Destination New Zealand

New Zealand is a small country, with a population of just over five million people. Similar in size to Great Britain or Japan, it has 29 regions in two main islands that stretch across 1,600 kilometres offering diverse landscapes, climates, and culture. No matter where your interests lie there is much to see, do and explore!

Auckland | Tamaki Mākaura

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Known as Tāmaki Makaurau, Auckland sprawls over volcanic hills and around twin harbours, offering an exhilarating mix of natural wonders, urban adventures and vibrant entertainment areas. 

As New Zealand’s most populous City it is a multi-cultural hub of food, music, arts and culture, there are plenty of ways to fill in your time while in the City of Sails.  


Arts and culture.
A diverse range of Māori culture, performing arts, museums and art galleries are easily accessible from the city centre, there is much to keep any enthusiast busy. 


Adrenalin based adventure.
There is no shortage of activities to provide a thrilling opportunity to explore your surroundings, from the SkyTower SkyJump, the Auckland Harbour Bridge Climb, Zipline trips, kayaking, biking and more. Pick your buzz!


Food and wine.
Auckland is home to more than 200 different ethnic groups, creating an exciting dining scene that is a melting pot of flavours and cuisines, as well as wide range of vineyards, local markets and dining precincts with spectacular harbour view to choose from. Bring your appetite! 


Explore Hauraki Gulf and Island, from Waiheke Island, a haven of beautiful vineyards, olive groves and beaches, all just a 40-minute ferry ride from downtown Auckland. Or  the wild beauty of Tiritiri Matangi Island,  an open wildlife sanctuary and one of the most successful conservation projects in the world.

What to do in New Zealand

You can find everything across New Zealand, from untamed wilderness to rich culture, towering mountains, and mist-cloaked fjords, to stunning golden beaches. Make the most of your trip by seeing some of the best our beautiful country has to offer.

New Zealand is compact and easy to get around so you can experience a lot in a short amount of time.

New Zealand is well known for: 



Cycling and mountain biking

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Nature and wildlife


Film in New Zealand

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Hot pools and health spas



Travel to New Zealand in Autumn is a great time to take advantage of sunny days with fewer crowds. From March to May the weather is still reasonably warm – particularly in the north, and as autumn is also the shoulder season, you can enjoy better rates on accommodation and activities.

Plan your trip now and explore with the Tourism New Zealand travel guides.