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New Zealand offers so many activities and attractions that the tourists are spoilt for choice when it comes to picking just some of them. For those into outdoor activities, there are fishing, hiking through bush, glacier walking, skiing, swimming with dolphins, whale watching and visiting national parks such as Paparoa, Te Urewera, Westland, Mount Cook and Tongariro and Fiordland, which are World Heritage Sites. Another interesting site is Craters of the Moon made by volcano, near Taupo River. There are also canyoning, bungee jumping, kayaking, rafting and heliskiing for those most adventurous.

Great examples of Maori art can be found in the Arts and Craft Institute in Rotorua and at the Kaitaia Arts and Craft Centre in Northland. In the region of Rotorua in the North Island and in Nga Hau e Wha in Christchurch tourists can experience Maori kai (food) or enjoy a Maori powhiri (welcome ceremony).

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The cities of Wellington, which is the capital, Auckand - New Zealand's biggest city, Christchurch – looking very much like some English city with Victorian buildings and Dunedin with its Octogon Square - all offer soaking up some of the New Zealander culture, by visiting museums or simply by interacting with inhabitants and enjoying nightlife.

Straddling two majestic harbours and perched upon fifty odd volcanoes, Auckland is a city of cones, lakes, lagoons, scenic waterfronts and islands. Lush, green, urban and gritty, the city conjures up different images for the multi cultural population that reside in New Zealand’s largest city. Known locally as the ‘City of Sails’, there are a large number of sailing clubs and nearly one in four households own a boat. Auckland also facilitates a plethora of boating shows events and regattas.

People taking the ferry from the North or South Islands will invariably stop in the town of Blenheim.  Situated in the heart of New Zealand’s acclaimed wine district Marlborough, Blenheim is continually New Zealand’s sunniest city. Take a few days to discover the region, over 80 wineries, a range of boutique breweries and even a world class distillery have open cellar doors.

Surrounded by mountains, rugged coastline and green rolling hills, Christchurch is considered the garden city of New Zealand. The sleepy Avon River flows through it inviting visitors to take a punt beneath flowing willow trees. An Edwardian punter gently glides you through expansive parks and public gardens giving commentary on the South Island’s largest city.

Meaning Edinburgh in Gaelic, Dunedin is the New Worlds answer to Scotland and New Zealand's oldest city. Standing proudly on the hills surrounding the head of Otago Harbour, Dunedin is home to the steepest street in the world, Baldwin Street. Soaring cathedral spires, the Flemish-style railway station, old stone buildings, a nineteenth-century  castle and a neo-gothic convent  make up the bones of this grand metropolis.

Located in the heart of the North Island, Hamilton is the fourth largest urban centre in New Zealand. The city is the hub of the Waikato region, an area of lush hills, exceptional diary farmland and world renowned surf on the West coast.

When it comes to choosing the perfect holiday destination it is hard to look past the bounties of Hastings. Located in the Hawkes Bay region of the North Island, Hastings has everything anybody could want.

The Southernmost city in New Zealand, Invercargill has in recent years undergone something of a dramatic transformation. Wide streets, fine heritage buildings, excellent shopping facilities and hospitable locals are some of the immediate benefits of exploring the city.

Nicknamed Sulphur City, New Zealand’s smelliest town is something of an extraordinary anomaly. Head to this unique geothermal wonderland to be greeted by a waft of sulphur or be surprised as steam rises from cracks in the ground. Maori culture, geothermal forces, spas, thrills or adventure are all part of day to day Rotorua life.

Affectionately known as ‘Palmy’ by locals, Palmerston North is the main city of the Manawatu-Wanganui region. Located roughly two hours north of Wellington, the city's main streets are arranged in a grid around ‘The Square’. This seven-hectare park of lawn, trees, lakes, fountains and gardens is the main focus of Palmesrton North city life.


Known as the Mediterranean of the South Pacific Centre due to its persistently great sunshine, Nelson is also the unofficial geographical ‘centre of New Zealand’. Located at the top of the South Island, the quaint English styled town is an hour and a half drive south from the ferry terminal that links the North and South Islands.

New Zealand’s capital city is a buzz of activity, perched on the ocean and balanced on rambling hills the city has been compared to San Francisco. The oddly shaped Beehive - New Zealand’s parliament buildings, vibrant art and a buzzing waterfront have given the city the slogan ‘Positively Wellington’.

New Zealand‘s largest island is home to nine National Parks, the highest mountain peaks and the deepest fiords, country towns, city culture and outdoor experiences.

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