Cities & regions
There’s much to explore in New Zealand’s 28 regions and 13 cities. From buzzing city life with its killer shopping and dining through to sleepy ...
A land of stunning contrasts and distinctive culture, New Zealand is waiting for you to discover its many sights and attractions and unforgettable experiences.
There’s an unparalleled array of exciting activities, cultural experiences and spectacular scenery in New Zealand, and it can be difficult to know where to start when planning your trip. In this section however, you can browse a number of suggested itineraries that will help you to explore the best of what New Zealand has to offer.
Although it can be very enjoyable to explore the country at your own pace, and visitors who have more time available can stop for longer at each destination and add interesting diversions along the way, if you have a more limited time in New Zealand, it’s often best to follow a pre-planned day-by-day itinerary.
A popular option for visitors wanting to see as much of the country as possible is to arrive in Auckland, travel south by road and finish in Christchurch before flying back to Auckland. Alternatively, you may wish to focus on a specific area of the country – a couple of key regions or the North or South Island – or plan a trip that takes into account your own particular areas of interest. In addition to offering a diverse range of cultural and natural activities that make it easy to plan a trip around themed interests from wildlife to wine, New Zealand also features a number of themed highways that can be slotted into your trip planning and make navigation easy.