New Zealand Holiday Guide

New Zealand Tourist Information


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New Zealand is among the world's safest countries to live in or visit, and is a textured landmass. There is something to suit all tourists on a trip to New Zealand, from a lively mix of adventure sports, historical and cultural sites to sprawling cities and endless entertainment outlets.

New Zealand's adventure sports are among the major draws when it comes to tourist activities in New Zealand. Queenstown offers breathtaking sports such as bungee jumping and sky-diving. For some serious adventure rafting on the rapid white waters, head to Taupo, while the town of Kaikoura is home to a large family of dolphins who are always ready to accompany visitors out for a swim.

Waitomo is an extensive maze of underground caves, where glow worms create a distinctly surreal lighting effect to make tours of the caves a little more atmospheric. The Franz and Fox glaciers provide the perfect setting for some hardcore hiking, where natural beauty graces every glance, while the Marlborough Sands are popular for sea kayaking.

Walking tours rank highly on the list of tourist activities to take part in while visiting New Zealand. You can set out almost anywhere on foot and enjoy the open spaces and spectacular scenery that has become so popular since the filming of Lord of the Rings made NZ a well known destination to millions of new visitors.

All of New Zealand's main cities have something of interest to do or see. Auckland, Christchurch, Wellington and Dunedin are the most popular cities among tourists. Each has a wealth of cultural sites, historical monuments and fascinating history.

One of the most visually spectacular parts of the country is the North Island, which is home to expansive areas of stunning countryside including hills, forests and tranquil lakes. Here you will find a large community of Maoris, an indigenous people with fascinating traditions.

Napier is among the North Island's most popular destinations; it is an Art Deco town surrounded by great beaches and hosts the country's largest lake, a picturesque spot for some quiet contemplation. The historic area of the Bay of Islands is a centre for water sports, with diving, fishing, sailing among the many popular activities.

Spring and summer are the best seasons to visit New Zealand, when temperatures are higher and there is less rainfall. In addition to spectacular and diverse natural offerings, cosmopolitan cities and outdoor sporting adventures, the country hosts regular festivals that bring the streets of towns and cities to life.

There are numerous options for getting around in New Zealand, with most of the major cities running both bus and train lines. Car hire is another good option, allowing you freedom of movement to explore the country at your leisure. Auckland is the largest city in the country, and most tourists will fly into its international airport from various cities from around the world.

Visitors are advised to take out travel insurance before leaving home.