New Zealand's Nature and Culture

Romantic
Romantic
9 - 11
days

With fascinating natural features from lakes to hot springs to volcanic remains, as well as a wealth of Maori culture, this trip will introduce you to the best of New Zealand.

In this trip

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

Trip itinerary

  • 1

    Auckland, New Zealand

  • 2

    Tauranga, New Zealand

  • 3

    Gisborne, New Zealand

  • 4

    Napier, New Zealand

  • 5

    Taupo, New Zealand

  • 6

    Rotorua, New Zealand

  • 7

    Auckland, New Zealand

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Things to do in and around Auckland

  • Auckland skyline
  • Auckland view
  • Sky Tower above the CBD
  • Auckland War Memorial Museum
  • New Zealand 2011
  • Waiheke Island
  • Tiritiri Matangi Island off the Whangaparoa Peninsula
  • Auckland Art Gallery
  • Twin Oak Drive - Cornwall Park - Auckland - New Zealand
  • Rangitoto
  • Friday Ride
  • Bethells Beach
  • Layered Sunrise
  • Ponsonby
  • Giraffes at Auckland Zoo
  • Bridge, Auckland Botanic Garden
  • Auckland, Queen Street P1210421
  • Oneroa Bay
  • Wine at Matakana Farmers Market
   
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Auckland

New Zealand, Auckland region

CultureFoodNight lifeHistoric2 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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Things to do in and around Tauranga

  • Tauranga
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  • Mount Maunganui Beach
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  • Lion cub at Paradise Valley Wildlif Park
  • Huka Falls 7
  • Classic Flyers Museum, Tauranga
  • Elusive Kiwi
  • Devil's Bath, Wai-o-Tapu, North Island, New Zealand.
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  • 150111.143 Tikitapu Blue Lake, Rotorua, Helen Road Trip, NZ
   
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Tauranga

New Zealand, Bay of Plenty region

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A thriving city, Tauranga is home to a wonderful arts scene, historic landmarks, a wealth of outdoor activities, and fine beaches.

Greater Tauranga is a very popular lifestyle and tourism destination. It features many natural attractions and scenery ranging from popular beaches and harbor environments to lush bush-clad mountains with waterfalls and lakes. Cultural attractions include the Tauranga Art Gallery, which opened in October 2007 and showcases local, national and international exhibitions in a range of media. On the 17th Avenue, the "Historic Village on 17th", recreates a historic setting with original and replica buildings from early Tauranga housing arts and gift shops. Tauranga has many parks: one of the largest is Memorial Park.
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Things to do in and around Gisborne

  • Gisborne Evening
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  • Tangiwai Reserve
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  • East Cape Lighthouse
   
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Gisborne

New Zealand, Gisborne region

BeachesFoodNatureActive2 nights

This coastal city is laced with centuries of Maori culture, offering incredible beaches and outstanding local wine.

Gisborne is a city in northeastern New Zealand and the largest settlement in the Gisborne District (or Gisborne Region)ץ Gisborne's Kaiti Beach is the place where British navigator Captain James Cook made his first landing in New Zealand upon the Endeavour. Cook had earlier set off from Plymouth, England in August 1768 on a mission bound for Tahiti. Once he had concluded his duties in Tahiti, Cook continued south to look for a large landmass or continent. Young Nick's Head was thought to be the first piece of New Zealand land sighted by Cook's party, and so named because it was first observed by cabin boy Nicholas Young on 6 October 1769.
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Things to do in and around Napier

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

New Zealand, Hawke's Bay region

FoodCultureSmall townsHistoric2 nights

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 Taupo

  • Tongariro & Lake Taupo
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  • Aukland botanical gardens, New Zealand
  • Taupo Museum & Art gallery
  • Huka Falls 7
  • Devil's Bath, Wai-o-Tapu, North Island, New Zealand.
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  • Lion cub at Paradise Valley Wildlif Park
  • Craters of the Moon Thermal Area, Wairakei, North Island, New Zealand
  • Elusive Kiwi
   
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Taupo

New Zealand, Waikato region

NatureActiveSmall towns2 nights

This town offers a multitude of adrenalin-raising activities, as well as a lovely lake and incredible views over the volcanoes.

Taupo is a tourist center, particularly in the summer, as it offers panoramic views over the lake and to the volcanic mountains of Tongariro National Park to the south. It offers a number of tourist activities including sky diving, jet boating and paragliding. Taupo services a number of surrounding plantation pine forests including Kaingaroa Forest, the largest man-made forest in the world, and related industry. A large sawmill is sited approximated 3 km to the north east of the town on Centennial Drive. The Wairakei geothermal power station is a few kilometres north of the town.
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Things to do in and around Rotorua

  • Looking Down At Rotorua
  • Rotorua - Hells Gate
  • Maori Performers, Tamaki Maori Village, Rotorua
  • Geyser, Te Puia, Rotorua
  • Whakarewarewa Thermal Village, Rotorua
  • Huka Falls 7
  • Devil's Bath, Wai-o-Tapu, North Island, New Zealand.
  • Rotorua Government Gardens
  • Mountain Biking in Rotorua, New Zealand (c) TRAILSOURCE.COM
  • Kuirau Park, Rotorua
  • museum
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  • Lion cub at Paradise Valley Wildlif Park
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  • Rotorua
  • Ohinemutu Maori meeting house
  • St. Faiths church, Rotorua
  • Craters of the Moon Thermal Area, Wairakei, North Island, New Zealand
  • Inferno Crater Lake
   
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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
  • New Zealand 2011
  • Waiheke Island
  • Tiritiri Matangi Island off the Whangaparoa Peninsula
  • Auckland Art Gallery
  • Twin Oak Drive - Cornwall Park - Auckland - New Zealand
  • Rangitoto
  • Friday Ride
  • Bethells Beach
  • Layered Sunrise
   
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Auckland

New Zealand, Auckland region

CultureFoodNight lifeHistoric1 night

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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