Paris may be the city of love, but Auckland is the city of many lovers, according to its Maori name, Tamaki Makaurau.
Marlborough & Nelson
Splashed across the northern end of the South Island, the Marlborough and Nelson regions are many travellers’ first southern contacts after crossing Cook Strait from Wellington.
Christchurch & Canterbury
The good people of Canterbury are probably only half-joking when they say it would be good if the South Island was a separate country, but when you consider the region surrounding them you can understand their parochial pride and confidence.
Rotorua & the Bay of Plenty
It was Captain Cook who christened the Bay of Plenty as he sailed into harbour in 1769, and plentiful it remains to this day, blessed with buckets of sunshine and a stunning sandy coastline.
Auckland is a city of volcanoes, with the ridges of lava flows forming its main thoroughfares and its many cones providing islands of green within the sea of suburbs.
Queenstown & Wanaka
If Queenstown didn’t exist, someone would have to invent it.
Bay of Islands & Northland
For many New Zealanders, the phrase ‘up north’ conjures up sepia-toned images of family fun in the sun, pohutukawa in bloom and dolphins frolicking in pretty bays.
If your New Zealand travels thus far have been all about wilderness and lonesome, one-horse towns, rock into Wellington for a big-city hit.
The West Coast
What a difference a mountain range makes.
Dunedin & Otago
Coastal Otago, and its one major city, Dunedin, has attractions both urban and rural, offering travellers a chance to escape the crowds of Queenstown, party down in the South Island’s coolest city, and get up close and personal with the island’s...
The East Coast
New Zealand is known for its juxtaposition of wildly divergent landscapes but in this region it’s the sociological contours that are most pronounced.
Taranaki & Whanganui
Halfway between Auckland and Wellington, Taranaki sits out on a limb in more ways than one.
Fiordland & Southland
The bottom end of the South Island has some of the country’s most spectacular landscape.
A small city with a big reputation, Wellington is most famous for being NZ’s capital.
Surrounded by the soaring indigo heights of the Remarkables, crowned by Coronet Peak, and framed by the meandering coves of Lake Wakatipu, it’s little wonder that Queenstown is a show-off.