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Destinations in New Zealand

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Regions in New Zealand

New Zealand is a very diverse country with many areas worth seeing, but at a high level it is easier to divide it into its two main islands and the smaller offshore islands.

  • North Island
    Gentle, with landscapes ranging from sandy beaches, farmland and rolling forests to active volcanic peaks with bubbling mud ponds.
  • South Island
    Spectacular mountains and fjords, large beech forests, beautiful beaches, large glaciers, a mecca for motorcyclists.
  • Stewart Island
    Covered by native forests and rich in birdlife, most of the island forms a national park.
  • Chatham Islands
    Remote eastern islands, traditional homeland of the Moriori people.
  • Sub-Antarctic Islands
    Very remote, uninhabited and little frequented, you can now observe the sub-Antarctic fauna and flora on cruises.

Cities in New Zealand

  • Wellington – the nation’s capital, with Parliament and the Beehive building and the wonderful free Te Papa Museum.
  • Auckland – the city of sail with its ports on the east and west coasts, by far the largest city with 1.4 million inhabitants and everything a big city has to offer.
  • Christchurch – the Garden City, the largest city on the South Island, is in the process of rebuilding after the devastating earthquake in February 2011.
  • Dunedin – South Edinburgh, proud of its Scottish heritage, chocolate factory, southern albatross colony and beautiful walking trails, just a short drive from the central business district.
  • Hamilton – lush green centre of the rich and fertile Waikato on the banks of the mighty Waikato River south of Auckland, home of rugby mascot Mooloo
  • Napier – one of the best concentrations of Art Deco architecture in the world, famous as a wine region and close to the Cape Gannet breeding colony and nature reserve.
  • Nelson – a thriving arts culture, diverse cuisine with an emphasis on local produce, a craft brewery, with the most hours of sunshine in New Zealand and surrounded by beautiful coastal and mountain landscapes, three national parks, stunning vineyards and orchards.
  • Queenstown – the adrenaline and adventure capital of the world where you can ski, skydive, bungee jump, jet boat and have fun.
  • Rotorua – famous for Māori culture and geothermal activities including geysers, fascinating pools of boiling mud and beautiful pools and hot springs.

Other destinations in New Zealand

New Zealand is rich in national parks, rural areas and other remote places worth visiting. Here are some of the best.

  • Abel Tasman National Park – golden sandy beaches, kayaking and Abel Tasman Coastal Trail
  • Mount Cook d’Aoraki National Park – lots of hiking opportunities and New Zealand’s highest mountain
  • Bay of Islands – a beautiful place on the North Island of historical significance
  • The Coromandel Peninsula – a rugged coastline with many beaches and hiking opportunities just an hour and a half from Auckland
  • Hawke’s Bay – hillside vineyards and art deco architecture in Napier
  • Milford Sound – beautiful fjord in Fiordland National Park
  • Taupo – Trout fishing and adventure activities in the centre of the North Island
  • Tongariro National Park – three volcanoes, two ski fields and one of the country’s most popular hikes
  • Westland National Park – home of the Franz Josef and Fox glaciers

How To Travel To New Zealand

By plane New Zealand is very far from any other country, so most travellers fly to New Zealand. The flight time alone from the east coast of Australia is over 3 hours. Auckland and Christchurch are the main entry points. More than 20 airlines connect Auckland Airport with over 35 destinations...

How To Travel Around New Zealand

By bus Buses are a relatively cheap and environmentally friendly way to travel in New Zealand. Services are usually only available once a day, even between major cities. Most roads in New Zealand are quite narrow and winding (compared to US highways), and travelling a long distance by bus can...

Visa & Passport Requirements for New Zealand

Minimum validity of travel documents⦁ Citizens and permanent residents of New Zealand and Australia are only required to present a valid passport on the day of arrival and departure.⦁ Other persons entering New Zealand as visitors, students or temporary workers must present a passport valid for at least 3...

