Famous for its natural beauty, New Zealand is a wonderful destination for travellers with a bit of an adventurous streak. A safe and accessible country, you'll find a huge range of activities to keep you busy, particularly if you enjoy the outdoors. From bush hikes and water sports to snow boarding and bungy-jumping, there's a lot to see and do here. On top of that, you'll enjoy good food, world-renowned wine and a fascinating cultural heritage. As you explore the country, you can even challenge yourself to learn the Māori names and stories about the beautiful places you're seeing.
New Zealand consists of two major islands - the North Island and the South Island.
Most visitors to New Zealand begin their travels in Auckland, the largest city in the country. Auckland is on an isthmus, situated on a narrow strip of land between the East and West Coasts of New Zealand. This means there are lots of nearby beaches to explore while you're in the city, from the rugged, black sand beaches in the West, to the calm, white bays in the East. Auckland is a volcanic city, and you'll find a number of old volcanoes to climb up for beautiful views of the city, as well as the huge crater at Mt Eden. There are also a couple of peaceful forests which have bush walks with stunning views.
North of Auckland, the climate is slightly warmer and you'll find a large range of beaches to choose from - the further North you go, the more secluded you become. This is a great part of the country to spend a some time just relaxing and discovering more about the cultures in this part of the country.
Highlights include stopping in the beautiful Coromandel for stunning beaches, Rotorua for volcanic attractions and thermal spas, then on to wineries of Hawkes Bay.
But the highlight of any trip to New Zealand is travelling to the South Island, with the spectacular Southern Alps, numerous blue lakes of varying hues and some of the most beautiful scenery in the world.
For magnificent views over mountains and lakes, do some trails in Mt Aspiring National Park. Roy’s Peak, in particular, is a favourite on Instagram with panoramic views over Lake Wanaka. While Queenstown has all the comforts of a larger city, it’s the natural beauty with makes this area so special.