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Visit New Zealand

New Zealand offers visitors one of the most unique opportunities to explore that can be found in the world today. It is a breathtaking nation that can offer you a quiet, rural holiday, a relaxing resort experience, or a rugged exploration adventure. You can divide your trip into a North Island trip, a South Island trip, or have an extended getaway and see both cultures.

For many, a visit to New Zealand begins with an exploration of the nation’s incredible coastline landscapes. You’ll find plenty of walking trails, cycling opportunities, and road trips to help you enjoy this wonder to its fullest extent. Along the way, you’ll also discover diving, sailing, and kayaking opportunities.

New Zealand is known for its volcanic mountainous landscapes. This lush green country is split in to two islands, the North and the South Islands, the North Island being more densely populated. For tranquil towns and small cities surrounded by picturesque mountains visit the South Island. Head to the North Island and experience thermal hot springs, adrenaline fuelled outdoor activities, white sand beaches and of course more magnificent mountain ranges. New Zealand holidays possesses the perfect balance of high-energy outdoors fun and pure indulgence.

If there is adventure in your veins, then bungee jumping is a common activity in New Zealand. There are zip lines, guided rafting tours, and sky diving opportunities throughout the country as well. You’ll find award-winning wineries, farmer’s markets, and plenty of community festivals to enjoy as well. It’s also not an exaggeration to say that the seafood and coastal restaurants in New Zealand is some of the best that you’ll find in the world today.

There are numerous attractions to visit throughout New Zealand to enjoy as well. Art galleries are everywhere, as are the incredible hot pools, and there are plenty of stargazing opportunities to enjoy. The dramatic scenery is going to tempt your eyes, while the promise of incredible cuisine is going to tempt your tastebuds.

Explore the wilderness in New Zealand’s South Island. The two biggest cities, Christchurch and Queenstown, provide the perfect comfortable base for day long adventures hiking through the mountains, extreme outdoors activities and are the place to be for snow skiing in the winter.

Visit the beautiful cities Auckland and Wellington on the North Island on your New Zealand holiday. Both cities are built on picturesque harbours, but Auckland is on a volcanic spine between two. Head in to the mountains and visit Rotorua and Taupo. These two mountainous towns are rivals for the title of adrenaline capital of the North Island. Spend time on the Coromandel peninsula, which juts in to the pacific ocean just east of Wellington. Serene beaches on the eastern edge are the perfect place to relax, while old gold mining towns and organic farmland in the west provides for a great road trip.

Due to its high volume of volcanic mountain ranges New Zealand can be enjoyed fully in summer and winter. Head over in summer and enjoy the beautiful mountain views, hike around rivers and lakes or spend time on the white sand beaches that dot the coast between spectacular rocky coastlines. Come to New Zealand in the winter and be blown away by some of the world’s best snow skiing slopes, full snow parks and a multitude of different runs for beginners to professionals.

Find the best skiing on the South Island around Queenstown. In the summer, visit Queenstown and get involved in outdoor activities, then have fun in the bustling bars at night with generally younger crowds. Experience the provincial charm of Christchurch. Characterised by its gothic architecture this city has an emerging energy. Modern bars and restaurants are becoming popular hangouts around Christchurch. This easy going city is the perfect place to chill out after a pumped up week on the slopes or big hike through the mountains.

A trip to New Zealand would be wasted if you missed out on Rotorua, the most dynamic thermal area. Hot springs are commonplace and geysers shoot hot water up to 30 metres out of the ground. Enjoy the fascinating Maori culture here and feast on the traditional meal that is cooked in a large underground oven, the hangi.

Travel and vacation in New Zealand

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City Guides

Akaroa

#Akaroa Visit Akaroa The South Island of New Zealand is known for its spectacular beauty, the village of Akaroa is a perfect example of this. A...

Arrowtown

#Arrowtown Visit Arrowtown Picture-perfect Arrowtown in the southwest of New Zealand’s South Island has been wonderfully preserved since a goldmining rush in the area led to...

Arthurs Pass

#Arthurs Pass Visit Arthurs Pass Arthur’s Pass is the highest and most spectacular pass across New Zealand’s Southern Alps. Travelling from Canterbury to the West Coast,...

Ashburton

#Ashburton Visit Ashburton Sitting amongst picturesque farming country sandwiched between two lively rivers. The town of Ashburton located in Mid-Canterbury on New Zealand’s South Island offers...

