is the The Arena, Roman Amphitheater. The amphitheater holds concerts and events throughout the summer which are a must see if you're visiting during that time.
Plitvice Lakes National Park
Plitvice National Park encompasses waterfalls and steep forest hillsides which surround 16 stunning blue lakes. 18 km of bridges and footpaths snake around the edge of the waters and visitors are able to use the free buses and boats to get around the park.
Wine is now a an embedded part of the Croatian lifestyle with the vineyards producing excellent wine gaining international awards and recognition. Croatia is divided into four wine regions, Slavonia, Croatian Uplands, Istria/Kvarner and Dalmatia.
For the best beaches in Croatia, head south to the Dalmatian Coast. However, the most popular beach in Croatia is Zlatni Rat, for its turquoise sea and unique shape. Although most beaches have rocky coastlines, the warm waters, relaxed atmosphere and lush surroundings will have you soon forgetting about the lack of soft sand.
Motovun is a hilltop village which most compare to Tuscany. The medieval town is known for its culinary culture with cafes and restaurants located in the village. A popular activity throughout Motovun is biking as well as olive oil tasting.
Hvar town sees visitors wandering the marbled streets and exploring some of the countries best hotels and restaurants. Hvar is known for its nightlife and party atmosphere and is also a popular destination for those looking to participate in water-sports or beach activities.
The Croatian coastline is lined with stunning islands, unspoiled beaches and emerald inlets. There are many sailing tours available and options to hire your own private boat. There are also lively towns to stop at along the way, making the country a paradise for avid boat enthusiast.
Zagreb has traditional and modern museums around every corner, therefore museum hopping is a popular activity. Some include the Museum of Contemporary Art, Museum of Broken Relationships, Museum of Illusions, Technical Museum and Archaeological Museum.
Mljet National Park
Mljet national park is an island which can easily be accessed by ferry. It is very popular with nature lovers as the park has a number of tracks for walking or mountain biking. Largely covered by dense forest, the two salt water lakes are also perfect for swimming or kayaking.
Last Updated: 19 September 2018
HOW TO GET THERE
There are a number of connecting routes from Auckland to Croatia with several airline options to suit your preferences. Connecting flights are available from major New Zealand cities. From Croatia, Croatia Airlines operate flights to other destinations within Croatia and some Islands.
All travellers to Croatia must carry a machine readable passport valid for at least three months beyond the length of stay and issued within the past 10 years. Travel advice is available from the New Zealand Government Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade at www.safetravel.govt.nz
Generally not required for stays of up to 90 days; however, travelers from some nations may require a visa, so double-check with the Croatian embassy.
The best way to get around Croatia is either by foot, bike, motorcycle or bus. When travelling between the mainland and islands there are a number of public ferries as well as the option to hire a private yacht. Car hire is also available from the airports and major towns.
The Croatian Kuna (KN) is the official unit of currency in Croatia. Credit cards are accepted in most hotels and accommodation, however smaller cafes, restaurants, shops and private accommodation will only take cash. ATM's are widely available.
Tipping in Croatia is purely discretionary and is generally only done in restaurants, cafes and bars.
230V 50Hz. Standard European round-pronged plug (An adapter is required).
Sojourn tax is charged for everyday you stay in Croatia, no matter what accommodation type. The small amount is usually additional to the room rate that has been quoted.
Last Updated: 19 September 2018
Weather & Events/Public Holidays
The high season is July and August, bringing the best weather but prices are high and places are busy. The shoulder season is May-June as well as September, this is a great time for visiting the coast. The low season is October to April, where the weather is cold and the possibility of snow.