|Airport City||Auckland Airport, Blenheim Airport (Woodbourne), Chatham Islands / Tuuta Airport, Christchurch International Airport, Dunedin International Airport|
|Offical Languages||English, Māori,|
|Food||HANGI, CRAYFISH, HOKEY POKEY ICE CREAM|
Autumn : Mar - Jun
Summer : Dec - Mar
Winter : Jun - Sep
Sprint : Sep - Dec
Auckland, based around 2 large harbours, is a major city in the north of New Zealand’s North Island. In the centre, the iconic Sky Tower has views of Viaduct Harbour, which is full of superyachts and lined with bars and cafes. Auckland Domain, the city’s oldest park, is based around an extinct volcano and home to the formal Wintergardens. Near Downtown, Mission Bay Beach has a seaside promenade.
Queenstown, New Zealand, sits on the shores of the South Island’s Lake Wakatipu, set against the dramatic Southern Alps. Renowned for adventure sports, it’s also a base for exploring the region’s vineyards and historic mining towns. There's bungee jumping off Kawarau Gorge Suspension Bridge and jet-boating on the Shotover and Dart rivers. In winter, there's skiing on the slopes of The Remarkables and Coronet Peak.
Wellington, the capital of New Zealand, sits near the North Island’s southernmost point on the Cook Strait. A compact city, it encompasses a waterfront promenade, sandy beaches, a working harbour and colourful timber houses on surrounding hills. From Lambton Quay, the iconic red Wellington Cable Car heads to the Wellington Botanic Gardens. Strong winds through the Cook Strait give it the nickname "Windy Wellington."
Christchurch, known for its English heritage, is located on the east coast of New Zealand’s South Island. Flat-bottomed punts glide on the Avon River, which meanders through the city centre. On its banks are cycling paths, the green expanse of Hagley Park and Christchurch Botanic Gardens. In 2010 and 2011, earthquakes destroyed many of the historic centre's stone-built buildings.
Rotorua, a town set on its namesake lake on New Zealand's North Island, is renowned for its geothermal activity and Maori culture. In Te Puia’s Whakarewarewa Valley, there are bubbling mud pools and the 30m-tall Pohutu Geyser, which erupts many times daily. It’s also home to a living Maori village and the New Zealand Maori Arts and Crafts Institute, with traditional wood carving and weaving schools.
Known as the ‘Edinburgh of the South’, Dunedin’s Scottish heritage is immediately apparent; a Victorian railway greets you, alongside numerous statues and monuments to famous Scots. With the oldest university in New Zealand, Dunedin is a youthful place with an energetic feel, and there are lots of great bars and a pumping nightlife scene. Lovely Victorian buildings dot the city, which is quite picturesque given its prime location around the port. From here, you can easily explore the wilds of the nearby Otago Peninsula.
One of the best places to live in New Zealand, Nelson’s stunning setting on the coast, snuggled between two mountain ranges, also makes it a fantastic city to visit. With a hip art scene, brilliant craft breweries and a range of delightful restaurants, it is a lovely place to spend some time – Nelson’s delightful surroundings are enticingly nearby. Explore the multitude of wineries on offer and the stunning natural wonders of Abel Tasman National Park. Beautiful beaches, glittering lakes and mountains lie tantalizingly within reach.
Feeling somewhat like a wealthy seaside town in England, Napier is a charming place to kick back and relax, with a romantic air about it. With lovely 1930’s facades and some delightful streets to explore, its fantastic collection of art-deco buildings is interspersed with some brilliant restaurants and atmospheric cafes. Napier has several gorgeous beaches nearby, as well as a fantastic aquarium to check out. The marvelous wineries just outside of the city are also well worth exploring.
Straddling the beautiful Waikato River, Hamilton is an inland city on the North Island that is a pleasant place to visit, although it lacks the stunning setting of many of New Zealand’s other cities. There are a few interesting attractions such as the excellent Waikato Museum and the tranquil Hamilton Gardens. With a large university population, Hamilton has loads of great bars, restaurants and cafes for you to enjoy, and a number of fantastic festivals take place here throughout the year. Not far from Hamilton are many great sights that are worth visiting – Lord of the Rings lovers will want to head to Matamata, where they can visit the real-life Shire!
