Urban New Zealand

The inventive nature of New Zealanders is what makes its cities and arts culture so vibrant and unique.

Wellington, Auckland, Christchurch, there's an art scene, there's a lot of energy in the arts. New Zealanders have always been inventive, and you funnel it into the arts and you get some pretty amazing things.

James Cameron World-renowned filmmaker
Wellington waterfront, Wellington

By Rob Suisted

Goldings Free Dive, Wellingtone, Wellington

By Positively Wellington Tourism

Auckland helicopter ride, Auckland

By Alistair Guthrie

Christchurch - Canterbury
Street art, Christchurch, Christchurch - Canterbury

By Julian Apse

New Zealand may be a young country, but the diverse wealth of film, performing arts, literature and Maori culture will leave even the most fervent arts and culture enthusiasts totally satisfied. 

Local Arts and Crafts

Browsing the local art and craft galleries is one of the many joys of travelling around New Zealand. Discover the rich Maori arts and culture, whether it be through wood carvings, greenstone or flax weaving. Take a look into the soul of New Zealand at Te Papa Tongarewa - the Museum of New Zealand. Or explore galleries, photography and performance art elsewhere in New Zealand including:


Interactive Visual Arts, Rotorua

By Vaughan Brookfield

Visit one of the many museums and art galleries around New Zealand to learn more about local culture.

Food and Wine

Fresh food and wine are essential ingredients for any New Zealand experience. Whether you're after fine dining or casual outdoor meals, cellar door tastings, local farmers markets, or an authentic Māori hangi experience, you've got plenty to choose from when visiting New Zealand.


There’s a rich food culture here and there’s something about the way in which people interact around food and wine and the arts and its part of the national character.

James Cameron World renowned filmmaker
Ponsonby Central, Auckland

By Miles Holden

Ponsonby Central brings a fresh approach to the local food and retail scene.

Wellywood and Weta

Over the past decade New Zealand's capital city Wellington – sometimes referred to as 'Wellywood' – has risen to become a creative film and arts hub. Home to Weta, Stone Street Studios and Park Road Production, the seaside suburb of Miramar is jammed full of creative types that are eager to push the boundaries. Come here to be inspired and experience the best of New Zealand’s film industry.

There’s a film community, which I don’t think the world saw coming - that it could be a world-class film production centre.

James Cameron World-renowned filmmaker

Learn more about relaxing New Zealand holidays, be inspired about a rich food and wine culture and start planning your getaway to New Zealand now.

Cities of New Zealand

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