See & Do

You’re never short of things to do in New Zealand. Exploring the natural environment – scenic vistas, glaciers, native bush, majestic mountains, geothermal wonders – is really an absolute must, but you’ll also find all manner of parties, festivals, and entertainment happening all year round. Wine, music, arts and crafts, sports, horse racing, dance, comedy, fashion, flowers, architecture, buskers, scallops and even huhu grubs take their turn. If people like it, it probably has its own festival! In between big dates and scenic natural highlights, there’s any number of activities to get stuck into, from the nation’s wide range of famous adrenaline-surging adventure tourism, to getting out on the water, relaxing at a spa, skiing on a volcano, hitting the golf course, or visiting unique cultural and heritage attractions. It’s all here, and much, much more besides.

 

Foiling catamarans, New Zealand SailGP team heading to Christchurch in 2022

See & Do - What's On - Word on the street

An A-list of some of the top names in world sailing will be flying across Whakaraupō Lyttelton Harbour in early 2022. ChristchurchNZ has ...

 

Hanmer Springs & Hurunui

Destinations - South Island - See & Do

The alpine spa resort of Hanmer Springs is the jewel in the crown of the Hurunui District’s tourist attractions. Coming a close second, though, ...

 

Two tigers new arrivals at Christchurch's Orana Park

See & Do - Word on the street

Christchurch's Orana Wildlife Park has got something very special for Christmas – two stunning Sumatran tigers, freshly arrived from Australia ...

 

Canterbury's best hiking, biking and camping

See & Do

Strap on your boots, pack up your tents and pump up your tyres, we’re taking to the trails. Prance up the Port Hills Hike: Ōtautahi’s ...

 

Your summer of activities on the Ōtākaro Avon River

See & Do

Christchurch's Ōtākaro Avon River has a lot to offer. Join schools of brown trout, Doris the friendly eel and local guides having fun around its ...

 

Canterbury Museum exhibition highlights the diversity of Islamic culture

Culture - See & Do

A new exhibition – Mosque: Faith, Culture, Community – which aims to demystify Islam for non-Muslim New Zealanders opened December 12 at ...

 

Lexus Urban Polo

See & Do

Trot out your inner aristocrat with this unique opportunity to experience the exhilarating sport of polo right in the heart of the city. Hagley ...

 

Orana Wildlife Park’s founders celebrate half a century in Christchurch

See & Do

In July 1970, the South Island Zoological Society (SIZS) was formed with the idea of creating a wildlife park in Canterbury – 50 years later, ...

 

Gear up for Addington Cup Week 2020

See & Do - What's On

Whip out your fanciest gladrags, don your sleekest suits, and head to Christchurch for Addington Cup Week 2020. It’s the fashion, entertainment ...

 

46° below: Explore the Subantarctic Islands this summer

Destinations - See & Do

Expand the 'travel local' mantra slightly and scratch your travel itch in the Subantarctic Islands. Your passport might be gathering dust, but ...

 

Go with the floe on an unforgettable 30-day trip to Antarctica

Destinations - See & Do

Looking to scratch that international travel itch? Check out this bucket-list adventure - a 30-day expedition cruise to Antarctica with ...

 

Gindulgence 2021

Food & Drink - See & Do - What's On

New Zealand’s largest celebration of all things gin is coming back for 2021. Get into the summer spirit with the most refreshing of beverages ...

 

RNZB: Venus Rising

Culture - See & Do

The Royal New Zealand Ballet continues to deliver beauty and grace across the stage for 2020. This season represents a new era in dance – the ...

 

Skiing in New Zealand

See & Do - Travel Guides

We are pumped that the 2020 ski season is up and running. Many were expecting low numbers because of the lack of international visitors, but ...

 

New Zealand ski areas

See & Do - Travel Guides

With 24 ski areas across the North and South Islands, local skiers and snowboarders are spoilt for choice. A small population ensures ...

 

Treble Cone Ski Area

See & Do

With 550ha of terrain, Treble Cone is the largest ski area in the South Island, boasting plenty of fun for all levels of skiers and ...

 

Roundhill Ski Area

See & Do

Roundhill Ski Area boasts views of Aoraki Mount Cook towering above the Southern Alps and the turquoise waters of Lake Tekapo sparkling ...

 

Whakapapa Ski Area

See & Do

New Zealand’s largest ski area, Whakapapa provides a unique skiing experience in a dual World Heritage Area, recognising both its cultural and ...

 

The Remarkables

See & Do

The Remarkables provides a true alpine experience: fun, families and freestyle in a big mountain environment with excellent facilities. With ...

 

Planning your ski holiday

See & Do - Travel Guides

A New Zealand ski holiday makes for a wonderful winter escape. You can plan it yourself, or outsource the heavy lifting to a tour ...

 

Tūroa Ski Area

North Island - See & Do

Tūroa Ski Area offers varied terrain and features both Australasia’s longest vertical descent and New Zealand’s highest lift, the six-seater ...

 

New Zealand must-dos for a quick trip

NZ Info - See & Do - Travel Guides

On a tight time-frame? There’s always time to enjoy unique New Zealand experiences and some of the best of what the country has to offer. Below ...

 

South Island Itinerary

South Island - See & Do

Explore the spectacular scenery and discover the amazing wildlife of the rugged South Island – but take time to enjoy the fascinating cities and ...

 

Porters Alpine Resort

Destinations - South Island - See & Do

Laid back and accessible, Porters Alpine Resort is a fantastic and welcoming field just 89km from Christchurch - and the drive swings past the ...

 

Rainbow Ski Area

Destinations - South Island - See & Do

Less than two hours’ drive from Nelson or Blenheim, Rainbow overlooks Lake Rotoiti in Nelson Lakes National Park. The views from the top are ...

 

New Zealand's Great Walks

See & Do - Travel Guides

The best-known hiking trails are New Zealand’s Great Walks. Administered by the Department of Conservation, these popular trails are maintained ...

 

Special interest itineraries

Destinations - See & Do - Travel Guides

Whatever you’re into, New Zealand has something especially for you! Align your New Zealand trip with your own particular interests by planning ...

 

Ski & Snowboard New Zealand – Fast Facts

See & Do - Travel Guides

Which New Zealand ski area should you choose? Where do you get accurate weather information? How much will it cost? It’s always handy to know ...

 

Tukino Ski Field

See & Do

Nestled on the eastern slopes of Mount Ruapehu, Tukino offers the combination of adventure and lack of crowds, coupled with the friendliness and ...

 

New Zealand ski fields – where to start

See & Do - Travel Guides

New Zealand offers some of the world’s best skiing, with a huge number of fields in a few stunning areas and epic heli skiing throughout the ...

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