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New Zealand Regions

 

New Zealand Regions

New Zealand is divided into 25 geographical regions, each with distinct physical attributes, diverse culture and history, and unique points of interest.

From New Zealand’s sub-tropical far north - where you can stand on the tip of the North Island to witness the merging of two oceans, to the deep south of the South Island - the last landmass before the ice shelves of Antarctica, each region has individual character and stories to tell.

Few countries in the world can boast New Zealand's range of natural features - from high peaks in vast mountain ranges to sub-tropical rainforests, lush rolling farmland to geothermal activity, white and black sand beaches to desert-like plains and unpopulated islands - all within one compact land.

Location, climate, culture and society have shaped each New Zealand region into the destination it is today. No two are the same, and each is equally worthy of further investigation.

New Zealand Regions:

Auckland, Bay of Plenty, Central Otago, Christchurch - Canterbury, Coromandel, Dunedin - Coastal Otago, Eastland, Fiordland, Hamilton - Waikato, Hawke's Bay, Manawatu, Marlborough, Nelson Tasman, Northland, Queenstown, Rotorua, Ruapehu, Southland, Taranaki, Taupo, Waikato, Wairarapa, Wanaka, Wellington, West Coast, Whanganui

 

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Hawke's Bay wine country is divided into many sub regions - each produces wines with distinctive character.

The Hawke’s Bay wine region excels with classic varietals such as merlot, cabernet sauvignon, chardonnay and syrah. The local alluvial soils are ideally suited to grape growing, as is the Mediterranean-style climate. Many of the wineries welcome visitors for tasting and cellar door sales – wine trail maps make it easy to find your way around.

Photo credit: Chris McLennan


 

The swish of the rod, quiet clear water and a dormant volcano beyond. You’ll love this place as much as the trout do.

Lake Tarawera in the Central North Island region is a magical place renowned for rainbow trout fishing. Lush native bush meets the water's edge and Mount Tarawera offers a majestic reminder of the region’s volcanic activity. Local fishing guides provide insights into local history and can even steam your catch in geothermally-heated sands while you enjoy a glass of wine.

Photo credit: Destination Rotorua


 

Once there was gold in the mountains; today there's autumn gold in the trees.

Central Otago in autumn is a land of gnarled brown hills, golden foliage and bright blue skies. Here pinot noir grapes thrive in the stony soil and visitors can choose to spend their days sampling the wines, hiking in the hills or kayaking on the lakes. This region is rich in gold mining history – try your luck with a gold pan!

Photo credit: David Wall


 

Riding experience isn't essential for this river flat horse trek.

The leisurely two-hour ride across the river flats at Glenorchy is achievable for most ages, fitness levels and riding abilities. The trail crosses the meandering waterways of the Rees and Dart rivers. Longer horse treks in the region take you to Paradise, one of the filming locations for Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings.

Photo credit: Miles Holden


 

     

 

Immerse yourself in the deep green magic of Fiordland.

The tracks in Fiordland National Park escape into an ancient green world of water, rock and forest. All tracks can be walked independently, and there are guided walks on the Milford, Hollyford, Routeburn and Greenstone tracks. The Kepler, a circular track, starts and finishes near Te Anau. Along the way there are native birds such as tomtits, brown creepers, grey warblers, fantails, tui, bellbirds and wood pigeons. At all times of the year, carry warm and waterproof clothing.

Photo credit: Gilbert van Reenen