New Zealand

Lake Wanaka in New Zealand
Lake Wanaka

Places to visit in New Zealand

There’s a reason Peter Jackson chose New Zealand’s towering mountain peaks and wild scenery as a stand-in for Middle Earth: quite simply, it’s spectacular. With golden sand beaches, vibrant cities, fascinating geological features and of course, hobbits to choose from, the adventures to be had in New Zealand are endless. To help you start planning, we’ve mapped out the country for you below.

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Hiker walking on Mt Cook Aoraki (Mount Cook)

New Zealand South Island

New Zealand South Island

Queenstown and Milford Sound

Get outdoors in the South Island, a land of mountains, dramatic fiords, and no less than ten of New Zealand’s 14 national parks. Adventure enthusiasts can hike the glaciers, while those looking for relaxation will find it among the lakes and vineyards. If you’ve come from the North Island, you’ll arrive into Picton, or if you’ve flown in, Christchurch will be your first port of call. Work your way around in a loop, stopping to admire the peaks of Milford Sound and the coves of Abel Tasman National Park.

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A beach on the Bay of Islands Piha Beach

New Zealand North Island

New Zealand North Island

Auckland and Rotorua

Learn more about New Zealand’s history and Maori culture in the North Island, where Wellington’s excellent museums and Rotorua’s Maori heritage await. You’ll find some fantastic beaches, while Lake Taupo is the place for outdoor adventures. To see the best of the island, start in Auckland and work your way south to Wellington, or vice versa. Along the way, pause to admire the bubbling geysers of Rotorua, kayak the rocky arches of the Coromandel Peninsula, and get out on the water of Lake Taupo.

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Round the World Expert Kaye Waapu

Try to allow as much time as you can to visit New Zealand. It's not a country that you want to rush. Instead, hire a campervan and explore at your own pace and you'll fall in love with it.

- Kaye Waapu, Expert
Sunset over Martinborough in New Zealand
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