Packed with breath-taking mountains, awesome geothermal wonders and plenty of interesting things to see and do, New Zealand is the perfect holiday destination for you and your group.
We’re frequently asked by our guests where they should go on their tour of New Zealand, and how much time they should factor in to see their top destinations? They also ask what’s the difference between the North Island and the South Island, so we’ve created these guides to help you out.
Home to New Zealand’s biggest city (Auckland) and the nation’s capital city (Wellington), the North Island has a variety of different landscapes to explore. In the far north, the Bay of Islands offer an idyllic and remote escape. South of Auckland, take time to discover Hobbit holes, thermal pools and glow worm caves. Meet kiwi birds, or sip a glass of something tasty in one of the country’s finest wine regions. World-famous Rotorua is the best place to experience Māori culture and see boiling mud and steaming geysers.
Majestic mountain ranges, spectacular fiords, awe-inspiring whale watching adventures and once-in-a-lifetime opportunities to hike an ancient glacier are all part of what makes a visit to the South Island so memorable. The main cities are Dunedin, Christchurch and the adventure playground of Queenstown (the last two are serviced by international airports). Iconic natural features of the South Island are the truly impressive Milford Sound, the mountain ranges known as the Sothern Alps, as well as Aoraki/Mount Cook, which is bordered by an International Dark Sky Reserve.