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New Zealand is a country of diversity, terrain, vegetation and climate vary to make each region distinct. White sandy beaches or wild coasts, fertile plains or high country runs sparsely stocked, rugged mountain ranges or rolling hills and sophisticated urban centres make this small island nation fascinating. Browse and find out where to go in New Zealand, luxury acommodation, best attractions and our superb hosts. Learn about New Zealand by area, the best way to work out where to go in New Zealand
The extreme northwest point of New Zealand is marked by the historic Cape Reinga Lighthouse, accessible by sealed road.
The traveller is never more than 40 minutes from the sea in the natural aquatic playground that is Northland. Legendary Pacific explorer, Kupe, made his first landfall on the shores of the Hokianga Harbour. The first European explorers were traders, whalers and sealers the sub-tropical climate ...more
A cosmopolitan and vibrant city with fabulous cafes, restaurants and bars and great shopping, Auckland is the gateway to the Hauraki Gulf. Boasting some of the best sailing in the world amidst idyllic holiday islands this playground if accessible by ferries and whale and dolphin watching safaris. Art, music and culture add to the fabric of this, New Zealand’s most populist and culturally diverse city ...more
Dominated by the majestic Waikato River the Waikato is a prosperous fertile farming region renowned for its dairy industry and race horse breeding studs. To the west coast is Raglan, a little known beach resort, its black sand beaches offering fine surfing and fishing. The rich mineral deposits found in the area have made it a significant source of the nation’s power generation. Heading southwest ...more
The dramatic volcanic plateau with majestic landscape and mystical Maori culture is a compulsory destination for any New Zealand visitor winter or summer.
Rotorua has fascinating thermal attractions and beautiful lakes and provides tourists access to Maori cultural experiences. Taupo is noted for its spectacular lake ...more
Just an hour and a half from Auckland and Hamilton, yet a world away from the hustle and bustle of city life, is the astoundingly beautiful Coromandel Peninsula with its pristine white and golden beaches and misty rainforest cloaked interior.
To the east of Coromandel lies the Bay of Plenty, its consistently mild climate and fertile soils and ...more
As well as the capital city and the seat of Government, Wellington, this region encompasses the beautiful Wairarapa and the Kapiti Coast. The city is nestled between rolling hills and a stunning harbour. With a vibrant compact CBD there is a huge array of cafés, fine dining restaurants and art galleries as well as a humming nightlife and music scene. Home of the bold and interactive national museum Te Papa, the Symphony Orchestra and the New Zealand Ballet this city is a mecca of arts and ...more
At the top of the south Island the Marlborough Sounds are the gateway to the larger, less densely populated island of New Zealand. The sounds are a maze of coves, islands and peninsulas. Walk or cycle the 71km Queen Charlotte Track or explore this region internationally renowned for its fine wines, most particularly Sauvignon Blanc. Terrain varies from rugged mountain ranges to vast fertile plains with ...more
From the air the Canterbury region resembles a patchwork quilt, its orderly arable farms intermingled with vineyards and a growing dairy industry, braided rivers like shimmering ribbons from the alps to the sea. In the southern reaches the terrain changes to lush pasture and tussock-land.
The region is home to the country’s highest peak, Aoraki Mount Cook and boasts 13 ski-fields, 10 of which ...more
The West Coast of the South Island is 600km long but no wider than 70km at any point.
It is home to 5 of New Zealand’s National Parks, Kahurangi, Paparoa and Mount Aspiring the most prominent. !40 glaciers flow down from the Southern Alps with two Fox and Franz Josef penetrating as far as the lower rainforests, just 250m above sea level ...more
Dunedin’s Scottish heritage is commemorated with a statue of the bard, Robbie Burns in the Octagon, the eight sided plaza ringed by civic and public buildings that lies at the heart of the city. Home of the country’s oldest Botanic Gardens, established in 1863, New Zealand’s oldest university and the grand Railway Station, purported to be the most photographed building in the land, Dunedin is a city full of interest ...more