17 October 2016 by Simon Langley
Whether you’re after beach-fringed islands and glassy waters framed by indomitable snow-capped peaks or city slicking energy and high-adrenaline pursuits, you’ll be well looked after by the signature Kiwi hospitality.
With our New Zealand brochure coming soon, we’ve put together this quick introduction to the country’s finest attractions. You’ll want to explore it all on trans-alpine trains, sweeping coastal drives, fjord cruises and raking walks. If you’d like to find out more, read on and order your complimentary brochure. You can also read our detailed New Zealand travel guide for insights from the experts.
Despite ranking as New Zealand’s largest city, Auckland’s contrasting youthful waterfronts and heritage museums open up to a natural world of idyllic gulf islands, old growth rainforests and soaring volcanoes.
Whether it’s relaxing hot spring soaks or volatile geysers that erupt three storeys high, all of volcanicity is in Rotorua. It’s this dynamism that has inspired a tapestry of Maori mythology, realised in fascinating cultural performances.
Artsy Wellington wears its capital status lightly, with Victorian charm, waterfront promenades and bush-covered hilltop overlooks favoured over CBD machinations.
Following successive earthquake tragedies, Christchurch shines anew in forward-facing art galleries and innovative botanical gardens while historic cable cars and gothic cathedrals give a respective nod to its past.
Queenstown is New Zealand at it’s most daring, hemmed cosily between Lake Wakatipu’s duck-egg blue and the Remarkables ice-veined peaks. It’s the perfect setting for a range of high-adrenaline activities – think skydiving and heli-hiking – while vineyards and historic outlying townships provide respite.
6. Milford Sound
At New Zealand’s favourite poster child for outdoor beauty, Milford Sound, waterfalls spill down green-dappled cliffs to fall into glassy, dolphin-tickled waters as white-capped peaks look sternly on. Adjectives abound.