Natural. Distinctive. Welcoming.
Icon of Auckland, this motor-bridge is affectionately called “the coathanger” for the distinctive shape it takes linking downtown Auckland with the northern shore.
Set in the crater of a long-extinct volcano, this sprawling, verdant park is the city’s oldest and a delightful place for a stroll among the wooded groves, glass greenhouses and duck ponds.
Explore the majesty of these ancient Kauri forests. Many of the native hardwood trees reach more than 165 feet high and 50 feet in diameter.
Boasting a variety of outdoor recreational opportunities, exotic trees and vegetation, panoramic views, tranquil lakes and mysterious geothermal areas, this forested park is one of New Zealand’s most spectacular natural assets.
The country’s foremost kiwi conservation center, Rainbow Springs is devoted to the survival of these endangered, endemic, flightless birds. Since 1995, they have successfully bred, raised and released over 1,200 kiwis into the wild.
An hour outside of Rotorua lies New Zealand’s largest lake, fed by natural hot and cold springs, creating pockets of warm water pleasant for swimming. Spend the day sailing the deep blue water or fishing the Lake Taupo area, considered among the best trout fishing spots in the world.
These subterranean limestone caverns contain incredible stalactite and stalagmite formations, massive columns and a famous glow-worm grotto, an amazing phenomenon where thousands of tiny glow worms shine like stars in the darkness.
The countryside around Hawkes Bay is considered one of New Zealand’s best wine-producing regions. Enjoy tours and tastings at sprawling vineyards or small, family-run wineries.
Located about two hours from Christchurch, this alpine resort features some of the best skiing in the country—a must if you’re visiting in the winter.
With its black volcanic beaches and sheer limestone cliffs, Kaikoura is an amazing setting for hiking, viewing fur seals that sun themselves on the rocky shore and especially whale watching. Sightings of orca and huge sperm whales are common from December to May. Other common sightings include dolphins, penguins and albatross.
New Zealand’s largest wine region, Marlborough boasts more than 40 wineries and arguably the world’s best Sauvignon Blanc. Take a guided tasting tour or rent a bicycle and explore the vineyards, tasting rooms and farm-to-table restaurants at your own pace.
An opaque turquoise hue, these glacial lakes are among the country’s most scenic landscapes. Take it all in by hiking, biking or camping in the shadow of soaring Mt. Cook, or as the Maori call it— Aeorangi—“the Cloud Piercer.”
Arguably the most gorgeous area in all of New Zealand, there are a myriad of ways to take in the astounding landscape. Our favorite is an exhilarating boat ride around Milford Sound, stopping to explore deserted islands, covered with lush rainforest and fern gardens.
Less popular than its more famous counterpart Milford, Doubtful Sound is one of our favorite gems. The Fiordland Navigator is a new vessel, specially built for cruising in the fiords, and offers spacious viewing decks from which to ogle Doubtful Sound’s towering peaks and bush-clad islands. An overnight cruise is recommended to soak up the stunning views and discover the hidden reaches of the sound.