Top spots to visit in New Zealand
Explore New Zealand’s raw natural beauty and the magnificent landscape of Milford Sound, hike Aoraki/Mt Cook, or step into the icy world of the glaciers. Cruise the waters of the Bay of Islands, get the adrenaline pumping with adventure sports, or discover the magic of the Waitomo Glowworm Caves. With so much to offer, the hardest part of your holiday planning will be deciding what to do!
Bay of Islands Northland
Bay of Islands is a subtropical micro-region, known for its scenic beauty, fishing, and boating. Bay of Islands encompasses 144 islands between Cape Brett and the Purerua Peninsula, and includes towns of Paihia, Russell, and Kerikeri. Enjoy the beauty of this area by exploring the spectacular walking tracks, or join a daily cruise, yacht, or hire a sea kayak.
Waitomo Glowworm Caves
These world-renowned caves are home to the glow worm, Arachnocampa luminosa, which are unique to New Zealand. Thousands of these radiate their luminescent light in the spectacular limestone caverns. The caves offer all sorts of adventure experiences, including black-river rafting, underground abseiling, and many other caving delights.
Hobbiton™ Movie Set
Experience the real Middle-earth with a visit to the Hobbiton™ Movie Set, featured in The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit films. Drive through a picturesque 506ha sheep farm with spectacular views across to the Kaimai Ranges. Take a look at Bag End, where Frodo and Bilbo’s adventures began. Get lost among the hobbit holes, and listen to spellbinding tales of how Hobbiton™ came to be.
Wine & Dine
Scores of vineyards rub shoulders along the Wairau and Awatere valleys, in the region of Marlborough, producing some of New Zealand’s finest sauvignon blanc and pinot noir. Surrounded by mountains, and adorned with lakes and deep river gorges, the scenic Central Otago is the world’s southernmost wine-producing region, with pinot noir as the star of the show, and not an experience to be missed!
Fox & Franz Josef Glaciers West Coast
These huge valleys of ice extend well below the snowline, almost to the sea. The temperate climate at this low altitude means these glaciers are among the most convenient to visit in the world. Easy walks to the foot of the glaciers pass along ancient river valleys with steep sides bearing horizontal scars from when the glaciers have retreated and advanced over millennia.
Aoraki/Mt Cook Canterbury
Mt Cook is the tallest mountain in New Zealand. Mountaineers regard the area to be the best climbing region in Australasia, while less-skilled adventurers find plenty of satisfaction with the mountain walks that lead to alpine tarns, herb fields, and spectacular glacier views, all set under a star-studded sky. Encounters with cheeky kea (mountain parrots) are part of the fun.
Adrenalin Rush Queenstown
Offering stunning mountain views, Queenstown is considered by many to be the ‘adventure capital of the world’, offering more adrenaline pumping activities than you can poke a parachute at. Go skydiving, white-water rafting, and jet-boating; or ride a mountain luge, swing through a canyon, or take a heli-flight. Bungy from the Kawarau Bridge, or hit the ski slopes.
Milford Sound Fiordland National Park
The breath-taking Milford Sound fiord has spectacular natural features around every corner – marvel at the towering Mitre Peak, majestic waterfalls, and ancient rainforests. Boat cruises are a popular way to explore; or head out kayaking, diving, or enjoy a scenic flight. The underwater observatory at Harrison Cove offers views of marine life, including black coral.