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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.

Hiking in New Zealand

The best walking holidays in New Zealand

New Zealand is a hiker’s paradise, and its stunningly beautiful landscapes are mind-boggling in their diversity – from soaring peaks and glaciers to fern-carpeted forests, rolling grasslands, smouldering volcanoes and an exquisite coastline. From the first time I set foot on a New Zealand hiking trail and began trekking into its wild places and national parks, I was hooked. Hiking (or tramping as it’s known locally) in New Zealand is much closer to a genuine wilderness experience than hiking in Europe – not only are the routes are often remote, but the landscapes are wonderfully free from most of the clutter which otherwise goes into turning a mountain into a popular and accessible hiking more

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New Zealand wildlife and waterways

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Bay of Islands and South Island escape

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South Island wildlife route

Whale-watching, birding and wildlife on New Zealand’s south island
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Wine, wildlife and winding roads
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Northern adventure route

Adventures on New Zealand’s North Island
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  • Queenstown


    New Zealand’s adventure sports capital is a surprisingly small town, famously the birthplace of bungy jumping, it’d be possible to spend days here hiking, biking, rafting, canyoning, zip lining or riding the luge...
  • Milford Sound

    Milford Sound

    Even by New Zealand’s standards, Milford Sound is a truly spectacular sight...
  • 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...
  • Rotorua


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

    Coromandel Peninsula

    Visible across the Hauraki Gulf from Auckland, the Coromandel Peninsula has some of the most famous beaches in the country...
  • Kaikoura


    Kaikoura is the place to see wildlife in New Zealand, set against the might of the Seaward Kaikoura mountain range, this is a stunningly beautiful stop...
  • Wanaka


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


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


    Forget the city’s high-rise centre; the beauty of Auckland is the scenery surrounding it...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Stewart Island

    Stewart Island

    Sparsely populated Stewart Island is home to some of New Zealand’s most interesting wildlife, including penguins, dolphins and albatross...
  • 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...
  • Marlborough Region

    Marlborough Region

    The Marlborough is New Zealand’s largest wine-producing region and home to the Marloborough Sounds...
  • 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...
  • Hokitika


    An old gold-rush town, Hokitika is one of the West Coast’s few settlements...
  • Christchurch


    Most travellers use Christchurch as a base for exploring the south island, but there is plenty to see in this upwardly-mobile city...
  • 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...
  • Dunedin


    As well as being one of New Zealand’s most attractive cities, full of pretty gardens and boutique cafes and with its neo-gothic architecture, Dunedin offers a wealth of natural and wildlife-related activities...
  • Raglan


    The surfing town of Raglan on the Waikato coast is the perfect place to spend a few days lazing by the sea...
  • Nelson


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


    Creative Wellington has a claim to be New Zealand’s most cultural city...
  • West Coast Auckland

    West Coast Auckland

    The beaches of Auckland's west coast are separated from the city by the Waitakere Ranges...
  • Bay of Islands

    Bay of Islands

    With a subtropical climate, idyllic beaches, forests, islands, waterfalls, sites associated with New Zealand’s early colonial history (Russell and Waitangi), and dolphin-watching cruises, there’s nothing overrated about the popular Bay of Islands...
  • Cape Reinga

    Cape Reinga

    At the top of the Aupori Peninsula — the narrow tombola that extends from Northland—Cape Reinga is the northernmost point of New Zealand...
  • Tongariro National Park

    Tongariro National Park

    New Zealand’s oldest national park is also a UNESCO World Heritage area, noted for both its cultural and natural significance...
  • Kapiti


    Off the coast of the Kapiti Coast is Kapiti Island, a wildlife reserve...
  • Abel Tasman National Park

    Abel Tasman National Park

    Abel Tasman’s compact size makes it an easy place for trips to beautiful beaches, day hikes, longer treks, boat rides along the coast, and kayaking excursions...
  • Golden Bay

    Golden Bay

    Remote Golden Bay has a frontier vibe and very few inhabitants...
  • Paparoa National Park

    Paparoa National Park

    The unusual and aptly named Pancake Rocks at Punakaiki, in the Paparoa National Park, are a worthwhile stop en route between Westport and Greymouth/Hokitika...
  • Hanmer Springs

    Hanmer Springs

    The South Island’s answer to the geothermal springs of the central North Island, this mountain resort town is a place to chill out in the warm waters of open-air baths...
  • Koekohe Beach

    Koekohe Beach

    The Moeraki Boulders, large spheres of rock dotting Koekohe Beach (also called Moeraki Beach), are believed to have formed 60 million years ago, from ocean floor sediment...
  • Fiordland


    Although Milford Sound is one of the South Island’s most popular attractions, the large Fiordland National Park it sits within contains huge expanses of wilderness...
  • Whangarei


    Northland’s only city, Whangarei, offers fine dining at the Town Basin marina area, quick hikes to volcanic outcrops overlooking the city (Mt...
  • Hokianga Harbour

    Hokianga Harbour

    With slower road access from Auckland than the Bay of Islands, the Hokianga Harbour is relatively undeveloped and provides a real insight into Northland Maori life...
  • Doubtful Sound

    Doubtful Sound

  • Clyde


  • Twizel


  • Hammer Springs

    Hammer Springs

  • Picton


  • Blenheim


  • Lake Pukaki

    Lake Pukaki

  • Waitomo


  • Hobbiton


  • Te Anau

    Te Anau

  • Rangitoto Island

    Rangitoto Island


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