Whilst Australians may think of New Zealand as a relatively small country, there’s a surprising number of unique offerings in each region, that makes choosing where to go a challenge.
Whatever your interests, there’s plenty to get excited about, here are just a few:
1. CULTURE ENTHUSIAST
If you’re a cultural enthusiast, you’ll want to check out Northland. Maori tradition is still strong in this region, with many museums and historic sites such as the famous historic Treaty House at Waitangi. Northland also boasts beautiful forests and is home to the largest Kauri tree in the world.
In Rotorua, you can eat delicious Māori food and watch cultural performances. Local indigenous people of the area still utilise the boiling water of the geothermal area to cook, bath and warm their homes and you can see this at Whakarewarewa – The Living Māori Village
There’s plenty of options for culture in Wellington, considered the country’s creative hub, with museums, galleries and great food and coffee.
2. WINE ENTHUSIAST
The cooler temperatures in New Zealand’s wine areas allow its wine to ripen for a longer period, resulting in its distinctive flavour. Wineries are dotted throughout the North and South Islands. Wairarapa produces some of New Zealand’s best pinot noirs and Marlborough, famous for sauvignon blanc, is where 90% of the country’s ‘sav blanc’ plantings occur.
3. NATURE ENTHUSIAST
You could travel anywhere across New Zealand and be awed by its amazing beauty. From snow-capped mountains and icy blue glacial lakes to lush green pastures and never-ending coastal beaches.
Milford and Doubtful Sounds offer unforgettable cruises through spectacular landscapes. Abel Tasman National Park offers hiking, cycling, kayaking and fishing. Fox and Franz Josef Glaciers can be explored by helicopter or hiking.
4. ANIMAL ENTHUSIAST
New Zealand has a lot to offer animal lovers with horse-riding, seal, dolphin and whale spotting and bird watching.
Less than 3 hours north of Christchurch, on New Zealand’s South Island coast, Kaikoura is home to a resident population of sperm whales that can be seen all year round.
Southland is New Zealand’s southernmost region and is a place of rugged landscapes and an area many animals such as penguins, albatross and fur seals call home.
Farmstays are offered throughout New Zealand and can be a great way to experience rural life.Roll up your sleeves to round up sheep to earn your keep. If you are just looking to experience a farm for a day, New Zealand has interactive farm tours perfect for your customers. Walter Peak Station, is the perfect place to start.
5. SNOW ENTHUSIAST
Uncrowded ski fields which cater for all experience levels is one of the reasons people love the snow activities on offer in New Zealand. Another reason may be that after a day on the mountain, there are places to soak in hot pools, to sooth any aching muscles. There’s also great local food and wine to enjoy.
In the North Island, ski on a volcano at Mt Ruapehu, the North Island’s highest mountain. Snowboards have a dedicated terrain park on Tūroa, on the south-west side of Mt Ruapehu. In the South Island, choose between Mt Hutt (90mins from Christchurch), The Remarkables (35mins from Queenstown), Coronet Peak (20mins from Queenstown) and Treble Cone and Cardrona (35mins from Wanaka),