Where to go in New Zealand
List of regions
Classic New Zealand scenery is the main reason that travellers make for the clean, green and serene South Island. It's an ideal destination for independent travel, with spectacular drives and relatively easy access to a number of dramatic wilderness areas.
With the modern cities of Auckland and Wellington, and scenery that ranges from rugged coastlines to ancient, immovable kauri forests, spurting geysers and bubbling hot springs, the North Island of New Zealand is an exciting and varied place, quite different from the South Island.
Dramatic volcanic landscapes and Maori culture are the key reasons to visit the North Island's central thermal region. Rotorua offers geysers and hot springs, while sacred Mount Ruapehu, trout-filled Lake Taupo and the surging Huka Falls nearby provide more essential New Zealand experiences.
Queenstown is regarded as New Zealand's adventure capital. It is the home of the first commercial bungee jump at Kawarau Bridge and over the years has attracted millions of visitors looking for a quick scare on this and other adventurous activities.
The Fiordland region is one of New Zealand's most iconic landscapes, yet remains largely undeveloped despite its fame.
You're never far from the water in Auckland, a city that has more recreational boats per capita than any other city in the world, earning it the name the ‘City of Sails'.
New Zealand's Top of the South region is one of fine natural beauty. Kayak around the picturesque bays of Abel Tasman National Park, relax in the galleries and wellness retreats around Nelson, discover a variety of world-class wineries and...
The waters of the Pacific Ocean and the Tasman Sea meet at Cape Reinga, mainland New Zealand's northernmost point.
Extreme climate and extreme geography are the hallmarks of the west coast of New Zealand, a narrow strip of land hemmed in by the Tasman Sea and the Southern Alps, the backbone of the South Island.
Canterbury is one of the most exciting and best-loved regions of New Zealand. You can enjoy plenty of great activities, from the ocean to the vineyards and mountains.
The south-eastern corner of the South Island is perhaps the least explored part of the country. Its largest settlement is Dunedin, an attractive and welcoming place with strong Scottish roots.