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North Island

As diverse as it is beautiful, New Zealand’s North Island is a holiday destination for every taste. For friends, for couples and families, for action and adventure, for fun or for rest and relaxation, let your imagination be your guide as you explore the island’s rich culture and incredible landscape.

Whatever your holiday style, you’re bound to find your ideal itinerary here. Up for some sun and fun at the beach? Take to the sophistication of the cities on the east coast or kick back and chill out in the soulful simplicity of the west. In the subtropical Northland, the two combine in an aquatic playground where adventure and relaxation are expertly balanced.

You’ll find the fascinating culture of New Zealand woven through an array of experiences, making your stay even more special. Away from the cities, see how traditional artists and craftspeople have made the Coromandel Peninsula their home while making it a haven for travellers. Make sure to drop into their studios – they’d love to share their work. A tour around nearby beaches and a snorkel off the coast gives an insight into their creative inspiration.

The North Island’s cities offer everything you’d expect in terms of heritage buildings, museums and galleries, but with the added bonus of stunning harbour scenery in Wellington and proximity to beaches, hiking trails and islands in Auckland. Split your time between cultural pursuits and fun in the sun amid a scene of world class shopping and restaurants.

Throughout the centre of the North Island volcanoes and geothermal activity make for a unique experience. Bubbling mud pools, hot springs and the erupting geysers of Rotorua are quintessentially New Zealand. Immerse yourself in Maori culture and learn about the proud traditions and heritage before you head further south and join the locals for a spot of fishing on Lake Taupo or skiing and hiking in Tongariro National Park.

Travel to Waikato and discover the iconic Waitomo Caves, before heading to Matamata for a guided tour of the Hobbiton Movie set.

With so many unique sights just waiting to be discovered and experiences to be had, it’s easy to make your North Island holiday whatever you want it to be.

South Island

The decision to holiday in New Zealand’s South Island is easy – it’s got the best snow, great food and wine and every conceivable New Zealand experience from remote trekking to whale watching. The hard part is deciding where to start. You’ll want to see it all – the silvery beaches of the Pacific coastline, the jagged peaks of the Southern Alps and the whales of Kaikoura.

Set off from Christchurch through picturesque bays and seaside villages. It’s not every day you find yourself in a place of such incredible natural beauty, so make the most of it! Take your time exploring the Alpine Pacific Triangle through the gourmet Waipara Valley, the spa town of Hanmer Springs and the marine wonderland of Kaikoura, you’ll find beautiful country scenery all the way.

The east coast is hard to leave, but the mountainous landscapes of the west coast beckon. No words can describe the beauty of the high peaks, dramatic valleys and crystal waters of this rugged landscape.

Experience the powerful presence and amazing beauty of the glaciers of the Southern Alps. Fox and Franz Josef Glaciers extend from the highest peaks to rainforests just 250 metres above sea level. Walk on the ice or take a scenic flight over it, either way you'll be very impressed.

Whether it’s a ski holiday or summer getaway you’re here for, Queenstown’s sense of fun will have you in spirits as high as the tallest peaks. From crystal clear Lake Wakatipu across to The Remarkables mountain range, Queenstown’s environment is grand and awe-inspiring. Here, in the adventure capital of New Zealand, you’ll find any type of adrenaline activity to fill your day, while the downtown area is a hub of fun at night.

Travel out to the picturesque regional towns for crisp mountain air and country indulgence as only New Zealand can do. The locals know the value of their pristine environment and expertly share the best ways to see it.

Tour the famed Marlborough wine region where visitors are welcomed to sample award winning wines at cellar doors. Fish for trout in the local rivers, canals and lakes in Central Otago – the scenery alone is a good enough reason for a day spent by the water.

You haven’t experienced true pleasure until you’ve taken a soak in the naturally heated springs and mineral pools at Hanmer Springs. Such rewards are the perfect end to a day spent satisfying your more adventurous side with a bungy jump, forest hike or horse trek.

Get ready for the time of your life – New Zealand knows how to make it happen!

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