New Zealand

Things to do in New Zealand

New Zealand is about the size of the United Kingdom, but has only four million residents. Thus, whether you choose to bike, hike, rent a car or take a commercial tour your travel in New Zealand will be uncongested.

If you are looking for a bustling city life, then New Zealand might not be the right place. However, Auckland (on the North Island) has a thriving cultural scene and fine dining travelers will love. For some history in Auckland, visit the Auckland Museum. Go on a wine tasting tour in Martinborough, just an hour from Wellington, the North Island’s capital. The journey there will give you stunning views of Wellington Harbor and the Wairarapa Valley.

Visit Christchurch, the largest city on the South Island. New Zealand also abounds with cultural experiences like Christchurch’s Ko Tane Living Maori Village at Willowbank Wildlife Reserve. A visit to this village will give you a unique experience of life of the South Island Ngai Tahu Maori people before immigrants arrived. The local culture of New Zealand is truly amazing.

Things to do in New Zealand offer awesome landscapes and adventurous ways to see them. Try bungee jumping, skydiving, rock climbing, caving, hiking, canoeing or whitewater rafting. Kaikoura, a town on the South Island, is the best place for whale watching. See the stunning caverns and stalactites Waitomo Caves, including the illuminating Glowworm Cave. Hiking enthusiasts should trek along Abel Tasman Coast Track. Pass sparkling sea views, forests, and Cleopatra’s Pool. Be prepared to get your feet wet, literally, as the tides change dramatically. Complete sections of the journey via sea kayak, if you wish!

The vintner, Clive Jones, occasionally makes small batches of Sauvignon Blanc that are not sold anywhere else.

Starting in Wellington and ending in Queenstown, this nine-day tour covers much of the natural landscape of New Zealand’s South Island.

Vintners Jason and Anna Flowerday unveil their latest vintages as if they're introducing their children. Gewürztraminer is the specialty here, but the Sauvignon Blanc is also excellent—the peppery flavors of the 2004 have given way to softer herbal notes in the 2005.

Spend two weeks in a rugged, diverse landscape. Led by a seasoned naturalist, search for the elusive Brown Kiwi on Stewart Island and trek to Westland National Park—a World Heritage Area covered by vast icefields.

Established in 1989, Highfield is more than a winery—it's also a restaurant and a one-room B&B. Sit on the terrace and try a glass of the 2004 Sauvignon Blanc—a perfect complement to a hearty seafood-and-saffron chowder.

Housed in a restored cinema, Royal Jewellery Studio sells the work of such local artisans as Benjamin Flynn, who uses Maori koru patterns in his hammered silver and gold rings.

A World Heritage Area covered by vast icefields.