Weather & Climate in New Zealand

New Zealand has a temperate maritime climate, characterized by warm summers, cool winters, as well as regular precipitation all year round. There are four seasons: Summer in December to February and Winter in June to August (the opposite of the Northern Hemisphere). The country's geography creates about 10 distinct...

Accommodation & Hotels in New Zealand

New Zealand offers a wide range of accommodation. Luxury hotels of international quality can be found in the larger cities. New Zealanders seem to have perfected the art of staying in a private home at a high price. Luxury lodges are the high-end equivalent of the bed-and-breakfast market and there...

Things to see in New Zealand

Mountains, lakes and glaciers You could say that in New Zealand it is the landscape that is beautiful, and perhaps nowhere more so than in the Southern Alps of the South Island. In Mackenzie country, the jagged snowy peaks rising above the turquoise lakes have inspired many postcards. The country's...

Things To Do in New Zealand

Outdoor and adventure activities include: Abseiling from WaitomoRound trip (helicopter and plane)BirdwatchingBlack water rafting (rafting in caves)Boat toursBungy Jump Queenstown, Auckland, Taupo - the modern bungy jump was invented here by New Zealander A.J. Hackett.Canoeing and kayaking on rivers and lakesCanyoningCaving: Waitomo, Nelson, West Coast of the South Island, Te...

Food & Drinks in New Zealand

Food in New Zealand Modern New Zealand cuisine is mainly influenced by the country's British heritage, although immigrants have begun to give it Mediterranean and Asian-Pacific accents since the 1950s. The Māori have their own traditional cuisine. The evening meal, called dinner or tea, is considered the main meal of...

Money & Shopping in New Zealand

The currency in New Zealand The currency in New Zealand is the New Zealand Dollar (NZD, $), divided into 100 cents. It is freely floating and exchange rates can change dramatically in just one week. As of October 2015, one US dollar is exchanged for about 1.50 New Zealand dollars....

Festivals & Holidays in New Zealand

Public holidays in New Zealand are as follows: 1 January: New Year's Day2 January: New Year6 February: Waitangi Day, marking the anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840.Easter weekend: a four-day weekend in March or April (set according to Western Christian dates) that includes Good Friday,...

Traditions & Customs in New Zealand

Social behavior New Zealanders are generally warm and sociable, but they keep strangers at bay. New Zealand is a country where the words "please" and "thank you" can be used more than once in a sentence without being inappropriate, and where an initial rejection of an offer is part of polite...

Language & Phrasebook in New Zealand

English is the main language of New Zealand, spoken by 97% of the population, and one of the country's three official languages. Te Reo Māori, the language of New Zealand's indigenous Māori people, and New Zealand Sign Language, the language of New Zealand's deaf community, are the other two...

Internet & Communications in New Zealand

Phone New Zealand has a well-developed and extensive telephone system. The country's former telephone company, Spark, claimed in 2009 that there were about 4,000 phone boxes in New Zealand, easily recognisable by their yellow and blue colours, but these numbers are now declining. They accept all major credit cards and...

Culture Of New Zealand

Initially, the Māori adapted the tropical culture of eastern Polynesia to the challenges associated with a larger and more diverse environment, and eventually developed their own distinctive culture. Social organisation was essentially community-based, with families (whanau), sub-tribes (hapu) and tribes (iwi) led by a chief (rangatira) whose position was...

History Of New Zealand

New Zealand was one of the last large land masses to be colonised by humans. Radiocarbon dating, evidence of deforestation and mitochondrial DNA variability in Māori populations suggest that New Zealand was first settled by East Polynesians between 1250 and 1300, completing a long series of voyages across the...

Stay Safe & Healthy in New Zealand

Stay safe in New Zealand The main emergency number in New Zealand is 111 and can be used to contact ambulance, fire, police, coastguard and rescue services. 112 works from mobile phones; 911 and 999 can work but are not dependent on them. You can call *555 from your mobile...

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