National Geographic sent three explorers to discover what makes the New Zealand welcome so special. Learn about their experiences with the people and land throughout their journey and start planning your own holiday today.

Bay of Plenty
Meal with a view, Bay of Plenty

By Miles Holden

Rotorua
The National Wood Carving School, Rotorua

By Miles Holden

Nelson
Abel Tasman National Park, Nelson

By Miles Holden

Nelson
Nelson Farmers Market, Nelson

By Miles Holden

Rotorua
Geothermal walk at Te Puia, Rotorua

By Miles Holden

Nelson
Neudorf Vineyard, Nelson

By Miles Holden

Christchurch - Canterbury
Nin's Bin, Christchurch - Canterbury

By Miles Holden

Nelson
Bartlett and Gold Gallery, Nelson

By Miles Holden

National Geographic Explorers Erika Larsen (L), Heather Greenwood Davis & Christoph Niemann (R) enjoy a meal with host William Stewart in the Bay of Plenty

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Master carver James Rickard of the National Wood Carving School in Rotorua explains traditional Maori carving to Nat Geo Explorer Christoph Niemann

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Lee-Anne Gago of Waka Tours explains the natural forces behind the beauty of Abel Tasman National Park to National Geographic Explorer Erika Larsen

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National Geographic Explorer Heather Greenwood Davis talks with Pic Picot of Pic's Peanut Butter, a popular stall at the Nelson Farmers Market

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Local guide Kirimatao West and Nat Geo Explorer Erika Larsen walk passed a geyser found at Te Puia, a centre for Maori culture and geothermal wonders.

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Nat Geo Explorers Erika Larsen (L) & Christoph Niemann taste wine with Rosie Finn of Neudorf Vineyards in the boutique Nelson Tasman wine region.

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Nat Geo Explorers taste the fresh seafood of Nin's Bin, a family-owned favorite roadside stop for visitors and locals in Kaikoura with owner Johnny Clark.

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Artist Katie Gold of Bartlett & Gold Gallery in Nelson Tasman, a thriving artistic region, shares her craft with Nat Geo Explorer Christoph Niemann.

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