Set in a beautiful location, Whangarei is the only city in the northernmost reaches of New Zealand; it is a gateway to the amazing natural wonders all around it. With a laidback vibe in the town, things are slowly changing; a new art museum, shopping center and restaurant complex have opened up and there are some great bars and cafes around town. While there are lots of fabulous beaches around Whangarei to relax on, most people head to the Poor Knights Islands for their fantastic scuba diving, or to the delightfully scenic Bay of Islands.
Auckland Harbour, correctly named the Waitemata Harbour, provides the main access by sea to Auckland City. The Auckland Harbour Bridge crosses the Auckland Harbour.
Auckland Harbour offer unique experiences to help make your vacation perfect.
The Auckland of the past few years has finally taken advantage of its prime position on the Waitemata Harbour, with the development of world class waterfront areas, and a more pedestrian friendly CBD to become the most vibrant city in the South Pacific. True to the City Council’s objective to be “the Worlds Most Liveable City” Auckland is packed with amazing restaurants, bars, cafes and parks, and world class attractions, most of which are easily accessed from the CBD hotels. The result is a city that can cater for couples and friends, families, or conferences and events with style; a city suited to the cosmopolitan types yet also the action seeking or outdoorsy, a city that has just as much to offer the visitor from other parts of NZ as the overseas tourist.
With only vehicular and passenger ferries available for access to the North Shore, by the mid-20th century the need for a bridge across the Waitemata Harbour was a pressing matter. There had been several attempts to have a bridge constructed dating from the 1860s, with the first serious plan advancing in the late-1920s only to be stopped by the Great Depression. From the mid-1940s Sir John Allum began promoting the idea and this time it went ahead.
After three Royal Commissions the Auckland Harbour Bridge Authority was formed in 1951, and built the bridge as a toll structure using loan money. It was agreed that the connecting motorways would be provided by the National Roads Board.
If dining with a view is what you're after, there are 3 eateries to choose from: The Orbit 360˚ revolving restaurant, the chic and elegant venue known as The Sugar Club and the Sky Café.
At the base of the Sky Tower, the SKYCITY Auckland entertainment complex features 2 world-class hotels, Auckland's premier dining precinct with over 20 bars and restaurants, a 700-seat theater and a world-class casino.
We Aucklanders sometimes forget, but we are lucky. We live on the doorstep of the Hauraki Gulf, a pocket of Pacific Ocean tucked into the North Island’s eastern side. It is sheltered by the 80 kilometre long thumb of the Coromandel Peninsula to the east, and Great Barrier/Little Barrier islands above that. Dozens of beaches are stitched around it’s coastlines, and Auckland’s eastern shores are particularly prized for their white sands and mild waves – perfect for families.
Since 2000 the whole area has been designated the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park, and thanks to the efforts of DOC (Department of Conservation) it’s islands are almost pest-free, and home to a growing number of rare and protected birds and plants as well as human residents. Some islands are now wildlife sanctuaries and permission is needed if you wish to visit them. All of them have had much work done, some of it very recently, to restore the wildlife that used to flourish in the Gulf, but the ecology is still extremely fragile. Because of this, DOC request that you clean your boots and/or camping equipment before traveling to any island, as pests that have taken decades to remove could be re-introduced accidentally. The marine environment, bruised by the ongoing issues of over-fishing, sewage and agricultural run-off, is also being monitored. Fortunately it still includes hundreds of whales and dolphins.
Regarded as one of the finest museums in the southern hemisphere, discover this museum's renowned and unique collection of Maori and Pacific treasures.
House on one of the nation's best heritage buildings, the museum's 3 floors tell the story of New Zealand. From the great Polynesian voyages that brought people to Aotearoa to the diverse cultures and communities of Auckland, Auckland Museum portrays the rich diversity of New Zealand in an informative and spectacular way.
From the museum, admire stunning views across the city, Waitemata Harbour, Hauraki Gulf and its islands.
