Regions of New Zealand...

You could come to New Zealand a hundred times and have a totally different experience each time. From the semi tropical north to the Fiords of the south, the country presents a huge variety of landscapes. Above all, the people of New Zealand are its greatest tourist attraction. Their friendliness and genuine interest in visitors infuses every encounter with good will.

NORTH ISLAND

Bay of Islands From its ancient Kauri forests to the hundreds of miles of stunning coastline, Northland remains completely unspoiled. The region is a paradise for nature lovers and is rich in culture and history - learn about the arrival of the first Maori canoes to New Zealand and the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi.

Auckland   New Zealand’s largest city, population 1 million, Auckland is an  urban environment where everyone lives within half an hour of beautiful beaches, hiking trails and a dozen enchanted islands. Add  to that a sunny climate, a background rhythm of Polynesian culture and a passion for outstanding food, wine and shopping.

Rotorua  Rotorua is an exciting city with an immense portrayal of Maori history, tradition and culture. Its popular tourist attractions and daring activities provide an endless amount of satisfaction for the visitor. Surrounded by the bubbling geysers, Rotorua is also a hydrothermal experience of a lifetime.

Hawkes Bay Hawke’s Bay is the country’s oldest winemaking region and is New Zealand’s leading producer of award winning red wines. Hawke’s Bay is also home to a world-class concentration of Art Deco architecture, fresh local produce and artisan food producers complemented by a vibrant arts scene and a rich Maori culture.

 Wellington  Fast becoming the hippest city in New Zealand, Wellington is also its capital.  Reminiscent of San Francisco and boasting the unmissable Te Papa Museum, Wellington, with its many fine restaurants is also a food lovers town.

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SOUTH ISLAND

Nelson To visit the Nelson region is to discover azure skies and wide open spaces, beaches and lakes, spectacular Abel Tasman National Park, vineyards and gourmet cafés, artists and galleries, boutique shops and a great weekend market.

Kaikoura  Kaikoura is a seaside settlement approximately three hours drive north of Christchurch. Gateway to the Southern Ocean's Marine Mammal Sanctuary, Kaikoura is one of the rare places where you can see whales, dolphins, seals, albatross, penguins and many species of pelagic ocean birds in a single day.

Christchurch  Internationally renowned as 'The Garden City', Christchurch's well-established expansive parks and public gardens owe much to the planning and foresight of the city's founding fathers. Christchurch exudes understated elegance and rich history.

West Coast  The West Coast of the Southern Alps is an outdoor paradise. As well as exploring the two glaciers by foot or from the air, there are beach and forest walks, rafting, canoeing, kayaking and jetboating to name but a few.

Queenstown   Spectacular Queenstown, the most popular destination in New Zealand for international visitors, offers an incredible range of things to do year round. Justifiably regarded as New Zealand's action capital, Queenstown's four distinctive seasons feature long summer twilights, brilliant autumn colors, and some of the world's best skiing in winter.

Wanaka   Lake Wanaka lies at the heart of the Southern Lakes, New Zealand's alpine wonderland, in the southwest of the South Island. Wanaka's township is situated in a dramatic glacier-carved basin on the shores of the lake and is the gateway to the Mt Aspiring National Park World Heritage Area.

Milford Sound Milford Sound in New Zealand is a 13 mile narrow fiord off the Tasman Sea which is hedged in by cliffs, peaks and waterfalls, on the southwestern edge of New Zealand’s South Island. The mountain peaks rising from the waters of Milford Sound are often softened by mist and an air of almost flawless and overpowering mystic calm.

Dunedin A university city of Scottish heritage, Dunedin, New Zealand's oldest city, possesses a unique combination of cultural riches, fine architecture, and world-famous wildlife reserves on the Otago Peninsula. The sheer physical beauty of Dunedin, dramatic bush-covered hills and valleys at the head of a long natural harbor, is reward enough for visiting.

The Catlins  A birder’s paradise, allow ample time for this region as there are numerous places of interest to stop and enjoy bush walks with native birdlife including bellbirds, tuis, wood pigeons, fantails, grey warblers, yellowheads and kaka in musical attendance.

Stewart Island  Stewart Island is New Zealand's third largest island and newest National Park. Despite its isolation, the Island is an awe-inspiring place to visit. Situated just a few miles south of the South Island, the island provides a haven for beautiful rare birds. These include the Tui, Parakeet, Kaka, Bell bird, Robin, Dotterel, Fern bird and New Zealand's adorable treasure, the Kiwi.

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