New Zealand

NEW ZEALAND TRAVEL AGENCY

North Island

Auckland

Auckland is New Zealand's largest city and main transport hub. Make sure you stop and enjoy the shopping, dining and natural wonders Auckland has to offer. The harbour side city of Auckland is surrounded by natural attractions. There are plenty of beautiful places to visit within an hour of the CBD. Auckland is a food lover’s paradise – surrounded by fertile land and rich waters, it’s home to world-class chefs, food producers and winemakers. Visit beautiful Waiheke Island, just a 35-minute minute ferry ride across the harbour from downtown Auckland. From dolphin spotting to luxury dinner cruises, there’s a maritime experience to suit every taste and budget.

Rotorua

Rotorua is a melting pot of natural and cultural attractions. Enjoy the regions unique mix of bubbling mud pools, Maori heritage and spectacular lakes and forests. Experience the best of the Maori world with cultural performances, ta moko tattoo experts, and healthy and delicious traditional foods. Get up close to spectacular geysers and colourful crater lakes, relax in a mud bath or enjoy a simple soak in a natural hot stream. With the entertaining 'Farm Show' you’ll hear amazing facts with a few laughs.

Hobbiton

Experience the real Middle-earth with a visit to the Hobbiton Movie Set, the bucolic setting for The Shire that featured in the Peter Jackson directed films, The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit. The set has been completely rebuilt and is now a permanent attraction. Hobbit holes, the Green Dragon Inn, the Mill and other structures can be viewed and you will see how this beautiful piece of Waikato farm land was transformed into The Shire from Middle-earth.

Waitomo

Waitomo Caves is one of the must-see natural attractions in the North Island of New Zealand. There’s so much to do! Above ground attractions combine with underground attractions to create Two Landscapes and Twice the Fun! Waitomo is famous for glowworm caves, black water rafting, cave abseiling (rappelling) cave eco-tours & natural attractions above and below ground. It's a New Zealand adventure & scenic paradise in the North Island, easily reached from Auckland, Rotorua & Taupo and only 15 minutes from busy, vibrant towns like Otorohanga to the north & Te Kuiti to the south.

Wellington

The Wellington region is the gateway to the South Island. It's also where you'll find the nation's capital - a place brimming with art, culture and fun. This sophisticated yet friendly city has all this urban excitement within earshot of untouched nature spots. One of New Zealand's favourite icons, the famous Wellington cable car climbs the hill from downtown Lambton Quay to the Botanic Gardens. The museum of Te Papa is a favourite among visitors and locals alike. Wellington's compact size makes it easy to walk around and its proximity to the ocean and native forests makes it an ideal place to enjoy nature. It's no surprise Lonely Planet labelled Wellington “the coolest little capital in the world” in its Best in Travel 2011 guidebook.

Bay of Plenty

The Bay of Plenty region is home to spectacular beaches, juicy kiwifruit and geothermal wonders. The Bay of Plenty is one of New Zealand and most unique and varied regions. Here, you can experience everything from lush native forests and waterfalls to spectacular beaches and even active geothermal wonders. Sunny Bay of Plenty is the perfect place to see or swim with dolphins.  Mount Maunganui, one of New Zealand’s well known surf destinations. White sand beaches and easily accessible surf breaks line this beautiful coastline. Whether you are looking for something a little adventurous, cultural or family-friendly, the Bay of Plenty offers plenty of things to do.

South Island

Queenstown

Queenstown is one of New Zealand's top visitor destinations and if you come to the region you'll understand why. Queenstown is a place for adventure and indulgence. From sky-diving to fine dining, this resort town offers something for everyone. Queenstown’s most famous thrill-seeking activity is bungy jumping. It’s not for the faint-hearted, but it’s an experience you’ll never forget. A bungy jump is a must-do if you’re visiting Queenstown. Bungy jumping involves throwing yourself off a platform head first with a strong bungy cord tied around your ankles. Queenstown is home to the world’s first bungy jump – located off Kawerau Bridge– as well as the highest in the Southern Hemisphere.

Milford Sound

Cruising is a relaxing, luxurious way to explore New Zealand. Its like having a travelling hotel, so that you can visit many destinations without ever having to repack your suitcase. A guided cruise lets you slide between the vertical Mountain views that form the sides of Milford Sound, New Zealands most famous fiord. The scenery is on such a grand scale, youll find it challenging to capture on camera. While it's always great to have a sunny day in Milford Sound, you won't be disappointed if the heavens open. When it rains here, the mountainsides erupt with hundreds of waterfalls. Some begin so high up, they never reach the sea. It's like a scene from a fantasy movie, but it's absolutely real.

Christchurch

Funky Christchurch city and the vast Canterbury region have plenty to keep you busy, whether you're a shopaholic, wild adventurer or history buff. Christchurch city promises an eclectic mix of historic elegance and contemporary culture. As the gateway to the South Island, it's a must on any itinerary. Christchurch is not just about pretty parks and genteel activities, there are many adrenalin pumping options available that will create lasting memories. TranzAlpine, Kiwirail Scenic Journeys between Christchurch and Greymouth, one of the world’s great train journeys, travelling coast to coast through forests and farmland and over the spectacular Southern Alps.

Dunedin

Dunedin is a region of unique landscapes and fascinating cultural history. Enjoy getting close to rare wildlife and soaking up the quirky city vibe. Dunedin Botanic Gardens is a beautiful place to wander at any time of the year. Immerse yourself in Dunedin’s stunning heritage buildings and their colourful past with a guided walking tour by City Walks Down on the Otago Peninsula’s beaches you can experience one of New Zealand’s most significant conservation success stories; the resurgence of the endangered Yellow-Eyed Penguin (Hoiho). They nest in coastal vegetation, hidden from other birds and humans. The Little Blue Penguin – the world’s smallest penguin – also breeds here.

Mount Cook

Aoraki Mount Cook National Park is home of the highest mountains and the longest glaciers. It is alpine in the purest sense - with sky-scraping peaks, glaciers and permanent snowfields, offers the best mountain and glacial scenery in New Zealand. Helicopters and ski planes provide access to the park & fabulous glaciers. Fly alongside the Southern Alps and view the breathtaking landscape of the Tasman Valley. Landing among spectacular ice formations and caverns is the start of an unforgettable experience. Far from city lights, the stargazing here is magnificent!

West Coast

The West Coast is home to magnificent glaciers, seal colonies and spectacular national parks. If you like unique and wild places, don't miss the natural wonders of this region. The breath taking expanses of ice also known as the Fox Glacier and Franz Josef Glacier are not to be missed. On the West Coast you will also find Mount Aspiring National Park, known for its mix of remote wilderness, high mountains and beautiful river valleys. It is New Zealand’s third largest national park.