Auckland

#Auckland Visit Auckland You won’t find a larger urban area in New Zealand than Auckland. Many come to this island nation for an outdoor adventure, but...

Bay of Islands

#Bay of Islands Visit Bay of Islands The Bay of Islands on the northern coast of New Zealand’s North Island is well named: altogether, there are...

Good to know

Local currency in New Zealand, Dollar

Money in New Zealand (notes and coins) Norways legal tender is called Dollar (NZD). 1 Dollar = 100 cent. Coins in circulation: 10¢, 20¢, 50¢, $1, $2 coins Notes in circulation: $5, $10, $20, $50, $100 Dollar notes. New Zealand...

Weather and forecast

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Largest cities

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Important: the informations are from various external sources. If you are using the informations professional please seek official confirmation whether the figures are actual or not. Last update august 2017

RankCityPop
1Auckland1,495,000
2Wellington405,000
3Christchurch389,700
4Hamilton230,000
5Tauranga134,400
6Napier-Hastings131,000
7Dunedin118,500
8Palmerston North84,300
9Nelson65,700
10Rotorua57,800

Official National Holidays

Below you can see the list with official national holidays in the country.

DateEnglishRemarks
1 JanuaryNew Year's DayFollowing Monday if Saturday or Sunday
2 JanuaryDay after New Year's DayFollowing Monday if Saturday / Following Tuesday if Sunday
22 JanuaryAnniversary DayWellington Province only
29 JanuaryAnniversary DayAuckland Province and Northland only
1 FebruaryAnniversary DayNelson, Tasman, Buller and parts of North Canterbury
6 FebruaryWaitangi DayFollowing Monday if Saturday or Sunday
23 MarchAnniversary DayOtago Province
25 MarchAnniversary DaySouthland
31 MarchAnniversary DayTaranaki (New Plymouth)
variableGood Friday
variableEaster Monday
25 AprilAnzac Day
variableQueen's Birthday1st Monday in June
25 SeptemberAnniversary DaySouth Canterbury
variableLabour Day4th Monday in October
1 NovemberAnniversary DayHawke's Bay and Marlborough
11 NovemberAnniversary DayCanterbury
30 NovemberAnniversary DayChatham Islands
1 DecemberAnniversary DayWestland
25 DecemberChristmas Day
26 DecemberBoxing Day

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Best of New Zealand North Island

If you’re looking for a holiday that’s full of adventure but also relaxation, a holiday to North Island in New Zealand will give you just that. Choose to venture into mountainous forests, explore the cultural capital of Wellington or simply just relax in one of the natural hot springs in Rotorua. With a destination that has so much to offer, the opportunities for a holiday in North Island are endless.

Known as the gateway to New Zealand, the North Island is an oasis of natural beauty. There are ragged mountains to climb, deep rainforests to explore and endless stretches of sandy beach to relax on. Stylish cities including Auckland and Wellington are also found here, where travellers can experience top city attractions including Karori Wildlife Sanctuary and the 328 metre high Sky Tower.

Being such a diverse destination, you’re spoilt for choice when it comes to choosing a place to stay. Wellington, New Zealand’s capital city is compact but by no means quiet- stay here if you want to enjoy city amenities, including unique bars, great restaurants and top shopping spots. Further north, Rotorua is a popular town that is home to therapeutic hot springs and mud pools, making it the perfect place to relax. Adrenaline junkies will love the city of Taupo where there are plenty of opportunities to skydive, bungee jump and jetboat along rough rapids.

It’s not surprising that the North Island in New Zealand was the top location choice for the filming of Peter Jackson’s epic Lord of the Rings trilogy and The Hobbit films. Home to some of the world’s most awe-inspiring landscapes, the North Island is full of forest topped mountains, steaming volcanoes and deep tropical rainforests. With such a wealth of natural wonders around you, it’s easy to see that a holiday to the North Island will be full of exploration, adventure and amazement.

Known among locals as the thermal capital of North Island, the city of Rotorua is a brilliant place to explore volcanic valleys, stand in touching distance of active geysers and ride along tranquil lakes. If hiking and trekking is more your thing, Ruapehu and Taranaki have some of the most breath-taking mountain ranges.

The cosmopolitan city of Wellington is great place to experience a slice of city life. Wander through the streets and discover the array of quirky bars, restaurants and boutiques before getting to know the island’s Polynesian heritage in one of the many downtown museums. Make sure you take a trip in the cable car to the top of Mount Victoria – the views are phenomenal!

