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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.

 

Diving in New Zealand

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In Aotearoa, we have access to amazing wrecks, reefs and underwater caves to explore – some of the best diving experiences in the world ...

 

Christchurch's Bread & Circus - World Buskers Festival dates announced for 2022

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

The world-famous world buskers festival is returning to infuse the streets of Christchurch with laughs, creativity and belief-defying acts this ...

 

Top 20 things to do in Queenstown this winter

NZ Info - Destinations - South Island - See & Do - Travel Guides

Queenstown is one of New Zealand’s most popular destinations for a reason – this stunningly scenic South Island town is overflowing with ...

 

Top 5 free kid-friendly things to do in Wellington

NZ Info - Destinations - North Island - See & Do - Travel Guides

New Zealand’s capital has got it going on – you’ll never be short of cool things to do in Wellington, whether it’s soaking up the culture, ...

 

Best free things to do with the kids in Auckland

NZ Info - Destinations - North Island - See & Do - Travel Guides

Looking for some kid-friendly activities around Auckland? There are plenty of things to explore in New Zealand’s largest city, and we’ve rounded ...

 

Top 5 free kid-friendly activities in Dunedin

NZ Info - Destinations - South Island - See & Do - Travel Guides

If you’ve got a pack to entertain, you’ve come to the right place. Dunedin, the ‘Edinburgh of the south’ is bursting with interesting and unique ...

 

Christchurch wildlife park helping to save the rhinos

Destinations - South Island - See & Do - Word on the street

Christchurch’s Orana Park is stepping up to help save rhinos from extinction, beginning construction on a new White Rhino Conservation Centre ...

 

Top 5 free things to do with the kids in Christchurch

NZ Info - Destinations - South Island - See & Do

Looking for some budget-friendly things to do with the kids? We’ve got some great ideas for free family activities around Christchurch – plus a ...

 

The 10 best fashion podcasts to check out in 2021

Shopping - See & Do - Word on the street

Fashion is a massive topic and a huge part of our world, and there’s just so much to know about it. Luckily What's Hot New Zealand has the ...

 

Skiing and snowboarding in New Zealand

See & Do - Travel Guides

Looking for the inside scoop/latest slope action on New Zealand ski fields? What’s Hot New Zealand has your ultimate guide to snowsports in New ...

 

Skiing by region

See & Do - Travel Guides

With over 20 ski areas across the North and South Islands, local skiers and snowboarders are spoilt for choice. A small population ensures ...

 

Ski & Snowboard Gear Guide

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Choosing the right gear is not just about deciding whether you’re a skier or snowboarder! Picking the right equipment starts with basic clothing ...

 

Heli ski New Zealand

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This is the ultimate way to ski or board New Zealand. Get airlifted deep into the backcountry with a small group of fellow thrill-seekers to ...

 

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 ...

 

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 ...

 

Cardrona Alpine Resort

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Cardrona's learners’ slopes are the widest, most scenic learner trails in the Wanaka/Queenstown region – the Skyline trail, with views out to ...

 

Broken River

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With varied terrain, cosy mountain lodges and even its own craft beer, this hidden gem of a field promises unique off-piste adventures. If ...

 

Coronet Peak

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Stylish and cosmopolitan, Coronet Peak is the South Island’s most accessible mountain resort, located just an easy 20-minute drive from ...

 

The Remarkables

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

 

Hanmer Springs Ski Area

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Hanmer Springs is most famous for its hot pools, but it also offers great skiing just two hours from Christchurch. The Hanmer Springs Ski Area ...

 

Treble Cone Ski Area

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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 ...

 

Snow Farm

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Snow Farm is New Zealand’s premier cross-country ski area and only Nordic-style ski resort. It regularly hosts overseas cross-country ski teams ...

 

Mt Cheeseman

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This fun clubbie is one of the closest to Christchurch. It’s uncrowded, sunny, and groomed, with challenging off-piste terrain and a ...

 

Manganui Ski Area

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Situated on the majestic Mt Taranaki, the region’s only ski area has two natural half-pipes offering great snowboarding and awesome terrain for ...

 

Whakapapa Ski Area

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

 

Mt Hutt

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There’s a huge variety of terrain on Mt Hutt’s expansive slopes, which get great snow and are serviced by super-friendly staff. It's no wonder ...

 

Mt Dobson Ski Field

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Famous for all-day sunshine, wide-open, uncrowded runs and a relaxed Kiwi atmosphere, Mount Dobson offers outstanding skiing and ...

 

Craigieburn Valley Ski Area

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A warning to the uninitiated – you won't find any chairlifts, gondolas, grooming, snow-making, or fine dining at Craigieburn. What it does ...

 

Tūroa Ski Area

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

 

Mt Lyford

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Head to Mt Lyford for a true Kiwi clubbie experience: you’ll get friendly local families showing you all the best runs, stunning high-alpine ...

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