Staying a little longer? New Zealand is an adventurous mecca with some many awesome things to see and do!
Soak in Natural Wonders
Rotorua’s geothermal activity makes it seem like another world. Here you’ll find Pohutu, the Southern Hemisphere’s largest geyser. Get muddy in the hot mud pools at Hell’s Gate or just relax in one of the area’s many natural hot pools like Kerosene Creek. And while you’re here, a delicious hangi feast with new friends is a great way to digest some Maori culture. Photo by @petiteloudy(opens in new window) on Instagram.
Bring your appetite, because you’re going to need it. With the freshest seafood and locally grown ingredients you can sample amazing food across New Zealand. Delicious and affordable choices are always close at hand and whether it’s the local fish and chip shop, our vibrant street-food scene or a traditional Maori Hangi, you’re sure to fall in love with the taste of New Zealand. Photo by @tobyandtamar(opens in new window) on Instagram.
Walk in Wonder
One amazing thing about New Zealand is how accessible walks are, even to major cities. Whether you want a leisurely day walk or something a bit more substantial, there’s always something to suit. The Abel Tasman National Park features stunning coastal tracks, including the Abel Tasman Coastal Walk. In Wellington, the beautiful Mount Victoria loop is a quick walk from the CBD while further south the famous Kaikoura Ranges offer stunning bird’s eye views of the spectacular coastline. Photo by @yaawn.nik(opens in new window) on Instagram.
Whatever kind of night you’re looking for, whether it’s a quiet meal, pub crawl, clubbing or catching a gig, you’ll find it here. Kiwis know how to party and from beachside bars in Mount Maunganui to snowy pubs in Queenstown; there’s always something kicking off. In Auckland, the main action happens in the Viaduct, Fort St and Ponsonby in the city centre. Or tune in to the Lantern and Laneway Festivals, some of the many epic outdoor festivals that rock the city every year. In Wellington, head for Cuba St – it boasts an eclectic collection of bars, clubs and venues all within a couple of minutes’ walk. Photo by @reecey1988(opens in new window) on Instagram.
The World Beneath the Waves
Experience our stunning sea life. From swimming with dolphins in the Bay of Islands to meeting the masses of fish at Goat Island, there’s natural beauty from coast to coast. And whether you kayak Nelson’s idyllic bays, visit the seal colonies of Dunedin or dive the jaw-dropping Poor Knights Islands, you’ll get up close and personal with some of the world’s most beautiful aquatic creatures. Photo by @dennisbuurman on Instagram.