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New ZealandAustralia - New Zealand and the South Pacific

Walk the ancient forests and glacier-carved mountains of this island nation and you’ll soon discover why movie directors and outdoors enthusiasts love "Aotearoa".

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.

Popular cities in New Zealand

Sky Tower which includes a high-rise building, a city and city views
Auckland
Known for Dining, Shopping and Ports

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Reasons to visit

  • Sky Tower
    Sky Tower
  • Auckland Zoo
    Auckland Zoo
  • Auckland Ferry Terminal
    Auckland Ferry Terminal
Mount Cavendish featuring a coastal town, a marina and mountains
Christchurch
Known for Gardens, Cafés and Business

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Reasons to visit

  • Willowbank Wildlife Reserve
    Willowbank Wildlife Reserve
  • Sumner Beach
    Sumner Beach
  • Christchurch Gondola
    Christchurch Gondola
Weta Workshop which includes interior views and a statue or sculpture
Wellington
Known for Dining, Shopping and Ports

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Reasons to visit

  • Te Papa
    Te Papa
  • Wellington Central Business District
    Wellington Central Business District
  • Courtenay Place
    Courtenay Place
Skyline Gondola which includes a bay or harbour and a coastal town
Queenstown
Known for Lakes, Mountains and Sceneries

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Reasons to visit

  • Lake Wakatipu
    Lake Wakatipu
  • Cardrona Alpine Resort
    Cardrona Alpine Resort
  • Skyline Gondola
    Skyline Gondola
Rotorua showing a hot spring
Rotorua
Known for Spas, Lakes and Family-friendly

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Reasons to visit

  • Lake Rotorua
    Lake Rotorua
  • Lake Rotoiti
    Lake Rotoiti
  • Skyline Rotorua
    Skyline Rotorua
Hamilton featuring general coastal views, a sporting event and waves
Hamilton
Known for Spas, Family-friendly and Gardens

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Reasons to visit

  • Hobbiton Movie Set
    Hobbiton Movie Set
  • Hamilton Gardens
    Hamilton Gardens

Popular activities in New Zealand

Tongariro National Park
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Tongariro National Park

Explore New Zealand’s phenomenal volcanic landscape and trek across one of the best known hiking trails in the country.

Bay of Islands
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Bay of Islands

Swim with dolphins, learn to sail or discover New Zealand’s fascinating history in one of the most beautiful areas in the country.

Waiheke Island
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Waiheke Island

Known for good food, better wine and beautiful beaches, this little island appeals to those who are fond of the finer things in life.