With two islands to choose from, there are an almost endless array of things to do in New Zealand. Ranging from adventure activities to recreational and sporting pursuits, the North and South Islands offer plenty of ways to stay active. Of course if you prefer something a bit more relaxing, New Zealand is known for its spectacular natural beauty and there are some memorable ways to see it including wildlife encounters, food and wine tours and leisurely walking trails. New Zealand’s unique and enduring Maori culture is also a big drawcard to this diverse holiday destination and one of the most popular things to do in New Zealand is to explore the native arts and culture of this sacred heartland.
Renowned as one of the world's adventure capitals, New Zealand is home to a number of action packed attractions including jet boating, bungy jumping, caving and the kiwi-invented fly by wire. Adrenaline junkies will love New Zealand's great range of adventure activities in Auckland and Waikato in the North Island and Queenstown in Otago in the South Island.
New Zealand is home to a rich, ancient and enduring culture that is still present today. Unique Maori traditions and legends are brought to life through song, dance and sacred customs that have also been preserved in the many local museums, handicrafts and art galleries, particularly in the historical heartland of Northland. Experience the unique local culture of Canterbury and the art deco town of Napier in Hawke's Bay as well as the national treasures of Wellington.
New Zealand's unique climate is ideal for yielding some of the best fresh local produce and this is celebrated by a number of food and wine festivals throughout the year. There are also a number of vineyards and wineries throughout the country that are home to some award-winning wines such as the famous and largest wine growing region of Marlborough while on the South Island, Nelson offers excellent seafood and beer.
New Zealand is home to some of the most unique natural attractions in the world. From it's beautiful gardens, World Heritage areas and spectacular National Parks to the amazing glaciers of the West Coast, thermal pools, hot springs and fascinating geothermal and volcanic activity of Rotorua in the Bay of Plenty, the nature of NZ is well worth exploring. Of course no visit to New Zealand would be complete without taking in the spectacular fiord of Milford Sound, located in Southland.
Renowned as one of the world's top skiing destinations, New Zealand is home to a fantastic range of sporting and recreational activities including golf, sailing, surfing, windsurfing, walking and hikes, fishing and of course skiing and snowboarding in the country's stunning alpine regions. The Manawatu region is also popular for hiking and mountain biking amid stunning scenery.
New Zealand is home to some fascinating and rare wildlife including hundreds of species of birds, the annual humpback whale migration, a number of dolphins species that even offer the opportunity to swim with them and three species of penguin including one of the rarest in the world, the Fiordland crested penguin.