There’s plenty to see and do outside of New Zealand’s main centres. Whether you are into adventure and outdoor recreation or fine dining and cultural experiences, you are sure to find it among the stunning regions that make up our beautiful country.
Visit New Zealand’s northernmost region to see Northland’s majestic kauri forests and the stunning Bay of Islands. Northland is known for its coastline and golden beaches – including the epic 90 Mile Beach.
With thousands of natural hideaways to enjoy, gorgeous beaches, dramatic rainforests, friendly people and fantastic fresh food the Coromandel experience is truly unique and not to be missed.
Experience the thrill of flying or sailing to volcanic White Island by helicopter, bi-plane or boat, or enjoy a round of golf at one of the Bay of Plenty’s top courses. The region’s vast coastline is perfect for swimming with dolphins or chasing elusive game fish, while its fertile countryside and stunning landscape provide myriad opportunities for wine tasting, river kayaking and nature experiences.
Lose yourself in Eastland, a region famous for its surf, safe swimming beaches and many natural wonders. Explore the rugged East Coast by horseback, Take a guided 4x4 or hiking tour to see the Maori carvings at Mount Hikurangi and finish your day with a glass of wine in Gisborne, the Chardonnay capital of New Zealand.
Fish one of the many rivers and streams that flow into Lake Taupo. This area is renowned for trout fishing, water activities, and pristine national parks. Relax in one of the many thermal hot pools or hit the nearby Ruapehu ski fields in winter.
Enjoy a guided wine tour through the celebrated vineyards of Hawke’s Bay. Napier is New Zealand’s Art Deco centre and has fantastic history, a picturesque shoreline, and just the right climate for delicious orchard fruits.
Get away from it all in the heartland of New Zealand and enjoy a local sports event or wilderness adventure. The New Zealand Rugby Museum in Palmerston North is a great place to get your head around New Zealand’s hugely popular national game and the nearby Tararua Ranges offer scenic walks for people of all abilities.
Discover the many coves of the beautiful Marlborough Sounds on a cruise or cycle through vineyards on a wine-tasting tour. A visit to Marlborough is incomparable – glorious sunshine, delicious food, and luxurious resorts make this area a joy to visit.
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 locals and so beautiful you’ll never want to leave.
Experience thrilling adventure in Mid-Canterbury, where mountains and alpine lakes transition to rolling plains. It is a place of innumerable attractions where you can ski, snowboard, play golf, white water raft, hot air balloon, skydive, jet boat, mountain bike, windsurf, and fly fish for trout all within two hours of an international airport.
Savour the Southland hospitality and make sure you get a chance to try the fabulous seafood, including the famous Bluff Oysters. Invercargill makes a great base for amazing wilderness experiences and wildlife tours.