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With snow-capped peaks, primeval forests, and active volcanoes, New Zealand’s stunning natural diversity has played a staring role in movies like Avatar and The Lord of the Rings trilogy. It’s not just movie directors who are drawn here; outdoors enthusiasts also come in droves to trek mountains, ski glaciers, abseil into limestone caves and experience white-knuckle rides down river rapids. With Maori society dating back over 700 years, and English settlement almost 200, Aotearoa, as New Zealand is traditionally known, is a place of diverse cultural riches too.
At the top of the North Island, discover the “City of Sails”, Auckland, then lose yourself in the fabulous Bay of Islands. Just to the south, the geysers and bubbling mud pools of Rotorua await. Visit the Whakarewarewa Thermal Village to learn how the Maori coexist with the unpredictable nature of the landscape. Near the North Island’s center, hike through herb fields and forests near the active volcanoes of Tongariro National Park.
New Zealand’s political and cultural capital Wellington, sits at the southern tip of the North Island. Ride the Wellington Cable Car, tour the city’s museums and galleries, and order a short black in Cuba Street, the city's bohemian enclave.
From Wellington, it’s just a short ferry ride to the South Island. Explore the glaciers and lakes of the Mount Cook region or take a TranzAlpine rail journey though Arthurs Pass. If you’re into mountain biking or skiing, carve up the slopes around Queenstown, or saddle up for a multi-day adventure along the Otago Rail Trail. New Zealand is the birthplace of bungee jumping, so leap off the Kawarau Gorge Suspension Bridge, or take a jet-boat ride through the swirling waters below. For a change of pace, paddle a sea kayak across the pure waters and silence of Milford Sound.
Located in the southwestern Pacific Ocean, New Zealand is a three-hour flight from Australia. Its major cities have direct connections to over 20 major cities worldwide.
A: Most foreign travellers to New Zealand kick off their holiday from one of these major international airports:
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A: There’s no chance of boredom in a place like Auckland. Check out Auckland Domain, Eden Park and Orewa Beach to discover some famous local icons.
When in Wellington, head to Wellington Cable Car (Lambton Quay Station), Old St Paul's and Old Government Buildings. These renowned icons are popular with travellers from all four corners of the globe.
And finally, if you're still looking for more to see in New Zealand, then it's time to find out what Christchurch can offer. Top visitor attractions here include New Brighton Beach, Lyttelton Harbour and Mona Vale.
The hotel has a King bed which is nice. It's modern. The food at the restaurant was excellent, much better than we expected. Service at the restaurant was very slow.
Rooms for most part faced pool or garden and were bright with large balconies. The elevators were not easily found not were the rooms because it is a massive hotel with arms of rooms stretching either left or right.
The staff could not have been more attentive. The food was excellent. Great central location with old English style charm and service.
We stayed for 7 days 6 nights at this resort. We loved it, very clean, we had maid service every day and they were wonderful, the pool/jacuzzi/sauna was amazing. Staff was always greeting us anytime passing one, and it was overall a beautiful stay! Would definitely reccomend.
It says budget in the name, so don't expect bells and whistles. Rooms are small, but not super tiny, beds are fine and comfortable enough - I slept well. It always seems really clean and fresh. I used it once because I had too, and was really impressed with it for a simple air port stopover, so have ...
Bed sheets were clean but had stains. Tv had usb port but remote control would not allow playback. Staff were pleasant and allowed late checkout.
We stayed twice during our trip to New Zealand. First time was for one night so booked a king room, the staff were all helpful and professional. Second time we were there for two nights so booked a suite. It was very comfortable, kitchen was well stocked and clean. Again staff were great. We enjoyed ...