If you’re travelling with small children, North Island has a great range of family activities for every budget. Spend a day face to face with the vibrant wild life that inhabits one of the untouched national parks or spend a thrilling day at Rainbow’s End, a theme park that caters to every age. Also, kids will love a boat ride through the Waitomo Caves that are covered in millions of glow worms.

When you fancy a break from all the action, take up a spot on one of the glorious beaches along the coast. The Bay of Plenty is the perfect place to kick back and relax, where you can also enjoy great seafood dishes and top quality wine made in the local vineyards. For the ultimate relaxation treat, travel to the Bay of Islands and take a dip in some of the best volcanic mud pools and hot natural springs.

Best of New Zealand South Island

As New Zealand’s biggest island, North Island is a great holiday destination for anyone looking for adventure filled days followed by low-key nights. With its diverse landscape, cosmopolitan cities and friendly locals there’s so much to see, explore and experience, you can choose to do as much or as little as you want!

The island is renowned for its scenic highlights and boasts a range of amazing landscapes. From the glacial valleys of Franz Josef to the Southern Alps and the tranquil lakes of Queenstown, there’s a natural wonder waiting around every corner, ready for you to explore.

Whether you want to have an action packed holiday full of discovery and exploration or prefer to take things a little easier, South Island has something to offer everyone. Take your pick from relaxed city life in Christchurch to the secluded lake town of Wanaka where you can stay among the alpine lakes and majestic mountains.

Being the largest island of New Zealand, South Island is a holiday destination that has something for everyone. Sitting on two tectonic plates the island boasts some of the most spectacular geological activity in the world. There are dramatic mountain ranges, glacial valleys and tranquil lakes, just waiting to be discovered.

Queenstown is one the island’s most popular destinations and it’s easy to see why. Set on the edge of Lake Wakatipu and surrounded by spectacular mountains, it’s picture perfect whatever time of year you visit. The city is a paradise for thrill seekers who can enjoy thrilling ski slopes in the winter and canyon swinging, river rafting and skydiving the rest of the year. However, if adrenaline sports aren’t your thing you can always spend the day in town, shopping in quirky boutiques or indulging in some spa therapy.

If you are a lover of the great outdoors, a trip over to Stewart Island is a must. Over 85% of the island is declared a national park, so it’s popular with hikers who enjoy the gorgeous coastlines and rugged mountains the island has to offer. There’s also a chance to visit Ulva Island, located just a short boat ride away. It’s home to an enormous Bird Sanctuary, the only place in New Zealand where you can catch a glimpse of the native Kiwi bird in its natural habitat.

When it comes to relaxation, a trip to one of the many glorious coastlines should do the trick. The north-western town of Nelson is the sunniest region of the island and is perfect for kicking back and relaxing. Try Golden bay for powdery sand and crystal blue water or Takaka for New Zealand’s largest fresh water springs. Nelson is also well known for its creative flair and home to more than 350 well-known artists and crafts people. Visit their studios for the chance to take home some of their handmade pieces and learn about the town’s Maori heritage.

Wild Foods festival – A taste of New Zealand

One festival not to be missed is the legendary Wild Foods festival held annually in a small town on the West Coast of the South Island called Hokitika.

Due to the isolated location of the West Coast the ‘Coasters’ have always done things their own way, paying little attention to how the rest of the world lives. The festival is a prime example of this, as it show cases the rather random delicacies of the coast and the local characters that live there. You name it, it’s on offer and both locals and tourists come from afar to challenge themselves to eat the huge selection of wild foods.

Some of the more memorable dishes at this years festival included Mountain Oysters (goat testicles); huhu grubs that were very much alive; eel spine, marinated duck tongue; semen sauce; cow tit; seagull turd; rotten fish eyes and possum pie. The atmosphere is awesome as everywhere you look people are egging their friends on encouraging them to try the most vulgar of the vulgar wild foods on offer.

A few of the more tame – or should we say edible foods – included “Bambi” burgers, white bait fritters, homemade fudge, pickled punga (native fern), mussels and wild pork.

Hokitika has a population of about 6,000 and with more than 10,000 people attending the Wild Foods Festival accommodation options get rather interesting. So where does everyone sleep? The local fire brigade set up a couple of large camp sites right by the beach which over flows with tents and campervans.

