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Imagine an urban environment where everyone lives within half an hour of beautiful beaches, hiking trails and a dozen enchanted holiday islands. Add a sunny climate, a background rhythm of..
Nestled in the Southern Alps of New Zealand on the shores of Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown is the premier four season lake and alpine resort in the Southern Hemisphere and is rated as one of..
Explore the great outdoors, shop till you drop, sample the culinary delights, and wander picturesque vineyards. Experience the best New Zealand has to offer – all right on Wellington’s..
The Rotorua region was the birthplace of New Zealand tourism in the 1800s and it remains one of New Zealand’s favourite destinations. The unique volcanic landscape, living Maori culture..
Described by Rudyard Kipling as the 'eighth wonder of the world', Milford Sound was carved by glaciers during successive ice ages. At its deepest point, off Mitre Peak, it plunges to a..
Wellington’s many charms lie in part with it's close proximity to the natural attractions of the region. The central part of the city is nestled between a beautiful forest clad hills and..
Float above the plains in a hot air balloon or soak in relaxing thermal pools. Enjoy the excellent food and wine or visit the amazing coastline and view the extensive marine life. And all..
Gardens and art are the stars of spring in the Bay of Plenty. The mild climate makes it the perfect time to view the region's finest gardens and local art during the iconic Bayleys' Garden..
Watch the mountains shake off winter and start to warm up for summer. Waterfalls are invigorated and the rainforest comes alive with the scents and sounds of new growth. Marvel at the..
The Bay of Islands is a micro-region that includes the towns of Opua, Paihia, Russell and Kerikeri, as well as a large area of offshore islands between Cape Brett and the Purerua Peninsula...
Spring in subtropical Northland brings the senses alive. Imagine ocean waves lapping on white sand beaches with the warming sun on your skin. Listen to native birdsong in ancient kauri..
To visit Nelson region is to discover azure skies and wide open spaces, beaches and lakes, spectacular national parks and unique landforms, vineyards and gourmet cafes, artists and..
The city of Dunedin was built with the riches of the gold rush, consequently it has one of the best collections of Edwardian and Victorian architecture in the southern hemisphere. Gothic..
Hardy European pioneers founded the beautiful city of Nelson, New Zealand in 1842, although this bountiful, temperate region had been home to Māori for many centuries. Today Nelson has the..
Flanking the southern edge of Dunedin's extensive harbour, Otago Peninsula is high and rugged on the ocean side; warm and sheltered on the harbour side. Volcanic in origin, the peninsula is..
An easy drive south-east of Christchurch, Banks Peninsula is the South Island's most interesting volcanic feature. Originally an island formed by two volcanic cones, the peninsula has two..
Sometimes called the 'Sound of Silence' Doubtful Sound is the deepest (421 metres) and second longest (40 kilometres) of the South Island's fiords. It is a powerful place - serene..
n the coastline about 16km south west of Westport, you will find Tauranga Bay and the Cape Foulwind Fur Seal Colony. Take a short walk of about 20 minutes to see the seals at home. Visitors..
Spring signals the opening of the Coromandel scallop season. Dive for scallops to barbeque yourself or savour them at a local seafood restaurant. Coromandel’s famous water gardens at..
A Mediterranean climate with long, fine dry summers and mild winters not only makes this a great place to visit but has fostered the production of it’s other great attraction, fine wines..
Marlborough is full of activities for you to enjoy. No matter your budget and interests, there is something for everyone. If you are interested in a gourmet experience then a wine tour is a..
The port city of Napier is a popular tourist destination with its sweeping views of Hawke’s Bay, its many festivals, surrounding vineyards, orchards and a warm dry climate. Napier was..
Situated in the volcanic heart of the North Island, the Lake Taupo region is home to New Zealand's largest fresh water lake, fascinating geothermal areas and the famous Huka..
Fruit, wine and 1930s architecture give Hastings an appealing point of difference. The area was devastated by a huge earthquake in 1931 (as was Napier) then rebuilt using architectural..
Accessible by road or a short ferry ride west from Paihia, the tranquil coastal town of Russell, or Kororareka as it was formerly known, was the first permanent European settlement in New..
