Highlights of New Zealand

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13 - 16
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Explore the ins and outs of this amazing country on an all around adventure, taking you through big cities, small towns, stunning nature, and breathtaking beaches.

In this trip

  • Night LifeNight Life
  • CultureCulture
  • Great FoodGreat Food
  • BeachesBeaches
  • Historic PlacesHistoric Places

Trip itinerary

  • 1

    Christchurch, New Zealand

  • 2

    Queenstown, New Zealand

  • 3

    Greymouth, New Zealand

  • 4

    Nelson, New Zealand

  • 5

    Wellington, New Zealand

  • 6

    Napier, New Zealand

  • 7

    Rotorua, New Zealand

  • 8

    Auckland, New Zealand

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Things to do in and around Christchurch

  • Christchurch
  • Coffee Time in New Regent St
  • Canterbury Museum in Christchurch
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  • Willowbank Wildlife Reserve 10
  • Tiger
  • Photo competition
  • Hagley Park
  • Christchurch Botanic Gardens
  • 185 Empty Chairs - 2 year anniversary
  • 2276 Gondola
  • Kaikoura Peninsula
  • Arthur's Pass National Park, New Zealand.
  • Christchurch Art Gallery
  • Casino in Christchurch, New Zealand 2006
  • Christchurch Farmers' Market
  • Christchurch Cathedral
  • Kaikoura
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  • Quake City exhibition
  • International Antarctic Centre
  • Bridge of Remembrance
  • Steam Train - 245 Ferrymead
  • New Zealand - Hanmer Springs - Hill
   
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Christchurch

New Zealand, Canterbury region

BeachesCultureHistoricNight life3 nights

New Zealand's third-largest city boasts an array of architectural styles, landmarks of cultural significance, and many green areas.

Christchurch is the largest city in the South Island of New Zealand and the seat of the Canterbury Region. The Christchurch urban area lies on the South Island's east coast, just north of Banks Peninsula. It is home to 381,800 residents, making it New Zealand's third most-populous urban area behind Auckland and Wellington. The river that flows through the center of the city (its banks now largely forming an urban park) was named Avon at the request of the pioneering Deans brothers after the Scottish River Avon, which rises in the Ayrshire hills near what was their grandfather's farm and flows into the Clyde.
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Things to do in and around Queenstown

  • Queenstown
  • Downtown Arrowtown
  • Queenstown 2013
  • The Queenstown Market
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  • Milford Sound, toward Mitre Peak on a fine day
  • Routeburn Track
  • Pool Surface
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  • Devil's Staircase to Lake Wakitipu - Queenstown, New Zealand.jpg
  • 0232 Glencoe
  • Routeburn Track
  • Wanaka Lake
  • Chard farm winery.
   
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Queenstown

New Zealand, Otago region

NatureActiveSmall townsCultureFood3 nights

A resort town offering a plethora of thrilling activities among gorgeous landscape, as well as a fine galleries, eateries, and more.

A resort town, Queenstown boasted 220 adventure tourism activities in 2012. Skiing and snowboarding, jet boating, whitewater rafting, bungy jumping, mountain biking, skateboarding, tramping, paragliding, sky diving and fly fishing are all popular. Queenstown is a major center for snow sports in New Zealand, with people from all over the country and many parts of the world travelling to ski at the four main mountain ski fields (Cardrona Alpine Resort, Coronet Peak, The Remarkables and Treble Cone). Cross country skiing is also available at the Waiorau Snowfarm, near Cardrona village.
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Things to do in and around Greymouth

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  • Monteith's Brewing Company, Greymouth, New Zealand P1220708
  • Reefton's Main Street
  • Paparoa National Park
  • Arthur's Pass National Park, New Zealand.
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  • #TravelTuesday with My Public Lands
   
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Greymouth

New Zealand, West Coast region

NatureActive1 night

A small riverside town with deep mining roots, Greymouth offers its visitors an easy access to the nearby natural attractions.

