New Zealand Travel Guide

New Zealand Travel Guide

Kia Ora! Welcome to New Zealand

New Zealand, also know by its Maori name ‘Aotearoa’ which means ‘The land of the long white cloud’, is a beautiful South Pacific Ocean island nation, and a natural wonderland which has become a hot favourite traveller and backpacker destination. New Zealand is a country divided into two main islands, the North Island and the South Island. Both are rich in spectacular natural, cultural, food and wine experiences. By world standards New Zealand is an easy, friendly and accessible place to visit. It’s famous scenery has formed the backdrop for international blockbuster films, like ‘The Lord of the Rings’ and ‘The Chronicles of Narnia’.

New Zealand is also a fun and vibrant place to visit with great festivals, international concerts and some of the best adventure activities in the world. New Zealand is a very family-friendly holiday destination and has also become a favorite for gap year students, and backpackers from across the globe. New Zealand’s cities, like Auckland, combine all the sophistication of a world-class city with extraordinary natural wonders right on it’s doorstep. Where to Stay New Zealand explores the best New Zealand has to offer.

New Zealand Destinations

North Island

  • Auckland in New Zealand

    North Island, Auckland New Zealand
    Auckland is also known as the ‘City of Sails’, and it is New Zealand’s largest city and home to a third of the New Zealand population. Auckland boasts everything from world class fine dining, boutique shopping to beautiful heritage buildings and gardens.


  • Wellington in New Zealand

    North Island, Wellington New Zealand
    Wellington is the capital city of New Zealand. Wellington is also known as New Zealand’s ‘Capital of Cool’, the cultural heartland of the country. Wellington makes the most of its harbourside location with lots of waterfront attractions and great views over to the South Island.

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  • Northland in New Zealand

    North Island, Northland New Zealand
    Northland is the ‘Marine Paradise’ of New Zealand and is rich in cultural heritage of both Maori & European settler. The Northland area is beautifully placed, between the Tasman Sea and the South Pacific Ocean, and the coastline is never more than 40 km’s away.


  • Rotorua in New Zealand

    North Island, Rotorua New Zealand
    Rotorua is New Zealand’s very own geothermal paradise. Rotorua is an enchanting city, rich in Maori culture and hospitality. Rotorua has been attracting visitors from around the world for over 160 years and for local Kiwis, Rotorua remains a great spot for weekend getaways.

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  • Taupo in New Zealand

    North Island, Taupo New Zealand
    Taupo is considered the ‘Adventure Capital’ of the North Island, New Zealand, and is nestled in the heart of the Taupo Volcanic Valley. Taupo is beautifully placed on the shores of the caldera Lake Taupo.


  • Gisborne in New Zealand

    North Island, Gisborne New Zealand
    Gisborne is the first city of many firsts! It is the first to see the sunrise in New Zealand and the world, the first landing spot of European explorer Captain James Cook, and the first landing spot of the first Maori waka nearly a thousand years ago.


  • Napier in New Zealand

    North Island, Napier & Hawkes Bay New Zealand
    Napier and Hawkes Bay is the ‘Art Deco Capital’ of New Zealand and is considered the bread basket of the country. Located on the east coast of New Zealand’s North Island, Hawkes Bay offers year-round activities and wine tasting.


  • Taranaki in New Zealand

    North Island, Taranaki New Zealand
    Taranaki is the ultimate volcanic spotting destination, a surfer’s paradise, and has a strong historical Maori influence. Mount Taranaki in Egmont National Park is considered the most symmetrical volcanic cone in the world.


South Island

  • Queenstown in New Zealand

    South Island, Queenstown New Zealand
    Queenstown is the ‘Adventure Capital’ of New Zealand and one of the most scenic resort towns in the world. Queenstown is beautifully placed, sitting on the shores of Lake Wakatipu and beneath a spectacular mountain range which truly lives up to its name, ‘The Remarkables’.

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  • Dunedin in New Zealand

    South Island, Dunedin New Zealand
    Dunedin is the ‘historical capital’ of New Zealand which is steeped in rich Scottish tradition. The name Dunedin is the Gaelic word for Edinburgh. Originally founded in 1848 by Scottish settlers, Dunedin later benefited from the gold rush in the 1860’s.


  • Otago in New Zealand

    South Island, Otago New Zealand
    Otago is New Zealand’s third largest region and offers some of the most unique landscape varieties in the South Island. It is also home to most of the South Island’s major activities and attractions.


  • Fox & Franz Josef Glacier in NZ

    South Island, Fox & Franz Josef Glacier New Zealand
    Fox Glacier and Franz Josef Glacier, New Zealand are located in one of the most scenic and unique geographical regions in the world. Nestled between the Tasman Sea and the rugged mountains of the Southern Alps, the two townships of Franz Josef Glacier and Fox Glacier, make a great base to explore the glaciers from.


  • Fiordland in New Zealand

    South Island, Fiordland New Zealand
    The Fiordland area is part of the Southland district of New Zealand and is arguably the most remote, beautiful, unique and iconic landscape of the country. Located in the southwestern area of the Southern Alps, the Fiordland is virtually untouched by man.


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