Northland and Bay of Islands
A subtropical wonderland of islands, marine life, kauri forests and Maori myths and legends, Northland is an incredible place to visit.
Shop for designer clothes, scale New Zealand’s tallest building (The SkyTower) and savour fine food and wine in Auckland, New Zealand’s largest city. Situated alongside three sparkling harbours and flanked by black sand beaches and native forest to the west, this multicultural hub offers the perfect mix of urban chic and outdoor excitement.
The Coromandel, renowned for beautifully pristine beaches and native forest walks, is one of New Zealand's most popular tourist destinations. With rugged mountainous cloaked in native rainforest to hike throughout the peninsula's interior, and more than 400 kilometres of dazzling white sand beaches, the Corromandel is the perfect place to escape and rejuvenate the soul.
Just south of Auckland lies the Waikato region; a land of lush pastures that was chosen to play The Shire in The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit films.
Immerse yourself in Māori culture and exhilarating outdoor adventure in Rotorua. Built amidst a geothermal landscape of steaming geysers and bubbling mudpools, this tourist hotspot is home to many quintessential Kiwi experiences, from white water rafting and offroad 4WD to spine tingling Māori cultural performances.
The beautiful Lake Taupō is about the size of Singapore – more of an inland sea really.
Bay of Plenty
The Bay of Plenty region is home to spectacular beaches, juicy kiwifruit and geothermal wonders.
Many of New Zealand's award-winning vineyards offer superb dining experiences amid the vines. Fresh local food, often grown in on-site kitchen gardens, is prepared with the same care and passion as the accompanying wines. Try a crisp Otago riesling with a fresh salad for an easy alfresco lunch.
Dine on fine food, craft beers and world-class coffee in the harbour-side city of Auckland. Dubbed the “coolest little capital in the world” by Lonely Planet, Auckland also offers top opportunities for wildlife spotting and cultural discovery at the renowned national museum, Te Papa Tongarewa. Visit The Weta Cave, the hub of Weta Studio in Miramar, Auckland. A cavern of creativity with life size sculptures, a mini museum and more—it’s a movie lover’s paradise.
Explore the long golden beaches, alpine lakes and enchanting forests of the Nelson region by kayak, car or bicycle. Home to three national parks, this region is a favourite holiday spot for New Zealanders and so beautiful you’ll never want to leave.
Discover the many coves of the magnificent Marlborough Sounds on a cruise, or cycle through vineyards on a wine tasting tour. With its glorious sunshine, delicious food and luxurious resorts, any visit to Marlborough is a pure joy.
Christchurch - Canterbury
Relax in the picturesque Garden City. Christchurch offers something for everyone – from golf and hot-air ballooning, to punting on the Avon River, to relaxing in its stunning Botanic Gardens.
The West Coast, or ‘the Coast’ as locals call it, is an untamed natural wilderness of rivers and rainforests, glaciers and geological treasures. It’s good if you’ve got your own transport because this region is 600km long and there’s a lot to see. In fact, the Great Coast Road stretching from Westport to Greymouth was recently voted one of the top 10 coastal drives in the world by Lonely Planet.
Find inspiration amongst the unforgettable landscape of Queenstown. This four-season resort is known as the adventure capital of the world. It also offers plenty of opportunity for lakeside dining, boutique shopping and tours of the region’s rich gold-mining history.
Fiordland is one of the most dramatic and beautiful parts of New Zealand. Absorb the breathtaking treasures of this region by water, air or hiking.
Broaden your mind in Dunedin, home to grand old buildings and New Zealand’s oldest university. See penguins, sea lions and albatross on the nearby Otago Peninsula and experience one of the great scenic train journeys on the Taieri Gorge Railway.
Whether visiting New Zealand for a few days or a few months, find ideas here to help plan a once in a lifetime itinerary.
Climate and weather
The far north of New Zealand is subtropical, whilst the south is more temperate. The warmest months are traditionally December, January and February, and the coolest are June, July and August. In summer, the average maximum daytime temperatures range between 20–30 °C and in winter between 10–15 °C. You can check weather conditions in New Zealand on the New Zealand MetService website: www.metservice.com.
Visas and immigration
Having a valid passport and the right visa is key to a trouble-free entry into New Zealand. We enjoy welcoming visitors to New Zealand. To ensure you have an experience to remember, make sure you’ve done your homework and have everything sorted before you leave. Read more about our immigration requirements.
i-SITE Visitor Information Centres
i-SITE New Zealand is our official visitor information network. There are over 80 i-SITE Visitor Centres around New Zealand, which provide international visitors, domestic travellers and locals with comprehensive, up-to-date information and a New Zealand-wide booking service for activities, attractions, accommodation and transport.
Currency and costs
New Zealand’s currency is the dollar (NZD). You can use all major credit cards in New Zealand, with Visa and MasterCard accepted most widely.
Driving in New Zealand
We want you to have a great trip and arrive safely at your destination, so make sure you allow plenty of time and take regular breaks. The trip may be slower, but the scenery is amazing so take your time and enjoy your journey.
We want all visitors to have a safe and enjoyable time in New Zealand. New Zealand boasts safe and fun adventure activities for everyone to enjoy.
With so many things to do and spectacular places to see, choosing how you travel around New Zealand is as important as choosing where you want to go. For travel between New Zealand's islands, hop on a plane or ferry. Daily flights are available between domestic airports. Several passenger and vehicle ferries offer services between the North, South and other islands.
Mobile phones and internet
If you’re looking to stay connected to the internet everywhere you go, it’s recommended that you purchase a plan from one of New Zealand’s main networks. Purchasing a plan from a network will allow you to access a mix of data, calling and texting throughout your trip to suit your communication and connection needs. You will find that free Wi-Fi is available in most hotel accommodation and hospitality outlets.