Auckland Zoo is New Zealand’s largest home of wildlife, conveniently located just ten minutes from central Auckland and easily accessible by public transport.
Enjoy entertaining and educational daily shows and animal encounters. Laid out by continent, you can visit Africa, Australia, Asia, and more, as you explore the park. With 126 species and over 1000 animals, Auckland Zoo is a great place to discover wildlife from New Zealand and around the world. Visit the Te Wao Nui precinct to experience all of New Zealand’s natural treasures in one place.
Auckland Zoo is proud to serve palm oil-free and free-range food at the four on-site cafes. There are also a number of picnic areas around the zoo. Relax with your purchased or packed lunch while enjoying the sights and sounds of the zoo! Auckland Zoo is a not-for-profit, so all ticket proceeds go toward building a brighter future for wildlife, wild places and all of us.
History, heritage and culture are brought to life at Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki. Founded in 1888, it remains New Zealand’s most compelling visual arts experience, with a collection numbering over 15,000 works.
The Gallery building reopened in 2011 after a comprehensive heritage restoration and expansion and is the 2013/2014 World Building of the Year.
Explore a treasure trove of historic, modern and contemporary New Zealand art, as well as work by Māori and Pacific Island artists. International painting, sculpture and print collections range from 1376 to the present day.
The Gallery regularly hosts international touring exhibitions and also offers a lively calendar of talks, performances, film screenings and children's activities.
Ride to the top of Bob’s Peak on the Skyline Gondola and experience fun-filled gravity rides on the Skyline Luge. Admire the breathtaking views on the gondola ride.
When you reach the top, board a 4-seater chairlift to the top of the luge tracks. Steer the 3-wheeled luge cart on a leisurely ride around gentle bends on the Blue Track.
If you’re looking for some thrills, take the Red Track that boasts a steeper gradient, higher speeds, banking corners, and tunnels.
Take another chairlift from the bottom to the start zone to complete your rides. After your luge experience, enjoy an optional meal at the restaurant on Bob's Peak before returning to Queenstown by gondola.
The Remarkables is a 24 hour, 7 days a week operation with multiple natural and operational hazards. Ski touring within the ski area boundary is dangerous and can result in serious injury so please respect ALL CLOSURES – especially Winch Cat signs. All areas of the mountain are winch groomed on a daily basis with activity concentrated around the Curvy Basin.
Alta Turquoise to Alta Lake is the designated safe skiing touring route and is the only permitted ski touring route while ski patrol is conducting avalanche control work.
Lake Wakatipu fills a deep valley carved into the mountains by ancient glaciers. Views from Fernhill of an impressive trio - Queenstown, Lake Wakatipu and the Remarkables. In Queenstown, there's always a new vista around the corner
The Dart and Rees Rivers flows into the northern end of Lake Wakatipu; the Kawarau River, beginning near Queenstown, handles its outflow.
The lake occupies a single, glacier-carved trench and is bordered on all sides by tall mountains, the highest of which is Mount Earnslaw (2819 metres). Settlements around the lake shore include Queenstown and the villages of Kingston, Glenorchy and Kinloch.
Because of its unusual shape, Lake Wakatipu has a 'tide' (more correctly, an unusually large seiche or "standing wave"), which causes the water to rise and fall about 10 centimetres every 25 minutes or so. Maori legend links this phenomenon to the heartbeat of a huge monster named Matau, who is said to be slumbering at the bottom of the lake.
Discover Queenstown’s untouched and pristine wilderness during an authentic jet boat adventure across Lake Wakatipu and along the historic Kawarau River. Choose from a 25-minute or 1-hour experience and spend more time on the water with a convenient departure right from the heart of Queenstown.
Travel far up the Kawarau River, covering a distance of 47 km (1 hour) as you listen to interesting commentary from your experienced driver. After getting equipped with a life jacket and spray jacket, climb on board and experience exhilarating 360-degree spins, skimming the water at speeds of up to 95 km/hour.
Then, travel down the river where it is calmest, even when the lake is rough. Take your camera along to capture the stunning scenery of your jet boat experience with frequent photo opportunities.
