New ZealandAustralia - New Zealand and the South Pacific

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Walk the ancient forests and glacier-carved mountains of this island nation and you’ll soon discover why movie directors and outdoors enthusiasts love "Aotearoa".

With snow-capped peaks, primeval forests, and active volcanoes, New Zealand’s stunning natural diversity has played a staring role in movies like Avatar and The Lord of the Rings trilogy. It’s not just movie directors who are drawn here; outdoors enthusiasts also come in droves to trek mountains, ski glaciers, abseil into limestone caves and experience white-knuckle rides down river rapids. With Maori society dating back over 700 years, and English settlement almost 200, Aotearoa, as New Zealand is traditionally known, is a place of diverse cultural riches too.

At the top of the North Island, discover the “City of Sails”, Auckland, then lose yourself in the fabulous Bay of Islands. Just to the south, the geysers and bubbling mud pools of Rotorua await. Visit the Whakarewarewa Thermal Village to learn how the Maori coexist with the unpredictable nature of the landscape. Near the North Island’s center, hike through herb fields and forests near the active volcanoes of Tongariro National Park.

New Zealand’s political and cultural capital Wellington, sits at the southern tip of the North Island. Ride the Wellington Cable Car, tour the city’s museums and galleries, and order a short black in Cuba Street, the city's bohemian enclave.

From Wellington, it’s just a short ferry ride to the South Island. Explore the glaciers and lakes of the Mount Cook region or take a TranzAlpine rail journey though Arthurs Pass. If you’re into mountain biking or skiing, carve up the slopes around Queenstown, or saddle up for a multi-day adventure along the Otago Rail Trail. New Zealand is the birthplace of bungee jumping, so leap off the Kawarau Gorge Suspension Bridge, or take a jet-boat ride through the swirling waters below. For a change of pace, paddle a sea kayak across the pure waters and silence of Milford Sound.

Located in the southwestern Pacific Ocean, New Zealand is a three-hour flight from Australia. Its major cities have direct connections to over 20 major cities worldwide.

Popular cities in New Zealand

Sky Tower which includes a high-rise building, a city and city views
Auckland

Known for Dining, Shopping and Ports

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Mount Cavendish featuring a coastal town, a marina and mountains
Christchurch

Known for Gardens, Cafés and Skyscrapers

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Weta Workshop which includes interior views and a statue or sculpture
Wellington

Known for Dining, Shopping and Ports

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Skyline Gondola which includes a bay or harbour and a coastal town
Queenstown

Known for Lakes, Mountains and Sceneries

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Rotorua showing a hot spring
Rotorua

Known for Spas, Lakes and Family-friendly

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Hamilton featuring general coastal views, a sporting event and waves
Hamilton

Known for Spas, Family-friendly and Gardens

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Popular activities in New Zealand

Tongariro National Park
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Tongariro National Park

With active volcanoes, moon-like landscapes, hot mud pools, icy lakes and thick forests, Tongariro National Park has New Zealand written all over it. 

Bay of Islands
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Bay of Islands

Swim with dolphins, learn to sail or discover New Zealand’s fascinating history in one of the most beautiful areas in the country.

Waiheke Island
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Waiheke Island

A delightful small island, home to picturesque coastal villages, Waiheke is famous for its vineyards and beaches, gourmet food and thriving artistic culture.