Explore New Zealand

New Zealand is a land of immense and diverse landscapes. You’ll experience natural wonders and unique culture here that you won’t find anywhere else in the world.

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North Island



Subtropical Northland is a water lover’s paradise offering swimming, snorkelling, diving, dolphin watching and boating. Also be sure to explore lush rainforests, and learn more about our Maori culture at the Waitangi Treaty Grounds



Whangarei, Northland
Hobbiton, Waikato

Hamilton – Waikato



Just south of Auckland lies the Hamilton-Waikato region. This land of lush pastures was chosen to play The Shire in The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit films, and also offers caving, gardens and culture



Bay of Plenty



The Bay of Plenty region is home to spectacular beaches, juicy kiwifruit and produce, and New Zealand’s only active marine volcano


Mt Maunganui, Bay of Plenty
Waiotapu Thermal Reserve, Rotorua





Rotorua is known for bubbling mud pools, erupting geysers and natural hot springs, as well as showcasing our fascinating Maori culture.



Lake Taupo  

Taupo’s Great Lake was created nearly 2,000 years ago by a volcanic eruption and is great for water sports and trout fishing. The surrounding forests offer opportunities for hiking and mountain biking.


Lake Taupo
Cape Kidnappers, Hawke’s Bay

Hawke’s Bay



Hawke’s Bay is New Zealand’s Art Deco centre and home to glorious beaches and rolling vineyards. Its warm, dry climate has made it one of the country’s leading producers of wine.



Wellington was recently named “the coolest little capital in the world” by Lonely Planet for its cosmopolitan charm, cultural offerings, and fabulous foodie and café culture.


Te Papa, Wellington

South Island


Nelson’s diverse geography captures everything from long golden beaches to untouched forests and rugged mountains. Explore its natural beauty and thriving arts scene.


Abel Tasman National Park, Nelson
Blenheim, Marlborough




Marlborough is New Zealand’s largest wine-growing region and the home of world-renowned sauvignon blanc. There are more than40 cellar doors to visit by yourself or on a pre-arranged wine tour.


West Coast  

The West Coast is a wild place of rivers and rainforests, glaciers and geological treasures. The Great Coast Road stretching from Westport to Greymouth, is one of the world’s  top  coastal drives.


Hokitika Gorge, West Coast
Christchurch City

Christchurch – Canterbury



Christchurch mixes old-world charm, river punting and gardens with exciting urban revitalisation. Wider Canterbury’s attractions range from skiing to golf, white water rafting to whale watching.



Nestled below towering mountains, Wanaka and its stunning lake is perfect for year-round activities including fishing, hiking and skydiving. In winter, skiers flock to the Cardrona and Treble Cone ski fields.


Mount Aspiring, Lake Wanaka




Picturesque Queenstown is the home of adrenaline and adventure. Enjoy skiing in the winter and activities including bungy jumping, canyon swinging, jet boating, and river rafting all year round.



Soak up the quirky city vibe, street art and cafes of this historic city. Enjoy getting up close to rare local wildlife such as the royal albatross, yellow-eyed penguins, blue penguins and seals.


St Clair Beach, Dunedin
Milford Sound, Fiordland




Carved by glaciers over 100,000 years, Fiordland is one of the most dramatic and beautiful parts of New Zealand, with its landscape of waterfalls cascading hundreds of metres into deep black fiords.


Stewart Island  

More than 85% of Stewart Island is National Park, making it a popular haven for hiking and birdwatching. At night, admire the glowing skies thanks to the appearance of the Aurora Australis.


Stewart Island