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New Zealand is a stunning travel destination offering unique experiences unmatched by others. Best of all, it’s just on our doorstep, a mere 3.5 hour flight time from Australia’s east coast. New Zealand is a holiday destination like no other with a multitude of unique natural attractions such as jaw dropping sceneries fit for a fantasy world; renowned wine regions; vibrant culture and heritage; action-packed adventures; tranquil country sides and more.
Get an overview of New Zealand with our travel destination guides and our top "Must Do's" suggestions on each region. Don't forget to check out our New Zealand insiders' travel tips and recommendations.
The South Island evokes images of magnificent snow-capped mountain ranges, gushing rivers and ‘Lord of the Rings’ scenery. The landscape here is so incredible here you’ll hardly believe your eyes! From Queenstown and its world-famous snowfields to the magical Marlborough Sounds, you’ll experience wonders like no other. The South Island is the perfect getaway with charming cities such as Christchurch and gorgeous wine regions to be discovered.
The gateway to the South Island, Christchurch is a stately English style garden city with a lively entertainment scene. The gateway to the Canterbury Region of South Island is renowned for its architectural beauty, culture and mountainous backdrop. Explore the city’s parks and gardens and take a ride on the restored historic Christchurch tram. The city has rebuilt from the recent earthquake and still remains a fantastic holiday destination in New Zealand.
Top tourist attractions include Christchurch city tours; the International Antarctic Centre; Willowbank Wildlife Reserve; vineyards of the Canterbury region such as the Canterbury House, Pegasus Bay, Waipara Springs and Prenzels of Caterbury; Hammer Springs; and whale-watching tours.
We recommend a trip through the Southern Alps to Arthurs Pass via the TranzAlpine train and Mount Cook as Christchurch’s best holiday experience.
In the heart of the South Island, Queenstown sits on the banks of Lake Wakatipu in a beautiful alpine setting. As the adventure capital of New Zealand, the city has endless activities perfect for a fun-filled holiday. It also boasts a range of excellent restaurants, cafes and a lively nightlife.
Top tourist attractions include Milford Sound; jet board safaris on Dart River; Quad Safaris on Queenstown Hill; and Te Anau Glow Worm Caves tours. Enjoy panoramic views on the Skyline Gondola with dinner.
We recommend a Milford Sound discovery tour as Queenstown’s best holiday experience.
The North Island of New Zealand offers a kaleidoscope of colours and contrasts from the deep green hills outside of Wellington to the cosmopolitan lifestyle in Auckland; the misty rainforests of the Coromandel Peninsula to the volcanic hot springs of Rotorua. Get out on the water and tour around the beautiful Bay of Islands; or sit in a charming Art Deco café in Napier. The North Island is home to beautiful scenery, stunning attractions and friendly, welcoming locals.
Auckland is more than just a beautiful harbour city. The gateway to New Zealand is also blessed with mild year-round climate, vibrant nightlife and wonderful restaurants. Auckland is easily likeable and is a great base for exploring the rest of the country. The Bay of Islands in the north offers extraordinary history. The Coromandel Peninsula, only an hour south, is a world away from the busy city life. The surrounding pristine beaches, blue waters and misty rainforests are also stunning.
Top attractions include the harbour bridge, Mount Eden, Rangitoto Island, the Auckland Domain, Parnell, the waterfront of Tamaki Drive, Underwater World, Auckland Zoo, Kelly Tarlton’s Antarctic Encounter, Sky Tower, New Zealand Maritime Museum and Waitomo Caves.
We recommend a Bay of Island cruise on a dolphin and whale viewing Catamaran as Auckland’s best experience.
Rotorua offers the best of New Zealand all in one place. In the heart of the North Island, just three hours south of Auckland, you’ll find the centre of Maori culture. Defined by the geothermal properties of the region, there’s a vast range of holiday activities, including spas, adventures, unique scenery, adventures and more.
Top attractions include Te Whakarewarewa Thermal Reserve, the Maori Cultural Centre, Rainbow Springs, the Rainbow Farm Show, Tamaki Village, Skyline Gondola and Paradise Valley Sprints Trout, Bird and Wildlife Park; and Rangitaki River Rafting.
We recommend taking a mud bath and soaking in pure sulphurous waters of the region’s geothermal features as Rotorua’s best holiday experience.
Wellington is New Zealand’s capital city and represents the cultural and geographic centre of the country. Home to a stunning harbour, the city has a distinct coffee culture boasting many stylish cafes and restaurants. It is also home to one of New Zealand’s most innovative museums, Te Papa. Wellington is a great base for exploring the Marlborough Sounds and the rest of South Island.
Top attractions include Mt Victoria, Te Papa, Matiu Sommes Island, Thorndon, St Paul’s Cathedral, Beehive, Marlborough wine tours and sites of the Middle Earth with filming locations of the Shire, the Gardens of Isengard, Helms Deep and more.
We recommend a sightseeing tour to Lord of the Rings’ filming locations as Wellington’s best holiday experience.
Whenever I plan a road trip in the South Island I always allow for an overnight stopover in Lake Tekapo.
With the sapphire blue of the lake framing New Zealand’s highest mountain, Aoraki Mount Cook, Tekapo showcases all the beauty of the Southern Alps. The local hot pools and outdoor ice skating rink in winter also make it a winner with the kids. Halfway between Christchurch and the Southern Lakes of Queenstown and Wanaka, it is the ideal place to break up the driving on a road trip.
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Being a surfer and photographer I get inspired not only by Dunedin’s transcendent waves and stunning beaches, ...
but also the assortment of colours Mother Nature displays in our city during those golden hours around sunrise and sunset. Dunedin’s an easy place to fall in love with, there’s a charm that permeates the soul of the city through its people and it’s culture.
I love Dunedin's rugged coastline at St Clair beach; watching the surfers and enjoying a beach stroll.
After a night in the city and a visit to Dunedin's weekend Farmer's Market, the food-themed road trip continues. My husband and I always love the journey from Dunedin to Queenstown, stopping to enjoy locally grown fruit stalls in Cromwell and the great selection of wineries in the Gibbston region - a winery lunch is a real treat and we always end up with a few bottles of pinot noir from the cellar doors to enjoy once we get to Queenstown.
New Zealand is a country that will definitely impress. You can expect awesome landscape, lush forest, amazing wildlife, pleaseant climate and more. The country is well known for its sights and activities for thrill seekers.