New Zealand Region Guides

Located in the southwestern Pacific Ocean, New Zealand is a country steeped in natural beauty. Renowned for it's amazing and diverse regions, New Zealand offers everything from family friendly adventures and romantic getaways to spectacular ski holidays. Plan your next New Zealand holiday with our comprehensive guide to the country's most popular regions. Discover all the must-see attractions and activities as well as the best places to stay in beautiful New Zealand.

Popular New Zealand Regions

The Remarkables

Queenstown

Queenstown is an adventure and leisure playground famous for its fantastic skiing and snowboarding. Although popular year round, the snow season is when you'll find Queenstown at its busiest and best.

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Milford Sound

One of the most breathtaking natural attractions in New Zealand, Milford Sound is a pristine and scenic destination which is a must-see on any visit to New Zealand.

Mount Cook Day Tour

Mount Cook

Located at the foot of the Southern Alps on the west coast of New Zealand's South Island, Mount Cook, also known as Aoraki, is the highest mountain in the country and offers incredible scenic landscapes and hiking trails.

Auckland Cityscape

Auckland

New Zealand's largest city, Auckland is the gateway for international visitors. Hosting the famous America's Cup yacht race, Auckland is ranked among the world's top lifestyle destinations and offers a number of activities and natural attractions.

North Island Regions

Central Wellington New Zealand

Wellington

The capital of New Zealand, Wellington is the keeper of the country's national treasures including Te Papa, one of the best museums in the world and the original Treaty of Waitangi. The city also enjoys a fantastic range of shopping and dining with gourmet food and wine trails just minutes outside the city.

Russell Near Paihia, Bay Of Islands, New Zealand

Northland

Stretching from the northernmost tip of the North Island to Te Hana, Northland is a picturesque region steeped in history and natural beauty. An excellent lifestyle destination, Northland offers the laidback harbourside town of Whangarei, the family friendly aquatic playground of Matauri Bay and the scenic seaside town of Paihia.

New Zealand Auckland Port & Cruise Ship Thumb

Auckland

New Zealand's largest city, Auckland is the gateway to the rest of the country for international visitors. Home to the famous America's Cup yacht race and a number of leisure and nature activities and attractions, Auckland is regularly ranked in the world's top ten lifestyle destinations.

Waitomo Hobbiton Experience

Waikato

Located on the west coast of the North Island just south of Auckland, Waikato is famous as the home of the Waitomo Caves and Lord of the Rings movie trilogy set of Hobbiton. Waikato is a pastoral region encompassing the international gateway of Hamilton as well as the stunning Lake Taupo and the picturesque Coromandel Peninsula.

New Zealand - Bay of Plenty

Bay of Plenty

Heartland of the Maori culture, Bay of Plenty is a stunning region of the northeast coast of the North Island. Home to the hot springs, mud pools and geothermal attractions of Rotorua, Bay of Plenty also offers the active volcano and stunning natural environment of Whakatane.

Napier Hawke's Bay New Zealand

Hawke's Bay

Located on the east coast, midway between Auckland and Wellington, Hawke's Bay known for its award-winning wines and the iconic art deco architecture of Napier. Offering romance, history and some of New Zealand's best wine country, Hawkes Bay is one of the warmest and driest regions.

Manawatu New Zealand

Manawatu

Situated on the south-western side of the North Island, Manawatu is rugged region known for the dramatic river that cuts through the mountain range. The region offers spectacular scenery and is home to Palmerston North, a major city that enjoys the friendly atmosphere of a regional town.

South Island Regions

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Otago

Home to the adventure capital of the world, Queenstown as well as the historical town of Dunedin, Otago is a spectacular and diverse region renowned for its hilly countryside, sheltered valleys and breathtaking scenery. Otago also includes the areas of Lake Wanaka and Oamaru.

Christchurch

Canterbury

From the city centre of Christchurch to the heritage of Hamner Springs and the majesty of Mount Cook, Canterbury blends 1800s British influence with modern life. Offering picturesque parks, gardens and cathedrals with shopping, dining and attractions, Canterbury is home to Kaikoura and Lake Tekapo.

Fox Glacier

West Coast

Situated on a narrow stretch of land between the Southern Alps and the Tasman Sea, the West Coast is a pure, natural region home to the historic gold mining town of Greymouth and the spectacular natural attractions of Fox Glacier and Franz Josef Glacier in the Westland Tai Poutini National Park.

Marlborough Vineyards & Mountains

Marlborough

Home to 80% of New Zealand's wine industry, Marlborough is a relaxed coastal destination on the north-eastern extremity of the South Island. Offering charming countryside and rustic vineyards, Marlborough is also home to the unspoilt landscapes of Blenheim and the scenic sounds of Picton.

Nelson Cathedral & Trafalgar Street

Nelson

A compact and city and geographical centre of New Zealand, Nelson is a lovely coastal destination situated midway down the east coast. Boasting some of New Zealand's most striking scenery, Nelson enjoys more sunshine hours than anywhere else in NZ and is ideal for exploring the great outdoors.

Lake Te Anau

Southland

The scenic region of Southland is known for its unmatched beauty, sweeping coastlines, wild places and lush rainforest. Boasting dramatic scenery, Southland is home to the incredible fiord of Milford Sound, the warm character and antique architecture of Invercargill and the lakeside destination of Te Anau.