Greymouth is the largest town in the West Coast region in the South Island of New Zealand, and the seat of the Grey District Council. The town is located at the mouth of the Grey River, on a narrow coastal plain close to the foot of the Southern Alps. In clear weather, Aoraki / Mount Cook can be clearly seen to the south from near the town. The mouth of the river divides the town into three areas: Blaketown, close to the river's mouth on the south bank; Karoro, to the southeast, separated from Blaketown by a series of small estuarine lakes; and Cobden, formerly a separate town, on the river's north bank.
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Things to do in and around Nelson

  • Nelson
  • Classic Cars Museum P1220522
  • Nelson Saturday market.
  • Nelson
  • Nelson Street 1 2014
  • Abel Tasman National Park
  • Approaching Matiu/Somes Island
  • Nelson
  • Founders Park, Nelson, NZ
  • Just Nelson
  • Just Nelson
  • Northern Walkway
  • Nelson Lakes National Park
  • Red-Eared Terrapin
  • Blenheim, Marlborough, New Zealand, 14 May 2006
  • Riwaka River
   
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Nelson

New Zealand, Nelson region

BeachesActiveNatureCultureFood2 nights

With a vibrant cultural scene, fine restaurants and local wine, as well as lush surrounding nature, this port city is a true gem.

Nelson is a city on the eastern shores of Tasman Bay, and is the economic and cultural centre of the Nelson region. Established in 1841, it is the second-oldest settled city in New Zealand and the oldest in the South Island, and was proclaimed a city by royal charter in 1858. Nelson is well known for its thriving local arts and crafts scene, Each year, the city hosts events popular with locals and tourists alike, such as the Nelson Arts Festival.[2] The annual Wearable Art Awards began near Nelson and a local museum, World of Wearable Art now showcases winning designs alongside a collection of classic cars.
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Things to do in and around Wellington

  • Monastery on the hill
  • 200510 museum of wellington
  • Te Papa Tongarewa (Museum of New Zealand) in Wellington
  • Antique shops and others shops in main street of the heritage town of Carcoar New South Wales.
  • Cuba St Mall
  • Approaching Matiu/Somes Island
  • Got any food? - EXPLORED
  • Wellington Botanic Gardens in spring.
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  • Oriental Bay, Wellington
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  • Northern Walkway
  • Kaikoura Peninsula
  • Gainfully “employed”: cycling to the beach counts, right?
  • Otari-Wilton's Bush
  • carter observatory
  • Weta Cave
  • Blenheim, Marlborough, New Zealand, 14 May 2006
  • Kaikoura
  • Parliament buildings
  • Cw Wellington Mount Victoria Lookout
  • Meercats @ Wellington Zoo
  • Hover Fly
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  • Winery View
   
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Wellington

New Zealand, Wellington region

CultureFoodBeachesNight life3 nights

New Zealand's capital is a city with upbeat energies, boasting a thriving nightlife, rich museums, historic buildings, and more.

Wellington is the capital city and second most populous urban area of New Zealand. It is located at the south-western tip of the North Island, and is the world's southernmost capital city of a sovereign state. Wellington is marketed as the 'coolest little capital in the world' and its popular tourist attractions include Museum of Wellington Museum, Wellington Zoo, Zealandia and Wellington Cable Car. Cruise tourism is experiencing a major boom in line with nationwide development. Cafe culture is prominent and restaurants offer cuisines including from Europe, Asia and Polynesia.
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Things to do in and around Napier

  • Napier Nov 2011
  • Napier
  • Mission Estate Winery, Napier.
  • Ahuriri beach near Perfume Point
  • Museum Theatre, Gallery, Hawke’s Bay, Napier
  • Huka Falls 7
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  • Otatara Pa Taradale
  • Pania of the reef Napier New Zealand 3
  • Napier Botanic Gardens
  • bluff hill lookout
  • Cape Kidnappers
  • Craters of the Moon Thermal Area, Wairakei, North Island, New Zealand
   
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Napier

New Zealand, Hawke's Bay region

FoodCultureSmall townsHistoric1 night

Full of Art Deco architecture, this city offers an array of cultural attractions, from museums, to monuments, to verdant gardens.

