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The best places to visit in New Zealand

Discover the sights and sounds of New Zealand

In New Zealand, you can find everything from an untamed wilderness to a rich culture. It has magnificent mountains, misty fjords, golden beaches and quiet bays. In a world of its own, New Zealand is an outdoor mecca with electrifying adventures, unique wildlife, Maori culture and Kiwi hospitality. Feel right at home on the other side of the world.

Where should you visit in New Zealand?

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Go kayaking at Marlborough Sound
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Take a scenic flight over Milford Sound

Waitomo caves

The name comes from the Maori words wai (water) and tomo (hole). It is widely known as one of New Zealand’s best natural attractions and it's not hard to understand why. Marvel at Mother Nature’s light display as you glide silently through the starry wonderland of the Glowworm Grotto.

Discover a world of light and wonder

The glowworm (Arachnocampa Luminosa) is unique to New Zealand, making the Waitomo Glowworm Caves an absolute must-do. See thousands of these tiny creatures as they light up a dark world below ground. The easiest way to see the Waitomo Caves is with a walking or boat tour.

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Explore on a walking tour of the caves
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Take a boat to truly experience this natural phenomena

Milford Sound

The 16-kilometres-long Milford Sound was described by Rudyard Kipling as the eighth Wonder of the World. A magical place, it is renowned for the towering Mitre Peak, and Stirling and Bowen falls, which plummet down its sides. Staying overnight is highly recommended because when all the buses leave you will feel like you have the entire place to yourself. The feeling of seclusion in one of the wildest places on South Island is amazing.

New Zealand's wild side at its best

Situated on the west coast of the South Island, hours from the nearest town, Milford Sound is where deep-cut cliffs and powerful waterfalls meet dark waters. Breathtaking in any weather, the fjord's cliffs rise vertically from the black waters, mountain peaks touch the sky and waterfalls cascade downwards from as high as 1000 metres. When it rains in Milford Sound, the waterfalls gush down magnificently. It will truly be something you have never witnessed before.

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Visit one of the wildest places in New Zealand
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Experience the mystical Milford Sound

Fiordland National Park is located in the southwest of the South Island. It is a nature lover’s paradise named on… read more

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Franz Josef Glacier

Franz Josef Glacier was explored by geologist Julius von Haast, who named it after the Austrian emperor. The glacier is five kilometres from Franz Josef town. If you want to make contact with the glacier, take a heli-hike or a guided ice walk. Aerial sightseeing is another option.

Visit the steepest and fastest-moving glacier in New Zealand

Franz Josef Glacier walk is an easy 1.5-hour round trip walk to the base of Franz Josef Glacier from the car park. The steep form of the glacier creates the perfect conditions for ice flow. An intriguing fact is that the Franz Josef glacier has been recorded as moving up to four metres per day. Now that's impressive.

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Be adventurous and go on a guided ice walk
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Marvel at the beauty of nature
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Marlborough Sounds

With 1500 kilometres of New Zealand's coastline, Marlborough Sounds is a collection of ancient sunken river valleys filled with the waters of the Pacific Ocean. The area consists of Queen Charlotte, Kenepuru and Pelorus Sounds.

Discover a new location each day

To truly escape from it all hike along the breathtaking Queen Charlotte Track. Let your inner explorer out and find secluded bays, hike through the forest or kayak around the bays and inlets to unearth a new hidden gem each day.

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Spend the day getting up close to nature on a kayak
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Discover secluded bays and inlets

Welcome to New Zealand’s largest wine region, Marlborough. Home to the world-famous Sauvignon blanc, an exquisite… read more

Marlborough Sounds are the ‘gateway’ to the South Island. Secluded inlets, forest, clear blue waters and sandy… read more

Stewart Island

Stewart Island is New Zealand's third largest island, situated 30 kilometres south of the South Island, across the Foveaux Strait. In the Maori language, it’s known as Rakiura which means ‘the land of glowing skies'.

Over 85% of the island is National Park

Most people come here for hiking and birdwatching. The island has just 28 kilometres of road, but 280 kilometres of walking tracks are suited for short walks, day walks and multi-day hikes. There's a good chance you'll spot the brown kiwi or Tokoeka because they outnumber humans on the island and are active day and night. Blue penguins and the rare yellow-eyed penguins can be found among the rocks.

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Spot wildlife while out on a hike
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See kiwi in their natural habitat

Where to stay?

Make your trip extra special by experiencing a unique stay from our large collection of hand-selected accommodations in New Zealand. Your travel specialist will match you with accommodation that suits your wants and needs. A journey where your accommodation is an experience in itself.

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Relax at a mountain side chalet
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Stay in a lodge surrounded by stunning gardens

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