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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
  • Queen Street Shopping District
  • Sky Tower
  • Piha Beach
New Regent Street which includes outdoor eating and railway items as well as a small group of people
Christchurch
Known for Gardens, Cafés and Business

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Reasons to visit
  • Willowbank Wildlife Reserve
  • Sumner Beach
  • 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
  • Wellington Central Business District
  • Oriental Parade
  • Te Papa
Queenstown
Queenstown
Known for Lakes, Mountains and Sceneries

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Reasons to visit
  • Lake Wakatipu
  • Cardrona Alpine Resort
  • 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 Rotoiti
  • Polynesian Spa
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
  • Hamilton Gardens

Popular places to visit in New Zealand

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