Napier is a popular tourist city, with a unique concentration of 1930s Art Deco architecture, built after much of the city was razed in the 1931 Hawke's Bay earthquake. It also has one of the most photographed tourist attractions in the country, a statue on Marine Parade called Pania of the Reef. Thousands of people flock to Napier every February for the Tremains Art Deco Weekend event, a celebration of its Art Deco heritage and history. Other notable tourist events attracting many outsiders to the region annually include F.A.W.C! Food and Wine Classic events, and the Mission Estate Concert at Mission Estate and Winery in the suburb of Taradale.
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Things to do in and around Rotorua

  • Looking Down At Rotorua
  • Maori Performers, Tamaki Maori Village, Rotorua
  • Rotorua - Hells Gate
  • Geyser, Te Puia, Rotorua
  • Whakarewarewa Thermal Village, Rotorua
  • Devil's Bath, Wai-o-Tapu, North Island, New Zealand.
  • Huka Falls 7
  • Rotorua Government Gardens
  • museum
  • Mountain Biking in Rotorua, New Zealand (c) TRAILSOURCE.COM
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  • Elusive Kiwi
  • Kuirau Park, Rotorua
  • Rotorua
  • Ohinemutu Maori meeting house
  • St. Faiths church, Rotorua
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  • Dx Okere Falls
   
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Rotorua

New Zealand, Bay of Plenty region

NatureActiveCulture2 nights

Famed for its geothermal activity, this city is favored by travelers and offers an array of geysers, hot springs, and mud pools.

Rotorua, ("The second great lake of Kahumatamomoe") is a city on the southern shores of the lake of the same name, in the Bay of Plenty Region of New Zealand's North Island. Rotorua is a major destination for both domestic and international tourists; the tourism industry is by far the largest industry in the district. It is known for its geothermal activity, and features geysers – notably the Pohutu Geyser at Whakarewarewa – and hot mud pools. This thermal activity is sourced to the Rotorua caldera, on which the town lies. Rotorua is home to the Waiariki Institute of Technology. The Lakes of Rotorua are a collection of many lakes surrounding Rotorua.
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Things to do in and around Auckland

  • Auckland skyline
  • Auckland view
  • Sky Tower above the CBD
  • Auckland War Memorial Museum
  • Auckland Art Gallery
  • Waiheke Island
  • Layered Sunrise
  • Upminster Avon Road LT RLH 50 MXX250
  • Ponsonby
  • New Zealand 2011
  • Auckland, Queen Street P1210421
  • Tiritiri Matangi Island off the Whangaparoa Peninsula
  • Bethells Beach
  • Rangitoto
  • Friday Ride
  • Twin Oak Drive - Cornwall Park - Auckland - New Zealand
  • Bridge, Auckland Botanic Garden
  • Oneroa Bay
  • Hershey Park
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  • North Head, Auckland
  • Modern life vs. 1850's - Howick Historical Village
  • Giraffes at Auckland Zoo
  • Omaha Beach
  • Hamilton Hospital
  • Comet McNaught through the clouds
  • Moonset
  • Auckland Town Hall lit up at night.
  • Auckland Domain
  • Goat Island, NZ
  • Wine at Matakana Farmers Market
   
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Auckland

New Zealand, Auckland region

CultureFoodNight lifeHistoric4 nights

Famed for its cultural diversity and vibrant energy, this metropolis boasts parks and museums, two harbors, and great restaurants.

Auckland in the North Island of New Zealand, is the largest and most populous urban area in the country. Auckland has a population of 1,454,300 - 32 percent of New Zealand's population. It is part of the wider Auckland Region, which includes the rural areas and towns north and south of the urban area, plus the islands of the Hauraki Gulf, resulting in a total population of 1,570,500 that is governed by the Auckland Council. Auckland also has the largest Polynesian population of any city in the world. In Maori, Auckland's name is Tamaki Makaurau and the adaptation of Auckland, to suit Maori phonetic rules, is Akarana.
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