The great outdoors. Beautiful beaches. World famous fishing. Diving hot spots. Walking trails through native bush. Camping and glamping. Vineyards. Organic orchards.
Highlights Cape Reinga - Take a tour along the immense 90 Mile Beach. Toboggan down the famous sand dunes. Visit the northernmost tip of New Zealand and the lighthouse. A true "end of world" feeling! Afterwards, spend some time on the beautiful, wild Ahipara Beach. Hokianga - A breathtaking, serene harbourside village on the west coast well worth visiting, but often overlooked by foreign travellers and New Zealanders alike. Check out Tane Mahuta, New Zealand's largest living kauri tree Mangonui - A beautiful coastal village. Have lunch at the world famous fish and chip shop by the wharf. Browse lovely arts and crafts shops filled with handmade goods by local artists Whangaroa - Relax by the calm harbour. Afterwards, take a ten minute drive and explore the beautiful sandy beach and lagoon at Tauranga Bay Kerikeri - Visit the historic Stone Store. Have lunch or indulge in some wine tasting in world-class vineyards Russell - A beautiful historic seaside town Paihia - The touist hub of the Bay of Islands. Visit the Waitangi Grounds, where New Zealand's founding document, the Treaty of Waitangi, was signed. Take a cruise to see the Hole in the Rock or swim with dolphins on an organised dolphin encounter Whangarei - Explore the redeveloped Town Basin and Anita's home town! Tutukaka - Dive the world famous marine reserve, the Poor Knights Islands
Anita's top picks in the Far North Beaches - Coopers Beach, Matai Bay and Tauranga Bay in the Far North Golf spots - Kauri Cliffs Restaurants - Food at Wharepuke and Ake Ake Vineyard in Kerikeri Casual dining - Fish and Chips at the wharf in Mangonui
New Zealand's largest and most ethnically diverse city. The country's commercial centre and main tourist hub. The ideal place to start and finish your adventure in New Zealand.
Highlights Central Business District (CBD) – Visit the Sky Tower for a panoramic view over Auckland city Parnell, Ponsonby and Newmarket- Meander through these affluent inner-city suburbs filled with trendy young urban dwellers. Enjoy outstanding cafes, restaurants and shopping. The Parnell Rose Gardens and Auckland Domain are delightful for a stroll or picnic on a fine day Okahu Bay, Mission Bay, Kohimarama and St Heliers - Enjoy a stroll along the extensive promenade. Afterwards, indulge in an icecream at the Movenpick parlour in Mission Bay Eden Park Stadium- Indulge in our number one national past time and watch a rugby game live Devonport – 10 minutes by ferry from the CBD. The country's naval base. A delightful seaside suburb with some lovely cafes, restaurants and beaches Waiheke Island – 45 minutes by ferry from the CBD. Discover beautiful beaches. Enjoy lunch and fine local wines at one of several outstanding vineyards Rangitoto Island - Catch the ferry from the CBD and spend a day hiking Auckland's dormant volcano! Auckland Botanical Gardens - A peaceful setting with an interesting variety of plants, ponds and walking trails. Located in South Auckland, approximately 20 minutes from the CBD The Villa Maria Estate - A leading New Zealand vineyard located near Auckland International and Domestic Airport Piha Beach - Visit this famous black sand surf beach on the wild West Coast, approximately 40 kilometres from Auckland. Remember to swim between the flags! Great Barrier Island – Completely off the grid! Go back to basics on this remote island in the Hauraki Gulf, about four and a half hours by ferry from the CBD. Beautiful, isolated beaches and scenic hiking trails
Natural geothermal springs. Tour the sets of JRR Tolkein's novels, the Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings. Surf beaches. Work renown scenic day hiking. Immerse yourself in Wellington's vibrant cultural scene and visit the city's many great galleries and museums
Highlights Hamilton - The Waikato's largest city. Stroll through the beautiful Hamilton Gardens Raglan - One of New Zealand's most popular surf spots Coromandel Peninsula - Relax on some of New Zealand's most beautiful beaches: Whangamata, Waihi, Pauanui, Whitianga and Hahei. Discover your own natural thermal pool at the iconic Hot Water Beach. Take a walk and discover the beautiful Cathedral Cove Tauranga - Have a leisurely lunch by the harbour at one of the many waterside cafes and restaurants. Relax on the gorgeous sandy Mt Maunganui beach Rotorua - Visit geothermal pools. Immerse yourself in Maori culture. Enjoy the stunning scenic Lake Tarawera Taupo - Love bike riding? Cycle around the dazzling Lake Taupo Tongariro National Park - Tackle the Tongariro Crossing in summer, one of the world's best one day hikes. In winter, go skiing in Ruapehu Taranaki - Voted the second best region in the world to visit in 2017. Uncrowded scenic day hikes Wellington - New Zealand's capital and cultural city. Visit the national museum, Te Papa.
Hike and kayak in the beautiful Abel Tasman National Park. Wine tasting at Marlborough's finest vineyards. Visit Christchurch, a bustling city under reconstruction. Multi-day hiking on the famous Milford and Routeburn Tracks. Enjoy Queenstown's breathtaking tranquil scenery by day and throbbing nightlife after dusk. Ski Coronet Peak, the Remarkables and Cardrona in winter.
Highlights Picton - Travel by ferry from Wellington to this lovely harbourside town across the Cook Straight. Take a boat cruise and enjoy the tranquillity of the Marlborough Sounds and Queen Charlotte Sound. You might even catch a glimpse of dolphins along the way! Nelson- Stroll around the charming sunny town of Nelson Abel Tasman National Park - Hike or kayak (or a combination of both) this beautiful region Blenheim – Visit the many local vineyards and indulge in some wine tasting West Coast - Take the scenic Tranzalpine train from Christchurch and explore the rugged, captivating scenery on the West Coast of the South Island Christchurch - The South Island's largest city, which is being reconstructed after a series of devastating earthquakes. Akaroa - A fetching coastal town on the Banks Peninsula Dunedin - A vibrant university town with Scottish roots. Explore the campus of the University of Otago. Wanaka - Queenstown's quiet counterpart. Walk around and enjoy the tranquillity of this beautiful lakeside town. In winter, go skiing at Cardrona. The Milford Sounds - Take a cruise along the beautiful Milford Sounds. You might view seals, dolphins and other marine life. Queenstown - Lake Wakatipu and the stunning backdrop of snow-capped mountains will take your breath away. Enjoy thriving nightlife in this touristy Southern town. In summer, hike the Milford and Routeburn Tracks. In winter, go skiing at Coronet Peak and the Remarkables. The courageous may want to try the world famous AJ Hackett Bungy Jump! The Catlins - Tour this stunning scenic route at the very bottom of the South Island Stewart Island - Visit New Zealand's third largest island, situated south of the South Island and across the Foveaux Straight. Enjoy scenic hiking. This island is famous for its bird life. You might even see endangered species such as the kiwi during your visit!