Disembark at Walter Peak and join the host for a farmyard tour. Get up close to sheep, deer, and highland cattle. Help feed the farm animals, watch a sheep shearing demonstration, and explore the lakeside gardens. Enjoy a morning or afternoon tea including scones, muffins, coffee, and tea.
The Walter Peak Farm tour is the perfect way to get a taste of New Zealand's farming lifestyle in an interactive way. This 3.5-hour tour is suitable for all ages.
Queenstown is a breath-taking resort town and New Zealand’s outdoor adventure capital internationally famous for its incredible natural beauty and dramatic landscapes. Queenstown Garden Tours offer tours of Queenstown’s beautiful gardens that may include English gardens, rose gardens, native gardens and even vineyards. On your Queenstown garden tour, admire the fragrance of the roses while gazing off to the dramatic back drop of the jaw-droppingly rugged and imposing mountain ranges.
Experience the rugged beauty and unspoiled grandeur of the breathtaking scenery as you conquer this wild and untamed river. Tackle six rapids along the Shotover River, with stretches of calm water to take in the views, go for a swim and soak up its gold mining history.
The long and narrow grade 4-5 Mother is made up of rapids such as Aftershock, Squeeze, Toilet, and Pinball. Raft through the darkness of the 170-metre Oxenbridge Tunnel.
Once you arrive at the top of the Cable Car, head to the indoor or outdoor viewing platform to enjoy the panoramic views of the city and harbor Te Whanganui-a-Tara. There’s a telescope for viewing too, just make sure to bring some coins! The Krupp Gunis another lookout area with less impeded views.
Listen to engaging and informative commentary as your guide brings the stories of New Zealand's places and people to life. The museum extensive collections are spread over six floors with high-tech interactive exhibits. Encounter Māori and other Pacific Island cultural treasures and learn about New Zealand’s extraordinary natural history. The tour is an ideal orientation for first-time visitors while adding depth and understanding to the Te Papa experience.
The city's most impressive viewpoint is atop 196m-high Mt Victoria (Matairangi), east of the city centre. You can take the No 20 bus most of the way up, but the rite of passage is to sweat it out on the walk (ask a local for directions or just follow your nose). If you’ve got wheels, take Oriental Pde along the waterfront and then scoot up Carlton Gore Rd. Aside from the views there are some rather interesting info panels.
CentrePort is New Zealand's most strategically situated intermodal hub, linking road, rail, domestic and international shipping services.
CentrePort's central geographic location, natural sheltered deep-water harbour, and modern port facilities enable it to offer a broad range of cargo and logistics services.
CentrePort is not simply a gateway for the passage of cargoes, and our role in transport logistics extends well beyond the physical boundaries of the port. Our close relationship with service providers throughout the shipping and logistics industries enables us to bring together key parties, in order to develop innovative supply chain solutions on our customers’ behalf.
Breathtakingly Beautiful – Wellington's iconic Old St Paul’s is one of New Zealand’s greatest heritage places and one of the best examples of timber Gothic Revival architecture in the world. A ‘must-see’ experience on your visit to Wellington.
Old St Paul’s is a place of living history, a place that tells the stories – not only of the church but the people of Wellington and the historic suburb of Thorndon. Constructed entirely from native timbers, the glowing interior is enhanced by stunning stained glass.
Our lovely gift shop features exquisite gifts and New Zealand keepsakes. Specialising in locally made goods, there is something to suit every taste.
Old St Paul's is just a few minutes stroll from the city centre and its amenities.
ZEALANDIA is an urban sanctuary where rare native species are flourishing in the wild. Explore scenic tracks, spot kākā, tuatara and many more, take in a ranger talk and a boat ride, then relax with a coffee overlooking the lake.
Discover a remarkable story at our interactive and inspiring exhibition. Immerse yourself in New Zealand's unique and fragile natural environment and the ground-breaking conservation work which preserves it.
The 225 hectare ecosanctuary is located only ten minutes from the Wellington CBD. Guided walking tours provide visitors with insights into the native bird, reptile and plant species that are thriving within the predator proof sanctuary.
