New Zealand

Adventures at the end of the earth

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Nicole Canning

New Zealand is nothing short of epic.

With hundreds of national parks, world-class ski slopes, pristine hiking trails, and picture-perfect beaches, no one leaves New Zealand disappointed.

From the Northland’s perfect coastline and near-tropical summer climate, to the adrenaline-fuelled adventures in Queenstown, you’ll find something to suit your holiday style.

Whether that’s mellow and meandering road-trips or action-packed wild adventures, New Zealand’s stunning scenery is your constant travel companion — as well as the deep Māori culture.

Pack your hiking boots and a spare memory card for your GoPro, because New Zealand is waiting to be explored and there’s plenty to see and do to fill your soul with memories.

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  • Queenstown

    Queenstown

    The self-described ‘adventure capital of the world’, Queenstown is a playground for adrenaline junkies...Read more
  • Milford Sound

    Milford Sound

    Even by New Zealand’s standards, Milford Sound is a truly spectacular sight...Read more
  • Lake Tekapo

    Lake Tekapo

    A highland lake in the middle of New Zealand’s south island, Lake Tekapo is best known for its incredibly clear skies that are perfect for stargazing...Read more
  • Rotorua

    Rotorua

    An eggy scent hangs over sulphuric Rotorua on New Zealand’s North Island, which is home to spectacular geothermal springs, mud pools and geysers...Read more
  • Coromandel

    Coromandel

    Visible across the Hauraki Gulf from Auckland, the Coromandel offers pristine beaches, thick rainforest and plenty of adventure...Read more
  • Kaikoura

    Kaikoura

    Kaikoura is the place to see wildlife in New Zealand...Read more
  • Wanaka

    Wanaka

    Laidback Wanaka has a claim to be Queenstown’s cooler sibling...Read more
  • Northland

    Northland

    The site of New Zealand’s earliest Maori settlement, Northland is the birthplace of New Zealand and home to its best beaches...Read more
  • Auckland

    Auckland

    Forget the city’s high-rise centre; the beauty of Auckland is the scenery surrounding it...Read more
  • Hawke’s Bay

    Hawke’s Bay

    Hawke’s Bay is the first stop on the Classic New Zealand Wine Trail and is a great place to try cabernet sauvignon, merlot and chardonnay wines...Read more
  • Aoraki Mount Cook National Park

    Aoraki Mount Cook National Park

    Aoraki Mount Cook National Park includes the majority of New Zealand’s only International Dark Sky Reserve, so head into the hills – or just Mount Cook Village near Lake Pukaki – and marvel at the light show in the sky...Read more
  • Stewart Island

    Stewart Island

    Sparsely populated Stewart Island is home to some of New Zealand’s most interesting wildlife, including penguins, dolphins and albatross...Read more
  • Franz Josef Glacier

    Franz Josef Glacier

    Franz Josef’s icy mass once flowed all the way into the sea, but after decades of global warming, the glacier has retreated inland and is now only accessible by helicopter...Read more
  • Marlborough Sounds

    Marlborough Sounds

    A huge maze of beaches, bays and hills formed after the last ice age, the Marlborough Sounds are the perfect place to hike, bike or boat...Read more
  • Lake Taupo

    Lake Taupo

    Vast Lake Taupo is as big as Singapore and was created 2,000 years ago from a volcanic eruption so huge it would have been seen from China...Read more
  • Hokitika

    Hokitika

    New Zealand’s wild west coast is linked by a single track through Greymouth, Kumara, Cowboy Paradise, Hokitika and Ross...Read more
  • Christchurch

    Christchurch

    Most travellers use Christchurch as a base for exploring the south island, but there is plenty to see in this upwardly-mobile city...Read more
  • Arthur’s Pass National Park

    Arthur’s Pass National Park

    Head into Arthur’s Pass National Park by road and you’ll encounter some of New Zealand’s most spectacular engineering, including viaducts, precipitous bridges and redirected waterfalls...Read more
  • Dunedin

    Dunedin

    Little Dunedin is full of pretty gardens and boutique cafes, making a lovely stop on routes on the south island...Read more
  • Nelson

    Nelson

    Nelson Tasman is known as one of New Zealand’s most artistic places, with painters, sculptor and jewellery makers are living here...Read more
  • Lake Heron

    Lake Heron

    Lake Heron Station is an authentic working sheep farm, making it the perfect place to experience high-country New Zealand life...Read more
  • Wellington

    Wellington

    Creative Wellington has a claim to be New Zealand’s most cultural city...Read more

Complete New Zealand

Explore everything New Zealand has to offer
Approx. 20 days
Auckland (1 days) → Coromandel (2) → Rotorua (2) → Lake Taupo (2) → Wellington (2) → Kaikoura (1) → Christchurch (1) → Lake Tekapo (1) → Queenstown (2) → Wanaka (2) → Franz Josef Glacier (2) → Christchurch (2)
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Northern Experience

Adventures on New Zealand’s North Island
Approx. 10 days
Auckland (1 days) → Coromandel (2) → Rotorua (2) → Lake Taupo (2) → Wellington (3)
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Southern Experience

Adventures on New Zealand’s South Island
Approx. 10 days
Christchurch (1 days) → Lake Tekapo (1) → Queenstown (2) → Wanaka (2) → Franz Josef Glacier (2) → Christchurch (2)
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New Zealand self drive

Wine, wildlife and winding roads
Approx. 14 days
Auckland (2 days) → Lake Taupo (3) → Hawke’s Bay (2) → Christchurch (1) → Arthur’s Pass National Park (1) → Aoraki Mount Cook National Park (1) → Queenstown (4)
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New Zealand Lord of the Rings route

Head into Mordor, explore Isengard and chill out in Hobbiton
Approx. 19 days
Auckland (1 days) → Rotorua (2) → Lake Taupo (3) → Wellington (3) → Nelson (1) → Kaikoura (1) → Lake Heron (1) → Lake Tekapo (1) → Queenstown (2) → Milford Sound (1) → Queenstown (1) → Auckland (2)
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New Zealand wildlife and waterways

New Zealand in two weeks
Approx. 14 days
Auckland (1 days) → Lake Taupo (2) → Marlborough Sounds (3) → Kaikoura (3) → Queenstown (1) → Milford Sound (1) → Queenstown (3)
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South Island wildlife route

Whale-watching, birding and wildlife on New Zealand’s south island
Approx. 13 days
Christchurch (1 days) → Milford Sound (2) → Stewart Island (3) → Dunedin (2) → Kaikoura (2) → Nelson (3)
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Bay of Islands and South Island escape

Off-the-beaten path New Zealand
Approx. 11 days
Auckland (1 days) → Northland (2) → Christchurch (1) → Hokitika (3) → Queenstown (1) → Milford Sound (1) → Queenstown (2)
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Where to go in New Zealand

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