Hokitika was first settled in 1860, after the discovery of gold on the west coast. It was an important river port, but many ships came to grief on the notorious ‘Hokitika Bar’ – a..
Gisborne is the first city in the world to greet the sun each morning, and it has a reputation for great food, wine and surf beaches. As the unofficial ‘Chardonnay Capital of New..
The city of Rotorua lies on the southern shore of Lake Rotorua in the centre of the Rotorua region. It is arguably the best known tourist destination in New Zealand, famous both for its..
Maori history is is strong and historically important in Tauranga. A visit to the Historic Village will transport you back in time and is well worth a visit, offering a unique view of both..
Thames is the Coromandel Peninsula’s main town. Idyllically situated between the Firth of Thames and the mountains of the Coromandel Forest Park, Thames has a fascinating history linked..
Mount Maunganui is a thriving coastal resort town located at the tip of the southern entrance to the Bay of Plenty, as well as the name given to the extinct volcano that features..
The attractive combination of sand, surf and native forest makes Whangamata a popular destination for summer holidays. Find a spot on the four kilometre ocean beach or swim in the safe..
Auckland is New Zealand's largest and most culturally diverse city. Consistently rated as one of the world's most livable cities, it's a melting pot of European, Asian and South Pacific..
Named after Sir William Fox, New Zealand’s Prime Minister from 1869 to 1872, Fox Glacier describes both the glacier and the nearby village. Like its twin, Franz Josef, the glacier..
Mangonui is the main centre of Doubtless bay and forms part of a string of small settlements. This is the northernmost centre in New Zealand even though it is still nearly 100 km southeast..
A short drive north of Kerikeri, Matauri Bay is one of the true coastal delights of the winterless north', and a favourite with travellers of all types. With long stretches of white sand..
The National Aquarium of New Zealand in Napier opened early in 2002. It is as close to the ocean as you can be to the waters edge without getting your feet wet. The magnificent..
Piha is a laid-back seaside village 45 minutes west of Auckland city. The dramatic beach, which is marked at each end by rugged cliffs, is a popular surfing location. The water has strong..
Te Puke is a thriving town situated in the Bay of Plenty 60 km from Rotorua and 75km from Whakatane, named for the rolling hills around it.
Te Puke's main claim to fame is the kiwifruit..
In 1993, Jane Campion’s Oscar Winning The Piano made Karekare an international star, with everyone talking about the beautiful black-sand beach.
Karekare beach is located on Auckland's..
Lake Rotorua is the second largest lake on New Zealand’s North Island, covering almost 80 square kilometres. The city of Rotorua lies on the southern shore and the town of Ngongotaha on..
The settlements of Opononi and Omapere are situated on the southern shore, near the mouth of Hokianga Harbour in the Northland Region.
Opononi and its twin settlement Omapere are famous..
Rainbow Springs Nature Park is on the northern outskirts of Rotorua about 5 minutes from the centre of town. The nature park covers over 22 acres of native bushland and is criss crossed..
A satisfying seaside stroll awaits on the doorstep of Wellington's central business district.
Large areas of the once-busy waterfront were left idle by the change to more efficient..
Auckland's west, including Waitakere City and part of Rodney District, is famous for its great scenery - lush rainforests, rugged black sand beaches and rolling green rural..
Franz Josef Glacier was first explored in 1865 by geologist Julius von Haast, who named it after the Austrian emperor. The glacier is five kilometres from the town of the same name, and a..
The city of Hamilton is bisected by the mighty Waikato River, which is best appreciated from the deck of a classic paddle steamer. While the trees and riverbank suburbs glide by, you can..
Invercargill dates back to the 1850s, when people from the Scottish settlement of Dunedin began buying land for sheep runs in the far south. Today it is the country's southernmost city...
The Kepler Track is a 67 kilometre circuit that takes three to four days to complete. It leads you along the shore of Lake Te Anau, up the side of Mount Luxmore, across the tops of the..
Lake Waikaremoana is part of the Te Urewara National Park, one of the most beautiful areas of natural wilderness remaining on the north island. The lake itself is known as a prime trout..
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