Tick off the best things to see in Christchurch in the most iconic way - on the vintage Christchurch Tram! Traveling slower than a bus so you'll get more time to admire your surroundings, covering more ground than walking and without the hassle of looking for parking, Christchurch Tram the perfect form of transportation to explore the city. Along with its charming historic interior, you'll feel like you've been transported back to 1882 when the first steam trams roamed the city! Hop on and off as you please and if you're feeling tired from discovering the city, you can simply take a scenic ride and hop off when you are ready to explore again!
Experience the South Island’s striking natural landscape by taking a train between Christchurch and Greymouth. Along this journey you’ll see epic vistas, travel the edges of the ice-fed Waimakariri River, traverse the Southern Alps, and see miles of native beech forest.
The TranzAlpine is one of the world's great train journeys covering 223 kilometres (139 miles) one-way, taking just under 5 hours. You’ll traverse the majestic Canterbury Plains, to the backdrop of the mighty Southern Alps - the journey of a lifetime.
A visit to Christchurch is not complete until you visit the historic Botanic Gardens. Climb aboard one of our all-weather electric vehicles and tour in comfort. The Christchurch Botanic Gardens Tour is an affordable activity for nature enthusiasts of all ages, allowing you to view some of the best examples of native and exotic flora in New Zealand.
A great family activity any season of the year: enjoy the world-famous Botanic Gardens of Christchurch.
The International Antarctic Centre located right in Christchurch, New Zealand, opens its doors to visitors looking to uncover the frozen lands located at the farthest regions of the world, in inhospitable climates where only a few species can manage to survive. In spite of the somber topic it undertakes, the center aims to promote learning and education about this region through the use of the fun and interactive activities found within. No matter the age of the participant, they’ll discover something new and fascinating about the Antarctic through a snow and ice experience unlike any other. Don’t miss the Antarctic Storm simulation, hang out with the Little Blue Penguins, and experience everyday life in modern-day Antarctica. Lose yourself in the world of icy discoveries in the center!
Located approximately 1.5 hours' drive (86 kms) from Christchurch, Akaroa is a beautiful harbour-side town with charming colonial architecture remanent of the French and British settlers who founded the area.
Akaroa's main wharf is situated on the south side of the town centre and is within metres of shops and cafes. A 20 minute tender ride is required to get cruise ship passengers ashore.
Many bays around Banks Peninsula are accessible within 30 minutes' drive of Akaroa.
Get up close and personal with New Zealand native wildlife at Willowbank Wildlife Reserve. The wildlife park and nature reserve is located 5 minutes drive from Christchurch Airport and 20 minutes drive from Christchurch CBD.
Set in a natural environment with a great variety of wildlife species, Willowbank is suitable for all ages. Learn about New Zealand's endangered wildlife and Willowbank's continuing involvement in conservation.
Walk through the massive kea enclosure to meet the worlds only alpine parrot, check out the world's only living dinosaur (tuatara), one of the rarest birds in the world (takahe) and a rare bush parrot (kaka). Be sure to visit the specially constructed viewing facility where you are guaranteed to see kiwi with no glass to hinder your view! Relax at the onsite cafe and bar, before, during or after exploring the reserve. Take a break overlooking the deer paddock. During winter, enjoy the ambience of the roaring open fire!
This is truly a unique and unforgettable night where you can experience one of the world's oldest remaining cultures of the local Maori people and see the glowworms illuminate their natural habitat. You will be warmly welcomed by warriors in traditional dress on the waka or warrior canoe as the night begins. A delicious feast of both Maori and western food is served, and you can watch the raising of the hangi, which is the traditional oven beneath the soil that is used to cook your meal. After sharing your meal with other participants, get ready for the highlight of the night, from the elegant poi dance to the powerful haka, you'll be immersed in a cultural performance like no other. You'll also have the chance to learn about the traditional weapons and tools used, the beautiful tattoo art and the history and stories of the Maori people. Be captivated by this village experience and astounded by the beauty of nature and tradition.
Discover Wai-O-Tapu, an active geothermal area at the southern end of the Okataina Volcanic Center, just north of the Reporoa caldera, in New Zealand's Taupo Volcanic Zone 27 km south of Rotorua. Wai-O-Tapu, meaning “sacred waters” in Maori, was the homeland of the Ngati Whaoa tribe who descended from those on the Arawa waka.
