Things to do in New Zealand

| June 19, 2020

Things to do in New Zealand

There are a wealth of things to do in New Zealand, revolving around the natural landscapes, welcoming cities and glorious food and wine of the region. We’ve split the country into their two main islands – north and south.

North Island

New Zealand’s North Island is rich both in Maori and European culture and history, and features dramatic landscapes and coastline. The gateway into the country is Auckland; a vibrant cosmopolitan city built around two vast harbours.

To the north, highlights include Cape Reinga at the very northern tip and the spectacular Ninety Mile Beach; magnificent native forests home to the towering kauri tree; and the Bay of Islands – an area of pristine islands and beaches that was the setting for the peace treaty between the Maori and the European settlers. Further south are the rainforests and beaches of the Coromandel Peninsula, Maori culture in Rotorua, award-winning vineyards in Hawke’s Bay, as well as volcanic geysers and bubbling mud pools. It is also home to the capital city, Wellington, with its excellent dining and wildlife experiences.

South Island

The South Island is well-known for its dramatic landscapes, and rightly so. Featuring rugged coastlines, glaciers and fjords, subtropical rainforests and towering mountains, the South Island showcases nature’s ultimate power. Encounter the beautiful Milford Sound, Mt Cook and Franz Josef glacier in the west, remarkable wildlife in the east, and in the north, the Marlborough wine region and Abel Tasman National Park.

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