There are a wealth of things to do in New Zealand on a tailor-made itinerary, revolving around the natural landscapes, welcoming cities and glorious food and wine of the region.
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.
The South Island is predominantly known for its dramatic landscapes. Featuring rugged coastlines, glaciers and fiords, subtropical rainforests and towering mountains, South Island showcases nature’s ultimate power. On a tailor-made itinerary to the South Island visitors can encounter the beautiful Milford Sound, Mount 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.