Admire the colorful hot springs, such as the Champagne Pool, Artist’s Palette, Primrose Terrace and the boiling mud pools. The striking appearance of these springs is due to dramatic geothermal conditions beneath the earth. Explore the 18 square meters geothermal area.
Arrive in the morning and the see the 10:30 am erupting of the Lady Knox Geyser. Marvel as hot water is shot sky-high from deep within the earth.
Any visit to New Zealand isn't complete without experiencing the local culture, and the Whakarewarewa Village is New Zealand's only true living Maori village. With over five generations having lived here, you'll learn about the fascinating use of the geothermal valley in their day to day lives. From bathing to cooking and heating their homes, the geothermal wonders aren't just a spectacular sight. Whakarewarewa Village is also home to the famous Pohutu and Prince of Wales Feathers geysers, so keep an eye out to watch them burst with plumes of steam. Make sure to catch the Maori Cultural Performance Show, where you can witness the powerful and sacred Haka as well as stories, song and dance that play an important role in the Maori culture.
Ohinemutu is a lakeside Māori village that is home to around 260 people. Highlights include the 1905 Tama-te-Kapua Meeting House (not open to visitors), many steaming volcanic vents, and the wonderful Māori-British mash-up that is St Faith’s Anglican Church. Be respectful if you visit the village: this is private land, and locals don't appreciate loud, nosy tourists wandering around taking photos of their houses.
The Kaituna River is a world-famous white-water destination. The river has been run regularly by rafting and kayak since 1991. It is used for recreational kayaking, commercial tandem kayaking, rafting and sledging. It is a winter destination for paddlers from the northern hemisphere. The entrance to the upper gorge contains a slalom course that has been used by international teams for their off-season training prior to world championships and Olympic competition. The upper gorge contains a number of play features, including the famous "bottom hole". The entire river has been run. The temperate rainforest, warm water, and its unusual character means the river is well known in international whitewater kayak videos.
Enter a Maori village in a natural bush setting and learn about their customs during an immersive cultural experience. Following pickup from your Rotorua accommodation, if option booked, get a warm meet and greet from a beautiful Maori maiden dressed in traditional attire. Learn the guidelines to enter the sacred site and select a chief from your group to represent those visiting the village.
See warriors in traditional dress paddle an ancient warrior canoe down the Wai-o-whiro stream and marvel at glow worms in their natural habitat. Be captivated by the songs and dances of an entertaining concert, complete with the spine-tingling haka war dance. Watch as the hangi feast is removed from the earth-cooked oven, explore the art of ta moko (tattoo) and more.
Feast on a hot selection of succulent meats and poultry, vegetables and fresh salads, topped off with tempting desserts.
1 ) Rhythm & Alps
Festival Month - December
Are you crazy about mountains and music? Rhythm & Alps fest is kind of festival you can road trip to. It is one of a kind camping and summer festival in New Zealand that brings together world-class bands, DJ’s and festival-goers to witness the new year’s eve together. The camping facilities includes hot showers, food village, chill zone, swimming hole, phone charging and much more. Come to Rhythm & Alps fest to be rewarded with one of the most unique New Zealand music festivals on the planet.
2 ) WOMAD
Festival Month - March
WOMAD – World of Music, Arts and Dance is an internationally established festival that celebrates the world’s many forms of music, arts and dance. The festival’s central aim is to excite, inform, and create awareness of the worth and potential of a multicultural society. An interesting twist you would see during this festival is ‘Nova Energy Taste The World’ where artists swap instruments and microphones for cooking utensils and unusual ingredients. This celebration has surely become one of the traditional festivals in New Zealand now.
3 ) Rhythm And Vines
Festival Month - December
Gisborne is the first city in the world to see the the New Year, as it is on New Zealand’s East Cape. A 3 day long international music festival, Rhythm and Vines, is the first festival in the world to welcome in the first sunrise of the new year. If you are someone who can’t live without music, it is one of the best music festivals in New Zealand you should be looking forward to.