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New Zealand Covid-19 / Coronavirus

New Zealand
2,031
Total confirmed cases
Updated on
New Zealand
53
Total active cases
Updated on
Country/Region
Confirmed cases
Deaths
Active cases
Afghanistan
44,988
1,695
7,317
Albania
33,556
716
16,610
Algeria
75,867
2,294
24,152
Andorra
6,304
76
823
Angola
14,634
337
6,946
Anguilla
4
0
1
Antigua and Barbuda
139
4
7
Argentina
1,374,631
37,122
133,709
Armenia
126,709
1,976
29,634
Aruba
4,737
45
85
Australia
27,843
907
1,403
Austria
250,333
2,459
72,347
Azerbaijan
95,281
1,160
29,646
Bahamas
7,431
163
1,616
Bahrain
85,886
339
1,530
Bangladesh
449,760
6,416
78,733
Barbados
260
7
12
Belarus
125,482
1,104
19,680
Belgium
558,779
15,618
507,212
Belize
5,183
116
2,225
Benin
2,916
43
294
Bermuda
227
9
18
Bhutan
382
0
22
Bolivia
144,034
8,916
15,570
Bosnia
80,553
2,342
32,451
Botswana
9,992
31
2,269
Brazil
6,088,004
169,541
473,368
British Virgin Islands
71
1
0
Brunei
149
3
1
Bulgaria
124,966
3,069
83,671
Burkina Faso
2,754
68
134
Burundi
664
1
88
Cabo Verde
10,302
104
407
Cambodia
306
0
10
Cameroon
23,842
435
1,230
Canada
337,555
11,521
56,835
Caribbean Netherlands
161
3
3
Cayman Islands
265
2
18
Central African Republic
4,911
63
2,924
Chad
1,648
101
71
Channel Islands
1,094
48
159
Chile
542,080
15,106
9,450
China
86,464
4,634
322
Colombia
1,254,979
35,479
60,603
Comoros
596
7
17
Congo
5,632
93
1,652
Costa Rica
132,295
1,641
49,318
Croatia
105,691
1,398
19,275
Cuba
7,879
132
391
Curaçao
1,773
3
739
Cyprus
8,947
44
6,848
Czechia
496,638
7,360
83,296
Côte d'Ivoire
21,148
131
198
DRC
12,278
329
563
Denmark
71,654
789
14,833
Diamond Princess
712
13
40
Djibouti
5,668
61
52
Dominica
77
0
14
Dominican Republic
138,829
2,311
23,636
Ecuador
185,944
13,225
8,710
Egypt
113,381
6,560
4,840
El Salvador
37,562
1,081
2,184
Equatorial Guinea
5,137
85
47
Eritrea
558
0
85
Estonia
9,956
92
4,144
Ethiopia
106,203
1,651
38,713
Falkland Islands (Malvinas)
16
0
3
Faroe Islands
500
0
3
Fiji
35
2
0
Finland
21,936
384
6,252
France
2,144,660
49,232
1,942,836
French Guiana
11,042
70
977
French Polynesia
13,286
68
8,376
Gabon
9,150
59
92
Gambia
3,726
123
21
Georgia
108,690
1,012
18,508
Germany
946,648
14,583
313,265
Ghana
50,941
323
1,019
Gibraltar
967
5
91
Greece
93,006
1,714
81,303
Greenland
18
0
0
Grenada
41
0
11
Guadeloupe
8,225
144
5,839
Guatemala
118,722
4,092
6,811
Guinea
12,841
75
913
Guinea-Bissau
2,422
43
70
Guyana
5,154
146
974
Haiti
9,224
232
1,106
Holy See (Vatican City State)
27
0
12
Honduras
104,915
2,859
55,581
Hong Kong
5,702
108
327
Hungary
177,952
3,891
130,722
Iceland
5,289
26
198
India
9,177,722
134,254
439,893
Indonesia
502,110
16,002
63,722
Iran
866,821
45,255
211,160
Iraq
537,457
11,996
57,807
Ireland
70,711
2,023
45,324
Isle of Man
369
25
12
Israel
329,998
2,811
8,586
Italy
1,431,795
50,453
796,849
Jamaica
10,343
239
4,586
Japan
132,358
1,981
18,108
Jordan
188,410
2,302
66,094
Kazakhstan
126,182
1,945
11,431
Kenya
77,785
1,392
24,490
Kuwait
140,393
868
6,677
Kyrgyzstan
69,885
1,237
7,488
Lao People's Democratic Republic
39
0
15
Latvia
13,236
162
11,439
Lebanon
117,517
911
47,527
Lesotho
2,086
44
766
Liberia
1,551
82
138
Libyan Arab Jamahiriya
78,473
1,102
27,779
Liechtenstein
1,156
12
192
Lithuania
48,226
392
36,802
Luxembourg
31,111
273
8,834
MS Zaandam
9
2
7
Macao
46
0
0
Macedonia
55,127
1,546
20,687
Madagascar
17,341
251
433
Malawi
6,009
185
381
Malaysia
56,659
337
13,842
Maldives
12,758
46
1,097
Mali
4,326
146
1,136
Malta
9,004
113
2,060
Marshall Islands
4
0
3
Martinique
4,732
37
4,597
Mauritania
8,167
169
389
Mauritius
494
10
51
Mayotte
5,122
49
2,109
Mexico
1,049,358
101,926
162,739
Moldova
98,418
2,169
15,367
Monaco
583
3
62
Mongolia
640
0
300
Montenegro
31,618
444
11,143
Montserrat
13
1
0
Morocco
327,528
5,396
46,974
Mozambique
15,109
126
1,754
Myanmar
80,505
1,765
18,852
Namibia
13,897
145
518
Nepal
222,288
1,337
18,884
Netherlands
489,818
8,945
480,873
New Caledonia
32
0
0
New Zealand
2,031
25
53
Nicaragua
5,725
159
1,341
Niger
1,381
70
145
Nigeria
66,439
1,168
3,030
Norway
33,183
311
11,916
Oman
122,356
1,386
7,393
Pakistan
379,883
7,744
40,379
Palestine
73,196
645
13,013
Panama
155,658
2,973
15,681
Papua New Guinea
612
7
17
Paraguay
77,072
1,665
20,361
Peru
950,557
35,641
34,271
Philippines
420,614
8,173
25,837
Poland
876,333
13,774
423,691
Portugal
264,802
3,971
84,004
Qatar
137,415
236
2,693
Romania
422,852
10,177
115,831
Russia
2,114,502
36,540
466,517
Rwanda
5,726
47
482
Réunion
7,689
35
994
S. Korea
31,353
510
4,121
Saint Kitts and Nevis
20
0
1
Saint Lucia
223
2
115
Saint Martin
690
12
80
Saint Pierre Miquelon
16
0
4
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
84
0
6
Samoa
1
0
1
San Marino
1,428
44
235
Sao Tome and Principe
981
17
38
Saudi Arabia
355,489
5,796
5,877
Senegal
15,897
330
51
Serbia
126,187
1,237
93,414
Seychelles
166
0
7
Sierra Leone
2,406
74
504
Singapore
58,165
28
66
Sint Maarten
1,012
25
87
Slovakia
96,472
693
47,846
Slovenia
65,778
1,097
20,123
Solomon Islands
16
0
11
Somalia
4,445
113
920
South Africa
769,759
20,968
37,596
South Sudan
3,064
60
92
Spain
1,606,905
43,131
1,563,774
Sri Lanka
20,508
90
5,921
St. Barth
127
0
33
Sudan
16,052
1,197
5,118
Suriname
5,297
116
8
Swaziland
6,233
120
244
Sweden
208,295
6,406
201,889
Switzerland
300,352
4,222
89,430
Syrian Arab Republic
7,295
380
3,760
Taiwan
618
7
62
Tajikistan
11,932
86
534
Tanzania
509
21
305
Thailand
3,920
60
94
Timor-Leste
30
0
0
Togo
2,854
64
516
Trinidad and Tobago
6,475
115
738
Tunisia
89,196
2,862
22,488
Turkey
453,535
12,511
63,133
Turks and Caicos Islands
746
6
40
UAE
160,055
554
9,923
UK
1,527,495
55,230
1,472,265
USA
12,777,174
263,687
4,964,547
Uganda
18,165
181
9,309
Ukraine
635,689
11,075
333,554
Uruguay
4,763
71
928
Uzbekistan
71,774
604
2,116
Vanuatu
1
0
1
Venezuela
100,143
873
4,285
Vietnam
1,312
35
126
Wallis and Futuna
2
0
1
Western Sahara
10
1
1
Yemen
2,107
609
39
Zambia
17,454
357
396
Zimbabwe
9,308
273
747
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